US Pat. No. 9,128,291

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND SUPPORT MEMBER FOR AN OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
an optical deflector having a polygon mirror reflecting a light flux emitted from a light source to carry out scanning, a
drive unit rotating the polygon mirror about a rotation axis, and a board supporting the drive unit and the polygon mirror;

a housing to which the board is fixed;
two protruding portions protruding from the housing, wherein each of the two protruding portions has a hole through which
a respective one of two screws fixing the board to the housing is inserted and a bearing surface which is provided at a position
around the hole and which supports the board; and

an abutment portion protruding from the housing, wherein the abutment portion contacts with and supports the board at a position
different from the bearing surface,

wherein the board is fixed to the housing by only the two screws.

US Pat. No. 9,126,796

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING SHEET FOLDING PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system being capable of executing a folding processing for both a sheet having a first size and a sheet having
a second size that is larger than the first size, the system comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image of an original;
a printing unit configured to execute a printing processing based on the image of the original read by the reading unit;
a folding unit configured to execute the folding processing for the sheet for which the printing processing is executed by
the printing unit; and

a reception unit configured to receive, from a user, an execution instruction for the folding processing,
wherein the folding unit does not execute the folding processing for the sheet for which the printing processing has been
executed in a case where the reception unit does not receive the execution instruction for the folding processing,

wherein the folding unit executes the folding processing for the sheet for which the printing processing has been executed
based on the image of the original having the first size at least in a case where the reception unit receives the execution
instruction for the folding processing and all originals are originals having the first size, and

wherein the folding unit executes the folding processing for the sheet for which the printing processing has been executed
based on the image of the original having the second size and does not execute the folding processing for the sheet for which
the printing processing has been executed based on the image of the original having the first size in a case where the reception
unit receives the execution instruction for the folding processing and the originals include an original having the first
size and an original having the second size.

US Pat. No. 9,128,417

UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit for use with an image forming apparatus, said unit comprising:
a frame;
a developer accommodating portion, constituted by said frame, for accommodating developer;
a sheet member, contacted to a rotatable member and provided on said frame along a longitudinal direction of the rotatable
member, for preventing the developer from leaking out from between said frame and the rotatable member;

a first end portion seal member for preventing, at a longitudinal end portion, the developer from leaking out from between
said frame and the rotatable member; and

a second end portion seal member for preventing the developer from leaking out from among said first end portion seal member,
said sheet member, and said frame,

wherein said second end portion seal member is formed by injecting a resin material on said frame so as to contact with said
first end portion seal member in a state in which said second end portion seal member is flexed.

US Pat. No. 9,131,615

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board to be transported in a solder bath so that an electric part is to be soldered to the printed circuit
board, the printed circuit board comprising:
a first solder land configured to be soldered with a terminal of the electronic part;
a second solder land configured to guide solder, a size of the second solder land being larger than a size of the first solder
land, and the second solder land being disposed on a downstream side of the first solder land as viewed in a direction in
which the printed circuit board is transported; and

a signal line configured to be arranged between the first solder land and the second solder land, the solder being attached
to a part of the signal line that is arranged between the first solder land and the second solder land, and that is to be
soldered, and is not soldered with the terminal of the electronic part.

US Pat. No. 9,124,366

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,120,333

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding unit configured to feed a printing medium;
a conveying unit configured to convey the printing medium fed from said feeding unit;
a printing unit configured to print an image on the printing medium conveyed by said conveying unit; and
a control unit configured to perform a successive feeding operation of controlling said feeding unit to start feeding a subsequent
printing medium before said printing unit finishes a printing operation of an image on a preceding printing medium,

wherein an operating state of said feeding unit changes between a first operating state and a second operating state in which
a feeding stop is more unstable than that in the first operating state, in a period from a start of feeding the printing medium
until the printing medium reaching said conveying unit,

in the successive feeding operation, said control unit controls said feeding unit to feed the subsequent printing medium without
stopping until a leading end of the subsequent printing medium reaches a stoppable position which is arranged on an upstream
side of said conveying unit and at which the subsequent printing medium can be stopped in the first operating state.

