US Pat. No. 9,147,107

FACIAL EXPRESSION RECOGNITION APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, FACIAL EXPRESSION RECOGNITION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an image input unit configured to input an image;
a face detection unit configured to detect a face image of a person from the image input by said image input unit;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first expression evaluation value corresponding to a first facial expression
for the detected face based on the face image detected by said face detection unit;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second expression evaluation value corresponding to a second facial expression
for the detected face based on the face image detected by said face detection unit, wherein the second facial expression is
different from the first facial expression;

an updating unit configured to update, based on the first expression value, a relationship between the second expression value
and a threshold value for determining a facial expression of a person; and

a judgment unit configured to judge whether the detected face shows the second facial expression or not based on the relationship
between the second expression value and the threshold value which is updated by said updating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,138,991

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing images, comprising
a print head having a substrate, a plurality of heaters which are driven by supplying a driving pulse to discharge ink and
arranged on the substrate, and a temperature sensor which is arranged on the substrate;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain first information regarding a temperature detected by the temperature sensor at
a first timing;

a first printing control unit configured to control printing of a test pattern which is used for correcting input image data
for printing an image based on a predetermined driving pulse at a timing near the first timing;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain second information regarding a temperature detected by the temperature sensor
at a second timing after the first timing;

a third obtaining unit configured to obtain third information regarding a temperature difference between the temperature indicated
by the first information obtained by the first obtaining unit and the temperature indicated by the second information obtained
by the second obtaining unit;

a determining unit configured to determine a first driving pulse to be supplied to the plurality of heaters based on the temperature
difference indicated by the third information obtained by the third obtaining unit; and

a second printing control unit configured to control printing of the image by supplying the first driving pulse determined
by the determining unit to the plurality of heaters at a timing near the second timing.

US Pat. No. 9,138,992

RECEPTION DEVICE AND APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording element substrate for performing recording, the recording element substrate comprising:
a first shift register to which a data signal including first information consisting of multiple bits and second information
consisting of a smaller number of bits than a number of the multiple bits is input based on a clock signal;

a first latch circuit configured to latch the first information based on a trigger signal;
a second shift register to which the second information inputted to the first shift register is input based on a pulse signal;
and

a second latch circuit configured to latch the second information inputted to the second shift register,
wherein the data signal is received from the first shift register upon input of the trigger signal.

US Pat. No. 9,139,012

INK FILLING APPARATUS AND INK FILLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink filling apparatus configured to fill an ink tank with ink, the ink tank comprising a first storage chamber that
contains an ink absorber, a second storage chamber that substantially forms a closed space except for a communication section
communicating with the first storage chamber, a first port for supplying ink externally from the first storage chamber, and
a second port for providing fluid communication between the atmosphere and the first storage chamber, the ink filling apparatus
comprising:
a pressure reduction unit configured to reduce pressures in the first storage chamber, the second storage chamber, and the
communication section to a target pressure through the second port; and

a filling unit configured to fill the first storage chamber, the second storage chamber, and the communication section with
a target filling amount of ink through the first port after the pressures in the first storage chamber, the second storage
chamber, and the communication section have been reduced to the target pressure by the pressure reduction unit,

wherein the target pressure is a pressure set such that a compressed volume of gas remaining in the second chamber, after
(a) the reduction of pressure in the first storage chamber, second storage chamber and communication section to the target
pressure by the pressure reduction unit, (b) the filling of the tank with the target filling amount of ink by the filling
unit and (c) application of atmospheric pressure via the second port to the ink in the first storage chamber, is less than
a limited volume,

wherein the target filling amount is less than a total of a volume of ink absorbable by the absorber, a volume of the second
storage chamber, and a volume of the communication section minus the compressed volume, and

wherein a volume of the first storage chamber minus a volume of a material of the absorber is denoted by Vs, a volume of the
absorber minus the volume of the material of the absorber is denoted by Va, a total volume of the second storage chamber and
the communication section is denoted by Vi, the compressed volume is denoted by V1, the limited volume is denoted by Vx, the atmospheric pressure is denoted by P0, the target pressure is denoted by P1, and the target filling amount is denoted by W, and the target pressure P1 and the target filling amount W are expressed by following formulas


US Pat. No. 9,141,083

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,873

APPARATUS FOR MEASURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL POSITION, METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a plurality of images captured from a plurality of viewpoints;
an extraction unit configured to extract a region of an object from each of the plurality of images based on color information;
an acquisition unit configured to obtain a contour from each region extracted by the extraction unit;
a smoothing unit configured to obtain a plurality of smoothed contours by performing smoothing of each of the contours;
a correlation unit configured to correlate points on the plurality of smoothed contours between the images; and
a deriving unit configured to derive a three-dimensional coordinate of the points correlated by the correlation unit between
the images,

wherein the smoothing unit includes an endpoint setting unit configured to set a first point and a second point on the contour
and a setting unit configured to set a third point between the first point and the second point on the contour,

wherein the smoothing unit is configured to repeat an operation of the endpoint setting unit and an operation of the setting
unit so that the third point is recursively set as the first point or the second point until a distance between the first
point or the second point and the third point is smaller than a predetermined value and that the recursively set point between
the first point and the second point is newly set as the third point, and

wherein the smoothing unit is configured to obtain, as the smoothed contours, a group of lines connecting adjacent points
on the contours among the points set by the endpoint setting unit and the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,142,173

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid crystal display apparatus, comprising:
a liquid crystal modulation element including a transparent electrode, a reflective electrode, a liquid crystal layer disposed
between the transparent electrode and the reflective electrode, a first alignment film disposed between the transparent electrode
and the liquid crystal layer, and a second alignment film disposed between the reflective electrode and the liquid crystal
layer; and

a controller that controls an electric potential provided to the transparent electrode and the reflective electrode such that
a sign of an electric field generated in the liquid crystal layer is cyclically inverted in a modulation operation state of
the liquid crystal modulation element,

wherein the controller performs, in a state other than the modulation operation state,
a first control in which the electric potentials provided to the transparent and reflective electrodes are controlled such
that the electric field generated in the liquid crystal layer is fixed in an in-plane direction of the liquid crystal layer,
and

a second control in which the electric potentials provided to the transparent and reflective electrodes are controlled such
that the electric field generated in the liquid crystal layer changes in the in-plane direction of the liquid crystal layer,
the second control being different from the first control, and

wherein, in the first control, the controller controls the electric potentials provided to the transparent and reflective
electrodes such that a relative electric potential provided to the reflective electrode relative to the electric potential
provided to the transparent electrode has a same sign as that of charged particles which accumulate at an interface between
the second alignment film and the liquid crystal layer, and

in the second control, the controller controls the electric potentials provided to the transparent and reflective electrodes
such that the relative electric potential provided to the reflective electrode has a different sign as that of the charged
particles relative to the electric potential provided to the transparent electrode,

wherein the controller performs the second control after the first control.

US Pat. No. 9,139,387

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, comprising:
a feeding roller which feeds a sheet;
a separation roller which is pressed against the feeding roller and rotates in a reverse direction to a direction of feeding
by the feeding roller to separate sheets, fed by the sheet feeding roller, one by one;

a feeding rotational shaft which rotatably supports the feeding roller and to which is transmitted a rotational driving force
from a driving motor; and

a vibration absorbing portion which includes an elastic member formed of a rubber material and formed in a plate shape, wherein
one surface of the plate shape of the elastic member has a first connected portion that is connected with a connect portion
provided on the feeding roller and a side surface of the plate shape of the elastic member has a second connected portion
that is connected with a connect portion provided on the feeding rotational shaft, and the vibration absorbing portion transmits
the rotational driving force from the feeding rotational shaft to the feeding roller, while absorbing vibrations of the feeding
roller by an elastic transformation of the rubber material.

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. 9,137,021

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SECURE NETWORK SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR UPDATING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A secure network system configured by connecting an image forming apparatus, a printer server, and an authentication server,
wherein the authentication server registers the certificate information acquired from the image forming apparatus in a storage,
and in response to a request, transmits the registered certificate information to a device that has requested the certification
information,

the printer server authenticates the image forming apparatus by comparing certificate information of the image forming apparatus
that is acquired from the authentication server with certificate information of the image forming apparatus that is acquired
from the image forming apparatus,

when the certificate information has been updated, the image forming apparatus sends a notification that the certificate information
has been updated to the printer server after a registration of the updated certificate information in the authentication server
has been finished, and

the printer server further caches the acquired certificate information, and
the printer server, when acquiring the certificate information from the authentication server in response to a notification
that the certificate information has been updated, compares certificate information that has already been cached with the
acquired certification information, and if the cached certificate information is different from the acquired certification
information, caches the acquired certificate information, and if the cached certificate information matches the acquired certification
information, re-acquires the certificate information from the authentication server.

US Pat. No. 9,134,435

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,132,635

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,132,636

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND PRODUCTION PROCESS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising a substrate and a flow path forming member on the substrate, the flow path forming member
forming an ejection orifice from which a liquid is ejected and a liquid flow path, wherein the flow path forming member is
formed of an inorganic material and includes at least a flow path side wall portion forming a side of the liquid flow path,
and wherein at least a substrate side end part of an inner wall of the flow path side wall portion is covered with a member,
the inner wall being a wall of the flow path side wall portion on the side of the liquid flow path.

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. 9,135,866

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus that displays an image by causing a light-emitting unit to emit light at an emission brightness value
in accordance with brightness of the image,
the display apparatus comprising:
an input unit that inputs image data;
a division unit that divides one frame period into a plurality of sub-frame periods when one frame of the image data includes
a plurality of images having different brightness; and

a display controlling unit that performs control of switching between the plurality of images for each sub-frame period and
displaying the images, wherein

the division unit classifies the plurality of images into image groups based on a distance between the images, when one frame
of the image data includes the plurality of images having different brightness, and divides one frame period into sub-frame
periods of the number of image groups, and

in the control, the image groups are switched therebetween to be displayed for each sub-frame period.

US Pat. No. 9,131,131

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,126,789

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,126,790

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,128,457

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MOVABLE CONVEYING PATH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,127,967

ENCODER HAVING PLURAL PHASE ACQUIRERS AND A POSITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUIRER FOR PRECISELY OBTAINING A POSITION OF A SCALE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a scale that includes a pattern row that has a plurality of patterns configured to spatially modulate an energy distribution;
a detector array that includes a plurality of detectors that are configured to detect the energy distribution from the pattern
row and arranged in a moving direction, the detector array being configured to move relatively to the scale; and

a signal processor configured to process and convert into positional information, an output signal from the detector array,
wherein the pattern row has a first modulation period and a second modulation period different from the first modulation period
in the moving direction, and

wherein the signal processor includes:
a first phase acquirer configured to acquire a first phase of the first modulation period based on the output signal of the
detector array;

a second phase acquirer configured to acquire a second phase of the second modulation period based on the output signal from
the detector array; and

a positional information acquirer configured to acquire Sv as a position signal that represents a position of the scale in
the moving direction,

wherein Sv satisfies:
Sv=A·?1?B·?2

where A and B are coefficients that satisfy A/B=n/m using integers m and n that satisfy:
|(m·P1?n·P2)|<|(P1?P2)|,

where ?1 is the first phase acquired by the first phase acquirer, ?2 is the second phase acquired by the second phase acquirer, P1 is the first modulation period, and P2 is the second modulation period.

US Pat. No. 9,122,196

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on a first image bearing member;
a second developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on a second image bearing member;
a common driving source unit configured to commonly drive the first developing device and the second developing device; and
a control unit configured to control a predetermined initialization operation with respect to each exchanged developing device
by driving the first developing device and the second developing device in a case where at least one of the first developing
device and the second developing device is exchanged for a new developing device;

wherein, in a case where either one of the first developing device or the second developing device is exchanged for a new
developing device and the other developing device is not exchanged for a new developing device, the control unit executes
the initialization operation with respect to said one of the developing devices and doesn't execute the initialization operation
with respect to the other developing device, and

wherein the control unit executes a replacement operation, that is different from the initialization operation, for replacing
a developer disposed in a developing device with respect to the other developing device while executing the initialization
operation of said one of the developing devices, and doesn't execute the replacement operation to said one of the developing
devices.

US Pat. No. 9,124,070

SUPERLUMINESCENT DIODE AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SUPERLUMINESCENT DIODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,124,366

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a delay profile for a first transmit signal from a transmitting apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine a start time at which to start detection of a second transmit signal from the
transmitting apparatus and an end time at which to end the detection of the second transmit signal from the transmitting apparatus,
based on the delay profile;

a forming unit configured to control a plurality of antennas and form a predetermined antenna directivity characteristic,
wherein the forming unit forms an antenna directivity characteristic that has a beam peak at a predetermined angle;

a detection unit configured to detect a reception intensity of the second transmission signal from the transmitting apparatus;
a control unit configured to control the detection unit such that the detection unit operates during a period between the
start time and the end time that are determined by the determination unit, and does not operate at other times; and

a selection unit configured to select an angle at which the reception intensity detected by the detection unit exceeds a predetermined
intensity.

