US Pat. No. 9,277,076

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING CALIBRATION FOR PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive spectral reflection factor information measured by reading a patch image for calibration
printed on a recorded medium by using a measurement device capable of measuring a spectral reflection factor at every predetermined
wavelengths;

a generating unit configured to generate a look-up table based on reference sensor light reception characteristic information,
light reception characteristic information of a real machine sensor and the spectral reflection factor information; and

a correction unit configured to correct a density characteristic of the real machine sensor into a density characteristic
of a reference sensor corresponding to the reference sensor light reception characteristic information based on the generated
look-up table.

US Pat. No. 9,277,077

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING POWER SAVE FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A control method of an image forming apparatus having a non-volatile storage device, the image forming apparatus configured
to be able to transit between a normal state where a normal operation is performed and a power save state where power consumption
is less than in the normal state, the control method comprising:
a setting step of calculating, when the image forming apparatus transits from the normal state to the power save state, a
data retention period of said non-volatile storage device, and setting the calculated data retention period in a part of the
image forming apparatus that operates in the power save state; and

a transition step of causing, by the part of the image forming apparatus that operates in the power save state, the image
forming apparatus to transit from the power save state to the normal state based on the data retention period set in said
setting step.

US Pat. No. 9,275,436

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,269,744

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A manufacturing method of a solid-state imaging apparatus having a semiconductor substrate having a plurality of light
receiving portions, the method comprising forming a first color filter layer above the semiconductor substrate and above a
first light receiving portion;
forming a sacrificial layer on a side surface of the first color filter layer;
forming a second color filter layer contacting the sacrificial layer above a second light receiving portion adjacent to the
first light receiving portion above the semiconductor substrate;

forming, on the first and second color filter layers, a sealable layer having an aperture exposing the sacrificial layer formed
on an upper surface of the first color filter layer;

forming an air gap portion between the first and second color filter layers, by etching to remove the sacrificial layer through
the aperture of the sealable layer; and

heating the sealable layer, to form a sealing layer sealing an upper portion of the air gap portion with a material of the
sealable layer without filling the air gap portion with the material of the sealable layer.

US Pat. No. 9,268,249

CHARGING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,254

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a developing unit for accommodating a developer;
a rotatable member, rotatable in said developing unit, for stirring the developer;
a pressure-detecting portion for detecting a pressure applied by said rotatable member and for outputting a voltage signal
corresponding to the pressure,

wherein said pressure-detecting portion is provided on a wall surface perpendicular to the rotational axis direction of said
rotatable member in said developing unit; and

a discriminating portion for discriminating an amount of the developer in said developing unit on the basis of a change in
the voltage signal outputted from said pressure-detecting portion,

wherein when the amount of the developer discriminated by said discriminating portion is not more than a predetermined amount,
sensitivity of said pressure-detecting portion is switched.

US Pat. No. 9,268,273

PRESSURE APPLYING ROTATABLE MEMBER, HAVING A POROUS ELASTIC LAYER WITH GREATER THERMAL CONDUCTIVITIES IN THE AXIAL AND CIRCUMFERENTIAL DIRECTIONS THAN IN THE THICKNESS DIRECTION, AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A pressing rotatable member for use with an image heating apparatus, said pressing rotatable member comprising:
a base layer; and
a porous elastic layer provided on said base layer,
wherein said elastic layer has a thermal conductivity in an axial direction thereof and a thermal conductivity in a circumferential
direction thereof which are not less than 6-times and not more than 900-times a thermal conductivity in a thickness direction
thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,268,275

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MECHANISM TO NARROW RECORDING MATERIAL FEEDING PATH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion for fixing an image on a recording material while feeding the recording material carrying the image;
a guiding member, provided downstream of said fixing portion with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material,
for guiding the recording material; and

an openable member for opening and closing a main assembly of said image forming apparatus,
wherein said guiding member moves to narrow a feeding path of the recording material when said openable member is opened.

US Pat. No. 9,270,853

EXPORTING AND IMPORTING FOR DISPLAY ON AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ENVIRONMENT SETTING INFORMATION OF AN APPLICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an identification unit configured to identify environment setting information in which setting contents of an application
is described;

a determination unit configured to determine whether information indicating a creator of the environment setting information
described in the environment setting information is the same as information indicating a user of the application;

an import unit configured to import, in a case where the determination unit determines that the information indicating a creator
of the environment setting information is not the same as the information indicating a user of the application, the environment
setting information so that a path to a folder to be used by the creator included in the environment setting information is
not applied to the application; and

a display control unit configured to display a selection screen including at least export of the environment setting information
and import of the environment setting information as items to be selected,

wherein the display control unit displays, in a case where the import of the environment setting information has been selected,
a screen that receives input of information for identifying the environment setting information, and displays, in a case where
the export of the environment setting information has been selected, a screen that receives a selection of whether the environment
setting information to be exported is prioritized.

US Pat. No. 9,270,896

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,903

IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each including a conversion element and a first transistor, wherein one of a source and a drain of
the first transistor is connected to the conversion element; and

a second transistor being shared by the plurality of pixels and having a gate connected respectively to the other of the source
and the drain of the first transistor of each of the plurality of pixels,

wherein at least one among the gate, a source, a drain and a channel portion of the second transistor is formed to be extended
over the plurality of pixels, and the conversion element is arranged over the first and second transistors.

US Pat. No. 9,268,874

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING SCREEN INFORMATION FROM A WEB SERVER AND DISPLAYING A WEB BROWSER SCREEN, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING MET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
receive first screen information and first setting information for determining a display specification of a web browser, from
a web server;

display a first screen on the web browser based on the first screen information, the display specification of the web browser
being determined based on the first setting information; and

change the display specification of the web browser based on the second setting information, in a case where second screen
information, second setting information for determining the display specification of the web browser, and predetermined information
are received from the web server after the first screen is displayed,

wherein the display specification of the web browser is not changed based on the second setting information, in a case where
the second screen information and the second setting information are received from the web server without receiving the predetermined
information after the first screen is displayed, and

wherein the predetermined information is information for determining whether the display specification of the web browser
is to be taken over.

US Pat. No. 9,264,615

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a shake correction lens;
a detection unit configured to detect a shake of the image capturing apparatus and output a shake signal corresponding to
the shake;

a determination unit configured to determine a target position of said shake correction lens in accordance with the output
shake signal; and

a position controller configured to perform feedback control to converge a position of said shake correction lens to the determined
target position,

wherein said determination unit includes:
a division unit configured to divide the shake signal into a low-frequency component and a high-frequency component;
a first low-pass filter configured to integrate the high-frequency component;
a second low-pass filter having a variable cutoff frequency and configured to integrate the low-frequency component;
a synthesis unit configured to synthesize an output signal from the first low-pass filter and an output signal from the second
low-pass filter, and output the synthetic signal as the target position;

a judgment unit configured to judge one of panning and tilting operations of the image capturing apparatus; and
a setting unit configured to, when the judgment unit judges that the image capturing apparatus is being panned or tilted,
set the cutoff frequency of the second low-pass filter to be a value larger than a value of a cutoff frequency when the image
capturing apparatus is neither being panned nor tilted.

US Pat. No. 9,261,829

FIXING UNIT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for controlling the temperature of a fixing unit configured to fix a recording material on a
sheet, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the amount of the recording material of each page in image data of a plurality of
pages generated by dividing image data of one page;

a determination unit configured to determine one fixing temperature using the plurality of amounts of the recording material
acquired by said acquisition unit when setting a dividing of the image data of one page and printing the image data on a plurality
of sheets; and

a control unit configured to control the temperature of the fixing unit using the fixing temperature determined by said determination
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,261,854

FRAME OF APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A frame of an apparatus comprising:
a first skeleton frame;
a second skeleton frame arranged to face the first skeleton frame;
a third skeleton frame configured to couple the first skeleton frame and the second skeleton frame on one end side;
a fourth skeleton frame configured to couple the first skeleton frame and the second skeleton frame on the other end side;
a first foot portion provided on the third skeleton frame at a position closer to the second skeleton frame side than a center
portion of the third skeleton frame;

a second foot portion provided on the fourth skeleton frame;
a third foot portion provided on the fourth skeleton frame at a position having a distance equal to or greater than a half
length of the fourth skeleton frame from the second foot portion and configured to perform substantially three point supporting
on the frame together with the first and second foot portions; and

a coupling stay configured to couple the third skeleton frame and at least one of the first and second skeleton frames, the
coupling stay including:

a first end portion fixed to the third skeleton frame at a position closer to one skeleton frame of the first and second skeleton
frames than the center of the third skeleton frame; and

a second end portion fixed to the other skeleton frame of the first and second skeleton frames at a position closer to the
fourth skeleton frame side than the third skeleton frame.

US Pat. No. 9,262,706

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS JETTING OF TONER, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with an image forming unit that forms an image on a recording material
based on a video signal, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a synchronization signal output from the image forming unit and indicative of timing
with which the video signal is output to the image forming unit;

a setting unit configured to set an enable signal to high or low in such a manner that the enable signal is set to high based
on the detection unit detecting the synchronization signal and the enable signal is set to low based on a predetermined time
period elapsing after the detection unit detects the synchronization signal;

a first video signal output unit configured to output, if the detection unit detects the synchronization signal during the
enable signal being set to low, a video signal for use in forming a first type image to the image forming unit; and

a second video signal output unit configured to output, if the detection unit detects the synchronization signal during the
enable signal being set to high, a video signal for use in forming a second type image to the image forming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,261,681

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 negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having positive refractive power;
a third lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a fourth 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, and
wherein, when a focal length of the first lens unit is denoted by f1, a focal length of the second lens unit is denoted by f2, a focal length of the third lens unit is denoted by f3, an amount of movement of the second lens unit during zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end is denoted by M2, a lateral magnification at the wide-angle end of the second lens unit is denoted by ?2w, a lateral magnification at the wide-angle end of the third lens unit is denoted by ?3w, a lateral magnification at the telephoto end of the second lens unit is denoted by ?2t, and a lateral magnification at the telephoto end of the third lens unit is denoted by ?3t, the following conditions are satisfied:

0.08<|f1|/|f3|<0.35

0.10
1.80<(?t/?2w)/(?3t/?3w)<3.70.

US Pat. No. 9,259,956

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original document and generate image data;
a printing unit configured to perform a printing process on a sheet based on the image data generated by the reading unit;
a binding unit configured to perform a case binding process which is for performing gluing of a spine of a sheet bundle on
which the printing process has been performed and casing with a cover sheet the sheet bundle on which the gluing has been
performed;

a displaying unit configured to display a setting screen for a user to set a printing setting;
a calculating unit configured to calculate, before the printing unit starts the printing process, a number of sheets to be
used as body sheets of the case binding process, based on a number of the original documents read by the reading unit and
the printing setting set on the setting screen; and

a controlling unit configured to permit the printing unit to start the printing process in a case where the number of the
sheets calculated by the calculating unit is greater than or equal to a first number which is a lower limit number of sheets
which enables the case binding process for casing with the cover sheet the sheet bundle on which the gluing has been performed
and is less than or equal to a second number which is an upper limit number of sheets appropriate for the case binding process,
and to inhibit the printing unit from starting the printing process in a case where the number of the sheets calculated by
the calculating unit is less than the first number or is greater than the second number, wherein the lower limit number of
sheets provides enough glued area for casing with the cover sheet the sheet bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,264,600

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an instruction;
an imaging unit configured to capture an image of an object, which is input via a focusing lens, and to output image data;
a setting unit configured to set a plurality of focus detection regions in the image data to detect a focusing state of the
focusing lens;

a focus adjustment unit configured to detect a focus signal in each of the focus detection regions while moving the focusing
lens, and configured to move the focusing lens based on the focus signal in each of the focus detection regions and a focusing
lens position; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether a shooting scene is changed based on a result of comparison of first
image data outputted from the imaging unit with second image data outputted later than the first image data from the imaging
unit,

wherein the focus adjustment unit is configured to, before receiving the instruction by the reception unit, perform a scan
operation that sequentially detects each of focus signals based on image data in each plurality of focus detection regions
set by the setting unit with movement of the focusing lens in a moving range, calculate an in-focus position in each of the
focus detection regions based on the focus signals, calculate a number of focus detection regions in focus at each of focusing
lens positions based on the calculated in-focus position in each of the focus detection regions, and determine a focusing
lens target position based on at least the number of focus detection regions in focus, in a case where the determination unit
determines that the shooting scene is changed, perform the scan operation and redetect a focus detection region where an in-focus
position is obtained by performing the scan operation from the plurality of focus detection regions set by the setting unit,
and after the instruction is received, perform a focus adjustment operation for the focusing lens based on the focus lens
target position determined before receiving the instruction by the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,254,658

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a first support member including a flow path for supplying liquid and an opening communicating with the flow path;
at least one second support member including an individual liquid chamber communicating with the opening, the at least one
second support member being arranged on the first support member along the flow path; and

a recording element substrate including an energy-generating element for generating energy to be used for ejecting the liquid,
and a supply port for supplying the liquid to the energy-generating element, the supply port communicating with the individual
liquid chamber, the recording element substrate being supported by a back surface of the at least one second support member
with respect to an opposite surface thereof facing the first support member, wherein when energy to be input per ejection
liquid droplet volume in the energy-generating element is defined as P (?J/pL), a thermal resistance R (K/W) of a shortest
heat transfer path of the at least one second support member between the recording element substrate and the first support
member satisfies the following expression:

R?1.4/ln{0.525e1.004P?0.372}?1.

US Pat. No. 9,254,692

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD FOR MULTI-PASS PRINTING WITH COLUMN THINNING IN WHICH THE MULTI-PASS NUMBER IS NOT RESTRICTED TO BEING A MULTIPLE OF THE COLUMN THINNING NUMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first print pixel pattern and a second print pixel pattern, each of which defines
print allowed pixels, where the printing of a dot is allowed, and print non-allowed pixels, where the printing of a dot is
not allowed, for a printing element line in which a plurality of ink ejecting elements are arranged in a sub-scan direction,
wherein the first and second print pixel patterns correspond to 1 to P blocks (where P is an integer satisfying 3?P) of the
printing element line that are obtained by dividing the printing element line in the sub-scan direction into P divisions;

a print unit configured to execute M times print scans (where M is an integer satisfying 2?M

a first print scan is performed according to the first print pixel pattern for printing a first column of M columns while
moving the printing element line in a main scan direction crossing the sub-scan direction and a second print scan is performed
according to the second print pixel pattern for printing a second column that is different from the first column of the M
columns while moving the printing element line in a main scan direction crossing the sub-scan direction; and

a conveying unit configured to convey a print medium in the sub-scan direction by a distance equivalent to one of the blocks
between the print scans;

wherein different columns of the M columns are printed by different scans of the M times scans by performing each of the M
times scans according to different print pixel patterns, and

wherein, for each integer s satisfying 1?s corresponding to all integers N satisfying 0?N and s+N×M?P have a complementary relationship with each other in the arrangements
of the print allowed pixels for the first columns and, for each integer s satisfying 1?s blocks in the second print pixel pattern respectively corresponding to all integers N satisfying 0?N and s+N×M?P have a complementary
relationship with each other in the arrangements of the print allowed pixels for the second columns.

