US Pat. No. 9,143,660

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,881

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF CLASSIFICATION AND OBJECT DETECTION, IMAGE PICKUP AND PROCESSING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A classification method in a feature space including one or more feature vectors, all of or some of the feature vectors
being identified as support vector(s), comprising:
creating a maximum hypersphere in the feature space, according to the support vector(s);
creating a minimum hypersphere in the feature space according to the support vector(s);
judging whether there is only one feature vector within the minimum hypersphere;
determining only one feature vector as a center of the maximum hypersphere, if there is the only one feature vector within
the minimum hypersphere;

estimating a center of the minimum hypersphere as the center of the maximum hypersphere, if there are more than one feature
vectors within the minimum hypersphere

creating a decision hypersphere based on the calculated center of the created maximum hypersphere and the created maximum
hypersphere; and

classifying feature vector(s) within the decision hypersphere as positive feature vector(s).

US Pat. No. 9,142,160

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising: pixels arranged in a matrix wherein each pixel includes light emitting elements capable
of emitting light of different colors; driving circuits for supplying currents to the light emitting elements; row selection
lines for supplying a first and a second row selection signals to the driving circuits; and data lines for supplying data
signals to the driving circuits, wherein the row selection lines are provided such that there are as many row selection lines
in each row of pixels arranged in the matrix as the number of colors of light emitting elements and each of the row selection
lines is connected to a corresponding one of the light emitting elements and such that each row selection line in each row
provides the first and the second row selection signals to driving circuits of light emitting elements of a corresponding
same one of the colors, wherein each one of the row selection lines provides to the driving circuits the first row selection
signal in a first period during which the data lines provide data signals designating a light emission state or a no light
emission state of the light emitting elements and the second row selection signal in a second period during which the data
lines provide data signals designating the no light emission state of the light emitting elements such that the first and
second row selection signals are supplied alternately and a plurality of times in each frame period, and wherein the row selection
lines in each row provide the first row selection signals in the same first period and the second row selection signal in
different second periods, wherein intervals between the first row selection signal and the subsequent second row selection
signal supplied by the row selection line are changed according to an adjustment of white balance of the display apparatus,
and wherein a ratio of intervals between the first row selection signal and the subsequent second row selection signal supplied
a plurality of times in a frame period by the row selection line is not changed by the adjustment.

US Pat. No. 9,140,889

FINDER OPTICAL SYSTEM AND LIGHT METERING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A finder optical system comprising:
an erecting optical system configured to cause an object image formed on a focusing screen by an imaging optical system to
be an erect image;

an eyepiece optical system configured to form the object image caused to be the erect image by the erecting optical system;
and

a light metering optical system configured to form the object image focused on the focusing screen, on an image sensor via
the erecting optical system,

wherein an optical axis of the light metering optical system is non-parallel to an optical axis of the eyepiece optical system,
the light metering optical system includes a first lens having positive refractive power and a second lens having negative
refractive power in this order from a side of the erecting optical system to a side of the image sensor, and the second lens
is a prism body reflecting a light flux incoming from an incident surface off an inner reflection surface and outputting the
light flux from a light outputting surface.

US Pat. No. 9,140,642

SPECTROPHOTOMETER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spectrophotometer that measures a spectral reflectance of an object to be measured and determines a color value of the
object to be measured based on a color-matching function of XYZ color system and the measured spectral reflectance, the spectrophotometer
comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the object to be measured with light;
a spectroscope configured to disperse reflected light from the object to be measured; and
a signal processing unit,
wherein the irradiation unit irradiates light having a spectral intensity distribution in which a relative intensity at a
wavelength at a value of z in the color-matching function of XYZ color system is equal to or greater than 0.5 relative to
a peak of the spectral intensity in which the spectral intensity distribution irradiated from the irradiation unit is normalized,
and

wherein the signal processing unit determines:
the spectral reflectance of the object to be measured based on a signal of light dispersed by the spectroscope,
a tristimulus value based on the spectral reflectance and the color-matching function of the XYZ color system, and
the color value of the object to be measured based on the tristimulus value of the XYZ color system.

US Pat. No. 9,134,663

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC FIXING MEMBER, FIXING APPARATUS AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic fixing member comprising:
a substrate,
an elastic layer and
a releasing layer, wherein:
the elastic layer contains
a silicone rubber,
an inorganic filler and
a vapor grown carbon fiber, wherein:
when a volume percent of the inorganic filler compounded in the elastic layer is designated as X (%) and a volume percent
of the vapor grown carbon fibers compounded in the elastic layer is designated as Y (%), the following expression (1), expression
(2) and expression (3) are satisfied, and wherein:

the vapor grown carbon fiber has an aspect ratio of 50 or more, the aspect ratio being a ratio of a fiber length to a fiber
diameter, aspect ratio:

3X+30Y?170  (1)

25?X?50  (2)

0.5?Y?3.1  (3).

US Pat. No. 9,134,695

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE CARTRIDGE PRESSING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, wherein a cartridge is detachably mountable, said
image forming apparatus comprising:
an opening through which said cartridge is passed when said cartridge is mounted to and demounted from a main assembly of
said apparatus;

an openable member movable between a closed position for closing said opening and an open position for opening said opening;
a pressing member movable between a pressing position for applying a pressing force to said cartridge to fix said cartridge
to an image forming position inside the main assembly, and a non-pressing position in which said cartridge is not pressed
by said pressing member;

an interrelating member for interrelations such that
(i) with movement of said openable member from the closed position to the open position, said pressing member moves from the
pressing position to the non-pressing position, and said cartridge moves from the image forming position to a retracted position,
and

(ii) with movement of said openable member from the open position to the closed position, said cartridge moves from the retracted
position to the image forming position, and said pressing member moves from the non-pressing position to the pressing position;
and

a limiting member movable between a limiting position for preventing said cartridge positioned in the image forming position
from moving against the pressing force of said pressing member, and a non-limiting position for permitting said cartridge
to move from the image forming position to the retracted position,

wherein said limiting member is rotated by the movement of said openable member from the closed position to the open position
to move from the limiting position to the non-limiting position, and is rotated by the movement of said openable member from
the open position to the closed position to move from the non-limiting position to the limiting position.

US Pat. No. 9,132,631

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT TIMING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a relative movement unit configured to perform a relative movement between a print head and a print medium for printing on
the print medium by the print head while relatively moving,

a detection unit configured to detect a moving speed of the relative movement in a relative movement direction by the relative
movement unit at a predetermined timing;

a moving control unit configured to control the relative movement between the print head and the print medium based on the
detected speed of the relative movement and a target speed of the relative movement so that the relative movement is performed
at a speed that is made closer to the target speed; and

a timing control unit configured to obtain a prediction speed which is a speed predicted at a timing after the predetermined
timing at which the moving speed is detected based on the detected moving speed and the target speed and control a print timing
of the print head based on the prediction speed.

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. 9,136,309

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic electroluminescent apparatus comprising:
an organic EL element emitting light of red color, an organic EL element emitting light of green color and an organic EL element
emitting light of blue color,

wherein each of the organic EL elements includes a first electrode on a light output side, a second electrode opposite the
first electrode, and an organic compound layer including a light-emitting layer between the first electrode and the second
electrode,

wherein each of the organic EL elements has a resonator structure configured to resonate light emitted from the light-emitting
layer between a first reflective surface closer to the first electrode than the organic compound layer and a second reflective
surface closer to the second electrode than the organic compound layer, and

wherein an optical distance of the organic EL elements of each color between an emission position in the light-emitting layer
and the second reflective surface is set within ±10% from an optical distance corresponding to an nth-order minimum of a curve
of required current density, which is necessary when a predetermined white color is displayed by the organic EL element emitting
light of red color, the organic EL element emitting light of green color and the organic EL element emitting light of blue
color.

US Pat. No. 9,137,435

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus for performing phase difference detection type focus detection, comprising:
a plurality of sensor units each including a plurality of pixels, each sensor unit being configured to generate a plurality
of signals from the plurality of pixels to be used for detecting a phase difference;

a setting unit configured to set, from among the plurality of sensor units, one or more sensor units as determination targets,
the setting unit including a control line to convey a selection signal for selecting a sensor unit from the determination
targets that outputs a signal; and

a determination unit including a comparator configured to compare a peak value of the plurality of signals with a first threshold,
the determination unit being configured to, using the comparator, determine repeatedly whether a signal generated by the sensor
unit selected by the setting unit satisfies a termination condition at which the peak value is greater than the first threshold,

wherein the focus detection apparatus is configured to operate in a first mode and then shift to a second mode, and
the setting unit is configured to include, in the determination targets in the second mode, a sensor unit that is not included
in the determination targets in the first mode, but not to include, in the determination targets in the second mode, a sensor
unit whose peak value has been determined to be greater than the first threshold in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,137,460

DISPLAY APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect, in accordance with a distance between an external apparatus and the display control
apparatus, that wireless communication with the external apparatus has become possible or wireless communication with the
external apparatus has become impossible;

an input unit configured to input data from an information processing apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display an image transmitted from the external apparatus prior
to the data input by said input unit, in a case where said detection unit detects that the wireless communication with the
external apparatus become possible while the data input by said input unit is being displayed, and to cause the display unit
to display the data input by said input unit prior to the image transmitted from the external apparatus, in a case where said
detection unit detects that the wireless communication with the external apparatus has become impossible while the image transmitted
from the external apparatus is being displayed.

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. 9,134,643

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING CONTROL UNIT FOR CONTROLLING CHARGING BIAS AND LASER POWER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members;
a plurality of charging devices each configured to charge a corresponding image bearing member, by the same charging bias
supplied from a mutually shared first power source, and to form a predetermined charging potential on a surface of the image
bearing member;

an exposure device configured to expose with a first laser power a non-image region to which a developer is not supplied from
a developer bearing member, of a surface of the image bearing member to generate a non-image region potential, and to expose
with a second laser power greater than the first laser power an image region to which developer is supplied from the developer
bearing member to generate an image region potential;

a plurality of developer bearing members each configured to supply a developer to an image region of a corresponding image
bearing member, on a surface of which a predetermined development potential is formed;

a storage device configured to acquire and store information about the plurality of image bearing members; and
a control unit configured to control the charging bias, and the first laser power and the second laser power for each of the
plurality of image bearing members,

wherein the image forming apparatus is capable of executing a color mode for forming images of a plurality of colors using
the plurality of developer bearing members, and a mono-mode for forming images of mono color using one developer bearing member
of the plurality of developer bearing members,

wherein the control unit, when the color mode is executed, determines the charging bias and, the first laser power and the
second laser power for each of the plurality of image bearing members, based on information about the plurality of image bearing
members,

wherein the control unit, when the mono-mode is executed, determines the charging bias and, the first laser power and the
second laser power for an image bearing member for the mono-mode, based on information about the image bearing member for
the mono-mode, and

wherein an absolute value of charging bias when the mono-mode is executed, is determined so as not to exceed an absolute value
of charging bias when the color mode is executed.

US Pat. No. 9,131,122

APPARATUS, METHOD, SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM CAUSING A DISPLAY TO DISPLAY A GRAPH INDICATING A DEGREE OF CHANGE OF PART OF A CAPTURED IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive images captured by a capturing unit; and
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a degree of change in a first image of the images captured by the capturing unit based
on a difference between the first image captured by the capturing unit and a second image which is generated based on a plurality
of images captured by the capturing unit before the first image is captured by the capturing unit; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the first image received by the receiving unit and to
display a graph which indicates the degree of change in the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,128,403

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic electrically conductive member comprising an electrically conductive support and an electrically
conductive layer, wherein the electrically conductive layer comprises
an ion conductive resin having a sulfonic acid ion in a molecule structure as a binder resin, and
a carrier molecule represented by a following formula (6) or (7):

(wherein R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, and R8 each independently represent hydrogen or a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, and may include a heteroatom),

wherein the molecule structure of the ion conductive resin has an ethylene oxide unit, and
wherein the ion conductive resin is a phenol resin.

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. 9,125,591

ACOUSTIC-WAVE MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acoustic-wave measuring apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a subject;
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the subject with light;
an acoustic-wave detecting unit configured to receive acoustic waves generated within the subject due to irradiation with
the light irradiated from the irradiation unit, the acoustic-wave detecting unit being disposed at a side of the holding unit
opposite to the subject;

an image pickup unit configured to acquire, through the holding unit, an image of a shape of the subject held by the holding
unit;

a coordinate transforming unit configured to transform coordinates of a measurement position designated by an observer, on
the image acquired by the image pickup unit to coordinates on the holding unit; and

a position control unit configured to move at least one of the irradiation unit and the acoustic-wave detecting unit on the
holding unit based on information output from the coordinate transforming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,122,977

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a foreground image object to be rendered with an overlap with a background image object,
the foreground image object partially overlapping a pixel which is partially overlapped by the background image object;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not at least information indicating a rendering rule for the foreground
image object indicates a specific rendering rule among a plurality of rendering rules, the rendering rule for an object being
indicated by a kind of attribute of the object; and

a control unit configured to control a rendering so that the obtained foreground image object shows up and the obtained background
image object does not show up in the pixel, in a case where the determination unit determines that at least the information
does not indicate the specific rendering rule.

US Pat. No. 9,122,001

DRIVING APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus for driving an optical member of a lens barrel, the driving apparatus comprising:
a rotation detector configured to rotate in conjunction with a rotation of a rotational member that rotates in conjunction
with a driving of the optical member to detect a rotational amount of the rotational member, and output a unique value in
accordance with a rotation angle of the rotation detector within a range of a single rotation,

wherein a change of an output value from the rotation detector in response to a change of rotation amount of the rotation
detector is discontinuous once in every single rotation, and

wherein the optical member has a driving range corresponding to a rotation amount smaller than a single rotation of the rotation
detector; and

a controller configured to:
output an output value after adding a predetermined value to the output value of the rotation detector in a case where a position
of the rotation detector in a rotational direction is on one side with respect to a position at which the change of the output
value from the rotation detector in response to the change of rotation amount of the rotation detector is discontinuous; and

output an output value without adding the predetermined value to the output value of the rotation detector in a case where
the position of the rotation detector in the rotational direction is on the other side with respect to the position at which
the change of the output value from the rotation detector in response to the change of rotation amount of the rotation detector
is discontinuous.

US Pat. No. 9,122,086

DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a liquid crystal panel unit including a quadrilateral display portion;
a screen protector protecting the liquid crystal panel unit; and
a spacer disposed between the liquid crystal panel unit and the screen protector so as to surround the display portion,
wherein the spacer has a cut, the cut cutting its corresponding side of the spacer.

