US Pat. No. 9,411,285

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:
a first gear, provided with a shaft hole, for transmitting a driving force;
a second gear engaging with the first gear;
a third gear engaging with the first gear;
a frame to which a fixing shaft for rotatably supporting the first gear by engaging with the shaft hole is fixed, wherein
during transmission of the driving force, the first gear is urged in a predetermined direction, which is a radial direction
of the shaft hole, by forces received from the second gear and the third gear, and at a predetermined region, an outer peripheral
surface of the fixing shaft contacts an inner peripheral surface of the shaft hole; and

a holding portion, provided in a position closer to a center of the fixing shaft than the predetermined region with respect
to a radial direction of the fixing shaft, for holding a lubricant between the holding portion and the shaft hole,

wherein, during the transmission of the driving force, the holding portion, the center of the shaft hole and the predetermined
region are disposed along a straight line, and the holding portion is disposed only in a position opposite the predetermined
region with respect to the center of the fixing shaft, and

wherein each of the first gear, the second gear, and the third gear has a rotation axis, and the rotation axes of the first
gear, the second gear, and the third gear are not disposed within a plane.

US Pat. No. 9,407,841

DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth measurement apparatus, comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup device which includes pixels each having a photoelectric conversion unit for receiving a light flux that has
passed through a first pupil region of the imaging optical system and a photoelectric conversion unit for receiving a light
flux that has passed through a second pupil region, that is different from the first pupil region, of the imaging optical
system;

a reading unit that is shared by a plurality of photoelectric conversion units in the pixels; and
a control unit configured to control a ranging operation,
wherein the control unit is configured such that:
a signal charge accumulated in a first photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units
is transferred to the reading unit, and a first signal corresponding to the signal charge accumulated in the first photoelectric
conversion unit is output,

a signal charge accumulated in a second photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units
that is different from the first photoelectric conversion unit is transferred to the reading unit, and a second signal corresponding
to a sum of the signal charges accumulated in the first and second photoelectric conversion units is output,

a third signal corresponding to the signal charge accumulated in the second photoelectric conversion unit is obtained based
on a difference between the second signal and the first signal,

a distance to an object is measured based on an image shift amount of parallax images respectively obtained from the first
signal and the third signal, and

the first photoelectric conversion unit is, out of the photoelectric conversion units of a pixel including the photoelectric
conversion unit for receiving the light flux that has passed through the first pupil region and the photoelectric conversion
unit for receiving the light flux that has passed through the second pupil region, the photoelectric conversion unit which
receives light flux with a relatively lower transmittance in a travel path from an object to the pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,405,044

ANTIREFLECTION COATING FILM, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An antireflection coating film formed on an optical base member comprising:
a first layer having a refractive index of N1 and a film thickness of D1;

a second layer having a refractive index of N2 and a film thickness of D2; and

a third layer formed of a fine concavo-convex structure, having a refractive index changing from N3 to 1.0, and a film thickness of D3,

wherein the first, second, and third layer are formed in order from the optical base member side having a refractive index
of Nsub, and

wherein when the refractive indices Nsub, N1, N2, and N3 are those taken for a light having a wavelength of 550 nm, the following conditions are satisfied;

1.43?Nsub?1.65
1.30?N1?1.50
22nm?D1?45 nm
1.42?N2?1.52
18 nm?D2?35 nm
1.35?N3?1.52
180 nm?D3?320 nm
N1 N1 N3?N2.

US Pat. No. 9,401,388

PHOTO ELECTRIC CONVERTER, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a photoelectric converter comprising:
a first step of preparing a semiconductor substrate including a metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) transistor;
a second step of forming a plurality of interlayer insulating films above the semiconductor substrate; and
a third step of forming a photoelectric conversion portion above the semiconductor substrate,
wherein the second step includes a step of forming a first film containing hydrogen,
wherein the second step includes a step of forming a second film after the step of forming the first film,
wherein the third step includes a step of forming a first electrode, a step of forming a photoelectric conversion film, and
a step of forming a second electrode,

wherein the method includes a step of performing heat treatment between the step of forming the first film and the step of
forming the photoelectric conversion film, and

wherein a temperature at a time of forming the first film is lower than a temperature at a time of forming the second film.

US Pat. No. 9,400,369

OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus including an optical system having a plurality of lenses and configured to be able to adjust a part
of lenses along an optical axis, the optical apparatus comprising:
a first holder configured to hold the part of lenses; and
a second holder configured to hold the first holder,
wherein one holder of the first and second holders has a first adjustment face group and a second adjustment face group,
wherein the one holder is rotatable relative to the other holder different from the one holder,
wherein the first adjustment face group includes a plurality of first adjustment faces of which each position on the optical
axis is different,

wherein the second adjustment face group includes a plurality of second adjustment faces of which each position on the optical
axis is different,

wherein the second adjustment face group is provided along a first rotation direction from the first adjustment face group,
wherein the other holder has a first abutting portion which abuts against any one of the plurality of first adjustment faces
and a second abutting portion which abuts against any one of the plurality of second adjustment faces, and

wherein a position on the optical axis of an adjustment face arranged at an end in a second rotation direction opposite to
the first rotation direction among the plurality of first adjustment faces is approximately equal to a position on the optical
axis of an adjustment face arranged at an end in the first rotation direction among the plurality of second adjustment faces.

US Pat. No. 9,400,370

OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
an image pickup optical system;
an evacuating optical system movable between a shooting state where an optical element is positioned on an optical axis of
the image pickup optical system and an evacuating state where the optical element evacuates from the optical axis;

a first urging member urging the evacuating optical system so that the evacuating optical system becomes the shooting state;
a first moving member including the evacuating optical system and the first urging member, and configured to move in an optical
axis direction;

a second moving member including a sliding portion which the evacuating optical system slides on when moving, and configured
to move in the optical axis direction; and

a first cam cylinder member including a plurality of first cam portions,
wherein the second moving member includes a first cam follower portion, a second cam follower portion, and a third cam follower
portion at positions approximately equally divided the second moving member into three in a circumference direction,

wherein the first, second, and third cam follower portions follows the plurality of first cam portions formed on the first
cam cylinder member so that the second moving member moves in the optical axis direction,

wherein a second urging member urging in a radial direction of the second moving member as viewed from the optical axis direction
is attached to the first cam follower portion,

wherein in a case where the evacuating optical system is the evacuating state, a straight line extended in a direction, where
the evacuating optical system works on the sliding portion by the first urging member, intersects with a line segment between
the second and third cam follower portions.

US Pat. No. 9,398,222

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE THAT DISPLAYS IMAGE AND DISPLAY BODIES SPECIFYING IMAGE'S PARTICULAR REGIONS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display device in which when an image including a plurality of object images is displayed on a screen of a display
device of the image display device, detection frames that specify detected regions including face frames and body frames respectively
specifying face regions and body regions of the object images can be displayed on the screen so as to be associated with the
object images, comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a central processor or a microprocessor;
a determination unit configured, in a case where face regions of first and second object images are juxtaposed on the screen
in a vertical direction, to determine which one of face frames for the first and second object images is located on an upper
side on the screen; and

a display control unit configured to decide that the body frame for the object image corresponding to the face frame determined
by said determination unit as being located on an upper side on the screen is to be made non-display,

wherein in a case where a horizontal direction distance between the face regions of the first and second object images is
equal to or less than a predetermined first threshold value and a vertical direction distance between both the face regions
exceeds a second threshold value, said determination unit determines which one of the face frames for the first and second
object images is located on the upper side on the screen, and

wherein the determination unit and the display control unit are implemented at least in part by the central processor or the
microprocessor executing at least one program recorded on the non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,396,535

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO GENERATE SUBTRACTION IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a subtraction unit configured to generate a digital subtraction angiography moving image composed of a plurality of frames,
from X-ray images of an object acquired before and after injecting a radiopaque dye into the object;

an evaluation unit configured to calculate evaluation values for each of the plurality of frames of the digital subtraction
angiography moving image;

a selection unit configured to select, by comparing the evaluation values for each of the plurality of frames, at least one
frame from the plurality of frames of the digital subtraction angiography moving image; and

an output unit configured to output the selected frame as a reference image.

US Pat. No. 9,396,576

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL SHAPE OF AN OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire position information of a contact region between an object and a holding member
based on an image obtained by imaging the object in a held state in which the object is held by the holding member; and

an estimation unit configured to estimate a three-dimensional shape of the object in the held state based on the position
information of the contact region,

wherein the image includes a two-dimensional image,
wherein the acquisition unit is configured to acquire two-dimensional position information of the contact region in the two-dimensional
image,

wherein the estimation unit is configured to estimate the three-dimensional shape such that two-dimensional position information
of a region obtained by projecting a calculated contact region contacting the holding member onto the two-dimensional image
corresponds to the two-dimensional position information of the contact region acquired by the acquisition unit, and

wherein one or more of the acquisition unit or the estimation unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,395,809

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication interface which communicates with an external apparatus having a face authentication function;
a memory which stores image data held in the external apparatus and a face feature amount used by the external apparatus for
the face authentication function received from the external apparatus by the communication interface; and

at least one processor which controls, in accordance with a result of comparing a type of a face authentication function of
the information processing apparatus with the type of the face authentication function of the external apparatus, using the
face feature amount received from the external apparatus for the face authentication function of the information processing
apparatus, or to re-generating, from the image data received from external apparatus, a face feature amount corresponding
to the type of the face authentication function of the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,395,644

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT SPECIFY PIXELS TO BE SUBJECTED TO CORRECTION, AND CORRECT EXPOSURE AMOUNT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image based on image data, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image by exposing the photosensitive member;
a developing unit configured to form the image by developing the electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member with
developer;

a specifying unit configured to specify, based on the image data, a pixel to be subjected to correction from among pixels
of the image to be formed from the image data; and

a correction unit configured to correct an exposure amount of the exposure unit for the pixel to be subjected to correction
from an exposure amount indicated by the image data,

wherein the correction unit is further configured to correct the exposure amount applied by the exposure unit to the pixel
to be subjected to correction by not exposing at least a portion of a region of the pixel to be subjected to correction according
to the distance between the pixel to be subjected to correction and an edge of the image to be formed from the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,389,548

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,816

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS AND RECEIVES MAINTENANCE WORK DATA TO AND FROM INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that connects to a call center terminal related to maintenance work on the image forming apparatus,
comprising:
a restart unit configured to restart the image forming apparatus when receiving a remote restart instruction from an operator
of the call center terminal or a local restart instruction from a user of the image forming apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the call center terminal, reconnecting information required for reconnection
to the call center terminal in a case where the image forming apparatus is restarted, wherein the reconnecting information
includes at least identification information of the call center terminal;

a storage unit configured to store the reconnecting information received by said receiving unit;
a first determining unit configured to determine whether the image forming apparatus is restarted according to the remote
restart instruction or the image forming apparatus is restarted according to the local restart instruction; and

a reconnection unit configured to
in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the image forming apparatus is restarted according to
the remote restart instruction, automatically reconnect to the call center terminal based on the identification information
stored by the storage unit, and

in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the image forming apparatus is restarted according to
the local restart instruction, reconnect to the call center terminal subject to the user logging in the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,392,135

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,672

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus, comprising:
a substrate;
a plurality of light source units provided on the substrate;
a partition wall provided on the substrate and surrounding each of the light source units; and
a plurality of optical sensors, each of which is disposed between two or more of the light source units that are adjacent
to each other,

wherein the number of optical sensors is lower than the number of light source units, and
each optical sensor is provided at an upper edge portion of the partition wall that is located on a side opposite to the substrate
or inside of an opening portion of the partition wall.

US Pat. No. 9,392,169

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU) configured to perform functions of an image data obtaining unit, an information obtaining
unit, a file generating unit, a first development unit, and a second development unit:

the image data obtaining unit configured to obtain first image data which is generated by imaging an object using an imaging
unit;

the information obtaining unit configured to obtain photographing information of the first image data;
the file generating unit configured to generate a first image file based on the obtained first image data and the obtained
photographing information;

the first development unit configured to generate second image data by performing first development processing on image data
obtained from the first image file; and

the second development unit configured to generate third image data by performing second development processing on the first
image data,

wherein the file generating unit changes a size of an area of the first image data to be stored in the first image file according
to the photographing information, and

wherein the first development processing is development processing having an image quality higher than the second development
processing.

US Pat. No. 9,384,432

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,383,419

MAGNETIC GRADIOMETER AND MAGNETIC SENSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A gradiometer using an optically pumped magnetometer, the gradiometer using the optically pumped magnetometer comprising:
one or more cells each containing a group of atoms in a gaseous state, including an alkali metal, encapsulated therein; a
pump beam source that applies a first pump beam and a second pump beam to each of the one or more cells to spin-polarize the
group of atoms, the first pump beam and the second pump beam being parallel to each other; a probe beam source that applies
a probe beam to the one or more cells to which the pump beams have been applied; a detector for detecting a rotation of a
polarization plane of the probe beam that has passed through the one or more cells in a state in which the group of atoms
is spin-polarized,
wherein the first pump beam and the probe beam cross each other at a first measurement position, the second pump beam and
the probe beam crosses each other at a second measurement position, the first measurement position and the second measurement
position are arranged along a first direction that is linear with respect to a signal source, and the probe beam sequentially
passes through the first measurement region and the second measurement region;

wherein an alkali metal density, a measurement position length, a pump beam intensity and a spin polarization ratio for the
first measurement position are the same as those of the second measurement position; and

wherein each of a direction of a magnetic field measured at the first measurement position and a direction of a magnetic field
measured at the second measurement position is the same as the first direction, a sign of spin polarization caused by optical
pumping is different between the first measurement region and the second measurement region; and an angle of rotation of the
polarization plane of the probe beam that has sequentially passed through each of the first measurement position and the second
measurement position is obtained, thereby obtaining a difference in magnetic flux density between the first measurement position
and the second measurement position.