US Pat. No. 9,254,695

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR PRINTING AN IMAGE ON A PRINTING MEDIUM AND CONVEYANCE CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input analog data generated in accordance with driving of a conveyance unit configured to convey
a printing medium;

a conversion unit configured to convert the analog data input by the input unit into digital data;
a deciding unit configured to specify a conveyance velocity based on the digital data converted by the conversion unit, and
decide a number of the digital data used for an averaging operation for specifying an average value of the digital data in
accordance with the specified conveyance velocity;

a specify unit configured to specify the average value of the digital data, using the number of the digital data decided by
the deciding unit;

a position data generation unit configured to generate position data for specifying a position of the printing medium based
on the average value of the digital data specified by the specify unit; and

a control unit configured to control the conveyance unit based on the position data generated by the position data generation
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,254,973

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet storage portion drawably mounted on an apparatus body and having a sheet stacking portion configured to stack sheets
and to be movable upward and downward;

a sheet feed portion provided above the sheet storage portion and configured to feed the sheets;
a drive portion configured to lift the sheet stacking portion until the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion reach
a feeding position allowing the sheet feed portion to feed the sheets and configured to switch a lifting speed when lifting
the sheet stacking portion to the feeding position between a first lifting speed and a second lifting speed slower than the
first lifting speed;

a height detecting portion configured to detect the fact that the sheets reach a decelerating position where the lifting speed
of the sheet stacking portion is switched from the first lifting speed to the second lifting speed during a period from a
start of lifting of the sheet stacking portion until the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion reach the feeding position,
the height detecting portion configured to detect the fact that the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion reaches the
decelerating position and the feeding position;

a time counting portion configured to count a lifting time of the sheet stacking portion; and
a control unit configured to compute a sheet stacking amount of the sheet stacking portion by using the lifting time from
the start of lifting of the sheet stacking portion until the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion reach the decelerating
position counted by the time counting portion and the first lifting speed in a case that the sheets are lifted to the decelerating
position by the drive portion at the first lifting speed and then are lifted to the feeding position at the second lifting
speed,

wherein the control unit computes the sheet stacking amount of the sheet stacking portion by using lifting time from a start
of the lifting operation of the sheet stacking portion counted by the time counting portion until the sheet reaches the feeding
position and the second lifting speed in a case that the lifting speed of the sheet stacking portion is set at the second
lifting speed in response to the height detecting portion detecting the sheet stacked on the sheet stacking portion being
positioned at the decelerating position before the lifting operation of the sheet stacking portion is started by the drive
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,258,884

SUPPRESSION OF CURRENT COMPONENT USING EBG STRUCTURE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A structure member mounted in a communication apparatus including a conductive housing incorporating a dielectric substrate
on which a high-frequency circuit is mounted, the structure member comprising:
a pass member which passes a harmonic current component of an operating frequency generated in said dielectric substrate when
the high-frequency circuit operates; and

a suppression member having an EBG structure which suppresses a predetermined current component of the operating frequency,
wherein the structure member is provided between said dielectric substrate and said conductive housing, and
said suppression member is disposed along a current path of said harmonic current component flowing in said pass member.

US Pat. No. 9,258,650

CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A capacitive electromechanical transducer comprising:
a first substrate;
a first diaphragm configured to oscillate by receiving an ultrasound;
a first electrode on the first diaphragm;
a second electrode that is disposed on a first surface side of the first substrate, wherein the ultrasound is detected based
on a change of capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode;

a through line that is electrically connected to the second electrode and penetrates the first substrate; and
a first electric connection portion that is provided on a second surface side of the first substrate, the first and second
surfaces being opposite surfaces of the first substrate, and electrically connected to the through line,

wherein the first diaphragm is provided so as to interpose a cavity between the first diaphragm and the second electrode,
and

wherein the first diaphragm covers the through line and the first electric connection portion with respect to a thickness
direction of the first substrate so as to reduce the ultrasound traveling to the through line and the first electric connection
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,256,145

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a conductive layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the conductive layer,
wherein the conductive layer contains a binding material, and titanium oxide particles coated with tin oxide doped with tungsten,
and

wherein a dielectric loss tan ? of the electrophotographic photosensitive member at a frequency of 1.0×103 Hz is from 5×10?3 or more to 2×10?2 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,256,153

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
an electro-conductive substrate; and
a surface layer, wherein:
the surface layer comprises
a binder resin, and
a resin particle that roughens the surface layer;
a surface of the charging member has a plurality of protrusions each derived from the resin particle;
the resin particle
has a pore inside thereof,
has a porosity Vt of 1.5% by volume or more and 45.0% by volume or less as a whole, and
has a first region and a second region,
wherein:
assuming that the resin particle is a solid particle having no pores, each of the first region and the second region corresponds
to a region occupying ½ of a total volume of the solid particle,

the first region being located in the resin particle nearest to the electro-conductive substrate, and having a porosity V1 of 2.0% by volume or more and 90.0% by volume or less,

the second region being located in the resin particle farthest away from the electro-conductive substrate, and having a porosity
V2 of 0.0% by volume or more and 20.0% by volume or less, and

wherein:
the porosity V1 is larger than the porosity V2.

US Pat. No. 9,257,460

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus having a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a charge accumulation region;
an output unit configured to output a signal based on a potential of a node electrically connected to the charge accumulation
region; and

a connection unit configured to electrically connect a capacitance to the node, the charge accumulation region including a
first portion and a second portion,

wherein the first and second portions are configured such that charge generated through photoelectric conversion is first
accumulated in the first portion and, after the first portion is saturated, is accumulated in the second portion, and that
an amount of change in the potential of the node due to accumulation of a certain amount of charge in the first portion is
larger than an amount of change in the potential of the node due to accumulation of the certain amount of charge in the second
portion, and

wherein the output unit is configured to output, after accumulation of charge in the charge accumulation region is started
in a state in which the capacitance is not connected to the node, a first signal based on the potential of the node before
the capacitance is connected thereto, and, then output a second signal based on the potential of the node after the capacitance
is connected thereto.

US Pat. No. 9,257,479

SOLID STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an active pixel sensor having a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels having a photodiode formed
by a part of a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type and a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity
type, a fourth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type, and a transfer transistor for transferring a charge carrier
from the photodiode to the fourth semiconductor region, the method comprising the steps of:
preparing a substrate on which the first semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is formed, the substrate including
a first region where the second semiconductor region is to be formed, a second region where the fourth semiconductor region
is to be formed, and a third region, wherein the third region is provided between the first region and the second region;

forming a mask to form the second semiconductor region on the substrate, the mask covering at least the second region and
the third region and not covering at least the first region;

forming the second semiconductor region in the first region of the substrate using the mask;
forming a gate of the transfer transistor above the third region of the substrate after forming the second semiconductor region;
and

forming the fourth semiconductor region in the second region of the substrate after forming the gate of the transfer transistor,
wherein the gate of the transfer transistor overlaps the second semiconductor region in a planar view.

US Pat. No. 9,258,016

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE DECODING OF CODEWORDS RECEIVED BY A LINEAR BLOCK CODE PIPELINED DECODER FROM AN INPUT BUFFER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer implemented method of controlling the decoding of codewords received by a linear block code pipelined decoder
from an input buffer, said pipelined decoder comprising at least two decoding stages, the method comprising iteratively:
loading the decoding stages of the pipelined decoder;
executing a decoding step; determining the number of residual errors in the codewords; and
outputting error free codewords;
wherein:
loading the decoding stages allows the different decoding stages to be loaded with any codeword coming from the buffer or
from any decoding stage of the decoder;

the method further comprising:
evaluating for each input codewords the SNR in the transmission channel at the moment of the actual transmission of the codeword;
determining a function that gives a theoretical maximum number of decoding step needed for the decoding of a given codeword
based on the SNR value measured at the moment of its actual transmission; and

for each codeword entering the pipeline decoder:
determining the theoretical maximum number of decoding step needed for the decoding of all the codewords stored in the input
buffer by summing the result of said function applied to the SNR value measured for each of these codewords;

determining a ratio of the theoretical maximum number of decoding step needed for the decoding of all the codewords stored
in the input buffer and the average number of iteration contemplated on preceding decoded codewords multiplied by the number
of codewords in the input buffer;

determining the maximum number of decoding step associated with the codeword as the result of the function applied to the
SNR value measured for the codeword if the given ratio is below 1;

determining the maximum number of decoding step associated to the codeword as the floor of the result of the function applied
to the SNR value measured for the codeword divided by said ratio if the given ratio is 1 or above; and

outputting the codeword from the pipelined decoder when the maximum of decoding step has been executed on the codeword.

US Pat. No. 9,247,873

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a planar image acquisition unit configured to acquire a planar image of a subject;
a splitting unit configured to split light generated by a light source into a measuring beam for a tomographic image of the
subject and a reference beam;

a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire the tomographic image based on a combined beam obtained by combining
the reference beam and a return beam from the subject irradiated with the measuring beam for the tomographic image;

a branch unit configured to branch into an optical path of a measuring beam for the planar image and an optical path of the
measuring beam for the tomographic image, the branch unit being disposed closer to the subject than the splitting unit; and

a polarization adjustment member configured to adjust polarization states of the measuring beam for the planar image and the
measuring beam for the tomographic image, the polarization adjustment member being disposed closer to the subject than the
branch unit in a common optical path of the optical path of the measuring beam for the planar image and the optical path of
the measuring beam for the tomographic image.

US Pat. No. 9,247,923

RECEIVED DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS OF PHOTOACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A received data processing apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of conversion units that each perform digitization to digitize signals output from a plurality of acoustic wave
detectors that receive acoustic waves generated in a specimen by absorption of light;

a plurality of first storage units each of which stores digital signals output from a respective one of said plurality of
conversion units, only one of said first storage units receiving and storing digital signals from a given one of said conversion
units;

a data composition unit that reads digital signals derived from the acoustic waves that originated from a target position
in the specimen from said plurality of first storage units, reading from each of said first storage units the digital signal
stored therein from said respective one of said conversion units, and adds digital signals read from said plurality of first
storage units to compose data of the target position, and

an image construction unit that constructs an image based on the composed data of the target position,
wherein each of said plurality of first storage units stores at least the digital signals derived from acoustic waves generated
by a single pulse of light, and

wherein said data composition unit composes photoacoustic tomography data of a plurality of target positions distributed in
a three-dimensional region of the specimen by repetitively, for each pixel or voxel, reading digital signals for the single
pulse of light stored in each of said plurality of first storage units, based on travel times that are required for acoustic
waves from each of the plurality of target positions to reach the detectors.

US Pat. No. 9,253,382

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a negative refractive power,
wherein:
during zooming, the second lens unit is not moved and the first, third and fifth lens units are moved;
a distance between the first and second lens units at a telephoto end is larger than that at a wide-angle end;
a distance between the second and third lens units at the telephoto end is smaller than that at the wide-angle end;
the fifth lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side, a positive lens sub-unit and a negative lens
sub-unit which have a largest distance therebetween in the fifth lens unit;

during focusing from an infinite object to a close distance object, the fifth lens unit is moved to the image side; and
the following condition is satisfied:
0.7 where f3 represents a focal length of the third lens unit, and f4 represents a focal length of the fourth lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,250,541

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to illuminate a mask using light from a light source;
a projection optical system configured to irradiate the substrate with light from a pattern on the mask;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust an oxygen concentration in a space between the projection optical system and the substrate;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain data of illuminance of light applied to the substrate; and
a control unit configured to control the adjustment unit so as to set the oxygen concentration in the space to a predetermined
concentration value based on the data of illuminance obtained by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,251,597

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING A PUPIL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,565

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,574

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER HAVING CONSTANT VOLTAGE ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member for carrying the toner image transferred from the image bearing member at a primary-transfer
position;

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

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

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

a current detecting portion for detecting the current passing through the constant-voltage element; and
a control for controlling, on the basis of a result detected by said current detecting portion by applying a test voltage
to said transfer member by said power source, a voltage to be applied to said transfer member by said power source so that
said constant-voltage element maintains the predetermined voltage in a predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,250,578

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,848

DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTING THE COMPLEXITY OF WORKER TASKS IN A MULTI-THREADED APPLICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of allocating tasks for rendering a page based on a print job in a multi-threaded system, the method comprising:
(a) receiving at least one graphical object from the print job to produce an intermediate data generation task;
(b) determining a utilisation rate of an intermediate data generating thread based on a plurality of tasks being processed
by said intermediate data generating thread over a period of time;

(c) determining a complexity limit to limit a processing load of the intermediate data generation task to be allocated to
the intermediate data generating thread, the complexity limit being decreased if the determined utilisation rate is below
a predetermined threshold;

(d) comparing a processing load of the intermediate data generation task to be allocated with the determined complexity limit;
and

(e) allocating the intermediate data generation task to the intermediate data generating thread for processing in an event
that the processing load of the intermediate data generation task satisfies the complexity limit.

US Pat. No. 9,253,451

IMAGE RESTORATION METHOD, IMAGE RESTORATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image restoration method configured to restore an original image from an observed image obtained through a photoelectric
conversion of an optical image formed by partially coherent imaging, the image restoration method comprising the steps of:
performing an approximate partially coherent imaging operation for elements of a first basis generated from a model image
that is assumed to have no noise and no blur, and generating based upon the first basis a second basis that is blurred, the
approximate partially coherent imaging operation being expressed by a convolution integral on an eigenfunction corresponding
to a maximum eigenvalue of a Kernel matrix and each element of the first basis;

generating an intermediate image in which each pixel value of the observed image that has been denoised is replaced with its
square root; and

obtaining a restored image by approximating each of a plurality of patches that are set to entirely cover the intermediate
image, using a linear combination of elements of the first basis and linear combination coefficients obtained when each patch
is approximated by a linear combination of the second basis.

US Pat. No. 9,252,685

DUST REMOVING DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A dust removing device comprising:
a piezoelectric element comprising a piezoelectric material and a pair of opposing electrodes;
a vibration member; and
a fixation member containing at least a high molecular compound component,
wherein a phase transition temperature T from a first ferroelectric crystal phase to a second ferroelectric crystal phase
of the piezoelectric material is ?60° C.?T??5° C., and

wherein a modulus of elasticity at 25° C. of the fixation member is smaller than a modulus elasticity at ?5° C. of the fixation
member.

US Pat. No. 9,252,169

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate having a pixel part and a peripheral circuit part, the pixel part including a photoelectric
conversion element and a first transistor for transferring a charge of the photoelectric conversion element, and the peripheral
circuit part including a circuit element of a first circuit;

a second semiconductor substrate having a second transistor of a second circuit;
a wiring structure arranged between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor substrate; and
a pad configured to connect the solid-state imaging device to an external terminal; wherein the second semiconductor substrate
has a protection circuit connected to the pad and to the second circuit, and

wherein the pad is connected to the protection circuit via the wiring structure, and a semiconductor region of the second
transistor and a semiconductor region of the protection circuit are disposed in the second semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,251,400

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,362

OPTICAL SYSTEM, BARREL, AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENT USING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:
a plurality of optical elements including a first lens and a second lens; and
a barrel configured to hold the plurality of optical elements,
wherein the second lens includes an anti-reflection film formed on an optical surface thereof,
wherein the first lens is fixed to the barrel via an energy-curable resin,
wherein the energy-curable resin includes a first layer consisting of an epoxy-type UV-curable resin and a second layer consisting
of an acrylic UV-curable resin or a silicone UV-curable resin adjacent to the first layer in an optical-axis direction, and

wherein the first layer is disposed on a side of the second lens in the optical-axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,244,373

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a binder resin and a colorant, wherein
the colorant comprises a coloring compound that has the structure shown by the following general formula (1)

in general formula (1),
R1 to R6 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxyl group, an amino group, a carboxy group, an aryl group,
an aralkyl group, —CH2OH, or —CH2—O—CH?CH2, or an atomic group as required to form a saturated alicyclic hydrocarbon ring by the bonding of any two or more of R1 to R6 to each other;

R7 to R12 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a hydroxyl group, an amino group, a carboxy group, an aryl group,
an aralkyl group, —CH2OH, or —CH2—O—CH?CH2, or an atomic group as required to form a saturated alicyclic hydrocarbon ring by the bonding of any two or more of R7 to R12 to each other;

each independently represent either one of a substituted or unsubstituted aryl ring and a heterocycle that contains 1 or 2
nitrogen atoms; and
M represents at least one metal atom selected from the group consisting of Si, Ge, and Sn.