US Pat. No. 9,124,203

MOTOR HAVING PULSE MODE AND BRUSHLESS MODE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS OF THE MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An optical apparatus comprising:
a motor that includes a rotor having a magnet, a first coil, and a second coil:
an optical element moved by the motor; and
a control apparatus configured to control driving of the motor,
wherein the control apparatus includes:
first and second rotor position detectors that are arranged with different phases and configured to detect rotating positions
of the rotor;

a drive pulse signal generator configured to use as a reference signal one of a first signal output from the first rotor position
detector and a second signal output from the second rotor position detector, and to generate a third signal that is a pulse
signal used to drive the motor;

a delay angle operator configured to change a delay angle that is a phase difference between the reference signal and the
third signal;

a driver configured to drive the motor based on the third signal; and
a driving mode transfer unit configured to start driving the motor in a first driving mode that switches an electrification
to each of the first and second coils at a predetermined time interval, to subsequently drive the motor in a second driving
mode that switches the electrification in accordance with the delay angle, and to accelerate the motor to a target velocity,

wherein the driving mode transfer unit sets as an initial delay angle of the second driving mode the delay angle between the
third signal just before the first driving mode is transferred to the second driving mode and one of the first and second
signals which provides a smaller delay angle with the third signal.

US Pat. No. 9,116,470

ADJUSTMENT OF IMAGE DENSITY, USING A DENSITY ADJUSTMENT CONDITION, IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a correction unit configured to correct image data based on tone correction condition;
a first image forming unit configured to form a first image using a color material of a first color on a first image carrier
based on the image data corrected by the correction unit;

a second image forming unit configured to form a second image using a color material of a second color different from the
first color on a second image carrier based on the image data corrected by the correction unit;

a first transfer unit configured to transfer the first image formed on the first image carrier to an intermediate transfer
body;

a second transfer unit located on a downstream side of the first transfer unit in a conveying direction of the intermediate
transfer body, configure to transfer a second image formed on a second image carrier to the intermediate transfer body;

a setting unit configured to set a transfer potential to be applied to the second transfer unit;
a density detection unit located on the downstream side of the second transfer unit in the conveying direction of the intermediate
transfer body, configured to detect a density of a first measurement image, a density of a second measurement image, the first
measurement image being formed by the first image forming unit and being transfer to the intermediate transfer body by the
first transfer unit, the second measurement image being formed by the second image forming unit and being transfer to the
intermediate transfer body by the second transfer unit;

a first creation unit configured to create the tone correction condition based on a detection result of the density detection
unit;

a converting unit configured to convert the image data to be corrected by the correction unit based on a multinary-color density
adjustment table in a case where a multinary-color image is formed using the color material of the first color and the color
material of the second color;

a reading unit configured to read a test image formed on a printing medium by the image forming apparatus, the test image
being formed using the color material of the first color and the color material of the second color;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the multinary-color density adjustment table should be created based
on a density of a third measurement image and a density of a fourth measurement image, the third measurement image being a
measurement image of the first color formed on the intermediate transfer body, and the fourth measurement image being a measurement
image of the second color formed on the intermediate transfer body; and

a second creation unit configured to create the multinary-color density adjustment table based on a reading result of the
test image by the reading unit, in a case where the determination unit determines that the multinary-color density adjustment
table should be created,

wherein when the second creation unit creates the multinary-color density adjustment table, the setting unit sets the transfer
potential to be applied to the second transfer unit to a transfer potential which prevents the third measurement image transferred
by the first transfer unit from being retransferred to the second image carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,116,503

DEVELOPING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing unit for an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, said developing unit comprising:
a developing roller, having a shaft member, for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on an electrophotographic
photosensitive drum using developer; and

a bearing for rotatably supporting said shaft member, said bearing including a bearing base portion of a first resin molded
material and a bearing portion of a second resin molded material different from the first resin molded material, said bearing
portion having a through-hole,

wherein said bearing portion includes a contact portion contacting a stepped abutting portion of said shaft member, and a
retaining portion overlapping with said bearing base portion in an axial direction of said shaft member.

US Pat. No. 9,117,718

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH A PLURALITY OF PIXELS FOR FOCUS DETECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels two-dimensionally arrayed in a pixel array that forms an image sensing surface, the plurality of pixels
including pixels for focus detection, wherein each of the pixels for focus detection includes:

a pixel region having first and second photoelectric converters, the first and second photoelectric converters being arranged
apart from each other in a direction parallel to the image sensing surface,

a single microlens arranged directly above each of the first and second photoelectric converters, and
a portion arranged between the single microlens and the pixel region and including a single lens surface arranged directly
above both the first and second photoelectric converters,

wherein the portion including the single lens surface as a whole exerts a negative power on light beams that pass through
the single microlens, such that the light beams having passed through different regions of a pupil of an imaging lens for
forming an object image on the image sensing surface reach the first and second photoelectric converters through the single
microlens and the single lens surface.

US Pat. No. 9,113,174

PREDICTIVE CODING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coding apparatus which performs a predictive coding, comprising:
a first generating unit that generates a difference from a picture to be coded and a predicted picture;
a second generating unit that performs an orthogonal transformation and a quantization to generate quantized data from a difference
generated by the first generating unit;

a converting unit that converts quantized data generated by the second generating unit into binary data;
a detection unit that uses binary data generated by the converting unit to detect an amount of binary data for each slice
of one picture;

a coding unit that performs an arithmetically coding to generate coded data of one picture from binary data generated by the
converting unit; and

a third generating unit that generates a coded data stream that includes the coded data of one picture generated by the coding
unit and information indicating the amount of binary data for each slice of one picture detected by the detection unit,

wherein at least one of the first generating unit, the second generating unit, the converting unit, the detection unit, the
coding unit, and the third generating unit is implemented by a hardware structure.

US Pat. No. 9,111,655

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray generating apparatus, comprising:
an X-ray generating unit having a target and an electron source emitting an electron beam toward said target so as to form
a focal spot on said target; and

a light projecting and sighting unit that comprises:
a movable diaphragm unit having a plurality of limiting leaves;
a light source emitting visible light;
a light guiding plate provided across an X-ray axis so as to cover the path of the X-ray that irradiates an X-ray field, the
light guiding plate being configured to transmit the X-ray and cause the visible light from said light source to exit from
a front surface of said light guiding plate; and

an X-ray transmissive louver having a plurality of partition walls defining an opening between two adjacent partition walls
of the plurality of partition walls so as to transmit the X-ray and give directionality to the visible light emitted from
said front surface,

wherein said X-ray transmissive louver is secured at said front surface of said light guiding plate and is located between
said light guiding plate and said limiting leaves so as to indicate a simulated X-ray irradiation field with visible light
on a subject.

US Pat. No. 9,111,177

POSITION/ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position/orientation measurement apparatus comprising:
a model holding unit configured to hold a three-dimensional shape model representing a geometric feature of an object;
an approximate value acquisition unit configured to acquire an approximate value indicating a position and an orientation
of the object;

an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a two-dimensional image of the object captured by an image capturing apparatus;
a projection unit configured to project the geometric feature of the three-dimensional shape model on the two-dimensional
image based on the approximate value, and to calculate the direction of the geometric feature of the three-dimensional shape
model projected on the two-dimensional image;

a detection unit configured to detect an image feature based on the two-dimensional image and to calculate the direction of
the image feature;

an association unit configured to associate the image feature and the geometric feature by comparing the direction of the
image feature calculated based on the two-dimensional image and the direction of the geometric feature calculated based on
the three-dimensional shape model; and

a position/orientation calculation unit configured to calculate the position and the orientation of the object by correcting
the approximate value based on the distance between the geometric feature and the image feature associated therewith by the
association unit,

wherein for each geometric feature in the three-dimensional shape model projected on the two-dimensional image by the projection
unit, the detection unit detects a plurality of image features based on the two-dimensional image in correspondence with the
geometric feature, and calculates the direction of each of the image features,

wherein the association unit comprises
a calculation unit configured to, for each geometric feature of the three-dimensional shape model projected on the two-dimensional
image by the projection unit, calculate the difference between the direction of the geometric feature and the direction of
each of the corresponding image features, and to calculate a reference value based on the obtained differences in direction
of the image features at the geometric features, and

a selection unit configured to, for each of the geometric features, select any image feature whose difference in direction
is within a predetermined range from the reference value, from among the plurality of image features detected in correspondence
with the geometric feature, and

wherein the association unit associates the selected image features with the corresponding geometric features.

US Pat. No. 9,110,413

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,016

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, OPERATION SUPPORTING METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR FIXING A FAILURE RELATING TO IMAGE FORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an occurrence of a failure and the occurrence area of the failure in the image forming
apparatus;

a first display control unit configured to switch maintenance screens to be displayed indicating a plurality of operation
procedures necessary to remove the failure;

a second display control unit configured to display one or more maintenance screens indicating the operation procedures necessary
to remove the failure, which include one or more maintenance screens of the number smaller than the number of the screens
to be displayed by the first display control unit; and

a control unit configured to perform control to enable selective execution of the display by the first display control unit
and the display by the second display control unit when the area of the occurrence of the failure detected by the detection
unit is a specific area, and perform control to execute the display by the first display control unit when the area of the
occurrence of the failure detected by the detection unit is not the specific area.

US Pat. No. 9,113,067

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,485

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising:
a conveyance roller pair that includes a first roller and a second roller, and is configured to convey a sheet;
an urging portion configured to apply a pinching force to the conveyance roller pair;
a releasing portion configured to release the pinching force of the conveyance roller pair against an urging force of the
urging portion; and

a moving portion configured to move the conveyance roller pair, the urging portion, and the releasing portion in a width direction
intersecting with a sheet conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 9,102,497

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a sheet discharging portion configured to discharge a plurality of sheets;
a stacking portion having a stacking surface on which each sheet discharged from the sheet discharging portion is stacked;
a sheet presence/absence detecting portion that detects whether a sheet is present or absent on the stacking surface of the
stacking portion;

an abutting portion against which each end in a sheet discharge direction of the sheets discharged by the sheet discharging
portion and stacked on the stacking surface abuts;

an alignment mechanism including a pair of aligning members respectively having aligning faces that align the sheets discharged
onto the stacking surface in a sheet width direction; and

a control portion that controls the aligning mechanism based on a detected result of the sheet presence/absence detecting
portion indicating a presence of the sheet on the stacking surface of the stacking portion such that a distance between the
aligning faces of the pair of aligning members is set as a first distance, and controls the aligning mechanism based on a
detected result of the sheet presence/absence detecting portion indicating an absence of the sheet on the stacking surface
of the stacking portion such that the distance between the aligning faces of the pair of aligning members is set as a second
distance, the second distance being wider than the first distance and being wider than a widthwise length of the sheet discharged
onto the stacking surface.

US Pat. No. 9,106,931

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING COMPENSATION OFFSETS FOR A SET OF RECONSTRUCTED SAMPLES OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of providing compensation offsets for use in performing sample adaptive offset loop filtering on a set of reconstructed
samples of an image, each sample having a sample value, the method comprising:
selecting, based on a rate distortion criterion, a classification from among a plurality of predetermined classifications,
each said predetermined classification having a classification range equal to one-eighth of a full range of the sample values
and being made up of four classes, each defining a range of sample values within said classification range, into which class
a sample is put if its sample value is within the range of the class concerned; and

associating with each class of the selected classification a compensation offset for application to the sample value of each
sample of the class concerned.

US Pat. No. 9,104,148

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,104,705

IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first display control unit configured to cause a display screen to display each of a plurality of groups which includes
one or more display items;

a specifying unit configured, in accordance with a sliding operation for sliding an operation position by a user, to specify
both of a sliding direction of the sliding operation and a sliding amount of the sliding operation;

a selecting unit configured to execute both a group selection of a group corresponding to the sliding direction specified
by the specifying unit from the plurality of groups displayed by the first display control unit, and an item selection of
a display item corresponding to the sliding amount specified by the specifying unit from one or more display items which are
included in the selected group selected by the group selection; and

a second display control unit configured to cause the display screen to display the one or more display items which are included
in the selected group selected by the group selection, in an arranged manner,

wherein the selecting unit executes the item selection from the one or more display items displayed by the second display
control unit, and

wherein in a case where a sliding operation is executed in the state that a display item arranged at the end in an arranging
order of the one or more display items is selected, the first display control unit causes the display screen to display each
of the plurality of groups again and the selecting unit further executes the group selection.

US Pat. No. 9,106,825

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit;
a first focus detection unit configured to perform phase difference type focus detection for detecting a deviation amount
between a pair of object images acquired from output signals output from the image capture unit;

a second focus detection unit configured to perform contrast type focus detection for detecting contrast information of an
object image acquired from an output signal output from the image capture unit;

a contrast information generation unit configured to generate the contrast information in a plurality of distance measurement
areas subjected to focus detection by the second focus detection unit;

an object detection area identification unit configured to identify an object detection area based on object information acquired
from an output signal output from the image capture unit; and

an area determination unit configured to determine, based on the contrast information, a distance measurement area to be subjected
to focus detection by the first focus detection unit,

wherein if the object detection area is over the plurality of distance measurement areas, focus detection is performed by
the first focus detection unit using the plurality of distance measurement areas which the object detection area is over,
and

if the object detection area is not over the plurality of distance measurement areas, focus detection is performed by the
first focus detection unit using a simile distance measurement area of the plurality of distance measurement areas.