US Pat. No. 9,377,975

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,378,573

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,380,217

CAMERA SYSTEM, IMAGING APPARATUS, LIGHTING DEVICE CAPABLE OF AUTOMATICALLY CHANGING THE IRRADIATION DIRECTION, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera system comprising:
a lighting device, wherein the lighting device comprises
a flash unit,
a movable unit including the flash unit,
a detection unit configured to detect information indicating a position of the movable unit, and
a transmission unit configured to transmit position information based on information detected by the detection unit to an
imaging apparatus; and

the imaging apparatus, wherein the imaging apparatus comprises
a calculation unit configured to calculate amount of light emission of the flash unit, and
a reception unit configured to receive the position information from the lighting device,
wherein, in a case where the position information received by the reception unit indicates a reference position, the calculation
unit calculates the amount of the light emission according to a reflectance ratio of an object existing in a photographing
area, and

wherein, in a case where the position information received by the reception unit does not indicate the reference position,
the calculation unit calculates the amount of the light emission without the reflectance ratio of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,373,659

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image pickup apparatus, comprising:
forming a first insulating film on a substrate that includes a photoelectric conversion portion and a gate electrode of a
pixel transistor, the first insulating film covering the photoelectric conversion portion and the gate electrode of the pixel
transistor;

forming a photoresist pattern on the first insulating film;
forming an opening portion by removing the first insulating film formed above the photoelectric conversion portion while having
the photoresist pattern serve as a mask;

forming a light reflection member on a sidewall of the opening portion formed in the first insulating film;
forming a second insulating film on the first insulating film and the light reflection member; and
forming, after the second insulating film has been formed, a contact plug that penetrates the first insulating film and the
second insulating film and that is in contact with the gate electrode of the pixel transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,372,653

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,374,489

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SETTING INITIAL DISPLAY SCREEN, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the image forming apparatus to:

display an initial display screen-setting dialog that prompts a user to select a type of screen, from among a plurality of
types of screens displayed as part of the initial display screen-setting dialog, corresponding to an initial screen to be
displayed after start or reactivation of the image forming apparatus, the selection made by the user being received via the
initial display screen-setting dialog and before the start or reactivation of the image forming apparatus, and the plurality
of types of screens including at least one user-customizable type screen and a timing type screen; and

display the initial screen after the start or reactivation of the image forming apparatus, based on the selection made by
the user via the initial display screen-setting dialog.

US Pat. No. 9,372,450

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating the toner image on the sheet therebetween;
a guiding portion provided adjacent to the nip and configured to guide the sheet passing through the nip;
an executing portion configured to execute a warm-up process to raise temperature of said first and second rotatable members,
which are spaced from each other; and

an air blowing portion configured to blow air toward said guiding portion through a portion between said first and second
rotatable member which are spaced from each other to heat said guiding portion during at least one time period of the warm-up
process.

US Pat. No. 9,374,522

VIDEO GENERATING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video generating apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image at a time when a person moves a specific part of a human body;
a human body recognizing unit configured to recognize a position of the specific part of the human body in the image;
a holding unit configured to hold data concerning a basic video showing exercises;
a setting unit configured to set a motion range that moves the specific part of the human body when the person performs an
exercise using a video on the basis of a recognition result of the human body recognizing unit;

a video generating unit configured to generate, based on the motion range set for the specific body part and from the data
concerning the basic video, a sample video for the person to show the exercise; and

a display controlling unit configured to display the generated sample video on a displaying apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,372,289

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A DIFFRACTION GRATING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a blazed diffraction grating, the method comprising
forming the blazed diffraction grating by forming a plurality of grating grooves on a machined surface of a workpiece made
of single crystalline gallium phosphide (GaP) or single crystalline gallium arsenide (GaAs) by machining,

wherein the grating grooves are formed to have a triangular cross-section shape,
wherein the grating grooves are formed so that a surface of a short side of the triangular cross-section shape comprises a
(110) plane, where (110) describes a crystal orientation of the single crystalline gallium phosphide (GaP) or the single crystalline
gallium arsenide (GaAs), and

wherein a surface roughness of the surface of the short side of the triangular cross-section shape is 10 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,354,801

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor causes a display screen to display an image and a rectangular object indicating a rectangular area in
the image,

wherein, in a case where a position designated by a user in the image is a first position which is outside the displayed rectangular
object and satisfies a predetermined condition, the processor causes the rectangular object to move in the display screen
so that a point on a side of the rectangular object nearest to the first position and different from two ends of the side
moves to the first position, the predetermined condition being a condition that a horizontal or vertical coordinate of the
first position in the image is greater than a minimum horizontal or vertical coordinate of the rectangular object and is smaller
than a maximum horizontal or vertical coordinate of the rectangular object respectively, and

wherein, in a case where the position designated by the user in the image is a second position which is outside the displayed
rectangular object and does not satisfy the predetermined condition, the processor causes the rectangular object to move,
in the display screen, so that a corner of the displayed rectangular object nearest to the second position moves to the second
position.

US Pat. No. 9,353,279

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

R1(CR2R3)nCH2CH2(OCH2CH2)mOH  (1)

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,354,564

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,354,596

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a developing cartridge; and
a drum supporting frame detachably mountable to said main assembly while supporting said developing cartridge,
wherein said developing cartridge includes a developing roller for developing a latent image and a development coupling for
receiving a driving force for rotating said developing roller,

wherein said drum supporting frame includes (i) a photosensitive drum, (ii) a mounting portion for detachably mounting said
developing cartridge, and (iii) a contacting and spacing member movable between a first position for permitting said developing
roller to contact said photosensitive drum and a second position for spacing said developing roller from said photosensitive
drum,

wherein a side wall is provided at an end portion of said drum supporting frame with respect to a longitudinal direction of
said photosensitive drum, and said contacting and spacing member is provided on said side wall, and

wherein said main assembly includes a door for opening and closing said main assembly and a main assembly coupling engageable
with said development coupling in interrelation with a closing operation of said door to transmit a driving force to said
development coupling.

US Pat. No. 9,348,256

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VOLTAGE APPLYING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,349,083

IMAGE HALFTONE PROCESSING BY DITHERING OR ERROR DIFFUSION BASED ON PIXEL VALUE OR TIMES OF PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. An image processing apparatus that generates image data for forming an image by performing printing N times on the same
area of a printing medium, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a division unit configured to divide the image data into image data corresponding to the N times of printing by dividing the
image data for each pixel constituting the image data;

a first halftone processing unit configured to generate first halftone image data corresponding to (N??) times by performing
dither processing on image data corresponding to (N??) times of the image data corresponding to the N times of printing;

a second halftone processing unit configured to generate second halftone image data corresponding to ? times by performing
error diffusion processing on image data corresponding to ? times of the image data corresponding to the N times of printing;
and

a control unit configured to control printing based on the second halftone image data corresponding to the ? and the first
halftone image data corresponding to the (N??), wherein

the control unit causes the first halftone image data to be printed prior to the second halftone image data.

US Pat. No. 9,350,886

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a receiving unit configured to receive a job;
a display configured to display the job received by the receiving unit;
a first storing unit configured to store attribute information of a sheet as attribute information of a sheet held in a sheet
holding unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain, from the first storing unit and in response to receipt of the job by the receiving
unit, attribute information of a sheet held in a sheet holding unit specified in the job;

a second storing unit configured to store the attribute information of the sheet obtained by the obtaining unit;
a changing unit configured to change attribute information of a sheet stored in the first storing unit;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the attribute information of the sheet stored in the first storing unit
corresponds to the attribute information of the sheet stored in the second storing unit; and

a notification unit configured to perform, based on the determination by the determining unit that the attribute information
of the sheet stored in the first storing unit does not correspond to the attribute information of the sheet stored in the
second storing unit, notification that the attribute information of the sheet stored in the first storing unit has been changed
by the changing unit,

wherein the receiving unit, the obtaining unit, the changing unit, the determining unit, and the notification unit are implemented
by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,344,687

MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR MONITORING CAMERA APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A monitoring camera comprising:
a processing unit configured to perform a restriction process for restricting viewing a part of an image to be captured by
the monitoring camera;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the image data without the restriction process to a privileged client apparatus
according to a request from a privileged client;

a setting unit configured to set a parameter for restricting viewing a part of the image to be captured by the monitoring
camera according to an instruction from the privileged client apparatus while image data captured by the monitoring camera
without the restriction process is transmitted to the privileged client apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the image data captured by the monitoring camera without the restriction
process is transmitted to the privileged client apparatus while the parameter for restricting viewing a part of the image
to be captured by the monitoring camera is being set; and

a control unit configured to prevent image data without the restriction process from being uploaded to a server via a network
if the determination unit determines that the image data captured by the monitoring camera without the restriction process
is transmitted to the privileged client apparatus while the parameter for restricting viewing a part of the image is being
set by using the captured image without the restriction process and configured to upload image data captured by the monitoring
camera to the server via the network in accordance with an event if the determination unit determines that the image data
captured by the monitoring camera without the restriction process is not transmitted to the privileged client apparatus while
the parameter for restricting viewing a part of the image is not being set by using the captured image without the restriction
process.

US Pat. No. 9,341,970

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,702

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND SHEET STORAGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body formed with an opening;
a storage portion configured to store a sheet, on which an image is formed, inside the main body;
a moving unit configured to move the sheet stored in the storage portion in a predetermined direction and stop the sheet in
a exposure state that a part of the sheet is exposed outside the main body through the opening; and

a pressing unit configured to be moved between a pressing position where the pressing unit presses a surface of the sheet
in the exposure state and a retreat position where the pressing unit retracts from the pressing position,

wherein, after the pressing unit moves from the retreat position to the pressing position to press the surface of the sheet
in the exposure state, the moving unit moves in a direction opposite to the predetermined direction to cause the part of the
sheet not to expose from the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,335,726

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A TRANSFER UNIT FRAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
i) a main body of the apparatus;
ii) a plurality of cartridges each including a photosensitive member; and
iii) a transfer unit detachably mounted on the main body of the apparatus,
wherein the transfer unit comprises:
a frame;
an endless belt opposing the photosensitive member; and
a plurality of stretching members configured for stretching the belt, each of the plurality of stretching members supported
by the frame,

wherein the frame is provided with a plurality of positioning portions configured to allow abutment of the plurality of cartridges
and determine the positions of the plurality of cartridges in the main body of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,338,326

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,329

IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING COLOR CONVERSION FOR A PRINTED IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,358

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR REFLECTING EXPOSURE COMPENSATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising a processor and a memory which function as:
a setting unit which sets an exposure compensation value in response to a selecting operation by a user;
an acquisition unit which acquires image data;
a photometry unit which performs photometry using the image data acquired by the acquisition unit;
an exposure control unit which performs exposure control to acquire the image data by the acquisition unit;
a gain control unit which performs gain control for the image data acquired by the acquisition unit;
a display unit which displays a captured image reflecting the exposure compensation value set by the setting unit; and
a control unit which controls, in a case that the exposure compensation value falls within a predetermined range, the exposure
control unit to acquire the image data based on the exposure compensation value, and controls, in a case that the exposure
compensation value falls outside the predetermined range, the exposure control unit to acquire the image data based on a value
at an end of the predetermined range and the gain control unit to control the gain for the image data based on a difference
between the exposure compensation value and the value at the end of the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,338,388

RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate first moving image data and second moving image data corresponding to the first moving
image data and having a smaller amount of data than that of the first moving image data;

an output unit configured to output the first moving image data generated by the generation unit to an external apparatus;
a recording unit configured to record on a recording medium the second moving image data generated by the generation unit
as a moving image file while the first moving image data is output by the output unit; and

wherein the second moving image data of one clip is recorded from a recording start instruction to a recording stop instruction;
a control unit configured to generate identification information for identifying the clip and to add the identification information
to the moving image file including the second moving image data of the clip,

wherein the control unit generates the identification information having different value for each of a plurality of clips,
and

wherein the control unit adds the identification information having a first predetermined value for identifying a first clip
to each of a plurality of moving image files including the second moving image data of the first clip and controls the output
unit to add the identification information having the first predetermined value to the first moving image data being output
while the second moving image data of the first clip is recorded,

wherein the output unit outputs the first moving image data in accordance with Serial Digital Interface format, and the control
unit controls the output unit to add the identification information to a predetermined line in a V-ancillary of the first
moving image data.

US Pat. No. 9,338,421

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, SHOOTING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND SHOOTING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input moving image data;
a recording unit configured to convert a frame rate of a first moving image data which is input from the input unit at a first
frame rate and record a second moving image data converted to a second frame rate to a recording medium;

a selection unit configured to select an elapsed time to be displayed on a display from a first elapsed time equivalent to
a time that elapses while the input unit is inputting a moving image and a second elapsed time equivalent to a time that elapses
when the second moving image data is reproduced at the second frame rate; and

a display control unit configured to display, the elapsed time selected by the selection unit on the display unit while the
first moving image data is input from the input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,335,650

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE UTILIZING A POROUS CHARGING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging member for charging the photosensitive member;
an exposure member for forming an electrostatic latent image on a surface of the charged photosensitive member; and
a developing member for supplying the photosensitive member on which the electrostatic latent image is formed with a toner
to form a toner image on the surface of the photosensitive member,

wherein:
the charging member comprises an electro-conductive substrate and an electro-conductive resin layer,
the electro-conductive resin layer comprising a binder resin C and resin particles that roughen an exterior surface of the
charging member,

each of the resin particles having a plurality of pores inside thereof, and
a surface of the charging member has a plurality of projections derived from the resin particles, and the projections are
deformable,

and wherein:
the toner comprises toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin T and a colorant, and inorganic fine particles,
the inorganic fine particles are silica fine particles,
the toner contains the silica fine particles in an amount of 0.40 parts by mass or more and 1.50 parts by mass or less based
on 100 parts by mass of the toner particles,

the silica fine particles are treated with 15.0 parts by mass or more and 40.0 parts by mass or less of a silicone oil based
on 100 parts by mass of a silica raw material, and a fixation ratio (%) of the silicone oil on the basis of an amount of carbon
is 70% or more, and

a coverage ratio X1 of a surface of the toner by the silica fine particles, as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (ESCA), is 50.0
area % or more and 75.0 area % or less, and when a theoretical coverage ratio by the silica fine particles is X2, a diffusion index represented by the following formula 1 satisfies the following formula 2:

diffusion index=X1/X2  (formula 1)

diffusion index??0.0042×X1+0.62  (formula 2).

US Pat. No. 9,335,659

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH REPLENISHMENT TONER CONTAINER WHICH HOUSES TONER TO WHICH EXTERNAL ADDITIVES ARE ADDED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a replenishment toner container which houses toner; and
a development device which forms an image by using the toner supplied from the replenishment toner container,
wherein at least two types of external additives are added to the toner,
wherein, of the two types of external additives, when an added amount of a first external additive is Wh (volume % with respect
to the toner) and an added amount of a second external additive is Wl (volume % with respect to the toner), a value of Wh+Wl
in initial toner of a developer housed in the development device in advance is larger than a value of Wh+Wl in replenishment
toner of a developer housed in the replenishment toner container; and

wherein the fluidity of the replenishment toner is higher than the fluidity of the initial toner.