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. 9,124,738

NETWORK SYSTEM, ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A network system including a plurality of image forming apparatuses, and an analysis system that manages the plurality
of image forming apparatuses, wherein
the plurality of image forming apparatuses includes a first image forming apparatus that is mounted with a power meter and
manages a first power log which contains information of power consumption for respective states of the first image forming
apparatus, and a second image forming apparatus that is mounted with a power meter and manages a second power log which contains
information of integral power consumption after use of the second image forming apparatus is started, and wherein the analysis
system comprises:

a collection unit configured to collect the first and second power logs;
a first analysis unit configured to obtain power consumption of the first image forming apparatus using the first power log;
and

a second analysis unit configured to obtain power consumption of the second image forming apparatus using the second power
log;

wherein, if the first image forming apparatus is in a predetermined state, and power consumption in the predetermined state
has not been recorded, then the first analysis unit obtains power consumption of the first image forming apparatus in the
predetermined state, using time spent being in the predetermined state and power consumption per unit time of the first image
forming apparatus in the predetermined state,

wherein, if the second image forming apparatus is in a predetermined state, and power consumption in the predetermined state
has not been recorded, then the second analysis unit obtains power consumption of the second image forming apparatus in the
predetermined state, using time spent being in the predetermined state and power consumption per unit time of the second image
forming apparatus in the predetermined state, and

wherein in a case where a power source of option devices attached to the image forming apparatuses that manage the first and
second power logs is separated from a main body of the image forming apparatus, the first and second analysis units obtain
the power consumptions of the image forming apparatuses that manage the first and second power logs by adding power consumptions
of the option devices.

US Pat. No. 9,114,617

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid discharge head having a flow path communicating with a discharge port for discharging
liquid, comprising in the following order:
preparing a substrate with an evenly provided first layer;
forming, from the first layer, a pattern of the flow path for forming the flow path, and a first member provided outside the
pattern via a gap;

providing a second layer to fill the gap and to cover the pattern and the first member;
forming, from the second layer, a second member for forming the discharge port above the pattern;
removing the first member and providing, at least on the substrate, a third layer to fill at least a part of an area where
the first member is removed, and to contact with the second member; and

removing the pattern to form the flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,115,153

AZA METAL COMPLEXES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A metal complex compound represented by formula (1), which is coordinated to a metal ion selected from the group consisting
of a lanthanoid ion, a manganese ion, a chromium ion, and an iron ion:

wherein ? represents a phenylene group.

US Pat. No. 9,118,793

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus communicable with another image forming apparatus via a network, the other image forming apparatus
having a facsimile function for receiving facsimile image data, comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the other image forming apparatus, an e-mail to which an image file is attached,
the image file generated by the other image forming apparatus based on facsimile image data received via the facsimile function
of the other image forming apparatus;

a printing unit configured to execute a printing process based on the image file attached to the e-mail received by the receiving
unit;

a confirmation unit configured to confirm a toner remaining amount during the printing process; and
a control unit configured to determine whether or not the image file attached to the e-mail corresponds to the facsimile image
data which has been received by the other image forming apparatus via its facsimile function,

wherein the control unit is configured to stop the printing process as a result of the toner remaining amount that is confirmed
by the confirmation unit, in a case where the control unit determines that the image file attached to the e-mail corresponds
to the facsimile image data, and

wherein the control unit is configured to continue the printing process, in a case where the control unit determines that
the image file attached to the e-mail does not correspond to the facsimile image data, even if the toner remaining amount
is less than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,116,480

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, HAVING AIR FEEDING PORTION INCLUDING A FAN, A DUCT WITH AN OPENING, AND OPENING-AMOUNT ADJUSTING MEMBER, CONFIGURED TO EXECUTE FIRST AND SECOND AIR FEEDING OPERATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, said image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming station configured to form an unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a fixing portion, including a heating member and a back-up member configured to cooperate with said heating member to form
a nip, for fixing the unfixed toner image on the recording material by heating the recording material having the formed unfixed
toner image in the nip while feeding recording material; and

an air feeding portion configured to feed air to a non-sheet-passing area of at least one of said heating member and said
back-up member, said air feeding portion including a fan configured to feed the air, a duct, including an opening, configured
to guide the air fed from said fan through said opening to the non-sheet-passing area, and an adjusting member configured
to adjust an opening amount of said opening,

wherein said apparatus configured to execute a first air feeding operation with a first opening amount and a first rotational
frequency of said fan and a second air feeding operation with a second opening amount different from the first opening amount
and a second rotational frequency different from the first rotational frequency, when said fixing portion fixes the images
on recording materials having the same widths measured in a direction perpendicular to a feeding direction of the recording
materials.

US Pat. No. 9,116,981

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CLUSTER ANALYSIS WITH RELATIONAL TRUTH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for measuring similarity between a set of clusters and a set of object labels, wherein at least two of the object
labels are related, the method comprising:
receiving a first set of clusters, wherein the first set of clusters was formed by clustering objects in a set of objects
into clusters of the first set of clusters according to a clustering procedure; and

calculating a similarity index between the first set of clusters and a set of object labels based at least in part on a relationship
between two or more object labels in the set of object labels,

wherein the object labels are semantic labels,
wherein the relationship between the two or more object labels is based at least in part on a semantic distance, and
wherein the semantic distance is defined by a semantic ontology that includes the object labels.

US Pat. No. 9,111,354

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first error diffusion unit which performs error diffusion processing on a predetermined first pixel of interest in image
data;

a second error diffusion unit which performs error diffusion processing on a second pixel of interest that is on a same line
as that of the first pixel of interest and is next to the first pixel of interest, the second error diffusing unit comprising:

an operating unit which calculates a total of values of input image data of the second pixel of interest and error data to
be diffused from a pixel excluding the first pixel of interest, and

a calculation unit which calculates quantized data and an error value; and
a first determining unit which determines whether quantized data for the second pixel of interest is fixed by error diffusion
processing by the second error diffusion unit or not, wherein

the second error diffusion unit performs error diffusion processing in parallel with the first error diffusion unit,
the calculation unit calculates the quantized data and the error value if the first determining unit determines that the quantized
data is fixed, and

the first determining unit determines whether the quantized data for the second pixel of interest is fixed by the second error
diffusion unit or not on the basis of whether the total of value is equal to or lower than a first reference value or not
and whether the total of value is equal to or higher than a second reference value that is higher than the first reference
value or not.

US Pat. No. 9,113,059

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE REGION DISCRIMINATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate first image data, when an in-focus position if a first focal position at which an
object is in focus state or a second focal position on a near distance side of the first focal position, and second image
data, when an in-focus position is a third focal position on a far distance side of a focal position at which a background
is in focus state; and

a discrimination unit configured, based on the first and second image data generated by the generation unit, to discriminate
between a first region including the object and a second region including the background,

wherein the second focal position is a position within a range in which the object falls inside a depth of field.

US Pat. No. 9,113,062

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that incorporates a wireless communication unit for performing wireless communication, the imaging
apparatus comprising:
an optical member that guides light incident on the imaging apparatus to an eyepiece optical system and has a reflection surface
that reflects incident light toward the eyepiece optical system;

a outer covering member that cover the optical member; and
a substrate fixing member that fixes a substrate on which an antenna section of the wireless communication unit is mounted,
wherein the wireless communication unit is arranged in a space formed between the optical member and the outer covering member,
wherein a ground section of the wireless communication unit is connected to the substrate fixing member at a portion opposite
to the antenna section so that the wireless communication unit is arranged substantially in parallel with the reflection surface
of the optical member, and

wherein the substrate fixing member is attached to a member for holding the optical member so as to be electrically connected
to a ground section of the imaging apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,113,097

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS PERFORMING OF SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM EXPOSURES AND CORRESPONDING READ OPERATIONS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor in which a plurality of pixels each having a photoelectric conversion element are arranged in a matrix;
a synchronizing signal generation unit configured to generate a short-term vertical synchronizing signal as a vertical synchronizing
signal for short-term exposure, and a long-term vertical synchronizing signal for long-term exposure, one cycle of the long-term
vertical synchronizing signal being equal to N cycles of the short-term vertical synchronizing signal; and

an exposure control unit configured to repeat performing the short-term exposure for the predetermined number of short-term
exposure lines of said image sensor according to the generated short-term vertical synchronizing signal and performing the
long-term exposure for the predetermined number of long-term exposure lines of said image sensor according to the generated
long-term vertical synchronizing signal,

wherein said exposure control unit starts a first read operation of pixel signals for the long-term exposure lines in synchronism
with the long-term vertical synchronizing signal, and

said exposure control unit starts a second read operation of pixel signals for the short-term exposure lines in synchronism
with the short-term vertical synchronizing signal, which does not overlap a period of the first read operation.

US Pat. No. 9,110,287

CATADIOPTRIC SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A catadioptric system comprising:
a first imaging optical system configured to collect a light flux from an object to form an intermediate image of the object;
and

a second imaging optical system configured to cause the light flux from the intermediate image to form an optical image,
wherein the first imaging optical system comprises:
a first optical element including (a) a first light transmissive portion formed on and around an optical axis and (b) a first
back reflective portion formed as an object side surface in a more outer peripheral side portion than the first light transmissive
portion; and

a second optical element including (c) a second light transmissive portion formed on and around the optical axis and (d) a
second back reflective portion formed as an image side surface in a more outer peripheral side portion than the second light
transmissive portion,

wherein the light flux from the object enters the second imaging optical system successively through the first light transmissive
portion, the second back reflective portion, the first back reflective portion and the second light transmissive portion,

wherein the second imaging optical system includes an aspheric lens surface having an inflexion point at which a direction
of a curvature thereof changes, and

wherein the following condition is satisfied:
0.09
where D represents a distance from an optical axis to an outermost off-axis principal ray in the aspheric lens surface and
Ymax represents a highest image height on an image plane.

US Pat. No. 9,102,561

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An amorphous alloy containing:
54 at % or more and 79 at % or less Re;
8 at % or more and 28 at % or less Ir; and
11 at % or more and 18 at % or less Nb.

US Pat. No. 9,104,909

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling a detection processing for detecting a specific object, comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
determining a moving direction of a moving object detected in a moving image, wherein the moving direction corresponds to
a positional relationship between a position of the moving object in a moving image at a first time and a position of the
moving object in the moving image at a second time; and

detecting, if a moving direction of the detected moving object is a first moving direction, a specific object by comparing
the detected moving object with a pattern for detecting the specific object, and detecting, if a moving direction of the detected
moving object is a second moving direction being different from the first direction, the specific object by using at least
two of a height, width, a ratio between the height and the width, a size, or a shape of the detected moving object.

US Pat. No. 9,104,155

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to fix an unfixed toner image on a sheet at a nip portion by heat;
a first supporting roller and a second supporting roller configured to rotatably support an inner surface of the endless belt;
a rotary member configured to form the nip portion in cooperation with the endless belt;
a displacing mechanism configured to displace the first supporting roller so the endless belt is within a predetermined zone
in a width direction of the endless belt; and

a rubbing roller configured to rub an outer surface of the endless belt at a rubbing position where the rubbing roller causes
the endless belt to be brought into press contact with the second supporting roller,

wherein the rubbing position is a position that avoids a region where the endless belt is separated from the second supporting
roller with a displacement of the first supporting roller.

US Pat. No. 9,102,153

PROCESSES FOR PRODUCING SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing a substrate for a liquid ejection head, comprising a step of forming a liquid supply port passing
through a silicon substrate by dry etching, the step being a step of sequentially repeating the steps of:
(1) forming an etching protection film on the silicon substrate,
(2) removing a bottom portion of the etching protection film, and
(3) etching the silicon substrate,
wherein a sheath formed in the step (2) is thicker than a sheath formed in the step (3).

US Pat. No. 9,106,836

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM, WHERE CONTINUOUS SHOOTING OR SINGLE SHOOTING IS PERFORMED BASED ON TOUCH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a touch panel;
an imaging preparation unit configured to conduct a preparation for imaging processing of the imaging unit based in response
to a touch-down operation on the touch panel; and

a control unit configured to cause the imaging unit to perform continuous shooting in response to a touch-up operation in
a case where an operation for instructing about continuous shooting is performed on the touch panel since the touch-down operation
until the touch-up operation, and cause the imaging unit to perform single shooting in response to the touch-up operation
in a case where the operation for instructing about continuous shooting is not performed on the touch panel since the touch-down
operation until the touch-up operation,

wherein, in a case where continuous shooting is performed based on the touch-up operation, the control unit controls the imaging
unit to shoot a number of images based on a moving amount from a touch-down position.

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. 9,096,936

METAL STRUCTURAL BODY-CONTAINING POLYMER FILM, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING METAL STRUCTURAL BODY-CONTAINING POLYMER FILM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PATTERNED STRUCTURAL BODY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a patterned structural body, comprising the steps of:
preparing a metal structural body-containing polymer film by:
preparing a polymer film that includes a block copolymer having an ion-conductive segment and a non-ion-conductive segment
and has a microphase-separated structure including ion-conductive domains and non-ion-conductive domains; and

forming a metal structural body localized at the ion-conductive domains;
providing the metal structural body-containing polymer film into contact with a base material and producing a composite body
including the metal structural body-containing polymer film and the base material; and

etching the base material by using the metal structural body as a mask.

US Pat. No. 9,097,991

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a resist on a substrate to light via an optical system, the apparatus comprising:
a table configured to position the substrate at an exposure position upon holding the substrate;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance from an alignment mark formed on the substrate to a resist surface at a
position of the alignment mark, and a tilt of the resist surface with respect to a predetermined surface; and

a control unit configured to calculate a correction value for correcting a shift in exposure position, that occurs upon tilt
driving of said table, using the distance and the tilt, and control a position of said table in accordance with the correction
value.

US Pat. No. 9,098,020

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING CURRENT CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable intermediary transfer member configured to carry a toner image;
an image forming station configured to form a toner image on said intermediary transfer member;
a rotatable transfer roller urged toward said intermediary transfer member to form a transfer portion;
a feeding member configured to feed a recording material to the transfer portion;
a voltage source configured to transfer the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto the recording material
fed from said feeding member by applying a transferring current to said transfer portion;

a cleaning blade, provided downstream of said transfer portion and upstream of said image forming station with respect to
a rotational moving direction of said intermediary transfer member, said cleaning blade configured to remove toner deposited
on said intermediary transfer member;

an executing portion configured to execute, when said intermediary transfer member and said transfer roller are rotating and
the recording material is not present in said transfer portion, an operation in a cleaning mode for removing the toner deposited
on said transfer roller to said intermediary transfer member, in which a cleaning current is applied to said transfer portion
in a direction opposite to that of the transferring current; and

a controller configured to set the cleaning current,
wherein upon the execution of the operation in the cleaning mode when a cumulative number of recording materials fed to said
transfer portion by said feeding member from a previous execution of the operation in the cleaning mode is a first number
or a second number which is smaller than the first number, the controller sets the cleaning current as a first cleaning current
if the cumulative number is the first number, and sets the cleaning current as a second cleaning current if the cumulative
number is the second number, and

wherein the first cleaning current is lower than the second cleaning current.

