US Pat. No. 9,556,359

METHOD OF PRODUCING MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a member for electrophotography comprising an electro-conductive support, an elastic layer, and a
surface layer, the method comprising:
a first step of forming, on a surface of the elastic layer, a coat of a surface-layer coating liquid containing a hydrolyzed
condensate of a hydrolyzable silane compound represented by the following general formula (1) and a chelate titanium compound
represented by the following general formula (2); and

a second step of crosslinking the hydrolyzed condensate in the coat through cleavage of an epoxy group in the hydrolyzed condensate
to form the surface layer:


in the general formula (1), R1 represents a hydrocarbon group represented by any one of the following general formulae (3) to (6), and R2 to R4 each independently represent a hydrocarbon group;

in the general formula (2), R5 and R6 each independently represent a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 or more and 20 or less carbon atoms, and R7 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 3 or less carbon atoms, or an alkoxy group
having 1 or more and 3 or less carbon atoms;


in the general formulae (3) to (6):
R11 to R13, R16 to R18, R23, R24, R29, and R30 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, a hydroxyl group,
a carboxyl group, or an amino group;

R14, R15, R19 to R22, R27, R28, and R33 to R36 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms;

R25, R26, R31, and R32 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkoxyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, or an alkyl group
having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms; and

n, m, l, q, s, and t each independently represent an integer of 1 or more and 8 or less, p and r each independently represent
an integer of 4 or more and 12 or less, and “*” represents a bonding position with a silicon atom in the general formula (1).

US Pat. No. 9,557,664

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer comprise:
metal oxide particles; and
a compound represented by the following formula (1),
wherein
R1 to R10 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, an ethyl group, a n-propyl group, an isopropyl group, a cyclohexyl
group, a carboxyl group, a hydroxy group, or an atomic group necessary for forming a cyclohexane ring together with Rn and Rn+1,

n represents an integer from 1 to 9, and
at least one of R1 to R10 is a carboxyl group or a hydroxy group.

US Pat. No. 9,531,911

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus that obtains one or more input pixels included in image data, inputs the one or more input
pixels into an image processing unit, obtains, from the image processing unit, one or more pixels for which image processing
have been executed, and outputs the one or more pixels obtained from the image processing unit as one or more output pixels,
the apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory,
wherein the memory temporarily stores data of the one or more input pixels and data of the one or more output pixels, and
wherein the processor sets a size of an input region in the memory for storing the data of the one or more input pixels and
a size of an output region in the memory for storing the data of the one or more output pixels, based on a number of the one
or more input pixels and a number of the one or more output pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,522,794

FEEDING APPARATUS AND FEEDING UNIT DETACHABLY ATTACHED THERETO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding apparatus for feeding a sheet, comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a stacking member configured to stack a sheet;
a feed roller configured to feed the sheet stacked on the stacking member by rotating in contact with the sheet;
a contact member including a sheet contact portion configured to make contact with the sheet stacked on the stacking member,
the contact member being movable in a vertical direction;

a lifting unit configured to lift up the stacking member;
a holding member configured to hold the feed roller and the contact member;
a connection member configured to connect the apparatus main body and the holding member; and
a biasing member configured to bias the connection member,
wherein the lifting unit is configured to stop lifting up of the stacking member as the sheet contact portion is pressed to
lift up by the sheet stacked on the stacking member,

wherein the holding member is detachable from the apparatus main body while holding the feed roller and the contact member,
and

wherein the holding member is detachable from the apparatus main body against a biasing force of the biasing member.

US Pat. No. 9,525,359

SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A switching power supply apparatus being used for an image forming apparatus, the switching power supply apparatus comprising:
a transformer including a primary winding, a secondary winding, and an auxiliary winding;
a first switching element which is connected to the primary winding;
a transmitting unit which transmits a signal corresponding to a voltage generated in the secondary winding of the transformer
to a primary side of the transformer;

a driving unit which is connected to the auxiliary winding, and drives the first switching element at a predetermined frequency
according to the signal transmitted by the transmitting unit so as to generate a first voltage in the secondary winding, or
drives the first switching element at a frequency lower than the predetermined frequency according to the signal transmitted
by the transmitting unit so as to generate a second voltage lower than the first voltage in the secondary winding, a state
where the first voltage is generated in the secondary winding being a normal operation state of the switching power supply
apparatus and a state where the second voltage is generated in the secondary winding being a power saving state of the switching
power supply apparatus;

a voltage holding unit which is connected to the auxiliary winding, and holds a voltage generated in the auxiliary winding;
and

a voltage detecting unit which detects voltage applied to the first switching element; and
a second switching element which is connected to the voltage holding unit, and is turned on in a case of the voltage detected
by the voltage detecting unit being equal to or more than a threshold voltage of the second switching element,

wherein the second switching element continues to be turned off in the normal operation state,
wherein the second switching element continues to be turned on in the power saving state, and
wherein the voltage held by the voltage holding unit is supplied to the first switching element in response to a turn-on of
the second switching element in the power saving state without depending upon the signal from the transmitting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,513,106

WAVELENGTH TUNABLE LIGHT SOURCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wavelength tunable light source comprising:
a pair of reflectors, at least one of which is a movable reflector;
an active layer provided between the pair of reflectors; and
a beam on part of which the movable reflector is formed and which is supported by a support member,
wherein the beam includes a blade part projecting between the support member and the movable reflector in a direction intersecting
with a stretching direction in which the beam stretches from the support member to the movable reflector, and

a distance from the support member to a center of gravity of the beam in the stretching direction is less than half of a distance
from the support member to the movable reflector in the stretching direction.

US Pat. No. 9,516,517

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a base station unit configured to operate as a base station;
a station unit configured to operate as a station which is connected to a base station;
a providing unit configured to operate as a providing device that provides a communication parameter;
a receiving unit configured to operate as a receiving device that receives a communication parameter from a providing device;
a setting unit configured to set, according to a state of the communication device, a priority for determining a first role
operating as a base station and a providing device of a communication parameter and a second role operating as a station and
a receiving device of a communication parameter; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the priority set using the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,511,973

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS HAVING TRAY THAT IS LIFTED AND LOWERED AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus on which sheets received from an image forming apparatus are stacked, the sheet stacking apparatus
comprising:
a stacking unit that stacks sheets thereon;
a drive unit configured to drive said stacking unit to be lifted and lowered;
a determination unit configured to determine a lifted or lowered state of said stacking unit; and
a control unit configured to:
in a case where said determination unit determines that said stacking unit is not lowered when said control unit controls
said drive unit to lower said stacking unit, notify the image forming apparatus that a job should be suspended and control
said drive unit to lift said stacking unit; and

in a case where, after said determination unit determines that said stacking unit is not lowered and said control unit starts
to control said drive unit to lift said stacking unit, said determination unit determines that said stacking unit is lifted
by a predetermined amount, notify the image forming apparatus that the job is to be resumed.

US Pat. No. 9,507,288

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE FOR CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to be rotated;
an irradiating unit configured to irradiate the photosensitive member that is charged with light corresponding to image data,
thereby forming an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member; and

a process unit configured to form a nip portion with the photosensitive member,
wherein in a correction mode in which a shift of an image is corrected based on a detection result obtained by detecting,
at the nip portion, an electrostatic latent image for correction formed on the photosensitive member by the irradiating unit,
a width of the electrostatic latent image for correction is equal to or more than a width of the nip portion in a rotation
direction of the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,507,289

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 an image by developing the electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member with
developer;

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

a correction unit configured to correct image data corresponding to the pixel to be subjected to correction to correct an
exposure amount for the pixel to be subjected to correction according to a 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. 9,507,317

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,508,130

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,503,633

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,430

X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHODS FOR CONTROLLING X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging system comprising:
an X-ray sensor including a wireless slave device and a first identification information communication unit that is associated
with said wireless slave device;

a wireless master device configured to connect wirelessly to said wireless slave device;
a second identification information communication unit that is associated with said wireless master device and an X-ray tube
that irradiates X-rays; and

an identification information intermediating unit configured to receive and store identification information about said wireless
slave device or about said wireless master device in a case in which said identification information intermediating unit is
in the vicinity of one of said first and the second identification information communication units, and to transmit the identification
information in a case in which said identification information intermediating unit is in the vicinity of the other one of
said first and the second identification information communication units,

wherein the identification information intermediating unit is constituted as a different body from the first identification
information communication unit and from the second identification information communication unit, and

wherein said wireless master device and said wireless slave device establish wireless connection based on the identification
information.

US Pat. No. 9,501,688

APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a specifying unit configured to specify a face region from an image; and
a processing unit configured to perform processing for a region in the image,
wherein in a case where the processing performed by the processing unit is associated with the face region in the image, the
specifying unit specifies the face region based on a first specifying method, and

wherein in a case where the processing performed by the processing unit is associated with a region other than the face region
in the image, the specifying unit specifies the face region based on a second specifying method which specifies the face region
with a specification level wider than that of the first specifying method.

US Pat. No. 9,501,723

METHOD OF CLASSIFYING OBJECTS IN SCENES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of classifying objects in a scene, captured by a camera, the method comprising:
determining a likelihood of first set of states for the objects in the scene, each of the first set of states being a classification
of one of the objects in the scene;

partitioning a solution space based on the determined likelihood of the first set of states, each partition of the solution
space representing combinations of the classifications of the objects in the scene;

applying the partitioning of the solution space to a solution space of a second set of states, each partition of the solution
space of the second set of states representing combinations of the classifications of a subset of objects in the scene;

determining a likelihood of the second set of states for the subset of the objects in the scene, each state of the second
set of states being a classification of one of the subset of objects in the scene; and

classifying at least one of the subset of objects in the scene according to the determined likelihood of the second set of
states and the partitioning of the solution space of the second set of states.

US Pat. No. 9,494,887

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner particles each including a surface layer that contains an organic silicon polymer,
wherein the organic silicon polymer is obtained by polymerizing a polymerizable monomer that contains a compound represented
by formula (1):

(In formula (1), R1 represents (i) CH2?CH— or (ii) CH2?CH-L- (in formula (ii), L represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene group) and R2, R3, and R4 each independently represent a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, or an alkoxy group),
an average thickness Dav. of the surface layers measured by observation of cross sections of the toner particles with a transmission
electron microscope is 5.0 nm or more and 150.0 nm or less, and

in mapping measurement performed through time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy using a focused ion beam as a probe,
a ratio (ASi/AC) is 20.00 or more, where ASi is ISi/I, AC is IC/I, ISi represents an intensity of silicon ions released from the toner particles upon irradiation of toner particle surfaces with
primary ions, IC represents an intensity of carbon ions released from the toner particles upon irradiation of the toner particle surfaces with
the primary ions, and I represents a primary ion dose of irradiation,

wherein a silicon concentration at surfaces of the toner particles determined by electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis
conducted on the surfaces of the toner particles is 2.5 atomic % or more, and

wherein among the toner particles, regarding the toner particles whose equivalent circle diameters are within ±10% range of
a weight-average particle diameter of the toner,

an existing ratio of a portion(s) where the surface layer thickness is 5.0 nm or less is 20.0% or less, wherein, the existing
ratio is determined by the following process

(i) observing 10 toner particles whose equivalent circle diameters are within ±10% range of a weight-average particle diameter
of the toner with a transmission electron microscope,

(ii) on each of the cross sections, drawing 16 straight lines extending across the cross section so that
all the straight lines intersect at a midpoint of a long axis L, which is a maximum diameter of the cross section, and
all the intersectional angles are even, i.e. all the intersectional angles are 11.25°,
(iii) on the resultant 32 line segments extending from the midpoint to the outer periphery of the cross section, measuring
lengths by which the respective line segments overlap with the surface layer, and counting the number of line segment(s) of
which the length(s) is/are 5.0 nm or less,

(iv) dividing the resultant number of line segments by 32 and then multiplying the result by 100 to obtain a percentage value,
(v) deriving arithmetic average value by using the respective percentage values of the respective 10 toner particles to obtain
the existing ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,494,894

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a latent image;
a developing unit configured to supply a toner to the latent image to develop the latent image;
a transfer belt being a movable endless belt, and configured to transfer a toner image to a transfer material;
a metallic roller having conductivity and coming into contact with an inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt; and
a rotating member arranged on an outside of end portions of a contact area of the metallic roller and on an inside of end
portions of the transfer belt in terms of a width direction orthogonal to a direction of movement of the transfer belt, the
rotating member being configured to rotate in contact with the inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt,

wherein the end portions of the contact area are located on an inside of end portions of a developing area, in terms of the
width direction,

wherein the developing area is only an area in which the developing unit is capable of developing the toner onto the latent
image on the image bearing member, and

wherein the rotating member is a non-conductive resin.

US Pat. No. 9,497,066

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a communication interface configured to connect to a network formed by an access point and allow data communication via the
network;

a processor configured to:
establish communication with an external device via the communication interface and the network;
receive a device ID from the external device via the communication interface and the network;
compare a received network ID of the network connected via the communication interface with the device ID received by the
processor;

determine whether the external device is operating as the access point based on a result of the comparison: and
provide, to a user via a display, a predetermined notification identifying a type of communication mode established between
the communication apparatus and the external device based on the determination.

US Pat. No. 9,493,004

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:
a head having a discharge port surface on which a discharge port is provided for discharging a liquid;
a suction port arranged apart from the discharge port surface and configured to be movable along the discharge port surface;
a negative pressure generating unit configured to communicate with the suction port and generate a negative pressure; and
an elevating unit for changing a distance between the suction port and the discharge port surface,
wherein, upon the movement of the suction port, the liquid on the discharge port surface is moved to a collection position
at which the discharge port is not provided by suction from the suction port with the negative pressure generated by the negative
pressure generating unit, and then the liquid is collected by the suction from the suction port, and

wherein a distance between the suction port and the discharge port surface is set by the elevating unit to be less in an operation
of collecting a liquid that has been moved to the collection position than in an operation of moving the liquid to the collection
position.