US Pat. No. 9,335,666

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device, comprising:
a first developer bearing member configured to bear developer including non-magnetic toner and magnetic carrier and to develop
an electrostatic latent image at a first developing region;

a second developer bearing member disposed oppositely to the first developer bearing member, which is configured to bear the
developer delivered from the first developer bearing member and to develop the electrostatic latent image at a second developing
region;

a first magnet fixed inside the first developer bearing member, which is configured to make the first developer bearing member
bear the developer on the surface of the first developer bearing member, the first magnet including a pair of first repulsion
magnetic poles with the same polarity as each other, the first repulsion magnetic poles being disposed adjacent to each other;

a second magnet fixed inside the second developer bearing member, which is configured to make the second developer bearing
member bear the developer on the surface of the second developer bearing member, the second magnet including a pair of second
repulsion magnetic poles with the same polarity as each other, the second repulsion magnetic poles being disposed adjacent
to each other,

wherein the first magnet is configured such that a magnetic flux density distribution of a normal component of the first developer
bearing member in the circumferential direction of the first developer bearing member has only one minimal point between the
pair of first repulsion magnetic poles, and

wherein the second magnet is configured such that the magnetic flux density distribution of a normal component of the second
developer bearing member in the circumferential direction of the second developer bearing member has a plurality of minimal
points between the pair of second repulsion magnetic poles.

US Pat. No. 9,329,532

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS POTENTIAL OF ELECTROSTATIC IMAGE FORMING PORTION DEPENDING ON AMBIENT CONDITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an image forming portion configured to form an electrostatic image on the photosensitive member to deposit a toner image on
an image portion of the electrostatic image;

an intermediary transfer member configured to carry the toner image primary-transferred from the photosensitive member at
a primary-transfer position;

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

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

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

a detecting member configured to detect a temperature and a humidity in an ambient condition; and
a controller configured to control a potential of the image portion depending on a detection result of the detecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,331,121

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS INCLUDING PIXEL WELL CONTACT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion apparatus, the method comprising:
forming a dielectric film for covering:
a photoelectric conversion element and an amplification element, in a well of a pixel circuit section; and
a MOS transistor in a peripheral circuit section; and
forming, by etching the dielectric film, a side spacer by retaining a portion of the dielectric film on a side surface of
a gate electrode of the MOS transistor while protecting, by a resist, a first portion and a second portion of the dielectric
film, wherein the first portion covers the photoelectric conversion element and the second portion covers the amplification
element,

wherein an opening is formed in the dielectric film in the pixel circuit section with the etching of the dielectric film,
wherein the etching for forming the side spacer and the etching for forming the opening are performed simultaneously,
wherein a contact for defining a potential of the well is formed through the opening, and
wherein the amplification element is configured to generate a signal based on an amount of charge generated in the photoelectric
conversion element.

US Pat. No. 9,323,212

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING OPENABLE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,325,864

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO COMMUNICATE WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system including an image processing apparatus and a web server, the information processing system
comprising:
the web server, wherein the web server includes:
a web server network device configured to receive a request message which is sent from a web browser of the image processing
apparatus,

at least one web server processor,
a generation unit implemented by the at least one web server processor and configured to generate a response message corresponding
to the request message received by the web server network device, wherein the response message includes a command for causing
the image processing apparatus to execute a job and an address for uploading information indicative of a result of the job,
and timeout information related to the execution of the job, and

a sending unit implemented by the web server network device and configured to send the response message generated by the generation
unit to the web browser of the image processing apparatus; and

the image processing apparatus, wherein the image processing apparatus includes:
at least one image processing apparatus processor,
a job execution unit implemented by the at least one image processing apparatus processor and configured to execute the job
in accordance with the command included in the response message which is sent from the web server and is received by the web
browser,

a monitor unit implemented by the at least one image processing apparatus processor and configured to monitor timeout related
to the job executed by the job execution unit, based on the timeout information included in the response message sent from
the web server,

an image processing apparatus network device,
a first upload unit implemented by the image processing apparatus network device and configured to upload, in a case where
the monitor unit determines that the timeout related to the job executed by the job execution unit does not occur, information
indicative of a result of execution of the job executed by the job execution unit to the address included in the response
message sent from the web server, and

a second upload unit implemented by the image processing apparatus network device and configured to upload, in a case where
the monitor unit determines that the timeout related to the job executed by the job execution unit occurs, information indicative
of timeout error to the address included in the response message sent from the web server.

US Pat. No. 9,325,865

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a memory configured to store image data generated by the imaging unit;
a controller configured to execute a plurality of photographing modes including at least a first photographing mode that uses
a storage area of the memory for photographing one image in accordance with one photographing instruction using the imaging
unit and a second photographing mode that uses a larger storage area of the memory than the first photographing mode; and

a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus by using data in the memory,
wherein the communication unit is disenabled to establish communication with the external apparatus when the controller executes
the second photographing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,316,932

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR PRODUCING 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 a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a polymerized product of a composition
comprising a charge transporting compound with a polymerizable functional group represented by formula (1) below,

where,
R1 and R2 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a straight alkyl group, and

at least one of R1 and R2 is the straight alkyl group, and

wherein the charge transporting compound is a compound represented by formula (3) or (4) below,
where,
Ar1, Ar2, and Ar4 each independently represent a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;

Ar3 represents a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below or a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group; at least one
of Ar1 to Ar4 represents a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below; r is
0 or 1; and when none of Ar1, Ar2, and Ar4 is a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below, r is 1 and Ar3 is a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below;

where,
A5, Ar6, Ar9, and Ar10 each independently represent a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;
Ar7 and Ar8 each independently represent a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below or a substituted or unsubstituted arylene
group; at least one of A5 to Ar8 is a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below or a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below; P1 represents an oxygen atom, a cycloalkylidene group, a divalent group having two phenylene groups bonded through an oxygen
atom, or an ethylene group; s and t each independently represent 0 or 1; and when none of A5, Ar6, Ar9, and Ar10 is a monovalent group represented by formula (M1) below and Ar7 is not a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below, t is 1 and Ar8 is a divalent group represented by formula (M2) below;

where,
R1 and R2 are the same as R1 and R2 in formula (1), Ar11 represents a substituted or unsubstituted arylene group, and m represents an integer of 1 or more:

where,
R1 and R2 are the same as R1 and R2 in formula (1), Ar12 represents a substituted or unsubstituted trivalent aromatic hydrocarbon group, and n represents an integer of 1 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,310,592

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming, the first lens unit comprising a first
sub-lens unit having a negative refractive power, a second sub-lens unit having a positive refractive power that moves during
adjustment of a focal point, and a third sub-lens unit having a positive refractive power;

a lens group including at least two lens units that move during zooming;
an aperture stop; and
a last lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
2.6
0.6<|f11/f1|<0.9

0.0<|?r|<1.5
where fw denotes a focal length at a wide angle end of the zoom lens, f1 denotes a focal length of the first lens unit, f11
denotes a focal length of the first sub-lens unit, and ?r denotes imaging magnification of the last lens unit,
wherein the third sub-lens unit comprises at least one negative lens, and at least two positive lenses,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
2.0 where ?13na denotes an average value of an Abbe constant with a d-line as a reference of the at least one negative lens, and
?13pa denotes an average value of Abbe constants with the d-line as the reference of the positive lenses, and
wherein an Abbe constant ?d with the d-line as the reference is defined by the following equation,
?d=(nd?1)/(nF?nC)
where nd denotes a refractive index in the d-line, nC denotes a refractive index in a C-line, and nF denotes a refractive
index in an F-line.

US Pat. No. 9,309,071

CONVEYING APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying apparatus, comprising:
a sheet conveyance path including a curved portion having an inner guide and a outer guide;
a roller pair including a first roller located on the inner guide and a second roller located on the outer guide and configured
to pinch a sheet; and

a mechanism configured to move the first roller to an upstream side with respect to a sheet conveying direction by a first
amount and move the second roller to the upstream side with respect to the sheet conveying direction by a second amount which
is smaller than the first amount after the roller pair pinches the sheet,

wherein the first roller is a drive roller that is supported by a swing member and rotates by a drive force transmitted from
a drive source, and when conveyance resistance of the sheet increases, the drive force swings and swing member.

US Pat. No. 9,313,715

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to start a process for sharing communication parameters in response to an instruction from
a user and to wirelessly transmit the communication parameters to a receiving apparatus when the receiving apparatus requests,
in response to an instruction from a user, transmission of the communication parameters, wherein the communication parameters
are parameters for performing a wireless communication between the communication apparatus and the receiving apparatus;

a communication unit configured to communicate with the receiving apparatus using the communication parameters transmitted
by the transmitting unit; and

a notifying unit configured to transmit, to the receiving apparatus, a notification stopping uses of the communication parameters
transmitted by the transmitting unit after the communication starts a communication using the communication parameters transmitted
by the transmitting unit,

wherein at least one of the providing unit and the notifying unit are implemented by one or more processors constructed to
execute computer-readable instructions stored in a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,308,721

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a substrate for a liquid ejection head including an ejection port forming member which has formed
therein ejection ports opened to a surface for ejection liquid, the method comprising the steps of:
forming a first layer by using a first layer forming member containing a solvent and a photo-acid-generating agent;
forming a second layer on the first layer by using a second layer forming member containing a solvent and a photo-acid-generating
agent; and

hardening a partial region of each of the first layer and the second layer and removing a region different from the partial
region so as to form the ejection ports, resulting in that the first layer and the second layer constitute the ejection port
forming member,

wherein a member containing a solvent to dissolve the first layer forming member and a photo-acid-generating agent having
an acid strength weaker than an acid strength of the photo-acid-generating agent contained in the first layer forming member
is used as the second layer forming member, and

wherein an absolute value of a difference between a solubility parameter of the second layer forming member and a solubility
parameter of the first layer forming member is a predetermined value that is four or less.

US Pat. No. 9,308,722

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate having a heating section and a protective film that has an area overlapping with the heating section when viewed
from a direction orthogonal to a face of the substrate,

an electrode capable of generating a voltage between the protective film and the electrode;
a flow path formed between a surface of the protective film and a surface of the electrode; and
an ejection port, liquid being ejected from the ejection port with use of heat generated by the heating section via the protective
film,

wherein the protective film and the electrode are arranged such that a distance in the flow path between the area of the protective
film and the electrode corresponding to the area satisfies 1 is set as “b”.

US Pat. No. 9,306,980

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONFIGURES SETTINGS OF INFORMATION SECURITY POLICY, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a hardware processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
store information of defining a correspondence relationship between an information security policy and settings of operations
of the image processing apparatus, the information being used for converting the information security policy to the settings
of operations of the image processing;

receive security policy data in which information security policy is described from an external apparatus;
convert the information security policy described in the received security policy data to the settings of the operation of
the image processing apparatus based on the stored information;

compare the converted settings with the present settings of operations of the image processing apparatus;
change the present settings of operations of the image processing apparatus to the converted settings based on the comparison
result;

restrict the changed settings from being changed to settings that do not comply with the information security policy descried
in the security policy data.

US Pat. No. 9,306,109

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device manufacturing method comprising:
forming a first film, a second film, and a third film in this order on a semiconductor substrate;
forming a first mask pattern on the third film;
forming a gate electrode by using the first mask pattern;
forming a second mask pattern having an opening above a portion of the first mask pattern and a region adjacent to the gate
electrode; and

performing ion implantation on the semiconductor substrate by using the first mask pattern and the second mask pattern as
masks,

wherein forming the gate electrode includes etching the third film by using a first processing gas, etching the second film
by using a second processing gas, and overetching the second film by using a third processing gas, and

a first deposition formed on sidewalls of the gate electrode in the etching of the third film, a second deposition formed
on the sidewalls of the gate electrode in the etching of the second film, and a third deposition formed on the sidewalls of
the gate electrode in the overetching contain at least one of a chlorine atom or a bromine atom and do not contain a fluorine
atom.

US Pat. No. 9,307,157

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS DETACHABLE THEREFROM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor configured to photoelectrically convert light from an object to output a signal;
a selection unit configured to select one of a first exposure control mode and a second exposure control mode having an exposure
changing amount per unit time larger than that of the first exposure control mode; and

a controller configured to perform control to transmit diaphragm control information in a case where a speed of a diaphragm
unit is controllable, and to inhibit the selection of the exposure control mode in a case where a speed of the diaphragm unit
is uncontrollable,

wherein the diaphragm control information is generated based on the output signal from the sensor, first information, and
second information to a connected lens unit, and

wherein the first information is about the exposure control mode selected by the selection unit, and the second information
is speed information of the diaphragm unit corresponding to the lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,300,862

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,298,305

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a touch operation to be valid or invalid, wherein in a case where the touch operation is
set to be valid, a processing corresponding to the touch operation is performed in accordance with a touch operation on a
display unit, and in a case where the touch operation is set to be invalid, a processing corresponding to the touch operation
is not performed in accordance with a touch operation on a display unit;

a display control unit configured to perform control to display, in a case where the touch operation is set to be invalid
by the setting unit, option items on the display unit and display an icon superimposed over at least one of the option items,
and in a case where the touch operation is set to be valid by the setting unit, display the option items on the display unit
and display the icon in an area where the icon is not superimposed over any of the option items; and

a control unit configured to perform control to select, in a case where the touch operation is set to be valid by the setting
unit, an option item displayed on the display unit in accordance with a touch operation on the option item and select the
icon displayed on the display unit in accordance with a touch operation on the icon.

US Pat. No. 9,299,666

STACKED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,298,399

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD WITH PRINTING PLURAL IMAGE PORTIONS GENERATED BY DIVIDING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus for causing a printing apparatus to print on a print sheet each of a plurality of image portions
generated by dividing an image to be printed, the print control apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor obtains a finish size corresponding to a size resulting from bonding together a plurality of print sheets
having the plurality of image portions respectively printed thereon,

wherein the processor selects from among (a) having a whole of the image to be printed in the finish size and (b) having the
image to be printed extend out from the finish size in a case where an aspect ratio of the image is different from an aspect
ratio of the finish size, and

wherein the processor generates each of the plurality of image portions by enlarging the image by varying a scaling factor
depending on both of a result of the selection and the finish size, and by dividing the image such that the image is divided
in a short-side direction of the image with a number of segments which is based on a length of a short side of the finish
size and a length of a short side of each of the print sheets, and

wherein the processor causes the printing apparatus to print the plurality of image portions respectively on the print sheets
such that a short side of each of the plurality of image portions coincides with a short side of each of the print sheets.