US Pat. No. 9,124,731

COPYING APPARATUS, COPYING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an obtainment unit configured to obtain data to be printed on a printing medium;
a selection unit configured to select either one of a first function which is provided only by the image forming apparatus
or a second function which is provided using an external device different from the image forming apparatus;

a creation unit configured to create image data to which a print setting has been reflected from the data to be printed when
the first function has been selected;

a transmission unit configured to transmit the data to be printed to the external device when the second function has been
selected;

a reception unit configured to receive image data to which a print setting has been reflected and which is interpretable by
the image forming apparatus from the external device as a response to the data to be printed transmitted by the transmission
unit, the image data to which the print setting has been reflected and which is interpretable by the image forming apparatus
having been created from the data to be printed; and

a print unit configured to print the received image data to which the print setting has been reflected and which is interpretable
by the image forming apparatus on a print medium,

wherein the image data to which the print setting has been reflected and which is interpretable by the image forming apparatus
is created based on the data to be printed transmitted to the external device by the transmission unit, and is received from
the external device by the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,118,726

NETWORK DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network device able to communicate with an external device via a LAN cable, comprising:
a displaying unit configured to display a selection screen through which a user selects a category of the LAN cable from among
a plurality of categories of LAN cables;

a storage unit configured to store category information representing the category selected by the user through the selection
screen;

a first decision unit configured to compare a maximum communication speed corresponding to the category information stored
in said storage unit with each of at least one communication speed settable for the network device and decide an upper limit
communication speed in communication between the network device and the external device; and

a second decision unit configured to perform auto-negotiation with the external device based on the upper limit communication
speed decided by said first decision unit and decide a communication speed to be set to be used for communication between
the network device and the external device.

US Pat. No. 9,118,793

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus communicable with another image forming apparatus via a network, the other image forming apparatus
having a facsimile function for receiving facsimile image data, comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the other image forming apparatus, an e-mail to which an image file is attached,
the image file generated by the other image forming apparatus based on facsimile image data received via the facsimile function
of the other image forming apparatus;

a printing unit configured to execute a printing process based on the image file attached to the e-mail received by the receiving
unit;

a confirmation unit configured to confirm a toner remaining amount during the printing process; and
a control unit configured to determine whether or not the image file attached to the e-mail corresponds to the facsimile image
data which has been received by the other image forming apparatus via its facsimile function,

wherein the control unit is configured to stop the printing process as a result of the toner remaining amount that is confirmed
by the confirmation unit, in a case where the control unit determines that the image file attached to the e-mail corresponds
to the facsimile image data, and

wherein the control unit is configured to continue the printing process, in a case where the control unit determines that
the image file attached to the e-mail does not correspond to the facsimile image data, even if the toner remaining amount
is less than a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,116,470

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,981

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CLUSTER ANALYSIS WITH RELATIONAL TRUTH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for measuring similarity between a set of clusters and a set of object labels, wherein at least two of the object
labels are related, the method comprising:
receiving a first set of clusters, wherein the first set of clusters was formed by clustering objects in a set of objects
into clusters of the first set of clusters according to a clustering procedure; and

calculating a similarity index between the first set of clusters and a set of object labels based at least in part on a relationship
between two or more object labels in the set of object labels,

wherein the object labels are semantic labels,
wherein the relationship between the two or more object labels is based at least in part on a semantic distance, and
wherein the semantic distance is defined by a semantic ontology that includes the object labels.

US Pat. No. 9,117,718

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,623

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINT RELAY SERVER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SERVER, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print relay server capable of communicating with an application server, a print server, and an image forming apparatus,
the application server providing a Web service for generating content data to a client and storing the content data generated
by the client by using the provided Web service, the print server providing print data generated on the basis of the content
data stored in the application server to a destination, the image forming apparatus including a print unit that performs printing
on the basis of the print data, the print relay server comprising:
a notification information acquiring unit configured to acquire notification information that is transmitted by the print
server to provide the print data to the destination and that includes common information commonly added to both the content
data and the print data;

an identification information acquiring unit configured to acquire content identification information for identifying the
content data to which the acquired common information is added from the application server;

a data acquiring unit configured to acquire the content data corresponding to the content identification information from
the application server if location information about the print data acquired on the basis of the acquired content identification
information coincides with location information about the print data included in the acquired notification information;

a print data generating unit configured to generate the print data on the basis of the acquired content data; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit the print data generated by the print data generating unit to the image forming
apparatus,

wherein the data acquiring unit acquires a size of the content data on the basis of the acquired content identification information,
acquires a size of the print data on the basis of the acquired notification information, and acquires the content data from
the application server if the size of the content data is smaller than that of the print data, and otherwise acquires the
print data from the print server, whereby the transmitting unit transmits print data acquired from the print server to the
image forming apparatus rather than the print data generated by the print data generating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,113,016