US Pat. No. 9,497,399

IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING READOUT CIRCUITS AND OUTPUT LINES, AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first group comprising first pixel circuits and 2n first readout circuits, said first pixel circuits being arranged in 2n
first columns, each of the first pixel circuits being configured to generate a pixel signal by photoelectric conversion, and
each of said 2n first readout circuits being provided correspondingly to a different column among the 2n first columns and
configured to read out a signal corresponding to the pixel signals from the first pixel circuits in a corresponding first
column;

a second group arranged adjacent to the first group and comprising second pixel circuits and 2n second readout circuits, said
second pixel circuits being arranged in 2n second columns, each of the second pixel circuits being configured to generate
a pixel signal by photoelectric conversion, and each of said 2n second readout circuits being provided correspondingly to
a different second column among the 2n second columns and configured to read out a signal corresponding to the pixel signals
from the second pixel circuits in a corresponding second column;

2n first output lines wherein output terminals of the first readout circuits and the second readout circuits of every 2n columns
are commonly connected to one of the 2n first output lines;

first adding units, each of the first adding units being configured to add the pixel signals from the pixel circuits arranged
in different 2i first columns adjacent to each other among the 2n first columns; and

second adding units, each of said second adding units being configured to add the pixel signals from the second pixel circuits
arranged in different 2j second columns adjacent to each other among the 2n second columns, wherein

n, i and j are positive integers, with i and j both being smaller than n,
each of the output terminals of the first readout circuits is connected to a different one of the 2n first output lines,
each of the output terminals of the second readout circuits is connected to a different one of the 2n first output lines,
in the 2n first readout circuits, one first readout circuit per the first readout circuits of the 2i first columns performs
the read out,

in the 2n second readout circuits, one second readout circuit per the second readout circuits of the 2j second columns performs
the readout,

each of odd-numbered first output lines among the 2n first output lines receives output from a different one of the first
readout circuits, and

each of even-numbered first output lines among the 2n first output lines receives output from a different one of the second
readout circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,490,286

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a photoelectric conversion device comprising:
forming a layer that covers a photoreceiving portion and a gate electrode of a first transistor by etching a film from which
a side wall on a gate electrode of a second transistor is formed;

forming a first insulation film that covers the layer;
forming a first wiring on the first insulation film;
forming a second insulation film that covers the first insulation film and the first wiring;
forming a second wiring on the second insulation film;
forming an opening above the photoreceiving portion by etching a portion of the first and second insulation films, after forming
the second wiring; and

filling the opening with a material so that the layer is positioned between the material and the photoreceiving portion, wherein
the opening is formed so that (1) a distance between the material and the photoreceiving portion is smaller than a thickness
of the gate electrode of said first transistor, (2) a portion of the layer is removed after forming the second wiring and
before filing the opening, and (3) a portion of the layer remains between a bottom of the opening and the photoreceiving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,491,369

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS INCLUDING HINGE MECHANISM ROTATIONALLY SUPPORTING DISPLAY UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,491,436

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units configured to output a plurality of image signals by photoelectrically converting
light fluxes each having passed through a different pupil region of an imaging optical system;

an image generating unit configured to generate a combined image signal by combining image signals corresponding to the light
fluxes each having passed through the different pupil regions of the imaging optical system among the plurality of image signals
output by the plurality of photoelectric conversion units;

a parallax map generating unit configured to generate parallax map data based on an image signal corresponding to a region
which is one of a pair of the pupil regions; and

a recording unit configured to generate a single Design rule for Camera File system (DCF) image file including the combined
image data and the parallax map data, and record the DCF image file in a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,485,457

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,477,879

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR OBTAINING A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PIECES OF CONTENTS FROM USE HISTORY INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONTENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a recognition unit configured to recognize a plurality of movable contents, wherein each of the plurality of contents is a
partial area of an image;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire movement history information about positions of the plurality contents recognized
by the recognition unit;

a storage unit configured to store time at which the positions of the pieces of contents are acquired by the acquisition unit
and the positions in association with each other; and

a determination unit configured to refer to the storage unit and determine relationship between the contents based on the
image from which the contents are generated and based on whether two contents have changed their positions a predetermined
number of times or more.

US Pat. No. 9,475,321

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for inspecting a printed image printed based on image data by using a print head having a
plurality of nozzles for discharging ink aligned at first alignment pitches in a first direction and printed on a printing
medium conveyed in a second direction intersecting the first direction, the apparatus comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate, based on the image data, judgment image data used for inspection of the printed
image, wherein a resolution of an image corresponding to the judgment image data in the first direction is a second resolution
which is lower than a first resolution corresponding to the first alignment pitches; and

an inspection unit configured to inspect the printed image by comparing read data, which represents an image having a resolution
in the first direction equal to the second resolution and is acquired by reading the printed image printed on the printing
medium, with the judgment image data.

US Pat. No. 9,471,860

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POWER SAVING CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,469,123

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system for printing an image on a unit region of a print medium according to image data by effecting plural
print scans of plural nozzle arrays configured to respectively eject chromatic color inks and nozzle arrays configured to
respectively eject achromatic color inks including a first achromatic color ink that is black ink and a second achromatic
color ink which has a lower coloring material concentration than the first achromatic color ink on the unit region, the plural
nozzle arrays for the chromatic and achromatic color inks being arranged in a print scan direction without being shifted from
one another in a direction crossing the print scan direction, the printing system comprising:
a color conversion unit configured to convert the image data into a plurality of color signals corresponding to the first
achromatic color ink, the second achromatic color ink and the chromatic color inks, respectively; and

a defining unit for defining pixels permitted to print and pixels not permitted to print for each of the print scans and for
each of the plural nozzle arrays for the chromatic and achromatic color inks according to the plurality of color signals,

wherein, in a case where the input image data represents a chromatic color, the color conversion unit converts the input image
data into the plurality of color signals such that an amount of the second achromatic color ink applied to the unit region
is greater than an amount of the first achromatic color ink applied to the unit region, and

the defining unit defines such that there are more pixels permitted to print for the second achromatic color ink than pixels
permitted to print for any of the first achromatic color ink and the chromatic color inks on the unit region, in the last
print scan among the plural print scans.

US Pat. No. 9,466,113

POST-PROCESSED BOKEH RENDERING USING ASYMMETRIC RECURSIVE GAUSSIAN FILTERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of blurring an image using a spatially variable blur, said method comprising the steps of:
for each pixel of a scan line of pixels in the image:
obtaining a measure representative of image depth at the pixel;
determining a blur kernel width for the pixel based on said measure representative of image depth at the pixel; and
where an increase in the determined blur kernel width with respect to a blur kernel width of a previous pixel in the scan
line is detected:

determining, from the determined blur kernel width, a tapered blur width adapted to provide an asymmetric filter response
for the pixel; and

applying the tapered blur width to a filter to output a blurred pixel value for the pixel by using a plurality of filter coefficients
determined based on blur width value of one or more previously blurred pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,465,360

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a casing provided with a sheet introducing opening and a sheet discharging opening and configured to include said first and
second rotatable members;

a fan;
a duct that extends into an inner side of said casing from an outer side of said casing and is configured to guide air from
said fan toward one longitudinal end portion of said first rotatable member; and

a cover member provided in the inner side of said casing and configured to cover an outer surface of said first rotatable
member, wherein said cover member has one end opposed to said sheet introducing opening and the other end contacted with said
duct in a rotational direction of said first rotatable member.

US Pat. No. 9,467,672

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE THAT PERFORMS WHITE BALANCE CONTROL, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device that performs white balance processing, comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first white balance correction value for performing white balance processing,
according to an amount of infrared light obtained from a first image;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second white balance correction value which is different from the first
white balance correction value, according to white pixels obtained from the first image;

a third calculation unit configured to calculate a third white balance correction value based on the first white balance correction
value and the second white balance correction value;

a white balance control unit configured to perform white balance processing on the first image using the third white balance
correction value; and

a storage unit configured to store the third white balance correction value as a reference white balance correction value,
wherein when performing white balance processing on a second image which is obtained through photographing performed later
than photographing the first image, said white balance control unit performs, in a case where an amount of infrared light
not smaller than a predetermined amount is obtained from the second image, and also the number of obtained white pixels in
the second image is smaller than a predetermined number, white balance processing on the second image using the reference
white balance correction value stored in said storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,463,634

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid storage container comprising:
a housing defining a single receiving space for containing a liquid absorbing member and further defining a liquid supply
port below the receiving space for containing the liquid absorbing member;

a liquid absorbing member, having a upper surface side and a bottom surface side, configured to absorb and hold a liquid disposed
inside the housing;

a filter disposed contiguously between the bottom surface side of the liquid absorbing member and a top opening portion of
the liquid supply port; and

a liquid ejection substrate disposed at a bottom opening portion of the liquid supply port,
wherein the liquid absorbing member includes a through hole, formed therefrom the liquid absorbing member without utilizing
a structurally separate tube member, tubularly penetrating the liquid absorbing member from the upper surface side through
to the bottom surface side, such that a bottom opening of the through hole on the bottom surface side opens at a position
facing directly above, contiguous and in contact with the filter so that the bottom opening is generally positioned centrally
within the filter and not adjacent to an outer perimeter of the filter, and an upper opening is formed on the upper surface
side of the liquid absorbing member,

wherein the through hole descends downwardly in a declined manner with respect to the upper surface side of the liquid absorbing
member and extends upwardly in an inclined manner with respect to the bottom surface side of the liquid absorbing member,
such that the upper and bottom openings of the through hole are vertically and laterally offset from each other,

wherein the housing consists of the single receiving space configured to store a liquid and the liquid absorbing member and
does not include a separate ink chamber adjacent the single receiving space for replenishing liquid into the single receiving
space.

US Pat. No. 9,467,585

PRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING CONTROL UNTIL THAT CANCELS PRINT PROCESSING DEPENDING UPON AUTHENTICATION MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print apparatus, comprising at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory and providing:
a reception unit configured to receive a print command from an information processing apparatus via a network;
a print unit configured to print an image on a sheet on the basis of the print command received by the reception unit;
an authentication unit configured to perform a first authentication process corresponding to a first authentication mode in
a case where the reception unit has received the print command including first authentication information used in the first
authentication mode, and perform a second authentication process corresponding to a second authentication mode in a case where
the reception unit has received the print command including second authentication information used in the second authentication
mode;

a control unit configured to control the print unit to perform print process on the basis of the print command received by
the reception unit in a case where the first or second authentication process by the authentication unit has succeeded; and

a setting unit configured to set a configuration for restricting the print process when the first authentication process is
not enabled, wherein

the control unit is configured to control the print unit to cancel a print process based on the print command including the
second authentication information used in the second authentication mode, in a case where the configuration has been set by
the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,465,294

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus that deforms a reflecting surface of a mirror, comprising:
a base plate;
a fixing member configured to fix a part of the mirror, the part including a center of the mirror, to the base plate; and
a plurality of actuators for deforming the reflecting surface of the mirror,
wherein each of the plurality of actuators has a first end connected to the mirror and a second end connected to the base
plate, and is configured to apply force to a back face on an opposite side of the reflecting surface,

the plurality of actuators include a plurality of first actuators and a plurality of second actuators for deforming the reflecting
surface of the mirror,

a distance between the first end and the second end of the second actuator changes greater than that of the first actuator
when receiving a unit amount of external force, and

the plurality of first actuators are arranged such that a distance between each first actuator and the center of the mirror
is longer than half of a distance between the center of the mirror and a periphery of the mirror.

US Pat. No. 9,465,322

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member for electrically charging the image bearing member, the charging member being in contact with the image
bearing member; and

a developing member for supplying developer, the developing member being in contact with the image bearing member,
wherein the developer remaining on the image bearing member after transfer is collected by the developing member, and
wherein a Martens hardness HMR of a surface of the charging member and a Martens hardness HMD of a surface of the developer
satisfy the following relationship:

HMD>HMR.

US Pat. No. 9,459,542

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises a gallium phthalocyanine crystal in which an amine compound represented by the
following formula (1) is contained:


in the formula (1):
R1 to R10 each independently represent one of a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an aryloxycarbonyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
acyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryloxy group, an amino group having a substituent, and a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group, provided that at
least one of R1 to R10 represents one of an amino group substituted with a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, an amino group substituted with
a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group; and

X1 represents one of a carbonyl group and a dicarbonyl group, and

wherein the amine compound comprises an amine compound represented by the following formula (2):

in the formula (2), Et represents an ethyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,455,289

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second pixels, wherein
each of the plurality of first pixels includes a first filter having a visible light transmittance higher than an infrared
light transmittance and a first photoelectric converter configured to receive visible light transmitted through the first
filter,

each of the plurality of second pixels includes a second filter having an infrared light transmittance higher than a visible
light transmittance, a second photoelectric converter configured to receive infrared light transmitted through the second
filter, a floating diffusion region separated from the second photoelectric converter, and a transfer transistor configured
to transfer charges generated by the second photoelectric converter to the floating diffusion region,

the plurality of second pixels are divided into a plurality of groups each including at least two second pixels, and
the solid-state image sensor includes a synthesizer configured to synthesize a signal from signals of the at least two second
pixels included in each group, the synthesizer including a switch, for each group, configured to interconnect the floating
diffusion regions of the at least two second pixels of each group, in accordance with a control signal input to the switch.

US Pat. No. 9,450,493

VOLTAGE GENERATING APPARATUS FOR STABLY CONTROLLING VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,444,980

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a body having a first surface and a second surface adjacent to the first surface, the second surface being provided with an
opening;

a display unit having a display surface and configured to be pivotable with respect to the body between first and second use
positions, in which an image is displayed on the display surface, and a storage position, in which the display unit contacts
the first surface; and

a lid configured to be pivotable with respect to the body between a close position in which the opening is closed and an open
position in which the opening is opened,

wherein the display unit overhangs the second surface by pivoting from the storage position to the first use position, and
the lid in the open position does not interfere with the display unit in the first use position.

US Pat. No. 9,442,417

DEVELOPING DEVICE, DEVELOPER REGULATING PROCESS, AND IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer;
a developer regulating member configured to have a regulation portion comprised of an elastic member that is brought into
contact with the developer bearing member, and a supporting portion that supports the regulation portion, wherein a longitudinal
direction of the regulation portion is along a longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member, wherein the regulation
portion has a base portion and a tip portion, wherein the base portion is an end portion on a side of a portion connected
with the supporting portion in a transverse direction, and the base portion is opposite to the tip portion, wherein the tip
portion is disposed on an upstream side in a moving direction of the developer bearing member, and wherein the developer regulating
member regulates a developer borne by the developer bearing member; and

a sealing member configured to be brought into contact with a surface of the regulation portion, wherein the surface is on
an opposite side of the regulation portion to the developer bearing member, wherein the regulation portion has a first region
and a second region, wherein the second region is adjacent to the first region on a side of an end portion in the longitudinal
direction of the regulation portion, and the second region is disposed outside a region corresponding to an image forming
region on an image bearing member on which an electrostatic image to be developed by the developing device is formed, in a
longitudinal direction of the developer bearing member, wherein a thickness of an escaped portion is smaller than a thickness
of a contact portion so that at least a part of a region from the tip portion to the contact portion that is brought into
contact with the developer bearing member escapes on a side opposite to the developer bearing member in the first region of
the regulation portion, wherein a thickness of the region from the tip portion to the contact portion that is brought into
contact with the developer bearing member is nearly the same in the second region of the regulation portion, and wherein the
sealing member is brought into contact with only the second region of the regulation portion rather than the first region.

US Pat. No. 9,445,000

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a processor;
an interface configured to communicate with an external device, the external device using a communication application including
a first program for receiving a user operation to communicate with the communication apparatus, and a second program for communicating
with the communication apparatus using at least one control operation;

wherein the processor is configured to perform functions of at least one following unit,
a notification unit configured to notify the external device, via the interface, of at least one control operation available
for the external device among control operations for controlling the communication apparatus in communication between the
communication apparatus and the external device; and

a determination unit configured to determine a type of the second program used by the external device,
wherein the notification unit provides, via the interface, a different control operation to be notified according to the type
of the second program.