US Pat. No. 9,098,220

PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR A SERVERLESS PULL PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium on which is stored a computer program for making a computer execute
a method for an information processing apparatus communicating with a printer via a network, the method comprising the steps
of:
setting condition information for generating identification information for identifying the information processing apparatus;
generating and spooling data for print as a function of a print module of the information processing apparatus according to
a user's printing operation;

generating identification information for identifying the information processing apparatus from a part of an information of
an IP address of the information processing apparatus according to the set condition information;

presenting the generated identification information to a user;
transmitting, after the presenting step, to the printing apparatus a list of the data spooled by the spooling unit and user
information of a user who has executed the printing operation, in response to a request from the printing apparatus, the request
using the identification information; and

transmitting, to the printing apparatus, generated print data corresponding to data selected at the printing apparatus from
the list,

wherein, in the printing apparatus, a data selection from the list is performed when the user information transmitted by the
information processing apparatus has been authenticated.

US Pat. No. 9,098,003

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin, a colorant and a charge controlling agent, wherein:
the charge controlling agent is a polymer A having a structure “a” represented by formula (1), and the polymer A has a weight
average molecular weight (Mw) of not less than 1,000 and not more than 100,000:


wherein R1 represents a hydroxyl group, a carboxyl group, an alkyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms, or
an alkoxyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms,

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, an alkyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms, or
an alkoxyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms,

g represents an integer of not less than 1 and not more than 3 and h represents an integer of not less than 0 and not more
than 3, wherein when h is 2 or 3, R1 can be each independently selected, and

* represents a binding site in the polymer A.

US Pat. No. 9,098,010

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A development device comprising a container that contains a toner, a toner bearing member that has dielectric portions
scattered on a surface thereof and bears the toner, and a regulating member that regulates a layer thickness of the toner
on the toner bearing member,
wherein, with respect to a triboelectric series, a position of the dielectric portions on the triboelectric series with respect
to positions of the toner and regulating member, is such that the dielectric portions are more likely to be charged to have
a same polarity as a normal charge polarity of the toner, than a polarity of the regulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,098,797

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object;
a display unit configured to display information indicating a state of the image forming apparatus;
an adjustment unit configured to adjust detection sensitivity of the detection unit in accordance with the state of the image
forming apparatus; and

a power control unit configured to, if it is determined that the detection unit whose detection sensitivity has been adjusted
by the adjustment unit has detected an object, perform control such that power is supplied to the display unit,

wherein, when the state of the image forming apparatus is a normal state, the adjustment unit adjusts the detection sensitivity
of the detection unit such that an object existing in a first region can be detected and, when the state of the image forming
apparatus is an error state, adjusts the detection sensitivity of the detection unit such that an object existing in a second
region, which is larger than the first region, can be detected.

US Pat. No. 9,099,022

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, SCREEN DISPLAY METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, which comprises an operating system having a first execution environment and a second
execution environment, and executes a first application which runs on the first execution environment, and a second application
which runs on the second execution environment, said apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive, when a screen of a first display style on a screen corresponding to the first execution
environment is displayed on a display, a running instruction of the second application to be displayed in a second display
style;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not said information processing apparatus comprises a plurality of
displays;

a display unit configured to display, when said information processing apparatus comprises the plurality of displays, without
changing a display style of a screen displayed on a display in the first display style, a screen of the second application
on another display in the second display style; and

a detection unit configured to detect a state of the first application to be displayed in the first display style,
wherein said detection unit detects a state in which the first application does not run, said display unit displays an initial
screen to be displayed in the first display style.

US Pat. No. 9,100,276

DISTRIBUTION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distribution device comprising:
a registration unit configured to receive a registration request of setting information relating to distribution of an event
occurring in a print device from each of one or more client devices and register the setting information;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire event information relating to an event occurred in the print device from the print
device;

a determination unit configured to determine event information which is a distribution target based on the acquired event
information and the registered setting information;

a distribution unit configured to distribute event information, which has been determined as the distribution target, to a
plurality of client devices including a client device different from the one or more client devices that are the registration
requesters of the registered setting information; and

a confirmation unit configured to confirm the reception of the event information by the client device.

US Pat. No. 9,096,407

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet; and
a sheet processing apparatus configured to process the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming apparatus,
wherein the sheet processing apparatus includes:
a processing tray on which the sheets to be processed are sequentially conveyed and stacked;
a binding unit configured to bind a sheet bundle stacked on the processing tray by driving a binding member into the sheet
bundle;

a sheet bundle stacking unit configured to sequentially stack the plurality of the sheet bundles each bound by the binding
unit; and

a recessed portion forming unit configured to form a first recessed portion in a first area of one surface of the sheet bundle
to be bound by the binding unit, and a second recessed portion in a second area on another surface of the sheet bundle, the
first area and second area both corresponding to a position in the sheet bundle into which the binding member is driven.

US Pat. No. 9,091,953

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,981

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable member and a rotatable endless belt configured to form a nip portion for heating an image on a sheet therebetween;
a first roller configured to rotatably support an inner surface of said endless belt;
a second roller configured to rotatably support the inner surface of said endless belt;
a detector configured to detect that said endless belt is beyond a predetermined zone in an widthwise direction of said endless
belt;

a displacing mechanism configured to displace said first roller relative to said second roller based on an output of said
detector so as to maintain said endless belt within the predetermined zone in the widthwise direction;

an electrical discharging member configured to electrically discharge said endless belt; and
a holder configured to hold said electrical discharging member,
wherein said holder is held on both end portions of said first roller in an axis direction of said first roller so as to be
displaced together with said first roller displaced by said displacing mechanism so that said electrical discharging member
is disposed at a predetermined distance from an outer surface of said endless belt.

US Pat. No. 9,091,992

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,997

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,093,577

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,239

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR UPDATING POSITION INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH AN IMAGE FILE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain positioning information from information associated with an image file, the positioning
information including positioning method information that indicates a positioning method and position information that indicates
a position determined by the positioning method;

a changing unit configured to change the position indicated by the position information obtained by the obtaining unit;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not an amount of change made by the changing unit is greater than or
equal to a predetermined threshold; and

an updating unit configured to update the positioning method information associated with the image file whose position information
is changed, when it was determined that the amount of change is greater than or equal to the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,086,723

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DETERMINING AND ASSOCIATING PRIVATE INFORMATION WITH AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus connectable with an information processing apparatus, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image obtained by image-capturing an object;
a unit configured to acquire image capturing information indicating information on image-capturing of the object;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the image capturing information is private information;
an association unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the image capturing information
is not private information, associate the image capturing information with the image; and

a transmission unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the image capturing information
is private information, transmit the image capturing information to the information processing apparatus,

wherein in a case where the determination unit determines that the image capturing information is private information, the
association unit associates link information with the image, instead of associating the image capturing information with the
image,

wherein the link information is information for acquiring the image capturing information from the information processing
apparatus based on an access condition set in the image capturing information.

US Pat. No. 9,082,820

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a semiconductor apparatus, comprising:
preparing a laminated body including:
a first element part having a first semiconductor layer;
a first wiring part having a first conductor layer, and a first insulator layer located between the first semiconductor layer
and the first conductor layer;

a second element part including a second semiconductor layer; and
a second wiring part including a second conductor layer,
wherein the second wiring part is located between the first element part and the second element part,
wherein the first wiring part is located between the first element part and the second wiring part, and
wherein a second insulator layer is located between the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer;
forming a first hole, which penetrates through the first element part and the first insulator layer, from a side of the first
semiconductor layer toward the first conductor layer, and forming a second hole, which penetrates through the first element
part, the first wiring part, and the second insulator layer, from the side of the first semiconductor layer toward the second
conductor layer; and

forming a conductive member configured to electrically connect the first conductor layer with the second conductor layer,
in the first hole and the second hole,

wherein the first wiring part has an intermediate layer made of a material different from materials of the first insulator
layer and the first conductor layer and located between the first insulator layer and the first conductor layer, and

wherein an etching condition of the first insulator layer when the first hole is formed is that an etching rate for the material
of the first insulator layer under the etching condition is higher than an etching rate for the material of the intermediate
layer under the etching condition,

wherein the second insulator layer is etched in the forming of the second hole, in a state where the first hole reaches the
intermediate layer and the intermediate layer remains between the first hole and the first conductor layer.

US Pat. No. 9,083,721

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CLIENT DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system in which a client device and a server apparatus communicate through a firewall,
wherein the client device comprises:
an establishment unit configured to establish a first network connection using a network protocol to enable transmitting of
a request that is issued by taking the server apparatus for the starting point through the firewall to the client device,
the server apparatus disposed outside the firewall,

wherein the server apparatus comprises:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit an instruction to establish a network connection corresponding to an application
installed on the client device, and

wherein, after the first network connection is established by the establishment unit, the client device receives the instruction
transmitted from the server apparatus through the first network connection, and the establishment unit establishes a second
network connection in accordance with the received instruction,

wherein the establishment unit provided in the client device establishes the first network connection through the connection
of a first network protocol, and establishes the second network connection through the connection of a second network protocol,

wherein the second network protocol is used in communication of information required for execution of processing corresponding
to the request by taking the server apparatus for the starting point, between the server apparatus and the application, and

wherein the first network protocol controls a connection/disconnection timing of the second network protocol.

US Pat. No. 9,082,168

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a radiation image signal and electrical signals, the radiation image signal being read
during a first radiation imaging from a radiation detector including a plurality of pixels, and the electrical signals being
read in succession from the radiation detector continuously after the reading of the radiation image signal and corresponding
to accumulated electric charges of the plurality of pixels;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not to correct another radiation image signal read from the radiation
detector during a second radiation imaging that is performed continuously after the reading of the electrical signals based
on a temporal change in the obtained electrical signals; and

a correction unit configured to correct said another radiation image signal based on a result of the determination and dark
current data which is obtained after the first radiation imaging based on the temporal charge in the obtained electrical signals.

US Pat. No. 9,080,914

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS USING FIXED PATTERN NOISES OF SENSOR AND MEMORY CELLS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a sensor cell unit including a photoelectric conversion unit and a sensor cell unit writing switch connected to the photoelectric
conversion unit;

a memory cell unit including a memory capacitance and a memory cell unit writing switch connected to the memory capacitance;
and

a common signal line connected to the sensor cell unit and the memory cell unit,
wherein the memory cell unit holds a signal including voltage fluctuation of the photoelectric conversion unit due to an OFF
operation of the sensor cell unit writing switch, a fixed pattern noise of the sensor cell unit, and a fixed pattern noise
of the memory cell unit, to the memory capacitance before holding a signal of the photoelectric conversion unit to the memory
capacitance.

US Pat. No. 9,083,840

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. An image reading apparatus comprising:
an illumination device comprising:
a light source;
a light guide including an incident surface on which light from the light source is incident; and
a spectroscopic unit disposed between the light source and the incident surface,
wherein the spectroscopic unit includes:
a substrate made of glass; and
a multi-layer film that is provided on a surface of the substrate facing the light source and reflects infrared light toward
the light source;

an imaging optical system that forms an image of a document; and
an image pickup element that photoelectrically converts the image formed by the imaging optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,083,925

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color processing method of performing image processing for an image recording apparatus which records an image by arranging,
on a recording medium, dots of a plurality of types of dot structures having different arrangements of color materials to
be used, comprising the steps of:
generating a dot arrangement signal which corresponds to an input color signal and represents an arrangement of dots of the
plurality of types of dot structures; and

outputting image data which arranges dots of the plurality of types of dot structures on a recording medium based on the dot
arrangement signal,

wherein, in a case where a set of dot structures recordable by the image recording apparatus is defined as a set A, a set
of color points corresponding to the respective dot structures of the set A is defined as a set B, a polyhedron forming a
convex hull of the color points of the set B in a color space is defined as a polyhedron C, a set of polygons forming a surface
of the polyhedron C is defined as a set D, and a set of dot structures in which color points are positioned on the polygons
of the set D out of the dot structures of the set A is defined as a set E, the dot arrangement signal out of the dot arrangement
signals that corresponds to a color signal value representing a color capable of output on a gamut boundary represents an
arrangement of dot structures serving as a subset of the set E.

US Pat. No. 9,081,525

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,083,908

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,082,354

DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,081,336

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,081,593

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with external apparatuses, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a device recognition unit configured to recognize a connection of a device to a network;
a retrieval unit configured to retrieve a first driver, which corresponds to the device, on the information processing apparatus
when the connection of the device to the network is recognized,

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not information to acquire a second driver which has more function
than the first driver is included in the first driver; and

an acquiring unit configured to acquire the second driver from the external apparatuses when it is determined that the information
is included in the first driver.

US Pat. No. 9,068,812

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,072,122

HEATING APPARATUS FOR HEATING A TONER IMAGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heating apparatus comprising:
a plurality of heat generation elements provided on a heat generation film;
a non-contact power supply unit configured to supply power in a contactless manner to the plurality of heat generation elements;
a variable impedance circuit electrically connected to at least one of the plurality of heat generation elements, and in which
an impedance changes according to the frequency of an alternating voltage supplied by the non-contact power supply unit; and

a frequency change unit configured to switch heat generation amounts of the plurality of heat generation elements by changing
the frequency according to the size of a recording material that is a heating target.