US Pat. No. 9,298,406

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a print job from an external apparatus via a network;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a job password is set to the print job;
an input unit configured to input a print instruction for the print job into the printing apparatus from a first user who
logs in to the printing apparatus; and

a job execution unit configured to, if the job password is set to the print job and the first user is different from a second
user who has instructed to transmit the print job at the external apparatus, execute the print job on the basis of input of
the job password from the first user into the printing apparatus via the input unit after input of the print instruction for
the print job,

wherein the job execution unit is configured to, if the job password is set to the print job and the first user is the same
as the second user, execute the print job on the basis of input of the print instruction for the print job from the first
user into the printing apparatus via the input unit without inputting the job password for the print job from the first user
into the printing apparatus via the input unit, and

wherein the job execution unit is configured to, if the job password is not set to the print job, execute the print job without
inputting the print instruction for the print job from the first user into the printing apparatus via the input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,300,971

MOVING IMAGE DATA ENCODING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ENCODING MOVING IMAGES USING AN ENCODING SCHEME IN WHICH A TERMINATION PROCESS IS PERFORMED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an image sensing unit that generates moving image data by using an image sensor;
a memory that stores program instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions stored in the memory, wherein the instructions cause, when executed, the
at least one processor to encode pictures that constitute moving image data with encoding schemes that use intraframe coding
and interframe prediction coding, and generate encoded picture and a locally decoded picture,

wherein the locally decoded picture is stored in a frame memory that stores a plurality of locally decoded pictures as candidates
of a reference picture used in the interframe prediction coding,

wherein the at least one processor, during coding a picture, performs an encoding termination process that drastically reduces
an amount of generated code from spatially partway in a picture being encoded by drastically cutting high-frequency components
of the picture, in a case in which the amount of already generated code of the picture exceeds a first predetermined value,
so that a total amount of code generated for the entire picture is within a second predetermined value, and

wherein when a picture is going to be encoded with interframe prediction coding, and the termination process has been performed
on a predetermined reference picture that is one of the locally decoded pictures stored in the frame memory and has initially
been assigned to be used as a reference picture in the interframe prediction coding of the picture, the at least one processor
selects another locally decoded picture, on which the termination process has not been performed, from the locally decoded
pictures stored in the frame memory, to be used as an alternative of the predetermined reference picture.

US Pat. No. 9,298,743

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIVIDING A MOVING IMAGE INTO A PLURALITY OF MOVING IMAGES AND FURTHER UPLOADING THE PLURALITY OF MOVING IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a division unit configured to divide an original moving image into a plurality of divided moving images;
an uploading unit configured to upload the divided moving images from end of the original moving image in descending order
to an external apparatus; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the external apparatus, sequel information including information for accessing
the divided moving image, when the divided moving image is uploaded,

wherein the uploading unit uploads a second divided moving image which exists just before a first divided moving image in
the original moving image, with the acquired sequel information including information on location of the uploaded first divided
moving image, to the external apparatus, after uploading the first divided moving image, wherein the first divided moving
image is downloaded to other apparatus based on the sequel information of the first divided moving image which is uploaded
with the second divided moving image after the second divided moving image and the sequel information of the first divided
moving image are downloaded to the other apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,296,225

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for determining a printing medium having a receptive layer, comprising:
a transmitted light information acquisition unit configured to acquire information on transmitted light by irradiating a printing
medium on which a determination image is printed with light;

a surface characteristics determination unit configured to determine the surface characteristics of a printing medium on which
the determination image is printed based on the information on transmitted light; and

a control unit configured to perform control of printing so as to switch a color material that is used in accordance with
the determination results of the surface characteristics of the printing medium determined by the surface characteristics
determination unit,

wherein the control unit controls so as to print by using a color material having a higher viscosity in a case where a deposition
density of particles constituting the receptive layer is lower.

US Pat. No. 9,300,837

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising: at least one processor coupled to a memory; a display control unit configured
to display a job selection screen, wherein the display control unit displays a first job selection screen that presents a
plurality of print jobs, and wherein the plurality of print jobs includes information about a first print job uncombined with
information about a second print job; and a generation unit configured to generate a combined print job,
wherein, in response the job selection screen receiving input to select and combine the first and second print jobs, the display
control unit displays a second job selection screen in place of the first job selection screen such that information about
the first print job and information about the second print job, as uncombined with the first print job, is deleted and information
about the combined print job is identifiably displayed in such a manner that the first and second print jobs are included
as part of the displayed combined print job,

wherein the display control unit and the generation unit are implemented by the at least one processor,
wherein the first job selection screen includes a first job icon of the first print job and a second job icon of the second
print job separately displayed from the first job icon,

wherein, as information about the first and second print jobs that is deleted, the display control unit deletes the first
job icon and the second job icon,

wherein the display control unit displays a combined job icon of the combined print job on the second job selection screen
in such a manner that the first job icon and the second job icon are each identifiable to a user within the combined job icon
as part of the displayed combined print job, and

wherein the first job icon and the second job icon are arranged together side by side to allow the user to visually recognize
that two print jobs are combined into the combined print job.

US Pat. No. 9,300,839

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD AND A NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM TO GENERATE BOTH IMAGE DATA BEFOREHAND FOR LOW AND HIGH SPEED FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image communication apparatus which is able to perform facsimile transmission of image data to a transmission destination
according to session initiation protocol (SIP), comprising:
an inputting unit configured to input image data;
a generation unit configured to generate both of image data for high-speed transmission and image data for low-speed transmission,
based on the image data input by the inputting unit;

a performing unit configured to perform a call connection according to session initiation protocol after the generation unit
generates both of the image data for high-speed transmission and the image data for low-speed transmission;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not high-speed transmission of the image data is possible after the
performing unit performs the call connection;

a selection unit configured to select the image data for high-speed transmission when said determination unit determines that
high-speed transmission of the image data is possible, and select the image data for low-speed transmission when said determination
unit determines that high-speed transmission of the image data is impossible; and

a transmission unit configured to perform facsimile transmission of image data selected by said selection unit,
wherein said inputting unit, said generation unit, said performing unit, said determination unit, said selection unit, and
said transmission unit are implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,292,925

IMAGING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. An imaging method comprising the steps of:
performing a plurality of imaging operations and storing image data in a storage device, each imaging operation capturing
a respective partial image of a respective corresponding block in an imaging area of a subject, each imaging operation being
performed using an imaging device;

merging the plurality of partial images to generate an entire image of the imaging area of the subject; and
setting boundaries between the blocks at positions such as to minimize variations of measured data in the entire image, out
of a plurality of positions on the subject,

wherein said steps are performed using a CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,292,760

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method for an apparatus including a processor and a memory, the method comprising:
registering a person, in a database, in accordance with an instruction by a user;
detecting information relating to image data;
performing person grouping, in a plurality of images, based on the information detected from the plurality of images in the
detecting, wherein a result of the person grouping is registered in the database;

determining a region in an image, with the processor, corresponding to one or more persons; and
deciding, with the processor, in a case where a first region corresponding to the person who has been registered in the database
and a second region corresponding to a person who has not been registered in the database are both determined to be in one
image, a portion of an output target in the one image based on the determination and the registration of the person in the
database, so that the portion includes the first region and does not include the second region.

US Pat. No. 9,291,803

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

1.0<(?3t/?3w)×(?4t/?4w)<5.0

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,804

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 negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having positive refractive power;
a third lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including a plurality of lens units and having overall positive refractive power,
wherein a distance between every adjacent lens unit among all the lens units included in the zoom lens being variable during
zooming,

wherein the first lens unit moves along a locus convex toward the image side during zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto
end,

wherein the second lens unit moves along a direction nonparallel to an optical axis during image shake correction, the third
lens unit moves along an optical axis direction during focusing, each of the second lens unit and the third lens unit consists
of a single lens element, and

wherein, when a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide-angle end is denoted by fw, a focal length of the second lens unit
is denoted by f2, and a focal length of the third lens unit is denoted by f3, the following conditions are satisfied:

2.8
1.8<|f3|/fw<4.5.

US Pat. No. 9,290,597

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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


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


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

*—O—CnH2n—O—**;

*—S—CnH2n—S—**; and

*—S—CnH2n—O—**,

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

US Pat. No. 9,287,621

MULTI-BAND ANTENNA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,283,796

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A control method for controlling a sheet processing apparatus, the method comprising:
inserting an insert sheet fed from a second sheet holding unit in a plurality of sheets fed from a first sheet holding unit,
and causing a saddle stitch bookbinding device to execute a saddle stitch bookbinding process to the plurality of sheets in
which the insert sheet has been inserted;

judging whether or not a position in which it has been designated to insert the insert sheet is a position in which the insert
sheet can be inserted; and

in a case where it is judged that the position in which it has been designated to insert the insert sheet is not the position
in which the insert sheet can be inserted, controlling the saddle stitch bookbinding device not to execute the saddle stitch
bookbinding process to the plurality of sheets in which the insert sheet has been inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,288,455

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,285,704

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS OPERABLE IN MODE THAT RESTRICTS TONER SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing member using toner and
magnetic carrier;

a toner supplying device configured to supply toner from a toner bottle storing toner for supply;
a toner density detecting unit configured to detect information about a toner density inside of the developing device;
a control unit configured to execute a normal mode which determines a toner supply amount of the toner supplying device on
the basis of a difference value between on a detection result of the toner density detecting unit and a predetermined target
value, wherein the controller executes the normal mode so that

(i) when the difference value is a first difference value, the toner supply amount is a first toner supply amount, and
(ii) when the difference value is a second difference value which is greater than the first difference value, the toner supply
amount is a second toner supply amount which is greater than the first toner supply amount;

a remaining amount detecting unit configured to detect information relating to a remaining amount of the toner bottle; and
a replacement detecting unit configured to detect information for determining whether the toner bottle is to be replaced,
wherein the control unit prohibits an image forming operation based on a detection result of the remaining amount detecting
unit, thereafter the control unit immediately allows the image forming operation based on a detection result of the replacement
detecting unit, and the control unit executes a supply restriction mode which determines a toner supply amount of the toner
supplying device on the basis of the difference value, and

wherein the control unit executes the supply restriction mode so that
(i) when the difference value is the first difference value, the toner supply amount is a third toner supply amount which
is less than the first toner supply amount, and

(ii) when the difference value is the second difference value, the toner supply amount is a fourth toner supply amount which
is less than the second toner supply amount.

US Pat. No. 9,285,727

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. The sheet conveying apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the rotary member is made from a metal.

US Pat. No. 9,280,066

STAGE APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stage apparatus which holds a substrate, comprising:
a first moving stage;
a second moving stage supported by the first moving stage;
a linear motor including a coil arranged on the first moving stage, and a magnet arranged on the second moving stage in correspondence
with the coil;

a first channel formed in the first moving stage to supply a first refrigerant for recovering heat from the coil not to contact
the coil;

a cover member arranged on the first moving stage to surround the coil and be spaced apart from the coil; and
a second channel formed in the cover member to supply a second refrigerant for recovering heat from the cover member not to
contact the coil.

US Pat. No. 9,280,068

STAGE APPARATUS WITH FLEXIBLE UTILITY LINE, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stage apparatus comprising:
a base;
a movable portion including a stage movable relative to the base;
a flexible utility line for supplying utility to the movable portion; and
a cover for covering the utility line, the cover including:
a housing member provided to one of the base and the movable portion, an opening being formed in the housing member and defining
a space sized so that the housing member does not come in contact with a bending portion of the flexible utility line when
the bending portion of the flexible utility line moves; and

a sealing member provided to the other of the base and the movable portion, the sealing member being arranged opposite to
a side, in which the opening is formed, of the housing member with a gap therebetween, the sealing member moving relative
to the side due to movement of the movable portion and having a side for sealing the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,280,085

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,280,102

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a holding mechanism configured to rotatably hold said belt unit;
a detector configured to detect that said endless belt is out of a predetermined zone with respect to a widthwise direction
of said endless belt;

a tilting device configured to tilt said belt unit relative to said holding mechanism in a direction of causing said endless
belt to return into the predetermined zone on the basis of an output of said detector; and

a limiting mechanism configured to limit tilting of said belt unit to an angle exceeding a predetermined angle range wider
than an angle range in which said belt unit is capable of being tilted by said tilting device.

US Pat. No. 9,280,112

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a size of a sheet, wherein the sheet is held in a sheet holding unit;
a printing unit configured to print an image on the sheet fed from the sheet holding unit based on a size of a sheet that
is specified in a print job;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user and before the printing unit executes printing, an instruction for notifying
the user of an error in a case where the size of the sheet that is specified in the print job does not match the size of the
sheet that is stored in the storing unit; and

a controlling unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where the instruction is received by the receiving unit and the size of the sheet that is specified in
the print job does not match the size of the sheet that is stored in the storing unit, the controlling unit is configured
to perform control to notify the user of the error and cause the printing unit to execute printing, and

wherein, in a case where the instruction is not received by the receiving unit and the size of the sheet that is specified
in the print job does not match the size of the sheet that is stored in the storing unit, the controlling unit is configured
to perform control to cause the printing unit to execute printing without notifying the user of the error.

US Pat. No. 9,280,115

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONSUMPTION PREDICTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a counting unit configured to count the number of pixels at each tone level in a halftone image corresponding to an input
image;

a determination unit configured to determine a halftone region in the halftone image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire tone characteristic information of an output density of the image forming apparatus;
a correction unit configured to obtain a density in a region to be formed by using a developing material corresponding to
pixels in the halftone region from information of the halftone region and the number of pixels at each of the tone levels
included in the halftone region and correct the density in accordance with the tone characteristic information;

a first prediction unit configured to predict a consumption amount of the developing material by using the density corrected
by said correction unit; and

an accumulation unit configured to obtain an accumulated value of densities in the halftone image from the number of pixels
at each tone level acquired by said counting unit,

wherein said first prediction unit predicts a consumption amount of the developing material from the accumulated value of
densities obtained by said accumulation unit if the accumulated value of densities obtained by said accumulation unit is larger
than a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,277,859

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus configured to obtain a tomographic image of an anterior eye based on light into
which return light from the anterior eye irradiated with measurement light and reference light corresponding to the measurement
light are combined, the optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a measurement light optical path length changing unit configured to change an optical path length of the measurement light;
an instruction unit configured to input an instruction on a size of an imaging range of the tomographic image;
a detecting unit configured to detect, based on an output of an imaging unit which is configured to image the anterior eye,
a position gap between the anterior eye and an optical unit including an optical path of the measurement light in a depth
direction of the anterior eye after the instruction; and

a control unit configured to control the measurement light optical path length changing unit to change the optical path length
of the measurement light by the detected position gap and a distance corresponding to a change of the size.

US Pat. No. 9,282,249

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS IMAGE DATA OUTSIDE THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a generating unit that generates a second video image by using a first video image so that a range between a white level for
the second video image and a black level for the second video image is a range defined by a specific communication standard,
wherein the second video image includes sequential frames;

a first transmitting unit that transmits the second video image to an external device in accordance with the specific communication
standard; and

a second transmitting unit that transmits predetermined data for each frame included in the second video image to the external
device, wherein the predetermined data includes information about the range between the white level for the second video image
and the black level for the second video image.