US Pat. No. 9,440,430

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
applying a liquid composition to an intermediate transfer body;
recording an intermediate image by applying an ink by an inkjet method to the intermediate transfer body after the liquid
composition has been applied, and

transferring the intermediate image onto a recording medium while heating the intermediate image,
wherein the liquid composition contains a reacting agent to cause at least one of precipitation and agglomeration of a component
of the ink,

wherein the ink contains water, and a content (mass %) of the water is 50.0 mass % or more and 95.0 mass % or less relative
to a total mass of the ink, and

wherein the ink contains a coloring material and polymer fine particles which are a mixture of a crystalline polymer and an
amorphous polymer, and

in transferring the intermediate image, the intermediate image is heated to a temperature equal to or higher than a melting
point of the crystalline polymer and equal to or higher than a glass transition point of the amorphous polymer.

US Pat. No. 9,440,443

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus for printing an image on a print medium by using a liquid ejecting head for ejecting a liquid,
wherein the liquid ejecting head comprises:
a surface having a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting the liquid arranged in a predetermined direction and a plurality
of suction ports arranged in the predetermined direction for taking in atmosphere containing mists of the liquid; and

a plurality of suction tubes arranged in the predetermined direction and connected to the plurality of suction ports, respectively,
for allowing the mists of the liquid taken in through the suction ports to pass therethrough,

each of the suction tubes has an inner wall, and an inner diameter L satisfying the following inequality:
L?(½)·{(12·?Lv/(?·g·?)}1/2,

wherein ? designates the density of the liquid; g, gravity acceleration; and ?Lv, an interfacial energy between the liquid
and the inner wall of the suction tube, and

wherein the inner diameter L is 250 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,434,189

MOUNTED APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacking apparatus attachable to a printing apparatus, the stacking apparatus comprising:
a body;
a stacking apparatus base portion of the body having casters, the stacking apparatus being movable on an installation surface
with the casters,

a joint portion configured to receive a printed sheet discharged from a discharge portion of the printing apparatus, wherein
a height of the discharge portion corresponds to a height of the joint portion in a state where the stacking apparatus is
attached to the printing apparatus; and

an adjusting mechanism for adjusting a position of the joint portion in the height direction,
wherein, in the state where the stacking apparatus is attached to the printing apparatus, the stacking apparatus base portion
is disposed in a region where a part of the stacking apparatus base portion overlaps with a printing apparatus base portion
of the printing apparatus with respect to an attachment direction, and the part of the stacking apparatus base portion is
disposed at a position different from a position of the printing apparatus base portion in the height direction.

US Pat. No. 9,436,260

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ENSURING A RESIDUAL BATTERY CAPACITY REACHING A PREDETERMINED VALUE BEFORE TRANSITIONING APPARATUS TO POWER-SAVING MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus that is operatable in a normal mode and a first power saving mode with less power consumption than
the normal mode, comprising:
a transition unit configured to transit a mode of the electronic apparatus from the normal mode to the first power saving
mode;

a battery configured to supply electric power to a part of the electronic apparatus in the first power saving mode;
a charging unit configured to charge the battery in the normal mode; and
a control unit configured to control, in a case that a battery residual amount of the battery is smaller than a first threshold
when the transition unit transits the mode of the electronic apparatus from the normal mode to the first power saving mode,
the charging unit to charge the battery before the transition unit transits the mode of the electronic apparatus from the
normal mode to the first power saving mode, and then the transition unit to transit the mode of the electronic apparatus from
the normal mode to the first power saving mode in accordance with the battery residual amount charged by the charging unit
becoming the first threshold,

wherein the control unit controls, in a case that the battery residual amount is larger than the first threshold when the
transition unit transits the mode of the electronic apparatus from the normal mode to the first power saving mode, the transition
unit to transit the mode of the electronic apparatus from the normal mode to the first power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,437,806

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,832

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a first region that includes a target pixel on which pixel correction is to be performed,
and that extends in a first direction, and further configured to set a plurality of regions obtained by shifting the first
region by a predetermined amount in directions perpendicular to the first direction;

a detection unit configured to detect correlation values in each of a plurality of positions in the first region and the plurality
of regions by scanning the first region and the plurality of regions using a region of a plurality of pixels including the
target pixel as a template;

a selection unit configured to select pixel values in the first region and the plurality of regions based on the correlation
values;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a first correction value using a plurality of the selected pixel values;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a weight for the first correction value based on a magnitude of a first correlation
value, which is obtained using the correlation values for pixel values that are used for obtaining the first correction value,
and a magnitude of the correlation value for the pixel value selected in the first region;

a third obtaining unit configured to obtain a second correction value based on the first correction value and the pixel value
selected in the first region, using the weight; and

a correction unit configured to correct the value of the target pixel using the second correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,437,651

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an imaging device including a pixel circuit unit and a peripheral circuit unit, the method comprising:
forming a first insulator film that covers a first semiconductor region positioned in the pixel circuit unit, a second semiconductor
region positioned in the peripheral circuit unit, and a third semiconductor region positioned in the peripheral circuit unit;

removing one portion of the first insulator film, the one portion of the first insulator film being positioned on the second
semiconductor region, and another portion of the first insulator film, the another portion of the first insulator film being
positioned on the third semiconductor region, while remaining a first portion of the first insulator film, the first portion
being positioned on the first semiconductor region;

forming a second insulator film that covers the first semiconductor region, the second semiconductor region, and the third
semiconductor region;

removing one portion of the second insulator film, the one portion of the second insulator film being positioned on the first
portion, and another portion of the second insulator film, the another portion of the second insulator film being positioned
on the second semiconductor region, while remaining a second portion of the second insulator film, the second portion being
positioned on the third semiconductor region;

forming a metal film that covers the first portion, the second semiconductor region, and the second portion;
causing the metal film and the second semiconductor region to react with each other to form a metal compound layer; and
forming a third insulator film that covers the first portion, the metal compound layer, and the second portion, and forming
a conductor member that penetrates the third insulator film and comes in contact with the metal compound layer.

US Pat. No. 9,429,906

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A MOVABLE ENGAGEABLE MEMBER AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING A FORCE RECEIVING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a mounting portion for detachably mounting a process cartridge, said process cartridge including a first unit having an image
bearing member, and a second unit having a developer carrying member, said second unit being movable between a contact position
in which said developer carrying member contacts said image bearing member and a spaced position in which said developer carrying
member is spaced from said image bearing member; and

an engageable member engageable with a force receiving portion provided on said second unit,
wherein said engageable member is movable between a first position for maintaining said second unit in the spaced position
by engaging with said force receiving portion, a second position for permitting movement of said second unit from the spaced
position to the contact position in image forming operation, and a third position for permitting said process cartridge to
be mounted, by being pressed by said process cartridge to retract, when said process cartridge is mounted to said mounting
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,429,414

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD USING OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing thereon a computer-executable program, that when executed by a processor,
performs the steps comprising:
scanning, using a scanner, the object with a measurement beam;
irradiating the object with the measurement beam via the scanner and forming a combined beam by combining a reference beam
and a return beam returned from the object irradiated with the measurement beam;

detecting an intensity of the reference beam with a detector or an intensity of the combined beam with the detector; and
controlling the scanner such that an optical path of the measurement beam is changed to lead the measurement beam to the object
in a case where the detected intensity of the reference beam is less than a threshold or not to lead the measurement beam
to the object in a case where the detected intensity of the combined beam is higher than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,427,953

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head, the liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate having an ejection energy generating element for generating energy for ejecting a liquid formed therein; and
a nozzle layer having an ejection orifice and a liquid flow path formed therein, the ejection orifice being provided for ejecting
the liquid, the liquid flow path communicating to the ejection orifice and being provided for placing the liquid above the
ejection energy generating element,

the method comprising:
(1) forming a metal layer consisting of a first metal on the substrate having the ejection energy generating element formed
therein;

(2) forming a liquid flow path pattern consisting of a second metal that is dissolvable in a solution that does not dissolve
the first metal, the liquid flow path pattern being formed on at least a part of a surface of the metal layer;

(3) forming a material layer to be formed as the nozzle layer of multiple layers and covering the liquid flow path pattern
with one of the multiple layers, the one of the multiple layers that covers the liquid flow path pattern consisting of a third
metal that is not dissolvable in the solution;

(4) forming the ejection orifice in the material layer; and
(5) dissolving the liquid flow path pattern in the solution to remove the liquid flow path pattern, to thereby form the liquid
flow path,

wherein the first metal and the second metal are metals of different kinds,
wherein a standard electrode potential E1 of the first metal and a standard electrode potential E2 of the second metal have a relationship of “E1>E2”,

wherein the second metal and the third metal are metals of different kinds, and
wherein a standard electrode potential E3 of the third metal is such that “E2

US Pat. No. 9,432,846

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS USER AUTHENTICATION BY WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a near field communicator having a memory;
a console; and
a controller configured to control the image forming apparatus,
wherein the near field communicator is configured to detect receipt of authentication data from a mobile device via near field
communication, store the authentication data in the memory, and output a first signal to the controller,

wherein the controller is configured to return the image forming apparatus from a power saving mode in accordance with the
first signal and, after the image forming apparatus has returned from the power saving mode, output a second signal to the
near field communicator,

wherein the near field communicator is configured to transfer the authentication data to the controller in accordance with
the second signal, and

wherein the controller is configured to authenticate a user of the mobile device using the authentication data and display
a message that a job can be executed on the console.

US Pat. No. 9,432,603

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
pixel regions which include an aperture pixel region, a first light-shielded pixel region provided on a first side of the
aperture pixel region, and a second light-shielded pixel region provided on a second side of the aperture pixel region and
corresponding to each row in the aperture pixel region, wherein the second side is different from the first side;

a reading unit configured to read a signal from the pixel regions for each row;
a selection unit configured to select a reading row of the pixel regions;
a correction unit configured to correct for each row a black level of an image signal read from the aperture pixel region
using a black level reference signal read from the second light-shielded pixel region of a current read row and a black level
reference signal read from the first light-shielded pixel region or the second light-shielded area pixel region of a read
row that is before the current read row; and

a control unit configured to control the correction unit to correct the black level of the image signal read from the aperture
pixel region using the black level reference signals based on a step amount of a signal level occurring in the signal read
from the pixel regions of the non-sequentially read row in a case where a read row of the pixel regions is non-sequentially
selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,423,766

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a cartridge that supports a photosensitive member is mounted to an image forming position,
and which forms a latent image on the photosensitive member by exposure to form an image, the apparatus comprising:
an exposure member that (i) includes a light emitting element arranged in an array and (ii) exposes the photosensitive member
of the cartridge located in the image forming position when the exposure member is in an exposure position;

an operation member that moves to a first position and a second position with respect to a main body of the apparatus;
a first moving member that is pressed and moved by the operation member when the operation member is moved from the first
position to the second position, and switches the cartridge from a state where the cartridge is positioned in the image forming
position to a state where the positioning is released; and

a second moving member that is pressed and moved by the operation member when the operation member is moved from the first
position to the second position, and moves the exposure member from the exposure position to a retracted position where the
exposure member is more retracted from the photosensitive member than the exposure position,

wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position to switch the cartridge from the
state where the cartridge is positioned to the state where the positioning is released, a first force acts from the first
moving member to the operation member in a direction in which the moving of the operation member from the first position to
the second position is suppressed, and

wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position to move the exposure member from
the exposure position to the retracted position, a second force acts from the second moving member to the operation member
in a direction in which the moving of the operation member from the first position to the second position is suppressed, and
wherein, while the operation member is moved from the first position to the second position, timing of a peak of the first
force is different from timing of a peak of the second force.

US Pat. No. 9,426,371

OPTICAL APPARATUS WITH IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a shake detecting unit configured to detect a shake of the optical apparatus; and
a first optical correcting unit and a second optical correcting unit configured to correct optically an image shake by using
a shake signal output from the shake detecting unit,

wherein the first optical correcting unit is used to correct optically the image shake based on frequency components lower
than predetermined frequency components extracted from the shake signal, and

wherein the second optical correcting unit is used to correct optically the image shake based on frequency components higher
than the predetermined frequency components extracted from the shake signal, and

wherein an image shake correction angle of the first optical correcting unit is wider than that of the second optical correction
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,423,299

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus that includes a light source for emitting pulse light and exposes a substrate to the pulse light
via an original, the apparatus comprising:
a detector configured to detect a light quantity of the pulse light; and
a controller configured to control the light source and the detector,
wherein the controller is configured to execute a first calibration process for obtaining a relation between a control input
to the light source and a light quantity of a pulse light from the light source, based on light quantities of a plurality
of pulse lights detected by the detector by causing the light source to emit the plurality of the pulse lights with a plurality
of the control input, in parallel with execution of a second calibration process which is different from the first calibration
process and executed using the plurality of pulse lights.

US Pat. No. 9,421,761

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image data corresponding to an image to be recorded on a recording medium
to record an image on the recording medium by ejecting ink onto the recording medium in accordance with recording data while
causing a recording head and the recording medium to move with respect to each other in a cross direction crossing a predetermined
direction,
the recording head including N ejection opening arrays each having, arranged in the predetermined direction, a plurality of
ejection openings at least including a designated ejection opening, each of the plurality of ejection openings being configured
to eject ink of a predetermined color, the N ejection opening arrays being arranged side by side in the cross direction so
that N designated ejection openings respectively included in the N ejection opening arrays are capable of ejecting ink onto
identical positions on the recording medium in the predetermined direction,

the recording data defining ejection or non-ejection of ink onto each pixel area corresponding to a plurality of pixels on
the recording medium for each of the N ejection opening arrays, the image processing apparatus comprising:

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain dot recording data that defines dots to be recorded on the recording medium in
accordance with the image data;

a distribution unit configured to distribute the dot recording data obtained by the first obtaining unit to a first ejection
opening array group including M ejection opening arrays among the N ejection opening arrays, where M data;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating whether or not each of the plurality of ejection openings
arranged in each of the N ejection opening arrays has a failure to eject ink;

a selection unit configured to select, in a case where the information obtained by the second obtaining unit indicates that
K designated ejection openings in a first ejection opening group including M designated ejection openings arranged in the
first ejection opening array group among the N designated ejection openings have a failure to eject ink, where K?M, K substitute
designated ejection openings from among (N?M) designated ejection openings other than the M designated ejection openings in
the first ejection opening group;

a complementary assignment unit configured to complementarily assign the distribution data distributed to the K designated
ejection openings in the first ejection opening group to the K substitute designated ejection openings selected by the selection
unit to generate complementary data; and

a generation unit configured to generate the recording data in accordance with the distribution data distributed by the distribution
unit and the complementary data complementarily assigned by the complementary assignment unit,

wherein the selection unit selects the K substitute designated ejection openings from among the (N?M) ejection openings so
that a distance between designated ejection openings at opposite ends of a second ejection opening group in the cross direction
is shortest, the second ejection opening group including (M?K) designated ejection openings, which are determined not to have
a failure to eject ink by the information obtained by the second obtaining unit, and the K substitute designated ejection
openings selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,424,655

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ANALYZING CHANGES IN VIDEO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect emergence of an object based on inter-frame difference method or background difference
method;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a video without emerging an actual object;
a setting unit configured to set a size of a substitute image to be superimposed onto the acquired video using a user interface;
a superimposition unit configured to superimpose the substitute image corresponding to the set size onto the acquired video
without emerging an actual object and output to the detection unit the acquired video onto which the substitute image corresponding
to the set size is superimposed; and

an output unit configured to output an analysis result of the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,418,291

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,559

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
member;

a developing unit configured to develop using toner the electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by
the exposure unit;

a container including a containing unit configured to contain toner and a pump unit configured to change internal pressure
of the containing unit,

wherein, the pump unit in the container expands and contracts according to rotation of the container, and the container supplies
toner from the containing unit to the developing unit,

a driving unit configured to rotate the container;
a detection unit configured to detect a predetermined portion of the rotating container; and
a controller configured to control the driving unit so that a rotational speed of the container becomes a predetermined speed,
based on a detection result of the detection unit,

wherein, in a case where toner is to be supplied from the container to the developing unit, the container changes from a first
state in which the pump unit has contracted to a second state in which the pump unit has expanded, and changes from the second
state to the first state, and

wherein, the controller stops the driving unit in response to the detection unit detecting a trailing edge area included in
the predetermined portion.

