US Pat. No. 9,395,605

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING MEMBER FOR LOCKING GRIP PART

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,181

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,208

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING CONDITION SETTING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to image an object;
an object discriminating unit configured to discriminate the object by using a plurality of images captured under a plurality
of imaging conditions by the image pickup unit;

a discriminable range generating unit configured to generate a discriminable range that is a range of the plurality of imaging
conditions under which the object is discriminable by the object discriminating unit;

an identification determination result range generating unit configured to generate an identification determination result
range that is a range of the plurality of imaging conditions under which the discriminable range generating unit determines
the objects are identical;

an imaging condition setting rule generating unit configured to generate an imaging condition setting rule that is a rule
for setting an imaging condition by using the discriminable range and the identification determination result range; and

an imaging condition setting unit configured to set an imaging condition by using the imaging condition setting rule,
wherein the imaging condition setting rule generating unit generates an imaging condition setting rule that is a rule for
setting an imaging condition by using the discriminable range and the identification determination result range and searches
for the imaging condition setting rule that the discriminable range and the identification determination result range overlap,
and

the imaging condition setting unit sets an imaging condition by using the searched imaging condition setting rule,
wherein the imaging condition setting rule is generated based upon a distance and a direction of movement of the identification
determination result range that satisfies a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,396,418

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE AND A PATTERN INCLUDED IN AN XOR-AND-XOR RENDERING COMMAND SET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an XOR-AND-XOR rendering command set including an image and a pattern indicating positions
of non-transparent pixels of a semi-transparent object;

a multivaluing processing unit configured to perform multivaluing processing on the pattern included in the XOR-AND-XOR rendering
command set;

a scaling processing unit configured to perform scaling processing on the image included in the XOR-AND-XOR rendering command
set and the multivalued pattern;

an applying unit configured to apply a screen to the scaled pattern to obtain another pattern indicating positions of non-transparent
pixels of a scaled version of the semi-transparent object; and

a generating unit configured to generate another XOR-AND-XOR rendering command set including the scaled image and the obtained
another pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,388,003

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,388,005

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
a sheet conveying path through which a sheet is conveyed;
a locking member having an abutment surface against which a leading edge of the sheet conveyed through the sheet conveying
path abuts so that a skew feed of the sheet is corrected;

a holding member configured to hold the locking member, the holding member being rotated integrally with the locking member
from a waiting position when the locking member is pushed by the leading edge of the sheet being conveyed;

a roller pair configured to nip the sheet of which the leading edge is in abutment against the abutment surface of the locking
member;

a first urging portion configured to urge the holding member so as to move the holding member to the waiting position;
a movable support portion configured to support the locking member in a manner that the locking member is movable with respect
to the holding member so that the locking member is located in a retracted position in which the locking member is brought
into contact with a surface of the sheet being conveyed by the roller pair and allows the sheet to pass in a state in which
the holding member is located in the waiting position; and

a second urging portion configured to urge the locking member in a manner that the locking member is moved from the retracted
position to a position in which the abutment surface abuts against a leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a trailing edge
of the sheet being conveyed by the roller pair passes the locking member.

US Pat. No. 9,389,817

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,564

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING REGISTRATION AND DENSITY CORRECTION CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form, on an image carrier, a first correction pattern including developer images of a
plurality of colors, and a second correction pattern including developer images of the plurality of colors;

a registration correction unit configured to perform registration correction control based on a detection result of the developer
images of the plurality of colors of the first correction pattern;

a density correction unit configured to perform density correction control based on a detection result of the developer images
of the plurality of colors of the second correction pattern; and

a calculating unit configured to calculate a misregistration amount between a first color and a second color of the plurality
of colors based on the detection result of the developer images of the plurality of colors of the first correction pattern,

wherein the density correction unit is further configured to determine a detection result of a developer image of the second
color of the second correction pattern used for the density correction control based on the misregistration amount between
the first color and the second color.

US Pat. No. 9,389,578

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image-forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a cartridge to which a protection member is detachably attached,
wherein the protection member protects the cartridge in a state being attached to the cartridge,
a movable member, including an attachment portion for attachment of the cartridge, configured to be movable relative to the
apparatus main body in a state such that the cartridge is attached to the attachment portion, the movable member being able
to be in an inside position located inside the apparatus main body where the cartridge is in a state such that image forming
is executable, and in an outside position located outside the apparatus main body where the cartridge is in a state of being
attachable to and detachable from the attachment portion;

an engagement member, provided in the cartridge, configured to be movable to an engagement position where an engagement state
of the protection member with the cartridge is secured by the engagement member engaging with the protection member, and to
a release position where engagement between the protection member and the engagement member is released and removal of the
protection member from the cartridge is allowed; and

a release member configured to move the engagement member from the engagement position to the release position by abutting
the engagement member, when the cartridge is attached to the attachment portion,

wherein the image forming apparatus is capable of executing an image forming in a state that the cartridge removed with the
protection member is mounted on the movable member and the movable member is located at the inside position.

US Pat. No. 9,390,353

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,387,607

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:
a substrate holding mechanism configured to be divided into a plurality of areas, capable of varying an attracting force for
attracting the substrate in each of the plurality of the areas and holding the substrate; and

a control unit;
wherein the control unit is configured to perform contacting and separating operations forming patterns not adjacent to one
another in a first area of the plurality of the areas, and then perform reducing the attracting force in the first area to
a level below the attracting force at the time of the separating operations while holding the substrate in at least one other
area of the plurality of the areas, and then increasing the attracting force in the first area.

US Pat. No. 9,387,679

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,386,198

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING IMAGING SENSOR PACKAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging sensor package;
a circuit board on which the imaging sensor package is mounted;
a heat radiation member disposed on a side of the circuit board opposite from a side thereof on which the imaging sensor package
is mounted;

a holder member disposed in front of the imaging sensor package and configured to hold the imaging sensor package; and
a fixture member disposed in front of the holder member and configured to be fixed with the heat radiation member,
wherein the imaging sensor package and the circuit board are sandwiched between the holder member and the heat radiation member,
wherein the holder member is positioned to the fixture member,
wherein the holder member has a holder body which surrounds at least a peripheral side of the imaging sensor package and a
flange portion formed integrally with the holder body, and

wherein the flange portion projects from the holder body toward the heat radiation member, and
wherein the holder member is adhered to the circuit board by adhesive applied across a part of the holder body where the flange
portion is not formed and a surface of the circuit board where the imaging sensor package is mounted.

US Pat. No. 9,384,355

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH HIBERNATION FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus with a hibernation function that has a volatile memory and a nonvolatile memory, comprising:
at least one non-transitory memory device;
at least one processor;
a transition unit configured to save first data in the nonvolatile memory and not to save second data in the nonvolatile memory,
when transitioning to a hibernation state, the volatile memory storing the first data in a non-security area of the volatile
memory and storing the second data in a security area of the volatile memory, before transitioning to the hibernation state;
and

a resuming unit configured to write the first data in the nonvolatile memory back to the volatile memory when resuming from
the hibernation state,

wherein the transition unit and the resuming unit are implemented at least in part by the at least one processor executing
at least one program recorded on the at least one non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,377,984

PREVIEW SCREEN FOR PROCESSING AND MANIPULATING DOCUMENT DATA FOR WHICH PRINT PROCESSING HAS ALREADY BEEN PERFORMED AND DOCUMENT DATA FOR WHICH PRINT PROCESSING IS TO BE NEWLY PERFORMED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method executed by an information processing apparatus, the information processing method comprising:
displaying a preview screen; and
selecting a storing function in accordance with an instruction input in the preview screen,
wherein information of document data and a preview image of the document data are displayed in the preview screen,
wherein if the storing function is selected, the information of the document data is displayed in the preview screen after
printing for the document data, and if the storing function is not selected, the information of the document data is not displayed
in the preview screen after printing for the document data, and

wherein if first information of first document data for which print processing has already been performed or second information
of second document data for which print processing is to be newly performed is selected in accordance with an instruction
input via the preview screen and print setting information is changed, print setting information of document data corresponding
to the selected information is changed and print setting information of document data corresponding to information not selected
is not changed.

US Pat. No. 9,377,733

IMAGE FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

28. A fixing device configured to fix an image on a recording material by heating the recording material where the image is
formed, comprising:
a cylindrical rotary member including an electroconductive layer;
a coil configured to form an alternating magnetic field which subjects the electroconductive layer to electromagnetic induction
heating, the coil including a spiral shaped portion which is disposed in the rotary member so that a spiral axis of the spiral
shaped portion extends along a generatrix direction of the rotary member; and

a core configured to induce magnetic force lines of the alternating magnetic field, the core being disposed in the spiral
shaped portion;

wherein relative permeability of the electroconductive layer and relative permeability of a member in a region between the
electroconductive layer and the core, in an area from one end to the other end of the maximum passage region of the image
on a recording material in the generatrix direction, are smaller than 1.1; and

wherein the fixing device satisfies a following relational expression (1) with a cross section perpendicular to the generatrix
direction throughout the area:

0.06×?c×Sc?Ss+Sa  (1)

where Ss represents a cross-sectional area of the electroconductive layer, Sa represents a cross-sectional area of a region
between the electroconductive layer and the core, Sc represents a cross-sectional area of the core, and ?c represents a relative
permeability of the core.

US Pat. No. 9,377,849

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING A TOUCH OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which recognizes a multi touch operation, the apparatus comprising:
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch point on a target area of a touch operation;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a number of touch points being detected on the target area is two
or more based on information detected by the touch detection unit;

a movement detection unit configured to detect a movement of the information processing apparatus;
a second determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the first determination unit determines that the number
of touch points being detected on the target area is two or more, a touch point which begins to be detected before the movement
and is being detected when the movement is detected among the two or more touch points being detected on the target area,
as invalid; and

a recognition unit configured to recognize the touch operation using the information of all remaining points excluding the
touch point determined as invalid by the second determination unit among the two or more touch points are being detected on
the target area.

US Pat. No. 9,372,660

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display controlling apparatus, comprising:
a capturing unit configured to capture an object which is being displayed on a display unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to an image outputting apparatus, the object captured by the capturing unit;
a selection unit configured to select a transmission object to be transmitted to the image outputting apparatus from objects
that are display targets for the display unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the transmission object is an output target of the image outputting apparatus;
a storage unit configured to store an image of a region corresponding to the transmission object when rendering content of
the transmission object is updated; and

a control unit configured to control so that in a case where the determination unit determines that the transmission object
is an output target of the image outputting apparatus, the transmission object is displayed with preference over another object
displayed in the display unit, wherein

the capturing unit captures the transmission object after the control by the control unit and
the transmitting unit transmits, in a case where it is determined that the transmission object cannot be displayed with preference
over another object displayed on the display unit, an image stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,372,066

INTERFEROMETER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An interferometer comprising:
a light source;
a first polarization beam splitter configured to reflect, as reference light, a first polarization component of light emitted
from the light source, and to transmit, as measurement light, a second polarization component of the light emitted from the
light source;

a birefringent-material element; and
a light-receiving device configured to receive an interfering light generated by interfering the measurement light transmitted
through the first polarization beam splitter, reflected by a reflecting surface to be measured, and transmitted through the
first polarization beam splitter, with the reference light reflected by the first polarization beam splitter,

wherein the interferometer is configured so that the reference light and the measurement light propagate from the first polarization
beam splitter to the light-receiving device through the birefringent-material element, and

wherein a thickness of the birefringent-material element and a position of the reflecting surface are defined to provide the
reference light and the measurement light with respective optical path lengths that allow the reference light and the measurement
light to interfere with each other, and to provide a stray light of the reference light or the measurement light or both thereof
with an optical path length that prevents the stray light from interfering with the reference light and the measurement light.

