US Pat. No. 9,227,404

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head having a print element substrate for ejecting liquid, comprising:
at least one reference mark provided on the print element substrate and used as a reference in alignment of the print element
substrate; and

an auxiliary mark provided on the print element substrate corresponding to the reference mark and including information indicating
a relative position with respect to the reference mark,

wherein the reference mark and the auxiliary mark differ in geometry.

US Pat. No. 9,227,423

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS, AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for forming an image on a unit area of a print medium by performing a printing operation
of a first printing mode and a second printing mode using a print head for ejecting coloring ink comprising coloring material
and clear ink to the print medium, said apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a mode including a first and second mode; and
a determining unit configured to determine an use amount of the coloring ink, a first use amount of the clear ink which is
an use amount of the clear ink for the printing operation that starts applying the clear ink to the unit area before completing
applying the use amount of coloring ink to the unit area, and a second use amount of the clear ink which is an use amount
of the clear ink for the printing operation that starts applying the clear ink to the unit area after completing applying
the use amount of coloring ink to the unit area, based on an image data representing a color of the image, according to the
mode set by said setting unit, wherein

said determining unit determines the first use amount and the second use amount, such that a ratio of the first use amount
determined based on the image data representing a color of an intermediate gradation image to the second use amount determined
based on the image data for the first printing mode is different from a ratio for the second printing mode, and

the same type of the clear ink is used in the first printing mode and the second printing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,230,787

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,232,089

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display an input screen including a setting area in which two or more of a first number of setting
items are selectably arranged;

a detection unit configured to detect an operation on the input screen;
a display control unit configured to (1) enlarge the setting area in accordance with a flick operation on the setting area
detected by the detection unit, (2) change the first number of setting items to be displayed on the enlarged setting area
to a second number of setting items, which is greater than the first number of setting items, to be displayed on the enlarged
setting area, and (3) scrollably display the second number of setting items on the enlarged setting area; and

a selection unit configured to set a setting item in a predetermined selection area in the enlarged setting area to a selected
state.

US Pat. No. 9,232,148

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND ZOOMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus which includes a zoom mode in which a size of an area read out from an image sensor is changed,
comprising:
a flicker detector configured to detect a flicker based on output from the image sensor;
a displaying controller configured to be capable to display an image zoomed to the telephoto side in the zoom mode; and
a system controller that automatically controls the displaying controller to delay zooming so that after a flicker detection
processing has completed, the size of the area read out from the image sensor is changed toward telephoto side and then the
image zoomed to the telephoto side is displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,225,907

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to convert received light into an electric signal;
a generation unit configured to generate a synchronizing signal for driving the image sensor;
an image generation unit configured to perform image processing for generating image data using the electric signal obtained
from the image sensor;

a storage unit configured to store the image data;
a display unit; and
a display control unit configured to perform display processing for reading out the image data stored in the storage unit
and displaying the image data on the display unit,

wherein the generation unit
controls a phase of the synchronizing signal for the image sensor by regarding a start of the display processing by the display
control unit as a synchronizing reference such that the display processing is started at a timing of the image generation
unit performing the image processing on a predetermined volume of image data, in a case where a first period that is a frame
period of the image sensor is shorter than a second period that is a frame period of the display control unit, and

controls the phase of the synchronizing signal for the image sensor by regarding completion of the display processing for
one frame as the synchronizing reference such that a predetermined volume of image data that has not been processed by the
display control unit is left in the storage unit when the image processing for one frame is finished by the image generation
unit, in a case where the first period is longer than or equal to the second period.

US Pat. No. 9,225,923

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a micro lens array including a plurality of micro lenses;
a plurality of pixels arrayed in a matrix shape, each including m (m is an integer larger than 1) photoelectric conversion
units each configured to generate signal charge, and to output a signal based on the signal charge, the m photoelectric conversion
units being arranged in correspondence with one micro lense of the plurality of micro lenses;

wherein each pixel of at least a part of the plurality of pixels outputs a first signal based on n (n is an integer less than
m) photoelectric conversion units among the m photoelectric conversion units within one frame period;

wherein each of the plurality of pixels outputs a second signal based on the signal charge of the m photoelectric conversion
units which each of the plurality of pixels includes, within the one frame period; and

wherein the number of signals based on the first signals which the imaging apparatus outputs is less than the number of signals
based on the second signals which the imaging apparatus outputs.

US Pat. No. 9,224,193

FOCUS STACKING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor, for acquiring a plurality of original images by imaging a specimen including a structure while changing a
focal position of a microscope apparatus within an imaging range in an optical axis direction;

an image analyzer, for obtaining information relating to the structure included in an image by applying image analysis processing
to the image; and

an image generator, for generating, on the basis of the plurality of original images, a first image to be used for the image
analysis processing by said image analyzer and a second image to be used for visual observation by a user,

wherein said image generator sets up a first depth range within the imaging range, the first depth range being narrower than
the imaging range, selects only those original images whose focal positions are included within the first depth range out
of the plurality of original images obtained from the specimen, and generates the first image using only the selected original
images, and

wherein said image generator sets up a second depth range within the imaging range, the second depth range being narrower
than the first depth range, selects only those original images whose focal positions are included within the second depth
range out of the plurality of original images obtained from the specimen, and generates the second image using only the selected
original images.

US Pat. No. 9,219,429

LINEAR ULTRASONIC MOTOR AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A linear ultrasonic motor comprising:
a vibrator, the vibrator having a piezoelectric element;
a movable part, the movable part applying a pressurization force to the vibrator and bringing the vibrator into pressurized
contact with a base part;

a cover part, the cover part being fixed to the base part;
a rolling part being rollably held between a movable guide part of the movable part and a cover guide part of the cover part,
the movable guide part extending in a movable direction and the cover guide part extending in the movable direction; and

a body to be driven, the body to be driven having a transmission member that is pivotably supported and being able to move
only in the movable direction,

wherein:
the transmission member comprises a bias part that abuts on a transmission part of the movable part and applies a biasing
force of biasing the movable part to the rolling part, to the transmission part, and

the rolling part is held by a resultant force of the pressurization force or a reaction force of the pressurization force,
and the biasing force.

US Pat. No. 9,217,938

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a charge generating layer and a charge transporting layer formed on the support;
wherein the charge generating layer comprises:
a charge generating substance; and
an amine compound represented by the following formula (1);

where,
R1 to R5 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, a carboxyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group,
an aryloxycarbonyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted
or unsubstituted aryloxy group, an amino group having a substituent group, or a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino
group; and

at least one of R1 to R5 is an amino group substituted with a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group,

an amino group substituted with a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, or
a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group,
wherein the charge generating substance is a gallium phthalocyanine crystal.

US Pat. No. 9,217,972

FIXING DEVICE OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device that fixes a toner image on a recording medium by heating the toner image while conveying the recording
medium bearing the toner image at a nip, the fixing device comprising:
a tubular film;
a heater, including an elongate substrate and a heat generating resistor formed on the substrate, configured to contact the
film, the heater having a first region on which the heat generating resistor is formed and a second region, located outside
of the first region in a longitudinal direction of the substrate, on which the heat generating resistor is not formed; and

a heat conductive member configured to contact a surface of the heater opposite to a surface of the heater that contacts the
film, the heat conductive member having a heat conductivity higher than that of the substrate,

wherein the heat conductive member contacts the heater in a region extending across the first region and the second region,
and

wherein an amount of heat generated by the heat generating resistor at an end portion thereof is greater than an amount of
heat generated at a middle portion thereof in the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,219,855

IMAGE SENSOR, RANGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor, comprising multiple pixels, the multiple pixels including at least one pixel in which a light collecting
member, a waveguide including a core and a clad, a first photoelectric conversion unit, and a second photoelectric conversion
unit are disposed, wherein
the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit are arranged in order along a first direction
in the one pixel,

a region decentered from a center of a pupil of an imaging optical system in a direction opposite to the first direction is
referred to as a first pupil region, a region decentered in the first direction is referred to as a second pupil region, a
region located inside the waveguide and located in the direction opposite to the first direction with respect to a center
axis of the core is referred to as a first region, and a region located inside the waveguide and located in the first direction
with respect to the center axis of the core is referred to as a second region,

the light collecting member is configured to collect a light flux that has passed through the first pupil region and a light
flux that has passed through the second pupil region to the second region and to the first region, respectively, and

the waveguide is configured to guide light collected in the second region and light collected in the first region toward the
first photoelectric conversion unit and toward the second photoelectric conversion unit disposed in the one pixel, in which
the waveguide is mounted, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,219,926

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus comprising:
a division unit configured to divide an image to generate a first block group including one or more blocks and a second block
group adjacent to the first block group;

a first encoding unit configured to encode the first block group in units of block;
a second encoding unit configured to encode the second block group in units of block; and
a storage unit configured to store, if a block to be encoded in the first block group is at a predetermined position, first
statistical information after the first encoding unit encodes the block to be encoded at the predetermined position,

wherein the storage unit, if the first block group does not include a block at the predetermined position, stores second statistical
information after the first encoding unit encodes a block in the first block group at a position different from the predetermined
position, and

wherein the second encoding unit encodes based on the first statistical information or the second statistical information.

US Pat. No. 9,211,707

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING INKJET RECORDING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an inkjet recording head, comprising:
preparing a substrate having a mold and an orifice layer covering the mold; and
immersing the substrate in a solvent to remove the mold from the substrate by dissolving the mold in the solvent, allowing
an ink flow passage being formed, which is an area having the mold removed,

wherein, in the step of immersing the substrate in the solvent, the mold at the substrate immersed in the solvent is irradiated
with ultraviolet light having a wavelength of 300 nm or less to decompose the mold into low molecules.

US Pat. No. 9,212,018

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a stacking unit for stacking sheets on which an image is printed, the printing apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect a full status of the stacking unit;
a first setting unit configured to set parameters as a setting of a copy job;
a second setting unit configured to set a number of sheets as a setting of the stacking unit, the number of sheets being different
from the set parameters; and

a control unit configured to perform a control, after stacking of the sheets on the stacking unit is started, to stop the
stacking of the sheets on the stacking unit when the full status is detected by the detecting unit,

wherein the control unit is further configured to perform a control, in a case where a predetermined mode is selected, to
prevent from stacking sheets more than the number set by the second setting unit as the setting of the stacking unit on the
stacking unit, even when the full status is not detected by the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,213,906

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for executing information processing on each of a plurality of areas in an image, the
apparatus comprising:
a plurality of execution units, wherein:
the information processing includes a plurality of stages, each of the plurality of execution units is assigned to any one
of the plurality of stages and execution units assigned to an identical stage execute a processing corresponding to the assigned
stage on different areas in the image in parallel;

the plurality of stages including at least a first stage and a second stage, the second stage depending upon the output of
the first stage; and

each execution unit processes an area to detect either:
a positive indication that a processing corresponding to a succeeding stage is necessary for the area, which is considered
successful detection, or

a negative indication that the processing corresponding to the succeeding stage is not necessary for the area, which is considered
unsuccessful detection;

a determination unit configured, based on a result of information processing executed by a first execution unit selected from
the plurality of execution units during the first stage of the information processing, to determine whether to execute subsequent
information processing by a second execution unit selected from the plurality of the execution units during the second stage
of the information processing;

a successful detection rate storage unit configured to store successful detection rates for the plurality of stages, where
a successful detection rate for each stage of the plurality of stages represents a probability of executing the subsequent
processing in a succeeding stage of the plurality of stages determined by the determination unit based on the result of each
stage of the plurality of stages;

a processing time storage unit configured to store a processing time for each execution unit in the plurality of stages; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a number of execution units to be assigned to respective stages of the plurality
of stages so as to decrease a difference between processing times for completing respective stages on all the areas for which
processing corresponding to respective stages are indicated to be necessary based on cumulative successful detection rates
for respective stages and the processing times for each execution unit in the respective stages, where a cumulative successful
detection rate for each stage is calculated from the successful detection rate for each of a plurality of stages preceding
to that stage.

US Pat. No. 9,213,909

OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object detection method comprising the steps of:
acquiring an image including a target object;
generating a plurality of layer images by one or both of enlarging and reducing the image at a plurality of different scales;
detecting a region of at least a part of the target object as a first detected region from at least one of the layer images;
estimating a first estimated region based on the first detected region;
selecting at least one of the layer images based on the estimated first estimated region;
detecting a region of at least a part of the target object in the selected layer image different from the first detected region
as a second detected region;

estimating a second estimated region based on the second detected region; and
integrating the first estimated region and the second estimated region,
wherein the first estimated region is estimated based on coordinates and a size of the detected first detected region; and
the second estimated region is estimated based on coordinates and a size of the detection result of the second detected region.

US Pat. No. 9,208,396

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,895

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT STORES DATA OF PRINT JOB IN MEMORY AREA, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to perform a print job according to print data received from an external device,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory unit having a first memory area and a second memory area;
a notification unit configured to notify the external device that data of a print job received from the external device cannot
be stored in the first memory area due to an insufficient free space of the first memory area;

a reception unit configured to receive an instruction, from the external device, for storing the data of the print job, which
cannot be stored in the first memory area, in the second memory area; and

a control unit configured to cause the data to be stored in the second memory area according to the received instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,207,427

OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an image pickup optical system configured to form an optical image of an object;
an operator rotationally operable about an optical axis of the image pickup optical system and configured to move, when rotationally
operated, part of the image pickup optical system in an optical axis direction of the image pickup optical system and to change
a focal length;

an adjustor rotationally operable about the optical axis and configured to change, when rotationally operated, a pressure
applied to the operator so as to change an operating load necessary to rotationally operate the operator; and

an indicator prohibited from rotating about the optical axis and configured to move in the optical axis direction of the image
pickup optical system, the indicator including part disposed between the operator and the adjustor,

wherein the operator indicates a plurality of zoom states, the part of the indicator has a pointer configured to select one
of the plurality of zoom states.

US Pat. No. 9,207,462

CORRECTION OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A correction optical apparatus comprising:
a fixed member;
a rotating member configured to be rotatable with respect to the fixed member in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis
of the correction optical apparatus;

a sliding member configured to be movable with respect to the fixed member in a first direction in the plane perpendicular
to the optical axis of the correction optical apparatus;

a movable member configured to be movable with respect to the sliding member in a second direction crossing the first direction
in the plane perpendicular to the optical axis of the correction optical apparatus;

a first driving unit provided between the rotating member and the sliding member; and
a second driving unit provided between the sliding member and the movable member,
wherein the rotating member includes a regulating member, and
wherein the movable member includes an engaging portion configured to be able to engage with the regulating member in a rotation
direction of the rotating member.

US Pat. No. 9,210,329

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING FRAMING ASSIST CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom control apparatus including a monitor controller configured to control a monitor to display an image, the apparatus
comprising:
a first zooming controller which is configured to change an angle of view of the image displayed on the monitor based on a
user operation of a first operation member; and

a second zooming controller which is configured to change the angle of view of the image displayed on the monitor by changing
a zoom position to a wide-angle side by a predetermined amount, wherein the change of the angle of view by the second zooming
controller is performed according to a user operation of a second operation member different from the first operation member,

wherein a change speed of the angle of view changed by the second zooming controller is faster than a change speed of the
angle of view changed by the first zooming controller.

US Pat. No. 9,205,654

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,737

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with a server apparatus at one network communication rate out of a plurality
of network communication rates;

a first power source configured to supply power to the communication unit; and
a second power source configured to be activated by the communication unit in accordance with an instruction from the server
apparatus,

the communication unit including:
an inquiry unit configured to, when a set timing comes in a state in which power supply by the second power source is stopped,
communicate with the server apparatus at one network communication rate out of the plurality of network communication rates,
and inquire, of the server apparatus, whether to activate the second power source; and

a setting unit configured to set, based on the one network communication rate, a timing to communicate with the server apparatus
next.

US Pat. No. 9,208,256

METHODS OF CODING AND DECODING, BY REFERENCING, VALUES IN A STRUCTURED DOCUMENT, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of coding a structured document comprising items that take at least one string of characters to be coded by substituting
a coding index from at least one indexing dictionary for said at least one string of characters to be coded, said at least
one indexing dictionary comprising entries, each entry associating a respective coding index with a corresponding string of
characters, the method further comprising:
selecting at least one indexing dictionary from among a plurality of indexing dictionaries;
identifying at least one dictionary entry in the selected indexing dictionary whose character string is linked to the string
of characters to be coded, by matching between at least a continuous part of the string of characters of the dictionary entry
or the string of characters to be coded and a continuous subpart of the string of characters; and

coding the string of characters to be coded by reference, according to the matching, to the at least one identified dictionary
entry,

wherein, said coding by reference comprises coding an identifier of the selected indexing dictionary from amongst the plurality
of indexing dictionaries, an item of information identifying said entry identified in the selected indexing dictionary, an
item of information on positioning which indicates a first character of the identified entry string of characters that matches
the part or subpart of the string of characters to be coded and an item of information on length of the matching part and
subpart representing a number of characters of the matching part and subpart;

wherein said indexing dictionaries are distinct from the structured document, wherein the item of information identifying
said indexing dictionary selected, the item of information identifying said entry, the item of information on positioning,
and the item of length information, are distinct information items,

wherein the selected indexing dictionary comprises an entry corresponding to an already coded substring of said string of
characters to be coded, so that a subsequent substring of said string of characters to be coded is coded with reference to
said already coded substring, and

wherein the positioning information is selected from a set comprising a first code when said part or subpart of the string
of characters to be coded corresponds to a start of the entry identified, a second code when said part or subpart of the string
of characters to be coded corresponds to an end of the entry identified, and an offset value of the position of said part
or subpart of the string of characters to be coded in the entry identified, in other cases.