US Pat. No. 9,416,022

METHOD FOR PREPARING BISMUTH IODIDE ARTICLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RADIATION DETECTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A bismuth iodide article comprising bismuth iodide having a hole mobility higher than 1/10 of the electron mobility thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,416,293

RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium comprising:
a base material; and
an ink-receiving layer comprising
an inorganic particle including a structure represented by General Formula (1), and
a binder being a polyvinyl alcohol or a polyvinyl alcohol derivative,

wherein the structure represented by General Formula (1) is bonded to a surface of the inorganic particle at a position marked
with *, and

wherein, in General Formula (1),
X represents any one of an alkoxy group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, an aryloxy group, an acetoxy group, a halogen atom, a
hydrogen atom, a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms, and —O—*,

Y represents a structure including two or more hydroxyl groups, at least one of the two or more hydroxyl groups being a primary
hydroxyl group, and

n is 1, 2, or 3.

US Pat. No. 9,417,576

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image on a recording material by heating the recording material on which the toner image
is formed while feeding the recording material, said fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a nip forming member including a heater configured to contact an inner surface of said film, said heater being provided so
that an upstream end of said heater protrudes from a nip and a downstream end of said heater is inside the nip with respect
to the recording material feeding direction;

a roller configured to form the nip in cooperation with said nip forming member through said film; and
a thermo-sensitive member configured to interrupt electric power supply to said heater when the temperature of said heater
reaches an abnormal temperature,

wherein said thermo-sensitive member is provided on said nip forming member so as to sense the heat of a downstream area of
said heater which is downstream of a center of said heater with respect to the recording material feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,417,579

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. An image processing method that supplies image data to an image forming apparatus including an image carrier, an exposure
unit that forms an electrostatic latent image on the image carrier by irradiating the image carrier with light based on the
image data, and a developing unit that develops the electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrier using a developing
material, the method comprising:
specifying a specific pixel, of a plurality of pixels that configure the image data, having a second developing material amount
used in the development performed by the developing unit that is greater than a first developing material amount determined
by the image data; and

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

wherein the correcting an image forming condition includes performing a correction by thinning out the specific pixel in a
direction perpendicular to a rotational direction of the image carrier as a correction of the image forming condition for
correcting the specific pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,417,607

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device configured to develop with toner an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;
a first temperature detecting unit configured to detect temperature;
a second temperature detecting unit configured to detect temperature;
a cooling unit configured to cool the inside of the image forming apparatus by blowing; and
a controller which controls an operation of the cooling unit based on temperature information obtained from a detection result
of the first temperature detecting unit and a detection result of the second temperature detecting unit,

wherein the controller changes the flowing amount of the cooling unit from a first flowing amount to a second flowing amount
when the temperature information reaches a first temperature level before starting an image forming job to form an image on
a recording medium, and

wherein the controller maintains a condition of the cooling unit just before starting the image forming job until the temperature
information reaches a second temperature level which is higher than the first temperature level, and in a status in which
the cooling unit is being driven at the first flowing amount, when the temperature information reaches the second temperature
level, the controller changes the flowing amount of the cooling unit to the second flowing amount from the first flowing amount.

US Pat. No. 9,415,613

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a sheet holding unit configured to hold sheets;
a setting unit configured to set sheet attribution on the sheets held by the sheet holding unit;
a printing unit configured to print images based on the sheet attribution set by the setting unit, and
a control unit configured to
control a display unit to display, in response to placement of sheets on the sheet holding unit, a predetermined screen for
enabling a user to select sheet attribution from among a plurality of candidates, in a case where a job that uses the sheet
holding unit is not being interrupted due to lack of sheets when the sheets are placed on the sheet holding unit,

wherein the control unit does not control the display unit to display, in response to placement of the sheets, the predetermined
screen, in a case where a job that uses the sheet holding unit is being interrupted due to lack of sheets when the sheets
are placed on the sheet holding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,413,915

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,413,916

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:
a cooling unit configured to cool a portion to be cooled; and
a control unit configured to control a rotation speed of the cooling unit,
wherein the control unit determines the rotation speed of the cooling unit at the time when an image forming operation starts,
based on a period during which the cooling unit rotates before the image forming operation starts or based on a period during
which the cooling unit is stopped before the image forming operation starts, and in stages, increases the rotation speed of
the cooling unit in a period of the image forming operation.

US Pat. No. 9,411,631

APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING DELETION OF A COMMON DEFINITION FILE USED FOR GENERATION OF A TEMPLATE FILE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for executing a series of processes in accordance with setting items and values of the setting
items in response to a user operation, the setting items being included in a definition file that defines the series of processes,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a plurality of definition files including a specific definition file having a user-specific
setting and a common definition file having no user-specific setting;

a determination unit configured to determine a setting item that is commonly included in the received specific definition
file and in the received common definition file and that has different values between the received specific definition file
and common definition file;

a generating unit configured to generate a template file using information on the determined setting item and the common definition
file;

a control unit configured to register the generated template file in a storage unit;
a providing unit configured to provide a user with a screen for selecting whether or not a user interface that accepts a value
of the determined setting item is to be displayed, when a new definition file is generated using the generated template file;
and

a deleting unit configured to delete, when the new definition file is generated using the template file, the common definition
file that has been used for generation of the template file in response to an acceptance of a deleting instruction,

wherein at least one of the reception unit, the determination unit, the generating unit, the control unit, the providing unit
and the deleting unit is implemented using a CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,413,953

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing device configured to capture images of an object; and
a processor implementing the functions of a determination unit, a first composition unit and a second composition unit, wherein,
the determination unit is configured to divide light receiving portions of the image capturing device into a plurality of
areas and determine an exposure condition for each of the plurality of areas;

the first composition unit is configured to couple each of the plurality of areas using a plurality of images obtained by
continuously shooting of the image capturing device while changing a shooting angle and generate a plurality of first panoramic
images; and

the second composition unit is configured to compose the plurality of first panoramic images and generate a single second
panoramic image that has an extended dynamic range.

US Pat. No. 9,411,162

MIXED REALITY PRESENTING SYSTEM, VIRTUAL REALITY PRESENTING SYSTEM, DISPLAY APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mixed reality presenting system comprising a display apparatus, a control apparatus configured to control the display
apparatus, and an information processing apparatus configured to connect the display apparatus via the control apparatus and
generate a combined image to be displayed on the display apparatus, the display apparatus including:
an imaging unit configured to capture a real space image;
a first output unit configured to output the captured real space image to the information processing apparatus; and
a display unit configured to acquire a combined image of the captured real space image and virtual space data from the information
processing apparatus, and to display the acquired combined image,

the information processing apparatus including:
a first display control unit configured to control display on the display unit; and
a second output unit configured to acquire the real space image captured by the imaging unit from the display apparatus, to
combine the real space image with the virtual space data, and to output the combined image to the display apparatus,

the control apparatus including a second display control unit configured to control display on the display unit,
wherein, when a first time period has elapsed since the first display control unit had performed control to start display
on the display unit, the first display control unit displays a confirmation image on the display unit,

wherein, when a second time period has elapsed with no operation performed by a user since the confirmation image had been
displayed, the first display control unit outputs a termination control signal to terminate display to the control apparatus,
and

wherein, the second display control unit controls to terminate display on the display unit when the termination control signal
is received or a third time period has elapsed since the first display control unit had performed control to start display
on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,410,678

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,243

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE IMAGE FORMING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming units that are each configured to be detachably mountable and include an image carrier that is
driven to rotate;

a light irradiation unit configured to irradiate respective image carriers of the plurality of image forming units with light
to form one or more electrostatic latent images along a direction of the rotational driving;

a detection unit configured to detect the one or more electrostatic latent images;
a determination unit configured to determine mounted states of the plurality of image forming units based on a detection result
obtained by the detection unit; and

a control unit configured to perform control such that, for each of the image carriers, the one or more electrostatic latent
images are not formed on an image carrier in a period in which at least one of the one or more electrostatic latent images
is formed on a different image carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,411,275

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,826

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
extracting one or more URLs from among a plurality of URLs of thumbnail images of actual images corresponding to each other
on a trilaterally one-to-one basis, wherein the extracted one or more URLs corresponds to an actual image having a predetermined
image file format, a URL corresponding to an actual image having another file format is not extracted, and the thumbnail images
and the actual images have been stored in a server system;

requesting the one or more thumbnail images from the server system using the one or more URLs extracted by the extracting;
causing a display device to display the one or more thumbnail images which are acquired from the server system in response
to the requesting of the one or more thumbnail images;

requesting, in a case where a thumbnail image among the one or more thumbnail images displayed by the display device is selected
by a user, an actual image of the selected thumbnail image from the server system;

receiving a URL corresponding to the selected thumbnail image from the server system, in response to the requesting of the
actual image;

acquiring an actual image which is stored in the server system, based on the received URL;
determining, according to whether or not the acquired actual image which has been acquired by the acquiring has the predetermined
image file format, whether or not to execute a predetermined process on the acquired actual image; and

controlling execution of the predetermined process on the acquired actual image based on the determination by the determining,
so that the predetermined process is not executed on the acquired actual image, in a case where the acquired actual image
does not have the predetermined image file format, and so that the predetermined process is executed on the acquired actual
image, in a case where the acquired actual image has the predetermined image file format.

US Pat. No. 9,407,812

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING AUTOFOCUS CONTROL IN RESPONSE TO OUTPUT OF IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device on which pixels each of which is provided with a plurality of sub-pixels that respectively receive
light beams passing through different pupil areas of an imaging optical system are arranged;

at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
an area setting unit configured to set a target area for detecting a defocus amount as a focus detection area in an image
indicated by an image signal output from said image pickup device, to set at least one shift area for calculating a correlation
amount of image signals output from the plurality of sub-pixels, and to define a correlation operation area including the
focus detection area and the at least one shift area;

a focus detection unit configured to find, in the correlation operation area, the correlation amount by applying a shift process
to image signals output from the plurality of sub-pixels, and to calculate the defocus amount in response to the correlation
amount concerned; and

a control unit configured to set the width of the at least one shift area to a predetermined width when the focus detection
area is set at a position where the correlation operation area can be set with a first width in the image, and to set the
width of the at least one shift area to a width narrower than the predetermined width to set the width of the correlation
operation area to a second width narrower than the first width when the focus detection area is set at a position where the
correlation operation area cannot be set with the first width.

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. 9,400,426

IMPRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that molds an imprint material on a substrate using a mold and cures the imprint material to thereby
form a pattern of the imprint material on the substrate, the imprint apparatus comprising:
a mold holding mechanism configured to hold the mold;
a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate;
a deforming unit configured to deform the mold held by the mold holding mechanism into a convex shape toward the substrate;
a measuring unit configured to obtain an image of a contact region at which the mold deformed into the convex shape is brought
into contact with the imprint material;

a driving unit configured to change a position of the contact region; and
a control unit configured to calculate a plane coordinate of a centroid of the contact region based on the image and to control
the operation of the driving unit based on the image acquired by the measuring unit during a releasing operation in which
the mold is released from the imprint material such that the plane coordinate position of the centroid is directed toward
a pre-acquired plane coordinate position of the center of a pattern-forming region on the substrate.

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. 9,396,576

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. 9,395,605

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING MEMBER FOR LOCKING GRIP PART

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a grip part configured to be rotatable with respect to said apparatus body and be gripped by a user;
a lock member provided within said grip part and configured to be rotatable in unison with said grip part and pivotally move
between a locking position for locking said grip part at a predetermined rotational angle and an unlocking position for unlocking
said grip part;

an urging member configured to urge said lock member toward the locking position;
an unlocking operation part formed integrally with said lock member and disposed in a manner protruding from an opening formed
in an exterior of said grip part, said unlocking operation part enabling an operation for pivotally moving said lock member
to the unlocking position against an urging force of said urging member; and

another operation part formed in said grip part in a manner adjacent to said unlocking operation part,
wherein an operational direction of said unlocking operation part and an operational direction of said other operation part
are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,398,181

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING A SCREEN FOR VERIFICATION OF REBOOTING NECESSITY AT THE TIME OF SETTING CHANGE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a change instruction to change a setting of the information processing apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether reboot processing of the information processing apparatus is necessary
to change the setting of the information processing apparatus;

a display unit configured to display a first confirmation screen for receiving a first execution instruction to execute the
reboot processing of the information processing apparatus in a case where the determination unit has determined that the reboot
processing of the information processing apparatus is necessary to change the setting of the information processing apparatus;
and

to display a second confirmation screen for receiving a second execution instruction to execute reboot processing of an application
relating to the setting in a case where the determination unit has determined that the reboot processing of the information
processing apparatus is not necessary to change the setting of the information processing apparatus;

a first execution unit configured to execute the reboot processing of the information processing apparatus based on receiving
the first execution instruction via the first confirmation screen; and

a second execution unit configured to execute the reboot processing of the application relating to the setting without executing
the reboot processing of the information processing apparatus based on receiving the second execution instruction via the
second confirmation screen.

US Pat. No. 9,388,003

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body including a sheet conveying path;
a conveying roller pair including a first roller provided on one side with respect to the sheet conveying path and a second
roller provided on another side with respect to the sheet conveying path, the conveying roller pair conveying the sheet along
the sheet conveying path by nipping the sheet by a nip portion between the first and second rollers;

a rotary member provided on a second roller side with respect to the sheet conveying path, the rotary member including a first
abutment portion and a second abutment portion; and

a downstream guide, guiding the sheet conveyed by the nip portion, disposed on a downstream side in the conveying direction
and on the second roller side with respect to the sheet conveying path, the downstream guide including:

a restricting portion provided on a point of the downstream guide, the point protruding most to the sheet conveying path,
the restricting portion being configured such that the first abutment portion is positioned between a straight line connecting
the restricting portion and the nip portion, and the downstream guide in a state in which the second abutment portion is in
contact with a surface of the sheet as the rotary member rotates in the predetermined direction by the first abutment portion
being pushed by the sheet,

wherein the rotary member is provided coaxially with the second roller.