US Pat. No. 9,367,025

CARTRIDGE INCLUDING CARTRIDGE ELECTRODE INTEGRALLY MOLDED WITH FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to an apparatus main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
process means for effecting image formation, said process means extending in a longitudinal direction of the cartridge;
a frame for supporting said process means;
a cartridge electrode formed on said frame; and
an electroconductive member for electrically connecting said process means and said cartridge electrode,
wherein said cartridge electrode comprises:
a first contact portion provided for being electrically connected to a main assembly contact of the apparatus main assembly
when said cartridge is mounted in the apparatus main assembly;

a second contact portion contacted to said electroconductive member; and
an injection receiving portion for permitting injection of an electroconductive resin into a space between a metal mold, inserted
from outside of said frame, and said frame,

wherein said cartridge electrode is integrally molded with said frame and further comprises a projected portion that (i) is
formed of the electroconductive resin extruded from the space, (ii) is connected to said second contact portion, and (iii)
projects from an end of said second contact portion that is an innermost part of said second contact portion in the longitudinal
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,369,605

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR OUTPUTTING INFORMATION EMBEDDED IN A CODE IMAGE ACCORDING TO VERSION INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THE CODE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a processor comprising:
a unit configured to decode a code image to obtain version information included in the code image, the version information
being information defining a version of a format for information included in the code image; and

a control unit configured to output information embedded in the code image if a version defined by specification version information
for the image processing apparatus is newer than, or the same as a version defined by the obtained version information, and
not to output the embedded information if the version defined by the specification version information is older than the version
defined by the obtained version information, the specification version information being version information of the format
related to a function of the image processing apparatus for interpreting the embedded information,

wherein at least one of the unit and the control unit is implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,369,626

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS THAT PREVENT PROCESSING RELATED TO AN INVALID FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a control unit configured to operate in accordance with software and issue a command for setting a function in accordance
with the function of the electronic device being set by a user;

an execution unit configured to execute the function in response to the command issued by the control unit;
a storage unit configured to store information relating to an invalid function; and
a detection unit configured to detect, based on the information stored in the storage unit, that the command, which is issued
by the control unit, for the function set by the user is a command for setting the invalid function,

wherein the control unit controls the execution unit so as not to execute the function set by the user in response to the
detection by the detection unit that the command, which is issued by the control unit, for the function set by the user is
a command for setting the invalid function,

wherein the electronic device further comprises:
a memory configured to store the software; and
an updating unit configured to update the software stored in the memory;
wherein the control unit operates in accordance with the updated software stored in the memory, and
wherein the information relating to an invalid function stored in the storage unit is not changed by the update of the software.

US Pat. No. 9,358,801

LIQUID SUPPLY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid supply device, comprising:
a first container in which liquid is stored;
a second container to which the liquid is supplied from the first container;
a flow path configured to connect the first container by one end of the flow path and to connect the second container by the
other end of the flow path;

a valve provided on the flow path and configured to switchably operate between an opened state in which the liquid is allowed
to flow in the flow path and a closed state in which the liquid is not allowed to flow in the flow path;

a pump provided on the flow path and configured to cause the liquid to be transferred from the first container to the second
container; and

a control unit configured to operate the pump under a state in which the valve is in the opened state so as to cause the liquid
in the first container to be transferred to the second container, then switch the valve from the opened state to the closed
state and stop the pump, under a pressure decreased state in which the pressure in the first container is decreased by the
pump, and then switch the valve from the closed state to the opened state under the pressure decreased state while the pump
is stopped so as to cause liquid in the second container to be transferred to the first container.

US Pat. No. 9,358,803

LIQUID SUPPLYING APPARATUS, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, AND LIQUID SUPPLYING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid supplying apparatus configured to supply liquid to a liquid ejection head capable of ejecting liquid, the liquid
supplying apparatus comprising:
a liquid container configured to contain liquid therein;
a filter chamber that is divided into a first filter chamber and a second filter chamber via a filter;
a first supply path configured to allow the first filter chamber and the liquid container to communicate with each other;
a second supply path configured to allow the second filter chamber and the liquid ejection head to communicate with each other;
a bypass path configured to allow the first filter chamber and the liquid container to communicate with each other;
a pump configured to circulate the liquid through the first supply path and the bypass path between the liquid container and
the first filter chamber; and

a valve capable of regulating the flow of the liquid in the second supply path.

US Pat. No. 9,360,912

SHUTDOWN PROCESSING MODE WITH FORCIBLE POWER OFF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption is
less than that in the first power state, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory for storing data and a computer program; and
a processor coupled to the memory for executing the computer program, the computer program comprising instructions for:
selecting a mode of shutdown processing of the information processing apparatus;
determining time necessary for executing the shutdown processing in the mode selected;
executing the shutdown processing in the mode selected; and
forcibly turning off power of the information processing apparatus in a case where shutdown execution fails to complete the
shutdown processing within the time determined,

wherein the mode of shutdown processing includes at least either one of a complete erasure mode for erasing date stored in
a storage unit and a normal mode in which the complete erasure of data is not executed.

US Pat. No. 9,354,770

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS DISPLAYING PATH INFORMATION IN REVERSE HIERARCHICAL ORDER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising;
a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not path information fits in a display area; and
a display unit configured to display the path information in the display area in reverse hierarchical order so that information
of a deepest level of a hierarchy is displayed at a head of the path information, in a case where it is determined by the
determination unit that the path information does not fit in the display area.

US Pat. No. 9,354,333

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:
a housing including a first plate portion arranged at an irradiation side and a second plate portion arranged to face said
first plate portion;

a supporting portion arranged in a side of said second plate portion in said housing;
a scintillator configured to convert radiation into light, which is supported by said supporting portion in said housing;
a sensor panel, including a sensor array in which a plurality of sensors for detecting light are arrayed, which is interposed
between said scintillator and said first plate portion in said housing, with an outer edge of said sensor panel positioned
outside an outer edge of said scintillator; and

a member, having a buffer function of reducing a shock transmitted to said sensor panel via said first plate portion, which
is interposed between said first plate portion and said sensor panel in said housing,

wherein said member is arranged with an outer edge of said member positioned inside the outer edge of said scintillator.

US Pat. No. 9,348,285

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conveyance path of a recording material provided in an inside of the image forming apparatus;
a door which is provided such that the inside of the apparatus including the conveyance path is exposed,
a door opening/closing detection unit configured to detect opening or closing of the door;
a pair of rotation members which forms a nip portion for holding and conveying the recording material on the conveyance path;
a driving unit configured to separate one rotation member of the pair of rotation members from the other rotation member;
a power unit configured to supply power to the driving unit, wherein the power unit is configured to supply power to the driving
unit even in a case where the door is opened;

a decision unit configured to decide whether or not the recording material exists at the nip portion; and
a control unit configured to control a pressurized state and a pressure releasing state of the nip portion of the pair of
rotation members;

wherein the control unit is configured to control to release pressure at the nip portion in a case where the door opening
is detected and the recording material exists at the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 9,348,308

PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING FORCE RECEIVING PORTION AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably attachable to an image forming apparatus main body, the process cartridge comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developer bearing member configured to abut on the image bearing member to thereby develop an electrostatic latent image
formed on the image bearing member;

a developing frame member configured to support the developer bearing member and to be capable of assuming an abutting state
in which the developer bearing member abuts on the image bearing member and a separating state in which the developer bearing
member separates from the image bearing member; and

a force receiving portion provided on the developing frame member and configured to allow the developing frame member to enter
the separating state by being pressed by a pressing portion provided in the image forming apparatus main body,

wherein the process cartridge is configured to be inserted in an inserting direction from an exterior of the image forming
apparatus main body into a first attachment position in the image forming apparatus main body, and to be movable, in the image
forming apparatus main body, in a direction crossing through the inserting direction from the first attachment position to
a second attachment position,

wherein the force receiving portion includes a first portion extending along the inserting direction, and second portions
provided on each of an upstream side and a downstream side of the first portion in the inserting direction, wherein the second
portions protrude from the first portion in the direction crossing through the inserting direction,

wherein a portion of the first portion disposed between the second portions in the inserting direction remains abutting on
the pressing portion while the process cartridge moves between the exterior of the image forming apparatus main body and the
first attachment position and, due to the pressing portion remaining abutting on the portion of the first portion disposed
between the second portions, the developing frame member remains in the separating state while the process cartridge moves
between the exterior of the image forming apparatus main body and the first attachment position, and

wherein the second portions move to abut on the pressing portion when the process cartridge moves between the first attachment
position and the second attachment position.

US Pat. No. 9,346,274

METHOD FOR CLEANING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for cleaning a liquid ejection head that includes a plurality of liquid chambers, a heat generating resistive
element configured to generate energy for ejecting a liquid in the plurality of liquid chambers, and a coating layer configured
to coat the heat generating resistive element, the method including:
applying a voltage to the coating layer to provoke an electrochemical reaction between the coating layer and the liquid, and
causing the coating layer to be eluted into the liquid, thereby removing kogation deposited on the coating layer,
wherein, when removing kogation deposited on the coating layer, temperatures of liquids in the plurality of liquid chambers
are selectively changed among the plurality of liquid chambers depending on a deposition condition of the kogation on the
coating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,348,443

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus provided with a display unit including a touch panel, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a detection unit that detects a plurality of touch points being touched at a time on the touch panel;
a division unit that divides, if a number of the plurality of touch points detected by the detection unit is a predetermined
number or more, a plurality of display objects into two groups of display objects according to one of the plurality of touch
points moving in an opposite direction on the touch panel to another of the plurality of touch points;

a decision unit that decides one or more objects that are to be displayed in each of the two groups of display objects obtained
by the division unit, according to an attribute, including an aggregation setting in which the plurality of display objects
are constituted by a plurality of objects, of an object that is included in each of the plurality of display objects before
the division; and

a determination unit that determines, if the plurality of display objects before the division have the aggregation setting
of a plurality of objects, whether or not to execute the division of the plurality of display objects by the division unit,
on the basis of a number of display objects in the horizontal direction that are arranged in the plurality of display objects,

wherein one of the two groups of display objects includes the one of the plurality of touch points and another of the two
groups of display objects includes the another of the plurality of touch points.