US Pat. No. 9,205,669

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,201,355

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,201,622

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,002

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH KEYS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device with first keys to be covered with a cover and second keys disposed on an exterior of the cover, wherein
one of the first keys is selected when pressed directly in a state where the cover is open, and selected when one of the second
keys corresponding the one of the first keys is pressed in a state where the cover is closed, the electronic device comprising:
a switching unit configured to switch at least one process allocated to at least a part of the first keys according to opening-closing
of the cover;

a determination unit adapted to determine whether or not the at least one process is correctly switched by said switching
unit;

an invalidation unit configured to invalidate a part of the first keys in a case where said determination unit determines
that the at least one process is not correctly switched by said switching unit; and

an execution unit configured to execute, when a key not invalidated by the invalidation unit among the first keys is selected,
a process allocated to the selected key, in a case where said determination unit determines that the at least one process
is not correctly switched by said switching unit.

US Pat. No. 9,204,030

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including plural pixels respectively arranged in a first direction and in a second direction, each pixel being
constituted by (a) a microlens and (b) two photoelectric conversion portions respectively photoelectrically converting two
object images formed by the microlens;

a signal reader configured to perform a first reading operation that adds signals from the two photoelectric conversion portions
to read the added signal as a pixel signal and a second reading operation that independently reads the signal from each of
the two photoelectric conversion portions as the pixel signal; and

a phase difference detector configured to detect a phase difference between the two object images by using the pixel signal
read by the second reading operation,

wherein the image sensor includes plural pixel lines arranged in the first direction, each pixel line including pixels lined
in the second direction, and

wherein the signal reader performs, when the phase difference detector detects the phase difference, the second reading operation
on the pixel lines located discretely in the first direction among the plural pixel lines, and wherein the signal reader changes
a starting pixel line from which the second reading operation is started, at an image producing cycle in moving image capturing.

US Pat. No. 9,200,969

FORCE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A force sensor comprising:
a planar pedestal member having an axis perpendicular to a plane of said planar pedestal member;
an action member arranged so as to face said pedestal member, said action member configured to be displaced relative to said
pedestal member by an exerted external force;

a displacement detecting unit configured to detect a displacement of said action member relative to said pedestal member;
a rigid member arranged so as to face said pedestal member;
at least three columnar elastic members arranged at intervals about the axis and extending in a direction perpendicular to
said pedestal member, said at least three columnar elastic members connecting said pedestal member and said rigid member;
and

elastic units arranged around the axis at intervals and connecting said action member and said rigid member,
wherein each of said elastic units includes a pair of beam-shaped elastic members extending in a direction parallel to the
plane of said pedestal member, and each of the pairs of beam-shaped elastic members com rises two leaf springs.

US Pat. No. 9,201,288

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH BLUR CORRECTING FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a display unit which displays a photographed image obtained by a photoelectric conversion unit;
an image display control unit which displays the photographed image by the display unit after the photographed image is obtained
by the photoelectric conversion unit;

a distance information acquiring unit which obtains object distance information in the photographed image;
a blur change unit which changes a blur state of an object image in the photographed image by performing image processing
on the photographed image based on the object distance information obtained by the distance information acquiring unit; and

a recording unit which records the photographed image where the blur state is not changed, photographing lens characteristic
information and photoelectric conversion unit characteristic information with being related to each other,

wherein the image display control unit displays the photographed image where plural object distances in the photographed image
are focused by the blur change unit.

US Pat. No. 9,202,834

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an electronic device, comprising:
forming a structure including a member, and a first film arranged on at least a surface of the member, the member including
a metal pattern, an insulating film covering the metal pattern, a passivation film arranged on the insulating film, and a
trench extending from the passivation film to the insulating film;

forming a second film to cover the first film; and
patterning the second film by a photolithography process using a photomask,
wherein in the forming the second film, an alignment mark including a concave portion corresponding to the trench is formed
in a region above the trench in the second film,

wherein in the patterning the second film, the photomask is aligned with the structure by using the alignment mark, and
wherein the forming the structure includes etching the passivation film and the insulating film such that the trench and an
opening to expose the metal pattern are formed.

US Pat. No. 9,201,582

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,194,825

IMAGING APPARATUS USING TALBOT INTERFERENCE AND ADJUSTING METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a diffraction grating which diffracts electromagnetic waves from an electromagnetic wave source;
a shield grating which shields a part of the electromagnetic waves diffracted by the diffraction grating;
a detector which detects an intensity distribution of the electromagnetic waves through the shield grating; and
an adjusting unit which adjusts an attitude of at least one of the diffraction grating and the shield grating on the basis
of the detection result by the detector,

wherein the adjusting unit:
obtains information on the intensity distribution detected by the detector; and
adjusts an inclination of at least one of the diffraction grating and the shield grating so as to reduce a variation in distance
between the diffraction grating and the shield grating such that the intensity distribution detected by the detector is maintained
within an imaging range.

US Pat. No. 9,195,182

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS, LUBRICANT APPLICATION SYSTEM, LUBRICANT APPLICATION METHOD, AND LUBRICANT CONTAINER-APPLICATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus to which a lubricant application container is dismountably mountable, said image heating apparatus
comprising:
an endless belt configured to heat, in a nip, a toner image on a sheet;
a rotatable member cooperative with said endless belt to form said nip;
an urging member extending in a widthwise direction of said endless belt and configured and positioned to urge said endless
belt toward said rotatable member; and

a guide portion configured and positioned to guide a sliding movement of the lubricant application container while substantially
preventing dismounting of the lubricant application container during the sliding movement, wherein the lubricant application
container is effective to apply a lubricant to a sliding surface of said urging member relative to said endless belt along
a longitudinal direction of said urging member, in a state that endless belt is dismounted from said image heating apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,193,154

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a recording element substrate having a plurality of aligned ejection ports;
a support member having a recessed portion, and supporting the recording element substrate by a bottom portion of the recessed
portion;

a lead terminal electrically connected to the recording element substrate, and extending between the recording element substrate
and a side surface of the recessed portion;

a sealant which is placed between the recording element substrate and the side surface of the recessed portion, and with which
the lead terminal is covered; and

a passage formed in the support member, and having one opening in a sealed region where the sealant is placed and having another
opening in a region different from the sealed region,

wherein the other opening is located in a region of the support member covered with a cap, with which at least the recording
element substrate and an opening of the recessed portion are covered, and

wherein the other opening is located on an outer side from an end ejection port that is located at an end position of the
plurality of aligned ejection ports.

US Pat. No. 9,193,169

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISCHARGING SHIPPING INK

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head having a plurality nozzles for ejecting ink;
an ink tank accommodating ink to be supplied to the print head;
a first pump installed in an ink supply path to supply ink from the ink tank to the print head;
a second pump installed in an ink collect path to collect ink not ejected from the print head to the ink tank;
a first path provided between the ink supply path and the ink collect path and configured to supply ink to the plurality of
nozzles;

a second path provided between the ink supply path and the ink collect path and configured not to communicate with the plurality
of nozzles;

a switch unit installed between the print head and the second pump, and configured to switch between a first state where neither
the first path nor the second path is in communication with the ink collect path, a second state where the first path is in
communication with the ink collect path, and a third state where the second path is in communication with the ink collect
path while the first path is not in communication with the ink collect path.

US Pat. No. 9,197,831

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion system, comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion devices; and
a data processing circuit configured to receive signals to be outputted from the photoelectric conversion devices, wherein
the photoelectric conversion devices are arranged on different semiconductor substrates, and
the photoelectric conversion devices each includes:
a pixel output circuit configured to output a first and second pixel signals having different in signal value;
a signal generation circuit configured to generate a reference signal;
a signal processing circuit configured to receive the first and second pixel signals, and process the first and second pixel
signals;

a plurality of output circuits;
a first transfer line; and
a second transfer line,
the signal processing circuit being electrically connected through the first transfer line to an input node of a first output
circuit of the output circuits,

the signal processing circuit being further electrically connected through the second transfer line to an input node of a
second output circuit of the output circuits,

the input node of the first output circuit and the input node of the second output circuit being configured to receive a common
signal based on the reference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,190,026

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FEATURE FUSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
defining initial inter-visual word relationships between a plurality of visual words that were generated based on visual features;
defining visual word-image relationships between the plurality of visual words and a plurality of images;
defining inter-image relationships between the plurality of images;
generating revised inter-visual word relationships in a vector space based on the initial inter-visual word relationships,
the inter-image relationships, and the visual word-image relationships, wherein generating the revised inter-visual word relationships
in the vector space based on the initial inter-visual word relationships, the inter-image relationships, and the visual word-image
relationships includes

generating a diffusion map that represents the initial inter-visual word relationships, the inter-image relationships, and
the visual word-image relationships,

wherein the diffusion map includes nodes,
wherein the nodes represents a respective visual word or a respective image, and
wherein a diffusion distance between two nodes in the diffusion map is based on a likelihood that a Markov chain transits
from each of the two nodes to a same node by following any arbitrary path that has a length of a given number of transition
steps; and

generating higher-level visual words in the vector space based on the revised inter-visual word relationships.

US Pat. No. 9,191,638

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for correcting a luminance level of an overlap region of a projection screen projected by
a plurality of image display apparatuses, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set an overlap region of the projection screen;
a storage unit configured to store luminance correction data required to correct a luminance level of the overlap region;
a coordinate conversion unit configured to convert a coordinate value of the overlap region into a coordinate value of an
overlap region of not less than a maximum overlap region width, which is configured to be set by the setting unit;

an interpolation calculation unit configured to select two luminance correction data using the converted coordinate value
from the storage unit, and to calculate a luminance correction coefficient by interpolating the selected luminance correction
data using the converted coordinate value; and

a correction unit configured to correct the luminance level of the overlap region using the luminance correction coefficient.

US Pat. No. 9,189,059

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,189,183

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a print device comprising:
a reception unit for receiving a first job which causes the print device to perform print processing and a second job which
causes the print device not to perform print processing; and

a control unit for performing an initialization of the print device after power is supplied to the print device, in a case
that a job received by the reception unit when the print device is powered off is the second job and a time elapsed when the
print device has been powered off exceeds a threshold value,

wherein the control unit does not perform the initialization of the print device in a case that the job received by the reception
unit when the print device is powered off is the second job and the time elapsed when the print device has been powered off
does not exceed the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,188,931

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration type driving apparatus, comprising:
a vibrating body comprising an elastic body comprising a vibrating portion, and an electrical-mechanical energy converting
element fixed to the elastic body; and

a driven body in pressure contact with a frictional portion of the vibrating portion,
wherein
the vibrating body and the driven body are relatively moved by driving vibration generated when an alternating voltage is
applied to the electrical-mechanical energy converting element;

the elastic body includes a fixing portion for fixing the vibrating body to another member, and a connecting portion for connecting
the vibrating portion and the fixing portion; and

the connecting portion includes plural uneven rigidity components in a circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 9,189,714

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,187,662

INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising water, a water-soluble organic solvent and an organic pigment, wherein
a primary particle of the organic pigment has a ratio (minor axis b)/(major axis a) of 0.70 or more and a particle diameter
of 35 nm or less,

the ink contains the water-soluble organic solvent with a dielectric constant of 25.0 or less in an amount of 0.5% by mass
or more based on the total mass of the ink, and

a dielectric constant ?mix of the ink as calculated according to the following equation (1) is 66 or more and 72 or less:

?mix=?n?nrn/?nrn,  Equation (1):

wherein n means a kind of water or the water-soluble organic solvent, ?n is a dielectric constant of water or the water-soluble organic solvent represented by n, and rn is a content of water or the water-soluble organic solvent represented by n based on the total mass of the ink.

US Pat. No. 9,183,404

IMAGE SENDING APPARATUS AND AUTHENTICATION METHOD IN IMAGE SENDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sending apparatus comprising:
one or more memory devices storing instructions for execution by one or more processors; and
the one or more processors, operable when executing the instructions to:
receive a password;
perform processing for first authentication using the password to allow a user to set a sending method from among a plurality
of different sending methods for sending image data;

store the password in response to a result of the first authentication being an authentication success result;
set a sending method for sending the image data to a destination based on a user instruction;
determine, based on setting information associated with the set sending method for sending the image data to the destination,
whether to use the stored password as a password for second authentication required to send the image data to the destination;
and

perform processing for the second authentication, wherein, in response to determining to use the stored password as the password
for the second authentication, the processing for the second authentication is performed with use of the stored password,
and, in response to determining not to use the stored password as the password for the second authentication, the processing
for the second authentication is performed without use of the stored password.

US Pat. No. 9,179,014

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an interface unit configured to connect a reader/writer device into which a memory card can be inserted and from which the
memory card can be detached;

a detection unit configured to detect, as detection result, a connection and then a disconnection between the interface unit
and the reader/writer device, and a reconnection of the reader/writer device to the interface unit after the reader/writer
device is temporarily disconnected from the interface unit;

an unmount unit configured to set the memory card to an unmounted state;
a display unit configured to display information representing the disconnection between the interface unit and the reader/writer
unit that is detected by the detection unit; and

a control unit configured to control the display unit,
wherein the control unit controls, in response to the detection unit detecting that the reader/writer device is temporarily
disconnected from the interface unit, the display unit not to display information about the temporary disconnection of the
reader/writer device from the interface unit,

wherein the temporary disconnection is a temporary electrical disconnection between the reader/writer device and the interface
unit resulting from an event external to the interface unit and the reader/writer device, and

wherein the event is noise in an electric signal between the interface unit and the reader/writer device that temporarily
brings an electrical connection between the interface unit and the reader/writer device to an abnormal state during which
the information processing apparatus cannot recognize the reader/writer device, and wherein the reader/writer device remains
physically connected to the interface unit via a cable.

US Pat. No. 9,176,435

BELT UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE BELT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt unit used for an image forming apparatus, the belt unit comprising:
a rotatable endless belt;
a drive roller;
an urging member;
a tension roller that is one of a plurality of rollers to stretch the belt and is pressed from an inner periphery to an outer
periphery side of the belt by the urging member and configured to apply tension to the belt,

wherein the tension roller is a roller disposed at a farthest position from the drive roller among the plurality of rollers;
and

a contact and separation unit configured to switch a position of the tension roller to a contact position to come into contact
with the inner surface of the belt, or a separate position for separating from the inner surface of the belt,

wherein, the contact and separation unit comprises a shock-absorbing member and a regulating member configured to regulate
the position of the tension roller in an urged direction, and

wherein, in a case where moving a position of the tension roller from the separation position to the contact position, the
regulating member moves and the shock-absorbing member reduces the movement speed of the regulating member by making contact
with the regulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,179,040

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,175,953

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS TO CALCULATE WAVEFRONT ABERRATION OF OPTICAL SYSTEM USING SHEARING INTERFERENCE FRINGES, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a wavefront aberration of an optical system to be measured, the apparatus comprising:
a light source;
a first optical system arranged in an optical path from said light source to the optical system to be measured, and configured
to reflect a certain component of a light beam emitted by said light source by a final surface thereof and transmit a remaining
component of the light beam emitted by said light source through the final surface;

a reflecting surface configured to reflect a light beam including the remaining component transmitted through said first optical
system and the optical system to be measured;

a diffraction grating configured to:
generate first laterally shifted wavefronts from the certain component reflected by the final surface and generate a first
shearing interference fringe by interfering the first laterally shifted wavefronts, each of the first laterally shifted wavefronts
having an aberration of the first optical system; and

generate second laterally shifted wavefronts from the remaining component reflected by said reflecting surface and generate
a second shearing interference fringe by interfering the second laterally shifted wavefronts, each of the second laterally
shifted wavefronts having an aberration of the first optical system and the optical system to be measured;

a changing mechanism configured to change a tilt of the final surface or a tilt of said reflecting surface for shifting a
first phase of the certain component reflected by the final surface;

a driving mechanism configured to drive the diffraction grating for shifting the first phase and a second phase of the remaining
component reflected by said reflecting surface at the same velocity;

a controller configured to control said changing mechanism and said driving mechanism so that the first phase and the second
phase are each shifted at a different velocity;

an image sensing unit configured to sense both the first shearing interference fringe and the second shearing interference
fringe generated by said diffraction grating while shifting the first phase and the second phase each at the different velocity;
and

an arithmetic unit configured to calculate, a wavefront aberration of said first optical system and a wavefront aberration
of both said first optical system and the optical system to be measured, using data on both the first shearing interference
fringe and the second shearing interference fringe sensed by said image sensing unit, and calculate a wavefront aberration
of the optical system to be measured based on the two calculated wavefront aberrations.

US Pat. No. 9,179,068

IMAGING APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to capture an image within a first range on an imaging surface;
a first correction unit configured to optically correct for image shake on the image surface resulting from shake of the imaging
apparatus;

a second correction unit configured to electronically correct image shake on the image surface resulting from shake of the
imaging apparatus, and output an image from a second range that is narrower than the first range; and

a control unit configured to determine a moveable amount of the first correction unit,
wherein the control unit performs control to increase the moveable amount of the first correction unit when second correction
unit is performed in comparison to when the second correction unit is not performed.