US Pat. No. 9,388,011

PRINTING SYSTEM, SHEET PROCESSING METHOD IN THE PRINTING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which has a plurality of trays for stacking sheets on which an image is printed, wherein stacking
capability of a first tray included in the plurality of trays varies according to stacking status of a second tray included
in the plurality of trays, and stacking capability of the second tray does not vary according to stacking status of the first
tray, the printing apparatus comprising:
a controller unit configured to
select, according to a user operation, the first tray or the second tray as a tray to be used;
accept an instruction to start a job;
control, when the instruction is accepted, such that sheets on which an image is printed based on the job are stacked on the
selected first or second tray;

detect, after the selected first or second tray becomes full, that the sheets stacked on the selected first or second tray
are removed; and

control, after it is detected that the sheets stacked on the selected first or second tray are removed, such that other sheets
on which an image is printed based on the job are stacked on the first tray regardless of the selection.

US Pat. No. 9,389,817

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR DETERMINING WIRELESS CONNECTION METHOD TO A DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing device, which is wirelessly connectable to a device configured to perform a certain process,
comprising:
a wireless connection unit configured to establish a wireless connection to the device by a first connection method in which
a connection is established to the device via a wireless router, which is an external wireless router and differs from the
device, or by a second connection method in which a connection is established to the device not via the wireless router;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the information processing device has already been wirelessly connected
to the wireless router; and

a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where the determination unit determines that the information
processing device has already been wirelessly connected to the wireless router, a connection is not established to the device
by the second connection method by the wireless connection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,391,116

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. A manufacturing method of an imaging apparatus including a junction type field effect transistor provided in a semiconductor
substrate, the manufacturing method comprising:
forming a gate region of the junction type field effect transistor by doping the semiconductor substrate with a first impurity
using a first mask which defines a first opening; and

doping a region at a same depth as at least a part of the gate region with a second impurity having a same conductivity type
as the first impurity, using a second mask which defines a second opening,

wherein
the first opening includes a plurality of sub-openings divided by the first mask,
an orthogonal projection of the second opening onto a plane parallel to a surface of the semiconductor substrate at least
partially overlaps with an orthogonal projection of a part, which is disposed between the sub-openings, of the first mask
onto the plane.

US Pat. No. 9,390,353

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,157

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND MOUNTABLE LENS APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus which is mountable to a lens apparatus thereon, comprising:
a lens information obtaining circuitry that obtains information of a mounted lens apparatus;
a display capable of displaying the obtained information; and
a control unit that when the lens apparatus is identified, based on the obtained information, as the lens apparatus which
fails in firmware update, controls to operate the display to perform a displaying that the lens apparatus which fails in firmware
update is mounted, to restrict an operation in which the lens apparatus is used and to allow an operation which does not drive
the lens apparatus, and that when the lens apparatus is identified as being succeeded in the firmware update, controls the
display not to perform the displaying that the lens apparatus which fails in firmware update is mounted.

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. 9,387,679

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording method for recording an image onto a recording medium by ejecting an aqueous ink containing a resin
from an ejection orifice through use of an ink jet recording apparatus, the ink jet apparatus including a recording head having
a water-repellent face subjected to water-repellent treatment as an ejection orifice face provided with an ejection orifice;
a wiping unit configured to wipe the water-repellent face; and a heating unit configured to heat the water-repellent face,
the ink jet recording method comprising:
a heating step of heating the water-repellent face with the heating unit; and
a wiping step of wiping the water-repellent face with the wiping unit,
wherein the water-repellent face is continuously heated until after the wiping of the water-repellent face,
wherein the water-repellent face is formed of a condensation product of a hydrolyzable silane compound having a fluoroalkyl
group and a hydrolyzable silane compound having a cationically polymerizable group.

US Pat. No. 9,380,131

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to act as both a client and a server for different respective communication sessions
based on negotiated parameters, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a communication request from a communication partner, the communication request including
a proposed parameter to be used by the communication partner in a communication session between the communication apparatus
and the communication partner,

a determination unit configured to:
determine, for the proposed parameter included in the communication request, whether the communication apparatus supports
a first parameter which is used by the communication apparatus functioning as a server and is corresponding to the proposed
parameter used by the communication partner functioning as a client;

determine based on a determination that the communication apparatus supports the first parameter corresponding to the proposed
parameter used by the communication partner functioning as a client, that the communication apparatus is to function as a
server for the communication session; and

determine based on a determination that the communication apparatus does not support the first parameter corresponding to
the proposed parameter used by the communication partner functioning as a client, that the communication apparatus is to function
as a client for the communication session; and

a transmission unit configured to:
based on a determination that the communication apparatus is to function as the server for the communication session, transmit
to the communication partner, a response including the first parameter supported by the communication apparatus to accept
the proposed parameter; and

based on a determination that the communication apparatus is to function as the client for the communication session, transmit
to the communication partner a response including a new first parameter supported by the communication apparatus functioning
as a client to propose to use instead of the first parameter for the communication session, wherein the response does not
include all possible parameters of the communication apparatus for the communication session to prevent the communication
partner from knowing all of the possible parameters of the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,380,200

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD IN WHICH OBJECT SEARCHING BASED ON AN IMAGE DEPENDS ON PIXEL COMBINING ON THE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first image sensor and a second image sensor each configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image formed by light
from an image taking optical system;

an image capturing system configured to produce a first image for display and record by using output from the first image
sensor;

a detection system configured to produce a second image by using output from the second image sensor and configured to perform
photometry and object searching by using the second image; and

a controller configured to determine whether or not to perform pixel combining in the second image sensor for producing the
second image, and

wherein the detection system is configured to, when the controller determines that the pixel combining is performed, restrict
the object searching using the second image.

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. 9,374,489

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. 9,374,499

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one
or more processors to perform operations comprising:

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,463

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING FIXING SECTION HAVING HEAT GENERATING MEMBERS SWITCHABLE BETWEEN SERIES AND PARALLEL CONNECTION CONDITIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing section which heat-fixes an image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the fixing section including
a first heat generating member and a second heat generating member which generate heat by a power supplied from a power supply
through a power supply path; and

a connection condition switch section which switches the first heat generating member and the second heat generating member
between a series connection condition and a parallel connection condition, wherein said image forming apparatus further comprises:

a first circuit disposed so that voltages applied to both ends of the first heat generating member and voltages applied to
both ends of the second heat generating member are detectable, to detect the voltages of a positive phase and a negative phase
of an alternating current waveform;

a second circuit that detects a current of only the positive phase of the alternating current waveform, the second circuit
being disposed in the power supply path on the second heat generating member side after branching toward the first heat generating
member and the second heat generating member in the parallel connection condition, or at a position in which the voltages
applied to both the ends of the first heat generating member and the voltages applied to both the ends of the second heat
generating member are detectable, to detect the voltage of only the positive phase of the alternating current waveform; and

a third circuit that detects a current of only the negative phase of the alternating current waveform, the third circuit being
disposed in the power supply path on the second heat generating member side after branching toward the first heat generating
member and the second heat generating member in the parallel connection condition, or at a position in which the voltages
applied to both the ends of the first heat generating member and the voltages applied to both the ends of the second heat
generating member are detectable, to detect the voltage of only the negative phase of the alternating current waveform.

US Pat. No. 9,371,204

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking unit on which sheets are stacked;
a feeding unit which contacts a top sheet of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking unit, and feeds the sheet in a sheet
feeding direction;

a conveying unit which receives the sheet fed by the feeding unit and conveys the sheet in a sheet conveying direction intersecting
with the sheet feeding direction;

a first separating unit which is disposed between the feeding unit and the conveying unit, the first separating unit including
a separation slope, the separation slope being inclined upwards in the downstream direction and the separation slope extending
in a sheet width direction perpendicular to the sheet feeding direction so as to abut against a front edge of the sheet fed
by the feeding unit and separate the sheet one by one; and

a second separating unit which is disposed between the first separating unit and the conveying unit and is positioned at an
extension of the separation slope in the sheet feeding direction,

wherein the second separating unit includes
a sheet separation member which is movable to a protruding position and a retracted position, wherein the sheet separation
member is disposed in a notch portion formed in a center of the separation slope in the sheet width direction;

an opposite member which includes a surface in a stationary state disposed to face the sheet separation member; and
a biasing unit which biases the sheet separation member from the retracted position to the protruding position so as to abut
the sheet separation member against the opposite member at the protruding position to form a separation nip portion which
separates the sheet having passed through the separation slope one by one.

US Pat. No. 9,373,068

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,367,909

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR CLASSIFYING MATERIALS BASED ON A BIDIRECTIONAL REFLECTANCE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for classifying a sample by material type, the method comprising:
obtaining measurements of reflections from a sample in at least two spectral bands at respective illumination angles and respective
observation angles, wherein the measurements of reflections are obtained from one or more cameras, wherein the at least two
spectral bands include a first spectral band and a second spectral band, wherein one or more projectors illuminate the sample
in the first spectral band at a first illumination angle, wherein the one or more projectors illuminate the sample in the
second spectral band at a second illumination angle, and wherein the first illumination angle is different from the second
illumination angle;

identifying, with one or more computing devices, specular measurements in the at least two spectral bands; and
calculating, with the one or more computing devices, a feature value for the sample based on a ratio value of a specular measurement
in a first spectral band of the at least two spectral bands to a specular measurement in a second spectral band of the at
least two spectral bands.

US Pat. No. 9,358,779

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a recording head provided with a plurality of ejection port arrays each including a plurality of ejection ports for ejecting
a liquid and heaters each provided corresponding to each of the ejection ports, the ejection port arrays being disposed on
a printing element board and arranged in a predetermined direction; and

a driving unit configured to drive the heaters corresponding to the ejection ports in the plurality of ejection port arrays
to eject the liquid, the driving unit giving priority to the heater corresponding to other ejection port array except for
a first ejection port array and a second ejection port array of both sides in the predetermined direction among the plurality
of ejection port arrays disposed in the predetermined direction to drive for recording.

US Pat. No. 9,363,432

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,355,497

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,355,293

CODE DETECTION AND DECODING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,354,552

CARTRIDGE WITH FLEXIBLE CONTAINER FOR ACCOMMODATING DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a sealing member for sealing the opening,
wherein said flexible container includes a bottom point of a bottom portion being nearest to the opening,
wherein said bottom point is provided vertically above a lower end of the opening in a state in which said cartridge is mounted
in the main assembly, and

wherein a relative position of the opening with said frame is changed during operation.

US Pat. No. 9,354,590

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a cassette provided drawably into/out of an apparatus body and storing a recording medium;
an image forming portion forming an image on the recording medium conveyed from the cassette;
a waste toner container recovering toner discharged out of the image forming portion, the waste toner container being provided
drawably into/out of the apparatus body along a pull-out direction of the cassette;

a cover member movable between a close position where an opening portion enabling the waste toner container to be drawable
into/pulled out of the apparatus body is closed and an open position where the opening portion is opened; and

a moving portion engaging with the cover member located at the open position and moving the cover member from the open position
to the close position along with an insertion of the cassette into the apparatus body.

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. 9,348,255

LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER, DEVELOPING DEVICE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A layer thickness regulating member for regulating an amount of a developer carried on a surface of a developer carrying
member for developing a latent image, said layer thickness regulating member comprising:
a base portion;
a layer thickness regulating portion configured to regulate the amount of developer carried on the surface of the developer
carrying member, said layer thickness regulating portion projecting from said base portion along a rotational axis direction
of the developer carrying member in a front side of said base portion;

wherein said base portion includes an upstream base portion provided upstream of said layer thickness regulating portion with
respect to the rotational direction of the developer carrying member and a downstream base portion provided downstream of
said layer thickness regulating portion with respect to the rotational direction of the developer carrying member,

wherein a cross-section of said base portion perpendicular to an axial direction of the developer carrying member is extended
along a tangential direction of the developer carrying member at a position where said regulating portion and the developer
carrying member are closest to each other; and

a reinforcing rib portion provided on a rear side of said base portion and projecting from said base portion, said reinforcing
rib portion including a first reinforcing rib which is continuously disposed with respect to a rotational axis direction of
the developer carrying member and a second reinforcing rib which is disposed in a direction crossing said first reinforcing
rib,

wherein said base portion, said layer thickness regulating portion, and said reinforcing rib portion are integrally molded,
and

wherein said layer thickness regulating portion and said first reinforcing rib are provided at positions spaced from each
other with respect to the tangential direction.

US Pat. No. 9,350,900

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND USER AUTHENTICATION METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first authenticator configured to authenticate a user of the information processing apparatus to use a function of the information
processing apparatus;

a processor configured to generate, in response to authentication of the user by the first authenticator succeeding, certification
information that includes a user identification (ID) and authentication method information to identify an authentication method
used by the first authenticator;

an application module configured to perform a process and to determine, in response to the user, authenticated by the first
authenticator, instructing the application module to perform the process, whether the authentication method information matches
an authentication method previously used by the application module;

a second authenticator configured to authenticate the user, authenticated by the first authenticator, to instruct the application
module; and

an image data storage unit configured to store image data,
wherein, in response to the application module determining that the authentication method information matches an authentication
method previously used by the application module, the second authenticator determines whether the user ID in the certification
information is registered in the second authenticator,

wherein, in response to the second authenticator determining that the user ID is registered in the second authenticator, the
second authenticator authenticates the user, authenticated by the first authenticator, to instruct the application module,
and

wherein the application module processes the image data stored in the image data storage unit by accessing the image data
storage unit based on an instruction from the user authenticated by the second authenticator.

US Pat. No. 9,349,968

ORGANIC METAL COMPLEX AND ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE DEVICE USING THE COMPLEX

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic metal complex, which is represented by the following general formula (1):

wherein in the formula (1), R1 and R2 each represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R3 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or an aryloxy
group, R4 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R5 and R6 each represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, M represents Ir or Pt, and a and b each represent an integer, provided
that:

when M represents Ir, the following requirements (A1) and (A2) are satisfied for a and b: (A1) a+b=3; and(A2) a represents 2 or 3; and
when M represents Pt, the following requirements (B1) and (B2) are satisfied for a and b: (B1) a+b=2; and(B2) a represents 1 or 2.