US Pat. No. 9,339,814

LIQUID SUPPLY DRIVE MECHANISM USING OSMOTIC PUMP AND MICROCHIP HAVING THE LIQUID SUPPLY DRIVE MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A microchip comprising:
a flow path formed in a substrate;
a specimen introduction port which is connected to the flow path; and
a liquid supply drive mechanism formed in the substrate for driving a liquid supply using an osmotic pressure of an internal
liquid,

wherein the liquid supply drive mechanism comprises:
a drive main body portion having two liquid chambers separated from each other by a semipermeable membrane; and
wherein each of the two liquid chambers has an opening allowing entrance and exit of the internal liquid, and
a portion which causes a difference in concentration between the two liquid chambers by changing
a condition of the internal liquid filling at least one of the liquid chambers by at least one mechanism selected from the
group consisting of heat, vibration, sonic wave and electromagnetic wave,

wherein the opening of one of the two liquid chambers is connected with the flow path, and
wherein the internal liquid in the chambers and a drive liquid in the flow path are divided by a separation substance which
prevents the internal liquid and the drive liquid from being mixed together as the separation substance moves within the flow
path, the flow path dimensioned to operably house the separation substance as it moves along its length, and

wherein the separation substance is a substance that is different from the internal liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,341,977

LIGHT EMISSION APPARATUS, OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS HAVING LIGHT EMISSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emission apparatus comprising:
a light source including a plurality of light emitting elements including a first light emitting element and a second light
emitting element configured to emit a light beam, and a detection element;

a first drive unit configured to drive the first light emitting element to emit the light beam and configured to drive the
detection element by supplying, to the detection element, a detection current having a predetermined value;

a second drive unit configured to drive the second light emitting element to emit the light beam; and
a detection unit configured to detect, as an operating state of the detection element, a voltage of the detection element
to which the detection current is supplied by the first drive unit,

wherein the first drive unit controls a light amount of the light beam to be emitted by the first light emitting element based
on the voltage of the detection element detected by the detection unit, and the second drive unit controls a light amount
of the light beam to be emitted by the second light emitting element based on the voltage of the detection element detected
by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,335,684

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS WITH BELT UNIT AND HOLDING DEVICE CONFIGURED TO HOLD BELT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image heating apparatus, comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured to heat a toner image on a sheet,
a belt unit including an endless belt configured to heat said rotatable heating member by contacting an outer surface of said
rotatable heating member during a heating operation, and first and second rollers provided inside of said endless belt and
configured to urge said endless belt to said rotatable heating member so as to contact said endless belt to said rotatable
heating member during the heating operation; and

a holding device configured to hold said belt unit swingably in such a direction that an axial direction of each of said first
and second rollers, which are in a state of causing said endless belt to contact said rotatable heating member, crosses a
generatrix direction of said rotatable heating member.

US Pat. No. 9,338,272

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT DETECTS IMPROPER CONNECTION OF CABLE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an interface for connecting a phone;
a power feeding unit configured to feed power to said interface;
a detection unit configured to detect a voltage being applied to said interface;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a value of the voltage detected by said detection unit is equal to or
greater than a value determined in advance;

a notification unit configured to, when said determination unit determines that the value of the detected voltage is equal
to or greater than the value determined in advance, notify a user that there is a possibility of improper connection; and

a power feeding starting unit configured to, when said determination unit determines that the value of the detected voltage
is not equal to or greater than the value determined in advance, cause said power feeding unit to start feeding power.

US Pat. No. 9,338,341

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,333,782

CONTROL UNIT, CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control system for controlling execution of calibration on a printing apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, from a printing apparatus to be controlled, first sheet type information representing
information regarding a common calibration sheet type used when a most recent common calibration was executed, a result of
common calibration executed using the common calibration sheet type being applied to other sheet types;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a state of the printing apparatus for a first sheet type specified by
the first sheet type information satisfies a predetermined condition in accordance with a print volume of the printing apparatus;
and

a control unit configured to cause the printing apparatus to execute calibration using the first sheet type if the determination
unit determines that the predetermined condition for the first sheet type is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,334,137

ROLL SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND SHEET CONVEYING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a supporting section for supporting a roll sheet in which a sheet is wound in a roll;
a sheet feeding motor for rotating the roll sheet;
a first encoder for detecting a rotation amount of the roll sheet;
a conveying roller for conveying a sheet fed from the supporting section;
a conveying motor for rotating the conveying roller;
a second encoder for detecting a rotation amount of the conveying roller;
a processor; and
a storing unit configured to store friction load information associating friction load torque T for rotating the roll sheet,
one-to-one with a mass of the roll sheet,

wherein the processor obtains the friction load torque T, based on output current of the sheet feeding motor, output current
of the conveying motor, a detected value of the first encoder, and a detected value of the second encoder,

wherein the processor derives a default mass m of the roll sheet for the obtained friction load torque T by referring to the
storing unit,

wherein the processor estimates moment of inertia I? of the roll sheet for each of a plurality of conveyance operations for
printing of parts of an image, based on the default mass m, a first value of the first encoder detected for each of the plurality
of conveyance operations, and a second value of the second encoder detected for each of the plurality of conveyance operations,
and

wherein the processor controls driving of the sheet feeding motor and the conveying motor for each of the plurality of conveyance
operations based on the moment of inertia I? to keep constant tension of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,332,205

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,390

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
an original image forming unit including a plurality of image forming regions configured to form an identical image in each
of the image forming regions; and

an optical system including a plurality of optical elements arranged in a one-to-one correspondence with image forming regions,
wherein each of the plurality of optical elements is configured to convert a light beam from a region corresponding to the
region among the image forming regions to a parallel light beam and guide the parallel light beam onto a viewer's eye,

wherein an exit pupil diameter D of the optical system satisfies
D>2*[R*sin(?)?Rp*cos(?)]

where ? is a maximum angle of view in the image display apparatus, Rp is a radius of a pupil of the viewer's eye, and R is
a distance from the rotational center of the eyeball to the pupil of the viewer's eye.

US Pat. No. 9,329,419

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display panel;
a holding member that holds four sides of the display panel; and
a cushioning member that is disposed between the display panel and the holding member and exerts pressing force corresponding
to deformation amount on the display panel, wherein

the pressing force exerted on the display panel from the cushioning member in a region at each of both end portions of at
least one of the four sides of the display panel is smaller than the pressing force exerted on the display panel from the
cushioning member in a region at a central portion of the side in a state where a warp present in the display panel is smaller
than the warp in its maximum warp state.

US Pat. No. 9,332,244

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a projection unit configured to project one of a first luminance pattern and a second luminance pattern that has a different
luminance distribution on a measurement object;

an image capturing unit configured to form the pattern projected on the measurement object onto an image sensor as a tone
distribution, output a maximum tone value for each tone point at which exposure exceeds a saturation light amount, and output
a tone value corresponding to exposure for each tone point at which exposure is less than or equal to the saturation light
amount;

a calculation unit configured to calculate individual tone intersections by interpolating a tone distribution of the first
luminance pattern and a tone distribution of the second luminance pattern that were output by the image capturing unit; and

a light quantity adjustment unit configured to adjust the quantity of light that enters the image sensor such that the tone
values of tone points that are adjacent to the tone intersections and are used in calculation of the individual tone intersections
are lower than the maximum tone value, and the tone value of at least one tone point other than the adjacent tone points is
equal to the maximum tone value.

US Pat. No. 9,332,308

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image communication apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to output a shot image obtained by imaging an object;
a display unit configured to display at least the shot image;
a capturing unit configured to generate a captured image by capturing an image displayed on the display unit;
an encoding unit configured to encode an image,
a decoding unit configured to decode an encoded image;
a memory control unit configured to control write of the encoded shot image in a memory and readout of a recorded image stored
in the memory;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating whether another apparatus requires OSD (On Screen Display) information;
an accepting unit configured to accept instruction for playback of the recorded image stored in the memory; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the recorded image to the other apparatus through a network and switch transmission
modes of the recorded image based on the information obtained by the obtaining unit, and

a measurement unit configured to measure a processing load of the image communication apparatus,
wherein the transmission modes comprise a first mode of transmitting the recorded image on which a plurality of processes
of the decoding unit, the display unit, the capturing unit, and the encoding unit are performed, and a second mode of transmitting
the recorded image on which processes that at least one process is excluded from the plurality of processes are performed,
and

wherein, in a case where the measured processing load is not higher than a predetermined threshold, the transmission unit
transmits the recoded image data by the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,323,177

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber configured to accommodate developer;
a feeding portion configured and positioned to feed the developer in said developer accommodating chamber by rotation thereof;
a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer fed by
said feeding portion;

a rotatable gear configured and positioned to rotate said feeding portion;
a pump portion configured and positioned to act upon at least said developer discharging chamber, said pump portion having
a volume which changes with reciprocation; and

a drive converting portion configured and positioned to convert a rotational force generated by rotation of said gear to a
force for operating said pump portion.

US Pat. No. 9,323,182

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable belt member;
a first image forming unit, including a rotatable first image bearing drum, for forming a toner image on said belt member;
a second image forming unit, including a rotatable second image bearing drum, for forming a toner image on said belt member;
a contact and separation portion capable of setting one of a plurality of states including a first state in which said belt
member is in contact with the first and second image bearing drums and a second state in which said belt member is in contact
with the first image bearing drum and is in separation from the second image bearing drum;

an executing portion capable of executing an image forming operation in a mode in which when image data is received, the second
state is set and in a state in which the second image bearing drum is at rest, the toner image is formed on said belt member
by said first image forming unit and then is transferred onto a recording material; and

a controller for rotating the second image bearing drum by a predetermined angle so that when a cycle of an operation is to
be repeated N times which is not less than 1, a position of the second image bearing drum which is in contact with said belt
member in an (N?1)th cycle differs from a position of the second image bearing drum which is in contact with said belt member
in an Nth cycle, the cycle including receiving the image data in a state in which said belt member and the first and second
image bearing drums are at rest and in a stand-by state in which said image forming apparatus waits for an input of the image
data in the first state, executing the image forming operation, and then returning said image forming apparatus to the stand-by
state.

US Pat. No. 9,325,911

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels arranged two-dimensionally;
a shutter that shields said image sensor from light;
a controller that controls to perform continuous shooting of a plurality of exposure images by said image sensor and compose
the plurality of exposure images obtained by the continuous shooting;

the controller that controls to acquire a first black image before the continuous shooting by causing said image sensor to
accumulate electric charges while said image sensor is shielded from light by said shutter and to acquire a second black image
after the continuous shooting by causing said image sensor to accumulate electric charges while said image sensor is shielded
from light by said shutter; and

an image processing circuit that performs first noise reduction processing using the first black image for each of a plurality
of exposure images obtained by the continuous shooting and performs second noise reduction processing using the second black
image for an exposure image obtained by composing the plurality of exposure images by said controller.

US Pat. No. 9,325,922

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,317,790

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,319,604

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing captured image data read from an image capturing unit and to be displayed
on a display unit, the apparatus comprising:
a non-transitory memory device;
a processor;
an input unit configured to input a first part of the captured image data read from the image capturing unit in accordance
with a first reading mode and a second part of the captured image data read from the image capturing unit in accordance with
a second reading mode; and

a processing unit configured to process the first part of the captured image data input by the input unit with a strength
depending on the first reading mode such that the first reading mode used for reading the first part of the captured image
data from the image capturing unit is visually distinguishable,

wherein the input unit and the processing unit are implemented at least in part by the processor executing at least one program
recorded on the non-transitory memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,315,058

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head including at least a substrate, a recording element array in which a plurality of recording elements that
are arranged on the substrate in a predetermined direction and generate thermal energy for ejecting ink of a predetermined
color, a first detection element that detects a temperature in a vicinity of the recording element at a first position in
the predetermined direction in the recording element array, a second detection element that detects a temperature in a vicinity
of the recording element at a second position that is different from the first position in the predetermined direction in
the recording element array, and a heating element that performs heating of ink in the vicinity of the recording elements
at the first position and the second position among the plurality of the recording elements arranged in the recording element
array; and

a control unit that controls the heating by the heating element on the basis of the temperatures detected by the first and
second detection elements, wherein

the control unit controls the heating by the heating element in a manner that the heating by the heating element is executed
in a case where a temperature difference between the temperature detected by the first detection element and the temperature
detected by the second detection element is higher than a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,319,015

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an audio signal;
a first audio level controller configured to give a first gain to the audio signal obtained by the obtaining unit; and
a second audio level controller configured to give a second gain to the audio signal output from the first audio level controller;
a first level detection unit configured to detect a level of the audio signal which is output from the first audio level controller
and is input to the second audio level controller,

wherein the first audio level controller decides the first gain in accordance with a detection result from the first level
detection unit;

a second level detection unit configured to detect a level of the audio signal which is output from the second audio level
controller,

wherein the second audio level controller decides the second gain in accordance with a detection result from the second level
detection unit,

wherein a time constant in processing for increasing the first gain of the first audio level controller is larger than a time
constant in processing for increasing the second gain of the second audio level controller.