US Pat. No. 9,098,033

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE HAVING SAME HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater used for an image heating device comprising:
a substrate having lengthwise and widthwise dimensions;
first and second electrodes provided on the substrate at the same end of the substrate in a lengthwise direction of the substrate;
a first heat-generation line including a first electro-conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction
of the substrate, a second electro-conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction of the substrate
at a position different in a widthwise direction of the substrate from the first electro-conductive element, and a plurality
of heat-generation resistors including positive resistance-temperature characteristics, and electrically connected in parallel
between the first electro-conductive element and the second electro-conductive element;

a second heat-generation line including a third electro-conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise
direction of the substrate, a fourth electro-conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction of
the substrate at a position different in the widthwise direction of the substrate from the third electro-conductive element,
and a plurality of heat-generation resistors including positive resistance-temperature characteristics and electrically connected
in parallel between the third electro-conductive element and the fourth electro-conductive element, and

a fifth electro-conductive element provided on the substrate,
wherein the second electro-conductive element and the third electro-conductive element are arranged between the first electro-conductive
element and the fourth electro-conductive element in the widthwise direction of the substrate,

wherein the fifth electro-conductive element is arranged between the second electro-conductive element and the third electro-conductive
element in the widthwise direction of the substrate,

wherein the first electrode is connected to the first electro-conductive element and the fourth electro-conductive element,
wherein the second electrode is connected to the fifth electro-conductive element,
wherein the second electro-conductive element and the third electro-conductive element are connected to the fifth electro-conductive
element, and

wherein the first heat-generation line and the second heat-generation line are provided along the lengthwise direction of
the substrate at positions different in the widthwise direction of the substrate from each other, and the first heat-generation
line and the second heat-generation line are electrically connected in parallel.

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. 9,099,656

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A naphtho[2?,3?:5,6]indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene derivative represented by general formula (1):

wherein in general formula (1), R1 to R16 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl groups, substituted
or unsubstituted alkoxy groups, substituted or unsubstituted amino groups, substituted or unsubstituted aryl groups, and substituted
or unsubstituted heterocyclic groups, and at least one of R3, R4, R9, and R10 is selected from substituted or unsubstituted aryl groups and substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic groups.

US Pat. No. 9,100,624

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND MEDIUM FOR GENERATING COLOR CORRECTION DATA WITH REFERENCE TO MEASURED COLOR VALUES FROM A NUMBER OF SENSORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sensors arranged for reading different patches in a chart for color correction, the chart including a plurality
of patches;

a first acquire unit configured to acquire information on a number of the sensors;
a color gamut division unit configured to divide a color gamut into divided color gamuts using the acquired information on
the number of sensors; and

a chart data generation unit configured to generate chart data of the chart to be referred in measuring the plurality of patches
such that the same sensor among the plurality of sensors measures all patches in each of the divided color gamuts,

wherein the chart data generation unit is configured to generate the chart data such that all patches in an achromatic color
area are measured by one of the plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 9,092,720

GENERATING AND USING BLUE NOISE DITHER PATTERNS WITH HIGH VALUE THRESHOLDS POSITIONED FOR A HIGH DOT CONCENTRATION RATIO

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

3. A dither pattern generation method for generating plural dither patterns that include a first dither pattern and a second
dither pattern in which threshold values 1 to MAX are arranged, comprising:
a first dot pattern generation process of generating a first dot pattern in which S×N (S and N are integers that satisfy 1?S and 1?N) dots are arranged in a specified dither pattern area so as to have a blue noise characteristic;

a second dot pattern generation process of generating a second dot pattern in which S×N (S and N are integers that satisfy
1?S a combination with the first dot pattern has a blue noise characteristic;

a first threshold value setting process of setting threshold values for the first dither pattern by setting each of threshold
values 1 to S for every N pixels that are correlated with the first dot pattern so that threshold values having a high value
are set for positions having a high dot concentration ratio in the first dot pattern and the second dot pattern; and

a second threshold value setting process of setting threshold values for the second dither pattern by setting each of threshold
values 1 to S for every N pixels that are correlated with the second dot pattern so that threshold values having a high value
are set for positions having a high dot concentration ratio in the first dot pattern and the second dot pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,091,952

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING CONDITION SETTING METHOD FOR COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a forming unit configured to perform image formation according to one of a plurality
of image forming modes including first and second image forming modes, and capable of forming a patch on a recording material
by using the forming unit, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detector configured to detect the patch formed on the recording material by the forming unit; and
a setting unit configured to set, based on a detection result by the detector, an image forming condition for the forming
unit to perform the image formation,

wherein the forming unit forms, as the patch, a plurality of mixed color patches, in each of which a plurality of colors is
mixed, and a black monotone patch,

wherein the detector detects the plurality of mixed color patches formed by the forming unit to provide output values of the
plurality of mixed color patches, and detects the black monotone patch formed by the forming unit to provide an output value
of the black monotone patch,

wherein a relationship between the output values of the plurality of mixed color patches and the output value of the black
monotone patch that are provided as detection results by the detector is such that the output value of the black monotone
patch is within an area defined by the output values of the plurality of mixed color patches,

wherein, in a first image forming mode in which an image is formed on a first recording material, the forming unit forms the
plurality of mixed color patches based on a plurality of pieces of mixed color patch data,

wherein, in a second image forming mode in which an image is formed on a second recording material different from the first
recording material, the forming unit forms the plurality of mixed color patches based on a plurality of pieces of corrected
mixed color patch data obtained by correcting the plurality of pieces of mixed color patch data according to the second recording
material, and

wherein, in both the first image forming mode and the second image forming mode, the relationship between the output values
of the plurality of mixed color patches and the output value of the black monotone patch that are provided as the detection
results by the detector is such that the output value of the black monotone patch is within the area defined by the output
values of the plurality of mixed color patches.

US Pat. No. 9,089,971

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for generating a recognizer for a position and an orientation of an object to be held
by a working unit of a robot arm, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain an orientation of the working unit that the working unit can take
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a relative orientation between the object and the working unit when the working
unit holds the object;

a restriction unit configured to restrict a position and an orientation of the object based on the obtained orientation of
the working unit and the relative orientation between the object and the working unit when the working unit holds the object;
and

a generating unit configured to generate a recognizer to be used for recognizing the object based on the restricted orientation
of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,092,839

ENCODING OF RASTERISED GRAPHIC OBJECTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding an edge of a graphical object, said method comprising:
segmenting the edge into a plurality of straight segments;
determining a sequence of offset values representing one of the plurality of segments from a starting position;
modifying at least one of the offset values in the sequence to obtain a modified sequence of offset values; and
determining a precision level at which the modified sequence is to be encoded to represent the segment, wherein said precision
level determines a size of a portion of offset values to be repeated in the sequence of offset values.

US Pat. No. 9,090,065

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing an image to be printed on a print medium by ejecting ink from a print head
in which at least a first element array, in which a plurality of elements used for ejecting ink are arrayed in an arraying
direction, and a second element array, in which a plurality of elements used for ejecting ink are arrayed in the arraying
direction, are arranged in a crossing direction which crosses the arraying direction, said image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan the print head plural times in the crossing direction relative to a unit area of the print
medium,

a conveying unit configured to convey the print medium in a conveying direction which crosses the crossing direction such
that each of a plurality of element groups, which comprise a predetermined number of elements continuously arrayed in the
arraying direction in the first element array and the second element array, faces the unit area in each of the plurality of
scans,

a driving control unit configured to control driving the plurality of elements in the first and second element arrays so as
to be driven at different timings from each other with respect to each of driving blocks obtained by dividing the plurality
of elements in the first and second element arrays,

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an ink ejection data corresponding to the image to be printed on the unit area,
a generating unit configured to generate a plurality of print data, each of which is used for ejecting ink from each of the
plurality of element groups in each of the plurality of scans, based on the ink ejection data obtained by the obtaining unit
by using a plurality of first mask patterns corresponding to the plurality of element groups in the first element array and
a plurality of second mask patterns corresponding to the plurality of element groups in the second element array, and

an ejecting control unit configured to control ejecting ink by causing the print head to drive the plurality of elements in
the first and second nozzle array by the driving control unit based on the plurality of print data generated by the generating
unit,

wherein in each of the plurality of first and second mask patterns, print permitting pixels which permit ink to be ejected
to pixel areas in the unit area from the print head and non-print permitting pixels which do not permit ink to be ejected
to the pixel areas from the print head are arranged, and

wherein the plurality of first and second mask patterns are determined such that elements in the first element array and the
elements in the second element array belonging to the same driving block are not driven at a same timing by the driving control
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,090,067

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid discharge head including a substrate in which a liquid supply port is formed, a channel
forming member that forms a liquid channel communicating with the liquid supply port on the substrate, the method comprising:
preparing a substrate on which a hole serving as the liquid supply port is open;
attaching a dry film on the substrate to cover an opening of the hole with the dry film;
curing a cover part of the dry film that covers the hole;
patterning the dry film to form a mold for the liquid channel, of a region of the dry film that includes the cover part;
forming the channel forming member such that it covers the mold; and
removing the mold to form the liquid channel.

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. 9,087,291

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD SETTING THRESHOLDS OF DITHER PATTERNS BASED ON DENSITY RANGE AND GENERATING BINARY DATA DEPENDING ON THRESHOLDS OF TARGET PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. A method for image processing, comprising
an acquisition step of acquiring first multi-value data and second multi-value data based on input image data; and
a generation step of generating first binary data and second binary data for printing dots by performing quantization processing
using a dithering method on the first multi-value data and the second multi-value data; wherein

a first dither pattern that is used for the first multi-value data and a second dither pattern that is used for the second
multi-value data have same threshold values that are set for same pixels in a first gradation range, and have different threshold
values that are set for same pixels in a second gradation range that exceeds the first gradation range; and

in the generation step,
a first threshold value for forming dots of the first dither pattern is set based on the first multi-value data and the second
multi-value data, and the first binary data is generated according to whether or not threshold value corresponding to a target
pixel of the first dither pattern is included in the first threshold value range, and

a second threshold value for forming dots of the second dither pattern is set based on the second multi-value data and the
first multi-value data, and the second binary data is generated according to whether or not threshold value corresponding
to a target pixel of the second dither pattern is included in the second threshold value range.

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. 9,082,185

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit arranged to obtain pattern data including a plurality of measurement lines and a reference line which has
a plurality of intersection points with the plurality of measurement lines, wherein the reference line has a specific feature
defined by a pattern having displacement on a line which connects two of the intersection points;

an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of an object onto which projection pattern light, based on the pattern
data obtained by the obtaining unit, is projected;

an intersection extraction unit configured to extract the intersection points from the image captured by the image capturing
unit; and

an information obtaining unit configured to obtain identification information which is used to identify each measurement line
in the plurality of measurement lines, based on the specific feature.

US Pat. No. 9,081,170

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having positive refractive power;
wherein the first, second, third, fourth and fifth lens units are arranged in order from an object side to an image plane
side along an optical axis of the zoom lens,

wherein the fourth lens unit includes a positive lens and a negative lens and is configured to move in a direction having
a component perpendicular to the optical axis so as to move an imaging position in a direction perpendicular to the optical
axis; and

wherein, during zooming, the fourth lens unit does not move, and the second, third and fifth lens units move in a direction
of the optical axis; and

the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.1<|f4/ft|<0.7

0.8<|f4p·(n4p?1)/f4|<4.0

0.01<|Dm·(1??4t|/ft<0.08

2.4<|f4|/fw<7.0

where ft is a focal length of the zoom lens at a telephoto end; f4 is a focal length of the fourth lens unit; f4p is a focal length of the positive lens of the fourth lens unit; n4p is a refractive index of a material of the positive lens of the fourth lens unit; Dm is a maximum moving distance, at the
telephoto end, of the component of the fourth lens unit perpendicular to the optical axis; ?4t is a lateral magnification of the fourth lens unit at the telephoto end; ?rt is a lateral magnification, at the telephoto
end, of a lens system disposed at the image plane side with respect to the fourth lens unit; and fw is a focal length of the
zoom lens at a wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,079,432

SHEET CONVEYING DEVICE WITH SHEET EDGE GUIDE DOWNSTREAM OF BUFFER UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus for conveying a sheet in a conveying direction comprising:
a correcting unit for correcting a positional deviation of the sheet by guiding with a guide member an edge of the sheet in
a crossing direction that crosses to the conveying direction;

a plurality of conveying roller pairs including a first conveying roller pair and a second conveying roller pair which is
positioned downstream of the first conveying roller pair in the conveying direction and upstream of the guide member in the
conveying direction; and

a conveying control unit configured to control conveying of the sheet by driving of the plurality of conveying roller pairs,
wherein

a conveying control unit controls conveying the sheet such that
(i) the first conveying roller pair is driven before the sheet is nipped by the second conveying roller pair, and
(ii) the first conveying roller pair is driven and the second conveying roller pair is not driven after the sheet is nipped
by the second conveying roller pair within a predetermined period,

wherein the conveying control unit controls so as to continuously drive the first conveying roller pair while correcting the
positional deviation by the correcting unit after stopping driving of second conveying roller pair, and

wherein the conveying control unit controls a moving unit configured to move the second conveying roller pair between a position
where the second conveying roller pair can nip the sheet and a position where each roller of the second conveying roller pair
is separate from each other after correcting the positional deviation by the correcting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,083,828

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT CARRIES OUT COMMUNICATION WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus communicable with an external device using Web Service on Device (WSD) protocol, the communication
apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit data to the external device;
a first storing unit configured to store a first address list including plural addresses of designating destinations of the
data transmitted by the transmitting unit;

a display unit configured to display the plural addresses included in the first address list;
a second storing unit configured to store a second address list of addresses included in the plural addresses of the first
address list, display form of each of the addresses of the second address list being changed when the display unit displays
the addresses;

a first receiving unit configured to receive a subscribe request defined by the WSD protocol from the external device;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not an address of the external device that transmitted the subscribe
request received by the first receiving unit is included in the second address list; and

a display control unit configured to:
change display form of the address of the external device displayed by the display unit into a first display form in accordance
with receipt of the subscribe request from the external device, if the first determination unit determines that the address
of the external device is included in the second address list; and

not change the display form of the address of the external device displayed by the display unit in accordance with receipt
of the subscribe request from the external device, if the first determination unit determines that the address of the external
device is not included in the second address list.

US Pat. No. 9,081,334

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrying member for carrying a toner image;
a movable intermediary transfer member for carrying the toner image transferred from said image carrying member;
a first transfer member for transferring the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto a recording material,
said first transfer member having a first resistance and being contacted to an outer surface of said intermediary transfer
member;

a second transfer member for transferring the toner image from said intermediary transfer member onto the recording material,
said second transfer member having a second resistance higher than the first resistance and being contacted to the outer surface
of said intermediary transfer member at a position downstream of said first transfer member with respect to a moving direction
of said intermediary transfer member; and

voltage applying means, connected to both of said first transfer member and said second transfer member, for applying the
same voltage to said first transfer member and to said second transfer member to transfer the toner image onto the recording
material.

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. 9,081,344

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INTERMEDIATE TONER TRANSFER MEDIUM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an exposure unit configured to form a latent image on an image bearing member;
a development unit configured to develop the latent image to form a toner image;
a primary transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member to an intermediate transfer
medium;

a secondary transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image transferred to the intermediate transfer medium to a sheet;
a first drive unit configured to rotate the image bearing member;
a second drive unit configured to rotate the intermediate transfer medium; and
a control unit configured to control said first and second drive units so that a peripheral velocity difference between the
image bearing member and the intermediate transfer medium becomes a first value at starting, and configured to control said
first and second drive units so that the peripheral velocity difference becomes a second value larger than the first value
when minute toner, which is not recognized as an image and is adhered to the image bearing member by starting said development
unit, reaches the position of said primary transfer unit.