US Pat. No. 9,176,054

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,174,819

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a lowering control unit configured to lower a sheet stacking portion;
a determination unit configured to determine that the sheet stacking portion cannot be lowered by the lowering control unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a position of the sheet stacking portion at which the determination unit determines
that the sheet stacking portion cannot be lowered;

an identification unit configured to identify an amount of sheets stackable on the sheet stacking portion without removing
an obstacle placed under the sheet stacking portion based on the position acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a notification unit configured to notify the amount of sheets identified by the identification unit and an amount of sheets
stackable on the sheet stacking portion after removal of the obstacle placed under the sheet stacking portion.

US Pat. No. 9,172,827

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,170,543

INSPECTION APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO INSPECT A PRINTED PRODUCT BY POSITIONING A READING TARGET IMAGE OBTAINABLE BY READING THE PRINTED PRODUCT RELATIVE TO A REFERENCE IMAGE AND COLLATING THE READING TARGET IMAGE WITH THE REFERENCE I

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection apparatus configured to inspect a printed product by positioning a reading target image obtainable by reading
the printed product relative to a reference image and collating the reading target image with the reference image, the inspection
apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
performing positioning processing for the reference image and the reading target image with a first precision;
detecting an image defect candidate area by collating the reading target image with the reference image,
determining whether an edge area is present in an area, of the reference image, which corresponds to the detected image defect
candidate area,

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the edge area is present in the area of the reference image, the positioning
processing is newly performed for the reference image and the reading target image in the image defect candidate area with
a second precision that is higher than the first precision and the reading target image is collated with the reference image
in the image defect candidate area in which the positioning processing has been performed with the second precision, and

wherein, in a case where it is not determined that the edge area is present in the area of the reference image, the positioning
processing for the reference image and the reading target image in the image defect candidate area with the second precision
is not performed and the image defect candidate area is detected as an area having an image defect.

US Pat. No. 9,168,773

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,165,964

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels, wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes:
a first semiconductor area, forming a first sub-pixel including an upper surface that is a first light receiving surface that
is configured to receive light;

a second semiconductor area, having a polarity different from a polarity of the first semiconductor area, forming a second
sub-pixel including an upper surface that is a second light receiving surface that is configured to receive light; and

a third semiconductor area, all of the third semiconductor area having a polarity equal to the polarity of the first semiconductor
area, arranged between the pixel and an adjacent pixel to separate the pixel and the adjacent pixel; and

a microlens,
wherein the first semiconductor area is included in the second semiconductor area and the second semiconductor area is included
in the third semiconductor area, and

wherein a center of gravity position of the first light-receiving surface defining the first semiconductor area is different
from a center of gravity position of a light-receiving surface defining a combination of both the first light receiving surface
of the first semiconductor area and the second light receiving surface of the second semiconductor area.

US Pat. No. 9,164,452

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion configured to fix an image formed on a recording material, said fixing portion including an endless belt,
a heater contacted to an inner surface of said endless belt, a pressing member configured to form a fixing nip with said heater
through said endless belt, and a temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature of said heater;

a central processing unit configured to control an operation of the apparatus; and
a switching mechanism configured to switch a state of said fixing nip between a first state in which pressure at the time
of a fixing operation is applied in the fixing nip and a second state in which the pressure at the time of the fixing operation
is not applied in the fixing nip,

wherein when the temperature detected by said temperature detection element is no less than a threshold value in the second
state despite the lack of a signal produced by the central processing unit to energize said heater, the central processing
unit controls said switching mechanism to switch the state of said fixing nip from the second state to the first state, and

wherein if the temperature detected by said temperature detection element immediately after switching the state of said fixing
nip from the first state to the second state is no less than a predetermined value, the threshold value is set to a first
value, and if the temperature detected by said temperature detection element immediately after switching the state of said
fixing nip from the first state to the second state is no more than the predetermined value, the threshold value is set to
a second value lower than the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,164,714

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CONTROLLING A USER INTERFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a control unit configured to execute an operating system (OS) providing a
first user interface environment appropriate for a touch panel and a second UI environment different from the first UI environment
and a device driver configured to control an image forming apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set, in advance, information to be set via a pop-up dialog in the second UI environment as a
function of the device driver, before a request to the image forming apparatus is executed;

a control unit configured to pop up the dialog in the second UI environment as a function of the device driver according to
execution of the request to the image forming apparatus; and

an execution unit configured to execute processing regarding the request by using the information set by the setting unit
if an operation by a user on the pop-up dialog, according to execution of the request by an application operating in the first
UI environment, in the second UI environment is not performed for a predetermined period of time,

wherein, according to the pop-up dialog in the second UI environment, a toast prompting the user to change the first UI environment
to the second UI environment is displayed for a predetermined period of time in the first UI environment, as a function of
the OS, and

wherein the predetermined period of time is longer than a display time for the toast, which is displayed as a function of
the OS.

US Pat. No. 9,164,459

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing an image;
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer containing toner to a developing position where said developer carrying
member is opposed to said image bearing member to develop a latent image formed on said image bearing member;

a first accommodating portion for containing the developer and for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member
at a first position opposing said developer carrying member;

a second accommodating portion for collecting the developer from said developer carrying member at a position opposing said
developer carrying member and for containing the developer, said second accommodating portion communicating with said first
accommodating portion to form a circulation path and being provided upstream of said first accommodating portion with respect
to a rotational moving direction of said developer carrying member;

a first feeding member for feeding the developer in said first accommodating portion;
a second feeding member for feeding the developer in said second accommodating portion;
an acquiring portion for acquiring information relating to a consumption amount of the toner; and
a controller for executing, during an execution of an image formation job in which an image forming operation is carried out
continuously on a plurality of recording materials, an operation in a mode in which said developer carrying member is stopped
while driving said first feeding member and said second feeding member

wherein said controller determines whether to execute the operation on the basis of pieces of information which are acquired
at predetermined intervals within a predetermined period by said acquiring portion.

US Pat. No. 9,164,256

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens unit comprising:
a mount to mechanically couple with an image pickup apparatus and to electrically connect the lens unit with the image pickup
apparatus; and

a lens controller configured to receive power supply at a fourth voltage from the image pickup apparatus, to produce from
the fourth voltage a sixth voltage different from the fourth voltage, and to perform the communication with the image pickup
apparatus with the sixth voltage,

wherein the mount includes a first lens terminal enabling provision of type of the lens unit by a configuration connected
with an element having a resistance value corresponding to the type of the lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,167,145

RECEIVING DEVICE FOR RECEIVING A WIRELESS OPERATION SIGNAL FOR CONTROLLING A LENS OR A CAMERA BY A FIRST OR A SECOND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a photographic lens including a photographic optical system;
a photographic camera configured to be attachable to and detachable from the photographic lens and including an image sensor
configured to receive light from the photographic lens; and

a receiving device configured to wirelessly receive an operation signal for controlling the photographic lens or the photographic
camera from a remote operation device,

wherein the receiving device includes a first hole to be used for fixing the receiving device to the photographic lens or
the photographic camera by a first method and two second holes to be used for fixing the receiving device to the photographic
lens or the photographic camera by a second method different from the first method, and

wherein the two second holes are passed through with a belt for fixing the receiving device, the two second holes being longer
in a first direction, the two second holes are arranged in a second direction different from the first direction with respect
to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,158,217

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising
a binder resin and a wax,
wherein
the binder resin contains a binder resin A and a binder resin B,
the binder resin A:
i) has a softening point of at least 120° C. and not more than 150° C.;
ii) has a polyester unit; and
iii) has a terminal of which a first aliphatic compound has been condensed, the first aliphatic compound being selected from
the group consisting of

an aliphatic monocarboxylic acid having a melting point of 60° C. or more and not more than 85° C., and
an aliphatic monoalcohol having a melting point of 60° C. or more and not more than 85° C.,
and
the binder resin B:
i) has a softening point of at least 80° C. and not more than 115° C.;
ii) has a polyester unit; and
iii) has a terminal of which a second aliphatic compound has been condensed, the second aliphatic compound being selected
from the group consisting of

an aliphatic monocarboxylic acid having a melting point of 90° C. or more and not more than 120° C., and
an aliphatic monoalcohol having a melting point of 90° C. or more and not more than 120° C.

US Pat. No. 9,158,251

FILM AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE USING FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cylindrical film used in an image heating device heating a recording material on which an image has been formed, the
cylindrical film comprising:
a resin layer, the resin layer being made from a resin in which a crystalline resin and an amorphous resin having a higher
glass transition temperature than that of the crystalline resin are blended,

wherein a volume ratio of the crystalline resin with respect to the amorphous resin in the resin layer is 70/30 to 99/1.

US Pat. No. 9,160,870

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,154,664

RECEIVER IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CAPABLE OF POST-PROCESSING, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A receiver image processing apparatus configured to communicate with a sender image processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor and a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
print data received from the sender image processing apparatus on sheets;
make a setting as to whether to perform post-processing on the printed sheets; and
notify first size information that represents-first and second sizes respectively corresponding to a first type of sheet and
a second type of sheet, as ability information of the receiver image processing apparatus, to the sender image processing
apparatus in a case where an incoming call arrives from the sender image processing apparatus and the setting to perform post-processing
on sheets has not been made, and to notify second size information that represents the first size corresponding to the first
type of sheet and does not represent the second size corresponding to the second type of sheet, as the ability information
of the receiver image processing apparatus, to the sender image processing apparatus in a case where the incoming call arrives
from the sender image processing apparatus and the setting to perform post-processing on sheets has been made.

US Pat. No. 9,150,371

JOB PROCESSING METHOD AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print images onto sheets;
a detection unit configured to detect multi feed of a part of the sheets;
a control unit configured to perform control so as to discharge the part of sheets to a first discharging unit while discharging
remaining sheets to a second discharging unit; and

a reception unit configured to receive an instruction for interrupting execution of a print job when the detection unit detects
the multi feed of sheets, the instruction being received before the execution of the print job is started;

wherein said control unit performs control so as to discharge the part of sheets to the first discharging unit and continue
the execution of the print job in a case where the reception unit has not received the instruction when the detection unit
detects the multi feed of sheets, and performs control so as to discharge the part of sheets to the first discharging unit
and interrupt the execution of the print job in a case where the reception unit has received the instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,154,057

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER DEVICE AND ANALYTE INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer device, comprising:
a first substrate;
electromechanical transducer elements two-dimensionally arrayed on a front surface of the first substrate and configured to
provide conversion between acoustic waves and electric signals;

an electric wiring substrate that is a second substrate electrically connected with a back surface of the first substrate;
a first acoustic matching layer provided between the first substrate and the second substrate;
a second acoustic matching layer provided on a back surface of the second substrate; and
an acoustic attenuating member arranged on a back surface of the second acoustic matching layer.

US Pat. No. 9,146,388

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image plane 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; a fourth
lens unit having a negative refractive power; and a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein at least the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit move during zooming such that at a telephoto end, in comparison
with a wide angle end, an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit increases, an interval between the
second lens unit and the third lens unit decreases, an interval between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit changes,
and an interval between the fourth lens unit and the fifth lens unit increases, and the fifth lens unit does not move, and

the zoom lens further comprises a reflection unit for bending a light path, between the fourth lens unit and the fifth lens
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,141,312

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING DATA ENABLING SELECTION OF AN IMAGE TO BE TRANSMITTED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus;
a detection unit configured to detect that connection with the external apparatus through said communication unit has been
established; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit selection data in case that the communication apparatus is operating in a capture
mode for capturing images, the communication apparatus and the external apparatus approach each other and the detection unit
detects that the connection with the external apparatus through said communication unit has been established, wherein the
selection data enable a user to select an image to be transmitted from a plurality of data held by said communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,141,083

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, the main
assembly including an opening, a door movable between a close position for closing the opening and an open position for opening
the opening, a first force application member movable with movement of the door from the open position to the closing position
and a second force application member movable by a driving force from a driving source, said process cartridge comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a drum unit containing said electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing unit which contains said developing roller and which is movable relative to said drum unit such that developing
roller is movable between a contact position in which said developing roller is contacted to said electrophotographic photosensitive
drum and a spaced position in which said developing roller is spaced from said electrophotographic photosensitive drum; and

a force receiving device including a first force receiving portion for receiving a force from the first force application
member by movement of said door from the open position to the close position in the state that process cartridge is mounted
to the main assembly of the apparatus through the opening, and a second force receiving portion movable from a stand-by position
by movement of said first force receiving portion by a force received from the first force application member, wherein said
second force receiving portion takes a projected position for receiving a force from the second force application member to
move said developing unit from the contact position to the spaced position, the projected position being higher than the stand-by
position.

US Pat. No. 9,143,925

COMMUNICATION PARAMETER SETTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFORE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store first communication parameters to wirelessly communicate in a first wireless network complying
with an IEEE802.11 standard and second communication parameters to wirelessly communicate in a second wireless network complying
with an IEEE802.11 standard, wherein the first communication parameters include a first wireless network identifier, a first
encryption method, and a first encryption key, and the second communication parameters include a second wireless network identifier,
a second encryption method, and a second encryption key;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a communication parameter setting scheme used to provide a partner apparatus
with communication parameters is either an authentication code scheme requiring an authentication code input to the communication
apparatus by a user or a non-authentication code scheme not requiring the authentication code input by the user but requiring
a pushing of both a first predetermined button on the communication apparatus and a second predetermined button on the partner
apparatus by the user;

a selection unit configured to select, from the communication parameters stored in the storage unit, any one of the first
communication parameters and the second communication parameters in accordance with the setting scheme determined by the determination
unit; and

a providing unit configured to provide the partner apparatus with the communication parameters selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,141,939

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SERVER, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing system comprising an image processing apparatus, a document management server for managing document
data received from the image processing apparatus, and a matter management server for managing the document data and a matter
in association with each other,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive document data;
an obtainment unit configured to obtain a list of items of attribute information for respectively indicating items on matters
from the matter management server; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the document management server, the document data received by the reception
unit and the list of items of attribute information obtained by the obtainment unit,

the document management server comprising:
a presenting unit configured to present, in accordance with a request from an external apparatus, the document data and the
list of items of attribute information transmitted by the transmission unit of the image processing apparatus, to the external
apparatus; and

a registration unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, association information for associating the document
data with the matter data that is selected by the external apparatus based on the document data and the list of items of attribute
information presented by the presenting unit and associates the document data with the matter data, and to register, together
with the association information, the document data in the matter management server via the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,134,664

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, FIXING DEVICE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A member for electrophotography, comprising:
a substrate;
a cured silicone rubber elastic layer comprising an unsaturated aliphatic group; and
a fluorine resin surface layer obtained by melting a fluorine resin powder on the cured silicone rubber elastic layer,
wherein:
when a microhardness of a cured rubber forming the cured silicone rubber elastic layer is defined as H?0, and

when a microhardness of a rubber obtained by soaking the cured rubber in a methyl hydrogen silicone oil for 24 hours, and
then further curing the cured rubber is defined as H?1,

H?1/H?0 is from 2.5 to 5.0.

US Pat. No. 9,134,435

IMAGE-PICKUP SYSTEM CAPABLE OF SENSING AN END OF RADIATION DURING AN ACCUMULATION OPERATION AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-pickup system comprising:
an image-pickup apparatus including a detector comprising a detecting unit and a reading circuit, the detecting unit being
provided with pixels that are arranged in matrix-form, where each of the pixels includes a conversion element converting a
radiation into an electric charge, the reading circuit including a connecting unit that is electrically connected to a signal
wire transferring an electric signal corresponding to the electric charge and that electrically connects the signal wire to
a node to which a specified potential is supplied, the reading circuit being provided to perform a reading operation to output
the electric signal from the pixel; and

a sensing unit configured to sense an end of irradiation of a radiation based on an output of the reading circuit, the output
being acquired while the connecting unit is not electrically connecting the signal wire to the node during an accumulation
operation by the detector.

US Pat. No. 9,132,635

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising:
an element substrate, including
an energy generating element configured to generate thermal energy, provided onto a surface of the element substrate, and
a supply port configured to supply liquid, formed in the element substrate; and
a flow path forming substrate joined with the element substrate, including
a circular discharging port configured to discharge liquid droplets,
a bubble generating chamber communicating with the circular discharging port and formed so as to include the energy generating
element,

a discharge flow path configured to connect the circular discharging port and the bubble generating chamber, and
a supply path configured to connect the bubble generating chamber and the supply port, extending along the element substrate,
wherein the discharge flow path has, as viewed from a direction orthogonal to the flow path forming substrate, a shape greater
in surface area than the circular discharging port but smaller in surface area than the bubble generating chamber, of which
an upstream side in a direction of liquid flowing from the supply path to the bubble generating chamber is formed in a semicircular
shape, and a downstream side is formed in a semi-polygonal shape, and

wherein, as viewed from a direction orthogonal to the flow path forming substrate, a distance from a center of the circular
discharging port to a farthest corner of the semi-polygonal shape is longer than a distance from the center of the circular
discharging port to a farthest arc portion of the semicircular shape.