US Pat. No. 9,309,075

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit which conveys sheets in order from a first sheet, a second sheet, and a third sheet;
a pair of conveying rollers which is provided downstream of the conveying unit in a sheet conveying direction and conveys
the sheets while nipping the sheets at a nip portion;

a superimposing unit which is provided between the conveying unit and the pair of conveying rollers and superimposes a subsequent
sheet on a preceding sheet in the sheet conveying direction, the superimposing unit being configured to superimpose the second
sheet on the first sheet and superimpose the third sheet on the second sheet;

a control unit which controls a rotation of the pair of conveying rollers; and
an aligning portion provided downstream of the pair of conveying rollers in the sheet conveying direction and against which
a leading end in the sheet conveying direction of a conveyed sheet abuts,

wherein the control unit controls the rotation of the pair of conveying rollers so that a tail end of the first sheet passes
the nip portion of the pair of conveying rollers by conveying the first sheet to a downstream side before a leading end of
the third sheet superimposed on the second sheet reaches the nip portion between the pair of conveying rollers nipping the
first sheet and the second sheet superimposed on the first sheet, and

wherein a sheet bundle having an aligned leading end is formed by abutting a leading end of each one of a plurality of sheets
against the aligning portion.

US Pat. No. 9,312,289

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus including a light-receiving element, the light-receiving element comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit;
a separating portion located between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit;
and

a light guide portion surrounded by an insulating film including at least one insulating layer, and provided to extend over
the first photoelectric conversion unit and second photoelectric conversion unit,

wherein
when a direction in which the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric conversion unit are arranged
is defined as a first direction, and a direction in which the first photoelectric conversion unit and the second photoelectric
conversion unit, and the light guide portion are arranged is defined as a second direction,

the light guide portion includes a low refractive index portion and a high refractive index portion, the low refractive index
portion having a refractive index equal to or lower than a refractive index of the insulating layer, and the high refractive
index portion having a refractive index higher than a refractive index of the low refractive index portion, the low refractive
index portion is located above the separating portion, and is sandwiched by the high refractive index portion in the first
direction, and

a width in the first direction of the low refractive index portion at a first position distant from the separating portion
in the second direction is narrower than a width in the first direction of the low refractive index portion at a second position
closer to the separating portion than the first position in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,310,758

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,311,042

DISPLAY CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,311,306

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH PROGRAM THEREOF IS RECORDED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server system, comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with a first web browser which is launched on a first client and which identification
information is input into, and a second web browser which is launched on a second client and which identification information
is input into;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the same identification information as the one input into the first web
browser is input by a user into the second web browser;

a storage unit configured to store data which can be displayed by the first and second web browsers;
a setting unit configured to set, in response to a copy instruction for copying data being displayed by the first web browser
given via the first web browser, a pasting object candidate to the data already stored in the storage unit; and

a pasting unit configured to paste, in response to a pasting instruction for pasting the pasting object candidate given via
the second web browser, the pasting object candidate set by the setting unit into a destination specified via the second web
browser, the destination being located outside the second client which launches the second web browser, wherein a result of
the pasting is displayed by the second web browser,

wherein, in response to the determination unit determining that the same identification information as the one input into
the first web browser is input into the second web browser, the pasting instruction via the second web browser, for pasting
the pasting object candidate into the destination being displayed by the second web browser is permitted for the pasting object
candidate which has been set on the server system by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,304,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPING UNIT SEPARABLE FROM PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a scanning unit including a light source, and configured to scan the photosensitive member with light from the light source
and to form an electrostatic latent image;

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image by contacting with the photosensitive member;
a driving unit configured to drive the developing unit, and to cause the developing unit to come into contact with the photosensitive
member or to be separated from the photosensitive member; and

a control unit configured to let the scanning unit perform a preparation operation, in order for the scanning unit to form
the electrostatic latent image based on image data, wherein

the developing unit is separated from the photosensitive member while the preparation operation of the scanning unit is performed,
the control unit is further configured to start, before the preparation operation of the scanning unit is completed, controlling
the driving unit to bring the separated developing unit into contact with the photosensitive member, and

the control unit is further configured to let the driving unit bring the developing unit into contact with the photosensitive
member after the completion of the preparation operation of the scanning unit.

US Pat. No. 9,304,721

PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which is able to communicate with a print server, the printing apparatus comprising:
a changing unit configured to change data based on a user operation;
a receiving unit configured to receive a notification indicating that the print server returns from a power saving mode; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the print server based on the notification received by the receiving unit,
data which has been changed by the changing unit while the print server is in the power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,307,152

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM WHERE DIALOGUE BOX IS DISPLAYED BASED ON DISPLAY MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising a processor and a memory including instructions which, when executed by the processor,
cause the display control apparatus to:
determine a state of a function which is executed while a dialogue box relating to the function is displayed; and
control a displaying of the dialogue box relating to the function, based on data stored in the memory indicating as to whether
the dialogue box is displayed or not in accordance with a displaying mode for displaying an image photographed by a camera,
and based on the determined state.

US Pat. No. 9,300,859

IMAGING ELEMENT, IMAGING APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging element having a stacked structure which includes a first chip having a pixel portion in which pixels each for
photoelectrically converting an optical image of an object and generating a pixel signal are arranged in a matrix form and
a second chip having a first output path for outputting the pixel signals of a first pixel group in the pixel portion and
a second output path for outputting the pixel signals of a second pixel group, the imaging element comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert the pixel signals from the first output path and the second output path into digital
signals, the conversion unit comprising a first conversion unit configured to convert the pixel signal from the first output
path into the digital signal and a second conversion unit configured to convert the pixel signal from the second output path
into the digital signal; and

a drive unit configured to drive the pixel portion, wherein
a conversion condition of the first conversion unit and a conversion condition of the second conversion unit differ.

US Pat. No. 9,301,142

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether to function as a providing apparatus for providing a communication parameter
or as a receiving apparatus for receiving a communication parameter;

a reception unit configured to receive a request signal sent from another communication apparatus; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit a response signal in response to the request signal received by the reception unit
in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication apparatus is to function as a providing apparatus,

wherein the response signal includes information indicating that the communication apparatus functions as a providing apparatus
and information indicating that the communication apparatus functions as a display apparatus that displays authentication
information used for an authentication process.

US Pat. No. 9,300,689

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,297,943

ABSORPTIVE WIRE-GRID POLARIZER AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
nm?2.0;

km?3.0;

0.01?FF?0.25;

nb?1.40; and

h?250 nm,

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,292,932

THREE DIMENSION MEASUREMENT METHOD, THREE DIMENSION MEASUREMENT PROGRAM AND ROBOT DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. Three-dimensional measurement method, comprising the steps of:
acquiring, by an arithmetic unit, a stereo image of a work taken by first and second cameras;
extracting, by the arithmetic unit, edges from the acquired stereo image;
selecting, by the arithmetic unit, edges existing on a same plane of the work from the edges extracted on the stereo image;
three-dimensionally restoring, by the arithmetic unit, at least two first edges among the edges existing on the same plane
by a stereo method, the first edges residing in a predetermined angle range with reference to a cross angle of 90° made by
crossing with an epipolar line;

calculating, by the arithmetic unit, a three-dimensional plane including the three-dimensionally restored first edges using
the three-dimensionally restored at least two first edges; and

three-dimensionally restoring, by the arithmetic unit, a second edge among the edges existing on the same plane as the first
edges by projecting the second edge on the three-dimensional plane, the second edge residing beyond a predetermined angle
range with reference to a cross angle of 90° made by crossing with an epipolar line.

US Pat. No. 9,289,116

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a polarization-sensitive tomographic image of a subject and a tomographic
luminance image of the subject;

an extraction unit configured to extract a depolarizing region in the polarization-sensitive tomographic image and to extract
a layer having a visual function in the tomographic luminance image;

a determination unit configured to determine a region which reaches the extracted layer in the extracted depolarizing region;
and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a region determined by the determination unit as the
region which reaches the extracted layer.

US Pat. No. 9,293,492

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,984

CONNECTOR FOR HEATER, AND FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,283,760

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,280,720

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,278,555

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing method for performing duplex printing on a first surface and a second surface of a continuous sheet movable
in a direction of sheet conveyance, comprising:
printing a plurality of images on the first surface of the continuous sheet with a non-image area between adjacent images;
printing a plurality of images on the second surface of the continuous sheet having been printed on the first surface with
a same layout as the first surface, wherein a mark for cutting the sheet is printed in a space between each of adjacent images
on the second surface;

prior to printing images on the first surface, analyzing data of the images to be printed on the second surface to obtain
a length of each of the images in a direction of sheet conveyance; and

setting a length of a target non-image area between two images in the direction of sheet conveyance on the first surface,
depending on an obtained length of a precedent image to be printed immediately before a space between two images on the second
surface which is a reverse part of the target non-image area.

US Pat. No. 9,280,135

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,282,211

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,282,245

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,272,543

PRINTING DEVICE, TRAY AND CONVEYANCE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

14. A conveyance device that conveys a tray that holds media, comprising:
a first roller section that comprises a first conveyance roller; and
a second roller section that comprises a second conveyance roller and a pinch roller, wherein
the tray includes a first region and a second region having a coefficient of friction that is higher than that of the first
region, the first and second regions being aligned in a conveyance direction of the tray on a side of a surface that comes
in contact with the first conveyance roller, and

the second region is provided at a portion that is in contact with the first conveyance roller when the tray is taken in by
the first roller section and a tip end of the tray advances to a gripping section between the second conveyance roller and
the pinch roller.

US Pat. No. 9,272,859

SUPPLY APPARATUS, METHOD FOR SUPPLYING PRINT MEDIUM, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A supply apparatus comprising:
a first supply member that contacts a print medium at a first position and feeds out the print medium;
a second supply member that contacts the print medium at a second position located upstream of the first position in the feeding-out
direction and feeds out the print medium;

a drive transmission unit configured to transmit rotation of a drive shaft to the first supply member and the second supply
member;

an arm member that supports the first supply member, the second supply member and the drive transmission unit and rotates
around a predetermined axis, and

a control unit that switches contacting state between a first contacting state in which the first supplying member contacts
with the printing medium and the second supplying member does not contact with the printing medium and a second contacting
state in which the first supplying member does not contact with the printing medium and the second supplying member contacts
with the printing medium.

US Pat. No. 9,277,131

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a fixation member;
a movable member that holds an image stabilization unit for correcting image blur and is movable in a direction not in parallel
with the optical axis of an image capturing optical system;

a first rotation member that rotates by being supported by the fixation member and moves the movable member in a first direction;
a second rotation member that rotates by being supported by the fixation member and moves the movable member in a second direction
different from the first direction;

wherein the rotating axis of at least one of the first and the second rotation members is arranged within the optical path
of the image capturing optical system;

a first drive unit that drives the first rotation member; and
a second drive unit that drives the second rotation member.