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. 9,072,429

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus configured to drive a transduction apparatus, including a cell with a first electrode and a second electrode
disposed so as to oppose each other via a gap, configured to receive an acoustic wave generated in an object irradiated with
a pulsed light, the apparatus comprising:
a timing detector configured to detect a timing of outputting of the pulsed light periodically from a light source; and
a current detection unit configured to detect a current signal that is output from the first electrode by receiving the acoustic
wave that is generated by the pulsed light,

wherein the current detection unit converts the current signal into a voltage signal,
wherein the first electrode outputs a first current signal for at least some time during a predetermined period from the timing
of outputting of the pulsed light, and

wherein the current detection unit doesn't convert the first current signal.

US Pat. No. 9,076,969

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND DUST CLEANING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a tungsten bronze structure metal oxide that includes metal elements which are barium, bismuth, and niobium; and
tungsten,wherein
the metal elements satisfy following conditions on a molar basis:
when Ba/Nb=a, 0.30?a?0.40, and

when Bi/Nb=b, 0.012?b?0.084;

a tungsten content on a metal basis is 0.40 to 3.00 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of the tungsten bronze
structure metal oxide; and

the tungsten bronze structure metal oxide has a c-axis orientation.

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. 9,064,105

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires, from each of a plurality of applications operating on said information processing apparatus,
manifest information defining a sharing condition for indicating another application out of the plurality of applications
which is trusted by the application to access a user credential, wherein the user credential includes information for certifying
a user;

a generation unit that analyzes the manifest information acquired from each of the plurality of applications, and, based on
the analyzing result, generates sharing settings which define sharing conditions for sharing the user credential among the
applications, and stores the generated sharing settings in a memory;

a holding unit that holds, in a memory, the user credential sent from at least one of the applications;
a provision unit that provides, upon receiving a request of the user credential from one of the applications, the requested
user credential to the requesting application according to the stored sharing settings, wherein the provision unit includes:

(a) an encryption unit that encrypts the user credential held by said holding unit, and
(b) a distribution unit that distributes, to each application, an encryption key used to encrypt the user credential held
by said holding unit;

a non-transitory computer-readable memory configured to store computer-executable process steps; and
a processor configured to function as at least one of the acquisition unit, the generation unit, the holding unit, and the
provision unit by executing the computer-executable process steps stored in the memory,

wherein the manifest information acquired from each of the plurality of applications is created by one or more respective
vendors of each of the plurality of applications, and

wherein the manifest information acquired from each of the plurality of applications is read by an application platform, when
the application platform is installing or starting the application.

US Pat. No. 9,057,969

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises:
a compound represented by the following formula (1); and
a gallium phthalocyanine, and wherein, the content of the compound represented by the formula (1) in the photosensitive layer
is from 10 ppm to 1,000 ppm (mass ratio) based on the gallium phthalocyanine,

H2N—CH2—R1—CH2—NH2  (1)

wherein, in the formula (1),
R1 represents a single bond, a substituted or unsubstituted alkylene group having 1 to 10 main-chain carbon atoms,

a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, an alkyl group having 1 to 3
carbon atoms and substituted with an amino group, or a hydroxy group,

one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the alkylene group may be replaced with an oxygen atom, a sulfur atom, or a bivalent
group represented by the formula —NR2—, and

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms and substituted
with an amino group.

US Pat. No. 9,057,974

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER EXPOSED TO PLURAL BEAMS, AND CONTROL APPARATUS FOR LIGHT SOURCE OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a first beam that exposes a rotating photosensitive member and emit a second beam that exposes
the photosensitive member at a position different from that exposed by the first beam in a direction of rotation of the photosensitive
member;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the first and second beams emitted from said light source so that the first and second
beams scan the photosensitive member;

a lens configured to guide the first and second beams deflected by said deflection unit to the photosensitive member;
an image forming unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by being exposed
to the first and second beams into a toner image; and

a control unit configured to control a light amount of the second beam based on an exposure position of the second beam in
a main scanning direction of each of the first beam and the second beam scanning the photosensitive member to suppress a density
of the toner image from changing, due to a distance between an exposure position of the first beam and an exposure position
of the second beam varying according to a position in the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,053,538

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER RECORDING MEDIUM FOR REDUCING AN AMOUNT OF NOISE INCLUDED IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that can perform time-sequential weighting addition processing on a moving image constituted
by a plurality of frames, the apparatus comprising:
a decomposition unit configured to generate decomposed image data of a plurality of different frequency bands;
a filter unit configured to obtain an image by performing recursive filter processing on a preceding frame that precedes a
present target frame of the decomposed image data, which is one of the plurality of frames of the decomposed image data constituting
the moving image;

a coefficient acquisition unit configured to acquire a weighting coefficient for the present target frame of the decomposed
image data based on a noise statistic of a differential image data between an image of the present target frame of the decomposed
image data and the image of the preceding frame of the decomposed image data obtained by the filter unit in different frequency
bands; and

a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct image data of a plurality of different frequency bands,
wherein the filter unit adds the present target frame of the decomposed image data with the weighting coefficient acquired
by the coefficient acquisition unit to the preceding frame of the decomposed image data.

US Pat. No. 9,052,525

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT AND IMAGING DEVICE PROVIDED WITH SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correction apparatus, the apparatus comprising:
a fixed member;
a movable member configured to hold a correcting member that corrects image shake, which is supported so as to be movable
in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis relative to the fixed member, and configured to have a first connecting unit
and a second connecting unit;

a first moving member connected to the first connecting unit, and configured to move the movable member in a first direction
via the first connecting unit;

a second moving member connected to the second connecting unit, and configured to move the movable member in a second direction
different from the first direction via the second connecting unit;

a first drive unit configured to drive the first moving member; and
a second drive unit configured to drive the second moving member independently of driving of the first moving member by the
first drive unit,

wherein the first drive unit and the second drive unit share a constituent component,
wherein the second moving member rotates the movable member using the first connecting unit as a center of rotation;
wherein the first and second moving members translationally move on a same straight line relative to the fixed member.

US Pat. No. 9,052,638

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SEAL MEMBER FOR SEALING A TONER FEEDING OPENING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a toner accommodating frame for accommodating toner, wherein said toner accommodating frame includes (i) a toner feeding opening
communicating with a toner feeding chamber and (ii) a side wall that has a toner filling port for permitting filling of the
toner;

a rotatable member rotatably supported in said toner accommodating frame; and
a toner seal member for sealing said toner feeding opening,
wherein said toner seal member includes a first fixed portion and a second fixed portion that are fixed on said toner accommodating
frame at an edge of said toner feeding opening along a longitudinal direction of said toner feeding opening, and said toner
seal member includes a third fixed portion fixed on said rotatable member,

wherein, with rotation of said rotatable member, said first fixed portion of said toner seal member is peeled off from a fixing
portion to open said toner feeding opening, and

wherein the toner is filled into said toner accommodating frame through said toner filling port such that the toner is first
filled into a recess defined by said toner seal member.

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. 9,055,282

3D IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL APPARATUS AND 3D IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus used for a 3D image pickup apparatus for taking two subject images having a disparity by using two
lens apparatuses, each of which is directly connectable to an image pickup apparatus to take a subject image, and one image
pickup apparatus, the optical apparatus comprising:
a first lens attaching unit for attaching a first lens apparatus in a detachable manner;
a second lens attaching unit for attaching a second lens apparatus in a detachable manner;
a camera attaching unit for attaching the image pickup apparatus in a detachable manner, the image pickup apparatus including
an image pickup portion; and

a switch unit for alternately switching light rays from the first lens apparatus and the second lens apparatus in a time division
manner to guide the light ray to the image pickup apparatus in a state that the first lens apparatus, the second lens apparatus
and the image pickup apparatus are connected to the optical apparatus,

wherein intermediate images of a subject are formed in the optical apparatus by the first lens apparatus and the second lens
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,048,835

POWER SUPPLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply comprising:
a transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a switching element connected to the secondary winding of the transformer and configured to perform a switch according to
a voltage generated in the secondary winding of the transformer;

a first current-voltage conversion unit configured to convert a current on a secondary winding connected-side of the switching
element to a first voltage;

a second current-voltage conversion unit configured to convert a current on a voltage-output side of the switching element
to a second voltage;

a comparator configured to compare the first voltage and the second voltage;
a switching off unit configured to turn off the switching element in response to a signal from the comparator; and
a state holding unit configured to hold an off state of the switching element and connected to the voltage-output side of
the switching element and the switching off unit.

US Pat. No. 9,047,555

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a chromaticity point serving as a gray reference in a color gamut of a color space that an
output device is able to output;

a first specifying unit configured to specify a first minimum lightness point on a lightness axis of the chromaticity point
set by the setting unit in the color gamut of the color space that the output device is able to output;

a second specifying unit configured to specify a second minimum lightness point that is achromatic in the color gamut of the
color space that the output device is able to output; and

a generation unit configured to generate a gray line that passes through a black point that is a minimum lightness point on
a line connecting the first minimum lightness point specified by the first specifying unit and the second minimum lightness
point specified by the second specifying unit, the first minimum lightness point, and the chromaticity point set by the setting
unit, wherein the gray line reaches a white point in the color gamut of the color space that the output device is able to
output,

wherein the line connecting the first minimum lightness point and the second minimum lightness point is a line of an outermost
shell of the color gamut.

US Pat. No. 9,049,389

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel configured to generate a signal by photoelectric conversion;
an amplifier circuit configured to amplify the signal from the pixel at a set gain;
an AD converting unit; and
a correcting unit, wherein
the AD converting unit
compares an output signal from the amplifier circuit after reset of the pixel with a reference signal which changes with time,
to output a first digital value,

sets the gain of the amplifier circuit at a first gain when the output signal from the amplifier circuit at a non-reset state
of the pixel is larger than a threshold,

sets the gain of the amplifier circuit at a second gain larger than the first gain when the output signal from the amplifier
circuit at the non-reset state of the pixel is smaller than the threshold, and

after setting the gain of the amplifier circuit at the first or second gain, compares the output signal from the amplifier
circuit at the non-reset state of the pixel with the reference signal which changes with time, to output a second digital
value, and

when a resolution of the first digital value is different from a resolution of the second digital value, the correcting unit
corrects the difference of the resolutions.

US Pat. No. 9,046,861

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members for carrying toner images;
an intermediate transfer member that is capable of rotating endlessly and possesses conductivity;
a current supply member that contacts an outer peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer member;
a power supply that applies a voltage to the current supply member;
a contact member that is disposed in a position corresponding to at least one of the image bearing members via the intermediate
transfer member and contacts an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer member;

an opposing member that opposes the current supply member via the intermediate transfer member;
a constant voltage element connected to the opposing member and the contact member; and
a resistance element electrically connected between the constant voltage element and the contact member.

US Pat. No. 10,244,576

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:at least one memory storing instructions; and
at least one processor that, upon execution of the instructions stored in the at least one memory, causes the communication apparatus to:
establish a communication session with another communication apparatus in a predetermined wireless channel;
determine a detection of a radar wave in the predetermined wireless channel;
transmit, in a case where the communication session is established, a predetermined signal for maintaining the communication session at a predetermined interval; and
transmit the predetermined signal even before the predetermined interval comes in response to the detection of the radar wave in the predetermined wireless channel being determined so as to maintain the communication session.

US Pat. No. 10,140,521

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for re-identifying a query object moving from a first camera view to a second camera view using an apparatus or system having at least one processor, a first camera and a second camera, the method comprising the steps of:capturing, via the first camera, a first set of image frames from the first camera view and determining, via the first camera, a plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the first set of image frames;
capturing, via the second camera, a second set of image frames from the second camera view and determining, via the second camera, a plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the second set of image frames;
accessing, via the at least one processor, the first set of image frames captured from the first camera view of the first camera and the second set of image frames captured from the second camera view of the second camera, the first set of image frames including an instance of the query object and the second set of image frames including an instance of a candidate object;
selecting, via the at least one processor, a first representative frame from the first set of image frames based on the plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the first set of image frames and a second representative frame from the second set of image frames based on the plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the second set of image frames; and
re-identifying, via the at least one processor, the candidate object in the second camera view as the query object in the first camera view based on at least one inter-camera object appearance distance calculated between the first representative frame and the second representative frame.

US Pat. No. 10,075,714

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE VALUE OF A QUANTIZATION PARAMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...


and
using the determined value of QPC to encode the image or the image portion.

US Pat. No. 10,048,726

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:an input device which receives a scrolling operation for scrolling a displaying object that is displayed on a predetermined display area of a bendable display unit; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a control unit configured to control scrolling of the displaying object according to the scrolling operation based on whether the bendable display unit is in a first shape at which a display surface of the bendable display unit is straight or in a second shape at which the display surface of the bendable display unit is in an outwardly projecting arc,
wherein the control unit is configured
to control to scroll the displaying object according to the scrolling operation so that a first end of the displaying object in a first direction does not scroll beyond a first position in a second direction opposite to the first direction within the predetermined display area in a case where the bendable display unit is in the first shape, and
to control to scroll the displaying object according to the scrolling operation so that the first end of the displaying object is able to scroll beyond the first position in the second direction and is able to scroll to a second position that shifts from the first position in the second direction in a case where the bendable display unit is in the second shape, wherein the bendable display unit is larger in a bending degree in the second shape than in the first shape; and
wherein the bendable display unit has an active display area including a first direction-side area that extends from the second position in the first direction, and the first direction-side area also is able to display the displaying object in a case where the bendable display unit is in the second shape.

US Pat. No. 10,036,935

IMAGING APPARATUS AND MOUNT ADAPTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus provided with a mount section on which a lens device and a mount adapter are mountable comprising:a contact unit configured to have a camera side contact portion electrically connected to an accessory side contact portion provided in the lens device or the mount adapter; and
a moving mechanical unit configured to support the contact unit movably in the direction of an optical axis corresponding to the mount section,
wherein the contact unit is movable to a first position in a direction parallel to the direction of the optical axis and a second position that is different from the first position by the moving mechanical unit, in accordance with a type of the lens device or the mount adapter to be mounted on the mount section.

US Pat. No. 10,031,435

COLOR IMAGE FORMATION WITH CONTROL FOR TONER AMOUNT LIMITING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus that forms an image onto a print medium based on input image data, comprising:a setting unit configured to set, based on component values of a plurality of colors acquired for each pixel of the image data, a limiting value on a toner amount to use in the image formation for each pixel; and
an image forming unit configured to form an image onto the print medium with an amount of toner less than or equal to the limiting value set by the setting unit,
wherein the setting unit sets the limiting value based on the number of colors having the component value greater than a threshold value decided in consideration of toner fixing failure among the acquired component values of the plurality of colors.