US Pat. No. 9,067,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING TIME AND EFFORT FOR USER IN SETTING SIZE OF IRREGULAR-SIZE SHEET, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet holding unit configured to hold a sheet;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a width of the sheet held on said sheet holding unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, size information indicating a size of a sheet;
a storage unit configured to store at least the size information received by said receiving unit; and
a selecting unit configured to select a size of the sheet held by said sheet holding unit based on the width obtained by the
obtaining unit and the size information stored in said storage unit,

wherein said sheet holding unit is a manual feeding tray.

US Pat. No. 9,061,517

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS, INK JET PRINTING METHOD, DATA GENERATING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus for printing an image on a printing area of a printing medium by ejecting inks of a plurality
of colors from a plurality of nozzles of a printing head during a plurality of scans of the printing head, the inks of the
plurality of colors including a yellow ink, a first ink of a color different from that of the yellow ink, and a second ink
having a substantially same hue as the first ink, a colorant concentration lower than that of the first ink, and a lightness
higher than that of the yellow ink, the inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to, in a case where the image is printed by a plurality of scans of the printing head onto the printing
area of the printing medium, control the printing head to eject the inks of the plurality of colors so that a weighted average
of a printing rate for each scan regarding the second ink becomes the largest, so that a maximum value of the printing rate
for each scan regarding the second ink becomes larger than that of the inks of the plurality of colors other than the second
ink, and so that a number of scans for ejecting the second ink onto the printing area is smaller than a number of scans for
ejecting the inks of the plurality of colors other than the second ink onto the printing area.

US Pat. No. 9,062,957

MULTI-WAVELENGTH INTERFEROMETER, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multi-wavelength interferometer using at least two light fluxes each having a different wavelength, the multi-wavelength
interferometer comprising:
a beam splitter configured to split the light fluxes into a reference beam and a measurement beam;
a frequency shifter configured to shift a frequency of the reference beam or a frequency of the measurement beam or to shift
the frequencies of the reference beam and the measurement beam to make the frequencies of the reference beam and the measurement
beam different from each other;

an optical system configured to cause the measurement beam to be incident on a measurement surface and to cause the measurement
beam reflected from the measurement surface to interfere with the reference beam to obtain interference light, the frequencies
of the reference beam and the measurement beam being different from each other by the frequency shifter;

a wavefront dividing unit configured to divide a wavefront of the interference light into wavefronts of a plurality of light
beams; and

a detection unit configured to detect the plurality of light beams divided by the wavefront dividing unit for each wavelength.

US Pat. No. 9,058,647

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,052,661

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT MAKES FPOT (FIRST PRINT OUT TIME) APPROPRIATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH TIME TAKEN TO EXPAND IMAGE INFORMATION AND TO REDUCE DETERIORATION OF CONSUMABLE ITEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first control unit that controls image information for performing image formation; and
a second control unit that is capable of communicating with the first control unit and that controls an image forming operation,
wherein the first control unit transmits, on the basis of a result of analyzing the image information using a first analysis
method and a time period taken to perform a pre-rotation sequence that is a preparation operation for starting image formation,
a first command associated with the start of the pre-rotation sequence to the second control unit,

wherein, after the first control unit has transmitted the first command, the first control unit transmits, on the basis of
a result of analyzing the image information using a second analysis method, a second command associated with a time period
taken to expand the image information, a processing load of the second analysis method being larger than that of the first
analysis method,

wherein, when the received first command is a command indicating that the pre-rotation sequence will be started, the second
control unit starts the pre-rotation sequence in accordance with the first command, and

wherein, when the received first command is not a command indicating that the pre-rotation sequence will be started, the second
control unit starts the pre-rotation sequence in accordance with the second command that has been received after the second
control unit has received the first command.

US Pat. No. 9,046,820

SEALING MEMBER, TONER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner supply container comprising:
i) a container body configured to contain toner and rotatable about an axis thereof, the container body including a cylindrical
portion and an opening provided at one axial end portion thereof and configured to permit discharge of the toner contained
in the container body; and

ii) a sealing member provided at the one axial end portion of the container body, the sealing member being movable relative
to the container body in an axial direction of the container body, the sealing member including:

ii-i) a sealing portion provided at a side adjacent the container body and configured to seal the opening when the sealing
member and the container body are in a first position relative to one another, the opening becoming unsealed by relative movement
of the sealing member and the container body away from one another from the first position to a second position relative to
one another; and

ii-ii) a coupling portion provided at a side remote from the container body and configured and positioned to receive a rotational
drive force for rotating the sealing member and the container body about the rotation axis of the container body, the coupling
portion including:

ii-ii-i) a supporting portion provided on the sealing portion, the supporting portion being elastically displaceable in an
inward direction toward the rotation axis of the container body and elastically restorable in an outward direction away from
the rotation axis of the container body;

ii-ii-ii) an engaging portion provided at a free end of the supporting portion and being displaceable with the supporting
portion, the engaging portion including:

ii-ii-ii-i) a rotational force receiving portion capable of being abutted in a direction that is concentric with a circumference
of the cylindrical portion of the container body to receive a rotational drive force for rotating the sealing member and the
container body; and

ii-ii-ii-ii) a locking portion capable of being abutted in a direction parallel to the rotation axis of the container body
to enable the relative movement of the sealing member and the container body from the first position, in which the opening
is sealed, to the second position, in which the opening is unsealed; and

ii-ii-iii) a displacing force receiving portion provided on the supporting portion at a position closer to the container body
than the engaging portion, the displacing force receiving portion being displaceable with the supporting portion and having
a radially outermost part that is more remote from the rotation axis of the container body than a radially outermost part
of the engaging portion,

wherein a radially outermost part of the container body is more remote from the rotation axis of the container body than the
radially outermost part of the displacing force receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 9,046,840

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING PRESSING MECHANISM CONFIGURED TO PRESS A FIRST UNIT TOWARD A SECOND UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
(i) first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating of a toner image on a sheet;
(ii) a first unit configured to rotatably hold said first rotatable member
(iii) a second unit configured to rotatably hold said second rotatable member; and
(iv) a pressing mechanism configured to press said first unit toward said second unit,
wherein said pressing mechanism comprises:
(iv-i) an abutting member capable of abutting against said first unit;
(iv-ii) an arm member, including a supporting portion configured to be rotatably supported by said abutting member, capable
of abutting against said abutting member; and

(iv-iii) a spring member which is fixed to said second unit at one end portion thereof and which is mounted, at another end
portion thereof, to said arm member at a position closer to a free end of said arm member than said supporting portion of
said arm member.

US Pat. No. 10,126,914

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor and at least one memory, the processor operating to:
display a plurality of icons on a display screen;
control the display screen to move between a plurality of pages; and
acquire an input position from a user's finger touching a selected one of the plurality of the icons displayed on the display screen,
wherein the processor acquires an input position for a first icon selected among a first plurality of icons displayed in a first page of the display screen when a first finger contacts the first icon from the first plurality of icons,
wherein, with the first finger maintaining contact on the selected first icon from the first page during a flick of the first page by a second finger from the first page to a second page, the processor acquires an input position for a second icon selected among a second plurality of icons displayed in the second page of the display screen while maintaining the input position acquired for the selected first icon,
wherein the processor further acquires a number of applications identified by the selected first and second icons and divides the display screen into a plurality of partial areas in accordance with the number of applications and the input positions for the first and second icons,
wherein, when contact by the first and second fingers is released from the selected first and second icons, the processor acquires coordinate positions for the first and second icons, where the coordinate positions comprise the input position at which the contact of the first icon by the first finger is released and the input position at which the contact of the second icon by the second finger is released, and
wherein the processor displays together simultaneously on the divided display screen a first operation screen of an application related to the selected first icon and a second operation screen of another application related to the selected second icon at the respective partial areas, which are associated with the respective coordinate positions acquired after the contact by the first and second fingers are released from the respective first and second icons.

US Pat. No. 10,110,473

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a printing apparatus comprising:performing wireless connection processing, wherein a first communication mode and a second communication mode different from the first communication mode are capable of being concurrently performed in the wireless connection processing, and the first communication mode and the second communication mode are in accordance with a predetermined wireless communication standard;
conveying a sheet;
printing an object based on data received via a wireless connection established by the wireless connection processing on the conveyed sheet by discharging ink from a print head; and
updating information related to a remaining amount of the ink,
wherein if the wireless connection processing is performed for connecting, in the second communication mode, the printing apparatus to a communication partner apparatus which operates as a role for assigning a channel to be used for a wireless connection, a wireless connection in the first communication mode is disconnected.

US Pat. No. 10,093,512

APPARATUS HAVING DETACHMENT UNIT FOR BINDING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:a binding unit including:
a first portion having a plurality of protrusions, and
a second portion having a plurality of concaves,
wherein the binding unit is configured to bind a sheet bundle by the plurality of protrusions nipping the sheet bundle with the plurality of concaves; and
a detachment unit having a flat surface and configured to urge the bound sheet bundle by bringing the flat surface into contact with the bound sheet bundle toward the second portion such that the bound sheet bundle is detached from at least one of the plurality of protrusions in a case where the first portion and the second portion move apart to release the sheet bundle from nipping,
wherein, when viewed from a thickness direction of the bound sheet bundle, the detachment unit includes first, second, and third edges that surround and oppose to the plurality of protrusions, and
wherein the detachment unit is provided on the first portion.

US Pat. No. 10,073,380

FEEDING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A feeding device for feeding developer along a first feeding path and a second feeding path, comprising:a first feeding member rotatable around a first rotational axis extended in a first direction and for feeding the developer in a feeding direction along the first direction, said first feeding member being provided in the first feeding path and including a drive transmitting portion;
a second feeding member rotatable around a second rotational axis extended in a second direction crossing the first direction and for feeding the developer along the second direction, and said second feeding member being provided in the second feeding path and including a drive receiving portion and a helical blade as a feeding portion; and
a bearing portion for rotatably supporting said second feeding member, said bearing portion being configured to support said second feeding member in a portion between said drive receiving portion and said helical blade,
wherein said drive transmitting portion and said drive receiving portion engage with each other so as to enable delivery of the developer from said first feeding member to said second feeding member while transmitting a driving force of said first feeding member to said second feeding member, and
wherein said bearing portion is provided on one side of the second rotational axis with respect to the feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 10,073,401

POST PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A post processing apparatus attachable to an image forming apparatus, the post processing apparatus comprising:a first placement unit on which a recording material conveyed from the image forming apparatus is placed;
a post processing unit that performs specified post processing on the recording material placed on the first placement unit;
a discharging unit that discharges the recording material placed on the first placement unit after the specified post processing has been performed by the post processing unit;
a second placement unit on which the recording material discharged by the discharging unit is placed; and
a control unit that controls the post processing unit and the discharging unit,
wherein, in a state in which the post processing apparatus is attached to the image forming apparatus and a predetermined recording material which is curled relative to a placement surface of the second placement unit is placed on the second placement unit, when a plurality of the recording materials which are curled in a direction different from a direction in which the predetermined recording material is curled are discharged to the second placement unit, the control unit performs post processing control in which the control unit causes the post processing unit to perform the specified post processing on at least one recording material of the plurality of recording materials, causes the discharging unit to discharge the at least one recording material to the second placement unit, and after the discharge, causes the post processing unit to perform the specified post processing on a recording material or recording materials of the plurality of recording materials other than the at least one recording material, and causes the discharging unit to discharge the recording material or the recording materials of the plurality of recording materials other than the at least one recording material to the second placement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,057,471

ACCESSORY APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An accessory apparatus detachably attachable to an image-capturing apparatus, the accessory apparatus comprising:an accessory communicator configured to provide, with the image-capturing apparatus, three channels that are a notification channel used for providing a notice from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for data transmission from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for data transmission from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus; and
an accessory controller configured to control data communication with the image-capturing apparatus through the accessory communicator,
wherein:
the image-capturing apparatus and the accessory apparatus are each configured to have a function of switching the second data communication channel between a first setting in which the data transmission from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus is allowed and a second setting in which data transmission from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus is allowed;
the image-capturing apparatus is configured to switch the second data communication channel from the second setting to the first setting after the accessory apparatus completes switching of the second data communication channel from the second setting to the first setting; and
the accessory controller is configured to switch a signal level on the first communication channel from a first level to a second level in order to notify the image-capturing apparatus of the completion of the switching of the second data communication channel from the second setting to the first setting.

US Pat. No. 10,040,288

LIQUID EJECTION MODULE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,032,252

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for encoding image data of a Bayer arrangement, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to function as units comprising:
(1) a color separation unit configured to separate a plurality of color components of the image data into a plurality of plane image data based on the Bayer arrangement;
(2) a first plane generation unit configured to generate first plane image data based on addition of components of the same color out of the plurality of plane image data;
(3) a second plane generation unit configured to generate second plane image data based on subtraction of the components of the same color;
(4) a transformation unit configured to transform plane image data including the first plane image data and the second plane image data into sub-bands in frequency bands respectively;
(5) a setting unit configured to set a quantization parameter for each sub-band;
(6) a quantization unit configured to quantize the sub-bands respectively based on the quantization parameter set by the setting unit; and
(7) an encoding unit configured to compression-encode the sub-bands quantized by the quantization unit,
wherein the setting unit sets the quantization parameter for each sub-band of the first plane image data and the second plane image data such that a ratio of a code amount of the sub-band in high frequency component to a total code amount of the second plane image data is higher than a ratio of a code amount of the sub-band in high frequency component to a total code amount of the first plane image data.