US Pat. No. 9,275,949

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,112

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,581

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,275,436

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EDITING DATA IN ACCORDANCE WITH AN USER OPERATION, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING THE PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An editing apparatus comprising:
at least a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as:
(a) a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display information for processing;
(b) a specifying unit configured to specify a processing area of information displayed in the display unit in accordance with
a user's operation,

wherein the display control unit further causes the display unit to display (i) a first selection portion including one or
more selection portions, if a first processing area is specified by the specifying unit, (ii) a second selection portion including
one or more selection portions, if a second processing area, including at least a portion of the first processing area and
being larger than the first processing area is specified by the specifying unit, and

wherein a selection portion displayed at the top of the first selection portion is different from a selection portion displayed
at the top of the second selection portion; and

the editing apparatus further comprising:
(c) a determining unit configured to determine a processing content corresponding to the selected selection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,268,504

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,249

CHARGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging device comprising:
a casing provided with an opening opposing a member-to-be-charged;
a discharging wire provided in said casing;
a grid electrode provided in the opening;
a shutter for opening and closing the opening;
a cleaning member for cleaning said grid electrode; and
a moving mechanism for reciprocating said shutter and said cleaning member along a longitudinal direction of the opening,
wherein said moving mechanism includes a driving member for being rotationally driven, a first moving member, held by said
driving member, for moving said shutter with rotational drive of said driving member, and a second moving member, held by
said driving member, for moving said cleaning member with the rotational drive of said driving member,

wherein said charging device further comprises:
a mechanism for forming an interval between said shutter and said cleaning member so that said cleaning member moves in advance
of said shutter by a predetermined distance when said shutter moves in a closing direction; and

a stopper for stopping movement of said cleaning member, and
wherein said second moving member includes a holding portion for permitting idling when said shutter moves in the closing
direction toward said cleaning member, stopped by said stopper, with rotation of said driving member.

US Pat. No. 9,268,507

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,269,030

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS AND JOB PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,281

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,896

IMAGING APPARATUS, CLIENT DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF CLIENT DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus connected to an external client device via a network, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an imaging unit configured to image an image of a subject formed by the imaging optical system;
an infrared cut filter configured to cut infrared light;
an insertion/retraction unit configured to insertion and retraction the infrared cut filter to and from an optical path of
the imaging optical system;

a reception unit configured to receive, from the external client via the network, automatic adjustment information relating
to insertion/retraction of the infrared cut filter, along with an automatic insertion/retraction control command for the imaging
apparatus to automatically control insertion/retraction of the infrared cut filter by the insertion/retraction unit;

a control unit configured to automatically control the insertion/retraction unit, based on the automatic insertion/retraction
command received by the reception unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit insertion/retraction specifying information relating to the automatic adjustment
information to the external client via the network;

wherein the insertion/retraction specifying information transmitted by the transmission unit indicates whether or not automatic
adjustment information used by the control unit can be specified for each of a case where the infrared cut filter is inserted
into the optical path and a case where the infrared cut filter is retracted from the optical path.

US Pat. No. 9,267,902

METHOD OF ANALYZING SAMPLE USING SECONDARY ION EMITTED FROM SAMPLE AND ANALYZER FOR PERFORMING ANALYSIS METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sample analysis method comprising the steps of:
cooling a sample placed in a chamber;
forming an ice layer on a surface of the cooled sample by discharging one of water and an aqueous solution to the chamber;
irradiating the surface of the sample with a primary ion beam through the ice layer so as to emit a sample constituent from
the sample under the ice layer as a secondary ion; and

analyzing the secondary ion emitted from the sample under the ice layer due to the irradiation,
wherein the sample constituent is protonated,
wherein protonation of the sample constituent is promoted by the ice layer, and
wherein an amount of water forming the ice layer is from 0.1 ng/mm2 to 20 ng/mm2.

US Pat. No. 9,262,813

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

wherein the positional displacement is caused by a lens aberration.

US Pat. No. 9,261,811

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,261,855

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, to which apparatus a cartridge is detachably mountable,
said image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
an opening provided in said main assembly;
a main assembly door movable between a closing position for closing said opening and an open position for opening said opening;
a tray for carrying the cartridge, said tray is capable of taking (i) an image forming position in which the cartridge is
in a position capable of an image forming operation in said main assembly, when said main assembly door is in the closing
position, (ii) a mounting and demounting position for permitting mounting and demounting of the cartridge outside said main
assembly, when said main assembly door is in the open position, and (iii) a movable position which is between the mounting
and demounting position and the image forming position and in which said tray is movable to the image forming position in
interrelation with movement of said main assembly door from the open position to the closing position;

a supporting member movably supporting said tray and movable in interrelation with said main assembly door;
a drive transmission member capable of taking a connecting position for transmitting a driving force to the cartridge when
said main assembly door is in the closing position, and a first spacing position for spacing from the cartridge when said
main assembly door is in the open position;

an urging member capable of taking a contact position in which said urging member urges the cartridge to said main assembly
when said main assembly door is in the closing position, and a second spacing position for spacing from the cartridge when
said main assembly door is in the open position; and

an electric energy supply member capable of taking an electric energy supplying position for supplying electric energy to
an electric power supply contact portion of the cartridge when said main assembly door is in the closing position, and a third
spacing position for spacing from said electric power supply contact portion the cartridge when said main assembly door is
in the open position,

wherein in interrelation with the movement of said main assembly door from the open position to the closing position, (i)
movement of said tray from the movable position to the image forming position, (ii) movement of said drive transmission member
from the first spacing position to the connecting position, (iii) movement of said urging member from the second spacing position
to the contact position, and (iv) movement of said electric energy supply member from the third spacing position to the electric
energy supplying position, are carried out in the order named.

US Pat. No. 9,261,953

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING VIRTUAL OBJECT AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a viewpoint position measurement unit configured to measure a position of a viewpoint of an operator;
an operation position measurement unit configured to measure a position of an operation unit operated by the operator; and
a determination unit configured to determine a position of a cursor to be displayed, based on the position of the viewpoint
and the position of the operation unit, and determine an orientation of the cursor such that an angle of a predetermined threshold
or more is formed from a direction indicated by the cursor and a direction of a line of sight of the operator.

US Pat. No. 9,264,602

OPTICAL APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS MANUAL FOCUS SHOOTING, AND FOCUSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a focus lens configured to be movable in a direction of an optical axis;
a manual focus ring configured to be rotatable;
a drive unit configured to drive said focus lens in the direction of the optical axis;
a drive control unit configured to control operation of said focus lens via said drive unit in accordance with rotation of
said manual focus ring;

a position detecting unit configured to detect a position of said focus lens in the direction of the optical axis;
a storage unit configured to store the position of said focus lens detected by said position detecting unit when said focus
lens lies at a predetermined position; and

a focusing control unit configured to, according to a relationship between a signal indicative of a current position of said
focus lens, which is detected by said position detecting unit, and a signal indicative of the position of said focus lens,
which is stored in said storage unit, change an amount by which said focus lens is driven relative to rotation of said manual
focus ring, independently of said drive control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,264,606

PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,254,976

DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a rotating member which rotates in a rotation direction from a standby posture by being pushed by a conveyed sheet;
a sensor of which an output is changed as the rotating member rotates from the standby posture;
an elastic member which elastically applies a force to the rotating member in a direction opposite to the rotation direction;
a first abutting portion which abuts onto the rotating member applied by a force by the elastic member to maintain the rotating
member in the standby posture; and

a regulation unit which allows the rotating member to rotate in the rotation direction by being pushed by the conveyed sheet
and regulates the rotating member not to rotate in the rotation direction by a repulsion force when the rotating member rotated
in the opposite direction by an elastic force of the elastic member abuts onto the first abutting portion, wherein

the regulation unit includes a second abutting portion which abuts onto the rotating member rotated in the rotation direction
by a repulsion force when the rotating member rotated in the opposite direction by the elastic force of the elastic member
abuts onto the first abutting portion, and

the rotating member includes a second abutted portion which abuts onto the second abutting portion and the rotating member
takes a regulating posture in which the second abutted portion abuts onto the second abutting portion when the rotating member
rotates in the rotation direction and thus the rotation of the rotating member is regulated, and an allowing posture in which
the second abutted portion does not abut onto the second abutting portion when the rotating member rotates in the rotation
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,251,995

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation generating tube comprising:
a cathode having an electron emitting source;
an anode having a target spaced from said electron emitting source, for generating radiation responsive to an irradiation
with an electron emitted from the electron source; and

a tubular shielding member having an electron passing hole which has an electron incident aperture at one end thereof and
has a target supporting surface supporting said target at the other end thereof,

wherein said target supporting surface is connected through a brazing filler to a periphery of a surface of said target at
a side on which the electron is incident, and

wherein said anode has an annular recess located between said target supporting surface and said electron passing hole in
said tubular shielding member.

US Pat. No. 9,247,881

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MOVEMENT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit pulsed light;
an acoustic wave receiver configured to receive an acoustic wave produced by irradiating a subject being examined with the
pulsed light and to convert the acoustic wave into an electrical signal;

a positional information detection unit configured to detect information on a position of the acoustic wave receiver; and
a movement control unit configured to cause the acoustic wave receiver to move relatively to the subject being examined, a
moving speed of the acoustic wave receiver being set based on the information on the position of the acoustic wave receiver,

wherein the acoustic wave receiver includes a plurality of conversion elements configured to convert an acoustic wave into
an electrical signal, and

wherein the movement control unit is configured to cause the acoustic wave receiver to move so that a position where one of
the conversion elements is positioned when one pulsed light is emitted coincides with a position where another of the conversion
elements is positioned when another pulsed light is emitted.

US Pat. No. 9,253,354

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on image data;
a control unit configured to control operation of the image forming unit;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to the image forming unit and the control unit;
a reception unit configured to receive, from a user, user instruction to shift from a power saving state where power is not
supplied to the image forming unit and the control unit to a standby state where power is supplied to the image forming unit
and the control unit; and

a display unit configured to display a menu screen in accordance with a receipt of the user instruction,
wherein if the reception unit receives the user instruction when the image forming apparatus is in the power saving state,
the power supply unit supplies power to the control unit and the image forming unit, and the image forming unit does not perform
a preparation operation, and

wherein the control unit controls the image forming unit to perform the preparation operation based on the user selecting
a function of forming an image on a sheet, displayed on the menu screen.

US Pat. No. 9,253,356

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a registration unit configured to register, for each of a plurality of categories of setting data, whether a restart operation
of the image processing apparatus is required after setting of setting data;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire setting data to be set to the image processing apparatus;
a setting determination unit configured to determine whether the acquired setting data includes setting data related to a
category registered as a category requiring a restart operation in the registration unit;

a setting unit configured to set the acquired setting data; and
a restart determining unit configured to determine whether the restart operation of the image processing apparatus is required
in a case where the setting determination unit determines that the acquired setting data includes the setting data related
to the category registered as the category requiring the restart operation, and determine whether the restart operation of
the image processing apparatus is not required in case where the setting determination unit determines that the acquired setting
data does not include the setting data related to the category registered as the category requiring the restart operation.

US Pat. No. 9,250,552

POLYMERIZABLE MONOMER, POLYMERIC COMPOUND, CHARGE CONTROL AGENT CONTAINING THE POLYMERIC COMPOUND, AND DEVELOPER BEARING MEMBER AND TONER WHICH CONTAIN THE CHARGE CONTROL AGENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A polymerizable monomer, which is a compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by the following
general formulas (2) to (4):

wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group; R2 to R4 each represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a hydroxyl group or a halogen atom; and R3 and R4 may combine with each other to form a ring.

US Pat. No. 9,251,597

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING A PUPIL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of detecting a pupil in an image of an eye, comprising:
identifying pixels having characteristics consistent with a pupil;
searching line by line for a longest line in the image, the longest line being a line having the largest number of identified
pixels having characteristics consistent with the pupil among lines extending in a predetermined direction in the image; and

using the longest line to determine a size and/or position of the pupil,
wherein the searching is conducted in a first region of the image, which corresponds to a lower part of the pupil, in preference
to a second region of the image, which corresponds to an upper part of the pupil, and

wherein the searching continues as long as the number of identified pixels in the line is increasing.

US Pat. No. 9,250,564

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer on a surface thereof in order to supply the developer to an image
bearing member, the developer bearing member having a first dielectric portion and a second dielectric portion in the surface
thereof;

a regulating member configured to regulate a thickness of a layer of the developer carried by the developer bearing member;
and

a flexible sheet-like charging auxiliary member disposed so as to be in contact with the developer bearing member at a position
downstream of a contact portion between the developer bearing member and the image bearing member and upstream of a contact
portion between the developer bearing member and the regulating member in a rotational direction of the developer bearing
member, the charging auxiliary member charging the developer carried by the developer bearing member,

wherein in a triboelectric series, the charging auxiliary member is positioned between the first dielectric portion and the
second dielectric portion.

US Pat. No. 9,250,565

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to carry a developer for developing a latent image formed on an image bearing member;
a developer regulating member configured to regulate an amount of the developer carried by the developer bearing member; and
a space ensuring member configured to define a space between the image bearing member and the developer bearing member,
wherein the space ensuring member includes
a maintaining unit configured to maintain the space between the image bearing member and the developer bearing member by being
in contact with the image bearing member,

a rotation regulating portion configured to prevent the space ensuring member from moving in a rotational direction of the
developer bearing member, and

a cover portion disposed to be not in contact with a surface of the developer bearing member and configured to cover a part
of the developer bearing member, and

wherein the cover portion is configured to cover at least part of an area in which the developer bearing member faces the
image bearing member in the rotational direction of the developer bearing member, the area being on an outer side of an end
portion of the developer regulating member in a longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,250,578

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming station configured to form a toner image on a sheet with a toner containing parting material;
first and second rotatable members forming a nip therebetween and configured to fix a toner image formed on the sheet, said
second rotatable member being disposed below said first rotatable member;

a casing accommodating said first rotatable member and said second rotatable member and having a sheet introduction opening
and a sheet discharge opening;

a suppression portion provided adjacent a surface of said first rotatable member in a space extending from said sheet introduction
opening to said sheet discharge opening in said casing and configured to suppress scattering of particles of predetermined
particle sizes resulting from the toner containing parting material, said suppression portion being disposed so that a gap
G (mm) from said first rotatable member and a peripheral speed V (mm/s) of said first rotatable member satisfy 0.5?G?0.0059×V+0.72;
and

a substantially closed chamber provided above said casing and having an entrance for permitting entering of said particles
guided to the outside of said casing by said suppression portion to stagnate the particles.