US Pat. No. 10,031,468

STRUCTURE AND STRUCTURE DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE TO IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit mountable to an image forming apparatus, the unit comprising:a rotatable member;
a first frame including (i) a first slit portion having a widthwise direction and a longitudinal direction and (ii) a second slit portion; and
a second frame including (i) a groove portion configured to rotatably hold said rotatable member, (ii) a first plate portion engaged with said first slit portion to position said second frame relative to said first frame and (iii) a second plate portion provided in a side opposite from said first plate portion so as to sandwich said groove portion with respect to the longitudinal direction of said first slit portion and having a size capable of entering said second slit portion,
wherein said first slit portion includes:
(a) a first positioning portion (i) having a length in the widthwise direction of said first slit portion and (ii) configured to position said first plate portion with respect to the widthwise direction of said first slit portion,
(b) an introducing portion having a length in the widthwise direction longer than the length of said first positioning portion in the widthwise direction, and
(c) a first tapered portion connecting said first positioning portion and said introducing portion, and
wherein said first plate portion includes:
(a) a free end portion having a size capable of entering said introducing portion of said first slit portion to engage said first slit portion with said first plate portion,
(b) a second positioning portion configured to position said first plate portion with respect to the longitudinal direction of said first slit portion,
(c) a second tapered portion connecting said free end portion and said second positioning portion,
(d) a third positioning portion contacting said first frame so as to position said first plate portion with respect to a direction normal to a surface of said first frame.

US Pat. No. 10,030,966

LENGTH MEASURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A length measuring apparatus configured to perform length measurement for an object moving in a measurement region, the apparatus comprising:a light source;
a light receiving element configured to receive light reflected by the object and modulated by the object with a Doppler effect, and configured to output a signal based on the received light; and
a processor configured to:
obtain an amplitude of the output signal;
set an amplitude threshold;
compare the obtained amplitude of the output signal with the amplitude threshold;
specify a first time and a second time corresponding to a first position and a second position, respectively, of the object based on a result of the comparison;
obtain a measurement value of a velocity of the object based on the output signal between the first time and the second time; and
obtain a length of the object based on the obtained measurement value.

US Pat. No. 10,033,886

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
obtain a captured image;
perform recognition processing for recognizing another communication apparatus from the captured image;
in a case where a plurality of other communication apparatuses are recognized by the recognition processing and a connection instruction to the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses is performed from a user, transmit a signal for enabling the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses to connect in an application layer for each other via a wireless connection; and
in a case where a plurality of other communication apparatuses are recognized by the recognition processing and a disconnection instruction to the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses is performed from a user,
i) transmit a signal for disconnecting the connection in the application layer between the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses, so that the wireless connection between the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses is maintained, in a case where the wireless connection between the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses has been already established at a timing that the connection instruction is performed to the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses, and
ii) transmit a signal for disconnecting the connection in the application layer and the wireless connection between the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses, in a case where the wireless connection between the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses has not been established at a timing that the connection instruction is performed to the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 10,022,047

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus comprising:a deforming unit configured to deform a shape of a boundary that defines a region of a tomographic image of a subject eye by moving the boundary in a depth direction according to layer thickness;
a generation unit configured to generate an en-face image based on the region in the depth direction defined by the shape of the boundary deformed by the deforming unit; and
a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display the tomographic image and the boundary,
wherein the deforming unit increases an amount of movement of the boundary displayed on the display unit as the layer thickness increases.

US Pat. No. 10,028,252

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication device to:
perform direct communication wirelessly with a first other communication device that is wirelessly connectable to an access point;
perform, while the communication device is performing direct communication with the first other communication device, determination of at least one of whether the communication device is performing direct communication with a second other communication device that is wirelessly connectable to the access point and is different from the first other communication device wirelessly, or whether the first other communication device is performing direct communication with a third other communication device that is different from the communication device wirelessly; and
restrict switching of a channel for the direct communication between the communication device and the first other communication device based on the determination,
wherein if it is determined that the communication device is performing direct communication with the second other communication device or if it is determined that the first other communication device is performing direct communication with the third other communication device, the communication device restricts switching of a channel for the direct communication between the communication device and the first other communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,021,271

CORRECTION METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A correction method for an image forming apparatus, wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points;
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member with light beams emitted from the light source; and
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beams emitted from the light source to move spots of the light beams radiated to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to form scanning lines,
the correction method comprising:
a storing step of storing, in a storage unit, information on positional deviation of the scanning lines in the first direction;
a conversion step of converting positions of pixels of an input image by performing coordinate transformation based on the information stored in the storage unit so that an interval between the scanning lines on the photosensitive member becomes a predetermined interval; and
a filtering step of determining pixel values of pixels of an output image by subjecting pixel values of the pixels of the input image to a convolution operation based on the positions of the pixels of the input image after the coordinate transformation,
wherein the conversion step comprises determining the positions of the pixels of the input image after the coordinate transformation with use of an inverse function ft?1(n) of a function ft(n) by the following expression:
fs?(n)=ft?(ft?1(fs(n)))
where:
fs(n) represents a function indicating a position of an n-th pixel in the first direction of the input image;
ft(n) represents a function indicating a position of the n-th pixel in the first direction of the output image;
fs?(n) represents a function indicating a position of the n-th pixel in the first direction of the input image after the coordinate transformation; and
ft?(n) represents a function indicating a position of the n-th pixel in the first direction of the output image after the coordinate transformation.

US Pat. No. 10,021,292

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus used in an image capturing apparatus provided with an image sensor including multiple photoelectric converters, the image processing apparatus comprising:an image producer configured to produce a captured image by using outputs from the multiple photoelectric converters;
a phase difference information acquirer configured to acquire phase difference information by using outputs from multiple specific photoelectric converters that are a part of the multiple photoelectric converters;
an object detector configured to detect an object included in the captured image;
a size detector configured to detect an image size of the detected object; and
a selector configured to select the specific photoelectric converters,
wherein the object detector is capable of detecting, as the object, a first object and a second object that is a part of the first object,
the selector is configured (a) to select, when the image size of the first object is smaller than a predetermined size, the specific photoelectric converters depending on a first area including the first object in the captured image and (b) to select, when the image size of the first object is larger than the predetermined size, the specific photoelectric converters depending on a second area including the second object in the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,004,158

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING A PLURALITY OF COOLING FANS FOR SUPPRESSING TEMPERATURE INCREASE WITHIN THE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus that has a heat source and a sound recording function, comprising:a duct unit which has an inlet and an outlet and thermally connected to heat source;
a temperature sensor which senses a temperature of the heat source;
a first air blowing unit which blows air in said duct unit from the inlet toward the outlet;
a second air blowing unit which circulates air inside the electronic apparatus; and
a controller which controls said first air blowing unit and said second air blowing unit according to a sound recording operation and the temperature sensed by said temperature sensor,
wherein said controller controls said first air blowing unit to stop and said second air blowing unit to drive in a case where the sound recording operation is in progress and the temperature is equal to or lower than a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,002,411

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ESTIMATING BLUR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute:
a first acquisition task configured to acquire a blurred image;
a second acquisition task configured to acquire a first blur estimation area corresponding to at least a part of the blurred image;
a determination task configured to determine a second blur estimation area based on a signal variation in the first blur estimation area;
a generation task configured to generate an estimated blur by performing iterative calculation processing that repeats correction processing and estimation processing, the correction processing correcting a blur included in information relating to a signal in the second blur estimation area to generate information relating to a corrected signal, and the estimation processing estimating a blur based on the information relating to the signal and the information relating to the corrected signal; and
a correction task configured to correct at least a part of the blurred image based on the estimated blur,
wherein the determination task is configured to determine the second blur estimation area having a signal variation larger than the signal variation in the first blur estimation area when the signal variation in the first blur estimation area is smaller than a first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,924,051

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING PRINTING BASED ON COLLECTION SETTINGS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a controller which includes at least one processor and a memory, wherein the controller is configured to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from an external device, first PDL data of one page including drawing commands for
drawing vector graphics objects, each of the drawing commands having coordinates within the one page, the first PDL data being
generated based on N-in-1 print setting by the external device;

a classifying unit configured to classify the drawing commands into N pages, based on the coordinates of the drawing commands;
and

a conversion unit configured to shift the coordinates of the drawing commands according to a result of the classification,
multiply the shifted coordinates by a multiplying factor which is more than 1, and insert a page separation command at a separation
of pages of the plurality of pages, in order to convert the first PDL data into second PDL data of the N pages, whose respective
sizes are same as the one page, including drawing commands having the multiplied coordinates for drawing larger versions of
the vector graphics objects, the larger versions being also vector graphics objects.

US Pat. No. 9,859,598

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An electronic circuit comprising:
at least two first conductors having line shapes which are arranged on a first plane of a substrate;
a second conductor arranged on a second plane of the substrate; and
a third conductor having a line shape, with at least a part thereof being arranged on a third plane between the first plane
and the second plane of the substrate,

wherein two end portions of the third conductor are connected to the second conductor, and the part is arranged on the third
plane to at least partly overlap one of the at least two first conductors and not to overlap another one of the at least two
first conductors when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the substrate, and wherein each of the at least two first conductors
is a signal line, the second conductor is a ground conductor, and the third conductor does not connect to any one of the at
least two first conductors, and

wherein the third conductor at least partly has one of a meander shape and a spiral shape.

US Pat. No. 9,851,680

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit; and
a power supply device configured to supply electric power to the image forming apparatus,
wherein the power supply device includes
a first switching power source configured to include a first transformer to which a voltage obtained by rectifying and smoothing
an input AC voltage is supplied and to output a first DC voltage by switching the first transformer,

a first controller configured to control a switching operation of the first switching power source,
a second switching power source configured to include a second transformer to which a voltage obtained by rectifying and smoothing
the AC voltage is input and to output a second DC voltage by switching the second transformer,

a second controller configured to control a switching operation of the second switching power source, and
a primary winding of the first transformer,
an auxiliary winding which is wound in the same winding direction as the primary winding, and
a voltage generator configured to be connected to the auxiliary winding and to generate a power supply voltage for driving
the first controller and the second controller,

wherein the voltage generator generates the power supply voltage such that a power supply voltage supplied to the second controller
is lower than a power supply voltage supplied to the first controller, and

wherein when the AC voltage drops, the power supply device performs control such that the second controller stops prior to
the first controller.

US Pat. No. 9,818,927

VIBRATION ELEMENT, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, AND VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration element comprising:
a substrate;
a ceramic layer containing glass and provided on the substrate; and
a piezoelectric element provided on the ceramic layer, wherein
the piezoelectric element includes a first electrode layer provided in contact with the ceramic layer, a second electrode
layer, and a piezoelectric layer provided between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer, and

the first electrode layer has a thickness larger than that of the second electrode layer,
wherein the thickness of the first electrode layer is larger than 5 ?m and smaller than 10 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,814,381

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, OPHTHALMIC SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus that is capable of communicating with a personal digital assistant (PDA) device, the PDA device
including a display unit, the ophthalmic apparatus comprising:
a main body that includes an image-capturing unit, the image-capturing unit obtaining a moving image of an eye to be examined
using light returned from the eye to be examined which is illuminated, the main body being for obtaining information regarding
the eye to be examined;

a driving unit that drives the main body;
a transmission unit that transmits, before the information regarding the eye to be examined is obtained, a moving image signal
of the obtained moving image, to the PDA device;

a reception unit that receives a control signal from the PDA device when the moving image signal is transmitted; and
a control unit that controls the driving unit using the received control signal.

US Pat. No. 9,811,623

METHOD FOR GENERATING PATTERN, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for generating a pattern of a mask used for a mask manufacturing method for manufacturing the mask by arranging
side by side a plurality of cells selected from a cell library containing a plurality of cells using a processor, the method
comprising:
defining a footprint of a main pattern which is resolved in a first cell and a second cell;
arranging side by side the first cell and the second cell, the second cell having an auxiliary pattern which assists resolution
of a main pattern of the second cell and is not resolved outside the footprint of the main pattern of the second cell, in
such a manner that the auxiliary pattern outside the footprint of the second cell is present in the footprint of the main
pattern of the first cell; and

generating the pattern of the mask by removing a pattern element of the auxiliary pattern in a portion where a pattern element
of the auxiliary pattern outside the footprint of the second cell overlaps with the pattern of the first cell,

wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the mask based on data of the generated pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,811,909

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISTANCE MEASURING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
circuitry that compares a first image and a second image, determines a plurality of corresponding points between the first
image and the second image, forms groups from the plurality of corresponding points, acquires a coordinate transformation
coefficient for each of the groups, and generates a synthesis image using a plurality of the coordinate transformation coefficients,

wherein, when acquiring the coordinate transformation coefficient, a first group containing a first part of the plurality
of corresponding points and a second group containing a second part of the plurality of corresponding points which is different
from the first part are generated, and a first coordinate transformation coefficient corresponding to the first group and
a second coordinate transformation coefficient corresponding to the second group are acquired,

wherein, when generating the synthesis image, the synthesis image is generated by using the first coordinate transformation
coefficient and the second coordinate transformation coefficient.

US Pat. No. 9,811,733

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR SELECTING A FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by a processor, implement a method of
selecting a pair of keyframes from a plurality of video frames captured by a camera, said method comprising: determining features
of a candidate frame to which predetermined map points in a three dimensional space are projected; creating a histogram of
the determined features for a plurality of regions in the candidate frame; determining one of the regions as being an unmapped
region based on the created histogram; selecting the candidate frame as a new keyframe based on a size of the unmapped region;
and selecting a previous keyframe to pair with the new keyframe based on a density of features in the unmapped region and
a determined size between the previous keyframe and the new keyframe to produce a 3D map of point features.

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. 9,811,025

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a conveyance member, having at least a first sheet member and a second sheet member, configured to convey a developer;
a chamber configured to store developer, the chamber comprising:
a recessed portion recessed away from the conveyance member in a radial direction of the conveyance member, as viewed in a
lengthwise direction of the chamber; and

a deformation portion provided next to the recessed portion in a rotational direction of the conveyance member and configured
to elastically deform the first sheet member, and

wherein a length of the recessed portion is longer than a length of the first sheet member in the lengthwise direction of
the chamber, and

wherein the second sheet member is in contact with a wall inside the recessed portion when the first sheet member contacts
the deformation portion.

US Pat. No. 9,787,927

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
an output unit that outputs an analog signal;
an A/D conversion unit that converts the analog signal to a digital signal;
an offset addition unit that, in a case where it is detected that the analog signal is out of a range in which A/D conversion
is possible in the A/D conversion unit, adds an offset to the analog signal in the output unit so that the analog signal falls
within the range; and

a signal detecting circuit that detects that the analog signal to which an offset is added is out of the range in which A/D
conversion is possible in the A/D conversion unit,

wherein the offset addition unit varies the offset added to the analog signal in the output unit in a case where the signal
detecting circuit detects that the analog signal to which an offset is added is out of the range.

US Pat. No. 9,786,216

DISPLAY APPARATUS, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD OF DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the at least one processor,
wherein when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the processor, the at least one processor operates to:
detect movement information from image data; and
based on image data corresponding to one image frame, cause a display to perform a plurality of light emissions including
at least a first light emission and a second light emission so that a difference between a first light emission amount and
a second light emission amount is greater in a case where the detected movement information indicates a higher motion amount
than a predetermined threshold in comparison with a case where the detected movement information indicates a lower motion
amount than the predetermined threshold, wherein the first light emission amount is determined based on both of a light emission
time period of the first light emission and a light emission luminance of the first light emission, wherein the second light
emission amount is determined based on both of a light emission time period of the second light emission and a light emission
luminance of the second light emission, and wherein the light emission luminance of the first light emission is not lower
than the light emission luminance of the second light emission and the light emission time period of the first light emission
is not longer than the light emission time period of the second light emission.