US Pat. No. 10,033,951

IMAGE SENSOR THAT PERFORMS DIFFERENT READOUT OPERATIONS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor including
a pixel region in which a plurality of unit pixels are arranged in a matrix, each unit pixel having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions,
a readout circuit that performs a first readout operation and a second readout operation, the first readout operation reading out a first signal from at least one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in each unit pixel, and the second readout operation reading out second signals from all of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in each unit pixel, and
a generation circuit that generates a first luminance signal by combining the first signals of plural different colors at inside of the image sensor;
a signal processor that generates a second luminance signal based on the second signals corresponding to different colors, and generates, based on the first luminance signal and the second luminance signal, a third luminance signal equivalent to signals of photoelectric conversion portions that have not been read out in the first readout operation; and
a focus detection circuit that performs focus detection based on the first luminance signal and the third luminance signal.

US Pat. No. 10,031,429

METHOD OF OBTAINING POSITION, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of obtaining a position of a second shot region different from a first shot region, of a plurality of shot regions formed on a substrate, implemented by a control unit configured to cause a detection unit to detect a mark formed on the substrate, the method comprising:a first detection step of detecting, by the detection unit, a position of a first mark arranged with respect to the first shot region;
a second detection step of detecting, by the detection unit, a position of a mark which is more distant from the first mark and whose distance from the first mark is greater than a predetermined distance, of a second mark and a third mark arranged with respect to the second shot region; and
a determination step of determining the position of the second shot region based on a detection result in the first detection step and a detection result in the second detection step,
wherein the substrate is positioned based on the determined position of the second shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,027,875

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the control apparatus to:
obtain first data generated by a first imaging apparatus imaging an object and second data generated by a second imaging apparatus imaging an object, wherein each of the first data and the second data includes at least two of image data or video data, meta information about the object, and attached information indicating one of a status at the time of imaging and a status after imaging;
select one or more comparison targets from the image data or the video data, the meta information, and the attached information included in each of the first data and the second data;
evaluate, based on the selected one or more comparison targets included in the first data and the second data, a relationship between the object imaged by the first imaging apparatus and the object imaged by the second imaging apparatus; and
perform processing for connecting the first imaging apparatus and the second imaging apparatus in accordance with a result of the evaluation.

US Pat. No. 9,999,077

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an information processing apparatus including a first communication unit configured to connect to and communicate with a communication apparatus by a first wireless communication method and a second communication unit configured to connect to and communicate with an access point by a second wireless communication method different from the first wireless communication method, the control method comprising:receiving a signal containing connection information for communicating with the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method from the communication apparatus;
transmitting a request for starting communication by the first wireless communication method to the communication apparatus based on the signal, wherein after the request is transmitted, a connection between the first communication unit and the communication apparatus is established by the first wireless communication method; and
transmitting, by the first communication unit, information about the access point to which the second communication unit is connected to the communication apparatus to which the first communication unit is connected via the established connection,
wherein, in a case where the information about the access point to which the second communication unit is connected is received by the communication apparatus, the communication apparatus connects to and communicates with the access point to which the second communication unit is connected by the second wireless communication method, and
wherein, in a case where the communication apparatus is connected to the access point to which the second communication unit is connected by the second wireless communication method, the information processing apparatus carries out communication by the second communication unit with the communication apparatus via the access point to which the second communication unit is connected.

US Pat. No. 9,955,109

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to acquire captured image data;
a control unit configured, responding to a first user operation, to repeatedly execute display processing to sequentially display a predetermined number of captured image data acquired by imaging after a timing of execution of the first user operation on a display unit; and
a recording unit configured, responding to a second user operation executed during execution of the display processing, to record in a storage unit captured image data that have been displayed on the display unit at the timing of execution of the second user operation, wherein
in a case where a repeat count of the display is less than a first threshold, the control unit sequentially displays the predetermined number of captured image data on the display unit at a speed corresponding to the repeat count, and
in a case where the repeat count is the first threshold or more, the control unit sequentially displays the predetermined number of captured image data on the display unit at a predetermined speed that does not depend on the repeat count.

US Pat. No. 9,948,148

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus, comprising:a power transmission unit configured to perform wireless power transmission to a power receiving apparatus within a predetermined power transmission range;
a detection unit configured to detect a change of impedance of the power transmission unit while a predetermined detection signal is transmitted by the power transmission unit;
a communication unit configured to perform communication with respect to the wireless power transmission by the power transmission unit, wherein the communication unit is configured to receive a message after the change of impedance of the power transmission unit is detected by the detection unit;
a discrimination unit configured to discriminate whether or not information indicating that a wireless power transmission service is supported is included in the message received by the communication unit; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the discrimination unit discriminates that the information is included in the message, determine that a transmission source of the message is a target for the wireless power transmission by the power transmission unit, and, in a case where the discrimination unit discriminates that the information is not included in the message, determine that a transmission source of the message is not a target for the wireless power transmission by the power transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,835,734

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, DRIVING METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising a plurality of sensors and a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of
sensors, each of the plurality of sensors including a detection element configured to detect radiation, a sampling unit configured
to sample a signal from the detection element, and a reset unit configured to initialize the detection element,
wherein the driving unit performs:
a first reset operation of causing the reset units to initialize the detection elements;
a first sampling operation of causing the sampling units to sample a signal from the detection elements in accordance with
first radiation irradiation started after the first reset operation;

a first output operation of outputting the signals sampled in the first sampling operation;
a second reset operation of causing the reset units to initialize the detection elements after the first sampling operation;
a second sampling operation of causing the sampling units to sample a signal from the detection elements in accordance with
second irradiation started after the second reset operation following the first irradiation; and

a second output operation of outputting the signals sampled in the second sampling operation, and
wherein the driving unit is configured to operate in at least a mode in which the driving unit starts the first output operation
after completion of the second reset operation and before the second sampling operation.

US Pat. No. 9,808,213

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,810,808

OSCILLATION DEVICE AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An oscillation device comprising:
a waveguide structure including a first conductor layer, a second conductor layer, and a semiconductor layer disposed between
the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer and having a gain of an electromagnetic wave;

an antenna unit configured to radiate the electromagnetic wave;
a first connecting portion configured to connect the waveguide structure and the antenna unit; and
a second connecting portion configured to connect the waveguide structure and the antenna unit,
wherein a first connecting position of the first connecting portion and the waveguide structure and a second connecting position
of the second connecting portion and the waveguide structure are different from each other in a resonance direction in which
the electromagnetic wave that resonates the waveguide structure resonates.

US Pat. No. 9,811,876

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,812,484

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising a semiconductor layer that constitutes a pixel circuit region and a peripheral circuit
region, wherein
an element isolation portion is disposed in the pixel circuit region and the peripheral circuit region, defines an element
portion of the semiconductor layer, and contains an insulator, and

the element isolation portion in the pixel circuit region has a hydrogen concentration 10 times or more higher than a hydrogen
concentration of the element isolation portion in the peripheral circuit region.

US Pat. No. 9,809,409

PRINTING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,813,586

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,813,587

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS TO PRINT IMAGE DATA RECEIVED BY FACSIMILE COMMUNICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,811,014

YELLOW TONER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A yellow toner, comprising:
a binder resin;
a wax; and
a colorant containing a compound represented by formula (1):

wherein R1 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group;

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carbamoyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, or a carboxamide group;

R3 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an acyl group;

A independently represents an alkoxysulfonyl group, a carboxamide group, or a sulfonamide group; and
n represents an integer of from 2 to 5.

US Pat. No. 9,811,021

CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a conductive member comprising a conductive support and a conductive layer on the conductive
support, the method comprising the steps of:
(i) providing an unmodified epichlorohydrin rubber having units represented by formulae (2), (3), and (4):

in which n represents an integer of 1 to 3,

(ii) reacting an amine compound with the unmodified epichlorohydrin rubber to obtain a modified epichlorohydrin rubber having
units represented by said formulae (3) and (4), and formula (1);


in which R1, R2, and R3 each independently represent hydrogen or a saturated hydrocarbon group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms;
and

(iii) heating the modified epichlorohydrin rubber on the periphery of a mandrel to at least 160° C. to remove unreacted amine
compound, and vulcanizing the modified epichlorohydrin rubber to obtain the conductive layer, wherein

the step (iii) is performed after the step (ii), and
the amine compound has a boiling point of 160° C. or less.

US Pat. No. 9,811,026

DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device mountable to an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developing container configured to accommodate a developer;
a rotatable member including a first screw portion configured to feed a developer in a first direction in said developing
container and a second screw portion, provided coaxially with said first screw portion and downstream of said first screw
portion with respect to the first direction, configured to feed the developer in a second direction opposite to the first
direction;

a first feeding path configured to accommodate said first screw portion of said rotatable member and configured to feed the
developer;

a second feeding path provided in communication with said first feeding path at a position downstream of said second screw
portion with respect to the first direction, wherein a position of a bottom of said second feeding path is closer to a rotation
shaft of said rotatable member than a position of a bottom of said first feeding path is, and a cross-sectional area of said
second feeding path perpendicular to a rotational axis of said rotatable member is smaller than a cross-sectional area of
said first feeding path perpendicular to the rotational axis of said rotatable member; and

a discharging opening provided in said second feeding path and configured to permit discharge of the developer,
wherein in a state in which said developing device is mounted to the image forming apparatus, in a cross section of said second
feeding path perpendicular to the rotational axis of said rotatable member, said second feeding path has a shape such that
said second feeding path includes a region where a distance between side surfaces of said second feeding path in a side above
a center of the rotation shaft with respect to a vertical direction increases upwardly.

US Pat. No. 9,812,070

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND IRRADIATION LIGHT CONTROLLING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display an image;
a light emitting unit which is provided on a rear side of the display unit and is configured to output irradiation light which
is irradiated to the display unit;

a light detecting unit which is provided on a rear side of the display unit and is configured to detect an intensity of the
light which enters;

an external light intensity specifying unit configured to specify an intensity of external light which enters the display
unit on the basis of the intensity of the light, detected by the light detecting unit while the light emitting unit does not
irradiate the irradiation light; and

a correcting unit configured to correct an intensity of the irradiation light in such a manner that in the case where the
intensity of the external light is equal to or smaller than an external light determination threshold value and the intensity
of the detection light detected by the light detecting unit while the light emitting unit is irradiating the irradiation light
is equal to or smaller than a detected light determination threshold value larger than the external light determination threshold
value, the intensity of the irradiation light is corrected by using a first correcting method, and in the case where the intensity
of the external light is larger than the external light determination threshold value or the intensity of the detection light
detected by the light detecting unit while the light emitting unit is irradiating the irradiation light is larger than the
detected light determination threshold value, the intensity of the irradiation light is not corrected or the intensity of
the irradiation light is corrected by using a second correcting method different from the first correcting method.

US Pat. No. 9,804,478

ILLUMINATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,749,533

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correcting device for correcting an image shake by a drive of a correcting unit, the image shake correcting
device comprising:
a processor that executes a computer program stored in a memory to control the image shake correcting device to function as
units comprising:

(a) a dividing unit configured to divide a detection signal output by a shake detecting unit into a plurality of frequency
components; and

(b) a controlling unit configured to (1) detect a speed of panning or tilting, (2) independently change, for each of the plurality
of frequency components based on the detected speed, a respective cut-off frequency of a filter calculation or a respective
intermediate value calculated by the filter calculation, and (3) combine signals obtained by performing the filter calculation
to generate a control signal of the correcting unit, if the panning or the tilting is determined from the detection signal,

wherein the dividing unit divides the detection signal into a low frequency component and a high frequency component, and
wherein the controlling unit comprises:
(a) a determining unit configured to determine the speed of the panning or the tilting;
(b) a first low pass filter having a variable converging time constant of the filter calculation while integrating the high
frequency component;

(c) a second low pass filter having the variable converging time constant of the filter calculation while integrating the
low frequency component; and

(d) a combining unit configured to add output signals of the first low pass filter and the second low pass filter of which
the cut off frequency or the intermediate value is changed by the speed of the panning or the tilting determined by the determining
unit, and output the control signal of a target position of the correcting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,738,803

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet comprising a resin particle,
wherein the resin particle has a first layer and a second layer in this order from the inside to the outside thereof,
wherein the first layer is composed of a first resin, a proportion of a unit derived from an aromatic-group-containing ethylenically
unsaturated monomer in the first resin being 10% by mass or less, and

wherein the second layer has a tetrahydrofuran-insoluble fraction of 10% by mass or more and is composed of a second resin
having a unit derived from an aromatic-group-containing ethylenically unsaturated monomer and a unit derived from an ionic-group-containing
ethylenically unsaturated monomer, a proportion of the unit derived from the ionic-group-containing ethylenically unsaturated
monomer in the second resin being 3% by mass or more to 70% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 9,740,150

FIXING DEVICE HAVING FIXING NIP FORMED BY ELASTIC ROLLER AND A BACK-UP UNIT WITH CYLINDRICAL FILM AND FILM GUIDE INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF RIBS EXTENDING CIRCUMFERENTIALLY ALONG THE INNER PERIPHERY OF THE FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising: an elastic roller; and a back-up unit cooperative with said elastic roller to form a fixing
nip therebetween, said back-up unit including a cylindrical film contacting said elastic roller, and a heat leveling member
contacting an inner surface of said film to cooperate with said elastic roller to form a nip nipping said film, wherein a
toner image is heat-fixed on a recording material while feeding the recording material carrying the toner image through said
nip, and wherein said film includes a layer of thermoplastic resin material, and when said device fixes the toner image on
a small size sheet, a temperature of a non-sheet-passage-part of said film rises to a temperature higher than a glass transition
point of the thermoplastic resin material.