US Pat. No. 9,251,400

LEARNING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LEARNING APPARATUS, DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DETECTION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A detection apparatus that detects a target object in an input image, the detection apparatus comprising:
a plurality of first detection units configured to detect a part or whole of a target object from a plurality of learning
images in each of which an actual state of the target object is known;

a first estimation unit configured to estimate a state of the target object detected by the plurality of detection units;
a classification unit configured to classify the learning images into a plurality of state classes based on the estimated
state of the target object;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an error rate of the estimated state of the target object for each of the state
classes with respect to each of the plurality of detection units based on the actual state of the target object;

a weight determination unit configured to determine a weight with respect to each of the plurality of detection units for
each of the state classes based on the calculated error rate;

a storage unit configured to store respective weights for the plurality of detection units in association with the state classes
of the target object;

a plurality of second detection units configured to detect a part or whole of the target object from the input image;
a second estimation unit configured to estimate a state of the target object detected by the plurality of second detection
units;

a weight reference unit configured to refer to the respective weights for the plurality of detection units in the storage
unit, based on the estimated state of the target object in the input image; and

a result output unit configured to output a final detection result of the target object based on a plurality of detection
results output by the plurality of second detection units with respect to the input image and the respective weights referred
to by the weight reference unit.

US Pat. No. 9,244,371

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising
magnetic toner particles containing a binder resin, a release agent, and a magnetic body, and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles,
wherein;
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise metal oxide fine particles,
the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and alumina
fine particles, and a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica
fine particles, the titania fine particles and the alumina fine particles,

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
fixed to the magnetic toner particles' surface,

the magnetic toner has;
i) a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than 70.0%, and a coefficient of variation on the coverage ratio A of
not more than 10.0%, and

ii) a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of at least 0.50 and not more
than 0.85,

wherein
the binder resin comprises a polyester resin,
the release agent comprises an ester compound, and
an endothermic peak is present from at least 60° C. to not more than 90° C. when the magnetic toner is measured with a differential
scanning calorimeter (DSC).

US Pat. No. 9,242,827

SHEET STACKING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking device comprising:
a discharging unit configured to discharge a sheet;
a stacking portion disposed to be pivotable relative to an apparatus main body between a first close position and a first
pivot position, the stacking portion positioned at the first close position having a stacking surface on which the sheet discharged
from the discharging unit being stacked;

an auxiliary portion disposed to be pivotable relative to the stacking portion positioned at the first close position between
a second close position and a second pivot position, the auxiliary portion positioned at the second pivot position extends
the stacking surface of the stacking portion,

wherein a first pivoting direction of the stacking portion from the first close position to the first pivot position is opposite
to a second pivoting direction of the auxiliary portion from the second close portion to the second pivot position, and

wherein the stacking portion and the auxiliary portion are pivotable integrally in a case the stacking portion is caused to
pivot in the first direction from the first close position; and

a pivot restricting unit configured to restrict pivoting of the auxiliary portion relative to the stacking portion in the
first pivoting direction in a case the stacking portion is caused to pivot in the first pivoting direction from the first
close position,

wherein the stacking portion includes an opening portion from which the sheet being discharged by the discharging unit to
the stacking surface.

US Pat. No. 9,245,213

APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING PROGRAM FOR PRINTING AN IMAGE ACCORDING TO AN APPROPRIATE PRINT SETTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to select display content corresponding to a plurality of print images, which have been stored
in a memory and correspond to print medium sizes different from each other, from first display content and second display
content according to an instruction of a user,

wherein the first display content corresponds to both of a plurality of first print images, which have been stored in the
memory and correspond to first print medium sizes different from each other, and a first recommended print setting including
a print medium size in the first print sizes, and

the second display content corresponds to both of a plurality of second print images, which have been stored in the memory
and correspond to second print medium sizes different from each other, and a second recommended print setting including a
print medium size in the second print medium sizes;

a display control unit configured to control a display device to display, of the first recommended print setting and the second
recommended print setting, a recommended print setting corresponding to the display content selected from the first display
content and the second display content by the selection unit; and

a print control unit configured to acquire a print image, among the plurality of print images corresponding to the print medium
sizes different from each other, corresponding to the selected display content and a print medium size which is designated
by a user in the print medium sizes after the recommended print setting is displayed by the display control unit, and to control
a printing device to print the acquired print image.

US Pat. No. 9,245,218

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,243,812

FLOW PATH STRUCTURE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A flow path structure comprising:
a flow path introducing fluid from an inlet to an outlet; and
when a flow direction of the fluid is a direction that the fluid is guided from the inlet to the outlet, and an intersectional-to-flow
direction is a direction intersecting with the flow direction, a flow velocity control structure provided in a portion between
the inlet and the outlet in the flow path to reduce difference in flow velocity that the fluid flowing into the flow path
has in the intersectional-to-flow direction,

wherein the flow velocity control structure includes, in the intersectional-to-flow direction, plural flow velocity control
members provided alternately with spaces through which the fluid passes, and

wherein the flow velocity control members have a first flow velocity control member and a second flow velocity control member,
which is provided in a region in which the fluid flows at a higher flow rate than a region provided with the first flow velocity
control member,

wherein a width of the second flow velocity control member in the intersectional-to-flow direction at a position of the second
flow velocity control member is larger than a width of the first flow velocity control member in the intersectional-to-flow
direction at a position of the first flow velocity control member.

US Pat. No. 9,247,173

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wherein the transfer element is the first kind transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,244,331

ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE GENERATING DEVICE, ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE DETECTING DEVICE, AND TIME-DOMAIN SPECTROSCOPY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electromagnetic wave generating device that includes a nonlinear optical crystal allowing light from a light source
to propagate therethrough and generates an electromagnetic wave having a wavelength longer than that of the light, comprising:
a first dielectric and a second dielectric; and
an optical waveguide including a plurality of waveguide segments each of which is sandwiched between the dielectrics and includes
the nonlinear optical crystal,

wherein, when ng denotes the refractive index of the nonlinear optical crystal for the light, ?eff denotes the effective relative permittivity, ?1 denotes a relative permittivity of the first dielectric, ?2 denotes a relative permittivity of the second dielectric, ?eff=(?1+?2)/2, ng waveguide segments substantially corresponds to 2?c.

US Pat. No. 9,239,316

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,241,132

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,238,361

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,179

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR FORMING, DETECTING, AND CORRECTING SANDWICHED TONER PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a positional deviation correction pattern including developer images of a plurality
of colors on an image bearing member;

a detection unit configured to emit light to the positional deviation correction pattern formed by the image forming unit
and to detect reflected light from the positional deviation correction pattern; and

a control unit configured to perform positional deviation correction based on the detected result by the detection unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to cause the image forming unit to form the positional deviation correction pattern
such that one black developer image is disposed between two color developer images of a same color, and not whole of the one
black developer image but a part thereof is superimposed, in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the image bearing member,
on either of the two color developer images of a same color in a state where positional deviation occurs between developer
images of a plurality of different colors,

wherein a sweeping in the color developer images occurs at a downstream edge in a conveyance direction of a transfer medium
on which the color developer images are formed,

wherein a timing to detect the edge of the color developer images in the detected result obtained by the detection unit is
affected by a detection error due to the sweeping, and

wherein the control unit obtains a center position of the two color developer images of a same color and a center position
of the one black developer image based on the detected result detected by the detection unit, and cancels the detection error
by obtaining a positional deviation amount based on the center position of the two color developer images of a same color
and a center position of the one black developer image.

US Pat. No. 9,237,251

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT ENABLES IMPORT/EXPORT OF SETTING VALUE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction for importing setting data for the data processing apparatus;
a converting unit configured to convert character code data included in the setting data that is not Unicode data into Unicode
data; and

a storage control unit configured to store the Unicode data converted by said converting unit into a storage unit when the
character code data included in the setting data to be imported according to the instruction received by said receiving unit
is not Unicode data, and to store the character code data included in the setting data into the storage unit without conversion
by said converting unit when the character code data included in the setting data to be imported according to the instruction
is Unicode data.

US Pat. No. 9,233,512

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF BLAZED DIFFRACTION GRATING AND MOLD FOR MAKING A BLAZED DIFRACTION GRATING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diffraction grating having a plurality of gratings, the diffraction grating comprising:
a first surface; and
a second surface shorter than the first surface in a cross section,
wherein the grating is a Blazed type,
wherein a protruded step is formed between two adjacent gratings,
wherein the protruded step has a surface adjacent to the second surface,
wherein the surface adjacent to the second surface of the protruded step is shorter than the second surface in the cross section,
wherein an extension of the surface adjacent to the second surface of the protruded step does not cross the first surface,
wherein the plurality of gratings generate a diffracted light by diffracting an incident light having a predetermined incident
angle to the plurality of gratings from a blazed direction of the diffraction grating, and

wherein the protruded step is shaped so that the incident light having the predetermined incident angle does not reach the
protruded step and does not generate the diffracted light.

US Pat. No. 9,235,111

PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A projection display apparatus configured to project an image onto a target surface, the projection display apparatus comprising:
a polarization beam splitter having a polarization splitting plane configured to transmit first polarized light of incident
light and to reflect second polarized light of the incident light which has a polarization direction perpendicular to that
of the first polarized light;

a first phase compensation plate including two layers and configured to provide a retardance which is larger than a sum of
?/4 to polarized light having a wavelength ? from the polarization beam splitter; and

a light modulator configured to modulate light from the first phase compensation plate according to an image signal,
wherein when a z axis is set to a normal direction of an incident plane of the light modulator, a y axis is set to a direction
perpendicular to the z axis and a normal of the polarization splitting plane, an x axis is set to a direction perpendicular
to the z axis and the y axis, and an axial angle is defined as an angle of 90° or less between each of optical axis of two
layers of the first phase compensation plates and the z axis, each layer has a constant axial angle, and the optical axis
of each layer inclines with respect to the x axis in an xz plane,

wherein the axial angle of the layer closer to the polarization beam splitter among the two layers is larger than the axial
angle of the layer farther from the polarization beam splitter,

wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied,
20°??max??min?80°where ?max is a maximum value of the axial angle and ?min is a minimum value of the axial angle,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied,
40°??ave?70°where ?ave is an average value of axial angles of the two layers.

US Pat. No. 9,229,423

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH TONER CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a development unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on a photosensitive member using toner;
a mounting portion configured to which a container is mountable, the container containing toner;
a drive unit configured to rotate the container mounted to the mounting portion for replenishing the toner in the container
to the development unit;

an output unit configured to detect a predetermined portion of the container in a rotation direction of the container that
is rotated by the drive unit, to output a first signal while the predetermined portion is detected, and to output a second
signal while the predetermined portion is not detected;

a decision unit configured to decide a toner replenishing amount that should be replenished to the development unit, and to
decide a count of changes of the output of the output unit from the second signal to the first signal while the drive unit
rotates the mounted container based on the decided replenishing amount;

a controller configured to control the drive unit based on the count decided by the decision unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the container mounted to the mounting portion should be exchanged with
a new container; and

a detection unit configured to detect that the container mounted to the mounting portion is dismounted in a case where the
output of the output unit changes from the first signal to the second signal in a period during which the mounted container
is not rotating,

wherein the controller is configured to control the drive unit to stop the rotation of the container in a case where the count
of changes of the output of the output unit from the second signal to the first signal reaches the count decided by the decision
unit,

wherein the controller controls, in a case where the determination unit determines that the mounted container should be exchanged
with a new container, the drive unit so that the output unit outputs the first signal when the output unit outputs the second
signal at the time of stopping the rotation of the container by the drive unit, and

wherein the controller does not control, in a case where the determination unit does not determine that the mounted container
should be exchanged with a new container, the drive unit so that the output unit outputs the first signal even when the output
unit outputs the second signal at the time of stopping the rotation of the container by the drive unit.

US Pat. No. 9,230,200

METHOD OF PROCESSING GRAPHICS WITH LIMITED MEMORY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,230,203

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,229,205

PROJECTION OPTICAL SYSTEM, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A projection optical system comprising:
a unity magnification, first reflecting optical system that forms an intermediate image of an object positioned on an object
plane; and

a unity magnification, second reflecting optical system that projects the intermediate image onto an image plane,
wherein the unity magnification, first reflecting optical system comprises:
a first mirror that reflects light emitted from the object plane and is incident thereon upon traveling in a first direction
perpendicular to the object plane;

a first optical system that reflects the light from the first mirror; and
a second mirror that reflects the light from the first optical system, in the first direction toward a forming position of
the intermediate image, and

wherein the unity magnification, second reflecting optical system comprises:
a third mirror that reflects light emitted from the forming position of the intermediate image and is incident thereon upon
traveling in the first direction;

a second optical system that reflects the light from the third mirror; and
a fourth mirror that reflects the light from the second optical system, in the first direction toward the image plane,
wherein the first optical system comprises a first concave mirror, a first convex mirror, and a second concave mirror in order
from a side of the first mirror in an optical path between the first mirror and the second mirror,

wherein the second optical system comprises a third concave mirror, a second convex mirror, and a fourth concave mirror in
order from a side of the third mirror in an optical path between the third mirror and the fourth mirror, and

wherein the first mirror, the second mirror, the third mirror, the fourth mirror, the first optical system, and the second
optical system are positioned to satisfy at least one of a condition in which a distance in the first direction between a
position of reflection of the light on the second mirror and the forming position of the intermediate image is smaller than
a distance in the first direction between a position of reflection of the light on the first mirror and the object plane and
a distance in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction between the position of reflection of the light on the
second mirror and the second concave mirror is larger than a distance in the second direction between the position of reflection
of the light on the first mirror and the first concave mirror, or a condition in which a distance in the first direction between
a position of reflection of the light on the third mirror and the forming position of the intermediate image is smaller than
a distance in the first direction between a position of reflection of the light on the fourth mirror and the image plane and
a distance in the second direction between the position of reflection of the light on the third mirror and the third concave
mirror is larger than a distance in the second direction between the position of reflection of the light on the fourth mirror
and the fourth concave mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,227,404

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,232,148

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND ZOOMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,225,907

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,225,923

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,429

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,217,849

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in order from an object side to an image side where N represents an integer equal to 5 or 7:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
an (N?2)-th lens unit having a positive refractive power;
an (N?1)-th lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
an N-th lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein distances between adjacent ones of the first, second, (N?2)-th, (N?1)-th and N-th lens units in a direction of an
optical axis are changed during zooming,

wherein the (N?1)-th lens unit includes an image stabilizing unit movable for image blur correction in a direction including
a directional component orthogonal to the optical axis, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
0.01
2.0
where BldN represents a thickness of the N-th lens unit on the optical axis, TDw represents a distance on the optical axis
between a most object side lens surface and a most-image side lens surface at a wide-angle end, fw represents a focal length
of the entire zoom lens at the wide-angle end, and fN represents a focal length of the N-th lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,215,365