US Pat. No. 9,736,363

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors cause the imaging apparatus to:

generate RAW moving image data representing an undeveloped moving image which is captured by the image sensor in response
to a capturing instruction,

generate first developed moving image data by applying, to the RAW moving image data, a first development process or a second
development process that provides a moving image having higher image quality than that obtained by the first development process,

read and write data from and to a recording medium,
write, in the recording medium, the RAW moving image data and the first developed moving image data obtained by applying the
first development process to the RAW moving image data, and thereafter performing a post development process which generates
second developed moving image data by applying the second development process to the RAW moving image data, which was written
in the recording medium, and then writing the generated second developed moving image data in the recording medium, and

when thumbnail images are displayed for selecting any of the RAW moving image data recorded in the recording medium, display
information indicating a ratio of progress of the post development process in association with respective thumbnail images.

US Pat. No. 9,696,948

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING SERVICE APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system including a printing service apparatus configured to provide a printing service in which an API version
is defined, an image forming apparatus configured to cooperate with the printing service apparatus, and a distribution server
configured to distribute firmware corresponding to the printing service apparatus, the printing system comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, when
executed by the at least the processor, and cooperating to act as:

a first determination unit configured to, when information about the image forming apparatus is registered in the printing
service apparatus, determine whether firmware installed in the image forming apparatus corresponds to the printing service
apparatus;

a second determination unit configured to, if the first determination unit determines that the firmware installed in the image
forming apparatus does not correspond to the printing service apparatus, determine whether firmware corresponding to the printing
service apparatus exists in firmware of the image forming apparatus distributed by the distribution server;

a third determination unit configured to, if the second determination unit determines that the firmware corresponding to the
printing service apparatus exists, determine whether the existing firmware is a special purpose firmware;

a control unit configured to, if the third determination unit determines that the existing firmware is not the firmware intended
for a special purpose and when that existing firmware is distributed from the distribution server to the image forming apparatus,
install the distributed firmware, and if the third determination unit determines that the existing firmware is the firmware
intended for a special purpose, display information indicating that the printing service apparatus is unusable on a screen
of the image forming apparatus; and

a notification unit configured to, according to the distributed firmware having been installed in the image forming apparatus
by the control unit, give notice that the information about the image forming apparatus has been registered in the printing
service apparatus,

wherein if the first determination unit determines that the firmware installed in the image forming apparatus corresponds
to the printing service apparatus, the second determination unit does not perform the determination, the control unit does
not update the firmware, and the notification unit gives notice that the information about the image forming apparatus has
been registered in the printing service apparatus, and

wherein firmware determined by the third determination unit as the special purpose firmware is a specific customer firmware,
and differs from a general purpose firmware.

US Pat. No. 9,691,134

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS IMAGE RESTORATION PROCESSING AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising at least one processor that functions as:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount of a color of pixels in first image data obtained according
to an optical image formed on an image pickup device via an image pickup optical member, as a first color feature amount;

a restoration processing unit configured to perform restoration processing on the first image data, using a restoration filter
for improving image quality degraded due to the image pickup optical member, to thereby generate second image data;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount of a color of pixels in the second image data as a second
color feature amount; and

a correction unit configured to correct pixel values of the second image data according to a result of comparison between
an amount of change in the second color feature amount with respect to the first color feature amount, and a threshold value,

wherein said correction unit is configured to change the threshold value based on an edge intensity of the first image data
such that the threshold value decreases as the edge intensity increases.

US Pat. No. 9,659,356

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blur correction apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform operations of following units;
a blur correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate a blur correction amount based on a shake amount of the
apparatus;

an estimation calculation unit configured to calculate an estimated value of the blur correction amount using a blur correction
amount calculated up until a previous time;

a correction unit configured to correct an image blur by cutting out an image using the blur correction amount or the estimated
value; and

a determination unit configured to determine an image capturing state in accordance with the shake amount and whether or not
to calculate the estimated value in accordance with a frame rate of a moving image,

wherein when the frame rate is higher than a threshold, the determination unit determines that the calculation of the estimated
value is not performed, and

the determination unit includes a setting unit configured to change the threshold in accordance with the image capturing state.

US Pat. No. 9,654,656

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,686,464

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EASILY GENERATING ALBUM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a plurality of frames and control the display unit to
display a still image or a live view image obtained by an image pickup unit;

a selection unit configured to select any one frame in response to a touch operation to an inside of any one of the plurality
of displayed frames;

a still image shooting unit configured to generate the still image by performing a predetermined image pickup process in response
to a touch operation that selects the frame by the selection unit while the live view image is being displayed in the selected
frame,

wherein said display control unit switches content of the inside of the selected frame from the live view image to the still
image generated by said still image shooting unit in response to the touch operation that selects the frame by the selection
unit while the live view image is being displayed in the selected frame, and

wherein said selection unit is configured to further designate a next frame in response to a touch operation to an inside
of any other one of the displayed frames after said still image is generated by the still image shooting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,684,278

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,672,453

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINT DATA GENERATING METHOD DETERMINING A DOT ARRANGEMENT PATTERN USING A CODE TABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory storing computer executable code that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform:
obtaining a code table that determines codes to a plurality of pixels on a predetermined size of area of a print medium, the
codes being used for specifying a dot arrangement for each of the plurality of pixels;

determining one first offset value from K (K is an integer) number of first offset values, wherein (i) one part of the first
offset values satisfies a condition that a remainder obtained by dividing each one part of the first offset values by a predetermined
number of pixels corresponding to the predetermined size varies with each other, and (ii) the other part of the first offset
values satisfies a condition that each remainder obtained by dividing each of the other part of the first offset values by
the predetermined number coincides with one of the remainder of the one part of the first offset values;

determining, in a case where the determined first offset value is included in the other part of the first offset values, one
second offset value, as a substitute for the determined first offset value, from second offset values which varies in accordance
with a position of the predetermined size area;

offsetting the codes in the code table on the basis of the determined first offset value or the determined second offset value
for at least one direction;

generating dot data for the image to be formed on the predetermined size of area on the basis of multivalued data and the
offset code table; and

forming the image on the print medium based on the generated dot data.

US Pat. No. 9,665,168

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a pickup image obtaining unit configured to obtain a pickup image on a stage through an imaging unit;
a distance image obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance image on the stage through a solid measuring unit;
a solid information obtaining unit configured to obtain solid information of a solid object put on the stage on a basis of
the pickup image of the solid object obtained by the pickup image obtaining unit and the distance image of the solid object
obtained by the distance image obtaining unit;

a projecting unit configured to project a projection image showing a contents area onto the solid object through a projector
on a basis of the solid information obtained by the solid information obtaining unit; and

a playing unit configured to play a content corresponding to the contents area in accordance with a gesture of a user to the
projection image projected by the projecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,632,451

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device for use with an image forming apparatus, said developing device comprising:
a frame including a first frame and a second frame;
a developer accommodating portion for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating portion being formed by said frame;
a developer carrying member for developing a latent image formed on an image bearing member using the developer accommodated
in said developer accommodating portion;

an end portion sealing member, provided on said first frame, for sealing between an end portion of said developer carrying
member and said frame with respect to a rotational axis direction of said developer carrying member to prevent leakage of
the developer from said developer accommodating portion;

a sheet, provided on said second frame in contact with said developer carrying member along the rotation axis direction of
said developer carrying member, for preventing leakage of the developer from said developer accommodating portion;

a filler for preventing leakage of the developer from said developer accommodating portion, said filler filling a space defined
by said frame, said end portion sealing member, and said sheet; and

a projected portion provided in said first frame and projected toward the space, said projected portion being spaced from
said second frame and said end portion sealing member in the rotational axis direction,

wherein said filler is provided between said end portion sealing member and said projected portion, and
wherein said space includes a first flow path for permitting said filler to be filled between said projected portion and said
end portion sealing member with respect to the rotational axis direction, a second flow path for permitting said filler to
be filled between said projected portion and said second frame with respect to a direction perpendicular to the rotational
axis direction, and a third flow path for permitting said filler to be filled between said projected portion and said second
frame with respect to the rotational axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,606,753

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING PRINT DATA, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DATE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions for
causing, when executed by the at least the processor, the at least the processor and the at least the memory to cooperate
to act as:

a processing unit configured to start processing for downloading first print data and at least one page of an image for a
preview from an external apparatus, the first print data being generated based on a first print setting;

a reception unit configured to receive a change from the first print setting to a second print setting;
a display unit configured to display a print execution button in a state where reception of a print execution instruction
is disabled, and if a preview execution instruction is received and if the at least one page of the image for the preview
is downloaded, the display unit displays the print execution button in a state where the reception of the print execution
instruction is enabled; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit to a printing apparatus a print job based on downloaded print data if the print
execution instruction is received,

wherein if the reception unit receives the change from the first print setting to the second print setting and if second print
data based on the second print setting needs to be downloaded from the external apparatus, the processing unit stops the processing
for downloading the first print data and starts processing for downloading the second print data from the external apparatus,
and the transmission unit transmits a print job based on the second print data to the printing apparatus, and

wherein if the reception unit receives the change from the first print setting to the second print setting and if the second
print data does not need to be acquired from the external apparatus, the transmission unit transmits a print job based on
the first print data and the second print setting to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,609,673

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,599,920

MAGNETIC CARRIER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,596,370

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory which stores a program; and
at least one processor,
wherein the at least one processor acquires
a plurality of first images and one or a plurality of second images, the plurality of first images being acquired through
a first reading operation in which a reading apparatus sequentially reads front sides of a plurality of document sheets, the
one or the plurality of second images being acquired through a second reading operation in which the reading apparatus reads
back sides of one or more of the plurality of document sheets,

wherein the at least one processor determines a sequence of the plurality of first images and the one or the plurality of
second images, such that, in a case where a second number of second images acquired by the acquiring is smaller than a first
number of first images acquired by the acquiring, sequential numbers of a last page image among the plurality of first images
and a last page image among the one or the plurality of second images are differently set depending on whether a factor in
interrupting the second reading operation has arisen,

wherein a sequential number of the last page image among the plurality of first images, is set to a last sequential number
in the sequence, in a case where the second number is smaller than the first number and the factor has not arisen, and

wherein a sequential number of the last page image among the one or the plurality of second images, is set to the last sequential
number in the sequence, in a case where the second number is smaller than the first number and the factor has arisen.

US Pat. No. 9,591,674

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that searches a service providing apparatus, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a search result of the service providing apparatus;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:

if a search instruction for searching the service providing apparatus is received from a user, connect a plurality of access
points to the communication apparatus in order and search the service providing apparatus via each of the plurality of access
points; and

if the search of the service providing apparatus via each of the plurality of access points is completed and an access point
to which the communication apparatus is connected does not coincide with an access point to which the communication apparatus
was previously connected before the search of the service providing apparatus was performed, a connection destination is returned
to the access point to which the communication apparatus was previously connected before the search of the service providing
apparatus was performed.

US Pat. No. 9,588,942

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a computer program; and
at least one processor executing the computer program in the memory to control the information processing apparatus to function
as units comprising:

a reception unit configured to receive specification of a plurality of items and an instruction for generation of an integrated
electronic document based on the plurality of items, wherein the plurality of items include a file and a folder which includes
a plurality of files;

a display unit configured to, when the reception unit receives the instruction, display on a display a setting screen for
receiving setting for a chapter structure of the integrated electronic document and setting for an order of material electronic
documents;

wherein, if one of the plurality of items is a first folder, the display unit displays, as a chapter of the chapter structure
of the integrated electronic document displayed in the setting screen, a chapter to which a name of the first folder is given
and further displays, as a plurality of material electronic documents included in the displayed chapter to which the name
of the first folder is given, first files included in the first folder, and

wherein, if one of the plurality of items is a second file, the display unit displays, as one chapter of the chapter structure
of the integrated electronic document displayed in the setting screen, a chapter to which a name of the second file is given
and further displays the second file as a material electronic document included in the displayed chapter to which the name
of the second file is given, and

wherein the setting for the chapter structure of the integrated electronic document and the setting for the order of material
electronic documents are instructed in a unit of material electronic document, and

a generation unit configured to generate the integrated electronic document based on the settings received via the setting
screen.

US Pat. No. 9,583,910

DIFFRACTION GRATING, LASER APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR DIFFRACTION GRATING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reflection-type diffraction grating comprising:
a grating, the cross section of which is an asymmetrical triangular shape,
wherein given that ? denotes an angle in degrees between a short side and a base of the triangular shape, and ? denotes an
angle in degrees between the short side and a long side of the triangular shape, and ? denotes an incident angle of light
in degrees to a normal of the base, the angles ? and ? satisfy a condition represented by the following formulas:

?+??90+?,
0.1127291(???d)2?19.67453(???d)+938.74+?d???0.36631(???d)+48.84+?d
where ?d=0.845? and ?d=1.065?, in ?=??79.25.

US Pat. No. 9,567,181

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body formed with a first opening portion and a second opening portion;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a stacker portion configured to stack the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming unit, and which has
been conveyed outside of the apparatus main body through the first opening portion;

a sheet storage portion configured to store the sheet on which the image has been formed by the image forming unit inside
the apparatus main body in a state in which the sheet is not able to be taken out from the outside of the apparatus main body;
and

a sheet moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in the sheet storage portion and to stop the sheet in a state in which
a front end of the sheet in a movement direction is exposed from the second opening portion to the outside of the apparatus
main body,

wherein the sheet storage portion is provided above the image forming unit and below the stacker portion in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,564,399

SOLID STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid state image sensor, the method comprising:
forming an electrically conductive layer and an interlayer insulation film above a semiconductor substrate, the semiconductor
substrate having a first region and a second region, photoelectric conversion elements being arranged in the first region
and the second region;

performing an annealing process after forming the conductive layer and the interlayer insulation film; and
forming a protective film above the interlayer insulation film and the electrically conductive layer,
wherein the electrically conductive layer includes a light shielding layer arranged above the second region,
wherein the interlayer insulation film includes a first portion that is located above the first region and a second portion
that is located above the second region and below the light shielding layer, and

wherein, before performing the annealing process, the second portion of the interlayer insulation film has an average hydrogen
concentration that is higher than an average hydrogen concentration of the first portion of the interlayer insulation film.