US Pat. No. 9,769,345

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors operating to:
(a) receive a change of a parameter included in media characteristic information held in a storage unit, the change being
in accordance with a user instruction;

(b) cause a part of media characteristic information corresponding to the changed parameter to be held, in the storage unit,
as custom media characteristic information;

(c) obtain new media characteristic information for an update;
(d) perform an update of the media characteristic information other than the custom media characteristic information held
in the storage unit, based on the obtained new media characteristic information; and

(e) decide, in a case that an update of the custom media characteristic information is to be performed based on the obtained
new media characteristic information, whether to hold, or to update without holding, the changed parameter, based on a difference
in configuration between the custom media characteristic information held in the storage unit and the obtained new media characteristic
information,

wherein the changed parameter is held if it is decided to hold the changed parameter, and the changed parameter is updated
without holding if it is decided to update without holding the changed parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,729,760

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS GENERATING CONVERSION CONDITION OF MEASUREMENT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image processor configured to correct image data based on a correction condition;
an image former configured to form an image based on the corrected image data, using developer;
an intermediate transfer member on which the image former forms a measurement image;
a sensor configured to measure the measurement image on the intermediate transfer member;
a converter configured to convert a measurement result of the measurement image by the sensor, based on a conversion condition;
a gamma generator configured to generate the correction condition based on the measurement result converted by the convertor;
a controller configured to control the image former to form a first test image based on test image data, control the sensor
to measure the first test image on the intermediate transfer member, and control the image former to form a second test image,
based on test image data, on a sheet;

a receptor configured to receive a user instruction based on a result of a user having compared a sample image and the second
test image formed on the sheet; and

a conversion condition generator configured to generate the conversion condition based on the user instruction and the measurement
result of the first test image by the sensor,

wherein
the sample image includes a plurality of sample images arranged along a predetermined direction,
the plurality of sample images is formed by using a developer of a predetermined color,
the plurality of sample images includes a first sample image, a second sample image, a third sample image and a fourth sample
image,

the first sample image and the second sample image are adjacent to each other in the predetermined direction, and
the third sample image and the fourth sample image are adjacent to each other in the predetermined direction,
density of the first sample image is higher than density of the second sample image,
density of the second sample image is higher than density of the third sample image,
density of the third sample image is higher than density of the fourth sample image,
a color difference between the first sample image and the second sample image is smaller than a threshold value, and
a color difference between the third sample image and the fourth sample image is larger than the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,727,982

PARALLELISING PER-PIXEL COMPOSITING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,727,789

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a moving image in which each frame is constituted by an image having a plurality of
pieces of light field information; and

a setting unit configured to set a focus distance for each frame of the moving image,
wherein the setting unit displays a range of settable focus distances for each frame of the moving image.

US Pat. No. 9,756,205

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SHIFTING TO POWER SAVING MODE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a storage device which stores documents;
an interface which sends an e-mail;
a controller which determines whether or not a document of which sending of an email including information indicative of a
storage location has not been completed has been stored in the storage device, and controls the interface to send an email
including information indicative of a storage location of the stored document on the basis of determination that the document
has been stored in the storage device, and

wherein, in a case where a document has been stored in the storage device and an email including information indicative of
a storage location of the document has not been sent, the controller is not shifted to a power saving mode, which is a mode
of reducing power supplied to the controller, on the basis that an instruction for shifting to the power saving mode is received.

US Pat. No. 9,704,710

PHOTOCURED PRODUCT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photocured product obtained by irradiating a photocurable composition in contact with a mold with light, the photocured
product containing a fluorine atom-containing surfactant represented by:
R1-x1-R2-x2-R3  (1),

wherein R1 represents a perfluoroalkyl group, R2 represents a divalent substituent containing ethylene oxide, R3 represents a polar functional group selected from an alkylhydroxyl group, a carboxyl group, a thiol group, a pyridyl group,
a silanol group, and a sulfo group, and x1 and x2 each represent a single bond or a divalent substituent,

wherein a ratio of the fluorine atom-containing surfactant to the photo cured product is 0.001% by weight to 5% by weight,
and

wherein of secondary ion signals obtained by a surface analysis of the photocured product based on time-of-flight secondary
ion mass spectrometry, an intensity of a C2H5O+ ion signal is higher than that of a C3H7O+ ion signal.

US Pat. No. 9,661,302

DEPTH INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, DEPTH INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth information acquisition apparatus that acquires depth information of a subject by using two real space images,
each having a different blur value, that are obtained by capturing a subject with different imaging parameters, the apparatus
comprising:
(A) at least one processor; and
(B) at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform the steps
of:

(a) converting the two real space images into two frequency space images, the frequency space images each having a frequency
comprising at least one frequency ingredient and an amplitude;

(b) generating a frequency space phase image for each of the frequency space images by dividing each frequency ingredient
by the amplitude of each respective frequency space image, each frequency space phase image using a frequency;

(c) calculating frequency space correlation value information representing a correlation value for each frequency between
the frequencies of the two frequency space phase images;

(d) converting the frequency space correlation value information into real space correlation value information, the real space
correlation value information having a peak maximum value; and

(e) acquiring the depth information, based on the peak maximum value of the real space correlation value information.

US Pat. No. 9,661,188

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processer; and
an image sensor that reads an original to obtain image data of the original,
wherein the processer determines an edge in the image data obtained by the reading of the original by the image sensor, and
wherein the processor sub-samples color difference components of a first area which is included in the image data and corresponds
to the determined edge, by a first sub-sampling process, and sub-samples color difference components of a second area which
is included in the image data and does not correspond to the determined edge, by a second sub-sampling process different from
the first sub-sampling process.

US Pat. No. 9,654,652

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other and operating to:
set information on a print medium in a feed unit based or a user input;
determine, if the information on the print medium is set, whether the set information on the print medium can be reflected
in a setting condition for a specific function mode, the specific function mode being a mode for outputting images using a
specific function; and

update, if it is determined that the set information on the print medium can be reflected in the setting condition for the
specific function mode, the setting condition for the specific function mode to reflect the set information on the print medium.

US Pat. No. 9,682,564

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead;
a storage chamber configured to store ink to be supplied to the printhead;
a first communicating portion through which an ink tank attached to the printing apparatus is capable of communicating with
the storage chamber;

a second communicating portion through which the printhead is capable of communicating with the storage chamber; and
a first side wall and a second side wall arranged facing each other so as to form a channel in which ink flows in an ink supplying
direction from a side of the first communicating portion to a side of the second communicating portion in the storage chamber,

wherein the storage chamber includes
a first space, and
a second space located closer to the side of the second communicating portion than the first space, in which a distance between
the first side wall and the second side wall in a horizontal direction intersecting with the ink supplying direction is set
larger than in the first space, and

the printing apparatus further comprises a detecting unit arranged in the second space and capable of detecting a liquid surface
of ink in the storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,682,839

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A control method of a sheet stacking apparatus, the control method comprising:
controlling a sheet stacking unit to be capable of descending to a lower limit position according to a stacked-sheet amount;
determining that descending of the controlled sheet stacking unit is interrupted at a first position different from the lower
limit position due to an obstacle present under the sheet stacking unit; and

stopping sheet stacking on the sheet stacking unit at the first position where the descending of the sheet stacking unit is
determined to be interrupted during the sheet stacking on the sheet stacking unit,

wherein stopping includes causing the sheet stacking unit to ascend when a sheet stacked on the sheet stacking unit is removed
when the sheet stacking on the sheet stacking unit at the first position is stopped, and performing the sheet stacking on
the sheet stacking unit after ascending when the obstacle is still present under the sheet stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 9,651,891

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the image carrier by irradiating the image carrier with
light based on image data;

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the image carrier using a developing material;
a specifying unit configured to specify a specific pixel, of a plurality of pixels that configure the image data, having a
second developing material amount used in development performed by the developing unit that is greater than a first developing
material amount determined by the image data; and

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

wherein the specifying unit is further configured to specify a first number of the specific pixel in a first situation, and
specify a second number of the specific pixel in a second situation, the second number being different from the first number,
and the second situation being different from the first situation.

US Pat. No. 9,674,680

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processor(s);
wherein the one or more processor(s) are configured as a search unit configured to search for another communication apparatus
identified by information obtained from a captured image;

wherein the one or more processor(s) are configured as a communication parameter control unit configured to provide another
communication apparatus with a communication parameter for performing wireless communication with an access point; and

wherein the one or more processor(s) are configured as a control unit configured to, in a case where the information obtained
from the captured image conforms to a predetermined format, perform control based on the information obtained from the captured
image, such that the search unit searches for another communication apparatus identified by the information, and the communication
parameter control unit provides the another communication apparatus detected by the search with the communication parameter,
and in a case where the information obtained from the captured image does not conform to the predetermined format, perform
control such that the search unit does not search for another communication apparatus, and the communication parameter control
unit does not provide another communication apparatus with the communication parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,665,515

BUS ARBITRATION APPARATUS PROVIDED TO A BUS CONNECTED TO A PLURALITY OF BUS MASTERS, BUS ARBITRATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A bus arbitration apparatus, which is provided to a bus connected to a plurality of bus masters, comprising:
a priority management unit configured to fix a priority of a specific bus master among the plurality of bus masters and to
periodically change priorities of the other bus masters in synchronization with a clock and irrespective of the bus right
request signal; and

an arbitration unit configured to determine, when a request signal for making a request for use of the bus is received from
the plurality of bus masters, a bus master to be permitted to use the bus from among the plurality of bus masters that have
transmitted the request signal based on the priorities managed by the priority management unit, and transmit a grant signal
for permitting the use of the bus to the determined bus master.

US Pat. No. 9,665,051

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main apparatus having an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material, a storage unit configured
to store information, an obtaining unit configured to obtain information, a display unit, a first display control unit configured
to display an input screen, through which a character string is input, on said display unit, a writing unit configured to
write information in said storage unit, and a second display control unit configured to display information on said display
unit; and

a fixing device, detachably attached to said main apparatus, configured to fix the image formed on the recording material
by said image forming unit,

wherein said obtaining unit is configured to obtain identification information for discriminating from another fixing device
that is exchangeable with said fixing device and capable of being attached to said main apparatus, from said fixing device,

said writing unit is configured to write the character string, that is input through the input screen displayed on said display
unit by said first display control unit, in said storage unit in association with the identification information obtained
by said obtaining unit, and

said second display control unit is configured to display, on said display unit as a name of said fixing device, the character
string stored in said storage unit in association with the identification information obtained by said obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,666,633

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device having an image sensing region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix form, each of the pixels
having a converting unit, a first transistor configured to transfer electric carriers in the converting unit, an accumulating
portion configured to accumulate electric carriers transferred from the first transistor, a second transistor configured to
transfer electric carriers from the accumulating portion, a floating diffusion configured to accumulate electric carriers
transferred from the second transistor, and a reset transistor configured to reset a potential of the floating diffusion,
the device comprising gate drive lines for a plurality of pixel transistors configured to drive gates of the pixel transistors
each including the first transistor, the second transistor, and the reset transistor, the gate drive lines extending in a
direction of rows of the pixels in one wiring layer,

wherein a gate drive line for the first transistor among the gate drive lines for the pixel transistors is positioned in proximity
to the converting unit in driving wiring of rows (n?1), rows (n), and rows (n+1) provided correspondingly to rows of the pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,597,874

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate on which energy generating elements that generate energy with which a liquid is ejected are provided; and
a flow path forming member disposed on the substrate, the flow path forming member having a flow path that encloses the energy
generating elements and a plurality of ejection ports that are in communication with the flow path formed therein,

wherein a groove portion that intersects an imaginary straight line connecting centers of adjoining ejection ports obliquely
is formed between the adjoining ejection ports at the flow path forming member, and

wherein if the groove portion extends in a curved manner, a tangent of the groove portion on the imaginary line connecting
adjoining ejection ports inclines with respect to the X direction and in a case where the groove portion is bent, at a bent
position of the groove portion located on the imaginary line connecting adjoining ejection ports, the groove portion of the
intermediate groove portion extending linearly from the bent portion is inclined with respect to the X direction.

US Pat. No. 9,597,899

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus being capable of communicating with a printing apparatus, comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not a frameless setting is enabled;
an analyzing unit configured to analyze a margin amount on a rear edge side of a printing medium of an nth page (n is a natural
number) created by printing an image based on printing data on the printing medium of the nth page and a margin amount on
a leading edge side of the printing medium of an (n+1)th page created by printing an image based on printing data on the printing
medium of an (n+1)th page; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the printing data and margin information based on an analysis result of the analyzing
unit,

wherein the margin information is not transmitted when it is determined that the frameless setting is enabled, and
wherein the printing apparatus is capable of executing successive overlapped conveyance in which a preceding printing medium
and a succeeding printing medium are conveyed in a state in which a rear edge portion of the preceding printing medium and
a leading edge portion of the succeeding printing medium overlap each other based on the margin information.