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to capture an object image;
an evaluation value calculation unit configured to calculate a focus evaluation value indicating a contrast of an object image
included in a focus detection area, using an image signal output from the image sensor;

a first focus detection unit configured to move a focus lens by a unit driving amount smaller than a predetermined threshold
to detect a focus state based on a change in the focus evaluation value;

a second focus detection unit configured to move the focus lens by a unit driving amount equal to or larger than the predetermined
threshold to detect the focus state based on a change in the focus evaluation value; and

an object detection unit configured to detect the object using the image signal,
wherein, if the focus evaluation value is smaller than a predetermined evaluation value and the object has been detected,
the focus state is detected using the first focus detection unit without using the second focus detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,207,125

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a sheet;
a measurement unit configured to emit light to the measurement image, and measure light reflected from the measurement image;
a selection unit configured to select one of a first mode for feeding a sheet, forming a measurement image on the sheet with
the image forming unit, and measuring the measurement image on the sheet with the measurement unit, and a second mode for
feeding a chart on which a measurement image has already been formed, and measuring the measurement image on the chart with
the measurement unit without performing image formation with the image forming unit; and

a control unit configured to control the measurement unit to perform measurement of the measurement image according to the
mode selected by the selection unit,

wherein a conveyance path of the sheet in the first mode is different from a conveyance path of the chart in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,209,220

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
bonding a first member and a second member, the first member having a first semiconductor substrate including a photoelectric
conversion element and having a first wiring structure arranged on the first semiconductor substrate and the second member
having a second semiconductor substrate including a transistor and having a second wiring structure arranged on the second
semiconductor substrate,

wherein the first member and the second member are bonded so that a pad for connection with an external terminal, the first
wiring structure and the second wiring structure are positioned between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor
substrate;

thinning the first semiconductor substrate after the bonding of the first member and the second member, so that a thickness
of the first semiconductor substrate is smaller than a thickness of the second semiconductor substrate;

forming a micro lens layer on the first semiconductor substrate after the thinning of the first semiconductor substrate; and,
exposing the pad on a side of the first semiconductor substrate after the forming of the micro lens layer,
wherein the pad is connected to a circuit provided in the second member before the thinning of the first semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,210,329

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING FRAMING ASSIST CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,205,666

LIQUID CONTAINER AND RECORDING DEVICE ON WHICH LIQUID CONTAINER IS MOUNTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording device comprising:
a liquid ejection head; and
a liquid container configured to be mounted on the recording device and having a liquid chamber configured to store liquid,
wherein, in a state in which the liquid container is mounted on the recording device, the liquid ejection head communicates
with the liquid chamber through a first liquid channel and a second liquid channel,

wherein, an opening of the first liquid channel at a side far from the liquid ejection head and an opening of the second liquid
channel at a side far from the liquid ejection head are made at the liquid chamber,

wherein, the opening of the first liquid channel at the side far from the liquid ejection head is located at an upper side
in a gravitational direction as compared with the opening of the second liquid channel at the side far from the liquid ejection
head, and

wherein, an air-liquid interface in the first liquid channel is held by a meniscus force so that the air-liquid interface
in the first liquid channel is located at the upper side in the gravitational direction as compared with an air-liquid interface
in the second liquid channel.

US Pat. No. 9,202,126

OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detection apparatus comprising:
a video input unit configured to input a frame of a video;
an object region detection unit configured to detect at least one object region by comparing a feature amount of the input
frame and a feature amount of at least one background in the frame represented by background information in a background model;

a selection unit configured to select a background object region including a background object which is originally included
in the background, from the detected at least one object region by using at least one first condition to be satisfied by the
background object;

a discrimination unit configured to discriminate between a portion corresponding to the background object and a portion other
than the background object in the background object region by using at least one second condition to be satisfied by a region
which does not include the background object;

a generation unit configured to generate background object feature information representing a feature amount of the background
object based on feature amounts of the background object region and a result of discrimination by said discrimination unit;
and

an addition unit configured to add the background object feature information to the background model, thereby forcing said
object region detection unit not to detect the background object as the object region from a succeeding frame.

US Pat. No. 9,204,069

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for driving an imaging apparatus having a plurality of pixels including a first pixel and a second pixel each
of which outputs a photoelectric conversion signal based on incident light and an analog-digital converter having an input
part which receives input of a potential based on the photoelectric conversion signals, the method comprising:
generating, by the analog-digital converter, a first digital signal by performing an AD conversion based on a reset potential
at the input part;

generating, by the analog-digital converter, a second digital signal by performing an AD conversion based on the potential
at the input part to which the potential based on the photoelectric conversion signal of the first pixel is given;

generating, by the analog-digital converter, a third digital signal by performing an AD conversion based on the potential
at the input part to which the potential based on the photoelectric conversion signal of the second pixel is given;

acquiring a first difference between the first digital signal and the second digital signal; and
acquiring a second difference between the first digital signal used for acquiring the first difference, and the third digital
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,197,156

OSCILLATION ELEMENT, OSCILLATOR, AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An oscillation element configured to oscillate electromagnetic waves, comprising:
an antenna configured to guide electromagnetic waves; and
a plurality of negative resistance elements electrically serially connected to the antenna, and also connected to each other
electrically in parallel;

wherein the plurality of negative resistance elements are configured to oscillate a plurality of electromagnetic waves, and
are disposed in positions relative to one another such that the absolute values of phase differences of the electromagnetic
waves which the corresponding negative resistance elements oscillate, are 0 or greater and ?/8 or less, or are 7?/8 or greater
and 9?/8 or less, and

wherein the positions are positions where oscillation frequencies of the electromagnetic waves which the corresponding negative
resistance elements oscillate are equal.

US Pat. No. 9,193,549

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a rotator pair which includes a nip portion to nip and convey a sheet conveyed by a sheet conveying portion;
a first moving portion which includes a first contact surface abutting on the sheet on an upstream of the nip portion of the
rotator pair in a sheet conveying direction, the first contact surface moving while being pressed by the sheet;

a second moving portion which includes a second contact surface abutting on the sheet on the upstream of the nip portion of
the rotator pair in the sheet conveying direction, the second contact surface moving while being pressed by the sheet; and

a guide portion which guides a leading edge of the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying portion selectively to the first
contact surface of the first moving portion and the second contact surface of the second moving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,195,915

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CHANGING LAYOUT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a multipage printing condition in which a plurality of logical pages are printed on a physical
page corresponding to a sheet on which printing is performed;

a display unit configured to display a layout screen indicating a layout in which the plurality of logical pages are laid
out on the physical page based on the multipage printing condition set by the setting unit;

an acceptance unit configured to accept a drag operation for a specific logical page among the plurality of logical pages,
on the layout screen;

a selecting unit configured to, in a case where the specific logical page is moved by the drag operation, select a layout-changing
process among a plurality of layout-changing processes, based on a destination area to which the specific logical page is
moved; and

a processing unit configured to perform a layout-changing process selected by the selecting unit,
wherein the plurality of layout-changing processes include a first layout-changing process for inserting the specific logical
page into a physical page corresponding to a destination area to which the specific logical page is moved, and a second layout-changing
process for generating a new physical page in a destination area to which the specific logical page is moved and laying out
the specific logical page on the new physical page.

US Pat. No. 9,195,414

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FUNCTIONING AS A PRINT SERVER CHANGING PRINT SETTINGS OF SAVED JOB ON DEMAND FROM AN EXTERNAL TERMINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus providing functions as a printer server for receiving and storing a print job composed of
PDL (Page Description Language) data and print settings from a client apparatus until a printing request is received from
an external terminal, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit print settings of a specified print job among stored print jobs in response to
an access from the external terminal;

a receiving unit configured to receive from the external terminal a changing demand to change a print setting of the specified
print job among the print settings transmitted by the transmitting unit; and

a changing unit configured to change the print setting in response to the changing demand so that the changed print setting
is reflected in a printing operation performed in accordance with the PDL data in the specified print job,

wherein, in forming an image by using the PDL data, an image to be formed by applying the print setting prior to the change
in response to the changing demand is different from an image to be formed by applying the print setting prior to the change
in response to the changing demand, and

wherein, in a case where an image generated by using the PDL data is previewed on the external terminal, the changing demand
received by the receiving unit is reflected in the previewed image.

US Pat. No. 9,195,182

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,192

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING BELT UNIT CONFIGURED TO HEAT ROTATABLE HEATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured to heat a toner image on a recording material;
a belt unit including an endless belt configured to heat said rotatable heating member in contact with said rotatable heating
member and including first and second supporting members configured to rotatably support an inner surface of the belt and
configured to urge the belt toward said rotatable heating member;

a detector configured to detect that the belt is deviated from a predetermined zone with respect to a widthwise direction
of the belt;

a rotating mechanism configured to rotate, depending on an output of said detector, the belt unit in a direction for returning
the belt into the predetermined zone; and

a displacing mechanism configured to permit displacement, with rotation of said belt unit by said rotating mechanism, of the
first supporting member in a direction of equalizing forces urging the belt toward said rotatable heating member by the first
supporting member at widthwise ends of the belt, and configured to permit displacement, with rotation of said belt unit by
said rotating mechanism, of the second supporting member in a direction of equalizing forces urging the belt toward said rotatable
heating member by the second supporting member at the widthwise ends of the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,191,630

DYNAMIC LAYOUTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of displaying live video data on a viewer, the live video data being captured by a plurality of cameras, the method
comprising:
selecting one of a plurality of queries, wherein the plurality of queries includes a query for motion detection;
receiving metadata for the plurality of cameras, the metadata for each such camera including an event notification signifying
detection or non-detection of motion, wherein the event notification is generated by analyzing the live video data captured
by each such camera;

if the selected query is a query for motion detection, matching the query for motion detection with the event notification
signifying detection of motion in the metadata for one of said plurality of cameras;

displaying live video data captured by said one camera in a window of a layout displayed on the viewer, responsive to a match
of the query for motion detection with the event notification signifying detection of motion in the metadata for said one
camera;

receiving new metadata for said one camera;
updating the received metadata with the new metadata if the received metadata for said one camera has been changed to the
new metadata during the display of the live video data;

re-evaluating whether there is still a match of the query for motion detection with the event notification signifying detection
of motion in the updated metadata for said one camera; and

responsive to a failed match of the query for motion detection with the event notification signifying detection of motion
in the updated metadata for said one camera, preventing a display of the window for the displayed live video data of said
one camera, from the layout displayed on the viewer.

US Pat. No. 9,187,284

SHEET DISCHARGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet discharge device comprising:
a sheet discharge portion configured to discharge a sheet;
a plurality of destaticizing members arrayed in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet discharge direction and destaticizing
the sheet discharged by the sheet discharge portion; and

a guide member turning by being pushed by the sheet discharged by the sheet discharge portion and guiding the sheet to a stacking
portion on which the discharged sheet is to be stacked, the guide member including:

a guide portion guiding the discharged sheet to the stacking portion, and
a plurality of concave portions provided at a position facing the destaticizing members and accepting the destaticizing members
deformed by being pushed by the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,188,931

VIBRATION TYPE DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,189,709

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An information processing method, comprising:
a first acquisition step of acquiring a probability at which a target object takes a target object state for each of target
object states that the target object is allowed to take, and of acquiring a distribution of the acquired probabilities;

a second acquisition step of acquiring a success rate, for each relative target object state being determined in advance for
a position and an orientation of an image capturing device, at which the target object is successfully identified from a captured
image obtained by capturing, by the image capturing device, the target object having the relative target object state, and
of acquiring a distribution of the acquired success rates; and

a determination step of determining a position and orientation that the image capturing device is to take based on the distribution
of the success rates acquired in the second acquisition step for each of a plurality of positions and orientations that the
image capturing apparatus is allowed to take, and the distribution of the probabilities acquired in the first acquisition
step.

US Pat. No. 9,189,497

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM FOR CLASSIFYING A PLURALITY OF DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a plurality of images on a screen one by one every predetermined time;
a manual classification unit configured to classify the image which is displayed on the screen as a first category or a second
category in response to a user's operation while the image is displayed on the screen;

an automatic classification unit configured to classify the image as a third category if the image is not classified as the
first category or second category by said manual classification unit, after the image is not displayed on the screen; and

a selection unit configured to select a predetermined number of images among the plurality of images classified by said manual
classification unit or said automatic classification unit based on the classified category,

wherein said selection unit selects the image classified as the third category when the number of images classified as the
first category is less than the predetermined number, and

wherein said selection unit selects the image classified as the second category when the number of images classified as the
first category or as the third category is less than the predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,180,700

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus to discharge sheets printed by a printing unit to a plurality of discharging destinations, the
print control apparatus comprising:
a specifying unit configured to specify a plural number of discharging destinations, from the plurality of discharging destinations,
required to discharge output sheets of a print job on which a printing operation of the print job is to be executed by the
printing unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a number of adjoining discharging destinations that have no sheets in
the plurality of discharging destinations is equal to or more than the required plural number of discharging destinations
specified by the specifying unit; and

a selecting unit configured to select a discharging destination to be used to receive output sheets from the executed print
job,

wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines that the number of adjoining discharging destinations that have
no sheets in the plurality of discharging destinations is less than the required plural number of discharging destinations
specified by the specifying unit, the selecting unit selects the required plural number of discharging destinations such that
the discharging destinations to be used to receive the output sheets are located as close to each other as possible.