US Pat. No. 9,563,387

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COUNTING THE NUMBER OF TIMES OF PRINTING, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor;
a network I/F that receives a print job;
a printer that executes printing based on the received print job;
a first identification unit configured to identify a printing protocol of the received print job;
a second identification unit configured to identify a transmission source application of the received print job; and
a counting unit configured to count a number of times of printing separately for each printing protocol,
wherein the counting unit counts, in a case where the printing protocol identified by the first identification unit is a specific
printing protocol, the number of times of printing further separately for each transmission source application of the received
print job,

wherein the second identification unit identifies one transmission source application from at least two transmission source
applications having the same printing protocol, based on a format of image data associated with the received print job so
that the counting unit is configured to distinguish between the number of times of printing for the at least two transmission
source applications having the same printing protocol, and

wherein the first identification unit, the second identification unit and the counting unit are implemented at least in part
by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,563,170

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO USE A COMMON DRIVING SOURCE FOR IMAGE BEARING MEMBERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members;
latent image forming means for forming a latent image on each of the image bearing members;
a plurality of developing units for developing the latent images on the image bearing members, wherein the developing units
are provided correspondingly to the image bearing members, respectively, and include developing members movable toward and
away from the image bearing members, respectively, and the latent images are capable of being formed on the image bearing
members by contacting the developing members with the image bearing members, respectively;

a movable member onto which images obtained by developing the latent images with developers are transferred from the image
bearing members;

a common driving source for driving the image bearing members;
a contact-and-separation unit for moving developing members toward and away from the image bearing members, respectively;
and

a control unit for outputting a signal for controlling the contact-and-separation unit,
wherein the image forming apparatus is capable of forming the images in an operation in a mode in which the latent images
are successively formed on the image bearing members and the images are successively transferred from the image bearing members
onto the movable member, and

wherein after end of the latent image formation on a final image bearing member of the plurality of image bearing members
on which latent image formation is finally started and before end of transfer of an associated image from the final image
bearing member, the control unit outputs a spacing signal for spacing associated developing members from other image bearing
members of the plurality of image bearing members, during the image formation in the operation in the mode.

US Pat. No. 9,561,922

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device, comprising:
a loading unit that loads a sheet;
a first rotating member that is arranged above the loading unit;
a second rotating member that is arranged upstream in a sheet feed direction of the first rotating member;
an adsorbing member in which an inside is supported in a loose state by the first rotating member and the second rotating
member and electrically adsorbs the sheet loaded on the loading unit;

a first nip member that, together with the first rotating member, nips the adsorbing member;
a second nip member that, together with the second rotating member, nips the adsorbing member;
a driving unit that rotates the first rotating member, the first nip member, the second rotating member, and the second nip
member;

a power source that applies a voltage to the adsorbing member and provides adsorption force of adsorbing the sheet by static
electricity; and

a control unit configured to control the driving unit,
wherein the control unit causes the sheet loaded on the loading unit to be adsorbed on the adsorbing member by increasing
a downward looseness amount of the adsorbing member and then feeds the sheet adsorbed on the adsorbing member while reducing
the downward looseness amount of the adsorbing member,

wherein a distance between the first rotating member and the sheet loaded on the loading unit is larger than a distance between
the second rotating member and the sheet loaded on the loading unit,

wherein two electrodes are arranged in the adsorbing member and the power source includes a first power source that applies
a positive voltage to one of the two electrodes and a second power source that applies a negative voltage to the other of
the two electrodes, and

wherein a conducting portion is formed in at least one of the first nip member and the second nip member, one of the first
power source and the second power source is connected to one of the two electrodes of the adsorbing member through the conducting
portion, and the other of the first power source and the second power source is connected to the other of the two electrodes
of the adsorbing member through the conducting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,557,695

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner-image;
a voltage source for applying a transfer voltage to a transfer portion where the toner image is transferred from said image
bearing member onto a recording material;

a fixing device, including a rotatable member to be heated, for fixing the toner image on the recording material by heating
the recording material, on which the toner image is transferred, at a fixing portion while causing the recording material
to contact the rotatable member;

an executing portion for executing an operation in a both-side mode in which the recording material, on which the toner image
is transferred and fixed on a first surface thereof, is fed to the transfer portion, to which the transfer voltage is applied,
where the toner image is transferred onto a second surface of the recording material and then is fixed on the second surface
of the recording material by said fixing device to form both-side images; and

a setting portion for setting the transfer voltage when the toner image is transferred onto the second surface of the recording
material, wherein said setting portion sets the transfer voltage in the operation for the second surface in the both-side
mode so that an absolute value of the transfer voltage when a recording material region, which starts from a downstreammost
end position with respect to a recording material feeding direction and which passed through the fixing portion through a
first one full circumference of the rotatable member when the toner image is fixed on the first surface, passes through the
transfer portion is greater than an absolute value of the transfer voltage when a recording material region passed through
the fixing portion through a second one full circumference of the rotatable member when the toner image is fixed on the first
surface passes through the transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,544,935

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,531,935

CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS, CAPTURING CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processing apparatus to:
receive an instruction from an external apparatus;
perform, (A) when a first predetermined instruction, which is either a first instruction, for rotating a captured image, or
a second instruction, for changing a coordinate system, is received, both of (1) a first process corresponding to the first
instruction for outputting a rotated captured image obtained by a capturing unit and (2) a second process corresponding to
the second instruction for changing from (i) a first configuration wherein, in response to receiving an image range changing
instruction designating an image capturing direction, the image capturing direction is changed to a direction designated by
the image range changing instruction to (ii) a second configuration wherein, in response to receiving the image range changing
instruction, the image capturing direction is changed to a direction rotated at a predetermined angle from the direction designated
by the image range changing instruction; and

perform, (B) when the other of the first and second instructions is received, none of the first and second processes.

US Pat. No. 9,521,347

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to convert radiation into an electric signal to obtain a radiation image;
a sensor for monitoring radiation;
a processing unit configured to process signals output from output electrodes of the plurality of conversion elements and
an output electrode of the sensor; and

a shield,
wherein the signal output from the output electrode of the sensor is supplied to the processing unit via a signal line, and
the shield is arranged such that capacitive coupling between the output electrodes of the plurality of conversion elements
and the signal line is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,519,866

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A diagnosis support apparatus which provides medical information to a medical image, the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and memory, the memory including a list of items of information inputtable or computable for the medical
image, coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:

an already input information obtaining unit adapted to obtain from said memory already input information selected from a set
of information which has been input by a user and/or computed by a computer for a medical image of a diagnosis target;

a non-input information obtaining unit adapted to obtain non-input information for diagnosis target, said non-input information
being other than the already input information and being selected from the set of information;

a first selection unit adapted to select presentation non-input information from the obtained non-input information to be
presented as reference information for the diagnosis target;

an inference unit adapted to infer a first diagnosis of the medical image based on the input information, and infer a second
diagnosis of the medical image based on the input information and the selected non-input information;

a second selection unit adapted to select the at least one piece of non-input information to be presented based on an influence
degree which indicates influence of the at least one piece of non-input information on inference of the first diagnosis;

a similar case obtaining unit adapted to obtain a case including the already input information and the presentation non-input
information selected by the second selection unit from a case database as a similar case to the diagnosis target; and

a presentation unit adapted to present the presentation non-input information and the obtained similar case,
wherein the non-input information for the medical image is a second item selected from the items which are not input by a
user and/or are not computed by a computer.

US Pat. No. 9,513,492

SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A shake correction apparatus comprising:
a lens barrel configured to move in an optical axis direction between a position of a collapsed state and a position of an
photographing state;

a correcting unit configured to optically correct an image shake based on an output of a shake detecting unit;
a moving member configured to hold the correcting unit;
a fixing member configured to regulate a movement of the moving member in an optical axis direction;
a rotating member configured to be interposed between the moving member and the fixing member and to be relatively moveable
to the respective moving member and fixing member;

a driving unit configured to drive the moving member; and
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of units comprising a control unit configured to perform
control of initialization driving of the moving member for directing the rotating member to a center position in a driving
area,

wherein, where the start-up mode of the shake correction apparatus is a first start-up mode not accompanying the movement
from the position of the collapsed state to the position of the photographing state, the control unit sets an amplitude of
the initialization driving of the moving member to a first driving amplitude that is smaller than the amplitude where the
start-up mode of the shake correction apparatus is a second start-up mode accompanying the movement from the position of the
collapsed state to the position of the photographing state.

US Pat. No. 9,514,532

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an identifying unit configured to identify a region relating to the movement of blood cells on a fundus image captured by
an ophthalmologic imaging apparatus that includes an adaptive optics system; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information relating to a tissue that is positioned on a back side of a position
where the movement of blood cells is recognized, when it is seen from an anterior eye part side, in the identified region.

US Pat. No. 9,507,317

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet;
a fixing device configured to fix the image formed on the sheet by said image forming device, said fixing device being detachable
from said image forming apparatus and including an identifying device configured to indicate first information for identifying
said fixing device while distinguishing from another fixing device attachable to said image forming apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction from an operator, the instruction including a registration of an attribute
of a sheet which is selected by the operator from among a plurality of attributes of the sheet useable by said fixing device
and which is permitted to be printed with said fixing device;

a storage unit configured to store second information on the attribute of the sheet registered by the operator when the receiving
unit receives the registration from the operator, the second information associated with the first information indicated by
said identifying device; and

a control unit configured to determine whether to permit or prohibit execution of printing with said fixing device, when said
fixing device is currently attached to said image forming apparatus,

wherein said control unit permits the execution of printing on sheets having attributes of the sheet useable by said fixing
device when said storage unit does not store the second information associated with the first information, and prohibits the
execution of printing on a sheet having an attribute that does not match the attribute of the sheet indicated by the second
information stored in said storage unit when said storage unit stores the second information associated with the first information.

US Pat. No. 9,508,130

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING IMAGE RESTORATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a captured image captured by an imaging system;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire first image information about a sharpness reduction that occurs in the captured
image and is caused by the imaging system;

a specifying unit configured to specify a restoration process according to the first image information on the captured image
and;

a third acquisition unit configured to acquire second image information about a sharpness reduction caused by an image forming
system for forming an image on a recording medium based on the captured image;

a setting unit configured to, based on the first image information and the second image information, set image restoration
information for correcting at least one of the sharpness reduction caused by the imaging system and the sharpness reduction
caused by the image forming system; and

a correction unit configured to correct the captured image by a restoration process using the image restoration information,
wherein the setting unit sets the image restoration information according to a result of the specifying unit specifying the
restoration process.

US Pat. No. 9,501,002

REPLACEMENT ENDLESS BELT WITH LUBRICATION LAYERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An endless belt exchangeably usable with an image forming apparatus, the endless belt comprising:
a first lubrication layer applied on an inner surface of the endless belt, the first lubrication layer including lubrication
particles and lubricant oil;

a second lubrication layer provided on the first lubrication layer and including lubrication particles and lubricant oil;
wherein a lubricant oil content of the first lubrication layer is not less than 3 wt %, and
wherein a lubricant oil content of the second lubrication layer is less than 3 wt %.

US Pat. No. 9,503,633

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus
to:

specify, based on a first instruction from a user, a subject of interest within a parallax image obtained by performing image
capturing from a plurality of different viewpoints;

notify a user of a capability to refocus on the specified subject of interest in an image to be generated by performing image
combination processing using the parallax image; and

if a second subject of interest within a parallax image obtained by performing image capturing from a plurality of different
viewpoints is specified based on a second instruction from the user after the subject of interest is specified by the user,
simultaneously notify the user of a capability to refocus on the specified subject of interest and a capability to refocus
on the second specified subject of interest in the image to be generated by performing image combination processing using
the parallax image.

US Pat. No. 9,487,009

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,491,369

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS INCLUDING HINGE MECHANISM ROTATIONALLY SUPPORTING DISPLAY UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a first hinge member configured to be attached to a body of the electronic apparatus such that said first hinge member is
rotated with respect to the body of the electronic apparatus about a first rotational shaft;

a second hinge member configured to be attached to said first hinge member such that said second hinge member is rotated with
respect to said first hinge member about a second rotational shaft;

a display unit configured to be attached to said second hinge member;
a first locking portion configured to be provided in the body of the electronic apparatus;
a second locking portion configured to be provided in said first hinge member;
a first locked portion configured to be provided in said second hinge member; and
a second locked portion configured to be provided in said second hinge member,
wherein the first rotational shaft is arranged on one side of said first hinge member, and the second rotational shaft is
arranged on another side of said first hinge member,

wherein when said display unit is in an accommodated state in which said display unit is accommodated in the body of the electronic
apparatus, the body of the electronic apparatus, said first hinge member, said second hinge member, and said display unit
are superposed one upon another, whereby said first locking portion locks said first locked portion, and said second locking
portion locks said second locked portion,

wherein when said display unit is rotated about the first rotational shaft from the accommodated state without being rotated
about the second rotational shaft from the accommodated state, locking engagement between said first locking portion and said
first locked portion is released while maintaining locking of said second locked portion by said second locking portion, and

wherein when said display unit is rotated about the second rotational shaft from the accommodated state, the locking engagement
between said first locking portion and said first locked portion is released, and locking engagement between said second locking
portion and said second locked portion is released.

US Pat. No. 9,491,416

SERVER APPARATUS AND METHOD OF TRANSMITTING VIDEO DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,485,457

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory for storing programs to be executed by the one or more processors,
wherein when the programs stored in the memory are executed by the one or more processors, the one or more processors functions
as:

an inputter configured to input an input image frame corresponding to moving image data;
a first obtainer configured to obtain spatial low-frequency component image data from the input image frame input by the inputter;
a second obtainer configured to obtain spatial high-frequency component image data from the input image frame input by the
inputter;

a generator configured to generate a first output image frame based on both of second spatial low-frequency component image
data obtained by the first obtainer from a second input image frame input by the inputter and first spatial low-frequency
component image data obtained by the first obtainer from a first input image frame input by the inputter, and generate a second
output image frame based on the spatial high-frequency component image data obtained by the second obtainer from the first
input image frame input by the inputter; and

an outputter configured to output the first and second output image frames generated by the generator for displaying.

US Pat. No. 9,482,935

PROJECTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PROJECTION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus for displaying an image based on an input image signal by emitting light from a light source, the
projection apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect gradation information from the input image signal;
a determination unit configured to determine a number of light emissions of the light source for displaying an image corresponding
to one image frame based on the input image signal based on the gradation information detected from the input image signal
by the detection unit such that a number of light emissions of the light source for displaying the image corresponding to
one image frame based on the input image signal is larger in a case where the gradation information detected from the input
image signal by the detection unit corresponds to higher brightness than a predetermined brightness in comparison with a case
where the gradation information detected from the input image signal by the detection unit corresponds to lower brightness
than the predetermined brightness; and

a control unit configured to control the light source according to the determination of the number of light emissions of the
light source based on the gradation information of the input image signal by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,477,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ENABLING CHARGING MANAGEMENT, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a user information storage unit configured to store relating user information related with a protocol;
a reception unit configured to receive, via an interface for connecting with an external device, a print job that includes
relating user information and that is requested to execute according to a specific protocol from the external apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the relating user information included in the print job received by the
reception unit is stored in the user information storage unit as the relating user information related with the specific protocol;

a storing unit configured to store the print job as a standby print job based on the determination by the determination unit
that the relating user information included in the print job is not stored in the user information storage unit as the relating
user information related with the specific protocol;

a printing unit configured to execute the standby print job according to a print instruction given by a user who has logged
in to the image forming apparatus after the print job is stored as the standby print job; and

a registration unit configured to register the relating user information included in the print job to the user information
storage unit as the relating user information related with the specific protocol, according to the print instruction given
by the user who has logged in.

US Pat. No. 9,477,188

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,471,860

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POWER SAVING CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus that forms an image on a sheet based on image data,
the image processing apparatus being configured to generate the image data based on a print job and to transmit the image
data to the image forming apparatus via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a power control unit configured to shift the image processing apparatus from a first power state in which the image processing
apparatus is able to generate image data to a second power state in which the image processing apparatus is not able to generate
image data;

a receiving unit configured to receive a print job to which a reserved time at which the image forming apparatus is to form
an image is specified;

a generation unit configured to generate image data based on the print job received by the receiving unit prior to the reserved
time; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by the generation unit to the image forming apparatus
prior to the reserved time and to make a reservation so as to enable the image forming apparatus to form the image based on
the image data at the reserved time,

wherein the image forming apparatus keeps the transmitted image data stored in a storage unit prior to the reserved time and
forms, at the reserved time, the image on the sheet based on the stored image data.