US Pat. No. 9,594,337

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING MISREGISTRATION AMOUNT AND DENSITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form toner images of respective colors on an image carrier;
a detection unit configured to irradiate a surface of the image carrier or the toner images formed on the image carrier with
light, and to receive reflection light; and

a control unit configured to control to detect a relative misregistration amount of the toner images of the respective colors
formed on the image carrier by determining, using a threshold, a received light amount of the detection unit when the detection
unit detects a first detection pattern as a toner image formed on the image carrier, and to detect densities of the toner
images of the respective colors formed on the image carrier by detecting, by the detection unit, a second detection pattern
as a toner image formed on the image carrier,

wherein the first detection pattern includes a black portion and a color portion,
the control unit is further configured to form, in a case the misregistration amount and the densities are to be successively
detected, both the first detection pattern and the second detection pattern on the image carrier, and after forming both the
first detection pattern and the second detection pattern, to set a light-emitting amount of the detection unit or a sensitivity
of the detection unit used for detecting both the first detection pattern and the second detection pattern so that a received
light amount of diffuse reflection light from the black portion received by the detection unit is less than the threshold
and a received light amount of diffuse reflection light from the color portion received by the detection unit exceeds the
threshold, and to set the light-emitting amount of the detection unit or the sensitivity of the detection unit used for detecting
both the first detection pattern and the second detection pattern so that the received light amount of the diffuse reflection
light from the color portion is less than an upper limit value of the received light amount of the diffuse reflection light
configured to be received by the detection unit, and

the light-emitting amount of the detection unit, the threshold or the sensitivity of the detection unit is set based on a
detection result of the first detection pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,558,580

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating light-field data of a scene using a ray tracing method, comprising:
one or more hardware processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more hardware processors and storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more hardware
processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

set a first surface, a second surface, and a third surface in order in a direction of a scene, wherein the first surface has
a plurality of cells and a plurality of sub-cells divided from each of the plurality of cells, the second surface has a plurality
of segments, and the plurality of cells and the plurality of segments are associated respectively;

determine a trace direction of a ray passing through each sub-cell based on a segment associated with a cell including the
sub-cell; and

perform ray tracing on the determined trace direction for each sub-cell so as to generate light-field data of the scene between
the second and third surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,556,359

METHOD OF PRODUCING MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,664

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,536,164

SETTING APPARATUS AND SETTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A setting apparatus for making a setting to detect that a moving object in an image has passed a line set in the image,
comprising:
a display control unit configured to display, on a display screen, a plurality of figures each of which includes a respective
mark at different positions, wherein the mark included in each of the plurality of figures indicates a different point on
the plurality of figures or a different part of a contour defining the plurality of figures;

an acceptance unit configured to accept designation of one figure from the plurality of figures displayed on the display screen;
and

a setting unit configured to make a setting to detect that a determination position on an object region of the moving object
in the image has passed the line set in the image, the determination position corresponding to the position of the mark on
the one figure designated by the designation.

US Pat. No. 9,531,911

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,522,794

FEEDING APPARATUS AND FEEDING UNIT DETACHABLY ATTACHED THERETO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,525,359

SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,516,517

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,507,289

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

a correction unit configured to correct image data corresponding to the pixel to be subjected to correction to correct an
exposure amount for the pixel to be subjected to correction according to a distance between the pixel to be subjected to correction
and an edge of the image to be formed from the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,509,885

METHOD FOR PERFORMING DITHER PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method performed by a processor in an apparatus, the method comprising:
applying a same dither matrix to images; and
printing the images to which the same dither matrix has been applied, on a sheet,
wherein, phases of the dither matrix to be applied to different jobs are shifted, and phases of the dither matrix to be applied
to different pages in a same job are not shifted.

US Pat. No. 9,501,017

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SUPPRESSES FLUCTUATIONS IN DENSITY OF SUCCESSIVELY FORMED IMAGES EVEN IF CHARGE AMOUNT OF DEVELOPER CHANGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the converted image data;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image onto a sheet;
a measurement unit configured to measure a plurality of measurement images formed by the image forming unit, the plurality
of measurement images including a first measurement image and second measurement images;

a first determination unit configured to determine an image forming condition for adjustment of the maximum density of the
image, based on first measurement data corresponding to the first measurement image measured by the measurement unit;

a generation unit configured to generate the conversion condition based on second measurement data corresponding to the second
measurement images measured by the measurement unit and a feedback condition for control of an amount by which the conversion
condition is corrected based on the second measurement data; and

a second determination unit configured to determine the feedback condition based on the first measurement data,
wherein the image forming unit forms the plurality of measurement images at first timing,
wherein the image forming unit forms the plurality of measurement images at second timing after the first timing,
wherein the image forming condition is updated, at the second timing, to the image forming condition determined by the first
determination unit, based on the first measurement data corresponding to the first measurement image formed at the first timing,
and

wherein the conversion condition is updated, before the second timing, to the conversion condition generated by the generation
unit, based on the second measurement data corresponding to the second measurement images formed at the first timing.

US Pat. No. 9,501,430

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,688

APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,723

METHOD OF CLASSIFYING OBJECTS IN SCENES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,726

PRINTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for performing printing processing comprising:
at least one processor couple to a memory;
a storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of sheet information;
a registration unit configured to register new sheet information in the storing unit, wherein the new sheet information includes
at least a basis weight and a surface nature; and

a determining unit configured to determine, in a case where the printing apparatus performs printing processing using the
new sheet information, whether to permit performing duplex printing based on a combination of the basis weight and the surface
nature included in the new sheet information,

wherein the storing unit, the registration unit, and the determining unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,496,481

CONTROLLING DEVICE FOR VIBRATION TYPE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A controlling device for a vibration type actuator, the controlling device comprising:
an AC voltage generating unit in which at least one of a frequency, an amplitude, and a phase of an AC voltage is settable,
the AC voltage to be applied to the vibration type actuator;

a measuring unit which measures at least one physical quantity of the vibration of a vibrating member of the vibration type
actuator or a mechanism connected to the vibrating member, the sound propagating in a medium surrounding the vibrating member,
a speed of a moving member of the vibration type actuator, a position of the moving member, and a force output by the moving
member;

a variation imparting unit which imparts a variation to at least one of the frequency, the amplitude, and the phase of the
AC voltage generated by the AC voltage generating unit, the variation imparting unit being isolated from the measuring unit;

a frequency-response characteristic measuring unit which finds a frequency-response characteristic of at least one frequency
between a first signal according to the variation imparted by the variation imparting unit and a second signal according to
the at least one physical quantity measured by the measuring unit; and

a frequency controlling unit which controls a frequency of the AC voltage generated by the AC voltage generating unit according
to the frequency-response characteristic found by the frequency-response characteristic measuring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,490,286

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,484,060

ENCODER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An encoder that detects a position of a movable body by using an incremental signal based on A-phase and B-phase voltages,
the encoder comprising:
an encoder controller including an A-phase pulse wave generation unit and a B-phase pulse wave generation unit; and
a reference position signal reading unit configured to read a reference position signal pattern,
wherein the encoder obtains an origin using an incremental count, which is generated based on an A-phase pulse wave generated
by the A-phase pulse wave generation unit and a B-pulse wave generated by the B-phase pulse wave generation unit, and the
read reference signal pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,465,355

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body of the apparatus;
a cartridge support member configured to move between an inside of the main body of the apparatus and an outside position
where the cartridge support member is outside of the main body of the apparatus while supporting a cartridge;

wherein when the cartridge support member is at the outside position, the cartridge is mountable to the cartridge support
member;

an opening portion through which the cartridge support member passes when the cartridge support member moves between the inside
of the main body of the apparatus and the outside position, the opening portion being provided in the main body of the apparatus;

an openable and closable member configured to open and close the opening portion;
a linkage mechanism configured to interlock a movement of the openable and closable member with a movement of the cartridge
support member to each other,

wherein in a state where the cartridge support member is inside of the main body of the apparatus, the linkage mechanism moving
the cartridge support member to a first position when the openable and closable member is opened, and moving the cartridge
support member to a second position different from the first position when the openable and closable member is closed; and

a locking portion configured to prevent the cartridge support member from being detached from the main body of the apparatus
by locking the cartridge support member which is at the outside position in a state where the linkage mechanism interlocks
the movement of the openable and closable member with the movement of the cartridge support member between the first position
and the second position,

wherein while an interlock between the movement of the openable and closable member and the movement of the cartridge support
member is released, the cartridge support member is detachable from the main body of the apparatus by releasing the locking
of the cartridge support member by the locking portion.

US Pat. No. 9,465,360

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,467,672

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,203

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
three or more lens units,
wherein an interval between adjacent ones of the lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein an N-th lens unit, where 5 to move to the image side during focusing from an infinite object distance to a close object distance, the N-th lens unit
comprising, in order from the object side to the image side, a negative lens, a positive lens, a negative lens, and a positive
lens, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?0.15
?0.30 where fN represents a focal length of the N-th lens unit, fT represents a focal length of an entire system at a telephoto end, o1N represents a distance from a surface vertex of a lens surface on the object side of a lens closest to the object side of the
N-th lens unit to a front principal point position of the N-th lens unit, and dN represents a length on an optical axis of the N-th lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,462,937

OPHTHALMIC DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmic device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a transillumination image of a pupil of a subject eye; and
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the subject eye includes an intraocular lens, based on the acquired
transillumination image.

US Pat. No. 9,466,017

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH PROCESS IMAGE DATA IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH ONE OR MORE IMAGE PIXELS OF AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing device, which processes image data in correspondence with one or more pixels of an image, comprising:
a first image processing module configured to operate in accordance with an instruction from a CPU, and
a second image processing module configured to operate in accordance with an instruction from the CPU,
wherein the first image processing module comprises:
a first receiving unit configured to receive first processing image data including image data and attribute data; and
a first processing unit configured to process the image data of the received first processing image data, and
wherein the first image processing module
performs processing the image data of the received first processing image data by the first processing unit,
newly sets attribute data, which is to be used for processing the image data in a following image processing module, generated
by using a result of the processing in the first image processing module, and

outputs second processing image data including the image data and the set attribute data,
wherein the second image data processing module comprises:
a second processing unit configured to process image data corresponding to the image data of the second processing image data
based on the set attribute data of the second processing image data.

US Pat. No. 9,465,294

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,467,635

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that processes image data that is output from an image sensing device including a plurality
of pixels, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether correction on image data that is output from each defective pixel is
necessary or not, based on lens aperture information of an image taking lens and defect grade information of each defective
pixel; and

a correction unit configured to perform the correction on the image data that is output from a defective pixel for which said
determination unit determines that correction is necessary,

wherein the determination unit determines whether correction on the image data that is output from the defective pixel is
necessary or not by referring to a table in which the lens aperture information and the defect grade information of each defective
pixel are associated with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,453,984

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus to which a plurality of types of lens units are selectively attachable, the plurality of types
of lens units including a first lens unit that performs communication with the image pickup apparatus with a first voltage
and a second lens unit that performs communication with the image pickup apparatus with a second voltage different from the
first voltage, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
a mount to mechanically couple with the lens unit and to electrically connect the image pickup apparatus with the lens unit,
a controller configured to operate with a third voltage different from at least one of the first and second voltages, and
to control communication with the lens unit attached to the image pickup apparatus; and

a determiner configured to determine the type of the lens unit attached to the image pickup apparatus,
wherein the mount includes a first terminal through which the determiner determines the type of the lens unit attached to
the image pickup apparatus and a second terminal for supplying source power for a lens controller, which controls communication
with the image pickup apparatus, to the lens unit,

wherein the controller is configured to supply, to the lens unit through the second terminal, a fourth voltage different from
at least one of the first and second voltages, and the fourth voltage is not changed according to a determination result of
the determiner, and

wherein the controller is configured to produce, as a voltage of a signal for the communication, from the third voltage, one
of the first and second voltages corresponding to a determination result of the determiner.

US Pat. No. 9,454,117

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical fixing film;
a backup member in contact with an inner surface of the fixing film, the backup member backing up the fixing film;
a nip portion forming member in contact with an outer surface of the fixing film, the nip portion forming member and the backup
member forming a fixing nip portion with the fixing film interposed therebetween;

a metal plate provided on a surface on a side opposite to a surface on a side where the backup member is in contact with the
fixing film, the metal plate reinforcing the backup member,

a coil that forms an alternating magnetic field, which causes an electrically conductive layer to generate heat by electromagnetic
induction, the coil including a spirally shaped portion of which a spiral axis is substantially parallel to a qeneratrix direction
of the fixing film; and

a core disposed inside the spirally shaped portion, the core directing lines of magnetic force of the alternating magnetic
field,

wherein a recording material carrying an unfixed image is conveyed at the fixing nip portion, and the unfixed image is fixed
on the recording material by heat at the fixing nip portion,

wherein the metal plate has a flat portion pressed against the backup member,
wherein the fixing film includes the electrically conductive layer, and
wherein the device causes a circulating current that flows in a circumferential direction of the fixing film, to flow through
the electrically conductive layer of the fixing film, thereby causing the entire fixing film in the circumferential direction
of the fixing film to generate heat, and

wherein the current that flows through the electrically conductive layer in the circumferential direction is induced by the
alternating magnetic field, thereby causing the electrically conductive layer to generate heat, and

wherein the device satisfies the following equations:
0.28×Rsa>Rc
1/Rsa=1/Rs+1/Ra
where Rc is a reluctance of a magnetic core Rs is a reluctance of the electrical conductive layer, Ra is a reluctance of a region between the electrical conductive layer and the magnetic core, and Rsa is a combined reluctance of Rs and Ra.