US Pat. No. 9,168,757

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating image data for image recording using, as recording materials, a colored material
and a high transmissivity material higher in transmittance than the colored material, comprising:
a color separation unit configured to perform color separation processing on input image data so as to generate material amount
data representing a recording amount of each recording material; and

a generation unit configured to perform halftone processing of generating binary data for each recording scan in an image
recording apparatus based on the material amount data,

wherein a discharge of the colored material in a first recording scan of recording the colored material and a discharge of
the high transmissivity material in a second recording scan of recording the high transmissivity material are represented
by the binary data for each recording scan,

wherein the high transmissivity material is recorded at a predetermined thickness on a recording layer of the colored material
after the first recording scan,

wherein the generation unit comprises:
a setting unit configured to, in each recording material, setting recording data for each recording scan based on the material
amount data and

a halftone processing unit configured to perform the halftone processing on the recording data for each recording scan to
generate the binary data for each recording scan, wherein halftone processing of recording data of the colored material is
performed using a dot dispersion threshold matrix, and halftone processing of recording data of the high transmissivity material
is performed using a threshold matrix based on the color of the input image data,

wherein the halftone processing unit comprises:
an estimation unit configured to calculate an estimation value representing a region of a color gamut of the image recording
apparatus to which the color of the input image data belongs; and

a matrix generation unit configured to generate a threshold matrix by linearly coupling a dot dispersion threshold matrix
and a dot concentration threshold matrix based on the estimation value, and

wherein at least one of the color separation unit, or the generation unit is implemented using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,171,367

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system including at least one processor comprising:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a degree of similarity among a plurality of tomographic images acquired based on
a measuring beam controlled so that a same position is scanned with the measuring beam a plurality of times;

a generation unit configured to generate a composite image by combining a plurality of tomographic images having a calculated
degree of similarity being larger than a predetermined value; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the plurality of tomographic images,
wherein the acquisition unit is a Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,171,210

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBJECT CLASSIFIER GENERATION, AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING OBJECT IN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for generating an object classifier for at least one image region, wherein each image region in the at least one
image region includes at least one two-cell structures, and each two-cell structure is composed of a center cell and a neighbor
cell which is one of eight cells around and adjacent to the center cell, the method comprising:
feature space calculating step for calculating a feature space by applying a descriptor generation method for generating a
two-cell structure feature descriptor for each of the at least one two-cell structure included in each of the at least one
image region; and

generating step for generating the object classifier based on the determined feature space,
wherein the descriptor generation method comprises:
calculating step for calculating statistics of gradients in the center cell and the neighbor cell respectively; and
comparing step for comparing the calculated statistics of gradients in the center cell and the neighbor cell, so as to obtain
a two-cell structure feature descriptor for describing the feature of the two-cell structure,

wherein the two-cell structure feature descriptor is one bit binary value, and
the generating step further comprises:
determining step for determining each of at least one specific-cell structure feature for the at least one image region based
on the calculated feature space using a heuristic algorithm, wherein the specific-cell structure feature is a N-bit binary
value, N corresponding to the number of two-cell structure feature descriptors constituting the specific-cell structure feature
and the value of each bit in the N-bit binary value corresponding to one of N two-cell structure feature descriptors o included
in the specific cell structure;

wherein the object classifier is generated from at least one specific-cell structure feature; and
wherein N is larger than or equal to 1.

US Pat. No. 9,164,361

IMAGING DEVICE HOLDING UNIT AND LENS BARREL EACH HAVING HOLDER MEMBER FOR IMAGING DEVICE PACKAGE, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING HOLDING UNIT OR LENS BARREL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device holding unit comprising:
an imaging device housed in a package;
an imaging board with a circuit that performs an image processing on an output signal of the imaging device;
a holder member configured to support the package housing the image device; and
a flexible circuit board connected to the imaging board,
wherein the holder member has:
a planar portion disposed parallel to the imaging device; and
a raised portion integral with the planar portion,
wherein the raised portion is disposed on a longitudinal side of the holder member,
wherein the imaging device is supported on the holder member, with the raised portion disposed overlapping the package, as
seen from a direction of the optical axis,

wherein the flexible circuit board is disposed so that part of the flexible circuit board extends in a direction crossing
the longitudinal side where the raised portion is disposed and bent outside of the raised portion, and

wherein an adhesive is disposed inside of the raised portion, between the imaging board and the raised portion.

US Pat. No. 9,164,714

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,165,552

ULTRASONIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DELAY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ultrasonic imaging apparatus comprising:
an ultrasonic receiver having a plurality of receiving elements for receiving ultrasonic waves reflected or generated in an
area of a subject through a medium having a sound velocity different from a sound velocity of the area;

a receive beam former which forms a receive beam signal by performing delay control on received signals of receive channels
corresponding to at least a part of said receiving elements of said ultrasonic receiver, according to a propagation time from
a focal point position of the receive beam to said receiving element; and

an image processor which generates an image using the receive beam signal, wherein said receive beam former sequentially calculates,
for one of the receiving channels, propagation time values for a plurality of focal points by repeating processing for adding
a change of propagation time value corresponding to a change amount of depth of focal point to an already calculated propagation
time value to determine a propagation time value for a next focal point,

wherein the repeat processing can be independently executed for each of said receive channels, and said receive beam former
calculates the propagation time values in parallel for at least a part of said receive channels, and

said receive beam former calculates the change of propagation time value using a recurrence relation and based on the change
amount of depth of focal point, a recurrence parameter ?i=cos ?? corresponding to the area and a recurrence parameter ?i=cos ? corresponding to the medium, where ?? and ? are refractive angles of ultrasonic wave from the focal point to a receive
channel in the area and medium respectively, and the recurrence parameter ?i and the recurrence parameter ?i being determined by the recurrence relation using the change amount of the depth of focal point, the sound velocity in the
area and the sound velocity in the medium.

US Pat. No. 9,162,462

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CLEANING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead having an orifice surface on which a first group of orifices are arranged in a first area and a second group of
orifices are arranged in a second area;

a carriage, on which said printhead is mounted, configured to move in a first direction, so as to serially print on a printing
medium from said printhead, wherein the first area is positioned upstream of the second area with respect to the first direction;

a sheet-like wiper for wiping the orifice surface of said printhead;
a changing unit configured to move an area, of said sheet-like wiper, which faces the orifice surface, in the first direction
so that a contact area, of said sheet-like wiper, which contacts to the orifice surface, is changed; and

a control unit configured to control said carriage and said changing unit such that said sheet-like wiper wipes the first
area by moving said carriage in the first direction, said changing unit changes the contact area of said sheet-like wiper
by moving said sheet-like wiper in the first direction after wiping the first area, and then said sheet-like wiper wipes the
second area by moving said carriage in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,167,168

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium for storing a program configured to enable a computer to execute:
an estimation step of estimating a brightness value in a brightness saturation part based upon a first image having the brightness
saturation part obtained through capturing an object via an optical system, and a second image obtained through capturing
the object via the optical system with a different exposure amount; and

a blurring step of blurring the brightness saturation part in the first image based upon the brightness value estimated by
the estimation step.

US Pat. No. 9,160,235

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a transformer including a primary winding, a secondary winding, and a first feedback winding positioned on a side of the primary
winding of the transformer, a second feedback winding positioned on a side of the primary winding of the transformer, the
second feedback winding whose number of turns is larger than a number of turns of the first feedback winding;

a switch element configured to oscillate for generating a voltage in the primary winding, the switch element having a control
terminal connected to the first feedback winding and the second feedback winding, wherein a first voltage generated in the
first feedback winding or a second voltage generated in the second feedback winding is supplied to the control terminal, wherein
the switch element is capable of oscillating at a first frequency for outputting a predetermined voltage from the secondary
winding and at a second frequency lower than the first frequency for outputting a lower voltage lower than the predetermined
voltage from the secondary winding; and

a switching circuit for switching a voltage supplied to the control terminal so that the first voltage is supplied to the
control terminal of the switch element in a case where the voltage output from the secondary winding of the transformer is
the predetermined voltage, and the second voltage is supplied to the control terminal of the switch element in a case where
the voltage output from the secondary winding of the transformer is the lower voltage lower than the predetermined voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,158,039

OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element having an anti-reflection film formed on a substrate, wherein the anti-reflection film comprises:
a first layer formed on the substrate;
a second layer formed on the first layer and consisting of a material different from that of the first layer; and
a third layer formed on the second layer and consisting of a concave-convex structure,
wherein, when a wavelength defining a refractive index is 550 nm, the substrate has a refractive index in the range of from
1.65 to 2.20, the first layer has a thickness in the range of from 30 to 70 nm and a refractive index in the range of from
1.52 to 1.82, the second layer has a thickness in the range of from 10 to 50 nm and a refractive index in the range of from
1.40 to 1.58, and the third layer has a thickness in the range of from 200 to 300 nm and the refractive index of the third
layer changes from a value in the range of from 1.40 to 1.58 toward 1.0, and

wherein the third layer comprises, in order from the second layer:
a first region that has a thickness in the range of from 15 to 45 nm and a refractive index changing at a rate in the range
of from 4.4 to 12×10?3 nm?1;

a second region that has a thickness in the range of from 25 to 75 nm and a refractive index changing at a rate in the range
of from 1.9 to 4.3×10?3 nm?1; and

a third region that has a thickness in the range of from 120 to 200 nm and a refractive index changing at a rate in the range
of from 0.9 to 1.8×10?3 nm?1.

US Pat. No. 9,154,685

DRIVING TECHNOLOGY OF AN IMAGE SENSOR IN AN IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having a pixel unit which photo-electrically converts an object image;
a pixel signal readout unit configured to read out a signal for image forming and a signal for focus detection from the pixel
unit;

a general control and calculating unit configured to control the readout unit to change a ratio of a number of frames in the
first readout mode and a number of frames in the second readout mode, wherein a first readout mode is a mode comprising reading
out both the signal for focus detection and the signal for image forming from the pixel unit and a second readout mode is
a mode comprising reading out only the signal for image forming from the pixel unit-without reading out the signal for focus
detection,

a phase difference calculation unit configured to determine based on the signal for focus detection whether the object image
is in an in-focus state; and

a temperature detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the image capture apparatus,
wherein said general control and calculating unit is configured to control to read out the signal from the pixel unit in the
second readout mode from a frame next to the frame in which the in-focus state has been determined by said determination unit,
and to change the number of frames to read out the signal from the pixel unit in the second readout mode based on the temperature
detected by said temperature detection unit, the general control and calculating unit further configured to increase the number
of frames when the temperature detected by said temperature detection unit rises.

US Pat. No. 9,154,504

DEVICE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RELATING STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A image forming apparatus that communicates via a network with a server system that provides a print service to an external
apparatus and an approval server system and installs a print application that uses the print service, the image forming apparatus
comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first authority information to be issued by the approval server system in response
to an approval operation that permits delegating user authority required to use the print service to the image forming apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive identification information required to identify a user who uses the print service from
the print application that starts batch processing at a predetermined time having been set beforehand;

an identifying unit configured to identify the first authority information based on the received identification information;
and

a second acquisition unit configured to transmit a request to delegate authority, if the request is delegated from the user,
to the print application, together with the identified first authority information, to the approval server system and acquire
second authority information, which has been issued based on the first authority information, from the approval server system

wherein the second acquisition unit is configured to acquire an application ID of the print application, transmit the request
to delegate the authority delegated from the user to the print application, together with the first authority information
and the application ID, to the approval server system, and acquire the second authority information managed in association
with the application ID from the approval server system, and

wherein the print application is configured to acquire the second authority information from the second acquisition unit and
receive the print service based on the acquired second authority information.

US Pat. No. 9,152,217

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO SHIFT BETWEEN PLURALITY OF POWER MODES AND REDUCE THE TIME TAKEN TO RETURN TO A STANDBY STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that has a plurality of power modes, comprising:
an information processing unit configured to perform information processing;
a storage unit configured to store information used by the information processing unit; and
a power supply control unit configured to shift the information processing apparatus to one of a standby mode, a first power
saving mode, and a second power saving mode where power consumption of the information processing apparatus is lower than
in the standby mode and higher than in the first power saving mode, wherein the power supply control unit is configured to
supply power to the information processing unit and the storage unit, when the information processing apparatus is in the
standby mode, supply power to the storage unit without supplying power to the information processing unit, when the information
processing apparatus is in the first power saving mode, and supply power to the storage unit without supplying power to the
information processing unit, when the information processing apparatus is in the second power saving mode,

wherein the power supply control unit is configured to shift, in a case where a power switch is turned off in the state of
the second power saving mode, the information processing apparatus to the first power saving mode after temporarily shifting
to the standby mode, and

wherein the information processing unit is configured to:
transfer first status information preliminarily stored in a memory where power is supplied in the standby mode but not in
the first and second power saving modes to the storage unit in the state of the temporarily shifted standby mode, and

cause the information processing apparatus to start up by using the first status information stored in the storage unit, in
a case where the power switch is turned on in the state of the first power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,146,699

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING TOTAL POWER CONSUMPTION OF PLURAL APPARATUSES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system for controlling total power consumption of a plurality of apparatuses, the system comprising a server and the
plurality of apparatuses each incorporating a device, in which the plurality of apparatuses control power supply ON and OFF
states of the devices in accordance with an instruction from the server, the server comprising:
a collecting unit that collects pieces of operation state information indicating operation states of the plurality of apparatuses
and pieces of information indicating durations of the operation states from the plurality of apparatuses;

a grouping unit that groups, with reference to the pieces of operation state information collected by said collecting unit,
the plurality of apparatuses into groups which respectively correspond to different operation states and respectively have
different group priorities to be used when the server gives a device power supply allowance; and

a notification unit that sends an allowance notification indicating the device power supply allowance to one or more apparatuses
which belong to one or more of the groups in descending order of the group priorities within a range in which a parameter
associated with power consumption values of the one or more apparatuses does not exceed an upper limit value which is predetermined
in correspondence with a total power consumption amount of the plurality of apparatuses, wherein said notification unit sends
the allowance notification to the one or more apparatuses in descending order of the group priorities within a range in which
a number of the one or more apparatuses does not exceed the predetermined upper limit value, and when said notification unit
gives the device power supply allowance to the one or more apparatuses in descending order of the group priorities, said notification
unit gives the device power supply allowance in turn from the apparatuses which have longer durations included in the pieces
of operation state information collected by said collecting unit and which belong to a group in which the parameter associated
with the power consumption values exceeds the upper limit value first, and

each of the plurality of apparatuses comprising:
a control unit that sets the device in a power supply ON state when the allowance notification is received from the server,
and sets the device in a power supply OFF state when the allowance notification is not received from the server.

US Pat. No. 9,148,552

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store information on a specific image pickup condition under which a specific blur component is generated
in an input image produced by image capturing using an optical system, the specific blur component being caused by the optical
system;

an image pickup condition acquirer configured to acquire information on an actual image pickup condition when capturing the
input image; and

a processor configured to perform, when the actual image pickup condition coincides with the specific image pickup condition,
a blur detection process to detect the specific blur component included in the input image.

US Pat. No. 9,145,022

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
an intermediate image-recording step of recording an intermediate image by applying ink to an intermediate transfer body;
and

a transfer step of transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium by heating the intermediate image to a transfer
temperature,

wherein the ink contains polymer particles having a softening point not higher than the transfer temperature and at least
one of a compound represented by the following formula (1) and a compound represented by the following formula (2):

where R is an alkyl group containing one to 22 carbon atoms, n is 3.0 to 27.0, m is 2.0 to 15.0, the sum of p and r is 3.0
to 27.0, and q is 16.0 to 31.0,
wherein the sum of the content of the compound represented by Formula (1) in the ink and the content of the compound represented
by Formula (2) in the ink is preferably 0.15 to 10.00 times the content of the polymer particles in the ink on a mass basis.