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,430

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a frame including a fixing portion; and
a cleaning member, fixed at the fixing portion, for removing a developer from an image bearing member, wherein said cleaning
member includes: a blade portion contacted to the image bearing member with respect to a direction counter to a movement direction
of the image bearing member; and a flexible supporting member for supporting said blade portion, said supporting member including
one end portion where said blade portion is provided, another end portion including a portion-to-be-fixed for being fixed
at the fixing portion, and a bent portion between said one end portion and said other end portion in a side remote from a
surface of the image bearing member toward an outside with respect to a line connecting the portion-to-be-fixed and a contact
portion where said blade portion is contacted to the image bearing member,

wherein when a distance between the portion-to-be-fixed and the image bearing member in a longitudinal central side of the
portion-to-be-fixed is D1, and a distance between the portion-to-be-fixed and the image bearing member in a longitudinal end side of the portion-to-be-fixed
is D2, the distances D1 and D2 satisfy: D1

US Pat. No. 9,113,059

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE REGION DISCRIMINATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate first image data, when an in-focus position if a first focal position at which an
object is in focus state or a second focal position on a near distance side of the first focal position, and second image
data, when an in-focus position is a third focal position on a far distance side of a focal position at which a background
is in focus state; and

a discrimination unit configured, based on the first and second image data generated by the generation unit, to discriminate
between a first region including the object and a second region including the background,

wherein the second focal position is a position within a range in which the object falls inside a depth of field.

US Pat. No. 9,110,707

ASSIGNING WIDEIO MEMORIES TO FUNCTIONS BASED ON MEMORY ACCESS AND ACQUIRED TEMPERATURE INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus having a WideIO memory device stacked on a System On a Chip (SOC) die including a CPU,
the apparatus comprising:
a plurality of memories of the WideIO memory device;
a temperature acquisition unit configured to acquire temperature information of each of the plurality of memories of the WideIO
memory device;

a plurality of function modules configured to execute functions, wherein each function module executes a function by using
each of the plurality of memories;

a determination unit configured to determine, in a case that execution of a function is designated, a memory to be used by
a function module corresponding to the function, based on a memory access amount of the function module corresponding to the
function and the temperature information of the plurality of memories acquired by the temperature acquisition unit; and

a storage unit configured to store memory access amounts of the plurality of function modules, a memory access amount relative
ratio of the plurality of function modules, and a processability relative ratio of the plurality of function modules, and

wherein the determination unit further determines a memory at a lowest temperature among unused memories, in descending orders
of memory access amount relative ratio and processability relative ratio stored in the storage unit, as the memory to be used
by the function module corresponding to the function.

US Pat. No. 9,108,425

RECORDING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate having an element that generates energy utilized for ejecting liquid and having a lead-in port that is a through-hole
and a lead-out port that is a through-hole; and

a member having an ejection orifice that ejects the liquid,
wherein the liquid that is supplied from the lead-in port to the lead-out port through a flow path portion where the element
is arranged flows through a flow path from an opening of the ejection orifice on the side of the substrate to an opening of
the ejection orifice on an outer side.

US Pat. No. 9,102,485

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,104,097

RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiographic apparatus comprising:
a first housing;
an X-ray detection sensor to detect an X-ray;
a buffer material which is placed between said first housing and said X-ray detection sensor;
a support member having a first surface to support said X-ray detection sensor, said support member being placed on an opposite
side of said buffer material with respect to said X-ray detection sensor, wherein at least one convex portion is formed on
a second surface on an opposite side to said first surface; and

a second housing which includes a concave portion engaging with said convex portion, wherein said concave portion has a depth
that is greater than or equal to a height of said convex portion, and said second housing is configured to support a region
other than said convex portion formed on said second surface of said support member, by a region of said second housing other
than said concave portion.