US Pat. No. 9,448,753

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus having an image forming unit comprising;
a reception unit configured to receive a request command which requires a response, wherein a partner apparatus transmits
the request command;

a determination unit configured to determine based on the request command received by said reception unit whether a communication
mode of the partner apparatus matches a communication mode executed by said communicating apparatus; and

a response control unit configured to generate, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication mode
of the partner apparatus matches the communication mode of the communicating apparatus, a response command corresponding to
the request command from the partner apparatus, wherein

the response control unit, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication mode of the partner apparatus
does not match the communication mode of the communicating apparatus, does not generate the response command corresponding
to the request command from the partner apparatus, and

one or more of the reception unit, the determination unit, or the response control unit is implemented by a processor and
a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,448,817

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT SAVES DATA IN MAIN STORAGE DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that comprises a nonvolatile main storage device and can save data stored in the nonvolatile
main storage device, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine, at a time when the information processing apparatus is started up, whether termination
processing has abnormally ended last-time or not;

a detecting unit configured to detect an instruction indicating processing that should be performed at the time of the start-up
when said determining unit determines that the termination processing has abnormally ended last-time; and

a saving unit configured to save, under the instruction detected by said detecting unit, data stored in a save area determined
by the instruction from among storage areas of the nonvolatile main storage device, to a save destination determined by the
instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,451,672

LIGHT SOURCE AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source comprising:
a superluminescent diode that includes
a first light emitting region and a second light emitting region different from the first light emitting region, and
a light emission spectrum conversion region interposed between the first light emitting region and the second light emitting
region; and

a control unit that controls currents injected into the first light emitting region, the second light emitting region and
the light emission spectrum conversion region,

wherein, light that is emitted from the first light emitting region and passes through the light emission spectrum conversion
region changes wavelength and intensity and is combined with the light that is emitted from the first light emitting region
or the second light emitting region and does not pass through the light emission spectrum conversion region,

wherein the control unit controls the currents injected into the light emission spectrum conversion region and the first light
emitting region so that a current density of the light emission spectrum conversion region is smaller than a current density
of the first light emitting region,

wherein the control unit controls the current injected into the light emission spectrum conversion region independently from
the currents injected into the first light emitting region and the second light emitting region so that the current density
of the light emission spectrum conversion region is in a range from 0 to 2 kA/cm2 or a reverse bias is applied to the light emission spectrum conversion region so that the current thereof flows in a direction
opposite to a direction in which a current injected into the first light emitting region flows, and

wherein the superluminescent diode has a ridge waveguide structure inclined to a line perpendicular to end surfaces of the
superluminescent diode, such that a direction of propagation of light emitted by the superluminescent diode is inclined relative
to the line perpendicular to the end surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,445,000

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,444,750

DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUSES FOR COMMUNICATION WITH AN EXTERNAL APPARATUS OVER A NETWORK, CONTROL METHODS OF THE DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUSES AND STORAGE MEDIUMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A method of controlling a communication apparatus communicating with an external apparatus over a network at one of a
plurality of communication speeds, the method comprising:
determining to shift a power mode of the communication apparatus;
changing the communication speed of the communication apparatus in response to a determination to shift a power mode of the
communication apparatus;

transmitting identification information of the communication apparatus to the network at first intervals of time based on
the changing of the communication speed; and

transmitting the identification information to the network at second intervals of time after a predetermined time has passed
since the transmission of the identification information at the first intervals of time,

wherein, when the power mode of the communication apparatus is to be shifted, the control unit cuts off a communication link
to a relaying device and changes the communication speed to a lower speed, and then reconnects the communication link with
the relaying device, and

wherein the communication unit transmits the identification information using the first intervals of time in response to the
reconnection of the communication link.

US Pat. No. 9,440,443

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,435,730

IMAGE INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image information obtaining apparatus, comprising:
a light source;
a transducer configured to convert an acoustic wave into an electrical signal;
a signal processing unit configured to obtain image data, using the electrical signal; and
a memory which stores a reference acoustic signal,
wherein
said transducer is configured to output an object acoustic signal by detecting an acoustic wave generated when an object is
irradiated with light from said light source,

said memory stores the reference acoustic signal which is outputted from said transducer by detection of an acoustic wave
generated when a phantom, which simulates the object and is located at a position where the object is to be located, is irradiated
with light from said light source,

said signal processing unit is configured to:
obtain an intensity of a signal corresponding to the acoustic wave generated from a surface of the object, out of the object
acoustic signal;

obtain an intensity of a signal corresponding to the acoustic wave generated from a surface of the phantom, out of the reference
acoustic signal;

obtain a correction coefficient based on a result of comparing between the intensity of the signal corresponding to the acoustic
wave generated from the surface of the object and the intensity of the signal corresponding to the acoustic wave generated
from the surface of the phantom; and

obtain a subtraction signal between the reference acoustic signal and the object acoustic signal which are corrected by using
the correction coefficient, and obtain image data using the subtraction signal.

US Pat. No. 9,436,260

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,429,414

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD USING OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,429,418

INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
obtaining a plurality of relative positions and orientations with respect to an object relative to an imaging unit for each
of a plurality of view points based on a plurality of images captured by imaging the object from the plurality of view points
by the imaging unit;

deriving, as a lacking relative position and orientation, a relative position and orientation of the imaging unit from which
imaging by the imaging unit is lacking with respect to the object based on the obtained plurality of relative positions and
orientations; and

outputting information which indicates the derived lacking relative position and orientation,
wherein the deriving includes:
setting a plurality of virtual relative positions and orientations from which the object is imaged approximately uniformly
with the object at a center;

determining whether each of the virtual relative positions and orientations is similar to at least one of the obtained relative
positions and orientations; and

deriving the lacking relative position and orientation based on the virtual relative positions and orientations to each of
which it is not determined that any of the obtained relative positions and orientations is similar.

US Pat. No. 9,432,603

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,715

ROLLER MEMBER, ROLLER SUPPORTING MECHANISM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A roller member used in an image forming apparatus comprising: a metallic shaft, the metallic shaft including:
a cylindrical portion formed so that one end portion and the other end portion of a metallic plate oppose each other; and
a projecting portion that is a part of the metallic plate and projecting outward in an axial direction of the metallic shaft
from the one end portion of the cylindrical portion, wherein

the projecting portion is provided only to a part of the metallic plate in a direction orthogonal to the axial direction with
respect to the metallic plate,

the one end portion and the other end portion each include a straight portion, a plurality of projections, and a plurality
of depressions,

the projections on the one end portion engage the depressions on the other end portion, the depressions on the one end portion
engage the projections on the other end portion, and the straight portion on the one end portion oppose the straight portion
on the other end portion in an opposing area in which the one end portion and the other end portion oppose,

a straight area in which the straight portion of the one end portion and the straight portion of the other end portion oppose
is positioned on an end portion of the cylindrical portion in the axial direction,

a projection and depression area in which the projections on the one end portion and the projections on the other end portion
are arranged alternately is located adjacent to the straight area in the axial direction,

a projecting amount of the projection on the metallic plate projecting with respect to the straight portion to which the projection
arranged so as to be interposed between the straight portion and the depression is adjacent is smaller than a projecting amount
on the metallic plate of the projection projecting with respect to the depression to which the projection is adjacent, and

in a case where a straight line passing thorough the projecting portion parallel to the axial direction is a center line,
a distance from the center line to the straight portion of the one end portion is equal or substantially equal to a distance
from the center portion to the straight line of the another end portion on the metallic plate,

wherein, on the metallic plate, a distance from the center line to the projections of the one end portion is equal to a distance
from the center line to the projection of the another end portion, and a distance from the center line to the depressions
of the one end portion is equal to a distance from the center line to the depressions of the another end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,423,750

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member based on image data;
a development unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image using toner;
a container configured to contain toner;
a replenishment unit configured to replenish the toner to the development unit from the container;
a first determination unit configured to determine, based on the image data, a first value corresponding to an amount of the
toner consumed from the development unit;

a detection unit configured to detect an amount of the toner contained in the development unit;
a second determination unit configured to determine a second value corresponding to a difference between the amount of the
toner detected by the detection unit and a target toner amount;

a third determination unit configured to perform an accumulative calculation based on the second value to determine a third
value; and

a controller configured to control the replenishment unit, based on the first value, the second value and the third value,
wherein in a case where a toner consumption amount consumed by the development unit is less than a predetermined amount and
the amount of the toner detected by the detection unit is more than the target toner amount, the third determination unit
does not perform the accumulative calculation based on the second value.

US Pat. No. 9,417,559

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,579

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,415,613

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,413,925

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one hardware processor or circuit implementing the functions of a detection unit, a first calculation unit, a second
calculation unit and an image processing unit, wherein:

the detection unit is configured to detect a person region included in an image;
the first calculation unit is configured to calculate first tone characteristics based on information concerning the person
region detected by said detection unit;

the second calculation unit is configured to calculate second tone characteristics based on predetermined tone characteristics
and the first tone characteristics calculated by said first calculation unit; and

the image processing unit is configured to perform tone correction processing by using the second tone characteristics calculated
by stud second calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,414,185

INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, PORTABLE TERMINAL, AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A portable terminal capable of communicating with an information-processing apparatus by a first wireless communication
and capable of communicating with the information-processing apparatus by a second wireless communication, the portable terminal
comprising:
a first application;
a second application;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, by the first wireless communication, tag information stored in a tag of the information-processing
apparatus, the tag information including first information for specifying the first application and the second application,
and second information for handover processing to be started after start of the first application; and

a control unit configured to start the first application according to the first information included in the acquired tag information,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform, after the first application starts, handover processing from the first
wireless communication to the second communication according to the second information included in the acquired tag information,

wherein the control unit is configured to start, after the handover processing completes, the second application according
to the first information included in the acquired tag information, the started second application communication with the information-processing
apparatus by the second wireless communication established by the handover procesing.

US Pat. No. 9,411,631

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,409,397

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid ejection head comprising a substrate and an ejection orifice forming member having an
ejection orifice for ejecting liquid, comprising the steps of:
1) forming, on the substrate, a photocationically polymerizable resin layer which includes a photocationically polymerizable
resin material and becomes the ejection orifice forming member;

2) laminating, on the uncured photocationically polymerizable resin layer, a layer containing a condensation product obtained
by condensation of a hydrolyzable silane compound having a cationically polymerizable epoxy group and a hydrolyzable silane
compound having a fluorine-containing group;

3) laminating a water-repellent layer comprising a hydrolyzable silane compound having a perfluoropolyether group on the condensation-product-containing
layer;

4) subjecting the photocationically polymerizable resin layer, the condensation-product-containing layer, and the water-repellent
layer to pattern exposure;

5) collectively curing exposed portions of the photocationically polymerizable resin layer, the condensation-product-containing
layer, and the water-repellent layer; and

6) removing non-exposed portions of the photocationically polymerizable resin layer, the condensation-product-containing layer,
and the water-repellent layer to form the ejection orifice.

US Pat. No. 9,411,243

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DETACHABLY MOUNTABLE IMAGE FORMING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,283

FIXING DEVICE AND CONTROL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a base plate;
a fixing unit supported by the base plate, including a first rotatable member, and a second rotatable member which form a
nip to fix a toner image on a sheet, a side plate, and an engageable member attached to the side plate;

a moving mechanism, supported by the base plate, configured to incrementally move said fixing unit in a widthwise direction
of said fixing unit, said moving mechanism comprising a cam engaging the engageable member; and

a control portion configured to control said moving mechanism so as to cause said fixing unit to repetitively make an incremental
movement in one widthwise direction for each predetermined number of sheets to a predetermined limit and then to cause said
fixing unit to repetitively make an incremental movement in an opposite widthwise direction opposite the one widthwise direction
for each predetermined number of sheets to a predetermined limit,

wherein said control portion causes the incremental movement whenever said fixing unit fixes the toner image on a predetermined
width sheet having a width smaller than a width of a maximum width sheet usable in said device, and said control portion stops
the incremental movement and places said fixing unit at a predetermined position whenever said fixing unit fixes the toner
image on the maximum width sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,407,812

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,401,667

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type driving device comprising:
a vibrator including an electro-mechanical transducer and a first elastic portion supported by a shaft; and
a rotor, wherein a relative position of the rotor and the vibrator changes,
wherein the rotor includes a first rotor having a threaded portion engaging with a first threaded portion formed on the first
elastic portion, and a second rotor having a threaded portion engaging with a second threaded portion formed on the shaft,
and

wherein the first rotor and the second rotor are configured to be driven integrally with each other, with a spring member
between the first rotor and the second rotor.