US Pat. No. 9,242,827

SHEET STACKING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,244,640

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, WEB SERVER, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a scanner unit;
a start key for causing the scanner unit to start a scan process;
a light emitting unit corresponding to the start key;
a reception unit configured to receive HTML data from a web server, the HTML data comprising data for displaying a scan setting
screen;

a display unit configured to display (i) the scan setting screen in accordance with the HTML data and (ii) a second screen
that is different from the scan setting screen;

a control unit configured to turn on the light emitting unit in response to a script for enabling the start key being included
in the HTML data,

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an instruction for activating the second screen;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the light emitting unit is turned on; and
a turn off unit configured to turn off the light emitting unit in a case where the obtaining unit obtains the instruction
for activating the second screen and the determination unit determines that the light emitting unit is turned on,

wherein the control unit is configured to, when the start key is pressed while the light emitting unit is turned on, control
the scanner unit to start a scan process based on a scan parameter set via the scan setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,244,394

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing unit comprising:
a first rotating member and a second rotating member configured to form a nip portion used for fixing a toner image onto a
sheet;

an air blowing portion configured to blow air to separate the sheet from the first rotating member;
a pump portion connected to the air blowing portion;
a valve portion configured to supply or not supply air compressed by the pump portion to the air blowing portion;
a current detection portion configured to detect a drive current of the pump portion when the air is compressed; and
a determination portion configured to determine whether an abnormality of the valve portion exists, according to an output
of the current detection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,244,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO CONTROL SHEET CONVEYANCE SPEED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image onto a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image transferred onto the sheet by the transfer unit;
a sheet conveyance path disposed between the transfer unit and the fixing unit;
a first detection unit configured to generate a signal according to a loop of the sheet at a central portion in a width direction
orthogonal to a sheet conveyance direction of the sheet conveyance path;

a second detection unit configured to generate a signal according to a loop of the sheet on one side of the sheet in the width
direction of the sheet conveyance path;

a third detection unit configured to generate a signal according to a loop of the sheet on another side of the sheet in the
width direction of the sheet conveyance path; and

a control unit configured to control a sheet conveyance speed at the fixing unit based on signals from the first detection
unit, the second detection unit, and the third detection unit,

wherein the control unit switches the sheet conveyance speed at the fixing unit to either a first sheet conveyance speed or
a second sheet conveyance speed that is faster than the first sheet conveyance speed based on a signal from the first detection
unit in a case where the control unit detects that both a loop amount of a loop of the sheet at a detection position of the
second detection unit and a loop amount of a loop of the sheet at a detection position of the third detection unit are greater
than a predetermined amount, or in a case where the control unit detects that both the loop amount of the loop of the sheet
at the detection position of the second detection unit and the loop amount of the loop of the sheet at the detection position
of the third detection unit are less than the predetermined amount, based on the signals from the second detection unit and
the third detection unit, and

wherein the control unit sets the sheet conveyance speed at the fixing unit as a predetermined sheet conveyance speed between
the first sheet conveyance speed and the second sheet conveyance speed in a case where the control unit detects that one of
the loop amounts of the sheet at detection positions of the second detection unit and the third detection unit is greater
than the predetermined amount based on the signal from the one of the second detection unit and the third detection unit when
the other of the loop amounts of the sheet at detection positions of the second detection unit and the third detection unit
is less than the predetermined amount based on the signal from the another one of the second detection unit and the third
detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,244,137

OPTICAL PUMPING MAGNETOMETER AND MAGNETIC SENSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical pumping magnetometer for measuring a magnetic field with variation in Larmor frequency, the optical pumping
magnetometer comprising:
a unit configured to irradiate a cell with circularly polarized pumping light, to produce the cell containing an alkali metal
atoms and spin polarization of the alkali metal atoms in the cell;

a unit configured to emit linearly polarized probe light for reading spin of the alkali metal atoms;
a probe light detection system configured to detect a rotational displacement of a plane of polarization of the linearly polarized
probe light;

a static magnetic field application coil configured to apply a static magnetic field to the alkali metal atoms;
an oscillating magnetic field application coil configured to apply an oscillating magnetic field for causing a rotational
motion around the spin of the alkali metal atoms; and

a unit configured to detect information including a phase difference between an output signal from the probe light detection
system and a driving current input into the oscillating magnetic field application coil,

wherein detuning as a difference between Larmor frequency determined from the static magnetic field and a frequency of the
driving current input into the oscillating magnetic field application coil is configured to be set within a predetermined
range with respect to a measured magnetic field by adjusting the static magnetic field or the oscillating magnetic field,
so as to improve response of the optical pumping magnetometer.

US Pat. No. 9,244,421

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:
a motor;
a first pulley configured to be driven to rotate by the motor;
a second pulley configured to be connected to a device;
a belt unit configured to be wound around the first pulley and the second pulley, the belt unit including a metal layer and
a dielectric layer configured to be provided between the first pulley and the metal layer and between the second pulley and
the metal layer;

a voltage supply unit configured to supply voltage to the first pulley, the second pulley, or the belt;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information indicating load of the device; and
a controller configured to control the voltage supplied from the voltage supply unit, based on the information acquired by
the acquisition unit, and to generate an attraction force between the first pulley and the metal layer of the belt and an
attraction force between the second pulley and the metal layer.

US Pat. No. 9,244,426

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to form a toner image;
a belt member configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member;
a cam configured to transit said belt member and said image bearing member between a contact state and a spaced state;
an operating lever configured to be movable between a first position where said belt member and said image bearing member
are in the contact state and a third position where said belt member and said image bearing member are in the spaced state,
wherein between the first position and the third position is a second position where said belt member and said image bearing
member are switched between the contact state and the spaced state;

a first member having a first engaging portion, configured to move in interrelation with movement of said cam and to transmit
a driving force of moving said operating lever to said cam when said operating lever is moved between the first position and
the second position, and configured to eliminate a transmission of the driving force to said cam when said operating lever
is moved between the second position and the third position;

a second member having a second engaging portion which engages with the first engaging portion, with said second engaging
portion slidably movable to said first engaging portion within a predetermined range and configured to be supported by said
first member; and

a third member configured to regulate movement of said cam by abutting said second member when said operating lever is moved
to the third position.

US Pat. No. 9,244,692

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM TO STOP SUPPLY OF CLOCK TO A DSP

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first processing unit configured to control the apparatus;
a second processing unit configured to execute data processing according to a command issued from the first processing unit;
a supply unit configured to supply a clock to the first processing unit and to supply a clock to the second processing unit;
and

a control unit configured to stop, after a boot of the second processing unit has been completed and before a boot of the
first processing unit is completed, a supply of the clock to the second processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,245,213

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,241,625

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a planar image acquisition unit whose structure is configured to acquire a planar image of an object;
a tomographic image acquisition unit whose structure is configured to acquire polarization-sensitive tomographic images of
the object, the polarization-sensitive tomographic images indicating different polarization-sensitive properties of the object;
and

a display control unit whose structure is configured to cause a display unit to display the planar image and at least one
of the polarization-sensitive tomographic images side by side and to display, associated with the displayed at least one of
the polarization-sensitive tomographic images, a display form indicating at least a type of the displayed at least one of
the polarization-sensitive tomographic images.

US Pat. No. 9,242,457

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus included in a print system comprising a first printing unit configured to print a plurality of images
based on image data on a first surface of a continuous sheet, a reading unit, and a second printing unit configured to print
a plurality of images based on image data on a second surface of the continuous sheet, the control apparatus comprising:
a first control unit configured to, in the case where the first printing unit prints a control image irregularly inserted
between the images based on the image data on the first surface of the continuous sheet, cause the first printing unit to
print an identification mark which enables the control image to be identified on the first surface of the continuous sheet;
and

a second control unit configured to, in the case where the reading unit reads the identification mark printed on the first
surface of the continuous sheet, control the second printing unit not to print the image based on the image data in an area
corresponding to the control image printed on the first surface of the continuous sheet when the second printing unit performs
printing on the second surface of the continuous sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,242,458

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method for recording an image on a recording medium using a recording head including a plurality of
element arrays, wherein each element array includes a plurality of recording elements that are arrayed in a first direction
and used for discharging ink for forming pixels on a recording medium, wherein the plurality of recording elements of each
element array are divided into a plurality of groups where each group includes a plurality of recording elements being continuously
arranged and assigned to different driving blocks for driving the recording elements, and wherein a number of the element
arrays is equal to or larger than a number of recoding elements in a group, the ink jet recording method comprising:
executing relative movement between the recording medium and the recording head in a second direction intersecting the first
direction; and

controlling the recording head so that the plurality of recording elements in each group of the respective driving blocks
are driven in order and at a predetermined time interval between the respective driving blocks,

wherein the plurality of element arrays are driven so that pixels, based on recording data for one column extending in the
first direction, are recorded by using the plurality of element arrays within an area of the recording medium corresponding
to relative movement width of the relative movement in the second direction within the predetermined time interval.

US Pat. No. 9,247,143

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAYING SETTING ITEMS THEREON

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus of a camera, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a setting item screen for displaying setting items and a setting value screen for displaying
setting values regarding a setting item selected on the setting item screen; and

an operation unit configured to select one of the setting items on the setting item screen and to select one of the setting
values on the setting value screen, wherein selection occurs by moving an indicator to select an item from which the setting
is to be performed;

wherein, in a case where a state of the image display apparatus is changed from a first state in which a setting item which
has been selected among the setting items on the setting item screen is active to a second state in which the setting item
is non-active based on a factor different from an operation for selecting one of the setting items, the display unit displays
an image indicating that a setting value regarding the setting item cannot be selected by the operation unit,

wherein, in a case where the state of the image display apparatus is changed from the second state to the first state based
on a factor different from the operation for selecting one of the setting items, the display unit displays information that
distinguishes a selected setting item which has been selected from before changing the state from the first state to the second
state and setting items which are not selected, and

wherein the setting items include at least one of a flash light control item for setting a flash light control mode, a camera
shake correction item for performing a camera shake correction and a self-timer setting item for performing self-timer photographing.

US Pat. No. 9,244,331

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,239,534

CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device comprising:
a cleaning unit configured to perform cleaning while in contact with a light transmission member, the cleaning unit being
movable with respect to the transmission member in a first direction and a second direction differing in orientation; and

a first cleaning portion and a second cleaning portion provided in the cleaning unit and capable of coming into contact with
the transmission member,

wherein the cleaning unit moves in the first direction while keeping the first cleaning portion in contact with the transmission
member and keeping the second cleaning portion away from the transmission member, and moves in the second direction while
keeping the first cleaning portion away from the transmission member and keeping the second cleaning portion in contact with
the transmission member.

US Pat. No. 9,239,537

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image carrier using a developing agent;
a detection unit configured to detect a light amount of reflected light from a measurement image formed on the image carrier
by the image forming unit, the detection unit includes an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the measurement image with
light, a first light receiving unit configured to receive specular light from the measurement image, and a second light receiving
unit configured to receive diffused light from the measurement image;

a controller configured to control an image forming condition based on a detection result by the detection unit; and
a determination unit configured to make the irradiation unit irradiate the image carrier using the light, make the first light
receiving unit receive specular light from the image carrier, make the second light receiving unit receive diffused light
from the image carrier, determine a first emission intensity based on a light amount of the specular light from the image
carrier, and determine a second emission intensity based on the determined first emission intensity, the light amount of the
specular light from the image carrier, and a light amount of the diffused light from the image carrier,

wherein the emission intensity of light with which the irradiation unit irradiates the measurement image is controlled based
on the second emission intensity determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,241,119

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit, an amplifying transistor configured to output a signal
based on an electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit, and an N-type reset transistor, each of the plurality
of pixels being configured to be set into a selected state or a non-selected state in response to a voltage supplied to an
input node of the amplifying transistor via the reset transistor; and

a control unit configured to control the reset transistor to be in an off-state, by supplying a first voltage to a control
node of the reset transistor included in a pixel at the selected state of the plurality of pixels and supplying a second voltage
lower than the first voltage to a control node of the reset transistor included in a pixel at the non-selected state of the
plurality of pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,239,450

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive or negative refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.50
where Yw30 denotes an image height that provides a relative illumination of 0.3 at a wide-angle end, and Ym5 denotes an image
height that provides the relative illumination of 0.05 at a predetermined zoom position except for the wide-angle end and
a telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,235,179

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,237,251

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,232,888

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging system, comprising:
a tomographic image acquiring unit for acquiring a tomographic image by scanning an object to be inspected with measuring
light;

a two-dimensional image acquiring unit for acquiring a two-dimensional image of the object to be inspected; and
a display control unit for controlling a display unit to display both a thumbnail image of the tomographic image and a thumbnail
image of the two-dimensional image,

wherein the display control unit causes the display unit to overlap a schematic diagram of a scanning locus for scanning the
eye to be inspected by the tomographic image acquiring unit on the thumbnail image of the two-dimensional image, and

wherein the display control unit is configured to control the display unit to display the tomographic image, and reflect on
the thumbnail image of the tomographic image an image process performed on the tomographic image displayed on the display
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,819

PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to communicate with a client apparatus and an image forming apparatus, the
information processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive status information from an image forming apparatus;
a sending unit configured to send AR diagnostic information that includes AR guidance to a client apparatus, wherein the AR
guidance includes instructions that describe how to operate the image forming apparatus to perform a diagnostic operation,
wherein the AR information superimposes the AR guidance on an image captured by a client apparatus, and wherein the diagnostic
operation is the printing of a sheet by the image forming apparatus;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain diagnostic information that was generated by the image forming apparatus when the image
forming apparatus performed the diagnostic operation, wherein the diagnostic information includes an indication of an error
that occurred in the image forming apparatus, and wherein the diagnostic information includes an image of at least part of
the sheet that was printed by the image forming apparatus;

a determining unit configured to determine an error based on the diagnostic information that was generated by the image forming
apparatus when the image forming apparatus performed the diagnostic operation, wherein the determining unit is configured
to determine the error by determining whether the image of the at least part of the sheet indicates that an edge of the at
least part of the sheet is colored by a specific color; and

a transfer unit configured to transfer additional AR information that includes additional AR guidance based on the determined
error, wherein the additional AR guidance presents instructions for a user to clean a fuser in the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,235,111

PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,166

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE MOUNTED WITH HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater used for an image heating device that heats an image formed on a recording sheet, the heater comprising:
a substrate having dimensions in a lengthwise direction and a widthwise direction;
a first conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction of the substrate;
a second conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction at a position different from the first
conductive element in the widthwise direction of the substrate;

a heat generating resistor provided between the first conductive element and the second conductive element and showing a positive
temperature characteristic of resistance, which generates heat when power is supplied via the first conductive element and
the second conductive element; and

electrodes to which connectors for power supply are connected,
wherein first and second heating blocks each of which includes a set of the first conductive element, the second conductive
element, and the heat generating resistor, are arranged in the lengthwise direction,

wherein the first heating block is arranged at a center of the heater in the lengthwise direction, and the second heating
block is arranged at a position farther from the center of the heater,

wherein power control of the first and second heating blocks can be performed independent of each other,
wherein a plurality of heat generating resistors are electrically connected between the first conductive element and the second
conductive element of at least one of the first and second heating blocks in a parallel manner, and

wherein resistance values of heat generating resistors provided closer to connection positions of the first conductive element
and the second conductive element with power supply lines which extend from the electrodes are higher than a resistance value
of a heat generating resistor provided away from the connection positions.

US Pat. No. 9,232,152

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF FOR CORRECTING EXPOSURE UNEVENNESS CAUSED BY AN EXTERNAL LIGHT CHANGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit a flicker detection unit configured to detect a flicker;
a generation unit configured to generate a flicker image which is affected by the flicker or appears to be affected by the
flicker based on an image captured by said image capturing unit;

a display unit configured to display an image;
a control unit configured to control said display unit to display an image which is not affected by the flicker and the flicker
image; and

an instruction unit configured to instruct to display the flicker image when said flicker detection unit detects the flicker,
wherein the flicker image is displayed on said display unit in a case that said instruction unit instructs to display the
flicker image.