US Pat. No. 9,473,650

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,356

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH OPENING FOR POSITIONING OR REGULATING A SUPPORTING MEMBER THAT SUPPORTS AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly to which a cartridge, including an image bearing member and a supporting member for supporting said image
bearing member, is detachably mountable in the direction of an axis of said image bearing member;

an opening, provided in said main assembly, for receiving said supporting member and for positioning or regulating said supporting
member, said opening being defined by an inner circumference having a V-shaped portion; and

an urging member for urging said supporting member to said V-shaped portion,
wherein said opening is passed through by said supporting member in a process of said cartridge entering said main assembly,
and

wherein said supporting member is a bearing rotatably supporting said image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,464,924

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,467,631

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, AND RADIATION INSPECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising a sensor and a driving unit configured to drive said sensor,
said sensor including:
a detection element configured to detect radiation;
a first reset unit configured to reset said detection element;
a holding unit configured to hold a voltage corresponding to a signal from said detection element;
a second reset unit configured to reset said holding unit;
a first sampling unit configured to sample a signal corresponding to a voltage of said holding unit; and
a second sampling unit configured to sample a signal corresponding to the voltage of said holding unit,
wherein said driving unit drives said sensor so as to repeatedly perform
a first operation of making said first sampling unit sample a first signal corresponding to a voltage of said holding unit
which has changed in accordance with a dose of radiation detected by said detection element after said holding unit holds
a voltage corresponding to a signal from said detection element when said first reset unit resets said detection element,
and

a second operation of making said first reset unit reset said detection element after said second sampling unit samples a
second signal corresponding to a voltage of said reset holding unit, after the first operation, while said second reset unit
resets said holding unit, and

said driving unit further drives said sensor, in a first mode in which an interval from an end of the given second operation
to a start of the next first operation is a first interval, so as to execute a third operation of making said first reset
unit reset said detection element and making said second reset unit reset said holding unit in the interval,

while the second operation also functions as the third operation in a second mode in which an interval from an end of the
given second operation to a start of the next first operation is a second interval shorter than the first interval.

US Pat. No. 9,460,537

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,460,347

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE FOR DETECTING AN IMAGE AREA INCLUDING A DEFECTIVE COLOR TONE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. A method of controlling an image processing apparatus comprising one or more processors and one or more memories, the
method comprising:
at the image processing apparatus, specifying a face direction in an image including a face;
detecting a red-eye area in the face included in the image; and
correcting the detected red-eye area in accordance with a correction parameter which is changed depending on the specified
face direction,

wherein the one or more processors perform the specifying, the detecting, and the correcting.

US Pat. No. 9,452,611

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,453,990

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group having a plurality of lens units at least one of which has positive refractive power,
wherein the distance between the first lens unit and the second lens unit is greater at a telephoto end as compared to at
a wide angle end,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

?gFRn represents the partial dispersion ratio thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,455,592

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR WIRELESSLY RECEIVING POWER FROM A POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for controlling an electronic apparatus including
a power receiving unit configured to wirelessly receive power from an external apparatus, the computer program comprising:
before the electronic apparatus performs a predetermined operation, determining power for performing the predetermined operation;
before the electronic apparatus performs the predetermined operation, setting at least one of a resonant frequency of the
power receiving unit and a characteristic value of the electronic apparatus based on the determined power, the characteristic
value indicating a resonance characteristic of the electronic apparatus; and

performing the predetermined operation by using power received in a state where the at least one of the resonant frequency
and characteristic value of the electronic apparatus is set.

US Pat. No. 9,450,493

VOLTAGE GENERATING APPARATUS FOR STABLY CONTROLLING VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A voltage generating apparatus comprising:
a first power supply unit configured to output a DC voltage of a first polarity; and
a second power supply unit configured to output a DC voltage of a second polarity that is different from the first polarity,
the voltage generating apparatus selectively supplying the DC voltage of the first polarity from the first power supply unit
or the DC voltage of the second polarity from the second power supply unit to a load,

wherein the first power supply unit includes:
a control unit configured to generate a clock signal; and
a switch unit configured to perform switching in accordance with the clock signal supplied from the control unit, and
a cycle of the clock signal in a period during which the DC voltage of the second polarity is output is shorter than a cycle
of the clock signal in the period during which a state outputting the DC voltage of the second polarity is switched to a state
outputting the DC voltage of the first polarity.

US Pat. No. 9,442,428

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,445,026

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed in a matrix having a plurality
of rows and a plurality of columns, comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion portion provided in a first pixel;
a second photoelectric conversion portion provided in the first pixel;
a third photoelectric conversion portion provided in a second pixel, the second pixel being located in a row differing from
a row in which the first pixel is located;

a fourth photoelectric conversion portion provided in the second pixel;
a first wiring layer including first column signal lines which correspond to each of the respective plurality of columns;
a second wiring layer, arranged above the first wiring layer, including second column signal lines which correspond to each
of the respective plurality of columns;

a color filter, corresponding to both the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion,
through which an incident light passes to the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion
portion; and

a microlens, corresponding to both the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion portion,
configured to guide an incident light to the first photoelectric conversion portion and the second photoelectric conversion
portion, wherein

the first column signal lines include two column signal lines for outputting each of signals from the first photoelectric
conversion portion and the third photoelectric conversion portion, and

the second column signal lines include two column signal lines for outputting each of signals from the second photoelectric
conversion portion and the fourth photoelectric conversion portion.

US Pat. No. 9,440,474

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,437,806

PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric thin film manufacturing method comprising:
a step of preparing a substrate having a coating layer formed thereon, the coating layer containing an organic solvent and
a piezoelectric thin film precursor;

a step of obtaining a dried coating layer containing the piezoelectric thin film precursor by evaporating the organic solvent
from the coating layer in a state where a shield plate is arranged between an exhaust port for expelling an exhaust of the
evaporated organic solvent and the substrate; and

a step of heating the dried coating layer to form a piezoelectric thin film from the dried coating layer containing the piezoelectric
thin film precursor.

US Pat. No. 9,438,839

SOLID STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array in which pixels arrayed in a matrix shape, with each pixel having a color filter of one color, and including
a plurality of photodiodes each of which receives an incident light passing through the color filter; and

an adding circuit, wherein
the pixels include a first pixel, a second pixel and a third pixel,
each of the first pixel, the second pixel, and the third pixel has a color filter of a first color, and
the adding circuit performs addition of (i) a signal based on an output of only a part of the plurality of photodiodes of
the first pixel, (ii) a signal based on an output of the plurality of photodiodes of the second pixel, and (iii) a signal
based on an output of only a part of the plurality of photodiodes of the third pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,436,915

MEDICAL DECISION MAKING SUPPORT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,736

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater usable with an image heating apparatus including an electric energy supplying portion provided with a first terminal
and a second terminal, and an endless belt for heating an image on a sheet, wherein said heater is contactable to the belt
to heat the belt, said heater comprising:
a substrate;
a first connecting portion electrically connectable with the first terminal;
a second connecting portion electrically connectable with the first terminal and provided adjacent to said first connecting
portion with a gap in a longitudinal direction of said substrate;

a third connecting portion electrically connectable with the second terminal;
a fourth connecting portion electrically connectable with the second terminal and provided adjacent to said third connecting
portion with a gap in a widthwise direction of said substrate; and

a plurality of heat generating portions arranged in the longitudinal direction of said substrate, said heat generating portions
including at least one heat generating portion capable of generating heat by electric energy supplied from said first connecting
portion and said second connecting portion, at least one heat generating portion capable of generating heat by electric energy
supplied from said first connecting portion and said third connecting portion, and at least one heat generating portion capable
of generating heat by electric energy supplied from said first connecting portion and said fourth connecting portion,

wherein a gap between said third connecting portion and said fourth connecting portion in the widthwise direction of said
substrate is smaller than a gap between said first connecting portion and said second connecting portion in the longitudinal
direction of said substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,425,380

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
a piezoelectric material including:
crystal grains of a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1) as a main component
(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3(where 1.00?a?1.01,0.02?x?0.30,0.020?y?0.095, and y?x)  (1),

 and
a manganese component incorporated in the piezoelectric material,
wherein a manganese content relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide is 0.02 parts by weight or
more and 0.40 parts by weight or less on a metal basis,

wherein an auxiliary component content other than the content of the manganese component relative to 100 parts by weight of
the perovskite-type metal oxide is less than 2.1 parts by weight on an oxide basis,

wherein the crystal grains have an average circular equivalent diameter of more than 0.8 ?m and less than 182.0 ?m, and
wherein the piezoelectric material has a relative density of more than 89.0% and 100% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,418,291

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
reference line pattern detection means for detecting a reference line pattern from a captured image of an object to which
pattern light is projected by pattern light projection means, the image being captured by image pickup means, the pattern
light including line patterns having at least two directions and having at least two lines in each of the directions and including
at least one reference line pattern used for identifying each of the line patterns as a reference of the line patterns, wherein
the shape or color of the reference line pattern is different from that of the line patterns; and line pattern corresponding
means for establishing correspondence between line patterns projected by the pattern light projection means and line patterns
captured by the image pickup means in accordance with topological positional relationship using the reference line pattern
detected by the reference line pattern detection means.

US Pat. No. 9,417,440

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from the object side to the image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming;
a plurality of lens units which move during zooming; and
a rear lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming;
wherein the zoom lens satisfies the following conditions:
0.6545
43.0 2.210
1.72 2.10<|fp/f1|<2.70,
where Np, ?p, and ?p are the refractive index, the Abbe constant and the partial dispersion ratio of the positive lens located
closest to the image side among the positive lenses in the first lens unit respectively, fp is the focal length of the positive
lens located closest to the image side among the positive lenses in the first lens unit, and f1 is the focal length of the
first lens unit, the Abbe constant ? and the partial dispersion ratio ? being defined as follows:
?=(Nd?1)/(NF?NC), and

?=(Ng?NF)/(NF?NC),
were Ng, NF, Nd, and NC are refractive indexes for the g-line, F-line, d-line, and C-line respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,413,901

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,413,915

MONITORING APPARATUS, MONITORING SYSTEM, LOG MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A monitoring apparatus comprising:
an operation unit configured to receive an instruction from a user;
a determination unit configured to determine whether an event having occurred in response to the instruction is a specific
event; and

a log management unit configured to, in a case where the event is the specific event, store video data in association with
a log indicating a record of the event, the video data representing a video image captured during a period in which the event
occurs, by an image capturing apparatus positioned to capture an image of the user.

US Pat. No. 9,413,921

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to generate RAW image data representing an undeveloped image which is captured by an image sensor
in response to a capturing instruction;

a development unit configured to generate image data by applying, to the RAW image data, a first development process or a
second development process that can provide an image having higher image quality than that obtained by the first development
process;

a recording unit configured to read and write data from and to a recording medium; and
a control unit configured to control the recording unit so as to write, to the recording medium, the RAW image data and first
image data obtained by applying the first development process to said RAW image data, and thereafter control the development
unit and the recording unit so as to generate second image data by applying the second development process to the RAW image
data written to the recording medium and write the second image data to the recording medium,

wherein the control unit is further configured to: control the development unit so as to generate a plurality of pieces of
third image data from the RAW image data by using a plurality of different development parameters; and decide, from among
the plurality of pieces of third image data, a development parameter corresponding to image data selected by a user as a development
parameter used in a development process for the RAW image data that is applied after the RAW image data has been written to
the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,411,401

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a platform for executing a specific application, the information processing
apparatus comprising:
a transfer unit configured to shift a power state of the information processing apparatus to a power off state, a power on
state, or a power saving state in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the power on state and higher
than power consumption in the power off state; and

a control unit configured to:
(a) when the power state is shifted from the power on state to the power off state, execute first power OFF processing to
end the specific application, in which data, relating to the specific application being stored in a volatile memory is written
in a non-volatile memory, and execute a second power OFF processing to end an initial application of which type is different
from a type of the specific application,

(b) when the power state is shifted from the power off state to the power on state, execute first power ON processing to start
the specific application in which data, relating to the specific application, stored in the non-volatile memory is written
in the volatile memory, and execute a second power ON processing to start the initial application, and

(c) when the power state is shifted from the power on state to the power saving state, execute the first power OFF processing
to end the specific application and then execute the first power ON processing to start the specific application, and execute
power saving processing in which data, relating to the initial application, stored in a volatile memory is written in a non-volatile
memory, and

wherein the control unit does not execute the second power OFF processing and the second power ON processing when the power
state is shifted from the power on state to the power saving state.

US Pat. No. 9,410,678

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS USING ILLUMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An illumination apparatus comprising:
a wavelength conversion element configured to convert at least part of light emitted from a light source into converted light
having a wavelength different from a wavelength of the light emitted from the light source and to emit the converted light
and unconverted light having the same wavelength as the wavelength of the light emitted from the light source;

an optical element configured to receive the light emitted from the light source;
a first reflection optical element configured to guide the converted light in a direction different from a direction of the
light source while guiding the light emitted from the light source to the wavelength conversion element; and

a member for holding the optical element;
wherein the first reflection optical element is disposed in an optical path between the optical element and the wavelength
conversion element.

US Pat. No. 9,409,413

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING METHOD FOR IMPROVING THE CLARITY OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to discharge a plurality of inks including a first color ink containing a pigment and a second
color ink which contains a pigment and is different from the first color ink; and

a recording control unit configured to, while scanning with the recording head at multiple times in a scan direction relative
to a unit area in a recording medium, discharge the plurality of inks from the recording head to the unit area, thereby recording
an image,

wherein a dot diameter of the first color ink formed by discharging a predetermined amount of the first color ink onto a surface
of the second color ink fixed on the recording medium is smaller than a dot diameter of the second color ink formed by discharging
the predetermined amount of the second color ink onto a surface of the first color ink fixed on the recording medium, and

wherein the recording head discharges the plurality of inks such that, with respect to pixels forming the image in the unit
area, the pixels in the unit area include more pixels formed by discharging the first color ink by a scan of the recording
head which is performed after a scan of the recording head with discharging the second color ink than pixels formed by discharging
the second color ink by a scan of the recording head which is performed after a scan of the recording head with discharging
the first color ink.

US Pat. No. 9,411,275

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PARTITION CONFIGURED TO SEPARATE AIR FLOW AND SHEET FEEDING PATHS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming device configured to form, in a first position, a toner image on a sheet using toner containing a parting
material;

a fixing device including first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip portion therebetween for fixing the
toner image formed on the sheet by said image forming device in a second position, by heat and pressure;

a fan configured to flow air along an air flow path between said image forming device and said fixing device; and
a partition configured and positioned to substantially separate the air flow path and a sheet feeding path from the first
position to the second position,

wherein one end of said partition directly contacts said first rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 9,411,282

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, and
wherein the crystalline resin is polyether ether ketone.