US Pat. No. 9,132,647

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND FABRICATING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head capable of ejecting liquid from a plurality of kinds of ejection ports having different opening
areas, the liquid ejection head comprising:
a liquid supply port communicating with the plurality of kinds of ejection ports; and
a defoaming opening communicating, via a defoaming channel, with at least one kind of ejection port out of the plurality of
kinds of ejection ports excluding the ejection port having the largest opening area out of the plurality of kinds of ejection
ports,

wherein the defoaming opening is located at a downstream side of the at least one kind of ejection port in a direction of
liquid flow when the liquid in the liquid ejection head is sucked from the defoaming opening.

US Pat. No. 9,132,669

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire one or a plurality of candidates for a size of a printing medium, wherein the one
or the plurality of candidates are based on a detection result by a sensor for detecting the size of the printing medium;
and

a printing control unit configured to cause a printing unit to print on the printing medium an image,
wherein if the plurality of candidates acquired by the acquisition are narrowed down to one candidate corresponding to a combination
of a plurality of conditions, the printing control unit causes the printing unit to print an image having a size corresponding
to the one candidate,

and wherein if the plurality of candidates cannot be narrowed down to one candidate by the plurality of conditions, the printing
control unit causes the printing unit to print an image having a size corresponding to a candidate specified according to
a predetermined priority order for a size of a printing medium.

US Pat. No. 9,135,523

APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for processing image data obtained by reading a document and a background image outside the document, the
apparatus comprising:
one or more processors;
a memory configured to store program data executed by the one or more processors;
a similarity determination section configured to determine a degree of similarity between a color of the background image
and a color of a marginal region of the document from the image data;

a region extraction parameter section configured to set a region extraction parameter based on the degree of similarity determined
by the similarity determination unit; and

a document determination section configured to determine a document region by using the region extraction parameter from the
image data.

US Pat. No. 9,134,502

DRIVE APPARATUS OF VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive apparatus of a vibration-type actuator comprising:
an alternate current signal generation unit configured to generate a first alternate current signal applied to a first electrode
of an electric-mechanical energy conversion element of a vibrator and a second alternate current signal applied to a second
electrode of the electric-mechanical energy conversion element; and

a control unit configured to set a voltage amplitude of the first alternate current signal and a voltage amplitude of the
second alternate current signal such that when the vibrator is in a non-movement state, the voltage amplitudes are set to
be greater than 0 and to be in a dead zone,

wherein the dead zone is a range of the voltage amplitudes of the first alternate current signal and the second alternate
current signal applied to the electric-mechanical energy conversion element, within which no driving force on a driven element
is generated.

US Pat. No. 9,137,207

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL DEVICE VIA NETWORK, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which communicates with an external device via a network, comprising:
a registering unit configured to register a plurality of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses as IP addresses for which communication
should be allowed or prohibited;

a receiving unit configured to receive a packet from the external device;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a transmission-source IP address from the received packet;
an extracting unit configured to extract a prefix number and an interface ID from the transmission-source IP address;
a first identifying unit configured to identify, from among the plurality of IP addresses registered by the registering unit,
a first IP address having an interface ID that is the same as the interface ID extracted by the extracting unit;

a second identifying unit configured to identify, from among the plurality of IP addresses registered by the registering unit,
a second IP address having a prefix number that is the same as a prefix number of the first IP address identified by the first
identifying unit; and

a changing unit configured to change the prefix number of the first IP address and the second IP address to the prefix number
extracted by the extracting unit,

wherein at least one of the registering unit, receiving unit, obtaining unit, extracting unit, first identifying unit, second
identifying unit and changing unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,131,131

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A MAIN BODY AND A MOVEABLE UNIT CONNECTED TO THE MAIN BODY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device, comprising:
a main body;
a movable unit connected to the main body and rotatable around a first axis as a rotation center with respect to the main
body;

a magnetic field generating member provided in the main body; and
a magnetic field detection sensor arranged in a position on a straight line parallel with the first axis and extending on
the first axis,

wherein in a case that the movable unit is rotated around the first axis as the rotation center with respect to the main body,
a direction of a magnetic field that can be detected by the magnetic field detection sensor changes and an output signal of
the magnetic field detection sensor changes.

US Pat. No. 9,128,273

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH ZOOM LENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit of a positive refractive power,
a second lens unit of a negative refractive power, a third lens unit of a positive refractive power, and a rear lens group
including one or more lens units, the first, second, and third lens units being moved towards the object side during zooming
from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end,
wherein the first lens unit includes a positive lens and a negative lens, and following conditions are satisfied:
0.05
0.1
where M1, M2, and M3 denote movement amounts of the first, second, and third lens units, respectively, during zooming from the wide-angle end
to the telephoto end, the movement amount denotes differences between positions of the lens unit at the wide-angle end and
the telephoto end, a sign of the movement amount is set to be positive in a case where the lens unit is arranged nearer to
an object side in the telephoto end than in the wide-angle end, and fw denotes a focal length of the entire zoom lens at the
wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,126,789

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus configured to feed a sheet to an image forming unit, comprising:
a frame of the sheet feeding apparatus;
a first sheet storage unit including a first sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked, the first sheet storage unit
being drawable with respect to the frame;

a second sheet storage unit including a second sheet stacking portion on which a sheet is stacked, the second sheet storage
portion being drawable with respect to the frame and being disposed above the first sheet storage unit;

a first sheet feeding unit configured to feed the sheet stacked on the first sheet stacking portion;
a second sheet feeding unit configured to feed the sheet stacked on the second sheet stacking portion;
a first lift unit configured to lift the first stacking portion;
a first detecting unit configured to detect that the first sheet storage unit is mounted at a first position on the frame;
a second detecting unit configured to detect that the second sheet storage unit is mounted at a second position on the frame;
a first conveyance path provided in the frame and configured to guide the sheet fed by the first feeding unit to the image
forming unit;

a second conveyance path provided in the frame and configured to guide the sheet fed by the second feeding unit to the image
forming unit;

a controller configured to control the first lift unit,
wherein the controller controls the first lift unit such that the first lift unit restricts lifting of the first stacking
portion in a case where the first detecting unit detects that the first sheet storage unit is mounted at the first position
on the frame in a state that the second detecting unit does not detect that the second sheet storage unit is mounted at the
second position on the frame, and

wherein the first sheet feeding unit includes a roller, the roller being at a position where detaching of the roller from
the frame is allowable in a state that the second storage unit is drawn from the second position with respect to the frame,
and detaching of the roller from the frame is allowable through a space formed by the second storage unit being drawn from
the second position with respect to the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,126,790

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS REMAINING SHEET AMOUNT, INFORMATION TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a plurality of sheet feed trays, comprising:
a remaining sheet amount-detecting unit configured to detect a change of a remaining sheet amount level of each of the plurality
of sheet feed trays;

a remaining sheet count-holding unit configured to hold a remaining sheet count of each of the plurality of sheet feed trays;
a sheet feed-detecting unit configured to detect sheet feed from one sheet feed tray, designated by a print job, out of the
plurality of sheet feed trays;

an updating unit configured to subtract, whenever said sheet feed-detecting unit detects the sheet feed from the designated
sheet feed tray, one from the remaining sheet count of the designated sheet feed tray held by said remaining sheet count-holding
unit;

a correction unit configured to correct, in response to said remaining sheet amount-detecting unit detecting a change of a
remaining sheet amount level of the designated sheet feed tray, the remaining sheet count of the designated sheet feed tray,
which has been updated by said updating unit, to the remaining sheet count corresponding to the remaining sheet amount level
after the change detected by said remaining sheet amount-detecting unit; and

a control unit configured to change, in response to the remaining sheet count being corrected by said correction unit, sheet
feed trays such that sheets are fed from another sheet feed tray, of which a remaining sheet count is not corrected by said
correction unit, the another sheet feed tray being one of the sheet feed trays having sheets set therein, the set sheets being
the same in type and size with the sheets set in the designated sheet feed tray,

wherein said control unit does not change the sheet feed trays in a case where there is not the another sheet feed tray, of
which the remaining sheet count is not corrected by said correction unit, and which is one of trays having the sheets set
therein, the set sheets being the same in type and size with the sheets set in the designated sheet feed tray.

US Pat. No. 9,128,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING POWER CONTROL TO SELECT POWER LEVELS BASED ON TEMPERATURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing unit configured to perform heat fixing an unfixed toner image formed on a recording sheet onto the recording sheet,
the fixing unit includes a heater that generates heat by electric power supplied from an alternating-current power supply;
and

a power control unit configured to control the electric power to be supplied to the heater such that the fixing unit is kept
to a target temperature,

wherein the power control unit is configured to select a power level per one control cycle from a control table in which a
plurality of power levels have been set in accordance with a temperature of the fixing unit, the duration of the one control
cycle being defined by a predetermined number of consecutive half-cycles in an alternating-current waveform,

wherein the alternating-current waveform flowing in the heater in the one control cycle including a phase control waveform
in which a current flows only in a part of a half-cycle of the alternating-current waveform and a wave number control waveform
in which all current flows in a half-cycle of the alternating-current waveform,

wherein as the control table, a plurality of control tables having different ratios of the phase control waveforms and the
wave number control waveforms in the one control cycle have been set, and

the control unit is configured to select one of the plurality of control tables depending on a set target temperature, and
select a power level from the selected control table in accordance with the temperature of the fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,128,446

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a reversing unit configured to reverse the printed sheet;
a post-processing unit configured to perform post-processing to the printed sheet;
a receiving unit configured to receive the printed sheet in a position subjected to post-processing by the post-processing
unit;

a control unit configured to control the reversing unit and the post-processing unit such that, in a case where the printed
sheet subjected to post-processing by the post-processing unit is to be received in the position in a first orientation, control
the reversing unit not to reverse the printed sheet and the post-processing unit to perform post-processing to the printed
sheet received by the receiving unit, and, in a case where the printed sheet subjected to post-processing by the post-processing
unit is to be received in the position in a second orientation, control the reversing unit to reverse the printed sheet and
the post-processing unit to perform post-processing to the printed sheet received by the receiving unit after the reversing
unit reverses the printed sheet; and

a display unit configured to, in a case where the printed sheet subjected to post-processing by the post-processing unit is
to be received in the position in the second orientation and the sheet subjected to image printing by the printing unit and
post-processing by the post-processing unit is of a type unsuitable for reversal, display a screen for a user to change the
type of the sheet to be used for printing by the printing unit and post-processing by the post-processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,128,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE CONVEYING PATH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion which forms a toner image;
a collecting container which is detachably arranged in an apparatus main body and which collects toner discharged from the
image forming portion;

a conveying pipe which is movable in relation to the apparatus main body, and which conveys toner exhausted from the image
forming portion to the collecting container, wherein the conveying pipe is rotatable to a first position and to a second position
different from the first position;

a member which is configured to permit detaching of a portion of the apparatus main body that faces the collecting container,
wherein the member is positioned so to overlap, in a direction along an axis of rotation of the conveying pipe, the conveying
pipe when the conveying pipe is located at the first position, and to not overlap the conveying pipe when the conveying pipe
is located at the second position; and

a fixing portion which is configured to fix the conveying pipe in the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,126,401

RECORDING APPARATUS AND PATTERN FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus to record an image to a recording medium, the recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head having a nozzle array in which a plurality of nozzles for discharging ink is arranged in a predetermined
direction;

a scanning unit configured to scan the recording head to the recording medium relatively in a crossing direction which crosses
the predetermined direction;

a recording control unit configured to cause the recording head to record an adjusting pattern for adjusting a recording position
of the recording head to the recording medium and a detecting pattern for detecting nozzle of defective discharge on a recording
medium by discharging ink from a nozzle group which is formed by a part of the plurality of nozzles in the nozzle array;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an information regarding number of nozzles of defective discharge in the nozzle group
based on the detecting pattern;

a determining unit configured to determine an adjusting value (i) based on the adjusting pattern recorded by the recording
head in a case where the number indicated by the information obtained by the obtaining unit is smaller than a threshold value,
and (ii) not based on the adjusting pattern recorded by the recording head in a case where the number indicated by the information
obtained by the obtaining unit is larger than the threshold value; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust the recording position of the recording head based on the adjusting value determined
by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,124,803

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit that picks up an object to generate moving image data;
a detection unit that detects at least one of a shooting direction of the image pickup unit and an attitude of the image pickup
apparatus;

a storage unit that temporarily stores moving image data generated by the image pickup unit;
an instruction unit that instructs operation to photograph a still image; and
a recording unit that reads out the moving image data traced back by a predetermined time period from a timing when still
image photographing is instructed by the instruction unit, from the storage unit, and records the read-out moving image data
in a recording medium,

wherein, in the moving image data traced back by the predetermined time period, the recording unit does not record, in the
recording medium, at least a portion of the moving image data in the predetermined time period, based on at least one of the
shooting direction and the attitude of the image pickup apparatus detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,124,833

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array having a plurality of effective pixels arranged in an array;
an effective signal line to which a signal of a plurality of effective pixels aligned in a first direction is output;
a dummy pixel provided with respect to the plurality of effective pixels aligned in the first direction;
a dummy signal line to which a signal of the dummy pixel is output; and
a processing unit configured to correct the signal from the effective signal line, based on the signal from the dummy signal
line,

wherein the effective pixels include a photoelectric converter, a charge-voltage converter configured to convert a charge
generated in the photoelectric converter into voltage, and an output unit configured to output a signal corresponding to the
voltage of the charge-voltage converter, to the effective signal line,

the dummy pixel includes a charge-voltage converter that has the same configuration as the charge-voltage converter of the
effective pixel, and an output unit configured to output a signal corresponding to voltage of the charge-voltage converter
of the dummy pixel, to the dummy signal line, and

a shortest distance between the charge-voltage converter of the dummy pixel and the effective signal line is longer than a
shortest distance between the charge-voltage converter of the dummy pixel and the dummy signal line.

US Pat. No. 9,124,835

METHOD FOR DRIVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for driving a photoelectric conversion device which includes a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix,
each of the pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit,
a holding unit configured to hold electric charges,
a floating diffusion,
a first transfer unit configured to transfer electric charges generated in the photoelectric conversion unit to the holding
unit,

a second transfer unit configured to transfer electric charges accumulated in the holding unit to the floating diffusion,
a third transfer unit configured to reset the photoelectric conversion unit, and
a resetting unit configured to reset the floating diffusion, the method comprising:
outputting, after the first transfer units of the first, second and third rows are conducted to transfer electric charges
to the holding units, and the electric charges transferred to the holding units of the first and second rows are conducted
through the second transfer units of the first and second rows successively, and transferred to the floating diffusion, signals
based on the electric charges transferred to the floating diffusion;

outputting, after accumulating electric charges in the photoelectric conversion units of the pixels in the first row is performed
without performing an operation of accumulating electric charges in the photoelectric conversion units of the pixels in the
first and the third rows, signals from the pixels in the first and third rows in a second frame following the first frame;
and

resetting, in the first frame, the photoelectric conversion units of the pixels in the second and third rows using the third
transfer units included in the pixels in the third row.

US Pat. No. 9,121,733

POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detecting apparatus, comprising:
a scale having a first pattern arranged in a predetermined direction at a first period and a second pattern arranged in the
predetermined direction at a second period larger than the first period;

a detection element array having a plurality of detecting elements, each of detecting elements being arranged in the predetermined
direction and detecting energy intensities based on the first pattern and the second pattern;

a generator configured to generate, based on detection signal output from the detection element array, a plurality of first
signals having phases different from each other obtained based on the first pattern and a plurality of second signals having
phases different from each other obtained based on the second pattern; and

a deriving unit configured to derive a position of the detection element array relative to the scale based on the plurality
of first signals and the plurality of second signals,

wherein the scale is relatively movable in the predetermined direction relative to the detection element array,
wherein the deriving unit derives a reference position as a position of the detection element array relative to the scale
based on the plurality of first signals and the plurality of second signals, then performs a first process in which a displacement
amount of the detection element array, which relatively moved, relative to the reference position is derived based on the
plurality of first signals to derive a position of the detection element array relative to the scale and then performs a second
process in which a position of the detection element array relative to the scale is derived based on the position derived
by the first process.

US Pat. No. 9,124,070

SUPERLUMINESCENT DIODE AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SUPERLUMINESCENT DIODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A superluminescent diode which amplifies light through stimulated amplification and outputs emitted beams from one of edges
at two ends, comprising:
a cladding layer of a first conductivity type formed on a semiconductor substrate;
an active layer formed on the cladding layer of the first conductivity type;
a cladding layer of a second conductivity type formed on the active layer; and
a multilayer film formed at the other edge opposite to the one edge that emits the beams, reflectance of which has wavelength
dependence,

wherein the multilayer film is configured such that a spectral shape of the emitted beams output from the one edge is controllable
thereby.