US Pat. No. 9,229,342

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An cylindrical electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a charge generating layer formed on the support; and
a charge transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer;
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises the following (?), (?) and a charge transporting
substance:

(?) a siloxane-modified resin having a structural unit represented by any one of the following formulae (A), (B), (C) and
(D);

(?) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of cyclohexanol, benzyl alcohol, methyl benzoate, benzyl acetate,
ethyl 3-ethoxypropionate, acetophenone, and methyl salicate;

wherein the (?) content ranges from 0.0001% to 2.0% by mass of the total mass of the surface layer,
wherein, in the formula (A),
Y1 represents a single bond, a methylene group, an ethylidene group, a propylidene group, a phenylethylidene group, a cyclohexylidene
group, or an oxygen atom,

X1 represents a meta-phenylene group, a para-phenylene group, or a bivalent group having two para-phenylene groups bonded with
an oxygen atom,

n represents 0 or 1,
W1 represents a univalent group represented by the following formula (W1) or (W2),

wherein, in the formulae (W1) and (W2),
R1 to R3 each independently represents an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,

a represents the number of repetitions of a structure in parentheses, b and c each independently represents the number of
repetitions of a structure in parentheses,

the average of a in the siloxane-modified resin having a structural unit represented by the formula (A) ranges from 10 to
150, the average of b+c therein ranges from 10 to 150,

wherein, in the formula (B),
X2 represents a meta-phenylene group, a para-phenylene group, or a bivalent group having two para-phenylene groups bonded with
an oxygen atom,

R4 to R6 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, or a phenyl group,

n represents 0 or 1,
V1 represents a univalent group represented by the following formula (V1) or (V2),

wherein, in the formulae (V1) and (V2),
R7 to R9 each independently represents an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,

d represents an integer from 2 to 10,
e represents the number of repetitions of a structure in parentheses, f and g each independently represents the number of
repetitions of a structure in parentheses,

the average of e in the siloxane-modified resin having a structural unit represented by the formula (B) ranges from 10 to
150, the average of f+g therein ranges from 10 to 150,

wherein, in the formula (C),
X3 represents a meta-phenylene group, a para-phenylene group, or a bivalent group having two para-phenylene groups bonded with
an oxygen atom,

n represents 0 or 1,
h, i, and j each independently represents the number of repetitions of a structure in parentheses,
the average of h in the siloxane-modified resin having a structural unit represented by the formula (C) and the average of
i therein each independently ranges from 1 to 10, and

the average of j therein ranges from 20 to 200,
wherein, in the formula (D),
X4 represents a meta-phenylene group, a para-phenylene group, or a bivalent group having two para-phenylene groups bonded with
an oxygen atom,

n represents 0 or 1, and
k represents the number of repetitions of a structure in parentheses, and the average of k in the siloxane-modified resin
having a structural unit represented by the formula (D) ranges from 20 to 200.

US Pat. No. 9,227,806

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a sheet storing portion including:
a sheet storage body configured to be attachable to the apparatus body and configured to store a different sizes of sheets;
and

a movable restricting portion disposed in the sheet storage body to be movable along a sheet feeding direction and restricting
an upstream end in the sheet feeding direction of the sheet;

a sheet feeding portion configured to feed the sheet stored in the sheet storing portion;
a specifying portion configured to specify the size of the sheet stored in the sheet storing portion;
a detecting portion including:
a plurality of switches provided in the apparatus body and
a detecting member provided in the sheet storing portion, moving in conjunction with the movable restricting portion and turning
ON and OFF the plurality of switches in the state in which the sheet storing portion is attached to the apparatus body; and

a control portion judging the size of the sheet by patterns of ON and OFF of the plurality of switches inputted from the detecting
portion and judging that the size of the sheet stored in the sheet storing portion is the size of the sheet specified through
the specifying portion in a case where the size of the sheet is specified by the specifying portion even if the pattern is
a predetermined pattern different from a pattern of the size of the sheet specified by the specifying portion,

wherein the control portion starts a sheet feeding operation of the sheet feeding portion in a case where the size of the
sheet stored in the sheet storing portion is the size of the sheet specified through the specifying portion.

US Pat. No. 9,227,807

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a sheet conveying portion that conveys a sheet;
a position correcting portion that corrects a position, in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet conveying direction, of
the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying portion;

a sheet processing portion that performs processing on the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying portion; and
a controller,
wherein the sheet processing portion is configured to be detachably attached to the sheet processing apparatus and selected
from among a plurality of types of sheet processing portions, and

wherein the controller changes an operation of the position correcting portion according to a type of the sheet processing
portion attached to the sheet processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,229,401

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a drive unit that drives a rotator that rotates to form an image;
a speed detection unit that detects a rotation speed of the rotator;
a fluctuation component calculation unit that calculates a speed fluctuation component with respect to a previously set target
speed on the basis of the rotation speed detected by the speed detection unit;

a first filter processing unit that extracts a component having a first frequency from the speed fluctuation component;
a second filter processing unit that extracts a component having a second frequency different from the first frequency from
the speed fluctuation component;

a first correction unit that performs a gain correction and a phase correction on the component extracted by the first filter
processing unit;

a second correction unit that performs a gain correction and a phase correction on the component extracted by the second filter
processing unit;

a speed correction amount calculation unit that calculates a speed correction amount by adding output values of the first
correction unit and the second correction unit to each other;

a storage unit that stores the speed correction amount while being associated with information related to a rotation position
of the rotator; and

a control unit that reads out the speed correction amount in accordance with the rotation position of the rotator from the
storage unit and controls the rotation speed of the rotator on the basis of information related to the target speed of the
rotator and the speed correction amount read out from the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,229,423

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH TONER CONTAINER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,228,921

ABERRATION ESTIMATING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An aberration estimating method using a steepest descent method, the aberration estimating method configured to estimate,
as an aberration of a test optical system, an aberration when an evaluation function becomes less than or equal to a permissible
value, the evaluation function being expressed by a square sum of a difference between a first image acquired by photoelectrically
converting an optical image of an object formed by the test optical system and a second image estimated when the aberration
is provided to the test optical system, the aberration estimating method comprising the step of:
updating the aberration with a sum of a current aberration and a first derivative of the evaluation function by the aberration
when the evaluation function is larger than the permissible value,

wherein the aberration is an aberration of an entire pupil plane of the test optical system, and
wherein the updating step includes calculating the first derivative by Fourier-transforming the difference instead of an integration
at coordinates of respective points on an image plane of the test optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,231,009

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor in which a plurality of pixels are two-dimensionally arranged, comprising:
a micro lens provided on a light-receiving side of each of the plurality of pixels; and
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units provided in each of the plurality of pixels, and for receiving light collected
by the micro lens,

wherein the plurality of photoelectric conversion units are disposed such that central points thereof are eccentric relative
to a central point of a single light-receiving surface combining light-receiving surfaces of the plurality of photoelectric
conversion units,

a focal position of the micro lens is positioned further on the micro lens side than the light-receiving surfaces of the plurality
of photoelectric conversion units, and

a distance from the focal position of the micro lens to the light-receiving surfaces of the plurality of photoelectric conversion
units is greater than 0 and less than nF?, where n is a refractive index at the focal position of the micro lens, F is an
aperture value of the micro lens, and ? is a diffraction limit of the micro lens.

US Pat. No. 9,231,021

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a semiconductor substrate; and
a plurality of pixels,
wherein
each of the plurality of pixels includes
a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in the semiconductor substrate;
a first semiconductor region of a first conductive-type disposed in the semiconductor substrate, and configured to hold charge
generated by the photoelectric conversion unit at a place different from the photoelectric conversion unit;

a first transfer unit configured to transfer charge to the first semiconductor region; and
a second transfer unit configured to transfer charge held at the first semiconductor region,
the first semiconductor region includes
a first portion,
a second portion, and
a third portion, the first portion, the second portion and the third portion being disposed at a same depth in the semiconductor
substrate,

the first portion is disposed between the third portion and the first transfer unit, and the second portion is disposed between
the third portion and the second transfer unit; and

impurity concentration of the third portion is lower than impurity concentration of the first portion and impurity concentration
of the second portion.

US Pat. No. 9,226,662

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic apparatus comprising:
a light source which irradiates an inspection target with pulsed light;
a detector having a plurality of transducer elements, each of which detects an acoustic wave generated due to irradiating
the inspection target with the pulsed light and outputs a detection signal;

a light-quantity measurement unit which measures a quantity of the pulsed light output from the light source; and
a signal processor which obtains information on an inside of the inspection target by processing a plurality of detection
signals output from the plurality of transducer elements,

wherein the signal processor includes a signal correction unit which corrects the plurality of detection signals based on
the quantity of the pulsed light measured by the light-quantity measurement unit so that variations in intensities of the
plurality of detection signals, caused by a temporal change in the quantity of the pulsed light output from the light source,
are suppressed.

US Pat. No. 9,232,082

REMOTE SUPPORT APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, REMOTE SUPPORT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A remote support system in which a support apparatus remotely supports an information processing apparatus via a relay
server using HTTP communication, the system comprising:
a support apparatus including,
a selection unit configured to select support processing from among a plurality of support processing including a first support
processing for remotely operating an operation panel of the information processing apparatus and a second support processing
for displaying an image for supporting a user of the information processing apparatus on the operation panel of the information
processing apparatus,

a transmission unit configured to transmit information indicating the support processing selected by the selection unit to
the relay server according to a POST request,

a first support unit configured to, in a case where the first support processing is selected by the selection unit, receive
an image displayed on the operation panel of the information processing apparatus from the relay server according to a GET
request, to display the received image on a display unit of the support apparatus, and to transmit an operation command based
on an operation with respect to the displayed image to the relay server according to a POST request, and

a second support unit configured to, in a case where the second support processing is selected by the selection unit, transmit
an image for supporting a user of the information processing apparatus to the relay server according to a POST request; and

an information processing apparatus including,
a reception unit configured to receive the information indicating the support processing selected by the selection unit, which
has been transmitted by the transmission unit to the relay server, according to a GET request,

a first supported unit configured to, in a case where the information indicating support processing indicates the first support
processing, transmit the image displayed on the operation panel of the information processing apparatus to the relay server
according to a POST request, to receive the operation command for operating the operation panel from the relay server according
to a GET request, and to control the operation panel based on the received operation command, and

a second supported unit configured to, in a case where the information indicating support processing indicates the second
support processing, receive an image for supporting a user of the information processing apparatus from the relay server according
to a GET request, and to display the received image on the operation panel.

US Pat. No. 9,232,131

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a focal point adjusting unit configured to perform focal point adjustment based on a contrast evaluation value of a subject
generated using an image signal output from an image sensor;

a first area setting unit configured to set a first focal point detection area including a contour portion of the subject
for use in focal point detection by use of the image signal output from the image sensor; and

a second area setting unit configured to set a second focal point detection area including a portion inside a contour of the
subject and excluding the contour portion,

wherein the focal point adjusting unit includes a mode in which after a first focal point adjustment process is carried out
based on a contrast evaluation value of the first focal point detection area, a second focal point adjustment process is carried
out based on a contrast evaluation value of the second focal point detection area, and

wherein an amount of step drive of a focus lens in the second focal point adjustment process is smaller than an amount of
step drive of the focus lens in the first focal point adjustment process.

US Pat. No. 9,232,133

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR PRIORITIZING SHOOTING PARAMETER SETTINGS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first image capturing unit configured to shoot an object side;
a second image capturing unit configured to shoot a photographer side;
a processor configured to function as a control unit configured to, in a case that an object detected from image data shot
by the second image capturing unit is a predetermined object, control to prioritize setting of shooting parameters of the
second image capturing unit over that of the first image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,229,312

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT METHOD, STABILIZATION METHOD, AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to project a reticle pattern onto a substrate;
a transfer unit configured to place a wafer, at least one surface on which a film, which is made of a material having resistance
to exposure light and is exposed to atmosphere, is formed, on an image plane of the optical system;

an illumination unit configured to illuminate the surface of the wafer placed on the image plane of the optical system with
light via the optical system; and

a measurement unit configured to measure an optical characteristic of the optical system, and a fluctuation in optical characteristic
of the optical system by alternately performing the illumination on the surface of the wafer and the measurement of the optical
characteristic of the optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,229,313

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a resist, formed on a substrate, via a projection optical system in accordance with
a recipe which specifies oxygen concentration, the apparatus comprising:
a substrate stage which is configured to move while holding the substrate;
a gas supply unit which supplies one of air and a mixed gas containing air and an inert gas to a local space, between a final
surface of the projection optical system and the substrate held by said substrate stage, of the space;

a detector which detects a position of an alignment mark, formed on the substrate, and a position of a reference mark, formed
on said substrate stage; and

a controller configured to determine whether a next exposure process requires a purge using the mixed gas containing air and
an inert gas, and to control the atmosphere of the local space based on the determination, by supplying either the air or
the mixed gas containing air and an inert gas in accordance with the recipe to control oxygen concentration in the local space,

wherein the controller receives input from the detector and adjusts atmosphere of the local space between a time when the
reference mark is detected and a time when exposure is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,225,898

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to generate, from a first image obtained via an image pickup optical system, a
second image in which a frequency component decreased due to aberration or diffraction of the image pickup optical system
is restored, the image processing apparatus comprising a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions;
a storage device storing computer executable instructions, including instructions, that when executed, cause the image processing
apparatus to:

apply a plurality of deterioration functions to a reference image to generate a plurality of deteriorated images;
generate a plurality of groups each including similar partial regions based on the deterioration functions and information
distributions in partial regions of the deteriorated images;

calculate correction information, for each of the groups, based on the reference image and the deteriorated images;
read, from the correction information of the plurality of groups, correction information of a group corresponding to a partial
region based on an information distribution in the partial region of the first image and a deterioration function related
to the aberration or the diffraction of the image pickup optical system corresponding to the partial region; and

generate corrected pixels constituting the second image based on the partial region of the first image and the read correction
information,

wherein the deterioration functions applied to the reference image are deterioration functions based on the aberration or
the diffraction of the image pickup optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,223,232

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support, an undercoat layer formed on
the support, and a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer, the method comprising:
preparing a coating liquid for an undercoat layer containing:
zinc oxide particles;
a polyol;
a blocked isocyanate compound whose isocyanate group is blocked with a structure represented by the following formula (1);
and

a solvent mixture;
forming a coat of the coating liquid for an undercoat layer, and
drying and curing the coat to form the undercoat layer,
wherein, in the formula (1)
X represents a single bond or an oxygen atom,
R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and
wherein the solvent mixture comprises:
a monohydric alcohol in an amount of 1 chemical equivalent or more based on the structure represented by the formula (1),
and 90% by mass or less based on the total mass of the solvent mixture; and

a ketonic solvent and/or a cyclic ether solvent in an amount of 7% by mass or more based on the total mass of the solvent
mixture.