US Pat. No. 9,277,270

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXTRACTING FRAME IMAGE DATA FROM VIDEO DATA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of reproducing encoded video data in which a plurality of video data is hierarchically
encoded, wherein
the encoded video data in which a plurality of video data is hierarchically encoded has a structure for holding encoded stream
data in a plurality of layers corresponding to a plurality of video data, the encoded stream data in each layer includes information
about the number of pixels indicating a value of the number of pixels of frame image data composing video data corresponding
to each layer, information about field of view of the video data, and information about a reference layer to which reference
is made in encoding the video data and which is related to a layer corresponding to video data, video data low in resolution
of frame image data composing video data in a plurality of video data is encoded in a lower layer, and video data high in
resolution of frame image data composing video data is encoded in a higher layer, the image processing apparatus comprising:

an output unit configured to output video data and image data to a display unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the information about the number of pixels and field of view of the video data and
the information about a reference layer from the encoded stream data in each layer;

a determination unit configured to determine whether information about field of view of the video data corresponding to each
layer is the same as information about field of view of display video data of video displayed on the display unit at a timing
according to instruction input for specifying frame image data to be extracted from video data on the basis of the information
about the number of pixels and field of view and the information about the reference layer acquired by the acquisition unit;
and

an extraction unit configured to extract frame image data corresponding to the timing from video data of a layer higher than
a layer corresponding to the display video data, among the video data which is determined by the determination unit to be
associated with the same information about field of view as the information about field of view of the display video data
by the determination unit, if (i) the information about field of view of the video data corresponding to each layer is determined
by the determination unit to be the same as the information about field of view of the display video data, and (ii) the video
data of the layer higher than the layer corresponding to the display video data exists, and extract frame image data corresponding
to the timing from the display video data, if (i) the information about field of view of the video data corresponding to each
layer is determined by the determination unit to be the same as the information about field of view of the display video data,
and (iii) the video data of the layer higher than the layer corresponding to the display video data does not exist,

wherein the output unit outputs the frame image data corresponding to the timing and extracted by the extraction unit, to
the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,274,325

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a rear unit having two or more lens units, in the order from an object side to an image side, an interval between the adjacent
lens units being changed in order to carry out at least one of zooming and focusing,

wherein the rear unit includes a focus lens unit that has a negative refractive power and that moves during the focusing,
wherein, when the zoom lens focuses on a specific object distance, the focus lens unit moves integrally with the other lens
units during zooming, and

wherein the zoom lens satisfies a conditional expression of
0.3 when a focal length of the second lens unit is defined as f2, and a combined focal length of the rear unit on the wide angle end is defined as fn.

US Pat. No. 9,277,074

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM DETERMINING WHETHER IMAGE DATA OF A PAGE TO BE PROCESSED IS BLANK AND CONTAINS A FOREGROUND OBJECT AND TRANSMITTING THE FOREGROUND OBJECT OBTAINED BY REMOVING A BACKGROUND OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit which reads an image to acquire image data corresponding to the image;
a transmission unit which transmits image data; and
a control unit;
wherein the control unit comprises:
a blank page determination unit which determines whether or not image data of a page to be processed acquired by the reading
unit is blank;

a determination unit which determines whether the image data of the page to be processed contains a foreground object; and
a transmission control unit which
controls the transmission unit not to transmit the image data of the page to be processed if it is determined by the blank
page determination unit that the image data is blank,

controls the transmission unit to transmit a foreground object obtained by removing a background object from the image data
of the page to be processed if it is determined by the blank page determination unit that the image data is not blank and
it is determined by the determination unit that the image data does include the foreground object, and

controls the transmission unit not to transmit the image data of the page to be processed if it is determined by the blank
page determination unit that the image data is not blank and it is determined by the determination unit that the image data
does not include the foreground object.

US Pat. No. 9,272,508

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a plurality of printing elements configured to generate energy to be used to discharge liquid;
a wiring configured to supply a driving power to be used to drive said plurality of printing elements;
a first delay buffer group formed by series-connecting a plurality of buffer circuits in which a heat enable signal is transferred
while being delayed by said plurality of buffer circuits;

a second delay buffer group formed by series-connecting a plurality of buffer circuits in which the heat enable signal is
transferred while being delayed by said plurality of buffer circuits in a direction different from an arrayed direction of
said plurality of buffer circuits of said first delay buffer group; and

a switchover circuit configured to switch over, in accordance with a control signal, a delay sequence in a case where supplying
the heat enable signal to each of said plurality of printing elements by switching over between said first delay buffer group
and said second delay buffer group.

US Pat. No. 9,275,447

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DESCRIBING IMAGE REGION BASED ON COLOR HISTOGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for describing an image region based on color histogram, comprising:
transforming the image region into HSV or HSL color space;
extracting a specific color range, which includes colors perceptible by human vision as black, gray and white colors, from
the HSV or HSL color space;

dividing the HSV or HSL color space except for the specific color range into a plurality of common color ranges;
quantizing the image region into a quantized color region by quantizing the specific color range according to a Value plane
of the HSV color space or a Lightness plane of the HSL color space and quantizing each of the common color ranges according
to the Value plane and a Saturation plane of the HSV color space or the Lightness plane and a Saturation plane of the HSL
color space;

computing one or more color histograms according to the quantized color region;
smoothing histogram bins corresponding to the common color ranges except for the specific color range in the one or more color
histograms so that adjacent histogram bins have an impact on each other; and

generating a unique vector by using the one or more color histograms.

US Pat. No. 9,268,515

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, FOR TRANSMITTING PRINT JOBS TO A PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to be connected to a printing control apparatus that is configured to sequentially
output print jobs according to a print queue for controlling a print job output order, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a data transmission unit configured to transmit, to the printing control apparatus, a resource registration job for registering
a resource in a printing control apparatus, and a print job, the resource registration job comprising resource data to be
registered at the printing control apparatus, the resource data required for outputting the print job;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the resource data can be added to and registered in the printing control
apparatus given conditions at the printing control apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the data transmission unit and the printing control apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the determination unit has determined that the resource data cannot be added to and registered in
the printing control apparatus given the conditions at the printing control apparatus,

the control unit controls the data transmission unit to
hold the resource registration job in the information processing apparatus,
transmit to the printing control apparatus the print job without the resource registration job, wherein the print job is transmitted
in a stopped state, the stopped state causing the printing control apparatus to hold off on outputting the print job, and

transmit to the printing control apparatus the resource registration job held in the information processing apparatus when
the print job arrives at the top of the print queue of the printing control apparatus, and

in the case where the determination unit has determined that the resource data cannot be added to and registered in the printing
control apparatus given the conditions at the printing control apparatus, then after the resource data is registered at the
printing control apparatus based on the resource registration job, the control unit controls the printing control apparatus
to start outputting the print job, which has been stopped by the printing control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,270,903

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,261,401

APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO GENERATE TERAHERTZ WAVE AND APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DETECT TERAHERTZ WAVE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an element configured to generate or detect a terahertz wave;
a semi-spherical lens configured to guide the terahertz wave outgoing from the element or entering the element; and
a holder configured to hold the semi-spherical lens and the element in a state in which a flat surface of the semi-spherical
lens and the element are in contact with each other or in a state in which the flat surface of the semi-spherical lens and
the element clamp a substance which allows the terahertz wave to pass therethrough and the flat surface of the semi-spherical
lens and the element are in contact with the substance, wherein

the holder includes:
a resiliently deformable portion; and
a position adjusting unit configured to adjust a relative position between the semi-spherical lens and the element in a direction
parallel to the flat surface of the semi-spherical lens by resiliently deforming the resiliently deformable portion.

US Pat. No. 9,254,695

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,258,650

CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,257,114

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS,AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a display unit configured to display text on a screen;
a voice outputting unit configured to output the text as voice;
a sight-line detection unit configured to detect a sight-line direction of a user; and
a control unit configured, assuming that a position of a character that the voice outputting unit is currently outputting
as voice is defined as a position of a current output character, and a position of a character in the text that is present
in the sight-line direction of the user detected by the sight-line detection unit is defined as a position of a current gazed
character, to change a starting position at which the voice outputting unit starts voice output depending on a distance between
the position of the current output character and the position of the current gazed character,

the control unit including:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the distance between the position of the current output character
and the position of the current gazed character is equal to a preset threshold or more; and

a setting unit configured, if the determination unit determined that the distance is equal to the preset threshold or more,
to set the position of the current gazed character to the starting position at which the voice outputting unit starts voice
output.

US Pat. No. 9,258,482

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 detection unit configured to detect a face of a person from the image input by said image input unit;
a first judgment unit configured to judge whether the face detected by said detection unit shows a smiling face; and
a second judgment unit configured to judge whether the face detected by said detection unit shows an eye closed face;
wherein even if faces detected by said detection unit each have the same eye closing degree,said second judgment unit judges that the detected face does not show the eye closed face in a case where said first judgment
unit judges that the detected face shows a first smiling face, andsaid second judgment unit judges that the detected face shows the eye closed face in a case where said first judgment unit
judges that the detected face shows a second smiling face.

US Pat. No. 9,256,151

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to transfer an image to a sheet conveyed from a sheet storage unit and fix the transferred image
to the sheet using a fixing unit;

a timer unit configured to measure an elapsed time since the sheet is set in the sheet storage unit;
a memory unit configured to store a threshold value associated with the elapsed time; and
a control unit configured to determine, based on the measured elapsed time measured by the timer unit, whether or not to perform
control such that the sheet is heated by the fixing unit before the image is transferred to the sheet,

wherein the control is determined to be performed in a case where the measured elapsed time is less than or equal to the stored
threshold value, and the control is determined not to be performed in a case where the measured elapsed time exceeds the stored
threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,257,460

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,248,445

METHOD FOR MAKING PROBE SUPPORT AND APPARATUS USED FOR THE METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for making a probe support having a plurality of types of probes at different positions thereon, the method comprising
the steps of:
supplying liquids containing the probes to each of reservoirs for containing the liquids of a discharging device including
a substrate provided with the reservoirs, and to discharge nozzles connecting with the corresponding reservoirs, the number
of reservoirs and discharge nozzles being at least the number of probes,

aligning the discharge nozzles and the support relatively; and
discharging the liquids containing the probes from the discharge nozzles to each of different positions on the support, wherein
the direction of discharge of the liquids from the nozzles is perpendicular to a first plane defined by a nozzle orifice of
the nozzles, and the reservoirs are formed on the side opposite to the side provided with the nozzles so as to correspond
to the nozzles,

wherein
the liquid discharging device comprises:
a first substrate comprising a first face having a plurality of energy generators for generating energy for discharging a
liquid, and a second face having a plurality of inlet ports arranged on the opposite side of the first face, each inlet port
corresponding to one of a plurality of first penetrating holes of the first substrate;

a nozzle member provided on the first face side of the first substrate and having the plurality of liquid discharge nozzles;
and

a second substrate laminated on the second face side of the first substrate and having a plurality of second penetrating holes
which continue through the second substrate,

wherein each one of the plurality of second penetrating holes is in communication with an inlet port of a corresponding one
of the plurality of first penetrating holes, to form a plurality of individual flow paths that are independent from one another,
each flow path comprising a second penetrating hole, a first penetrating hole, a nozzle, and a channel that communicates with
the nozzle and the first penetrating hole,

wherein a position of the nozzle is not aligned with a position of the first penetrating hole, and
wherein each energy generator of the plurality of energy generators is positioned adjacent to a corresponding channel and
a corresponding nozzle, and in the supplying, the liquids are, and

in the supplying, the liquids are supplied to each of the reservoirs by a dispenser through the inlet ports.