US Pat. No. 9,122,516

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR MANAGEMENT OF A JOB CONSISTING OF MULTIPLE TASKS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a processor and a memory, the processor and the memory cooperating to function as:
a job management unit configured to manage a job consisting of multiple tasks that is generated in accordance with a user
request; and

multiple back-end units configured to acquire tasks from the job management unit if a processing standby status exists and
carry out specific task processing,

wherein the job management unit further comprises:
a processing sequence information storage unit configured to store processing sequence information that indicates processing
sequence in which respective tasks included in the job are processed;

a task information storage unit configured to store task information which includes processing times corresponding to processing
contents of the respective tasks and notification time intervals that are time intervals at which each back-end unit notifies
the job management unit that a task processing is in progress; and

a job information storage unit configured to store job information including information including a task that is foremost
in processing sequence among multiple tasks included in the job, a status of the task, and a final notification time at which
a notification is received from the back-end unit in the process of executing the task that task processing is in progress;

wherein the back-end units periodically notify the job management unit that task processing is in progress, and
wherein the job management unit which receives a task request from the back-end unit:
discriminates whether a status of a task, which matches the task for which the task request was issued and which is currently
foremost in processing sequence, indicates that task processing is in progress based on job information stored in the job
information storage unit;

discriminates whether a prescribed time has elapsed from the final notification time in the case where the status of the task,
which matches the task for which the task request was issued and which is currently foremost in processing sequence, indicates
that task processing is in progress;

issues a command to suspend task processing to the back-end unit that has not completed the task processing and issues a command
to alternatively execute the task processing in the process of execution to the back-end unit that issued the task request
in the case where the prescribed time has elapsed from the final notification time.

US Pat. No. 9,122,482

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of operating in any of a first power mode in which power is supplied to both a first
control unit and a second control unit, and a second power mode in which power is supplied to the second control unit and
is not supplied to the first control unit, the second control unit comprising:
receiving means for receiving a packet transmitted from an external apparatus;
storage means for copying and storing the packet received by the receiving means;
analysis means for analyzing a header of the packet received by the receiving means, and deleting the analyzed header;
determination means for, in a case where the image processing apparatus is in the second power mode, determining whether to
transition the image processing apparatus from the second power mode to the first power mode based on a result of the analysis
by the analysis means; and

processing means for, in a case where it is determined by the determination means to transition the image processing apparatus
from the second power mode to the first power mode, transitioning the image processing apparatus from the second power mode
to the first power mode, and transferring to the first control unit the received packet stored by the storage means and not
transferring to the first control unit the received packet from which the header was deleted by the analysis means.

US Pat. No. 9,124,151

DRIVING APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus comprising:
an axis member;
a movable member movable along an axial direction of the axis member and engaged with the axis member; and
a cover unit connected to the movable member and movable together with the movable member, and includes:
a cover member that covers a portion of the axis member;
a plurality of plate members each including a through-hole through which the axis member penetrates,
wherein the plurality of plate members are located spaced apart from each other in a moving direction of the movable member;
and

spacer that maintains gaps between the plurality of plate members,
wherein the spacer is disposed so that a gap between the axis member and the spacer is greater than a gap between the axis
member and the plurality of plate members.

US Pat. No. 9,124,732

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that is connectable to an external apparatus, comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit a first component signal among a plurality of component signals of a pixel in image
data to the external apparatus via a network;

a receiving unit configured to receive a signal obtained by performing image processing on the first component signal in the
external apparatus; and

a generating unit configured to generate data for printing, using the processed first component signal received by the receiving
unit and a second component signal among the plurality of component signals of the pixel,

wherein the image processing is hue and saturation adjustment processing, the first component signal is a* and b* signals
in a CIELab color space, and the second component signal is an L* signal in the CIELab color space.

US Pat. No. 9,116,111

ACOUSTIC SIGNAL RECEIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic signal receiving apparatus comprising:
a wavelength-tunable light source for irradiating measurement light;
a controller for controlling a wavelength of the measurement light;
a Fabry-Perot probe including a first mirror positioned on a side where the measurement light enters, a second mirror positioned
on a side where an elastic wave from an object enters, and a spacer film that is positioned between the first and second mirrors
and deforms in response to the entrance of the elastic wave;

an array photosensor for detecting a reflected light amount of the measurement light by the Fabry-Perot probe; and
a signal processor for acquiring an intensity of the elastic wave having entered the Fabry-Perot probe based on a change in
the reflected light amount resulting from the deformation of the spacer film, wherein

the controller sweeps the wavelength of the measurement light, and
the signal processor determines, based on the reflected light amount at each position of the Fabry-Perot probe that is acquired
at each wavelength subjected to the sweep, the wavelength of the measurement light used at the position.

US Pat. No. 9,116,417

IMAGING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that can be equipped with a lens apparatus, comprising:
contacts to which the lens apparatus is electrically connected; and
a control unit configured to change between a first communication method and a second communication method, and conduct communication
processing with the lens apparatus via the contacts,

wherein, upon changeover from the first communication method to the second communication method, the control unit conducts
control so that information concerning a communication method changeover request is transmitted to the lens apparatus, and
communication by the second communication method is initiated after elapse of a transition time that is indicated by time
information that is retained in advance, and

wherein the first communication method includes a communication which synchronizes with a timing of an exposure processing
of an imaging element, and the second communication method does not include the communication which synchronizes with a timing
of an exposure processing of the imaging element.

US Pat. No. 9,110,413

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING LUBRICANT BETWEEN FILM AND NIP FORMING PORTION AND A FILM-SUPPORTING-SURFACE GROOVE HAVING LUBRICANT ENTRANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a rotatable member contacting an outer surface of said film;
a nip forming member contacting an inner surface of said film and cooperating with said rotatable member to form a nip for
nipping a recording material carrying an image; and

an inner surface opposing member opposing an inner surface of an end portion of said film in a generatrix direction said film,
said inner surface opposing member including a film supporting surface on which the inner surface of the end portion of said
film slides;

wherein a lubricant is provided between said film and said nip forming member,
wherein a length of said film is larger than that of said rotatable member in the generatrix direction, and at least a part
of the film supporting surface of said inner surface opposing member is provided in a region outside a contact region in which
said film and said rotatable member contact each other in the generatrix direction,

wherein a portion of said film supporting surface outside the contact region is provided with a groove extending in a rotational
moving direction of said film,

wherein said groove has an entrance for the lubricant which is provided immediately after a downstream side end portion of
said nip forming member with respect to the rotational moving direction,

wherein said groove has a wall effective to remove from said film the lubricant which is deposited on the inner surface of
said film and which moves with rotation of said film, and

wherein said wall is provided at an end portion of said groove downstream of the entrance of said groove with respect to the
rotational moving direction.

US Pat. No. 9,113,067

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to wirelessly establish a network with a control apparatus, the communication apparatus
comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit a participation request for participation in the network;
a reception unit configured to receive a signal from the control apparatus that has received the participation request;
a notification unit configured to notify the control apparatus of pulling out of the network if the communication apparatus
pulls out of the network;

a determination unit configured to determine, during a time from when the communication apparatus participates in the network
to when the notification unit notifies the control apparatus of pulling out of the network, whether the communication apparatus
pulls out of the network, based on a reception status of the signal; and

a control unit configured to perform control, if the determination unit determines that the communication apparatus pulls
out of the network, to start processing for participating in the network again without causing the notification unit to notify
the control apparatus of pulling out of the network,

wherein the control unit performs control to participate in the network again by causing the transmission unit to re-transmit
the participation request.

US Pat. No. 9,108,446

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head including a nozzle array formed by a plurality of nozzles that are for ejecting ink and that are arranged in
a predetermined direction for forming an image on a print medium;

a scanning unit configured to scan the print head in a forward direction and a backward direction crossing said predetermined
direction;

a conveying unit for conveying the print medium forward and backward in the predetermined direction;
a generation unit configured to generate print data used for printing by the print head in such a manner that print duty of
the print head for performing said scanning in the forward direction is higher than print duty of the print head for performing
said scanning in the backward direction; and

a control unit configured to control the print head, the scanning unit, and the conveying unit,
wherein, after printing on one image area of the print medium by the print head scanned in the forward direction by the scanning
unit, the control unit controls the conveying unit to convey the print medium forward for printing on another image area of
the print medium adjacent to said one image area in the predetermined direction, and the control unit controls the print head
and the scanning unit such that the print head being scanned in the forward direction by the scanning unit prints an image
on the another image area, and

wherein, after the print head prints the image on the another image area, the control unit controls the conveying unit to
convey the print medium backward for printing on an area straddling said one image area and the another image area, and the
control unit controls the print head and the scanning unit such that the print head being scanned in the backward direction
by the scanning unit prints an image on said area straddling said one image area and the another image area.

US Pat. No. 9,104,132

APPARATUS TO FORM LATENT IMAGE USING DITHER MATRICES HAVING MINUTE AND NORMAL EXPOSURE AREAS CONTROLLING TONER ADHESION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image by forming a latent image on a charged photosensitive member and adhering
toner to the latent image, the apparatus comprising:
an exposure device that forms a latent image by illuminating the charged photosensitive member with a light generated based
on a driving signal; and

a signal generating unit that stores information on a plurality of dither matrices preset in correspondence with a density
level of the toner to be adhered to the photosensitive member and converts input image data based on the dither matrices to
generate the driving signal;

wherein the signal generating unit stores information on a first dither matrix corresponding to a first density level and
a second dither matrix corresponding to a second density level higher than the first density level; and

wherein the first dither matrix includes a minute exposure area, at predetermined coordinates, in which the exposure device
is caused to emit light to attain a potential of the photosensitive member at which no toner adheres to the photosensitive
member; and the second dither matrix includes a normal exposure area, at a position corresponding to the predetermined coordinates
in the first dither matrix, in which the exposure device is caused to emit light to attain a potential of the photosensitive
member at which toner adheres to the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,104,148

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heating rotatable member configured to heat a toner image on a sheet;
a belt unit including an endless belt configured to heat said heating rotatable member by contacting an outer surface of said
heating rotatable member, and a plurality of supporting members configured to rotatably support an inner surface of said endless
belt;

a detector configured to detect that said endless belt is out of a predetermined zone in a widthwise direction of said endless
belt; and

a tilting mechanism configured to tilt said belt unit in a direction of causing said endless belt to return into the predetermined
zone based on an output of said detector.

US Pat. No. 9,102,179

RECORDING APPARATUS, DETECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a sensor including a light emitting element for emitting light to a recording medium, and a light receiving element for receiving
the light emitted from the light emitting element and reflected by the recording medium, configured to, via the light emitting
element and the light receiving element, measure a patch recorded on the recording medium by a recording head for performing
recording on the recording medium based on image data;

a calibration member configured to reflect light emitted from the light emitting element, and to be used to calibrate the
sensor based on a result of first optical measurement of the calibration member performed by receiving, via the light receiving
element, reflected light reflected by the calibration member; and

a notifying unit configured to execute a notifying operation for notifying a user of information relating to a status of the
calibration member based on the result of the first optical measurement of the calibration member by using the sensor and
at least one result of optical measurement of the calibration member by using the sensor performed before the first optical
measurement.

US Pat. No. 9,100,556

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a restore unit which performs blur restoration for image data obtained by an image capture unit which photo-electrically converts
light from an object which has entered through an imaging lens;

a setting unit which sets a range of object distances at which the blur restoration is performed, based on information associated
with the imaging lens and an object distance of an object in the image data;

wherein said restore unit performs deconvolution processing as blur restoration for the image data in the range of object
distances.

US Pat. No. 9,100,841

SYSTEM HAVING ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE INTERFACES AND HOST APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND SETUP METHOD, CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system provided with a peripheral device capable of wirelessly communicating via a relay device, and a host device, the
peripheral device comprising:
a wireless interface capable of wirelessly communicating via the relay device; andthe host device comprising:
at least one processor;
a memory comprising instructions executed by the processor to implement:
a first confirmation unit configured to confirm a first quality of communication between the peripheral device and the relay
device by using the wireless interface;

a second confirmation unit configured to confirm a second quality of network communication between the host device and the
peripheral device via the relay device by using the wireless interface; and

a display unit configured to control (i) displaying first information concerning the first quality of communication and, according
to the second quality of communication, second information concerning the second quality of communication in a case that the
first quality of communication is above a predetermined value, and (ii) displaying the first information and an indication
that a communication condition between the peripheral device and the relay device should be improved without displaying the
second information in a case that the first quality of communication is below the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,098,224

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING A WAITING TIME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store data;
an input unit configured to input a first type of job and a second type of job different from the first type of job;
a control unit configured to execute the first type of job and the second type of job using a program stored in the storage
unit;

a supply unit configured to supply power to the storage unit and the control unit;
a setting unit configured to set a first waiting time if the first type of job is input by the input unit, and to set a second
waiting time different from the first waiting time if the second type of job is input by the input unit; and

a power control unit configured to, (1) stop power supply to the control unit but maintain power supply to the storage unit
after the first type of job is executed by the control unit, and then stop power supply to the storage unit after the first
waiting time set by the setting unit elapses, and (2) stop power supply to the control unit but maintain power supply to the
storage unit after the second type of job is executed by the control unit, and then stop power supply to the storage unit
after the second waiting time set by the setting unit elapses,

wherein the first type of job is an inquiry job to inquire about device information of the information processing apparatus
stored in the storage unit and the second type of job is a print job to cause a print unit to print an image on a sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,098,062

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said process cartridge comprising:
an image bearing member on which an electrostatic image is to be formed;
a developing roller, including a shaft member and an elastic layer therearound, for developing the electrostatic image while
contacting a surface of said image bearing member at a peripheral velocity higher than a peripheral velocity of said image
bearing member;

a toner supplying roller contactable to said developing roller;
a regulating member, contactable to said developing roller, for regulating a layer thickness of toner carried on a surface
of said developing roller, wherein a length of said regulating member measured in a rotational axial direction of said developing
roller is shorter than that of said developing roller; and

a cleaning blade, contactable to said image bearing member, for cleaning said surface of said image bearing member;
wherein said developing roller has a first region capable of carrying the toner regulated by said regulating member and a
second region, outside of said first region, not carrying the toner, both of said first and second regions being contactable
to said image bearing member, and said first and second regions being different with respect to the rotational axis direction,

wherein said cleaning blade extends over said first and second regions when said cleaning blade is contacted to said image
bearing member,

wherein said shaft member has a first outer diameter in a region outside a first contact region between said regulating member
and said developing roller, and a second outer diameter in a second contact region between said toner supplying roller and
said developing roller, the first outer diameter being smaller than the second outer diameter,

wherein, when said image bearing member and said developing roller rotate, said elastic layer deforms toward an upstream side
with respect to the rotational direction of said developing roller by contacting said image bearing member, and

wherein an amount of deformation of said elastic layer covering such a portion of said shaft member having the first outer
diameter is larger than an amount of deformation of said elastic layer covering such a portion of said shaft member having
the second outer diameter.

US Pat. No. 9,097,880

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens consisting of, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a third lens unit having negative refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit and the second lens unit move during zooming to make a distance between the first lens unit and
the second lens unit smaller at a telephoto end than at a wide-angle end,

wherein the third lens unit consists of, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens subunit having positive
refractive power and a second lens subunit having negative refractive power, and

wherein the first lens subunit is fixed during focusing, and
wherein the second lens subunit moves toward the image side during focusing from an infinite-distance object to a near-distance
object.

US Pat. No. 9,091,953

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form toner images, to be transferred onto a recording medium, on an image bearing member
on which the toner images formed on a plurality of photosensitive members by the image forming unit are transferred by the
image forming unit, wherein the image forming unit forms toner patterns for detecting a relative position of the toner images
on the image bearing member;

a detection unit including:
a light emission unit configured to irradiate with light the image bearing member and the toner patterns; and
a light receiving unit disposed at a position for receiving reflection light of the light emitted from the light emission
unit and reflected from the image bearing member and the toner patterns,

the detection unit being configured to output an analog signal based on a light intensity of the reflection light;
a conversion unit configured to convert the analog signal into a binary signal based on a predetermined threshold value;
a correction unit configured to correct a misregistration between the toner images transferred onto the recording medium based
on the binary signal; and

a control unit configured to control, when values of the analog signal based on the light intensity of the reflection light
from the image bearing member include a value lower than the threshold value, light intensity of the light from the light
emission unit irradiating the image bearing member and the toner patterns so that the values of the analog signal based on
the light intensity of the reflection light from the image bearing member become higher than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,094,622

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, FAX RECEPTION NOTIFICATION CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR RECEIVING A RECEPTION NOTIFICATION OF FAX INFORMATION BY AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium that stores a program for enabling a computer that receives, from a FAX
client, a reception notification indicating that FAX information is received by the FAX client that receives the FAX information
from a FAX server that receives the FAX information via a network to execute:
monitoring the FAX client;
when it is determined from a result of the monitoring that the FAX client is not operative, reading address information of
the FAX server from a storage unit and sending, to the FAX server, address information of the computer and address information
of the FAX client for registering, in the FAX server, the address information of the information processing apparatus and
the address information of the FAX client; and

in response to the reception by the FAX server of FAX information which is designated to be transferred to the FAX client,
when it is determined that the FAX server stores the previously-registered address information of the computer and address
information of the FAX client, receiving, by the computer from the FAX server, a reception notification indicating that the
FAX information designated to be transferred to the FAX client has been received by the FAX server.