US Pat. No. 9,224,771

IMAGING APPARATUS USING CONTROL ELECTRODE TO PERFORM FOCAL POINT DETECTION WITH PHASE DIFFERENCE DETECTION TYPE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including
a photoelectric conversion unit, and
an amplification element to amplify signals based on signal charges generated by the photoelectric conversion unit, in which
the plurality of pixels output signals for performing a phase difference detection type of focal point detection;

a signal holding unit in an electrical pathway between an output node of the photoelectric conversion unit and an input node
of the amplification element, in which signals for performing the phase difference detection type of focal point detection
are held;

a first control electrode configured to transfer a signal of the photoelectric conversion unit to the signal holding unit;
a second control electrode configured to transfer a signal for performing the phase difference detection type of focal point
detection held in the signal holding unit to the input node of the amplification element; and

a lens array that includes a plurality of microlenses;
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, in which each of the plurality
of microlenses condenses light into the plurality of photoelectric conversion units in each pixel, and

wherein the potential generated between the plurality of photoelectric conversion units that are adjacent to each other and
in the same pixel is lower than the potential generated between the plurality of photoelectric conversion units that are adjacent
and in different pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,223,246

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit including a containing unit that contains toner, and configured to form an image based on image data,
by using the toner contained in the containing unit;

a replenishment unit configured to replenish the containing unit with the toner;
a first determination unit configured to determine, based on the image data, a consumption amount of the toner consumed in
the containing unit in a case where the image forming unit forms the image based on the image data;

a detection unit configured to detect an amount of the toner contained in the containing unit;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a difference between the amount of the toner detected by the detection unit
and a target amount;

a second calculation unit configured to accumulate the difference calculated by the first calculation unit to calculate a
cumulative value of the difference;

a second determination unit configured to determine a determination value used for determining whether the replenishment unit
replenishes the containing unit with the toner, based on the consumption amount determined by the first determination unit,
the difference calculated by the first calculation unit, and the cumulative value calculated by the second calculation unit;

a controller configured to control the replenishment unit, based on the determination value determined by the second determination
unit; and

a prevention unit configured to prevent, in a case where the determination value determined by the second determination unit
at first timing is less than a threshold, the second calculation unit from accumulating the difference calculated by the first
calculating unit at second timing following the first timing, on the cumulative value calculated at the first timing.

US Pat. No. 9,223,247

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developing device that includes a developer bearing member rotatably provided so as to carry a developer and that develops
an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member;

a toner replenishing device that replenishes toner to the developing device; and
a controller that is capable of forming an image by applying a voltage in which a DC voltage and an AC voltage are superimposed
to the developer bearing member, wherein

the controller is capable of executing a first control mode in which the DC voltage only is applied to the developer bearing
member during a non-image forming period, which is a period that an image is not formed on a recording material, based on
information on a toner consumption amount so that toner moves from the developer bearing member to the image bearing member,

the controller is capable of executing a second control mode in which at least the AC voltage is applied to the developer
bearing member during the non-image forming period based on the information on the toner consumption amount so that toner
moves from the developer bearing member to the image bearing member, and

the controller performs control so that at least the first control mode and the second control mode are selectively executed
according to information on a number of printouts of the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,223,267

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
a first receiving unit configured to receive sheet settings;
a second receiving unit configured to receive a setting of a mode for reducing toner scattering in a fixing unit;
a first setting unit configured to set, according to sheet settings received by the first receiving unit, a conveyance speed
of a sheet when performing an image forming process;

a second setting unit configured to set, according to a setting of a mode for reducing toner scattering received by the second
receiving unit, a transfer voltage of a recording material when performing an image forming process; and

an image forming unit configured to perform an image forming process according to sheet settings received by the first receiving
unit, a conveyance speed set by the first setting unit, and a transfer voltage set by the second setting unit,

wherein the second setting unit sets, in a case where the second receiving unit has received a mode for reducing toner scattering,
a first transfer voltage when the first setting unit sets a first conveyance speed, and a second transfer voltage that is
lower than the first transfer voltage when the first setting unit sets a second conveyance speed that is lower than the first
conveyance speed.

US Pat. No. 9,221,259

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a recording element substrate configured to eject liquid, the recording element substrate having a side surface;
an electric wiring substrate configured to be electrically connected with the recording element substrate;
a support member having a recess configured to house the recording element substrate, the recess having a bottom surface and
an inner side surface; and

a sealant configured to seal an electric connection part between the recording element substrate and the electric wiring substrate,
wherein the support member has
a projection-shaped adhesive application surface formed at the bottom surface of the recess, an adhesive being applied to
the adhesive application surface, the adhesive bonding the recording element substrate, and

a projection projecting from the inner side surface of the recess near the electric connection part toward the adhesive application
surface,

wherein the adhesive application surface has
a first region configured to be covered with the recording element substrate, and
a second region extending from the first region to the projection, and
wherein the second region has a wall formed of part of the adhesive and configured to close a gap between the projection and
the side surface of the recording element substrate facing the projection.

US Pat. No. 9,216,873

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AS WELL AS IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus, comprising:
a recognizing unit which recognizes a length of a sheet in a sheet conveying direction;
a shifting portion which shifts a sheet in a sheet width direction intersecting the sheet conveying direction;
a stacking portion on which a plurality of sheets shifted by the shifting portion are stacked, the sheets having different
lengths in the sheet conveying direction, the sheets stacked on the stacking portion being removed in a take-out direction
parallel to the sheet width direction; and

a controller which controls the shifting portion such that, when the length of a sheet recognized by the recognizing unit
is equal to or greater than a predetermined length, the sheet is stacked on a first position of the stacking portion, and
which controls the shifting portion such that, when the length of a sheet recognized by the recognizing unit is less than
the predetermined length, the sheet is stacked on a second position of the stacking portion, wherein, with respect to the
take-out direction, an edge of a sheet stacked on the second position extends further than an edge of a sheet stacked on the
first position.

US Pat. No. 9,217,667

SPECTROMETER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spectrometer comprising:
a reflection type diffraction element having a diffraction area that diffracts an incident light beam, and a non-diffraction
area located outside the diffraction area; and

a light detection unit configured to receive a diffracted light diffracted by the diffraction element,
wherein the diffraction area and the non-diffraction area are integrally composed of a resin,
wherein a reflection ratio of the diffraction area is higher than a reflection ratio of the non-diffraction area,
wherein the light detection unit is disposed inside optical paths of light beams regularly reflected on the non-diffraction
area, and

wherein the diffraction area has a base surface that is anamorphic.

US Pat. No. 9,219,834

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF TRANSMITTING REPAIR REQUEST, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of communicating with an external apparatus via a network, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive from a user an instruction for transmitting a repair request for repairing the image
forming apparatus to the external apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine, when said reception unit receives the instruction from the user, a specific
repair operation that the user should perform from among a plurality of repair operations, based on a state of the image forming
apparatus;

a display unit configured to display a notification screen for notifying the user of the specific repair operation determined
by said determination unit, wherein the notification screen displays not only the specific repair operation but also a transmission
button for transmitting the repair request to the external apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the repair request to the external apparatus, when the transmission button displayed
on said display unit is depressed by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,218,351

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first saving unit configured to save a file received by a first receiving method for receiving one file via one request;
a first deletion unit configured to, in a case where a total of received files including the file which the first saving unit
has saved exceeds a predetermined capacity and a file has been newly received, delete the file which the first saving unit
has saved;

a second saving unit configured to save a file received by a second receiving method which is capable of receiving a plurality
of files via one request; and

a second deletion unit configured to, in a case where a total of received files including the file which the second saving
unit has saved exceeds a predetermined capacity and a file has been newly received, delete the file which the second saving
unit has saved with higher priority than deletion of the file, which the first saving unit has saved, by the first deletion
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,219,920

IMAGE ENCODING METHOD, IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, AND RELATED ENCODING MEDIUM, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, AND RELATED DECODING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoding method comprising for a picture:
performing motion compensation processing for a target block to be encoded in a target picture using first information of
motion compensation which is obtained based on at least one of pictures that temporally precede and follow the picture;

transforming a result of the performing motion compensation to generate a transform coefficients for the target block;
quantizing the transform coefficients using a first quantization parameter for the target block; and
encoding a difference value between the first quantization parameter and a second quantization parameter for a peripheral
block of the target block, the second quantization parameter being selected based on the first information of motion compensation
and second information of motion compensation which is used for performing motion compensation processing for the peripheral
block.

US Pat. No. 9,213,231

REFLECTIVE ORIGINAL, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. A reflective original comprising:
a reflection layer which has a multilayer film configured to reflect extreme ultraviolet light;
a base material configured to support said reflection layer; and
a thermal diffusion layer interposed between said reflection layer and said base material, and configured to diffuse heat
of said reflection layer,

wherein a heat capacity of said thermal diffusion layer is not lower than a heat capacity of said reflection layer.

US Pat. No. 9,213,280

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS SUPPLYING POWER TO HEAT GENERATING MEMBER USING PHASE CONTROL AND/OR WAVE NUMBER CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit which forms an unfixed toner image on a recording material;
a fixing unit which heats the unfixed toner image formed by the image forming unit and fixes the image to the recording material,
the fixing unit having a heat generating member which generates heat by power supplied from a commercial AC power source via
a choke coil; and

a control unit which controls the supply of power from the commercial AC power source to the heat generating member per one
control cycle,

wherein the control unit controls the supply of power to the heat generating member by control including phase control during
printing for performing an image forming operation by the image forming unit, and

controls the supply of power to the heat generating member by wave number control during standby for awaiting a print instruction,
and

wherein a time period whose length corresponds to the one control cycle during the standby is no less than 34 half-waves of
AC wave forms.

US Pat. No. 9,213,290

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CHANGING THE NUMBER OF LIGHT RECEIVING ELEMENTS OF A LIGHT RECEIVING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
an image forming unit configured to form a patch image on the image carrier;
a light emitting unit;
a light receiving unit configured to receive light reflected by the patch image when the patch image that moves with movement
of the image carrier is irradiated with light by the light emitting unit, and including one or more light receiving elements;
and

a setting unit configured to set the number of light receiving elements included in the light receiving unit,
wherein the setting unit sets a first subset of light receiving elements for receiving reflected light from a first patch
image formed by the image forming unit and sets a second subset of light receiving elements for receiving reflected light
from a second patch image formed by the image forming unit, with the number of light receiving elements in the first subset
differing from that in the second subset.

US Pat. No. 9,208,408

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CORRECTION METHOD OF THE PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information of an operation of a conveyance unit configured to convey a printing
medium;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information of a density of an image printed by a printhead;
a correction circuit configured to correct the information of the operation acquired by the first acquisition unit;
a control circuit configured to collect information of input data and control to hold the information of the input data with
a predetermined format in a memory;

a switching circuit configured to switchably connect the control circuit to at least either the first acquisition unit or
the second acquisition unit; and

a setting circuit configured to set a correction value to the correction circuit,
wherein the control circuit corrects the information of the density of the image acquired by the second acquisition unit and
controls to hold the information of the density of the image with the predetermined format in the memory,

wherein the control circuit corrects the information of the operation acquired by the first acquisition unit and controls
to hold the information of the density of the image with the predetermined format in the memory,

the setting circuit determines a correction value of the information of the operation, based on the information of the operation
with the predetermined format held in the memory, and

the correction circuit performs correction based on the correction value set by the setting circuit if the control circuit
is connected to the first acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,207,452

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source attached to the light scanning apparatus and configured to emit a light beam;
a light deflector configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam scans a photosensitive
member;

a housing which contains the light deflector, and which is provided with an opening portion through which the light beam deflected
by the light deflector passes;

a transparent member mounted on the housing to close the opening portion and configured to transmit the light beam deflected
by the light deflector; and

a fixing member having an elastic portion configured to cover an outer circumferential portion of the transparent member and
configured to fix the transparent member to the housing by pressing the elastic portion to the transparent member and the
housing.

US Pat. No. 9,205,666

LIQUID CONTAINER AND RECORDING DEVICE ON WHICH LIQUID CONTAINER IS MOUNTED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,210,346

FOCUS DETECTION SENSOR AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus which includes a defocus amount detection unit using a signal, comprising:
a sensor having photoelectric conversion portions and charging portions, the charging portions being configured to integrate,
for each of the photoelectric conversion portions, charges transferred from the photoelectric conversion portions, wherein
the sensor is configured to output the signal for detecting a defocus amount; and

a controller configured to control an accumulation operation of the sensor by switching between an accumulation operation
of a first type and an accumulation operation of a second type,

wherein the accumulation operation of the first type is configured to be able to monitor an amount of accumulated charges
during a charge accumulation period based on charges integrated by the charging portions and the accumulation operation of
the second type is configured to be unable to monitor the amount of the accumulated charges during the charge accumulation
period based on the charges integrated by the charging portions.

US Pat. No. 9,208,530

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRESENTING HAPTICS RECEIVED FROM A VIRTUAL OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing method for using a haptic device, upon which a first virtual object has been superimposed, to
present to a user haptics from a second virtual object superimposed on a real object, the information processing method comprising:
acquiring position and orientation of a viewpoint of the user;
acquiring position and orientation of the haptic device;
generating a first virtual image of the first virtual object based on the position and orientation of the viewpoint of the
user, the position and orientation of the haptic device, and computer graphics information of the first virtual object;

generating a second virtual image of the second virtual object based on the position and orientation of the user viewpoint
and computer graphics information of the second virtual object; and

combining the first virtual image and the second virtual image with a real space image as a combined image, and presenting
the combined image to the user,

wherein haptics received from the second virtual object are obtained by virtual proxy, using a first haptics event model of
the first virtual object and a second haptics event model of the second virtual object,

wherein the first haptics event model corresponds to the computer graphics information of the first virtual model, and
wherein a shape of the first virtual object differs from a shape of the haptics device so that instructions can be made regarding
an interior of the real object using the first virtual object.

US Pat. No. 9,205,692

INK RIBBON CASSETTE AND PRINTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink ribbon cassette, comprising:
a supply bobbin around which an ink ribbon is wound;
a take-up bobbin around which the ink ribbon fed from the supply bobbin is wound; and
a case in which the supply bobbin and the take-up bobbin are rotatably held,
wherein the case includes a contact portion that bends a path along which the ink ribbon is transported by coming into contact
with the ink ribbon and an elastically deformable portion that allows the contact portion to move, and

wherein the contact portion is movable as a result of receiving a tension in the ink ribbon.

US Pat. No. 9,207,252

SPEED DETECTION APPARATUS AND DRIVING MECHANISM CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A speed detection apparatus comprising:
a scale member including a plurality of detection marks continuously arranged at a predetermined pitch, the detection marks
including a special mark identifiable from the other detection marks;

first and second sensors spaced from each other by a predetermined distance larger than the predetermined pitch, and configured
to detect the detection;

a first detection unit configured to detect a reference speed of the scale member;
a second detection unit configured to detect a time difference between time of detecting the special mark by the first sensor
and time of detecting the special mark by the second sensor;

a measurement unit configured to estimate a distance between the first sensor and the second sensor based on output of the
second detection unit;

a storage unit configured to store time when each of the first and second sensors detects a detection mark, and an address
corresponding to the detection mark;

an identification unit configured to identify, based on output of the first detection unit, time when the first and second
sensors detect the same mark, from the address and the time stored in the storage unit; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate, based on output of the identification unit, output of the first detection unit,
and output of the measurement unit, a speed of the scale member.

US Pat. No. 9,207,559

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A LIGHT SCANNING DEVICE, TRANPARENT WINDOW FOR PASSING A LASER BEAM AND A MECHANISM FOR MOVING A SHUTTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first light source configured to emit a first light beam for exposing a first photoconductor;
a second light source configured to emit a second light beam for exposing a second photoconductor;
a rotating polygon mirror configured to deflect the first light beam and the second light beam so that the first light beam
scans the first photoconductor and the second light beam scans the second photoconductor, the rotating polygon mirror deflecting
the first light beam and the second light beam toward opposite sides with the rotating polygon mirror being interposed therebetween;

an optical box where the first light source, the second light source, and the rotating polygon mirror are disposed;
a cover configured to attach to the optical box, the cover including a first transparent window and a second transparent window
disposed on opposite sides with the rotating polygon mirror being interposed therebetween, the first transparent window passing
therethrough the first light beam deflected by the rotating polygon mirror, the second transparent window passing therethrough
the second light beam deflected by the rotating polygon mirror;

a shutter that is disposed so as to oppose the cover, the shutter sliding so as to reciprocate between a position on a light
path of the first light beam that has passed through the first transparent window and on a light path of the second light
beam that has passed through the second transparent window and a position off the light path of the first light beam that
has passed through the first transparent window and off the light path of the second light beam that has passed through the
second transparent window;

a shutter moving mechanism including pushing unit and a spring, the pushing unit sliding the shutter by pushing the shutter,
the spring being connected to the shutter and the cover, being deformed so that an elastic force that urges the shutter in
a direction opposite to a pushing direction of the pushing unit increases as an amount of movement of the shutter pushed by
the pushing unit increases, and sliding the shutter in the opposite direction by the elastic force;

a recess that is recessed toward an inner side of the optical box, and the recess is further recessed than a position of a
surface of the cover which is disposed on an extension of a rotational axis of the polygon mirror,

wherein the recess is provided at a side opposite to the first light source and the second light source with the rotating
polygon mirror being interposed therebetween, and between the first transparent window and the second transparent window;
and

a connection portion provided at the recess and with which the spring connected to the shutter is connected.