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. 9,336,744

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for determining whether a vertical synchronizing signal included in a video signal
is active low or active high, comprising:
an obtainment unit configured to obtain a polarity of the vertical synchronizing signal;
a change determination unit configured to determine at a predetermined time interval whether a change of polarity of the vertical
synchronizing signal has occurred;

a measurement unit configured to set an initial value in a counter when the polarity of the vertical synchronizing signal
changes, and increment or decrement the value in the counter according to a detection of a horizontal synchronizing signal
while the change of the polarity of the vertical synchronizing signal does not occur;

a count determination unit configured to determine whether the value in the counter reaches a predetermined value; and
a polarity determination unit configured to determine whether the vertical synchronizing signal is active low or active high
based on the polarity of the vertical synchronizing signal obtained by the obtainment unit when the count determination unit
determines that the value in the counter reaches the predetermined value.

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. 9,338,341

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF READING PROPER FUNCTIONAL PIXELS WHEN IMAGE SIGNALS ARE MIXED OR SKIPPED AND ARE READ OUT, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising: an image sensor that includes a plurality of first pixels each corresponding to a
respective color and for producing image signals for displaying images, and a plurality of second pixels for producing signals
for focus detection;
a controller configured to output signals from the image sensor and the controller has at least a mixture readout mode, and
a focus state detector that detects a focus state based on signals outputted from the plurality of second pixels,
wherein in the mixture readout mode, the controller outputs pixel signals from both of the plurality of first pixels and the
plurality of second pixels, and

wherein in the mixture readout mode, the controller mixes pixel signals of a predetermined number of first pixels corresponding
to the same color to produce respective color signals and outputs the image signals from the image sensor for displaying images,
while the controller outputs each pixel signal of each of the second pixels from the image sensor without mixing with other
pixel signal.

US Pat. No. 9,335,528

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 positive refractive power,
a second lens unit having negative refractive power, a third lens unit having positive refractive power, a fourth lens unit
having negative refractive power, and a fifth lens unit having positive refractive power, wherein at least the first lens
unit, the second lens unit, and the third lens unit move during zooming so that the first lens unit is located closer to an
object side, the second lens unit is located closer to an image side, and the third lens unit is located closer to the object
side at a telephoto end than a wide-angle end,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.05
5.0
?5.00
where Tdw is an overall lens length at the wide-angle end, M1 is the amount of movement of the first lens unit during zooming
from the wide-angle end toward the telephoto end, M2 is the amount of movement of the second lens unit during zooming from
the wide-angle end toward the telephoto end, f1 is the focal length of the first lens unit, fw is the focal length of the
entire lens at the wide-angle end, and ft is the focal length of the entire lens at the telephoto end; and the sign of the
amounts of movement of the lens units is positive when the lens units are moved to be located closer to the object side at
the telephoto end than the wide-angle end, and is negative when the lens units are moved to be located closer to the image
side at the telephoto end than the image side.

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. 9,338,421

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. 9,332,205

IMAGE PICKUP ELEMENT, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup element, comprising:
a pixel matrix in which a plurality of pixels each comprising a photoelectric conversion portion for photoelectrically converting
an optical image of a subject, which is formed by an imaging optical system, the plurality of pixels are arranged in units
of a matrix of a predetermined number of pixels;

a pupil dividing portion arranged on a side of a light receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion portion of each of
the plurality of pixels to divide a pupil region of the imaging optical system; and

a shielding portion arranged between the pupil dividing portion and the photoelectric conversion portion of each of the plurality
of pixels to shield a predetermined region of the light receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion portion,

wherein the predetermined region of each of the plurality of pixels included in the matrix of the predetermined number of
pixels corresponds to any one of a predetermined number of divided pupil regions obtained when the pupil region is divided
by the pupil dividing portion, and a proportion of the predetermined region in the light receiving surface is smaller than
a proportion of a region that is not shielded by the shielding portion in the light receiving surface.

US Pat. No. 9,324,148

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha an...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,325,922

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit, and each of the plurality of pixels further including a digital-signal output unit configured
to output a digital signal based on an output of the photoelectric conversion unit;

bus lines each arranged in correspondence with one of the plurality of columns, and each configured to output the digital
signal from the digital-signal output unit in a pixel of the plurality of pixels; and

a control unit configured to control the digital-signal output unit to switch number of bits of the digital signal.

US Pat. No. 9,317,231

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a printing apparatus;
a file server which stores a file; and
a job server,
wherein the printing apparatus includes
a token acquisition unit configured to acquire a token for indicating the printing apparatus and a connection port of the
printing apparatus from the job server, and

a print request transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the file server, a print request for the file stored by the file
server and the token acquired by the token acquisition unit,

wherein the file server includes
a print request receiving unit configured to receive, from the printing apparatus, the print request and the token which are
transmitted by the print request transmitting unit, and

a file transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the job server, the file corresponding to the print request which is received
by the print request receiving unit and the token which is received by the print request receiving unit,

wherein the job server includes
a file receiving unit configured to receive, from the file server, the file and the token which are transmitted by the file
transmitting unit,

a determining unit configured to determine whether the token is valid,
a converting unit configured to convert the file to print data which is able to be processed by the printing apparatus, and
a print data transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, the print data converted by the converting
unit in a case where the determining unit determines that the token is valid,

wherein the printing apparatus further includes
a print data receiving unit configured to receive, from the job server, the print data via the connection port indicated by
the token, and

a print unit configured to perform printing based on the print data received by the print data receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,319,607

SOLID-STATE IMAGING SENSOR, RANGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging sensor provided with a plurality of pixels which convert an object image formed by an imaging optical
system into an electrical signal,
at least a portion of the plurality of pixels being ranging pixels in which a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second
photoelectric conversion unit are provided in alignment in a first direction, and

when a region of the solid-state imaging sensor is divided into a first region and a second region by a straight line perpendicular
to the first direction and passing through the center of the solid-state imaging sensor;

then in more than half of the ranging pixels in a region of the first region that is distanced by no less than a predetermined
distance from the straight line, a surface area in an imaging plane of the first photoelectric conversion unit is greater
than a surface area in an imaging plane of the second photoelectric conversion unit; and

in more than half of the ranging pixels in a region of the second region that is distanced by no less than a predetermined
distance from the straight line, the surface area in the imaging plane of the second photoelectric conversion unit is greater
than the surface area in the imaging plane of the first photoelectric conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,319,438

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL THAT PERFORMS NETWORK PACKET COMMUNICATION USING SIP SERVERS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication terminal that carries out network communication using a SIP server, comprising:
a reception unit that receives, via a network, a SIP server address of the SIP server;
a transmission unit that transmits a SIP method for inquiring about a type of a supported SIP method which the SIP server
supports using the SIP server address received by said reception unit;

a determination unit that determines a type of the SIP server based on the type of the supported SIP method indicated in response
data to the SIP method transmitted by the transmission unit, the type of the SIP server including at least one of a SIP registration
server, a SIP proxy server, a SIP redirect server, and a SIP location server; and

a storing control unit that stores, into a memory of the communication terminal, the type of the SIP server determined by
said determination unit in association with the SIP server address received by said reception unit,

wherein the determination unit determines the SIP registration server as the type of SIP server in a case where a Register
method is indicted in the response data,

wherein the determination unit determines the SIP proxy server as the type of SIP server in a case where a Refer method is
indicated in the response data, and

wherein the determination unit determines the SIP redirect server as the type of SIP server in a case where neither the Register
method nor the Refer method is indicated in the response data.

US Pat. No. 9,316,931

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND CONDENSED POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC COMPOUND

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 hole transporting compound having a first reactive functional group; and
a compound having a second reactive functional group reactable with the first reactive functional group,
wherein
the hole transporting compound is selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following formula (I-8),
a compound represented by the following formula (I-9), a compound represented by the following formula (I-10), and a compound
represented by the following formula (I-11):


and wherein
the compound having the second reactive functional group is a guanamine compound.

US Pat. No. 9,310,660

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by Formula [1]:

wherein, A1 to A6 each independently represent a substituent selected from a hydrogen atom, alkyl groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, alkoxy
groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and optionally substituted aryl groups, wherein a substituent of the optionally substituted
aryl group is selected from halogen atoms, alkyl groups having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, alkoxy groups having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,
aryl groups, aralkyl groups, substituted amino groups, and substituted silyl groups;

n is an integer of 1 to 4;
B's each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent represented by Formula [2], provided that at least one of
four B's represents a substituent represented by Formula [2]:


wherein X? represents an anion, and R2 represents an optionally substituted alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms or an optionally substituted aryl group;

Y represents a structure represented by any one of Formulae [3] to [6], provided that when n represents a number of 2 or more,
Y's are each independently selected from Formulae [3] to [6]:


wherein R3 represents an alkylene group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and R4 to R9 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, halogen atoms, alkyl groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, alkoxy groups
having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, optionally substituted aryl groups, alkyl ester groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, optionally
substituted amino groups, and a cyano group.

US Pat. No. 9,313,524

MOVING IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, MOVING IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A moving image coding apparatus for prediction-coding input moving image data by using at least intra-picture prediction,
the moving image coding apparatus being arranged to deal with moving image data having a plurality of different bit depths,
the moving image coding apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire moving image data represented by at least one of the plurality of different bit
depths;

a conversion unit configured to convert the moving image data acquired by the acquisition unit to moving image data having
a lowest bit depth among the plurality of different bit depths;

a determination unit configured to determine a prediction mode relating to the intra-picture prediction on the basis of the
moving image data of the bit depth converted by the conversion unit; and

a coding unit configured to prediction-code the moving image data represented by the one of the plurality of different bit
depths, which is acquired by the acquisition unit, in accordance with the prediction mode determined by the determination
unit,

wherein the determination unit determines the prediction mode of the moving image data represented by the lowest bit depth
on the basis of evaluation values of a plurality of prediction modes, and

wherein in a case where the bit depth of the moving image data acquired by the acquisition unit is the lowest bit depth, the
conversion unit outputs the acquired moving image data.

US Pat. No. 9,310,731

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus configured to heat an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical rotatable member including a conductive layer;
a coil including a helically shaped portion which is helically wound in a generatrix direction of the rotatable member inside
the rotatable member, wherein the coil includes a number of turns and is configured to produce an alternating magnetic field
for causing the conductive layer to generate heat by electromagnetic induction; and

a magnetic core disposed inside the helically shaped portion,
wherein the magnetic core includes a plurality of divided cores into which the magnetic core is divided in the generatrix
direction, and

wherein the number of turns of the coil per unit length, at a region that corresponds to a boundary between the plurality
of divided cores, is larger than the number of turns of the coil at a region that corresponds to the plurality of divided
cores.

US Pat. No. 9,310,742

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT UPDATES PROCESS CONDITION OF IMAGE FORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image according to a process condition;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed by the image forming unit;
an update unit configured to cause the image forming unit to form a first measurement image, to cause the measurement unit
to measure the first measurement image, and to update the process condition based on a result of the measurement of the first
measurement image by the measurement unit;

a first determination unit configured to cause the image forming unit to form a plurality of second measurement images, to
cause the measurement unit to measure the plurality of second measurement images, and to determine the process condition based
on a result of the measurement of the plurality of second measurement images by the measurement unit, the plurality of second
measurement images being formed according to a plurality of test process conditions;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain environment information; and
a second determination unit configured to determine the plurality of test process conditions, based on the environment information
obtained by the obtaining unit and the process condition updated by the update unit,

wherein the image forming unit includes:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member charged by the charging unit, to form an electrostatic latent
image; and

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image to form the image,
wherein the process condition is the light intensity of light irradiating the photosensitive member by the exposure unit,
and

wherein the test process conditions are the light intensities of light irradiating the photosensitive member by the exposure
unit,

wherein the second determination unit is configured to determine a first range of the light intensity based on the environment
information obtained by the obtaining unit and, in the case where the light intensity updated by the update unit is higher
than an upper limit of the first range, the second determination unit determines a plurality of light intensities based on
a second range, each of the plurality of light intensities is included in the second range, and the upper limit of the second
range is higher than the upper limit of the first range.

US Pat. No. 9,310,758

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, wherein a cartridge including at least an image
bearing member on which a toner image is to be formed is detachably mountable to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus,
said image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge mounting portion for detachably mounting the cartridge;
a transfer device contactable to the image bearing member to form a nip where the toner image is transferred from the image
bearing member onto the recording material;

a feeding mechanism for feeding the recording material to the nip; and
a movable guiding member for guiding the recording material toward a downstream side with respect to a feeding direction of
the recording material, wherein said guiding member is movable between a first position where the image bearing member and
said transfer device are spaced from each other when the cartridge is in said cartridge mounting portion and a second position
where when the cartridge is in said cartridge mounting portion, the image bearing member and said transfer device are permitted
to contact each other and the recording material is guided toward the downstream side with respect to the feeding direction,
and

wherein when said guiding member is in the first position, said guiding member is positioned between said transfer device
and the cartridge and covers said transfer device.

US Pat. No. 9,311,042

DISPLAY CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that is capable of communicating with a plurality of display controlling apparatuses, the
image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive information related to each display controlling apparatus;
a determining unit configured to determine a representative apparatus among the plurality of display controlling apparatuses
based on the information related to each display controlling apparatus received by the receiving unit;

a capturing unit configured to capture image data; and
a sending unit configured to send image data captured by the capturing unit to the display controlling apparatus determined
as the representative apparatus by the determining unit.

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. 9,299,134

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as units comprising:
(a) an image forming unit configured to form a tomographic image of an object based on an interference light generated by
a measuring light which has passed through the object and a reference light which has passed through a reference optical path;

(b) an image display unit configured to display the tomographic image on a display device;
(c) an area setting unit configured to set, based on a user's operation, first and second partial areas within the tomographic
image displayed on the display device;

(d) an image quality obtaining unit configured to obtain an image quality of an image of the second partial area as an image
quality of the tomographic image, based on first values in the first partial area and second values in the second partial
area, the first values in the first partial area being used as a reference value for calculating the image quality of the
image of the second partial area;

(e) a determination unit configured to determine whether a value indicating the image quality obtained by the image quality
obtaining unit satisfies a specific determination reference;

(f) an output unit configured to display, on the display device, a result of a determination of the determination unit; and
(g) a control unit configured to control at least one of an amount of the measuring light for the object, a spectral shape
of the measuring light, a polarization state of the measuring light, an incident position of the measuring light, and an optical
path of the reference light, in accordance with the result of the determination,

wherein the image forming unit forms a new tomographic image based on the controlling by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,296,574

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet storage portion including a sheet stacking portion which is capable of lifting and lowering and on which a plurality
of sheets are stacked;

a lift-up mechanism which lifts the sheet stacking portion;
a sheet feeding portion which is capable of lifting and lowering and is lowered to abut a top surface of sheets stacked on
the sheet stacking portion and feeds the sheet;

a detecting portion which outputs a detection signal according to a position of the sheet feeding portion while the sheet
feeding portion abuts the top surface of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion; and

a controller which determines if a sheet surface height of the top surface of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion
is positioned in a feed range capable of feeding an uppermost sheet of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion based
on the detection signal from the detecting portion and controls the lift-up mechanism so as to lift up the sheet stacking
portion based on a determination of the sheet surface height of the top surface of the sheets,

wherein the controller provides a mask interval in which the detection signal is not received from the detecting portion until
a lapse of a predetermined time from starting to lower the sheet feeding portion, and the determination of the sheet surface
height of the top surface of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion by the controller is performed after a lapse
of the mask interval from a start of a lowering of the sheet feeding portion for feeding the uppermost sheet, and

wherein, in a case that the controller has determined that the sheet surface height of the top surface of the sheets stacked
on the sheet stacking portion is at or lower than a lower-limit height that is preset in the feed range, the controller controls
the lift-up mechanism to lift the sheet stacking portion such that the sheet surface height of the top surface of the sheets
is lifted higher than the lower-limit height based on the determination that the controller has determined previously after
the sheet feeding portion finishes feeding the uppermost sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,300,689

APPARATUS CONNECTING TO NETWORK, CONTROL METHOD FOR APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multifunction peripheral device comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a security policy;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not each function of the multifunction peripheral device complies
with the security policy obtained by the obtaining unit;

a hardware processor configured to restrict use of a specific function determined by the determination unit not to comply
with the security policy;

a display control unit configured to display the security policy solution screen including a link to a change screen for changing
a setting of a specific function so as to comply with the security policy obtained by the obtaining unit, wherein the display
control unit is further configured to perform screen transition to the change screen in response to a user's selection of
the link included in the security policy solution screen,

wherein the use of the specific function remains restricted until at least the setting of the specific function is changed
via the change screen.