US Pat. No. 9,091,992

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet storage unit configured to store a sheet;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the sheet using a two-sided conveyance path used for two-sided printing;
a printing unit configured to print an image on the sheet;
a setting unit configured to set a print setting for printing an image on a preprinted surface of a preprinted sheet conveyed
from the sheet storage unit;

a reading unit configured to read a surface of the sheet conveyed using the two-sided conveyance path;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the surface read by the reading unit is a preprinted surface; and
a print control unit configured, in a case where the print setting has been set and if it is determined that the surface read
by the reading unit is a preprinted surface, to execute printing on the sheet conveyed using the two-sided conveyance path,
and in a case where the print setting has been set and if it is determined that the surface read by the reading unit is not
a preprinted surface, to restrict printing on the sheet conveyed using the two-sided conveyance path,

wherein the setting unit sets at least one of the print setting for printing an image on a preprinted surface of a preprinted
sheet conveyed from the sheet storage unit and another print setting for printing an image on an unprinted surface of a preprinted
sheet conveyed from the sheet storage unit, and

wherein the print control unit, in a case where the another print setting has been set and if it is determined that the surface
read by the reading unit is a preprinted surface, restricts printing on the sheet conveyed using the two-sided conveyance
path, and in a case where the another print setting has been set and if it is determined that the surface read by the reading
unit is not a preprinted surface, executes printing on the sheet conveyed using the two-sided conveyance path.

US Pat. No. 9,091,997

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear an electrostatic latent image;
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer on a surface and develop the electrostatic latent image borne by
the image bearing member as a toner image;

a cleaning blade configured to abut onto the image bearing member and clean the developer remaining on the image bearing member
after transfer;

a sensing portion configured to sense a rotation load of the image bearing member; and
a controller configured to perform control such that a driving mode can be performed to drive the developer bearing member
at a lower speed than that during an image forming time when the image bearing member is rotated during non image formation,

wherein the controller is enabled to perform a torque sensing mode which determines whether to perform the driving mode or
determines a driving speed of the developer bearing member during the driving mode, based on a first dynamic torque of the
image bearing member when the developer bearing member is rotated at a first speed and a second dynamic torque of the image
bearing member when the developer bearing member is stopped or when the developer bearing member is rotated at a second speed
smaller slower than the first speed.

US Pat. No. 9,094,600

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing device for capturing a subject image that has passed through an image capturing optical system having a
focal point optical system;

a memory; and
a control unit, including a processor, in communication with the memory, the control unit configured to control:
a brightness signal processing unit for generating a brightness signal obtained by performing signal intensity correction
processing using a signal intensity amplification factor on an output signal of each color component which is output from
the image capturing device;

a focal evaluation value calculation processing unit for calculating a focal evaluation value by extracting a particular frequency
component from the brightness signal;

a signal intensity detection unit for calculating a signal intensity evaluation value of each color component in an area on
the image capturing device where a brightness signal is generated, the area corresponding to a focus detection area;

wherein, when a signal intensity of the output signal is greater than or equal to a predetermined value, the control unit
changes the signal intensity amplification factor of each color component in accordance with the signal intensity evaluation
value of the color component, and

when the signal intensity of the output signal is less than the predetermined value, the control unit sets at least a signal
intensity amplification factor of a color component, of which signal intensity evaluation value of the color component is
the least, at a value different from the signal intensity amplification factor of the color component.

US Pat. No. 9,093,577

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor in which each microlens of a microlens array is disposed at a position corresponding to each pixel on a
side to which light flux is incident,
wherein a layer formed of a member different from a member constituting the microlens array is disposed on the side of the
microlens array to which light flux is incident,

wherein a surface of the layer formed of the different member has a phase structure optically-opposite to that of the microlens
array, and

wherein the phase structure of the surface of the layer formed of the different member has negative refractive power.

US Pat. No. 9,086,644

CHARGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A charging device that charges a member to be charged, the charging device comprising:
a discharge electrode;
a housing that surrounds the discharge electrode and has an opening that faces the member to be charged;
a plate-shaped grid provided at the opening so as to face the discharge electrode;
a shutter that opens and closes the opening and contactable to a surface of the grid that faces the member to be charged;
a cleaning member that cleans the grid by contacting a surface of the grid that faces the discharge electrode; and
a moving mechanism that moves the shutter in a longitudinal direction of the grid,
wherein the grid includes a base member, a first protective layer provided on a surface of the base member that faces the
discharge electrode, the first protective layer protecting the base member, and

a second protective layer provided on a surface of the base member that faces the shutter, the second protective layer protecting
the base member and being thicker than the first protective layer.

US Pat. No. 9,086,653

TONER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner accommodating container attachable to and detachable from an image forming apparatus, the toner accommodating container
comprising:
an accommodation portion that contains toner;
an opening;
an opening-closing member movable to open and close the opening; and
an urging member that urges the opening-closing member,
wherein
the toner accommodating container is attachable to and detachable from the image forming apparatus in a state in which the
opening-closing member is urged by the urging member in a direction that causes the opening-closing member to close the opening,
and

wherein
when the toner accommodating container is attached to the image forming apparatus,
an urging direction of the urging member relative to the opening-closing member is changed from the direction that causes
the opening-closing member to close the opening to a direction that causes the opening-closing member to open the opening
in connection with movement of the opening-closing member while the toner accommodating container is being attached to the
image forming apparatus, and

the toner accommodating container is pulled into a main body of the image forming apparatus by using the urging force of the
urging member that acts in the direction that causes the opening-closing member to open the opening portion.

US Pat. No. 9,086,790

IMAGE DISPLAYING METHOD, IMAGE DISPLAYING PROGRAM, AND DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
receiving, from a digital camera device by a wireless communication unit, information relating to a movement of the digital
camera device;

causing a display screen to display a first image corresponding to an image displayed on a display of the digital camera device
and a second image different from the first image;

determining whether the digital camera device is moved forward to approach the display screen or the digital camera device
is moved away from the display screen, wherein the display screen is separated from the display of the digital camera device;

changing positions of the first image and the second image displayed on the display screen to overlap the second image on
the first image if the digital camera device is moved forward to approach the display screen when the first image displayed
on the display screen is overlapped on the second image displayed on the display screen; and

changing positions of the first image and the second image displayed on the display screen to overlap the first image on the
second image if the digital camera device is moved away from the display screen when the second image displayed on the display
screen is overlapped on the first image displayed on the display screen.

US Pat. No. 9,088,734

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING POSITION OF A WATERMARK ANNOTATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer implemented method for reproducing a document associated with a page description language structure, the page
description language data structure describing a watermark annotation and imageable content, the method comprising:
receiving an initial placement of the watermark annotation on an output medium, the initial placement of the watermark annotation
being independent of a placement of the imageable content on the output medium;

determining at least one adjustment value for the watermark annotation on the output medium if the initial placement of the
watermark annotation does not overlap the imageable content on the output medium, so that the watermark annotation at least
partially overlaps the imageable content on the output medium;

adjusting the watermark annotation in accordance with the determined adjustment value; and
reproducing the adjusted watermark annotation and the imageable content using the output medium.

US Pat. No. 9,081,104

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND RADIATION DETECTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:
a sensor panel which includes a photoelectric conversion unit configured to convert light into charge;
a scintillator layer disposed above the photoelectric conversion unit of said sensor panel and configured to convert radiation
into light having a wavelength convertible by the photoelectric conversion unit;

a reflection layer disposed above said scintillator layer and configured to reflect part of light generated by said scintillator
layer toward said sensor panel; and

a protective layer which covers said scintillator layer from above said reflection layer,
wherein said scintillator layer is fixed on said sensor panel,
said reflection layer is fixed on said protective layer,
part of said protective layer is bonded to said sensor panel with an adhesive material so as to seal said scintillator layer
and said reflection layer with said protective layer and said sensor panel, and

an upper surface of said scintillator layer includes a portion which is not fixed to said reflection layer.

US Pat. No. 9,084,364

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND PRINTED WIRING BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:
a printed wiring board comprising:
a first main power supply pattern to be applied with a first DC voltage;
a second main power supply pattern to be applied with a second DC voltage different from the first DC voltage;
a first power supply pattern which is formed on a surface layer and is electrically connected to the first main power supply
pattern; and

a second power supply pattern which is formed on the surface layer and is electrically connected to the second main power
supply pattern;

a semiconductor package mounted on the surface layer of the printed wiring board, the semiconductor package comprising:
a main body part comprising a semiconductor element which drives with the first DC voltage and the second DC voltage; and
multiple terminal groups which are electrically connected to the semiconductor element and are arranged with spaces in a circumferential
direction of the main body part so as to protrude externally from the main body part,

each of the multiple terminal groups comprising:
a first power supply terminal and a second power supply terminal to be supplied with the first DC voltage via the first power
supply pattern; and

a third power supply terminal and a fourth power supply terminal to be supplied with the second DC voltage via the second
power supply pattern, the third power supply terminal and the fourth power supply terminal being disposed to sandwich the
first power supply terminal and the second power supply terminal,

the first power supply terminal, the second power supply terminal, the third power supply terminal, and the fourth power supply
terminal being disposed in order of the third power supply terminal, the first power supply terminal, the second power supply
terminal, and the fourth power supply terminal in the each of the multiple terminal groups,

wherein, when a region of the surface layer opposed to the main body part is defined as a first region and a region of the
surface layer other than the first region is defined as a second region:

the first power supply pattern extending from the first main power supply pattern is led from the second region to the first
region and is wired to connect the first power supply terminals and the second power supply terminals of the multiple terminal
groups;

the second power supply pattern extending from the second main power supply pattern is led from the second region to the first
region and is wired in a single stroke manner so as to connect the third power supply terminals and the fourth power supply
terminals of the multiple terminal groups in this order;

the third power supply terminal and the fourth power supply terminal in the same terminal group are connected to each other
in the second region;

the third power supply terminal of one of two different terminal groups among the multiple terminal groups and the fourth
power supply terminal of another one of the two different terminal groups are connected to each other in the first region;
and

the second power supply pattern is disposed on an outer perimeter side of the semiconductor package with respect to the first
power supply pattern when viewed from a center of the semiconductor package.

US Pat. No. 9,081,525

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR REDUCING IMAGE FORMATION TIME AFTER A FIREWARE UPDATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on input data;
a storage unit configured to store image-processed data obtained by the image processing performed by the image processing
unit;

an output unit configured to output the image-processed data to a printing unit;
an update unit configured to update firmware related to the image processing unit; and
a control unit configured to, when the image processing by the image processing unit is changed by the updating of the firmware
by the update unit, identify input data corresponding to the image-processed data stored in the storage unit, transmit the
identified input data to the image processing unit, cause the image processing unit to perform the image processing, cause
the storage unit to store image-processed data obtained by the image processing, and store image-processed data obtained as
a result of performing the image processing into the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,081,526

PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A web service server configured to communicate with a client device by using a web browser of the client device, the server
comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an access for requesting a web service using the web browser of the client device,
wherein the access is performed by specifying information for the web service after an image forming apparatus is selected
from a printer selection area by a user;

a providing unit configured to provide, as the web service, a page for setting specific print setting related to the selected
image forming apparatus according to the received access,

wherein, on the selected image forming apparatus different from the web service server, a print process is performed based
on print data created by a print control program according to a specific print setting input by the web browser of the client
device based on the page for the setting specific print setting, and

wherein the information for accessing the web service is information indicating location of the web service provided by the
web service server, and includes identification information of the selected image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,083,908

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH EACH PIXEL INCLUDING A PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION PORTION AND PLURAL HOLDING PORTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of pixels each including
a first photoelectric conversion portion;
a first holding portion for holding signal carriers from the first photoelectric conversion element;
a second photoelectric conversion portion;
a second holding portion for holding signal carriers from the second photoelectric conversion element;
a first transfer portion for controlling an electrical connection between the first holding portion and the second charge
holding portion

an amplifying portion for amplifying and reading a signal based on the signal carriers held in at least one of the first and
second holding portions; and

a carrier discharging control portion for controlling an electrical connection between the first and second photoelectric
conversion portions and an overflow drain region, wherein

a carrier path between the first photoelectric conversion portion and the first holding portion, and a carrier path between
the second photoelectric conversion portion and the second holding portion are formed in a buried channel structure.

US Pat. No. 9,082,354

DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus including a light emitting apparatus having a plurality of light sources in which emission of light
can be controlled independently,
the display apparatus comprising:
a brightness sensor that measures an emission brightness of the light emitting apparatus corresponding to each of blocks constituting
a region of an image based on an input image data;

a temperature sensor that measures a temperature of the light emitting apparatus corresponding to each of the blocks; and
a control unit that controls, in order, the emission brightness of the light emitting apparatus corresponding to the respective
blocks so that the emission brightness approaches a target value by using a measured value of the brightness sensor for each
of the blocks and a measured value of the temperature sensor for each of the blocks,

wherein the control unit includes:
an acquisition unit that acquires the measured value of the temperature sensor for each of the blocks; and
an emission brightness control unit that performs processing of acquiring the measured value of the brightness sensor and
controlling the emission brightness of the light emitting apparatus based on the measured value of the brightness sensor,
in order from a block with a greatest difference between a temperature represented by the measured value acquired by the acquisition
unit and a temperature represented by the measured value acquired in the past by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,082,699

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device having a twin well structure, comprising:
ion-implanting a first conductivity type impurity in a first region and a second region of a semiconductor substrate, the
first and second regions being located adjacent to each other;

forming a first mask pattern to cover the first region of the semiconductor substrate and to expose the second region of the
semiconductor substrate;

ion-implanting a second conductivity type impurity at a higher concentration compared to the first conductivity type impurity
in the second region of the semiconductor substrate, using the first mask pattern as a mask;

thermal-diffusing the first conductivity type of impurity and the second conductivity type of impurity; and
forming an ink supply port passing through the second region of the semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,081,336

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a toner image forming unit which forms a toner image on a sheet by using a toner containing a parting agent;
a fixing unit which fixes the toner image formed on the sheet;
a conveying unit provided downstream of the fixing unit in a sheet conveyance direction and which conveys the sheet on which
the toner image is fixed, while contacting the sheet;

a cooling unit which is capable of cooling down the temperature of the sheet on which the toner image is fixed, before a downstream
edge of the sheet in the conveyance direction on which the toner image is fixed arrives at the conveying unit; and

a controller which determines whether or not the cooling unit cools down the sheet,
wherein the controller determines to control the cooling unit to cool the sheet in a case that the temperature of the sheet
which is cooled by the cooling unit is lower than a first temperature before the downstream edge of the sheet in the conveyance
direction contacts the conveying unit, and

the controller determines to control the cooling unit to refrain from cooling the sheet in a case that the temperature of
the sheet does not become lower than the first temperature even after the downstream edge of the sheet contacts the conveying
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,081,340

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIRST AND SECOND COOLING PORTIONS OR FANS COOLING END REGIONS OF A FIXING PORTION WITH RESPECT TO A DIRECTION PERPENDICULAR TO A RECORDING MATERIAL CONVEYANCE DIRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion configured to fix an image on a recording material by heating the image carried on the recording material
while conveying the recording material by a fixing nip, said fixing portion including a cylindrical fixing film, a heater
contacted to an inner surface of the fixing film, and a pressing roller configured to form the fixing nip together with the
pressing roller through the fixing film;

a first cooling portion configured to cool one end region of said fixing portion with respect to a direction perpendicular
to a recording material conveyance direction; and

a second cooling portion configured to cool the other end region of said fixing portion with respect to the direction perpendicular
to the recording material conveyance direction;

a first temperature detecting element configured to detect a temperature of the one end portion region of the heater; and
a second temperature detecting element configured to detect a temperature of the other end portion region of the heater,
wherein said first cooling portion is driven depending on a detection temperature of the first temperature detecting element
and said second cooling portion is driven depending on a detection temperature of the second temperature detecting element,
and

wherein said first cooling portion and said second cooling portion are operable independently from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,081,341

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured to heat a toner image formed on a sheet by using a toner containing a wax;
an exciting coil configured to cause said heating member to generate heat by electromagnetic induction heating;
a magnetic flux suppressing member configured to suppress a part of magnetic flux actable from said exciting coil onto said
heating member;

a rotatable screw shaft configured to hold said magnetic flux suppressing member and configured to slide said magnetic flux
suppressing member along a longitudinal direction of said heating member; and

a controller configured to control a rotational movement operation of said screw shaft so that said magnetic flux suppressing
member is placed in a position depending on a width size of the sheet,

wherein said controller is, during non-image heating, configured to execute an operation in a mode in which said screw shaft
is rotationally moved so that said magnetic flux suppressing member is reciprocated at least once in a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,083,955

THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A three-dimensional image pickup system, comprising:
a pair of lens apparatus;
a camera apparatus for picking up subject images formed by the pair of lens apparatus;
a convergence angle changing unit for changing a convergence angle of the pair of lens apparatus;
a controller for controlling the convergence angle changing unit in association with an operation of focus lens units of the
pair of lens apparatus; and

an interlock switching unit for switching between an interlocked state in which the convergence angle is interlocked with
the operation of the focus lens units and a non-interlocked state in which the convergence angle is not interlocked with the
operation of the focus lens units.