US Pat. No. 9,253,382

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,541

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,582

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. A fixing apparatus configured to heat a recording material having a toner image formed thereon and fix the toner image
on the recording material comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a heater configured to come into contact with the film, the heater including a substrate and a heat generation resistor formed
on the substrate;

a thermal conduction member configured to come into contact with a surface of the heater opposite to a surface that contacts
the film, the thermal conduction member having a thermal conductivity higher than that of the substrate;

and a pressurizing roller configured to form a pressing portion with the heater via the film,
wherein the thermal conduction member contacts the heater in a configuration so as not to overlap with end regions of the
heat generation resistor in a longitudinal direction of the heat generation resistor, and

wherein only the heat generation resistor having a resistance value of the end regions lower than a resistance value at a
center portion in the longitudinal direction is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,250,848

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,850

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a printer driver and an adaptor, the printer driver comprising:
a first transmission unit configured to transmit print data to the printer adaptor via a standard port monitor, and
the printer adaptor comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive the print data, which has been transmitted by the first transmission unit, from the
printer driver via the standard port monitor;

a spool unit configured to spool the print data which has been received by the reception unit;
a checking unit configured to check a memory of an image forming apparatus; and
a second transmission unit configured to transmit to the image forming apparatus the print data, which has been spooled by
the spool unit, on a band-by-band basis depending on a state of the memory of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,253,451

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,252,685

DUST REMOVING DEVICE AND IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,252,169

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,362

OPTICAL SYSTEM, BARREL, AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENT USING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,249,868

CONTACT AND SEPARATING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the image bearing member;
a transfer roller configured to transfer a toner image from the image bearing member onto a recording medium;
a bearing member configured to support the transfer roller;
a bearing support member configured to movably support the bearing member;
a biasing member disposed between the bearing support member and the bearing member, the biasing member being configured to
bias the transfer roller toward the image bearing member;

a separation member rotatably disposed in the bearing support member, the separation member being configured to move a position
of the bearing member, the separation member being (i) engaged with a bearing side engagement portion of the bearing member
in a separation state in which the transfer roller is separated from the image bearing member against a biasing force of the
biasing member and (ii) released from the bearing side engagement portion in a contact state in which the transfer roller
is contacted to the image bearing member with the biasing force;

a conveyance roller configured to convey a recording medium;
a drive source configured to drive the conveyance roller; and
a release member configured to be driven by the drive source and to rotate independently from the rotation of the transfer
roller, the release member having the separation member rotate in a predetermined direction from a first phase corresponding
to the separation state to a second phase corresponding to the contact state by being driven by the drive source in the separation
state and position the separation member in a position where the separation member is not rotated regardless of the rotation
of the release member in the contact state.

US Pat. No. 9,244,373

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,242,823

SHEET DETECTING APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet detecting apparatus configured to detect a sheet on a sheet conveying path on which the sheet is conveyed, the
sheet detecting apparatus comprising:
a detection unit including a lever member having an abutment surface against which a leading edge of the sheet being conveyed
on the sheet conveying path abuts, and a holding member configured to hold the lever member, the lever member and the holding
member being configured to move integrally with each other when the lever member is pushed by the leading edge of the sheet
being conveyed;

a detection sensor configured to output a signal corresponding to a position of the detection unit;
a first urging portion configured to urge the holding member so as to move the holding member to a waiting position after
the lever member and the holding member integrally move with each other by the sheet being conveyed;

a movable support portion configured to support the lever member in a manner that the lever member is movable with respect
to the holding member so that the lever member is located in a retracted position in which the lever member allows the sheet
to pass the lever member in contact with a surface of the sheet being conveyed in a state in which the holding member is located
in the waiting position; and

a second urging portion configured to urge the lever member in a manner that the lever member is moved from the retracted
position to a position in which the abutment surface of the lever member abuts against a leading edge of a succeeding sheet
as a trailing edge of the sheet passes the lever member,

wherein the detection sensor comprises a photo interrupter, and
wherein the lever member comprises a light blocking portion configured to block an optical path of the photo interrupter.

US Pat. No. 9,244,640

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,244,394

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,244,402

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING PORTION CONFIGURED TO HEAT-FIX TJE TONER IMAGE FORMED ON RECORDING MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a recording material accommodating portion configured to accommodate a recording material;
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on the recording material fed from said recording material accommodating
portion;

a fixing portion configured to heat-fix the toner image formed on the recording material by said image forming portion;
a storing portion configured to store information corresponding to the type of the recording material accommodated in said
recording material accommodating portion;

a detecting portion configured to detect that a predetermined operation is performed by an operator; and
an executing portion configured to execute a start-up process of said fixing portion, when said detecting portion detects
the predetermined operation performed by the operator before said image forming apparatus receives an image formation instruction,
over a time depending on the information stored in said storing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,244,426

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,242,457

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,239,534

CLEANING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,241,119

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,182

FIXING DEVICE CAPABLE OF DETECTING WRAP JAM OF RECORDING SHEET AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A fixing device comprising:
a fixing unit configured to be subject to heating control to thereby fix a toner image on a recording medium;
a first temperature-detecting unit configured to detect a temperature of the fixing unit in an area where the recording medium
passes to obtain a first detected temperature;

a second temperature-detecting unit configured to detect a temperature of the fixing unit in an area where the recording medium
does not pass to obtain a second detected temperature; and

a control unit configured to:
control heating of the fixing unit so that the temperature detected by the first temperature-detecting unit reaches a target
temperature; and

stop heating of the fixing unit and generate a signal indicating an abnormality, even in a case where the temperature detected
by the first temperature-detecting unit does not reach the target temperature, based on the difference between the temperature
detected by the first temperature-detecting unit and the temperature detected by the second temperature-detecting unit being
smaller than a predetermined threshold, upon the temperature detected by the second temperature-detecting unit being at or
surpassing a predetermined temperature, which is lower than the target temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,235,184

HIGH-VOLTAGE POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A high-voltage power supply apparatus for generating a high voltage, comprising:
a driving unit driven by a drive signal at a predetermined frequency;
an inductor connected to the driving unit, wherein a voltage is applied into the inductor by driving the driving unit;
a rectification unit connected to the inductor, the rectification unit including capacitors and diodes;
a current detection unit that detects a current flowing through the rectification unit; and
a control unit configured to change a turn-on time of the drive signal within a period of one cycle of the drive signal based
on the current detected by the current detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,232,152

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,232,165

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels for photoelectric conversion arranged in a matrix;
a ramp signal generator configured to generate a first time-changing ramp signal during a first analog-to-digital conversion
period, and to generate a second time-changing ramp signal during a second analog-to-digital conversion period;

a plurality of comparators each arranged correspondingly to each of columns of the matrix; and
a plurality of memories each arranged correspondingly to each of columns of the matrix, wherein
the comparators compare the first time-changing ramp signal with a signal according to a release of reset of the pixels during
the first analog-to-digital conversion period, and compares the second time-changing ramp signal with a signal according to
the photoelectric conversion of the pixels during the second analog-to-digital conversion period,

the memories store, as a first digital data, a count value of counting from a start of changing the first time-changing ramp
signal until an inversion of an output of the comparator, during the first analog-to-digital conversion period,

the memories store, as a second digital data, a count value of counting from a start of changing the second time-changing
ramp signal until the inversion of the output of the comparator, during the second analog-to-digital conversion period,

the ramp signal generator includes a first capacitor element, and a current generator configured to supply a current to the
first capacitor element,

the first capacitor element samples a bias voltage by being supplied the current before the first and second analog-to-digital
conversion periods, and holds the bias voltage, and

the ramp signal generator generates the first time-changing ramp signal by using the bias voltage held by the first capacitor,
and the second time-changing ramp signal by using the bias voltage, held by the first capacitor, used for generating the first
time-changing ramp signal.

US Pat. No. 9,229,342

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,227,805

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet holding units configured to hold an envelope to be used in printing respectively;
a size setting unit configured to set, based on an instruction from a user, a size of an envelope to be held in each of the
plurality of sheet holding units;

a flap length setting unit configured to set a length of a flap of an envelope to be held in each of the plurality of sheet
holding units;

a selection unit configured to select, based on a size of an envelope which is designated in a print job and the size of an
envelope set by the size setting unit, a sheet holding unit which holds an envelope of the designated size among the plurality
of sheet holding units; and

a printing unit configured to shift a position of an image in accordance with the length set by said flap length setting unit
and print an image on an envelope fed from the sheet holding unit selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,227,807

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,227,809

CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus comprising:
a loading portion configured to load a roll sheet wound around a spool shaft;
a feeding unit configured to feed the roll sheet loaded on the loading portion;
a conveyance roller configured to convey a sheet fed from the feeding unit,
wherein the conveyance roller being driven in a first direction conveys the sheet downstream;
a control unit configured to perform a first driving operation to drive the feeding unit in a forward direction for feeding
the sheet in a direction toward the conveyance roller when the conveyance roller is driven in the first direction, and to
perform a second driving operation to drive the feeding unit in a backward direction opposite to the forward direction when
the conveyance roller is stopped;

a first detection unit configured to detect a rotation amount of the conveyance roller when the first driving operation and
the second driving operation are performed;

a second detection unit configured to detect a conveyance distance of the sheet drawn out from the roll sheet loaded on the
loading portion when the first driving operation and the second driving operation are performed; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether an end portion of the roll sheet is fixed to the spool shaft, based on
detection result by the first detection unit and the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,229,368

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM HAVING PUMP OPERATED DEVELOPER DISCHARGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer supply container detachably mountable to a developer replenishing apparatus, said developer supply container
comprising:
a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate a developer;
an opening configured and positioned to permit passing of the developer out of said developer accommodating portion;
a driving force receiving portion configured and positioned to receive a driving force from the developer replenishing apparatus;
and

a pump portion configured and positioned to act upon said developer accommodating portion by the driving force received by
said driving force receiving portion to alternately change an internal pressure of said developer accommodating portion between
a pressure lower than an ambient pressure in a suction operation and a pressure higher than the ambient pressure in a discharge
operation to supply the developer out of said developer accommodating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,229,401

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,229,188

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical member drive control apparatus, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire first information corresponding to a movement speed of an optical member when a movement
of the optical member is controlled and second information corresponding to a movement amount of the optical member; and

a controller configured to output a signal to an actuator that moves the optical member and to be able to detect a driven
amount of the actuator per unit time,

wherein the controller carries out at least a first mode that is closed loop control of the actuator according to the detection
result of the driven amount of the actuator per unit time and a second mode that is open loop control of the actuator, and

wherein the controller selects the first mode or the second mode based on the first information and the second information
that have been acquired by the acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,227,423

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS, AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for forming an image on a unit area of a print medium by performing a printing operation
of a first printing mode and a second printing mode using a print head for ejecting coloring ink comprising coloring material
and clear ink to the print medium, said apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a mode including a first and second mode; and
a determining unit configured to determine an use amount of the coloring ink, a first use amount of the clear ink which is
an use amount of the clear ink for the printing operation that starts applying the clear ink to the unit area before completing
applying the use amount of coloring ink to the unit area, and a second use amount of the clear ink which is an use amount
of the clear ink for the printing operation that starts applying the clear ink to the unit area after completing applying
the use amount of coloring ink to the unit area, based on an image data representing a color of the image, according to the
mode set by said setting unit, wherein

said determining unit determines the first use amount and the second use amount, such that a ratio of the first use amount
determined based on the image data representing a color of an intermediate gradation image to the second use amount determined
based on the image data for the first printing mode is different from a ratio for the second printing mode, and

the same type of the clear ink is used in the first printing mode and the second printing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,226,662

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,232,082

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,224,193

FOCUS STACKING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor, for acquiring a plurality of original images by imaging a specimen including a structure while changing a
focal position of a microscope apparatus within an imaging range in an optical axis direction;

an image analyzer, for obtaining information relating to the structure included in an image by applying image analysis processing
to the image; and

an image generator, for generating, on the basis of the plurality of original images, a first image to be used for the image
analysis processing by said image analyzer and a second image to be used for visual observation by a user,

wherein said image generator sets up a first depth range within the imaging range, the first depth range being narrower than
the imaging range, selects only those original images whose focal positions are included within the first depth range out
of the plurality of original images obtained from the specimen, and generates the first image using only the selected original
images, and

wherein said image generator sets up a second depth range within the imaging range, the second depth range being narrower
than the first depth range, selects only those original images whose focal positions are included within the second depth
range out of the plurality of original images obtained from the specimen, and generates the second image using only the selected
original images.