US Pat. No. 9,203,404

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND OPERATION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An operation device having a touch switch, the operation device comprising:
a cover having a touch portion of the touch switch, wherein on the cover, a transparent graphic portion is formed at a location
of the touch switch;

an electronic substrate on which an electrode to detect capacitance for the touch switch is mounted;
a light source for a backlight of the touch switch mounted on the electronic substrate together with and corresponding to
the electrode; and

an elastic sheet disposed between the cover and the electronic substrate, the elastic sheet contacting at least the electrode
on the electronic substrate, wherein the cover, the electronic substrate, and the elastic sheet are laminated together,

wherein the electronic substrate has at least one through hole at a location facing the elastic sheet in a vicinity of the
electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,201,351

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first image bearing member to be rotationally driven;
a second image bearing member to be rotationally driven;
a first toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image on the first image bearing member;
a second toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image on the second image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer member arranged so as to be brought into contact with and separated from the first image bearing
member and the second image bearing member, the intermediate transfer member being configured so that the toner image formed
on the first image bearing member and the toner image formed on the second image bearing member are transferred onto the intermediate
transfer member;

a contact-separation mechanism configured to be driven so that the first image bearing member and the second image bearing
member are brought into contact with and separated from the intermediate transfer member, the contact-separation mechanism
being configured to be driven to move to a fully separated position in which the first image bearing member and the second
image bearing member are separated from the intermediate transfer member, a partly contacted position in which the first image
bearing member is separated from the intermediate transfer member and the second image bearing member is in contact with the
intermediate transfer member, and a fully contacted position in which the first image bearing member and the second image
bearing member are in contact with the intermediate transfer member in order as listed

a common drive source configured to drive the intermediate transfer member and the contact-separation mechanism separately;
a connection-disconnection device configured to connect and disconnect a drive transmission from the common drive source to
the contact-separation mechanism; and

a control portion configured to control a position of the contact-separation mechanism,
wherein the control portion locates the contact-separation mechanism in the fully contacted position when a first mode for
forming the toner image by both of the first image bearing member and the second image bearing member is performed,

wherein the control portion stops drive to the first image bearing member and locates the contact-separation mechanism in
the partly contacted position when a second mode for forming the toner image by only the second image bearing member is performed,
and

wherein the control portion rotationally drives the first image bearing member when the contact-separation mechanism is moved
to the fully contacted position in association with a performance of the second mode.

US Pat. No. 9,204,015

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to convert image data into color material data including (i) color material data
indicating a color material amount of a chromatic color material and (ii) color material data indicating a color material
amount of an achromatic color material, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU (central processing unit) coupled to a memory;
a conversion unit configured to convert image data of a pixel of interest into (i) the color material data of the chromatic
color material;

a determination unit configured to determine (ii) the color material data of the achromatic color material on the pixel of
interest based on (A) coloring information corresponding to the converted color material data of the chromatic color material
and (B) coloring information that occurs at surrounding pixels that surround the pixel of interest; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate coloring information that occurs at the pixel of interest based on (C) coloring
information corresponding to a combination of (i) the converted color material data of the chromatic color material and (ii)
the determined color material data of the achromatic color material and (B) the coloring information that occurs at the surrounding
pixels,

wherein the conversion unit, the determination unit, and the calculation unit are realized by the CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,204,066

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, METHOD FOR DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, AND SOLID-STATE IMAGING SYSTEM USING CONNECTABLE REFERENCE SIGNAL OUTPUT PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion signal output pixels arranged in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, and
each configured to output a photoelectric conversion signal based on a charge generated through photoelectric conversion of
incident light;

a plurality of reference signal output pixels arranged in corresponding one of the plurality of columns, and each configured
to output a reference signal not based on incident light, the plurality of reference signal output pixels including a first
reference signal output pixel and a second reference signal output pixel each arranged in a different row of the plurality
of rows;

a plurality of differential signal output units arranged in correspondence with the plurality of columns, and each configured
to generate a difference by performing difference processing between the photoelectric conversion signal and the reference
signal, and output an amplified differential signal by amplifying the difference; and

a reference selection unit configured to cause either of the first reference signal output pixel and the second reference
signal output pixel to be connectable to a corresponding one of the plurality of differential signal output units during a
period of time when each of a plurality of photoelectric conversion signal output pixels arranged in a row outputs the photoelectric
conversion signal to the corresponding one of the plurality of differential signal output units.

US Pat. No. 9,196,643

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE HAVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION UNITS ON A FIRST SUBSTRATE AND A PLURALITY OF CIRCUITS ON A SECOND SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units; and
a plurality of circuits configured to operate in parallel for outputting signals based on an electric charge generated in
a predetermined number of the photoelectric conversion units,

wherein a first substrate where the plurality of photoelectric conversion units are provided and a second substrate where
a plurality of transistors that forms the plurality of circuits are provided are electrically connected with each other, and

wherein the plurality of circuits are supplied with a DC voltage from one wiring in common, and the one wiring is formed by
a first conductive pattern provided on the first substrate and a second conductive pattern provided on the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,193,549

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,192,293

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a polarization-sensitive tomographic image of a subject by using
a polarization adjustment member which adjusts a polarization state of a measuring beam;

a processor configured to cause a display screen to display an interface that includes: the polarization-sensitive tomographic
image, a display form indicating a state of the polarization adjustment member, and a display form for receiving an instruction
relating to a change of the state of the polarization adjustment member; and

a unit configured to change the state of the polarization adjustment member based on the received instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,195,915

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CHANGING LAYOUT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,920

SWATHING PARALLEL PIPELINE ARCHITECTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering a print job using a plurality of print heads, said method comprising:
inputting the print job in a page description language format to render multiple pages in a row on a web;
processing the print job to produce a plurality of intermediate jobs in an intermediate graphical format based on the plurality
of print heads across the web, the intermediate jobs having the intermediate graphical format between the page description
language format and a rasterized image format; and

rendering, independently of one another, each of the plurality of intermediate jobs to a rasterized image in a renderer associated
with each of the print heads to be printed by a corresponding one of the print heads.

US Pat. No. 9,195,160

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD FOR CORRECTING REGISTRATION DEVIATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including an image forming unit, comprising:
an obtaining component configured to obtain shift amounts in a sub scanning direction of a scanning line formed by the image
forming unit at respective positions in a main scanning direction for an image which includes pixels, each of the shift amounts
at the respective positions including a first shift amount equivalent to a first number of pixels and a second shift amount
equivalent to a second number of pixels, wherein the first number of pixels corresponds to an integer less than a predetermined
number of pixels for a predetermined resolution, and the second number of pixels corresponds to a multiple of the predetermined
number of pixels for the predetermined resolution;

a first correction component configured to correct the image by shifting, in the sub scanning direction, a pixel included
in the image at each of the positions in the main scanning direction on a basis of the first shift amount to write the shifted
pixel to a corresponding address in a memory; and

a second correction component configured to correct the image corrected by the first correction component, by shifting a read
address in the sub scanning direction in the memory at a corresponding position among the respective positions in the main
scanning direction, at which the second shift amount shifts, on a basis of the second shift amount and reading out, by continuous
address access in the main scanning direction in a unit which is determined based on the second shift amount, pixels stored
in addresses continuous in the main scanning direction in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,195,166

DEVELOPER STORAGE CONTAINER HAVING IMPROVED WORKABILITY WITH MOUNTED DEVELOPER AGITATION MEMBER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer storage container comprising:
a container portion configured to store developer;
an agitation member provided inside the container portion and configured to agitate the developer through rotation, the agitation
member including a rotation shaft and first and second contact portions, each having a length extending radially from the
rotation shaft; and

a transmission member connected to the agitation member via a through-hole provided in the container portion and configured
to transmit a drive force for rotation to the agitation member,

wherein the length of the first contact portion is longer than the length of the second contact portion such that:
the first contact portion is configured to be held in contact with the container portion when the agitation member, not connected
with the transmission member, is placed inside the container portion in a first phase in a rotational direction of the agitation
member, and allow connection between the agitation member and the transmission member via the through-hole when the first
contact portion is held in contact with the container portion, and

the second contact portion is configured to be held in contact with the container portion when the agitation member, not connected
with the transmission member, is placed inside the container portion in a second phase in the rotational direction of the
agitation member, and not allow connection between the agitation member and the transmission member via the through-hole when
the second contact portion is held in contact with the container portion.

US Pat. No. 9,195,176

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a movable intermediary transfer member onto which the toner image is to be transferred from said image bearing member; and
a cleaning member, contacting a surface of said intermediary transfer member, for scraping off toner from the surface of said
intermediary transfer member,

wherein a plurality of grooves are formed at the surface of said intermediary transfer member along a surface movement direction
thereof, and

wherein the surface of said intermediary transfer member has an average in-plane roughness of 10 nm or more and 30 nm or less
in an area of a square of an average particle size of the toner.

US Pat. No. 9,197,792

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method of producing, based on information on positions and angles of light rays obtained from a first
image, a second image, the first image being produced by using an image pickup apparatus that introduces the light rays from
an image capturing optical system to an image sensor through an optical element array, the method comprising the steps of:
acquiring the first image and information on an image capturing condition at a time of producing the first image;
acquiring an image restoration filter corresponding to the information on the image capturing condition and corresponding
to respective optical transfer functions of the image capturing optical system and the optical element array;

performing an image restoration process on the first image by using the image restoration filter to produce a restored first
image; and

producing the second image by performing an image reconstruction process on the restored first image,
wherein the first image is a defocused image captured at a position away from an imaging position of the image capturing optical
system, and

wherein the image restoration filter is a filter to correct degradation of the first image due to an aberration generated
in the image capturing optical system and optical element array without correcting a PSF having spread in the first image
to a point image.

US Pat. No. 9,193,148

PRINTED MATERIAL INSPECTION SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection system including a printing apparatus that performs print processing, a post-processing apparatus that performs
post-processing on a sheet for which the print processing has been performed, and an inspection apparatus that inspects the
sheet for which the print processing has been performed, the inspection system comprising:
a confirming unit configured to confirm a connection configuration between the post-processing apparatus and the inspection
apparatus; and

a determining unit configured to determine an inspection item to be inspected by the inspection apparatus based on the connection
configuration confirmed by the confirming unit,

wherein in a case where a specific post-processing apparatus that performs specific post-processing is provided upstream from
the inspection apparatus, the determining unit determines the specific post-processing as the inspection item.

US Pat. No. 9,193,150

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
applying a reaction liquid containing a first polymer particle onto an intermediate transfer member;
forming an intermediate image by applying an ink containing a second polymer particle onto the intermediate transfer member
to which the reaction liquid has been applied; and

transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium while heating the intermediate image;
wherein the first polymer particle softens at temperature T1 and the second polymer particle softens at temperature T2, and wherein the transferring is performed so that the surface temperature Ta of the recording medium and the surface temperature
Tb of the intermediate transfer member satisfy the relationships: (1) Tb wherein the elastic modulus Ea of the intermediate image at the temperature Ta and the elastic modulus Eb of the intermediate
image at the temperature Tb satisfy the relationship 1.5

US Pat. No. 9,197,808

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device configured to photo-electrically convert an object image;
a focus detection sensor including a first pixel group in which pixels configured to receive light beams passing through a
partial area of a pupil of an imaging optical system which forms an object image are arranged on a predetermined number of
rows in a vertical direction and a second pixel group in which pixels configured to receive light beams passing through another
partial area different from the partial area are arranged;

a correlation calculation unit configured to perform correlation calculation by using signals from pixels of the first pixel
group which are sampled at predetermined intervals in a horizontal direction and signals from pixels of the second pixel group;
and

a focus adjustment unit configured to perform a focus adjustment of a phase difference detection method using a result of
the correlation calculation,

wherein said correlation calculation unit performs a first correlation calculation by using signals from first sampled pixels
of the first pixel group which are sampled at predetermined intervals in a horizontal direction and signals from pixels of
the second pixel group and performs a second correlation calculation by sampling second sampled pixels, of the first pixel
group, which have a positional shift amount of an integer multiple of a value obtained by dividing the predetermined interval
by the predetermined number of rows from the first sampled pixels on a light-receiving surface of said focus detection sensor,
and performing correlation calculation by using signals from the second sampled pixels and signals from the pixels of the
second pixel group, and

wherein said correlation calculation unit performs a reduction processing for reducing an error which is generated in the
first correlation calculation and the second correlation calculation.

US Pat. No. 9,197,809

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to photoelectrically convert an optical image; and
a controller configured to control a drive of a focus lens based on a signal outputted from the image pickup element and configured
to control a frame rate to drive the image pickup element,

wherein the controller is configured to:
detect an in-focus position based on a signal outputted from the image pickup element which is driven at a first frame rate,
and

switch the frame rate of the image pickup element to a second frame rate lower than the first frame rate while performing
a first operation to drive the focus lens to the in-focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,193,160

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate;
an ejection orifice forming member joined to the substrate, ejection orifices ejecting a liquid having been formed in the
ejection orifice forming member;

a plurality of energy generating elements arranged in a row on the surface of the substrate, to which the ejection orifice
forming member has been joined, and generating energy for ejecting the liquid; and

a liquid supply port formed in the substrate and having an opening portion at the surface,
wherein the ejection orifice forming member is formed face to face with the plural energy generating elements,
wherein the ejection orifice forming member further comprises a plurality of pressure chambers respectively communicating
with the ejection orifices, a plurality of liquid flow paths supplying the liquid to the plural pressure chambers, a common
liquid chamber communicating the plural flow paths with the liquid supply port and a reinforcing rib formed in the common
liquid chamber and extending from a position facing the liquid supply port toward an inlet of at least one of the liquid flow
paths,

wherein an end portion in a longitudinal direction of the reinforcing rib is arranged in the vicinity of the inlet of the
at least one liquid flow path and formed in such a manner that a center line of the reinforcing rib deviates in an arranging
direction of the ejection orifices from a center line passing through the center of the at least one liquid flow path in the
arranging direction.

US Pat. No. 9,191,595

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing an image signal obtained from an image pickup element using an image pickup
optical system arranged to obtain directional traveling information of object image light corresponding to a pupil division
area of a photographing lens, comprising:
a synthetic image plane position setting unit configured to set a position of a synthetic image plane on which an image of
the object is reconstructed using the image signal obtained from the image pickup element; and

a correction unit configured to correct an image signal of a defect pixel of the image pickup element using an image signal
of another pixel of the image pickup element,

wherein the correction unit determines the another pixel to be used for correcting the image signal of the defect pixel on
the basis of a position of the synthetic image plane set by the synthetic image plane position setting unit, and directional
traveling information of the object image light.

US Pat. No. 9,187,284

SHEET DISCHARGE DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,186,057

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical coherence tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
an optical interference system configured to acquire a tomographic image of an object based on interference light between
return light from the object irradiated with measurement light and reference light corresponding to the measurement light;

an optical observation system that includes an optical illumination system configured to illuminate the object and a light-receiving
optical system configured to cause a light-receiving element to receive return light from the object illuminated by the optical
illumination system, and obtain an observed image of the object based on a light reception signal output from the light-receiving
element;

a first focus motor configured to move a first optical focus member disposed in the light-receiving optical system based on
the light reception signal output from the light-receiving element; and

a second focus motor configured to move a second optical focus member disposed in the optical interference system in conjunction
with a movement of the first optical focus member.