US Pat. No. 9,077,822

IMAGE READING APPARATUS HAVING FLOW-READING MODE IN WHICH SHEET BEING CONVEYED IS READ

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet;
a reading unit configured to read, in a reading position, the sheet being conveyed by the conveyance unit, based on a set
reading mode, the reading mode including a first reading mode and a second reading mode different from the first reading mode;

a foreign material detection unit configured to detect a position of a foreign material in the reading position, based on
image data output from the reading unit while the sheet is not conveyed to the reading position;

a moving unit configured to move the reading unit, to change the reading position;
a number determination unit configured to determine a number of performing a detection process of causing the moving unit
to change the reading position and of causing the foreign material detection unit to detect the position of the foreign material,
before the reading unit starts reading the sheet, based on the set reading mode;

a counting unit configured to count a number of times the foreign material detection unit has completed the detection process;
and

a position determination unit configured to determine the reading position for reading the sheet based on a foreign material
detection result of the foreign material detection unit by causing the detection process to be performed less than or equal
to the number determined by the number determination unit before the reading unit starts reading the sheet,

wherein the number of performing the detection process based on the first reading mode is set to be different from the number
of performing the detection process based on the second reading mode,

wherein when a reading position candidate is found in which no foreign material image is detected by the foreign material
detection unit, the position determination unit determines the reading position candidate as the reading position for reading
the sheet, and terminates a position determination process, and

wherein when the number counted by the counting unit reaches an upper limit number without finding a reading position candidate
in which no foreign material image is detected, the position determination unit terminates the position determination process
and determines, as the reading position for reading the sheet, a reading position candidate with fewest foreign material images
from among a plurality of reading position candidates for which the foreign material detection unit has completed the detection
process.

US Pat. No. 9,075,356

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for controlling a fixing temperature of a fixing unit configured to fix color material on a
printing medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data; and
a controlling unit configured to control a fixing temperature of the fixing unit based on a size of a continuous region of
pixels whose pixel values are equal to or larger than a predetermined pixel value in the image data,

wherein the controlling unit controls the fixing temperature such that the fixing temperature is made to be a first fixing
temperature in a case where the size of the continuous region is equal to or larger than a predetermined value, and the fixing
temperature is made to be a second fixing temperature which is lower than the first fixing temperature in a case where the
size of the continuous region is smaller than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,068,812

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a tomographic image indicating a polarization state of a return
beam from a subject based on beams of different polarization states obtained by combining the return beam from the subject
and a reference beam; and

a control unit configured to control an optical path length difference between the return beam and the reference beam according
to positional information of a predetermined fundus layer in the tomographic image indicating the polarization state,

wherein the predetermined fundus layer is the layer that scrambles the polarization state of a beam or the layer having birefringence.

US Pat. No. 9,071,766

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a photometry unit configured to detect a luminance of an object;
a determining unit configured to determine, based on a result of photometry at a first exposure, whether to perform autoexposure
bracketing that captures a plurality of images at different exposures;

a calculating unit configured to calculate an exposure change amount that is different from the first exposure used when performing
the autoexposure bracketing;

a correcting unit configured to correct the calculated exposure change amount based on a result of photometry at a second
exposure that is different from the first exposure; and

a shooting control unit configured to shoot an image at the exposure change amount calculated by the calculating unit or the
exposure change amount corrected by the correcting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,071,778

AD CONVERTING CIRCUIT, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR AD CONVERTING CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for acquiring an i-bit digital code by a first stage AD conversion and a j-bit digital code by a second stage
AD conversion comprising:
a comparing unit which compares a reference signal and an analog signal in the first stage AD conversion; and
an amplifying unit which outputs an amplified residual signal acquired by amplifying a difference between the analog signal
and an analog signal corresponding to the i-bit digital code, wherein:

i and j each is an integer equal to or greater than 2,
the comparing unit compares the amplified residual signal and the reference signal in the second stage AD conversion,
the amplifying unit comprises a differential amplifier, and
the comparing unit and the amplifying unit share the differential amplifier.

US Pat. No. 9,063,512

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DETACHABLE BELT UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a belt unit, including a belt member and a plurality of supporting rollers for supporting said belt member, detachably mountable
to said main assembly with respect to a direction crossing a rotational axis direction of said supporting rollers;

a plurality of image forming portions, provided below said belt unit along said belt member, for forming toner images on said
belt member;

a plurality of toner cartridges, provided above said belt unit, for supplying toners to said plurality of image forming portions,
respectively;

a side plate provided in said main assembly; and
an integrated member provided on said side plate and including a guiding member having a guiding portion for guiding said
belt unit and a plurality of toner supply passages for permitting communication of said image forming portions with said toner
cartridges associated with said image forming portions, respectively, wherein said guiding member and said toner supply passages
are integrally constituted so that said toner supply passages penetrate said guiding member.

US Pat. No. 9,058,019

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing unit that fixes an unfixed image to a recording material while nipping and conveying the recording material bearing
the unfixed image, wherein the fixing unit includes a rotatable member which the recording material contacts; and

a blower unit that sends air to a non-paper-passage portion of the rotatable member when a small-sized recording material
passes through the fixing unit, wherein the blower unit includes a fan and a duct for guiding the air from the fan to the
non-paper-passage portion of the rotatable member,

wherein the image forming apparatus can be switched between a blowing mode for blowing air to a non-paper-passage portion
of the rotatable member through the duct and an exhausting mode in which the fan is rotated reversely and the air in the fixing
unit is exhausted to an outside of the image forming apparatus through the duct, and

wherein the image forming apparatus switches from the exhausting mode to the blowing mode during continuous printing of a
plurality of recording materials.

US Pat. No. 9,058,647

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a region acquisition unit configured to obtain a specific region of a subject in a first three-dimensional coordinate system;
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to obtain a tomographic image of the subject in a second three-dimensional
coordinate system;

a distribution acquisition unit configured to obtain a probability distribution of the existence of the specific region in
the tomographic image based on a positional error between the first three-dimensional coordinate system and the second three-dimensional
coordinate system; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a region indicating the probability distribution of the
existence of the specific region in the obtained tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,053,409

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM PRODUCT DETERMINING PERIODIC DRAWING PATTERN AND THINNING AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for interpreting data to generate intermediate data, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a unit configured to determine whether or not there is a periodic drawing pattern in data;
a unit configured to determine whether or not there is a reduction command in data;
a unit configured to obtain, in a case where it is determined that there is a periodic drawing pattern in data and that there
is a reduction command in data, a ratio between the number of pitches of the period of the drawing pattern and a reduction
ratio included in the reduction command;

a unit configured to determine whether or not the ratio and a value in a table loaded by the image forming apparatus coincide
with each other; and

a unit configured to reduce, in a case where it is determined that the ratio coincides with a value in the table, an image
by dividing the image into cells and performing thinning processing in units of cells.

US Pat. No. 9,052,644

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member bearing a toner image;
an intermediate transfer member transferring the toner image on the image bearing member onto a transfer material, the intermediate
transfer member being movable and including a superficial layer in which a plurality of insulating particles are buried so
as to be partially exposed from the superficial layer; and

a secondary transfer member nipping the transfer material between the secondary transfer member and the intermediate transfer
member and transferring the toner image on the intermediate transfer member onto the transfer material when supplied with
a voltage, the secondary transfer member including a plurality of protrusions which come into contact with the intermediate
transfer member,

wherein, in a case where the insulating particles are present in a contact region in which the protrusions are brought into
contact with the intermediate transfer member, a portion in which the protrusions are brought into direct contact with the
superficial layer is present in the contact region.

US Pat. No. 9,054,490

TUNABLE LASER AND PHOTOACOUSTIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. A tunable laser comprising:
a first mirror;
a second mirror;
a gain medium arranged between the first mirror and the second mirror;
a birefringence filter arranged between the first mirror and the second mirror; and
an excitation device exciting the gain medium,
wherein light that passes through the birefringence filter oscillates between the first mirror and the second mirror,
wherein an oscillation wavelength is switched by rotating the birefringence filter,
wherein the birefringence filter includes a first birefringent plate and a second birefringent plate, which have principal
dielectric axes parallel to optical surfaces thereof,

wherein the principal dielectric axes of the first birefringent plate and the second birefringent plate are shifted from each
other, and

wherein the birefringence filter is configured so that a relationship 42°????B is satisfied, where an insertion angle, which
is an angle formed by a normal to an optical surface of the birefringence filter and an optical axis of the light, is denoted
by ? and Brewster's angle of the birefringence filter is denoted by ?B.

US Pat. No. 9,046,827

BELT DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt driving apparatus comprising:
an endless belt;
a steering roller and a supporting roller that support the endless belt rotatably along a circumferential direction of the
endless belt;

a tension roller that applies a tensional force on the endless belt supported by the supporting roller and the steering roller;
a first load member that applies a first external force on the supporting roller through the endless belt;
a second load member that applies a second external force on the steering roller through the endless belt;
a controlling portion that changes alignment of the steering roller in relation to the supporting roller thereby to control
a position of the endless belt along a width direction perpendicular to the circumferential direction,

wherein a relationship ?1(2T sin(?1/2)+f1)
where, the ?1 is a dynamic friction coefficient between the supporting roller and the endless belt,

the ?2 is a dynamic friction coefficient between the steering roller and the endless belt,

the ?1 is a winding angle of the endless belt with respect to the supporting roller,

the ?2 is a winding angle of the endless belt with respect to the steering roller, f1 being the first external force applied to the supporting roller through the endless belt,

the f2 is the second external force applied to the steering roller through the endless belt, and

the T is a tension force applied to the endless belt by the tension roller.

US Pat. No. 10,397,963

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor executing the instructions stored in the memory;
wherein the instructions are executed to:
perform communication with a communication apparatus by a first communication method;
perform communication with the communication apparatus by a second communication method different from the first communication method;
obtain, from the communication apparatus, first information relating to a network connection in the communication apparatus using the first communication method; and
hold the obtained first information in the at least one memory, wherein
in a case where the information processing apparatus cannot communicate with the communication apparatus by the first communication method using the first information that is held in the at least one memory, obtain, from the communication apparatus and via communication using the second communication method, second information relating to the network connection in the communication apparatus using the first communication method; and
in a case where the obtained second information is different from the first information that is held in the at least one memory, transmit, to the communication apparatus and via communication using the second communication method, the first information.

US Pat. No. 10,134,118

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OBTAINING INFORMATION ABOUT A PROJECTION SURFACE ON WHICH A TARGET IS PROJECTED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
acquire, based on a first captured image obtained by capturing a projection surface in response to a first predetermined operation by a user, first information for specifying a positional relationship between a first projection position of an image projected by a projector at a first point of time when the first captured image is obtained and a specific position on the projection surface, wherein the specific position on the projection surface is independent from an image projected by the projector;
store the acquired first information in a storage unit;
acquire, based on a second captured image obtained by capturing the projection surface in response to a second predetermined operation by a user, second information for specifying a positional relationship between a second projection position of an image projected by the projector at a second point of time when the second captured image is obtained and the specific position on the projection surface; and
control the projector based on the stored first information and the acquired second information so that a positional relationship between a position of an image projected by the projector and the specific position on the projection surface approaches from the positional relationship between the specific position on the projection surface and the second projection position at the second point of time when the second captured image is captured in response to the second predetermined operation to the positional relationship between the specific position on the projection surface and the first projection position at the first point of time when the first captured image is obtained in response to the first predetermined operation, wherein the first point of time is earlier than the second point of time.

US Pat. No. 10,040,288

LIQUID EJECTION MODULE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head of a page wide type comprising:print element boards having ejection openings ejecting a liquid; and
a support member on which a plurality of the print element boards are arranged in a first direction,
the print element boards comprising:
pressure chambers having therein energy generating elements for generating energy used for ejecting the liquid from the ejection openings;
a liquid supply path provided along the first direction for supplying liquid to the plurality of pressure chambers;
a liquid collection path provided along the first direction for collecting liquid from the plurality of pressure chambers;
a supply port for supplying liquid to the liquid supply path; and
a collection port for collecting liquid from the liquid collection path,
wherein the center of gravity of the supply port and the center of gravity of the collection port are offset with respect to a second direction orthogonal to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,034,611

SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS AND SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information obtaining apparatus, comprising:a photoacoustic wave detector configured to detect a photoacoustic wave that is generated from a subject by irradiating the subject with light, and to convert the detected photoacoustic wave into a photoacoustic wave signal;
an ultrasonic wave transmitter configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave to a region in the subject;
an ultrasonic wave detector configured to receive at a plurality of reception positions thereof the ultrasonic wave that is transmitted from the ultrasonic wave transmitter reflected in the subject and propagated within the subject, and to output a plurality of ultrasonic wave signals corresponding to the plurality of reception positions; and
a signal processing unit configured to:
calculate a coherence factor, expressed by an equation (1), of intensities of signals corresponding to the ultrasonic wave reflected at the region in the subject determined, using sound velocity of the subject, from the plurality of ultrasonic wave signals:

where N is a number of the reception positions, and Si is a signal intensity of a signal corresponding to the ultrasonic wave reflected at a region in the subject at the ith reception position,
wherein the signal processing unit is configured to:
calculate the coherence factor repeatedly for a plurality of sound velocities in order to calculate a plurality of coherence factors, each of the plurality of coherence factors corresponding to each of the plurality of sound velocities,
calculate, from the plurality of sound velocities corresponding to the plurality of coherence factors, an optimal sound velocity corresponding to the coherence factor indicating a local maximum value in the plurality of coherence factors,
calculate an optical characteristic value at the region in the subject by performing an image reconstruction process using a signal corresponding to the photoacoustic wave generated from the region determined, using the optimal sound velocity, from the photoacoustic wave signal, and
weight the optical characteristic value at the region with the coherence factor indicating the local maximum value in the plurality of coherence factors.

US Pat. No. 10,032,987

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An organic light emitting element comprising:an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer formed between the anode and the cathode and including a hole injection layer, a hole transport layer, and an emission layer,
wherein the emission layer includes a host and a dopant;
wherein the hole transport layer includes a hole transport material having multiple aromatic hydrocarbon skeletons and a single bond for linking the aromatic hydrocarbon skeletons;
wherein the hole transport material has a triplet level T1 of 1.8 eV or more;
wherein the hole transport material has a hole mobility of 1×10-5 cm2/Vs or more; and
wherein the hole transport layer and the emission layer satisfy relationships represented by the following expression (1):
|reduction potential of hole transport material|?|reduction potential of host|>0.1 V  (1)and the following expression (2):|HOMO level of hole transport material?HOMO level of host|<0.1 eV  (2).

US Pat. No. 9,826,181

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a first electrode, a second electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer disposed
between the first electrode and the second electrode, and an insulating layer disposed between the photoelectric conversion
layer and the second electrode;

an amplification unit electrically connected to the second electrode and configured to output a signal generated by the photoelectric
conversion unit;

a reset unit configured to reset a voltage on the second electrode; and
a selection unit connected between the amplification unit and an output line,
wherein
the photoelectric conversion unit performs a plurality of times of accumulation operations for accumulating signal charge
in the photoelectric conversion unit,

in a period between subsequent two of the plurality of times of accumulation operations, the selection unit is set to be in
an on state, and

during the period when the selection unit is set to be in the on state, the reset unit turns on at least two times.

US Pat. No. 9,813,649

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion element;
a differential pair including a first transistor configured to receive a signal based on an electric charge generated in the
photoelectric conversion element and a second transistor configured to receive a reference signal;

a clamp circuit configured to clamp a voltage at a gate of the second transistor; and
an output circuit connected between a drain of the second transistor and an output node and configured to perform
a first operation to output a voltage based on a voltage at a gate of the first transistor to the gate of the second transistor,
and

a second operation to receive a current from the second transistor, and to output a signal based on a result of a comparison
between the voltage at the gate of the first transistor and a voltage at the gate of the second transistor to the output node,

wherein the output circuit includes a control unit including a current mirror circuit and a first switch element, and
the first operation and the second operation is switched in response to the state of the switch elements.

US Pat. No. 9,808,213

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain three-dimensional image data and positions of a plurality of feature points in the
three-dimensional image data;

a designation unit configured to designate a designation point indicating a portion of interest in the three-dimensional image
data;

a selection unit configured to select, using information determined by a position of the designation point and the positions
of the plurality of feature points, a feature point from the plurality of feature points;

a generation unit configured to generate, from the three-dimensional image data, a cross section image on a plane determined
based on the position of the designation point and a position of the selected feature point; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the generated cross section image.

US Pat. No. 9,811,876

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus including a projection optical system that projects an image on a projection surface, the display apparatus
comprising:
a deforming unit configured to geometrically deform an input image in order to correct a distortion in a projected image obtained
when the input image is projected on the projection surface; and

a setting unit configured to set parameters of image deformation processing by the deforming unit, wherein
the setting unit sets the parameters such that a position of an intersection of diagonal lines of a first projected image
obtained when the image before being deformed according to the set parameters is projected on the projection surface is identical
to a position of an intersection of diagonal lines of a second projected image obtained when a deformed image, which is an
image after being deformed according to the set parameters, is projected on the projection surface.