US Pat. No. 9,104,354

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM SETTING FILTER INFORMATION FOR PERMITTING COMMUNICATION WITH ANOTHER INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain setting information set for another information processing apparatus;
a changing unit configured to change, in a case where the obtained setting information includes an address of the first information
processing apparatus, the address of the first information processing apparatus included in the obtained setting information
to an address of the another information processing apparatus; and

a setting unit configured to set the setting information changed by the changing unit as a setting of the first information
processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,105,242

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CALIBRATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus having a display panel, and a backlight adapted to be changed over among a plurality of levels
of luminance, said apparatus comprising:
a setting unit that sets a target value for a predetermined display characteristic of said image display apparatus;
a decision unit that decides, based on a continuous range of contrast ratios determined by said target value, a discrete number
of levels of change-over of the luminance of said backlight; and

a calibration unit that carries out color measurement by causing said backlight to emit light at each level of luminance decided
by said decision unit and causing said image display apparatus to display a predetermined color chart thereon at each level
of luminance of said backlight, and carries out calibration at each level of luminance of said backlight based on a color
value measured by the color measurement, the color measurement and the calibration being repeatedly carried out the number
of times corresponding to the number of levels of the luminance of said backlight decided by said decision unit.

US Pat. No. 9,102,145

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a liquid ejecting head comprising a substrate having an ejection energy generating element that
generates energy for ejecting a liquid, on its first face, and an independent supply port that reaches the first face from
a side of a second face that is opposite to the first face, the method comprising:
(1) a step of forming an etching stop layer on a portion corresponding to a region in which the independent supply port is
formed, on the first face;

(2) a step of conducting a dry etching treatment for the substrate from the second face side until an etched portion reaches
the etching stop layer; and

(3) a step of removing the etching stop layer by isotropic etching to form the independent supply port, after having conducted
the dry etching treatment,

wherein the isotropic etching is conducted in such a state that a side etching stopper portion having an etching resistance
to the isotropic etching is formed in a side face perimeter of the etching stop layer, and

wherein the side etching stopper portion comprises a metal containing Ta as a main component.

US Pat. No. 9,104,705

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,169

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling an apparatus having an inkjet head for duplex printing, the method comprising:
arranging maintenance images among page images prior to printing based on a predetermined condition;
causing the apparatus to print a plurality of image patterns in sequence on a first side of a continuous sheet, wherein the
plurality of image patterns includes the page images and the maintenance images that have been arranged among the page images
prior to printing based on the predetermined condition;

causing the apparatus to determine, based on a first side print schedule for printing on the first side of the continuous
sheet, a second side print schedule for printing on a second side of the continuous sheet, wherein the second side print schedule
is used for printing the plurality of image patterns including the page images and the maintenance images that have been arranged
among the page images prior to printing based on the predetermined condition; and

causing the apparatus to print a plurality of image patterns in sequence on the second side of the continuous sheet based
on the determined second side print schedule after printing the plurality of image patterns on the first side of the continuous
sheet,

wherein, a second side maintenance image located between one of the page images and a next one of the page images does not
overlap with a page image printed on the first side of the continuous sheet, and

wherein, a first side maintenance image located between one of the page images and a next one of the page images does not
overlap with a page image printed on the second side of the continuous sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,098,010

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,099,022

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,099,675

LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emitting apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
organic EL elements, the organic EL elements formed on the substrate and each having a first electrode, a light emitting layer,
and a second electrode; and

transistors, the transistors formed on the substrate and each connected to the first electrode of each organic EL element,
wherein

a first optical length L1 between an emission point of the light emitting layer and a reflection surface of the first electrode, satisfies formula A,
and

wherein the first electrode comprises a first layer and a second layer covering the first layer;
the first layer containing Al and connected to one of the transistors:
the second layer containing Mo and/or W:
L1>0,(?/8)×(?1?2?1/?)
where ? denotes a wavelength of a highest peak in an emission spectrum of each organic EL element, and ?1 denotes a phase shift at the reflection surface of the first electrode at the wavelength ?.