US Pat. No. 9,224,766

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING EXPOSURE DURING MOTION WITH HIGH SHUTTER SPEED, INCLUDING AMPLIFICATION OF A SIGNAL OBTAINED AS A RESULT OF ACCUMULATING ELECTRIC CHARGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device configured to accumulate electric charge corresponding to an amount of light incident on said image
pickup device;

an amplification unit configured to amplify a signal obtained as a result of accumulating electric charge in said image pickup
apparatus;

a control unit configured to control an electric charge accumulation time period in said image pickup device; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust an amplification factor for said amplification unit,
wherein in a case where said control unit changes the electric charge accumulation time period from an electric charge accumulation
time period which is shorter than a predetermined time period to another electric charge accumulation time period which is
shorter than the predetermined time period while said image pickup device is repeatedly accumulating electric charge, said
adjustment unit adjusts an amplification factor for said amplification unit in accordance with the amount of change in the
electric charge accumulation time period, and after the amplification factor for said amplification unit is adjusted in accordance
with the amount of change in the electric charge accumulation time period, said adjustment unit gradually brings the amplification
factor for said amplification unit close to an amplification factor, within a predetermined adjustment time period, before
adjustment in steps, and

wherein in a case where said control unit changes the electric charge accumulation time period from an electric charge accumulation
time period which is longer than the predetermined time period to another electric charge accumulation time period which is
longer than the predetermined time period while said image pickup device is repeatedly accumulating electric charge, said
adjustment unit does not adjust the amplification factor for said amplification unit in accordance with the amount of change
in the electric charge accumulation time period.

US Pat. No. 9,223,247

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,221,259

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,217,667

SPECTROMETER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,217,938

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a charge generating layer and a charge transporting layer formed on the support;
wherein the charge generating layer comprises:
a charge generating substance; and
an amine compound represented by the following formula (1);

where,
R1 to R5 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, a carboxyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group,
an aryloxycarbonyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted
or unsubstituted aryloxy group, an amino group having a substituent group, or a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino
group; and

at least one of R1 to R5 is an amino group substituted with a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group,

an amino group substituted with a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, or
a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group,
wherein the charge generating substance is a gallium phthalocyanine crystal.

US Pat. No. 9,219,834

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,837

IMAGE READING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING FOREIGN MATTER POSITION AS IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A document reading apparatus comprising:
a document conveyor configured to convey a document;
a reader configured to read the document conveyed by said document conveyor on a reading glass and configured to output image
data;

a foreign matter detector configured to detect foreign matter on the reading glass based on the image data output from said
reader in a state that there is no document on the reading glass; and

a display device configured to provide a display for prompting a user to clean the reading glass and display an image based
on the image data output from said reader in the state, the displayed image showing a position of the detected foreign matter
on the reading glass.

US Pat. No. 9,215,976

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM OF PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system configured to image reflected light from a fundus by an imaging unit via a focusing lens;
a correction unit configured to correct a diopter by inserting a diopter correction lens into an optical path of the imaging
optical system; and

a control unit configured to control the correction unit,
wherein the control unit is configured, if movement of the focusing lens to a position within a movable range of the focusing
lens is detected while the diopter correction lens is not in the optical path, to control the correction unit to insert the
diopter correction lens into the optical path and move a position of the focusing lens in a direction in which change in the
diopter generated by insertion of the diopter correction lens is reduced, and

wherein the control unit is configured, if movement of the focusing lens to a position within a movable range of the focusing
lens and away from an end of the movable range by a predetermined distance is detected while the diopter correction lens is
in the optical path, to control the correction unit to retract the diopter correction lens from the optical path and move
a position of the focusing lens in a direction in which change in the diopter generated by retraction of the diopter correction
lens is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,218,351

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,920

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,231

REFLECTIVE ORIGINAL, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,290

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,906

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for executing information processing on each of a plurality of areas in an image, the
apparatus comprising:
a plurality of execution units, wherein:
the information processing includes a plurality of stages, each of the plurality of execution units is assigned to any one
of the plurality of stages and execution units assigned to an identical stage execute a processing corresponding to the assigned
stage on different areas in the image in parallel;

the plurality of stages including at least a first stage and a second stage, the second stage depending upon the output of
the first stage; and

each execution unit processes an area to detect either:
a positive indication that a processing corresponding to a succeeding stage is necessary for the area, which is considered
successful detection, or

a negative indication that the processing corresponding to the succeeding stage is not necessary for the area, which is considered
unsuccessful detection;

a determination unit configured, based on a result of information processing executed by a first execution unit selected from
the plurality of execution units during the first stage of the information processing, to determine whether to execute subsequent
information processing by a second execution unit selected from the plurality of the execution units during the second stage
of the information processing;

a successful detection rate storage unit configured to store successful detection rates for the plurality of stages, where
a successful detection rate for each stage of the plurality of stages represents a probability of executing the subsequent
processing in a succeeding stage of the plurality of stages determined by the determination unit based on the result of each
stage of the plurality of stages;

a processing time storage unit configured to store a processing time for each execution unit in the plurality of stages; and
a calculation unit configured to calculate a number of execution units to be assigned to respective stages of the plurality
of stages so as to decrease a difference between processing times for completing respective stages on all the areas for which
processing corresponding to respective stages are indicated to be necessary based on cumulative successful detection rates
for respective stages and the processing times for each execution unit in the respective stages, where a cumulative successful
detection rate for each stage is calculated from the successful detection rate for each of a plurality of stages preceding
to that stage.

US Pat. No. 9,213,909

OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object detection method comprising the steps of:
acquiring an image including a target object;
generating a plurality of layer images by one or both of enlarging and reducing the image at a plurality of different scales;
detecting a region of at least a part of the target object as a first detected region from at least one of the layer images;
estimating a first estimated region based on the first detected region;
selecting at least one of the layer images based on the estimated first estimated region;
detecting a region of at least a part of the target object in the selected layer image different from the first detected region
as a second detected region;

estimating a second estimated region based on the second detected region; and
integrating the first estimated region and the second estimated region,
wherein the first estimated region is estimated based on coordinates and a size of the detected first detected region; and
the second estimated region is estimated based on coordinates and a size of the detection result of the second detected region.

US Pat. No. 9,209,215

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type arranged in a semiconductor
substrate;

a charge holding portion including a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type arranged in the semiconductor
substrate and configured to hold a charge generated by the photoelectric conversion portion;

a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type arranged in the semiconductor substrate;
a first gate electrode arranged on a region between the second semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region and
configured to transfer a charge of the second semiconductor region into the third semiconductor region; and

an isolation portion including a first part, a second part and a third part of an insulator, wherein
the first semiconductor region is arranged between the first part of the insulator and the second semiconductor region in
a first cross section including a first direction along which the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor
region are arranged,

the second semiconductor region is arranged between the second part and the third part of the insulator in a second cross
section including a second direction intersecting the first direction, and

in the second cross section, the second semiconductor region is arranged at a depth shallower than a bottom of the second
part and a bottom of the third part of the insulator.

US Pat. No. 9,208,256

METHODS OF CODING AND DECODING, BY REFERENCING, VALUES IN A STRUCTURED DOCUMENT, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of coding a structured document comprising items that take at least one string of characters to be coded by substituting
a coding index from at least one indexing dictionary for said at least one string of characters to be coded, said at least
one indexing dictionary comprising entries, each entry associating a respective coding index with a corresponding string of
characters, the method further comprising:
selecting at least one indexing dictionary from among a plurality of indexing dictionaries;
identifying at least one dictionary entry in the selected indexing dictionary whose character string is linked to the string
of characters to be coded, by matching between at least a continuous part of the string of characters of the dictionary entry
or the string of characters to be coded and a continuous subpart of the string of characters; and

coding the string of characters to be coded by reference, according to the matching, to the at least one identified dictionary
entry,

wherein, said coding by reference comprises coding an identifier of the selected indexing dictionary from amongst the plurality
of indexing dictionaries, an item of information identifying said entry identified in the selected indexing dictionary, an
item of information on positioning which indicates a first character of the identified entry string of characters that matches
the part or subpart of the string of characters to be coded and an item of information on length of the matching part and
subpart representing a number of characters of the matching part and subpart;

wherein said indexing dictionaries are distinct from the structured document, wherein the item of information identifying
said indexing dictionary selected, the item of information identifying said entry, the item of information on positioning,
and the item of length information, are distinct information items,

wherein the selected indexing dictionary comprises an entry corresponding to an already coded substring of said string of
characters to be coded, so that a subsequent substring of said string of characters to be coded is coded with reference to
said already coded substring, and

wherein the positioning information is selected from a set comprising a first code when said part or subpart of the string
of characters to be coded corresponds to a start of the entry identified, a second code when said part or subpart of the string
of characters to be coded corresponds to an end of the entry identified, and an offset value of the position of said part
or subpart of the string of characters to be coded in the entry identified, in other cases.

US Pat. No. 9,208,530

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,559

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,203,404

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND OPERATION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,030

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including plural pixels respectively arranged in a first direction and in a second direction, each pixel being
constituted by (a) a microlens and (b) two photoelectric conversion portions respectively photoelectrically converting two
object images formed by the microlens;

a signal reader configured to perform a first reading operation that adds signals from the two photoelectric conversion portions
to read the added signal as a pixel signal and a second reading operation that independently reads the signal from each of
the two photoelectric conversion portions as the pixel signal; and

a phase difference detector configured to detect a phase difference between the two object images by using the pixel signal
read by the second reading operation,

wherein the image sensor includes plural pixel lines arranged in the first direction, each pixel line including pixels lined
in the second direction, and

wherein the signal reader performs, when the phase difference detector detects the phase difference, the second reading operation
on the pixel lines located discretely in the first direction among the plural pixel lines, and wherein the signal reader changes
a starting pixel line from which the second reading operation is started, at an image producing cycle in moving image capturing.

US Pat. No. 9,200,969

FORCE SENSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A force sensor comprising:
a planar pedestal member having an axis perpendicular to a plane of said planar pedestal member;
an action member arranged so as to face said pedestal member, said action member configured to be displaced relative to said
pedestal member by an exerted external force;

a displacement detecting unit configured to detect a displacement of said action member relative to said pedestal member;
a rigid member arranged so as to face said pedestal member;
at least three columnar elastic members arranged at intervals about the axis and extending in a direction perpendicular to
said pedestal member, said at least three columnar elastic members connecting said pedestal member and said rigid member;
and

elastic units arranged around the axis at intervals and connecting said action member and said rigid member,
wherein each of said elastic units includes a pair of beam-shaped elastic members extending in a direction parallel to the
plane of said pedestal member, and each of the pairs of beam-shaped elastic members com rises two leaf springs.