US Pat. No. 9,809,408

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH LATERAL DISPLACEMENT CORRECTION FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet along a conveying path;
a detection unit provided in the conveying path and configured to detect a position of the sheet in a width direction orthogonal
to a conveying direction;

a correction unit configured to correct the position of the sheet in the width direction based on a result of detection by
said detection unit;

a stacking unit on which the sheet discharged via the conveying path is stacked;
an alignment unit disposed above said stacking unit and including a pair of alignment members which are movable in the width
direction, said alignment unit being configured to bring said pair of alignment members into abutment with opposite edges
of the sheet having been discharged to thereby align the sheet;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a type of a sheet; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the sheet type is a type that is not subjected to correction by said correction
unit, control said alignment unit such that a distance between said pair of alignment members in a standby position is set
larger than that in a case where the sheet type is a type that is subjected to correction by said correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,809,409

PRINTING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
an image forming apparatus configured to form images on sheets;
a first sheet stacking apparatus including a first stacking tray to which sheets conveyed from the image forming apparatus
are discharged;

a second sheet stacking apparatus provided at a downstream side of the first sheet stacking apparatus in a conveyance direction
of sheets, and including a second stacking tray to which sheets conveyed from the image forming apparatus are discharged;

a post-processing apparatus provided at a downstream side of the second sheet stacking apparatus in the conveyance direction,
and including a post-processing device configured to perform post-processing to sheets conveyed from the image forming apparatus
and a third stacking tray to which sheets, to which the post-processing has been performed by the post-processing device,
are discharged, wherein the post-processing includes saddle stitching;

a receiving device configured to receive a print job in which one of the first stacking tray, the second stacking tray, or
the third stacking tray is designated as a delivery destination of sheets on which images are formed by the image forming
apparatus; and

a controller configured to control, based on the print job received by the receiving device, the image forming apparatus to
form images on sheets,

wherein the controller is configured to obtain information indicating permission or inhibition for automatically changing
the delivery destination, and

wherein the controller is configured to control the delivery destination, based on the obtained information, so as to:
(i) in a case where one stacking tray of the first stacking tray or the second stacking tray is designated as the delivery
destination in the received print job and the obtained information indicates permission to change the delivery destination,
continue execution of the print job by changing the delivery destination to the other stacking tray of the first stacking
tray or the second stacking tray, in response to detecting a fully loaded state of the one stacking tray designated as the
delivery destination,

(ii) in a case where one stacking tray of the first stacking tray or the second stacking tray is designated as the delivery
destination in the received print job and the obtained information indicates inhibition to change the delivery destination,
suspend the execution of the received print job until sheets on the one stacking tray designated as the delivery destination
are removed, in response to detecting a fully loaded state of the one stacking tray, and

(iii) in a case where the third stacking tray is designated as the delivery destination in the received print job, suspend
the execution of the received print job until sheets on the third stacking tray are removed, in response to detecting a fully
loaded state of the third stacking tray, regardless of whether the information indicates permission or inhibition of changing
the delivery destination.

US Pat. No. 9,811,769

PRINTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SPOOLING DATA TO PERFORM PRINT PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a network interface unit to receive data;
a storage memory to store the received data;
a determining unit to determine whether the received data to be stored in the storage memory is data in PDF (Portable Document
Format);

a control unit to control allocating of a memory area of a predetermined size in the storage memory before a data size of
the received data which is determined as data in PDF is obtained, and to set a memory area excluding the memory area of the
predetermined size in the storage memory as a memory area to be used to store other data than the received data which is determined
as data in PDF; and

a storage control unit to control a storing process to store the received data to be stored in the storage memory in the memory
area of the predetermined size allocated in the storage memory by the control unit in a case where the determining unit determines
that the received data is in PDF,

wherein after the data size of the received data which is determined as data in PDF is obtained, the storing control unit
controls adjusting of a size for the memory area which has set by the control unit in accordance with the determination of
the size of the received data, and

wherein the determining unit, the control unit, and the storage control unit are implemented by at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,813,586

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit which prints an image on a sheet conveyed from a sheet stacking unit;
an information storage unit which stores information indicating an orientation of the sheet stacked in the sheet stacking
unit;

a determination unit which determines whether to print the image in a first orientation corresponding to a case where the
sheet is conveyed with a short side thereof as a leading edge from the sheet stacking unit, or to print the image in a second
orientation corresponding to a case where the sheet is conveyed with a long side thereof as the leading edge from the sheet
stacking unit; and

a setting storage unit which stores a setting value based on an operation of a user,
wherein, in a case where the information indicating the orientation of the sheet stacked in the sheet stacking unit is not
stored in the information storage unit, the determination unit determines whether to print the image in the first orientation
or to print the image in the second orientation, according to the setting value stored in the setting storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,813,587

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO PRINT IMAGE DATA RECEIVED BY FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a reception unit implemented by the at least one processor and configured to receive image data by facsimile communication,
wherein the received image data includes an image having a second image size prescribed by the facsimile communication that
is different from a first image size of the image before the facsimile communication;

a printer configured to select a paper on which to print the received image data based on an image size of the image data,
wherein the printer is configured to select a paper based on the second image size having a paper size that is different from
a paper size of a paper that would be selected by the printer based on the first image size;

a conversion unit implemented by the at least one processor and configured to transform the image data received by the reception
unit into image data having a third image size that is different from the second image size; and

a storage configured to store, in a file, the image data transformed by the conversion unit,
wherein, as a result of the transformation of the image data by the conversion unit, the printer is configured to select a
paper based on the third image size having a paper size that is the same as a paper size of a paper that would be selected
by the printer based on the first image size, and

wherein the printer is configured to print the transformed image data on paper selected based on the third image size.

US Pat. No. 9,808,153

WAVEFRONT CORRECTION METHOD FOR ADAPTIVE OPTICS SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for a controller to control an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope, the method comprising:
receiving from the ophthalmoscope a first set of wavefront data comprising a plurality of wavefront elements;
wherein each particular wavefront element is associated with a particular area of a received beam of light received from a
fundus being imaged by the ophthalmoscope;

each particular wavefront element includes:
wavefront shape measurement data, wherein the wavefront shape measurement data is representative of a shape of a wavefront
of the received beam of light in a particular area of the received beam of light;

status measurement data, wherein the status measurement data is a confidence indicator of ability of the wavefront shape measurement
data to represent the shape of the wavefront of the received beam of light in the particular area of the received beam of
light with a particular level of accuracy;

calculating a second set of control data based on the wavefront shape measurement data in the wavefront data and a third set
of local gain;

wherein the third set of local gain includes a plurality of local gain elements;
wherein each element among the plurality of local gain elements is adjusted based on one or more of the status measurement
data,

transmitting the second set of control data to the ophthalmoscope, which the ophthalmoscope uses to adjust a shape of an illumination
wavefront of an illumination beam used to illuminate the fundus.

US Pat. No. 9,813,598

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

a fourth transmission unit which transmits, to the controlled light emitting apparatuses, an instruction to transmit predetermined
state information,

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

wherein if a light emitting apparatus is connected as the controlled light emitting apparatus after the first transmission
unit transmits the signal, the fourth transmission unit transmits, to the controlled light emitting apparatuses, the instruction
to transmit the predetermined state information.

US Pat. No. 9,813,639

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME FOR APPLYING A PREDETERMINED EFFECT TO A MOVING IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device, comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory coupled to the at least one processor and storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor,
cause the processor to perform operations comprising:

determining to apply a predetermined effect to a moving image in a case where an angle of view or an aspect ratio is changed
in the moving image, and

applying the predetermined effect to the moving image according to the determination,
wherein, when a sub moving image is composited with the moving image, in the case where an angle of view or an aspect ratio
is changed in the moving image, the predetermined effect is not applied to the moving image.

US Pat. No. 9,804,478

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit;
a first optical member arranged in front of the light emitting unit and including a first fresnel shape having condensing
action; and

a second optical member including a second fresnel shape having light diffusing action so as to face the first fresnel shape
of the first optical member,

wherein the second fresnel shape includes a first diffusing portion in which light diffusing action relative to a direction
perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the light emitting unit is stronger than light diffusing action relative to the
longitudinal direction of the light emitting unit, and a second diffusing portion annularly formed on both sides of the first
diffusing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,726,884

DISPLAYING APPARATUS UNIT AND PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAYING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A displaying apparatus unit comprising:
a first holder configured to hold a displaying element;
a second holder configured to hold an optical operating plate which operates on light from the displaying element;
a prism member disposed on an opposite side of the displaying element with respect to the optical operating plate;
a first dustproof cover member disposed between the first holder and the second holder, and configured to cover a whole side
surface of the displaying element;

a second dustproof cover member disposed between the first dustproof cover member and the second holder; and
a third dustproof cover member disposed between the prism member and the second holder,
wherein the first dustproof cover member is in contact with the first holder,
the second dustproof cover member is in contact with the second holder,
the first dustproof cover member and the second dustproof cover member are in contact with each other, and
the first dustproof cover member has a hardness higher than that of the second dustproof cover member.

US Pat. No. 9,727,982

PARALLELISING PER-PIXEL COMPOSITING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of compositing a plurality of layers, the method comprising the steps of:
grouping the plurality of layers comprising image data into at least a foreground group and a background group to be composited
by separate computing threads, wherein a foreground compositing model for compositing layers in the foreground group is dependent
on a compositing output for the background group;

identifying, in relation to the foreground group, independent instructions of the foreground compositing model to be executed
independently from the background group and dependent instructions of the foreground compositing model requiring a compositing
output of at least one layer of the background group in order to composite layers in the foreground group;

executing the identified independent instructions using image data associated with the layers in the foreground group in parallel
with compositing the layers in the background group, a first independent instruction storing a corresponding result of execution
in a first buffer and a second independent instruction storing a corresponding result in a second buffer;

upon receipt of the compositing output for the background group, executing the dependent compositing instruction by updating
the second buffer using the background compositing output; and

determining a compositing output for the foreground group dependent upon contents of the first buffer and the updated second
buffer.

US Pat. No. 9,692,948

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a body incorporating a lens unit;
a display unit; and
a hinge unit configured to be pivotably connected to the body about a first rotary shaft and to be pivotably connected to
the display unit about a second rotary shaft parallel to the first rotary shaft,

wherein the display unit is rotatable relative to the body via the hinge unit between a first use position, in which a display
surface of the display unit faces a direction opposite to an object during a normal shooting of the object, a second use position,
in which the display surface faces the object during self-shooting of the object, and a housing position, in which the display
unit is stored in a predetermined position such that the display surface faces upward relative to an upper surface of the
body, and

wherein, in a case where the display unit is stored in the predetermined position, the lens unit and the display unit do not
overlap when viewed from a side of the body, and the lens unit and at least a part of the display unit overlap when viewed
from an optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,661,721

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:
a light source board on which one or more emission units are located;
an optical sheet configured to reflect a part of light from the emission unit; and
a detection unit configured to detect light reflected by the optical sheet and to output a detection value, wherein
the detection unit is located in a position where a ratio of change amount in a detection value when one emission unit is
turned ON in a case where the optical sheet is deformed with respect to a detection value when the one emission unit is turned
ON in a case where the optical sheet is not deformed is approximately 3% or less, and

the light from the emission unit has a directivity of which intensity distribution is substantially a Lambertian distribution.
US Pat. No. 9,657,153

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A RESIN COMPOSITION HAVING A POROUS STRUCTURE WITH INDEPENDENT POROSITIES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing a resin composition having a porous structure in which 80% to 94% of a total porosity is comprised
of independent porosities, the independent porosities having walls having no opening between adjacent porosities, the method
comprising:
molding a resin solution having a viscosity of 10,000 cP to 1,000,000 cP; and
removing a solvent of the resin solution by a phase separation method to perform porosification,
wherein the porous structure has a mean porosity size of 0.01 ?m to 0.9 ?m, and
wherein not less than 80% of the total porosity has a porosity size within ±30% of the mean porosity size.

US Pat. No. 9,672,172

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute, for each of a plurality of pages, both of a first control step for controlling a
printing apparatus to print a single page and a second control step, for controlling the printing apparatus with regard to
the single page, to be executed after completion of the first control step for the single page, wherein after completion of
the first and second control steps for the single page, the execution unit executes both of the first and second control steps
for another single page;

an interruption unit configured to interrupt the execution in a case where a predetermined interruption factor occurs during
the execution of processing by the execution unit;

an acceptance unit configured to (i) in a case where the first control step is completed for a page of interest and the second
control step is not completed for the page of interest as a result of the interruption, accept a selection instruction for
instructing whether the first control step or the second control step is to be executed for the page of interest, and (ii)
in a case where the first control step is not completed for the page of interest as the result of the interruption, accept
a selection instruction for instructing that the first control step is to be executed for the page of interest, without accepting
a selection instruction for instructing that the second control step is to be executed for the page of interest; and

a setting unit configured to set, as a start step to be resumed by the execution unit, a control step, corresponding to the
selection instruction accepted by the acceptance unit, from among the first control step and the second control step.

US Pat. No. 9,665,050

DETERMINATION APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING TYPE OF RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A determination apparatus comprising:
a transmission control unit including two terminals having a different polar character and configured to output a drive signal
from the two terminals;

a transmission unit including two terminals having a different polar character and configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave
by input the drive signal to the two terminals;

a reception unit including two terminals having a different polar character and configured to receive the ultrasonic wave
transmitted from the transmission unit and to output a reception signal from the two terminals in accordance with the received
ultrasonic wave;

a reception control unit including two terminals having a different polar character and the two terminals being input the
reception signal output from the reception unit, and

a control unit configured to:
judge, based on the reception signal output from the reception control unit, whether or not a predetermined state occurs in
which the two terminals of the transmission control unit are connected to the two terminals of the transmission unit so that
each of the polar characters matches and the two terminals of the reception control unit are connected to the two terminals
of the reception unit so that each of the polar characters mismatches, or the two terminals of the transmission control unit
connected to the two terminals of the transmission unit so that each of the polar characters mismatches and the two terminals
of the reception control unit are connected to the two terminals of the reception unit so that each of the polar characters
matches; and

reverse a waveform of the reception signal in a case that the control unit judges that the predetermined state has occurred;
and

determine a type of a recording medium based on an amplitude of the reception signal of which the waveform is reversed by
the control unit, the reception signal being acquired during the recording medium conveyed between the transmission unit and
the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,604,437

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURAL BODY AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a structural body, the method comprising:
a lamination step of, while an in-process structural body is supported by a support member, laminating a plurality of times,
a layer which is provided on a surface of a transfer member and which is to be formed into the structural body on the in-process
structural body or at least a part of a surface formed of the in-process structural body and the support member,

wherein in the lamination step, the support member is moved by changing the state thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,607,417

PARALLEL RENDERING OF REGION-BASED GRAPHICS REPRESENTATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering an image using a plurality of threads, each thread from the plurality of threads being assigned to
concurrently render a portion of the image, the method comprising the steps of:
receiving edge data corresponding to the image to be rendered, the edge data comprising a plurality of edges identified by
edge indices, each edge having associated edge scan line crossing coordinates;

arranging the edge scan line crossing coordinates associated with the edges into a plurality of partitions indexed by the
edge indices to form an indexing data structure that is randomly accessible by means of a coordinate of a portion of the image;

wherein each partition in the indexing data structure comprises a list of said edge scan line crossing coordinates associated
with an edge that is identified by the edge index indexing the partition; and

rendering the portions of the image concurrently, each portion being rendered by a corresponding assigned thread by identifying
and by randomly accessing a partition in the indexing data structure using a coordinate of said portion in the image, at least
one edge in the indexing data structure associated with said portion of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,563,134

OPTICAL SYSTEM ILLUMINATING SURFACE TO BE ILLUMINATED, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ARTICLE, OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system illuminating a surface to be illuminated, comprising:
an integrator configured to form a plurality of secondary light sources from light from a light source; and
an optical element configured to have a polished surface which is polished by scanning in a scanning direction with a polishing
tool,

wherein the optical element is disposed between the integrator and the surface to be illuminated, and has a direction indicating
portion indicating the scanning direction, and

an arrangement direction of the plurality of secondary light sources in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the optical
system is non-parallel to the scanning direction indicated by the direction indicating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,557,705

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING DETERMINATION OF AMOUNT OF WASTE TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier on which a toner image is formed;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image to a sheet from the image carrier;
a cleaner configured to remove toner remaining on the image carrier after the transfer;
a waste toner container having a screw and being configured to contain the toner removed by the cleaner as waste toner;
a sensor configured to sense an amount of the waste toner;
a first determination unit configured to determine an amount of the waste toner in the waste toner container based on a number
of sheets to which the toner image is transferred;

a motor configured to drive the screw;
a detection unit configured to detect a driving force of the motor; and
a second determination unit configured to determine a state of the waste toner container based on the amount of the waste
toner determined by the first determination unit or the driving force detected by the detection unit after the amount of the
waste toner detected by the sensor is larger than a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,557,560

MIRROR UNIT AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. An exposure apparatus for projecting a pattern image of a reticle onto a substrate to expose the substrate, the exposure
apparatus comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate light; and
a projection optical system configured to project the light from the illumination optical system to the substrate,
wherein at least one of the illumination optical system or the projection optical system includes a mirror unit,
wherein the mirror unit includes:
a mirror;
a plurality of non-contact type actuators including movable elements and stators, and configured to change a shape of the
mirror;

a supporting plate to which the stators are fixed;
a kinematic mount contacting the supporting plate; and
a holding member contacting and holding the mirror, without contacting the supporting plate; and
a structure configured to hold:
the holding member; and
the supporting plate via the kinematic mount,
wherein the movable elements are attached to a surface of the mirror that is opposite to an optical surface thereof.