US Pat. No. 9,189,681

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract, from an image, face feature information of a face of an object included in the image;
a management unit configured to manage, in a dictionary, face feature information for each category;
a specifying unit configured to specify individual information which represents at least one of an age and sex of the object;
a condition setting unit configured to set category determination conditions which include a range of a category similarity,
in accordance with the individual information specified by said specifying unit;

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the category determination conditions set by said condition setting
unit, a similarity between the face feature information extracted by said extraction unit and the face feature information
of each category which is managed by said management unit in the dictionary; and

a registration unit configured to register the face feature information extracted by said extraction unit into the category,
in the dictionary, to which the managed face feature information being determined to be similar to the face feature information
extracted by said extraction unit belongs,

wherein the category determination conditions depend on the individual information.

US Pat. No. 9,180,663

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image of a chart, including a pattern, read by a reading unit, the chart being recorded
on a recording medium;

a creating unit configured to create a template image for template matching used for detecting a position of the pattern in
the chart, the template image being created using a portion of the image of the chart obtained by the obtaining unit;

a position detection unit configured to detect the position of the pattern in the chart based on the image of the chart obtained
by the obtaining unit by template matching using the template image created by the creating unit; and

an acquiring unit configured to acquire information of the pattern of which the position in the chart is detected by the position
detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,182,737

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REPLACING TONER FROM THE MAIN BODY OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body; and
a developing cartridge removable mounted in the apparatus main body,
wherein the developing cartridge comprises:
a main unit, wherein the main unit includes a developer bearing member for forming a toner image, and
a toner storage unit removably mounted in the main unit and being held in the main unit during forming of an image, wherein
the toner storage unit is configured to supply a developer to the developer bearing member,

wherein the apparatus main body comprises:
a guide portion configured to guide a guided portion of the developing cartridge so that the developing cartridge can move
between a mounting position and a replacement position, wherein the mounting position is a position in which the developing
cartridge forms an image, and wherein the replacement position is a position downstream of the mounting position in a direction
the developing cartridge is removed and at which position the toner storage unit can be removed from the main unit,

wherein when the developing cartridge is inserted along the guide portion a predetermined amount, the guide portion changes
in shape from the direction with a falling gradient to a direction similar to the mounting direction for mounting the developing
cartridge in the apparatus main body completely,

wherein the developing cartridge can be removed from the apparatus main body via an opening provided on the apparatus main
body, and

wherein, in a state in which the guided portion is supported by the guide portion in the replacement position, the toner storage
unit can be removed from the developing cartridge in a direction the toner storage unit is removed, which is different from
the direction the developing cartridge is removed, wherein the toner storage unit can be removed from the apparatus main body
via the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,179,017

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE WHICH UTILIZES A FIRST MODE FOR INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND A SECOND MODE FOR INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED FROM AN EXTERNAL APPARATUS AND FOR INSTRUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing apparatus capable of performing a plurality of types of processes and connecting to an external apparatus,
the processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an instruction regarding a process to the processing apparatus from the external apparatus;
an instruction unit configured to instruct the processing apparatus to execute a process, the instruction unit being provided
on the processing apparatus; and

a setting unit configured to set a type of process to the instruction unit from the plurality of types of processes in accordance
with a type of process of the instruction received by the reception unit,

wherein the processing apparatus includes,
a first mode in which the processing apparatus is able to execute a predetermined type of process set to the instruction unit
based on the instruction made by the instruction unit and a second mode in which a process based on the instruction made by
the instruction unit and the a process based on the instruction received by the reception unit are able to be executed independently
of each other,

wherein, if the processing apparatus is in the second mode, the type of process set to the instruction unit is changed in
accordance with a type of process of the instruction received by the reception unit,

wherein, in a case where the setting unit sets the type of process based on the instruction received by the reception unit
in the second mode, the type of process set by setting unit is able to be executed based on the instruction made by the instruction
unit in the second mode, and

wherein, after the second mode is cancelled and the first mode is established, the setting unit sets the predetermined type
of process as the type of process to the instruction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,176,442

ROLLER, HEATING MEMBER, AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH ROLLER AND HEATING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to heat an image on a sheet at a nip potion;
a heat generation device configured to cause the belt to generate heat;
a nip forming member configured to form the nip portion between the nip forming member and the belt; and
a pressing roller configured to press an inner surface of the belt toward the nip forming member, the pressing roller including
an elastic porous layer containing a plurality of filler particles,

wherein a thermal conductivity of the elastic porous layer in an axial direction of the pressing roller is in a range of 6
times to 900 times a thermal conductivity of the elastic porous layer in a radial direction of the pressing roller.

US Pat. No. 9,176,468

ROTATIONAL FORCE TRANSMITTING PART

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a process cartridge including:
a casing;
a cylinder having a photosensitive layer at an outer periphery thereof, the cylinder having an axis L1;

a flange provided at one end of the cylinder that is coaxial with the axis L1, the flange including a plurality of projections provided inside the flange that project radially inward of the flange with
a space diametrically between the projections, wherein a radially inner part of each projection has an overhang, and wherein
the flange is rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1; and

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member having (i) a first end portion connected to the flange, (ii) a second end portion, and (iii) a connecting
portion connecting the first end portion and the second end portion,

wherein the coupling member is movable between a first position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is coaxial with the axis L1 of the flange, and a second position in which the axis L2 of the coupling member is inclined with respect to the axis L1 of the flange, and

wherein, when the coupling member is in the second position, an angle of inclination of the axis L2 with respect to the axis L1 is about 20 degrees to about 60 degrees;

a driving motor;
a driving shaft engageable with the second end portion of the coupling member of the process cartridge and having a rotational
axis L3;

a guide portion configured to guide insertion of the process cartridge into the image forming apparatus along a direction
that is substantially perpendicular to the rotational axis L3 of the driving shaft; and

an urging member movable between an urging position and a retracted position retracted from the urging position,
wherein, when the process cartridge is mounted to the image forming apparatus, the coupling member is inclined toward the
driving shaft by being urged by an elastic force of the urging member restoring to the urging position after being temporarily
retracted to the retracted position by being contacted by the coupling member.

US Pat. No. 9,177,524

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a measuring unit that measures an image displayed on a screen;
a first determining unit that determines a first display setting by executing a single unit calibration in which a pre-stored
first calibration image is displayed and a display setting is adjusted such that a measurement value of the first calibration
image measured by the measuring unit approaches a target value;

a second determining unit that determines a second display setting by executing a link calibration in which a second calibration
image based on a calibration image signal input from an external apparatus is displayed and the display setting is adjusted
such that a measurement value of the second calibration image measured by the measuring unit approaches the target value;
and

a third determining unit that executes, in a case where an external input image, which is an image based on an image signal
input from the external apparatus, is displayed, a determination whether or not an output setting of the external apparatus
or a second display setting differs from a setting during display of a previous external input image which is an image based
on a previous external input image signal,

wherein in a case where the external input image is displayed, the second calibration image is displayed at a second display
setting,

the third determining unit determines that the output setting of the external apparatus or the second display setting differs
from the setting during display of the previous external input image in a case where a difference between the measurement
value of the second calibration image measured by the measuring unit and the target value is greater than a predetermined
threshold, and

the second determining unit executes the link calibration in a case where the third determining unit determines that the output
setting of the external apparatus or the second display setting differs from the setting during display of the previous external
input image.

US Pat. No. 9,170,542

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT TRANSFERS TONER IMAGE ONTO SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the toner image formed on said image bearing member by said image forming unit
is transferred;

a driving unit configured to drive said intermediate transfer member to convey the toner image transferred onto said intermediate
transfer member;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image on said intermediate transfer member, which has been conveyed to a
transfer position by said driving unit, onto a sheet;

a conveying unit configured to convey the sheet to the transfer position;
a first detection unit configured to detect an image indicating a position of the toner image on said intermediate transfer
member;

a second detection unit configured to detect that the sheet conveyed by said conveying unit has reached a detection position
upstream of the transfer position in a direction in which the sheet is conveyed by said conveying unit; and

a control unit configured to control a conveying speed of said intermediate transfer member, based on timing of detection
by said first detection unit and timing of detection by said second detection unit, such that the toner image on said intermediate
transfer member is transferred by said transfer unit onto a predetermined position on the sheet conveyed by said conveying
unit,

wherein said control unit controls, based on the timing of detection by said first detection unit and the timing of detection
by said second detection unit, the conveying speed of said intermediate transfer member during a time period from a time point
when the image is detected by said first detection unit to a time point when the sheet conveyed by said conveying unit reaches
the transfer position.

US Pat. No. 9,170,546

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING AN ADJUSTMENT BASED ON DETECTED IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable intermediate transfer member;
a first image forming unit configured to form a first toner image onto the intermediate transfer member, the first toner image
being formed according to first image data with an image forming condition with respect to a toner amount of the first toner
image;

a second image forming unit configured to form a second toner image onto the intermediate transfer member, and including a
photosensitive member, a charging member, an exposure unit, a developing unit, and a transfer member, the charging member
charging an electrical potential of the photosensitive member to a first electrical potential, the exposure unit exposing
the first electrical potential of the photosensitive member to a second electrical potential to form a latent image according
to second image data, the developing unit developing the latent image to form a second toner image, the transfer member transferring
the second toner image onto the intermediate transfer member in a transfer portion with a transfer electric field applied
thereto, and the second image forming unit being disposed downstream of the first image forming unit with respect to a moving
direction of the intermediate transfer member;

a detection member configured to detect a toner image on the intermediate transfer member, and is disposed downstream of the
transfer portion with respect to the moving direction of the intermediate transfer member;

an execution portion configured to execute a first mode and a second mode during a non-image forming operation, the first
mode being executed with the electrical potential of the photosensitive member overlapped with a test toner image in the transfer
portion being set to the first electrical potential in advance, the second mode being executed with the electrical potential
of the photosensitive member overlapped with the test toner image in the transfer portion being set to the second electrical
potential in advance, the second mode being executed with a condition of the developing unit being set so as not to develop
a second electrical potential area of the photosensitive member, and the first mode and the second mode being executed to
form the test toner image onto the intermediate transfer member by controlling the first image forming unit, and to detect
the test toner image with the detection member after the test toner image has passed through the transfer portion with the
transfer electric field applied thereto; and

an adjusting portion configured to adjust an image forming condition of non-overlapped image data based on a detection result
of the detection member in the first mode during an image forming operation, and to adjust an image forming condition of overlapped
image data based on a detection result of the detection member in the second mode during the image forming operation, the
non-overlapped image data being included in the first image data and corresponding to the first toner image not overlapped
with the second toner image in the transfer portion, and the overlapped image data being included in the first image data
and corresponding to the first toner image overlapped with the second toner image in the transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,168,757

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,172,948

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME FOR DISPLAYING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL VIDEO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit;
a control unit configured to select either a first display mode for causing the display unit to display a three-dimensional
video or a second display mode for causing the display unit to display a two-dimensional video; and

a connection unit configured to connect the display apparatus to an external apparatus,
wherein, the control unit sets either the first display mode or the second display mode according to a video display method
of the external apparatus, and if the display apparatus outputs a three-dimensional video to the external apparatus in a state
connected to the external apparatus via the connection unit, the control unit sets the second display mode.

US Pat. No. 9,171,210

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,164,361

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,167,244

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coding apparatus comprising:
a transforming unit that transforms image data corresponding to a target block including in an image into transformed data,
wherein a size of the target block is selected from different sizes;

a controlling unit that (a) determines a minimum value to be assigned to the target block in accordance with the size of the
target block, (b) adjusts a quantization step size of the target block not to fall below the determined minimum value, and
(c) adjusts a quantization step size of another block whose quantization step size exceeds a minimum value assigned to the
another block to be closer to the minimum value assigned to the another block so that a code amount of the another block is
increased;

a quantization unit that quantizes the transformed data using the adjusted quantization step size of the target block to generate
quantized data; and

a coding unit that codes the quantized data.

US Pat. No. 9,164,706

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a print setting;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a common process that is common in a spooling process and a despooling
process is executed as a spooling process or a despooling process; and

a generation unit configured to generate a print command based on print data,
wherein the generation unit determines a print setting of the print data as a first print setting when the reception unit
has received the first setting and the determination unit has determined the common process to have been executed as the spooling
process, and the generation unit generates the print command from the print data based not on a second setting but on the
first setting when the reception unit has received the second setting changed from the first setting and the determination
unit has determined the common process to have been executed as the despooling process.

US Pat. No. 9,162,433

METHOD OF PRODUCING FLOW PASSAGE DEVICE AND FLOW PASSAGE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A flow passage device that includes a first base body having a first hole and a second base body having a second hole connected
to the first hole to form a flow passage,
wherein the first base body has a first portion around the first hole, the first portion having a specified shape for holding
an adhesive,

wherein the second base body has a high-wettability surface around the second hole with a low-wettability surface disposed
proximate the high-wettability surface, and at least part of the high-wettability surface is patterned to have a shape that
matches at least part of the specified shape of the first portion of the first base body, and

wherein the first base body and the second base body are bonded to each other with the adhesive to form the flow passage by
aligning the at least part of the first portion with the at least part of the high-wettability surface with a position of
the first hole aligned with a position of the second hole.

US Pat. No. 9,165,552

ULTRASONIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DELAY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,164,263

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical system configured to illuminate an optical modulator configured to modulate incident light, the
illumination optical system comprising:
a condenser lens system that includes a meniscus lens with a concave on a light source side, and condenses light from a light
source; and

a spherical aberration corrector disposed on an optical modulator side of the condenser lens system, wherein the illumination
optical system satisfies:

0.6<|f/L|<1.4

0.9 lens system to the light source, and ? is half an angle at which the condenser lens system takes in the light from the light
source.

US Pat. No. 9,162,490

SHEET SUPPLY APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a first mounting unit on which a first sheet is mounted;
a second mounting unit on which a second sheet is mounted;
a reading unit configured to read sheet information printed on the first sheet or the second sheet;
a convey unit configured to convey the first sheet or the second sheet;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the printing apparatus is in a first state in which the first sheet is
not being conveyed by the convey unit or a second state in which the first sheet is being conveyed by the convey unit; and

a control unit configured, in response to the determination that the printing apparatus is in the first state, to cause the
convey unit to convey the second sheet to the reading unit, and in response to the determination that the printing apparatus
is in the second state, to provide a notification to prompt an input of the sheet information of the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,167,168

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,353

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT OFFERS CHANCE OF ELIMINATING HANG-UP STATE BY USING A POWER SUPPLY, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a control unit;
a storage unit configured to store software carried out by said control unit;
a first power supply unit configured to supply power to said storage unit;
a second power supply unit configured to supply power to said control unit; and
a power control unit configured to, in a case where a return instruction is detected in a power saving state in which power
is supplied from said first power supply unit to said storage unit and power is not supplied from said second power supply
unit to said control unit, perform control so that power is supplied from said second power supply unit to said control unit,

wherein in a case where software carried out by said control unit to which power has been supplied is not normally carried
out, said power control unit carries out a first OFF/ON process in which said power control unit performs control so that
said storage unit is reset, stops power supply from said second power supply unit to said control unit, and then restarts
power supply from said second power supply unit to said control unit, and

wherein in a case where the software carried out by said control unit to which power has been supplied through the first OFF/ON
process is not normally carried out, said power control unit carries out a second OFF/ON process in which said power control
unit stops power supply from said second power supply unit to said control unit and then restarts power supply from said second
power supply unit to said control unit without resetting said storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,160,235

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,484

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a display;
a storage unit configured to store at least one job;
a reception unit configured to receive a first instruction by a user for cancelling a job;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the storage unit stores a plurality of jobs;
a display control unit configured to display, on the display, a list including at least one job which the storage unit stores
and to receive a second instruction by a user for selecting a job in the displayed list, if the reception unit receives the
first instruction and the determination unit determines that the storage unit stores a plurality of jobs; and

a job control unit configured to control the selected job,
wherein, if the received second instruction indicates that the selected job is a non-calibration job, the job control unit
is configured to control the selected job to be cancelled, and

wherein, if the received second instruction indicates that the selected job is a calibration job, the job control unit is
configured to control the selected job to be executed after execution of at least one job included in the displayed list other
than the calibration job.