US Pat. No. 9,196,643

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,192,293

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,160

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD FOR CORRECTING REGISTRATION DEVIATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,162

COVER MEMBER, LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus capable of operating with an image forming apparatus that includes a first photosensitive member,
a second photosensitive member, a third photosensitive member, and a fourth photosensitive member, which are arranged side
by side in order of the first photosensitive member, the second photosensitive member, the third photosensitive member, and
the fourth photosensitive member, the light scanning apparatus comprising:
a first light source configured to emit a first light beam to expose the first photosensitive member;
a second light source configured to emit a second light beam to expose the second photosensitive member;
a third light source configured to emit a third light beam to expose the third photosensitive member;
a fourth light source configured to emit a fourth light beam to expose the fourth photosensitive member;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the first light beam, the second light beam, the third light beam, and the fourth
light beam to scan the first photosensitive member, the second photosensitive member, the third photosensitive member, and
the fourth photosensitive member, respectively;

a housing to which the deflection unit is attached, the deflection unit being attached inside of the housing; and
a cover member attached to the housing and configured to cover a space of the inside of the housing to which the deflection
unit is attached, the cover member including:

a first opening through which the first light beam deflected by the deflection unit passes;
a second opening through which the second light beam deflected by the deflection unit passes;
a third opening through which the third light beam deflected by the deflection unit passes;
a fourth opening through which the fourth light beam deflected by the deflection unit passes; and
at least three protruding portions protruding toward the space of the inside of the housing,
wherein the first opening, the second opening, the third opening, and the fourth opening are arranged side by side in order
of the first opening, the second opening, the third opening, and the fourth opening corresponding to the order of the first
photosensitive member, the second photosensitive member, the third photosensitive member, and the fourth photosensitive member,
and

wherein the at least three protruding portions are provided to cause the cover member to stand on a lower cover member in
order to stack a plurality of cover members, at least one protruding portion of the at least three protruding portions protruding
from between the first opening and the second opening in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the first
opening and the second opening, and at least two protruding portions of the at least three protruding portions protruding
from between the third opening and the fourth opening in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the third
opening and the fourth opening.

US Pat. No. 9,195,166

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,197,792

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,193,148

PRINTED MATERIAL INSPECTION SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,193,150

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,197,808

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,197,809

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,193,160

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,186,057

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,188,945

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material,
said cartridge comprising:
a rotatable member including a metal shaft, said rotatable member being supported rotatably and movably an axial direction
of said metal shaft by a frame, wherein a bias is to be applied to said metal shaft;

an electroconductive member, supported movably in the axial direction of said metal shaft, said electroconductive member being
in contact to an end surface of said metal shaft at one end side of said metal shaft for constituting at least a part of an
electroconductive path for electrically connecting said metal shaft and a contact member provided in the main assembly when
said cartridge is mounted in the main assembly; and

an urging portion for urging said metal shaft via said electroconductive member in a direction from the one end side to another
end side of said metal shaft,

wherein said electroconductive member includes a contact portion where said electroconductive member is contacted to said
end surface of said metal shaft at a portion other than a rotation center portion of said metal shaft at said end surface,
and

wherein said contact portion has a hollow shape at said rotation center portion of said metal shaft at said end surface such
that said contact portion does not contact a center portion of said metal shaft at said end surface.

US Pat. No. 9,187,662

INK, INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising water, a water-soluble organic solvent and an organic pigment, wherein
a primary particle of the organic pigment has a ratio (minor axis b)/(major axis a) of 0.70 or more and a particle diameter
of 35 nm or less,

the ink contains the water-soluble organic solvent with a dielectric constant of 25.0 or less in an amount of 0.5% by mass
or more based on the total mass of the ink, and

a dielectric constant ?mix of the ink as calculated according to the following equation (1) is 66 or more and 72 or less:

?mix=?n?nrn/?nrn,  Equation (1):

wherein n means a kind of water or the water-soluble organic solvent, ?n is a dielectric constant of water or the water-soluble organic solvent represented by n, and rn is a content of water or the water-soluble organic solvent represented by n based on the total mass of the ink.

US Pat. No. 9,183,556

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus, having a processor, which controls displaying data by a first display device, comprising:
an output unit configured to output first display data to a second display device;
a receiving unit configured to receive captured image data from an image capturing device for capturing an image including
a display image displayed by the second display device;

a detection unit configured to detect that a coordinate in the display image displayed by the second display device is pointed;
a motion detection unit configured to detect a predetermined motion in the image captured by the image capturing device; and
a control unit configured to give priority to a detection of the coordinate over a detection of the predetermined motion for
controlling the displaying data by the first display device such that the first display data is kept selected for display
by the first display device in a state while the coordinate in the display image is pointed and the captured image data is
selected for displaying by the first display device when the predetermined motion is detected in a state while the coordinate
in the display image is not pointed.

US Pat. No. 9,182,796

IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING HIBERNATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a power switch;
a power stopping unit that forcibly stops power supply to the image processing apparatus when a first time has elapsed after
the power switch is operated;

a processing unit that executes hibernation processing to retract, in a second storage unit, a stored content of a first storage
unit used as a work area by a CPU of the image processing apparatus in a case where the power switch is operated;

a determination unit that determines, after starting the hibernation processing, whether or not the hibernation processing
by said processing unit will be completed before the first time elapses; and

a control unit that, in a case where the determination unit has determined that the hibernation processing is not completed
before the first time elapses, interrupts the hibernation processing being executed by said processing unit, and executes
a shutdown processing of the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,176,435

BELT UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE BELT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt unit used for an image forming apparatus, the belt unit comprising:
a rotatable endless belt;
a drive roller;
an urging member;
a tension roller that is one of a plurality of rollers to stretch the belt and is pressed from an inner periphery to an outer
periphery side of the belt by the urging member and configured to apply tension to the belt,

wherein the tension roller is a roller disposed at a farthest position from the drive roller among the plurality of rollers;
and

a contact and separation unit configured to switch a position of the tension roller to a contact position to come into contact
with the inner surface of the belt, or a separate position for separating from the inner surface of the belt,

wherein, the contact and separation unit comprises a shock-absorbing member and a regulating member configured to regulate
the position of the tension roller in an urged direction, and

wherein, in a case where moving a position of the tension roller from the separation position to the contact position, the
regulating member moves and the shock-absorbing member reduces the movement speed of the regulating member by making contact
with the regulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,179,068

IMAGING APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to capture an image within a first range on an imaging surface;
a first correction unit configured to optically correct for image shake on the image surface resulting from shake of the imaging
apparatus;

a second correction unit configured to electronically correct image shake on the image surface resulting from shake of the
imaging apparatus, and output an image from a second range that is narrower than the first range; and

a control unit configured to determine a moveable amount of the first correction unit,
wherein the control unit performs control to increase the moveable amount of the first correction unit when second correction
unit is performed in comparison to when the second correction unit is not performed.

US Pat. No. 9,177,524

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,170,759

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a specification unit configured to specify from a plurality of elements which are contained in a structured document and which
correspond to areas in an image based on the structured document, a first element corresponding to a first area and a second
element corresponding to a second area, so that each of the first area and the second area includes a position in an area
designated by a user in the image, and in a layer structure of the structured document, the second element is included in
a higher-order layer than a layer including the first element;

a comparison unit configured to compare a size of the first area and a size of the second area with each other; and
a selection unit configured to select an output-target element from the first element and the second element specified by
said specification unit, based on a comparison result by the comparison unit;

wherein at least one processor functions as at least one of said specification unit, said comparison unit, and said selection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,170,506

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
a photosensitive layer formed on the support;
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises:
(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin not having a siloxane structure at the
end, and a polyester resin not having a siloxane structure at the end;

(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin having a siloxane structure at the end,
a polyester resin having a siloxane structure at the end, and an acrylic resin having a siloxane structure at the end; and

(?) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of propylene carbonate, ?-butyrolactone, ?-valerolactone and
?-caprolactone.

US Pat. No. 9,170,527

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER REPLENISHMENT CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
an electrostatic image forming device which forms an electrostatic image on the image bearing member;
a developing device which develops the electrostatic image on the image bearing member by causing a developer including toner
to be carried on a developer carrying member;

a replenishment device which replenishes the developing device with the developer;
a sensor which detects a toner image and which outputs information corresponding to a toner borne-on quantity; and
a control portion controlling an operation of the replenishment device based on a detection result of a first image having
an intermediate density level detected by the sensor and a target value, and controlling a development contrast of a maximum
image density based on a detection result of a second image detected by the sensor,

wherein the control portion controls the target value or the development contrast of the first image based on a detection
result of a third image detected by the sensor, and

wherein the third image is formed in response to the timing of forming the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,170,542

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT TRANSFERS TONER IMAGE ONTO SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,170,546

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,168,768

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a first holding unit configured to hold sheets of a first type;
a second holding unit configured to hold sheets of a second type, wherein each of a predetermined number of sheets of the
second type is grouped as one set;

a printing unit configured to print images onto the sheets of the first type and the sheets of the second type; and
a control unit configured to cause included sheets, which are to be discharged with the sheets of the first type as one copy
of printed materials and are among one set of the sheets of the second type, to be conveyed at a first speed, and cause one
or more remaining sheet(s), which are not to be included in the one copy of printed materials and are among the one set of
the sheets of the second type, to be conveyed at a second speed,

wherein the second speed is faster than the first speed, and wherein the second speed is the same as a speed at which the
sheets of the first type are conveyed so as not to necessitate a process for switching a conveyance speed between a sheet
which is one of the sheets of the first type and a sheet which is one of the one or more remaining sheet(s), and

wherein grammage of the sheets of the second type is greater than grammage of the sheets of the first type.

US Pat. No. 9,165,964

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels, wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes:
a first semiconductor area, forming a first sub-pixel including an upper surface that is a first light receiving surface that
is configured to receive light;

a second semiconductor area, having a polarity different from a polarity of the first semiconductor area, forming a second
sub-pixel including an upper surface that is a second light receiving surface that is configured to receive light; and

a third semiconductor area, all of the third semiconductor area having a polarity equal to the polarity of the first semiconductor
area, arranged between the pixel and an adjacent pixel to separate the pixel and the adjacent pixel; and

a microlens,
wherein the first semiconductor area is included in the second semiconductor area and the second semiconductor area is included
in the third semiconductor area, and

wherein a center of gravity position of the first light-receiving surface defining the first semiconductor area is different
from a center of gravity position of a light-receiving surface defining a combination of both the first light receiving surface
of the first semiconductor area and the second light receiving surface of the second semiconductor area.

US Pat. No. 9,164,706

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,165,227

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A color image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a transfer material;
a fixing device configured to fix the toner image formed on the transfer material by the image forming unit;
a detector configured to detect the toner image fixed onto the transfer material by the fixing device;
a first reference configured to correct a detection result of the toner image detected by the detector; and
a correction unit configured to calculate a first correction result by correcting a detection result of the first reference
detected by the detector, based on a detection result of a second reference detected by the detector, calculate a second correction
result by correcting a detection result of the toner image detected by the detector, based on the first correction result,
and control density or chromaticity of the toner image formed by the image forming unit based on the second correction result,

wherein the first reference is arranged to oppose the detector,
wherein the second reference is capable of being placed at a place where the first reference is removed, and
wherein after the second reference is detected by the detector, the first reference is capable of being placed at the place
where the first reference was removed after the second reference is removed.

US Pat. No. 9,164,456

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that forms a patch image on a recording material, the patch image including patches of a plurality of
gradations;

a fixing unit that fixes the patch image formed by the image forming unit;
a measurement unit that irradiates light onto the patch image fixed by the fixing unit, and measures reflected light from
the patch image;

a reference plate provided to oppose to the measurement unit; and
a control unit that controls a density or a chromaticity of an image based on a result obtained by measuring the patch image
and a result obtained by measuring the reference plate by the measurement unit,

wherein the control unit corrects information for controlling a density or a chromaticity of an image based on a result obtained
by measuring a patch of a predetermined lightness and a result obtained by measuring the reference plate by the measurement
unit, and

wherein the control unit performs a first measurement of the reference plate by the measurement unit before a recording material
reaches the measurement unit, and performs a second measurement of the reference plate by the measurement unit after the recording
material passes through the measurement unit.