US Pat. No. 9,298,132

DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,298,140

CONTROLLING APPARATUS, IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A controlling apparatus for controlling an image heating device, the image heating device including first and second rotatable
members for heating therebetween a toner image on a sheet, a first rubbing rotatable member for rubbing the first rotatable
member, and a second rubbing rotatable member for rubbing the second rotatable member, said controlling apparatus comprising:
a counter configured to count a number of heated sheets;
a first executing portion configured to execute rubbing by the first rubbing rotatable member in accordance with an output
of said counter;

a second executing portion configured to execute rubbing by the second rubbing rotatable member in accordance with an output
of said counter;

an acquiring portion configured to acquire an execution instruction for operation in an image glossiness property improving
mode provided by an operator; and

a determination portion configured to determine whether one or both of the first and second rotatable members is to be rubbed
in accordance with an output of said counter when said acquiring portion acquires the execution instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,298,142

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a fixing part including a first heat generating member and a second heat generating member which generate heat by power supplied
from a commercial power supply through a power supply path to heat-fix an image formed on a recording material to the recording
material;

a first relay having one of a make contact and a break contact and a second relay having a transfer contact, the first and
second relays configured to switch the first heat generating member and the second heat generating member in between a parallel
connection state and a serial connection state; and

a power supply voltage detection part for detecting a voltage of the commercial power supply,
wherein the serial connection state in which the first relay is in a power supply path cut-off state is set in a case where
the power supply voltage detection part detects a 200 V system, and the parallel connection state in which the first relay
is in a power supply path connecting state is set in a case where the power supply voltage detection part detects a 100 V
system,

wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a CPU into which a signal from the power supply voltage detection part is input, for outputting a relay driving signal to
drive the first, the second or the first and the second relays according to a detection voltage of the power supply voltage
detection part; and

a relay control part for driving the first and second relays, and into which a signal from the power supply voltage detection
part and the relay driving signal from the CPU are input, the relay control part having a latch portion that latches the first
relay,

wherein in a case where a voltage signal relating to a 200V system is input to the relay control part from the power supply
voltage detection part at least one time, the latch portion is latched to keep the first relay in the power supply path cut-off
state, and afterward the first relay is kept in the power supply path cut-off state by the latch portion even if the relay
driving signal to make the first relay be in the power supply path connecting state is output from the CPU to the relay control
part, or even if a voltage signal relating to a 100V system is output from the power supply voltage detection part to the
relay control part.

US Pat. No. 9,297,943

ABSORPTIVE WIRE-GRID POLARIZER AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An absorptive wire-grid polarizer comprising:
a dielectric substrate; and
a periodic structure formed on a substrate surface of the dielectric substrate and constituted by a metal and one or more
dielectric materials whose number is represented by i,

wherein the periodic structure has a one-dimensional grating structure in which, in a sectional plane orthogonal to a normal
to the substrate surface, grating portions of a metal grating formed of the metal and grating portions of dielectric gratings
formed of the one or more dielectric materials are one-dimensionally arranged with a grating period P smaller than that of
an entering light entering the polarizer, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
nm?2.0;

km?3.0;

0.01?FF?0.25;

nb?1.40; and

h?250 nm,

where h represents an entire height of the metal and dielectric gratings, nm represents a refractive index of a real part of a complex refractive index of the metal for a wavelength of the entering light,
km represents an extinction coefficient of an imaginary part of the complex refractive index, nb represents an average refractive index of the dielectric gratings, and FF represents an average filling factor of the metal
grating to the grating period P, FF and nb being expressed by the following expressions:


where W(z) represents a grating width of the grating portion of the metal grating occupying in the grating period p at a grating
height z, and ni and Wi respectively represent a refractive index and a grating width of an i-th dielectric material.

US Pat. No. 9,298,716

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR DISPLAYING A TAG ADDED TO A CONTENT FILE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of tag information which are associated with content files;
a selection unit configured to select at least one of the content files;
a counting unit configured to count the number of the selected content files which are associated with each piece of the tag
information stored by the storing unit;

a display control unit configured to display each piece of the tag information in different display modes whether the number
of the selected content files associated with the piece of the tag information indicates all of the selected content files,
some of the selected content files, or none of the selected content files;

a designation unit configured to designate at least one of the pieces of the displayed tag information; and
a tag deletion unit configured to delete an association between the designated piece of the tag information and the selected
content files to which the designated piece of the tag information is added,

wherein the information processing apparatus comprises a processor executing a program stored in a memory to implement at
least a part of a function of at least one of the units.

US Pat. No. 9,299,016

MISREGISTRATION CORRECTING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USE IN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate, for a target scan line and a previous scan line, spans of drawing objects included
in a page, wherein the target scan line extends along an X-direction, and wherein the previous scan line is adjacent to the
target scan line in a Y-direction; and

an adding unit configured to execute, based on the spans of the drawing objects for the target scan line and the previous
scan line, a trapping process for adding a span of a trapping object to the target scan line,

wherein the adding unit comprises:
a first unit configured to determine, based on painting information and coordinates information corresponding to the spans
of the drawing objects generated for the target scan line and the previous scan line by the generation unit, whether or not
a span of a trapping object should be added to the target scan line, and add a span of a trapping object to the target scan
line when it is determined that a span of a trapping object should be added to the target scan line; and

a second unit configured to determine, based on painting information and coordinates information corresponding to the spans
of the drawing objects arranged in the X-direction with no gap for the target scan line, whether or not a span of a trapping
object should be added to the target scan line, and add a span of a trapping object to the target scan line when it is determined
that a span of a trapping object should be added to the target scan line.

US Pat. No. 9,297,745

SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus which measures a shape of an object to be measured, comprising:
an emitting unit configured to emit pattern light;
an optical system configured to irradiate the object with the pattern light emitted from the emitting unit;
a deflection unit configured to deflect light emitted from the optical system;
an image sensing unit configured to sense, through the optical system and the deflection unit, an image of the object irradiated
with the pattern light; and

a processing unit configured to determine the shape of the object based on the image of the object sensed by the image sensing
unit,

wherein the deflection unit includes a deflection element,
wherein the measuring apparatus irradiates the object with light deflected by the deflection element, and a direction deflected
by the deflection element differs depending on a polarization state of incident light in the deflection element.

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. 9,293,492

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor in which a plurality of sensor pixels are arranged in a first direction and a second direction perpendicular
to the first direction; and

an image fiber which has an exit end surface facing the image sensor and guides light incident from a focusing optical system
toward the image sensor and in which a plurality of fiber pixels are periodically arranged two-dimensionally, wherein

when an optional pixel among the fiber pixels is defined as a target pixel, and
when a fiber pixel which is adjacent to the target pixel and in which an inclination of a straight line that connects the
center of the fiber pixel and the center of the target pixel is between 45° and 135° with respect to the first direction is
defined as an adjacent pixel, and moreover

when any one of sensor pixels that a straight line passing through the center of the target pixel and the center of the adjacent
pixel crosses is defined as a first sensor pixel, and either one of two sensor pixels that are adjacent to the first sensor
pixel in the second direction is defined as a second sensor pixel,

a distance in the first direction between an intersection between a straight line that passes through the center of the first
sensor pixel and is parallel to the first direction and a straight line that connects the center of the target pixel and the
center of the adjacent pixel and an intersection between a straight line that passes through the center of the second sensor
pixel and is parallel to the first direction and the straight line that connects the center of the target pixel and the center
of the adjacent pixel is between ¼ times and ¾ times a pixel pitch of the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,291,984

CONNECTOR FOR HEATER, AND FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image fixing apparatus for heating and fixing an unfixed image formed on a recording material, comprising:
a heater including a substrate, a first electrode provided on one side of said substrate and a second electrode provided on
the other side of the substrate; and

a connector, connected to said heater, configured to supply electric power, said connector including an electrically insulative
housing, and a contact terminal provided inside said housing and having first spring contact contacted to said first electrode
and a second spring contact contacted to said second electrode,

wherein said contact terminal is movable relative to said housing in an urging direction of said spring contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,291,994

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,290,012

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

25. A print control apparatus configured to cause a printing unit to print page images on a continuous sheet, the print control
apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine, for a plurality of page images, whether a sheet type to be used for a preceding
page image can be used for a subsequent page image;

a print control unit configured to cause the printing unit to continuously print page images on the continuous sheet based
on the determination result by the determination unit;

a cutting control unit configured to cause a cutting unit to cut the continuous sheet,
wherein, in response to the determination unit determining that the sheet type to be used for the preceding page image can
be used for the subsequent page image, the print control unit causes the printing unit to continuously print the subsequent
page image on a first surface of the continuous sheet adjacent to the preceding page image already printed on the first surface
of the continuous sheet without cutting, and

wherein, in response to the determination unit determining that the sheet type to be used for the preceding page image cannot
be used for the subsequent page image, the cutting control unit causes the cutting unit to cut the continuous sheet after
the preceding page image has been printed on the first surface of the continuous sheet before printing the subsequent page
image; and

at least one processing unit, wherein at least one of the determination unit and the print control unit is implemented by
the at least one processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,293,886

LASER APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A laser apparatus comprising:
a laser medium;
a light source that radiates light to said laser medium, and excites said laser medium;
a reflecting unit having a first portion that reflects light within a first wavelength range from light generated by excitation
of said laser medium and a second portion that reflects light within a second wavelength range from light generated by excitation
of said laser medium; and

an output mirror arranged opposite said reflecting unit, with said laser medium being arranged therebetween, causing laser
oscillation by inducing resonance of the light within said first wavelength range between said first portion and said output
mirror and causing laser oscillation by inducing resonance of the light within said second wavelength range between said second
portion and said output mirror,

wherein said reflecting unit and said output mirror constitute a resonator,
wherein said reflecting unit moves in a linear direction so as to switch a first position in which the laser apparatus is
set in an oscillation state of the light within said first wavelength range by using said first portion, a second position
in which the laser apparatus is set in an oscillation state of the light within said second wavelength range by using said
second portion, and a third position in which the laser apparatus is set in a non-oscillation state, said linear direction
being a direction intersecting with an arrangement direction of said first portion, said laser medium and said output mirror
in a state in which said reflecting unit is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,285,756

REGULATING DEVICE, IMAGE BEARING MEMBER CLEANING DEVICE, DEVELOPING DEVICE, CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image bearing member cleaning device, comprising:
a blade member for removing a developer from a surface of an image bearing member for bearing an image of the developer in
contact with the image bearing member;

a supporting member for supporting the blade member; and
a cleaning container for collecting the developer,
wherein the supporting member is fastened to a part of the cleaning container by a fastener, and a position of the supporting
member relative to a part of the cleaning container is adjustable with respect to a widthwise direction of said blade member,
when the supporting member is fastened to the cleaning container by the fastener, so as to fasten the blade member at a predetermined
position relative to the cleaning container, and

wherein the supporting member has a biting portion which is capable of biting into the part of the cleaning container when
the supporting member is fastened by the fastener,

wherein the part of the cleaning container is softer than the biting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,283,760

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a discharge port-forming member having discharge ports for discharging a liquid and having a surface provided with a liquid-repellent
film, wherein

the liquid-repellent film includes a resin composition-containing layer containing a resin composition containing at least
one of polyurethane and polyrotaxane disposed on the discharge port-forming member and a layer containing a fluorine compound
and having a thickness of 10 nm or less disposed on the resin composition-containing layer, wherein

when a scratch-forming tool, a diamond tip having a tip diameter of 15 ?m, is pressed onto the liquid-repellent film with
a load of 0.098 N (10 gf) and is reciprocated ten times, the depth of a scratch formed on the surface of the liquid-repellent
film is smaller than the thickness of the fluorine compound-containing layer.

US Pat. No. 9,287,099

IONIZATION METHOD, MASS SPECTROMETRY METHOD, EXTRACTION METHOD, AND PURIFICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ionization method for a substance comprising steps of:
(i) supplying a liquid onto a substrate from a probe such that a liquid comprising the substance bridge is formed with the
liquid between the probe and the substrate, the probe having an end in-line with a longitudinal axis of the probe;

(ii) oscillating the end of the probe in a direction that intersects with the longitudinal axis of the probe; and
(iii) generating an electric field between an electrically conductive portion of the probe in contact with the liquid and
an ion extraction electrode, to thereby ionize the substance contained in the liquid between the end of the probe and the
ion extraction electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,287,454

NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE WITH A LAYER CONTAINING IN AND MG AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light-emitting device comprising:
a layer containing In and Mg;
an active layer comprising a nitride semiconductor; and
a p-type layer,
wherein the layer containing In and Mg, the active layer and the p-type layer are arranged in order from a side of a substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,280,720

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. A method executed by a processor of an apparatus, the method comprising:
determining whether image quality of an object image in image data is an image quality suitable for object recognition, on
the basis of whether a degree of blurring of the object image satisfies a predetermined reference;

extracting feature amount from the object image; and
registering, in a dictionary being referred to for the object recognition, the extracted feature amount of the object image,
wherein, in the registering, the feature amount of the object image is not registered in the dictionary if it is determined
in the determining that the image quality of the object image is not the image quality suitable for the object recognition,
and in the registering, the feature amount of the object image is registered in the dictionary if it is determined in the
determining that the image quality of the object image is the image quality suitable for the object recognition.