US Pat. No. 9,158,039

OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,153,610

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,152,894

GPU-BASED RIP ARCHITECTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of printing document data in page description language format using a plurality of graphics processing units via
a video interface, said method comprising:
converting the document data to a set of rendering commands corresponding to a plurality of bands, using at least one central
processing unit, wherein each of the plurality of bands includes a plurality of tiles and each of the tiles included in a
band is associated with one of a plurality of swathes;

assigning each of the plurality of tiles to a corresponding one of the plurality of graphics processing units in accordance
with a swathe associated with each of the plurality of tiles;

rendering the plurality of tiles representing the document using the assigned graphics processing units in parallel with one
another;

transmitting the rendered tiles from each of the assigned graphics processing units to a corresponding one of a plurality
of print head controllers, bypassing the central processing units, wherein the rendered tiles are transmitted at a higher
frequency than a frequency at which the plurality of tiles is output from each print head controller, and the rendered tile
from each of the assigned graphics processing units is repeatedly transmitted until the each print head controller completes
output of the previous band; and

outputting, from each of the print head controllers, the rendered tiles forming a complete band for printing the rendered
tiles.

US Pat. No. 9,154,719

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGING SYSTEM, SENSOR, AND OPERATION METHOD FOR IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged so as to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns;
a readout portion configured to read out a signal from the pixel array; and
a control portion configured to control the readout portion,
wherein the readout portion includes
a row selecting portion configured to select a row in the pixel array,
a column selecting portion configured to select a column in the pixel array, and
an output portion configured to output a signal from a pixel, of pixels on a row selected by the row selecting portion, which
corresponds to a column selected by the column selecting portion,

wherein the pixel array includes a plurality of blocks differing in distance from the output portion, and
wherein the control portion controls readout periods required by the readout portion to read out signals from the plurality
of blocks so as to read out signals from blocks in longer readout periods as distances from the output portion increase.

US Pat. No. 9,150,376

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF FORMING IMAGES IN DOUBLE-SIDED MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of executing a double-sided mode in which images are formed on both sides of a sheet,
comprising:
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form images on the sheet fed from said sheet feeding unit;
a sheet inverting unit configured to invert the sheet, on which an image has been formed on a first side thereof by said image
forming unit, in the double-sided mode;

a sheet discharge tray onto which the sheet on which the mage has been formed by said image forming unit is discharged;
a switching unit configured to switch a conveyance destination for the sheet to a first conveying path leading toward said
sheet inverting unit or a second conveying path leading to said sheet discharge tray;

a detection unit configured to detect a length of the sheet, which is fed from said sheet feeding unit, in a conveying direction
while the sheet is being conveyed; and

a control unit configured to, when a size of the sheet has not been undetermined and the length of the sheet in the conveying
direction is not detected by said detection unit by the time the sheet reaches said switching unit in the double-sided mode,
control said switching unit so that the sheet with the image formed on the first side thereof can be conveyed to the second
conveying path,

wherein said control unit controls said switching unit so that the sheet is conveyed to the first conveying path when the
length of the sheet in the conveying direction detected by said detection unit lies inside a predetermined range, and the
sheet is conveyed to the second conveying path when the length of the sheet in the conveying direction detected by said detection
unit falls outside the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,146,699

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,507

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VOLTAGE ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a recording material at a transfer
position;

a power source configured to apply a voltage to said transfer member;
a detecting member configured to detect a current flowing through said transfer member during a non-sheet-passing period in
which the recording material is not in the transfer position,

a setting portion configured to set a first voltage, where a target current flows through said transfer member when the first
voltage is applied to said transfer member in a sheet-passing period in which the recording material is in the transfer position,
based on detection results of said detecting member under application of a plurality of different test voltages in a test
mode in advance, where a first current flows through said transfer member when the first voltage is applied to said transfer
member in the non-sheet-passing period, during a first period; and

an executing portion configured to execute an adjusting mode, in which in a case that images are continuously formed on a
plurality of recording materials, the first voltage is applied to said transfer member during both a plurality of non-sheet-passing
periods and a plurality of sheet-passing periods, during the first period, then the first voltage is adjusted so that the
detection result under application of a voltage is the first current, during a second period later than the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,144,971

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by a general formula (1) below;
Mn as a first subcomponent;
Li as a second subcomponent; and
Bi as a third subcomponent,
wherein a Mn content relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.04 parts by weight or more and 0.36 parts by
weight or less on a metal basis, a Li content ? relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide is 0.0013 parts by weight
or more and 0.0280 parts by weight or less on a metal basis, a Bi content ? relative to 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide
is 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight or less on a metal basis, and the contents ? and ? satisfy 0.5?(?·MB)/(?·ML)?1
(where ML represents an atomic weight of Li and MB represents an atomic weight of Bi)

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zZrySnz)O3  (1)
(where x, y, z, and a satisfy 0.09?x?0.30, 0.025?y?0.074, 0?z?0.02, and 0.986?a?1.02).

US Pat. No. 9,147,105

IMAGE RECOGNIZING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECOGNIZING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recognizing apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect, from an input image, a candidate area for a target of recognition, based on a likelihood
of a partial area in the input image;

an extracting unit configured to extract, from a plurality of candidate areas detected by the detecting unit, a set of the
candidate areas which are overlapped with each other;

a determination unit configured to determine an overlapping state of the set of the overlapped candidate areas;
a selecting unit configured to calculate a ratio of the respective likelihoods of the overlapped candidate areas and select
a discrimination rule, according to the determined overlapping state of the set of the overlapped candidate areas, of which
a condition is satisfied by the calculated ratio; and

a discriminating unit configured to discriminate whether or not the respective candidate areas are the target of recognition,
by applying the selected discrimination rule in which discrimination results of the respective candidate areas are predetermined.

US Pat. No. 9,141,313

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to generate image data by reading an original document;
a receiving unit configured to request a WWW server to transmit held data based on a URL, and receive the data transmitted
from the WWW server according to the request;

a copy controlling unit configured to print the image data generated by the reading unit;
a Web print controlling unit configured to print the data received by the receiving unit; and
an operating unit configured to select at least one of the printing by the copy controlling unit and the printing by the Web
print controlling unit; and

a display controlling unit configured to, when the printing by the copy controlling unit is selected by the operating unit,
display a first print setting screen on which a first print setting and a second print setting can be set but a third print
setting cannot be set, and to, when the printing by the Web print controlling unit is selected by the operating unit, display
a second print setting screen on which the first print setting and the third print setting can be set but the second print
setting cannot be set,

wherein the copy controlling unit prints the generated image data based on the print setting set via the first print setting
screen, and

wherein the Web print controlling unit prints the received data, based on the first print setting set via the second print
setting screen.

US Pat. No. 9,141,322

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store attribute information about a sheet to be stored in each of a plurality of sheet holding
units;

a display unit configured to display a plurality of jobs;
a selection unit configured to select a job displayed by the display unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive an execution instruction for the job selected by the selection unit;
a determining unit configured to determine whether attribute information about a sheet to be used in the job selected by the
selection unit corresponds to sheet attribute information stored in the storing unit; and

a control unit configured to perform control in such a way as to prevent first attribute information, about a sheet to be
used in a first job determined as being inconsistent by the determining unit, from being stored for a sheet holding unit in
which second attribute information, about a sheet to be used in a second job selected at earlier timing by the selection unit
than the first job, corresponds to the sheet attribute information stored in the storing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,139,008

INK FILLING METHOD AND INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to discharge ink;
a carriage configured to move with the recording head mounted thereon;
a main tank configured to store ink;
a sub-tank configured to be supplied ink from the main tank;
a hollow tube that connects the main tank and the sub-tank;
a supply tube configured to supply ink from the sub-tank to the recording head, the supply tube moves by following a movement
of the carriage; and

a control unit configured to control acceleration of the carriage such that a dynamic pressure of ink inside the supply tube
becomes greater than a pressure resistance to an ink movement and a pressure resistance to an air movement in the hollow tube.

US Pat. No. 9,141,881

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,140,603

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION ELEMENT, AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE SENSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus having a pixel area where pixels are arrayed comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion included in a pixel of the arrayed pixels;
a member for light path to the photoelectric conversion portion, which is provided on the photoelectric conversion portion;
an insulator film; and
a wiring;
wherein within one plane in parallel with a light receiving surface of the photoelectric conversion portion, and within another
plane in parallel with the light receiving surface and closer to the light receiving surface than the one plane, the wiring
is arranged in the pixel area, and the insulator film surrounds the member,

wherein a width of the member within the another plane is less than a width of the member within the one plane,
wherein the member includes
a first portion, and
a second portion, the second portion being different from the first portion in a refractive index, the second portion being
arranged in continuous with the first portion and surrounding the first portion, and

wherein a width of the first portion within the another plane is more than a width of the first portion within the one plane,
and a thickness of the second portion within the another plane is not more than a half of a thickness of the second portion
within the one plane.

US Pat. No. 9,134,667

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING COOLING DEVICE FOR PRESSURE ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
a heating rotary member and a pressing rotary member configured to fix a toner image on a sheet in a nip portion therebetween;
a first cooling device configured to cool an area adjacent to a longitudinal center of the pressing rotary member;
a second cooling device configured to cool an area adjacent to longitudinal ends of the pressing rotary member;
a detecting device configured to detect a temperature and a humidity of an ambient atmosphere; and
a controller configured to control operations of the first cooling device and the second cooling device based on an absolute
humidity determined using the temperature and the humidity detected by the detecting device,

wherein in a case where fixing processing is performed on a sheet having a maximum width usable for the fixing apparatus and
having a basis weight of less than a predetermined value, the controller executes a first mode in which the fixing processing
is started after the first cooling device is actuated for a predetermined time without actuating the second cooling device
when the absolute humidity is equal to or larger than a first value and executes a second mode in which the fixing processing
is started after the second cooling device is actuated for a predetermined time without actuating the first cooling device
when the absolute humidity is equal to or smaller than a second value which is smaller than the first value.

US Pat. No. 9,134,688

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
(i) a photosensitive drum;
(ii) a developing roller configured and positioned (a) to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive
drum and (b) to be rotatable about an axis thereof;

(iii) a coupling member provided adjacent to one axial end of said developing roller, said coupling member including:
(iii-i) a driven portion provided adjacent to the one axial end of said developing roller;
(iii-ii) an intermediary portion configured and positioned (a) to engage with said driven portion and (b) to be movable relative
to said driven portion in a direction crossing the axis of said developing roller while maintaining engagement with said driven
portion; and

(iii-iii) a driving portion configured and positioned (a) to engage with a driving member to receive the driving force for
rotating said developing roller, (b) to engage with said intermediary portion, and (c) to be movable relative to said intermediary
portion in a direction which is crossing the axis of said developing roller and which is different from the direction of the
movement of said intermediary portion while maintaining engagement with said intermediary portion;

(iv) a holding portion configured and positioned (a) to rotatably hold said driving portion and (b) to be movable in a direction
crossing the axis of said developing roller together with said driving portion;

(v) an urging portion configured and positioned to urge said driving portion in a direction crossing the axis of said developing
roller through said holding portion;

(vi) a stopping portion configured and positioned to stop said holding portion that is urged by said urging portion; and
(vii) a regulating portion provided at each side of said holding portion and configured to regulate movement of said holding
portion in directions along the axis of said developing roller.

US Pat. No. 9,132,631

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT TIMING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,135,746

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to generate a computer graphics expressing an object, comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured by a processor to acquire height information indicating a relative height difference on
a surface of the object;

a second acquisition unit configured by the processor to acquire at least a scattering function representing an internal scattering
characteristic of light of the object wherein the internal scattering characteristic is a function according to a distance;
and

a calculation unit configured by the processor to calculate a distance between a target pixel and a sampling point different
from the target pixel based on the height information and calculate a pixel value of the target pixel in the object according
to the calculated distance with reference to the scattering function.

US Pat. No. 9,132,668

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first determination unit configured to determine a margin setting for printing of an image of a printing target;
a detection unit configured to detect a size of a print medium;
a specification unit configured to specify a plurality of candidates of the print medium corresponding to a detection result
by the detection unit;

a second determination unit configured to determine at least one of a width and a length corresponding to the margin setting
determined by the first determination unit based on at least one among the plurality of candidates specified by the specification
unit; and

a print control unit configured to cause a print unit to print the image of the printing target in a size corresponding to
at least one of the width and the length determined by the second determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,136,806

AMPLIFIER CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An amplifier circuit comprising:
a differential amplifier circuit configured to amplify a voltage between a signal input to a first input terminal and a signal
input to a second input terminal and output differential signals to differential signal lines;

a plurality of output circuits configured to receive in common the differential signals via the differential signal lines
and output, to independent output terminals, signals each corresponding to the differential signals; and

a control circuit configured to set at least one of the plurality of output circuits in an operating state to drive an output
terminal of the at least one of the plurality of output circuits, and set a different one of the plurality of output circuits
in a non-operating state and set an output terminal of the different one of the plurality of output circuits in a high impedance
state.

US Pat. No. 9,134,512

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from the object side to the image side:
a first lens unit having positive refracting power;
a second lens unit having negative refracting power;
a third lens unit having positive refracting power;
a fourth lens unit having negative refracting power;
a fifth lens unit having positive refracting power; and
a sixth lens unit having negative refracting power, in zooming from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, the lens units being
moved such that a distance between the first lens unit and the second lens unit is increased, a distance between the second
lens unit and the third lens unit is decreased, a distance between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit is increased,
and a distance between the fourth lens unit and the fifth lens unit is decreased, in focusing from an infinitely distant object
to a near object, the sixth lens unit being moved toward the image side,

wherein the sixth lens unit includes one or more positive lenses, and
wherein the zoom lens satisfies conditional expressions
1.441?D2Rw/fRw<2.0, and

18
where D2Rw is a distance, at the wide angle end, between rear principal point of the second lens unit and a front principal
point of a rear lens group including the third and subsequent lens units, and fRw is a focal length of the rear lens group
at the wide angle end, and ?d6p is the Abbe number of the material of at least one of the positive lenses.

US Pat. No. 9,137,406

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM, FOR SHIFTING DIFFERENT POWER STATES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a shift instruction to shift a power state of the information processing apparatus
to a power saving state;

a registration unit configured to register an application which supports the power saving state; and
a control unit configured to shift the information processing apparatus to the power saving state in a case where an application
different from the application registered by the registration unit is not running when the reception unit receives the shift
instruction, and to turn off the information processing apparatus in a case where an application different from the application
registered by the registration unit is running when the reception unit receives the shift instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,134,643

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,131,185

DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data communication apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor being configured to perform:
a scanning function of scanning an original image;
a setting function of setting an address of a file server on a network as a transmission destination for transmitting a file
corresponding to the original image scanned by said scanning function;

an obtaining function of obtaining authentication information to be used for authentication of the file server, the authentication
information being inputted at the time of a login to the data communication apparatus or being inputted at the time of the
setting of the transmission destination;

a transmission function of transmitting the file to the file server designated by the transmission destination in a case that
the authentication of the file server is successful on a basis of the authentication information;

a registration function of registering the transmission destination set by said setting function and the authentication information
obtained by said obtaining function; and

a control function of prohibiting registration of the authentication information if the authentication information is inputted
at the time of the login to the data communication apparatus, and permitting registration of the authentication information
if the authentication information is inputted at the time of the setting of the destination.