US Pat. No. 9,282,615

METHODS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER AND ORGANIC DEVICE EACH HAVING CHARGE TRANSPORTING LAYER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member which comprises a support and a charge transporting
layer thereon, comprising the steps of:
preparing a first solution comprising:
a first liquid having a solubility in water at 25° C. and 1 atm of 1.0 mass % or less,
a charge transporting substance, and
a binder resin,
preparing a second solution comprising:
a second liquid having a solubility in water at 25° C. and 1 atm of 5.0 mass % or more and a solubility in the first liquid
at 25° C. and 1 atm of 5.0 mass % or more, and

water,
dispersing the first solution in the second solution to prepare an emulsion,
forming a coat of the emulsion, and
heating the coat to form the charge transporting layer.

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. 9,281,158

X-RAY EMITTING TARGET AND X-RAY EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmitting type X-ray emitting device comprising:
a vacuum envelope, inside of which is decompressed;
an electron emission source disposed inside the vacuum envelope; and
a transmitting type X-ray emitting target comprising:
a diamond substrate;
a first layer disposed on the diamond substrate and including a first metal; and
a second layer disposed on the first layer and including a second metal whose atomic number is 42 or more and which has a
thermal conductivity higher than that of the first metal,

wherein the electron emission source and the second layer are arranged to face each other,
wherein a thickness of the first layer and a thickness of the diamond substrate are greater than or equal to 1 nm and smaller
than or equal to 10 nm, and greater than or equal to 350 micrometers and smaller than or equal to 2000 micrometers, respectively,
such that an X-ray generated at the second layer is transmitted through the first layer and the diamond substrate, in that
order, and is emitted from the diamond substrate, and

wherein a carbide of the first metal is present at a boundary between the diamond substrate and the first layer.

US Pat. No. 9,280,135

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said process cartridge comprising:
a frame comprising an accommodating portion for accommodating developer;
a photosensitive drum rotatably provided in said frame;
a cleaning member, provided in said frame and having a blade portion contacted to said photosensitive drum along a longitudinal
direction of said photosensitive drum, for removing developer from a surface of said photosensitive drum;

a sheet, provided in said frame, extended along the longitudinal direction and contacted to said photosensitive drum along
the longitudinal direction, for preventing leakage of the developer from said accommodating portion;

an end portion sealing member for preventing leakage of the developer from said accommodating portion, said end portion sealing
member being attached to an end portion of said frame with respect to the longitudinal direction and being contacted to the
surface of said photosensitive drum, to said blade portion, and to said sheet; and

a molded sealing member, integrally molded at the end portion of said frame with respect to the longitudinal direction by
injection molding, for preventing leakage of the developer from said accommodating portion, said molded sealing member including
a first seal portion provided between said cleaning member and said frame and extending in a direction crossing with the longitudinal
direction, a second seal portion (a) sandwiched in the longitudinal direction between regions where a part of said photosensitive
drum contacts a part of said end sealing member which contacts a part of said frame in the direction substantially perpendicular
to the longitudinal direction and (b) continuously molded with said first seal portion, and a third seal portion provided
between said sheet and said frame and continuously molded with said second seal portion.

US Pat. No. 9,278,882

METHOD OF PRODUCING GLASS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of producing glass comprising:
forming phase-separated glass containing silicon oxide and a denatured layer formed on a surface of the phase-separated glass,
the denatured layer being compositionally deviated from a vitreous body,

removing the denatured layer selectively in its thickness direction by bringing an alkaline solution held by a porous supporting
member into contact with the denatured layer; and

immersing the phase-separated glass with the denatured layer removed therefrom in an acid solution and/or water to form pores
in the phase-separated glass,

wherein the removing of the denatured layer selectively comprises controlling removal in the thickness direction by allowing
the alkaline solution to be held by the porous supporting member to thereby restrain circulation of the alkaline solution
so as to limit a liquid amount of the alkaline solution to react with the denatured layer.

US Pat. No. 9,282,211

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH DATA IS SHARED BETWEEN APPLICATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a relay function for sharing data between a plurality of applications and an application
are operated, the image forming apparatus comprising,
a memory; and
a CPU in communication with the memory, wherein the CPU is configured to control:
an accepting unit configured to accept a processing request if the processing request is performed via the relay function
by using function information of a function provided by the application;

an executing unit configured to execute the function provided by the application in response to an instruction according to
the accepted processing request; and

a notifying unit configured to notify the relay function about a result executed by the executing unit,
wherein the accepting unit and the notifying unit are realized as servlets mounted in the application.

US Pat. No. 9,277,860

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; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where an instruction to narrow the imaging range is input, control the measurement
light optical path length changing unit to reduce the optical path length of the measurement light and make a changing speed
of the optical path length of the measurement light lower than in a case where an instruction to widen the imaging range is
input.

US Pat. No. 9,282,245

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus which is configured to perform moving image recording and still image capturing comprising:
an image sensor configured to output an image signal in accordance with a quantity of incident light;
a developing circuit configured to perform development processes for a moving image and a still image for image signals;
a memory configured to store image signals output from said image sensing unit; and
a control circuit configured to control to perform a first development process for one frame of the image signals output from
said image sensor to generate moving image data and a second development process for part of one frame of the image signals
stored in said memory to generate still image data,

wherein the control circuit controls to perform the first development process and the second development process within a
one-frame period of a moving image capturing and perform the second development process between the first development processes
for two frames of the image signals output from said image sensor performed in two-frame periods.

US Pat. No. 9,277,621

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,275,461

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire an image including a target object;
a position and orientation unit configured to acquire a coarse position and orientation of the target object;
a holding unit configured to hold information of a plurality of models, each of which indicate a shape of the same target
object, wherein each of the plurality of models indicate the shape of the target object with different accuracies;

an associating unit configured to associate a geometrical feature of the target object in the acquired image with a geometrical
feature indicated by at least one of the plurality of models placed at the coarse position and orientation; and

an estimation unit configured to estimate a position and orientation of the target object based on the result of association.

US Pat. No. 9,276,985

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND TRANSMISSION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a transmission unit configured to transmit one or more event packets to a reception apparatus corresponding to a detected
event and to transmit notify data for informing the reception apparatus that the one or more event packets have been transmitted;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a time period from a last transmission time at which the transmission
unit has transmitted an event packet last reaches a predetermined time period; and

a control unit configured to control the transmission unit,
wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines that the time period from the last transmission time reaches the
predetermined time period, the control unit is configured to control the transmission unit to transmit notice data for informing
the reception apparatus that the last transmitted event packet has been transmitted according to a timing of the determination
by the determination unit,

wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines that the time period from the last transmission time does not reach
the predetermined time period, the control unit is configured to control the transmission unit not to transmit notice data
for informing the reception apparatus that the last transmitted event packet has been transmitted, and

wherein all of the transmission unit, the determination unit, and the control unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,277,128

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS WITH THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO AVOID PARTIAL LOSS OF AN OUTPUT IMAGE BY APPLYING GEOMETRIC DEFORMATION TO AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for correcting image quality degradation, comprising a processor configured to function as:
a generating unit that generates a parameter defining a deformation process for correcting the image quality degradation;
a determining unit that determines whether a reference area, which is an image area required by the deformation process, fits
within a captured area that contains the image and is larger than the image;

an adjusting unit that adjusts the parameter such that the reference area fits within the captured area, in a case where it
is determined by the determining unit that the reference area does not fit within the captured area; and

a deforming unit that applies the deformation process to the image in accordance with the parameter,
wherein:
the deformation process is a combination of a plurality of geometric deformation processes,
the generating unit generates a plurality of parameters defining the plurality of geometric deformation processes,
the determining unit performs the determination based on a sum total of displacement amounts, in each of the plurality of
geometric deformation processes, before and after the geometric deformation process is applied, and a positional relationship
of the captured area and the image, and

the adjusting unit adjusts the plurality of parameters that are generated by the generating unit, by setting, for each of
the plurality of geometric deformation processes, an upper limit for a displacement amount before and after the geometric
deformation process is applied, such that the sum total of displacement amounts is a value in a range in which the reference
area fits within the captured area.

US Pat. No. 9,274,052

FEATURE VECTOR FOR CLASSIFYING SPECULAR OBJECTS BASED ON MATERIAL TYPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for material classification of a specular sample fabricated from an unknown material, the method comprising:
obtaining a measurement of a specular reflection of the sample at at least one observation angle and in at least two spectral
bands including a first spectral band and a second spectral band;

calculating a feature vector using a homogeneous function that combines the measured specular reflections in the first and
second spectral bands; and

classifying the sample based on the feature vector;
wherein the homogeneous function includes a ratio of values of the first and second spectral bands of the measured specular
reflections, and

wherein the feature vector is based on a histogram of ratio values of the first and second spectral bands of the measured
specular reflections.

US Pat. No. 9,277,261

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which has a communication unit configured to communicate with an image capturing apparatus,
and which reproduces video data obtained by sequentially acquiring segments each of which is a portion of the video data obtained
by image capturing of the image capturing apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising at least one processor
configured to function as:
a list requesting unit configured to request, via the communication unit, a segment list in which information of segments
indicating at least one segment which the image capturing apparatus has not yet sent to the information processing apparatus
among segments of video data being captured by the image capturing apparatus is written, from the image capturing apparatus;

a list acquiring unit configured to acquire the segment list requested by the list requesting unit;
a determination unit configured to determine which segment, from the segments in the segment list acquired by the list acquiring
unit, to be played;

a segment requesting unit configured to request, via the communication unit, the segment determined by the determination unit,
from the image capturing apparatus; and

a segment acquiring unit configured to acquire the segment requested by the segment requesting unit,
wherein in the case where a number of segments in the segment list acquired by the list acquiring unit is greater than a first
threshold, the segment requesting unit requests a predetermined segment from the segments in the segment list; and

wherein the predetermined segment among segments which has not been sent yet is neither the latest segment nor the earliest
segment in the segment list.

US Pat. No. 9,275,624

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an audio signal; and
an audio processing unit configured to reduce noise in the audio signal,
wherein the audio processing unit is further configured to generate a complement signal using at least one of an audio signal
in a first predetermined section before a first noise section including noise in the audio signal acquired by the acquisition
unit and an audio signal in a second predetermined section after the first noise section and complements an audio signal of
the first noise section with the complement signal such that noise in the audio signal acquired by the acquisition unit is
reduced, and

wherein the audio processing unit is further configured to generate the complement signal using the audio signal in the second
predetermined section if noise is included in the first predetermined section and noise is not included in the second predetermined
section, and

to generate the complement signal using the audio signal in the first predetermined section if noise is included in the second
predetermined section and noise is not included in the first predetermined section.

US Pat. No. 9,274,981

FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD TO REQUEST CONFIGURATION DATA FROM A MANAGEMENT APPARATUS IN PREDETERMINED TRANSITION STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a unit that requests, if one of a plurality of load conditions is satisfied by the image forming apparatus, a cluster of configuration
data from a management apparatus which manages configuration data of the image forming apparatus, the one of the plurality
of load conditions being satisfied if a trigger of a predetermined state transition is occurred on the image forming apparatus;

a network communication device that receives from the management apparatus a cluster of configuration data of a plurality
of clusters of configuration data managed by the management apparatus, the received cluster of configuration data being associated
with the predetermined state transition of which trigger is occurred; and

an overwrite unit that updates configuration data of the image forming apparatus with the cluster of configuration data received
by the network communication device, wherein the overwrite unit overwrites a corresponding cluster of configuration data of
a plurality of clusters of configuration data of the image forming apparatus by overwriting with the received cluster of the
configuration data, the overwritten configuration data being used as configuration data of the image forming apparatus to
execute the predetermined state transition of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,277,150

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM CAPABLE OF IMPROVING CALCULATION ACCURACY OF DEFOCUS AMOUNT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element that includes first pixels and second pixels, configured to perform a photoelectric conversion of
an object image via optical elements into an image signal; and

a memory storing instructions which, when executed by a processor, cause the image pickup apparatus to:
read a pair of image signals from the second pixels within a predetermined period, wherein the pair of image signals is used
in calculation of a defocus amount;

combine a plurality of signals which are based on the signal read out from the second pixels; and
determine a conversion coefficient that converts the combined plurality of signals into the defocus amount,
wherein the conversion coefficient changes according to a change of the optical elements, and
wherein combining the plurality of signals stops when the conversion coefficient is changed, and combining the plurality of
signals starts after the conversion coefficient is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,276,027

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type arranged in the semiconductor substrate;
a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type constituting a charge accumulation region of a pixel, and being
arranged in the first semiconductor region; and

a lens for condensing light to the second semiconductor region, wherein
the second semiconductor region includes a first portion and a second portion which are arranged in a first direction parallel
to a surface of the semiconductor substrate,

a potential barrier to a charge accumulated in the charge accumulation region is formed between the first portion and the
second portion,

an interval between the first portion and the second portion is within a range from 0.1 ?m to 1.0 ?m,
a size of the pixel along the first direction is within a range from 2.0 ?m to 7.0 ?m, and
a size of the first portion along a second direction parallel to a depth direction of the semiconductor substrate is larger
than a size of the first portion along the first direction, and a size of the second portion along the second direction is
larger than a size of the second portion along the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,277,197

RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising: an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data; a generation unit configured
to generate first moving image data and second moving image data having less number of pixels than that of the first moving
image data by using the moving image data obtained by the obtaining unit; an outputting unit configured to output the first
moving image data generated by the generation unit by using at least one of a plurality of output channels which conform with
a predetermined format; a setting unit configured to set a number of pieces of the first moving image data to be output by
the outputting unit, wherein the setting unit determines the number of pieces of the first moving image data to be output
by the outputting unit on the basis of a number of the output channels to be used for outputting a single piece of the first
moving image data, wherein the outputting unit has a first mode for outputting a first number of pieces of the first moving
image data and a second mode for outputting a second number of pieces of the first moving image data larger than the first
number; a recording unit configured to record the second moving image data generated by the generation unit into a recording
medium; and a control unit configured to control the outputting unit and the recording unit so as to record the second moving
image data into the recording medium in parallel with the outputting of the first moving image data by the outputting unit,
wherein the control unit determines a number of pieces of the second moving image data to be recorded by the recording unit
in accordance with the number of pieces of the first moving image data to be output by the outputting unit and controls the
recording unit to record the determined number of pieces of the second moving image data in parallel with outputting of the
first moving image data by the outputting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,277,072

ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS FOR READING IMAGE OF AN ORIGINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An original reading apparatus comprising:
an illumination unit configured to illuminate an original; and
a base member having a first portion and plural second portions;
a photoelectric conversion element configured to convert reflected light from the original illuminated by the illumination
unit into an electrical signal,

wherein the illumination unit includes:
a plurality of light-emitting elements; and
a light guide having a first boss portion and plural second boss portions, configured to guide light emitted from the plurality
of light-emitting elements toward the original;

wherein the first boss portion is engaged to the first portion, and the first boss portion arranged in a central area of the
light guide in a longitudinal direction is supported by the first portion in both the longitudinal direction and a lateral
direction of the light guide; and

wherein the second boss portions are engaged to the second portions, and the second boss portions arranged on end areas of
the light guide in the longitudinal direction are free in the longitudinal direction of the light guide and are supported
by the second portions in the lateral direction of the light guide.