US Pat. No. 9,097,906

OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical element, comprising:
a substrate including a first surface; and
a metal structure group including a plurality of three-dimensional metal structures, each of the metal structures having a
first dimension in a first direction and a second dimension in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and
having a thickness in a third direction, the metal structures made of metal containing aluminum and being arranged on the
first surface of the substrate in a two-dimensional array of rows and columns in an isolated manner,

wherein the metal structures are capable of generating localized surface plasmon resonance by receiving light incident thereupon,
wherein each dimension of each of the metal structures in the first, second and third directions is equal to or less than
a wavelength of light in a visible light range;

wherein the incident light is incident on the metal structure group in an oblique manner with respect to the normal to the
first surface of the substrate,

wherein the incident light is divided into transmitted light that passes through the metal structure group and reflected light
that is reflected by the metal structure group,

wherein transmittance of light having a first polarization state has a minimum value in a first wavelength range of the incident
light, and transmittance of light having a second polarization state has a minimum value in a second wavelength range of the
incident light, and the first wavelength range and the second wavelength range are different from each other, and

wherein the first dimension and the second dimension are in the range of 90 nm or more and 150 nm or less, and the thickness
in the third direction is in the range of 10 nm or more and 150 nm or less, and the metal structures are periodically arranged
at a period in the range of 180 nm or more and 300 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,100,624

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND MEDIUM FOR GENERATING COLOR CORRECTION DATA WITH REFERENCE TO MEASURED COLOR VALUES FROM A NUMBER OF SENSORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sensors arranged for reading different patches in a chart for color correction, the chart including a plurality
of patches;

a first acquire unit configured to acquire information on a number of the sensors;
a color gamut division unit configured to divide a color gamut into divided color gamuts using the acquired information on
the number of sensors; and

a chart data generation unit configured to generate chart data of the chart to be referred in measuring the plurality of patches
such that the same sensor among the plurality of sensors measures all patches in each of the divided color gamuts,

wherein the chart data generation unit is configured to generate the chart data such that all patches in an achromatic color
area are measured by one of the plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 9,092,720

GENERATING AND USING BLUE NOISE DITHER PATTERNS WITH HIGH VALUE THRESHOLDS POSITIONED FOR A HIGH DOT CONCENTRATION RATIO

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

3. A dither pattern generation method for generating plural dither patterns that include a first dither pattern and a second
dither pattern in which threshold values 1 to MAX are arranged, comprising:
a first dot pattern generation process of generating a first dot pattern in which S×N (S and N are integers that satisfy 1?S and 1?N) dots are arranged in a specified dither pattern area so as to have a blue noise characteristic;

a second dot pattern generation process of generating a second dot pattern in which S×N (S and N are integers that satisfy
1?S a combination with the first dot pattern has a blue noise characteristic;

a first threshold value setting process of setting threshold values for the first dither pattern by setting each of threshold
values 1 to S for every N pixels that are correlated with the first dot pattern so that threshold values having a high value
are set for positions having a high dot concentration ratio in the first dot pattern and the second dot pattern; and

a second threshold value setting process of setting threshold values for the second dither pattern by setting each of threshold
values 1 to S for every N pixels that are correlated with the second dot pattern so that threshold values having a high value
are set for positions having a high dot concentration ratio in the first dot pattern and the second dot pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,091,952

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING CONDITION SETTING METHOD FOR COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a forming unit configured to perform image formation according to one of a plurality
of image forming modes including first and second image forming modes, and capable of forming a patch on a recording material
by using the forming unit, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detector configured to detect the patch formed on the recording material by the forming unit; and
a setting unit configured to set, based on a detection result by the detector, an image forming condition for the forming
unit to perform the image formation,

wherein the forming unit forms, as the patch, a plurality of mixed color patches, in each of which a plurality of colors is
mixed, and a black monotone patch,

wherein the detector detects the plurality of mixed color patches formed by the forming unit to provide output values of the
plurality of mixed color patches, and detects the black monotone patch formed by the forming unit to provide an output value
of the black monotone patch,

wherein a relationship between the output values of the plurality of mixed color patches and the output value of the black
monotone patch that are provided as detection results by the detector is such that the output value of the black monotone
patch is within an area defined by the output values of the plurality of mixed color patches,

wherein, in a first image forming mode in which an image is formed on a first recording material, the forming unit forms the
plurality of mixed color patches based on a plurality of pieces of mixed color patch data,

wherein, in a second image forming mode in which an image is formed on a second recording material different from the first
recording material, the forming unit forms the plurality of mixed color patches based on a plurality of pieces of corrected
mixed color patch data obtained by correcting the plurality of pieces of mixed color patch data according to the second recording
material, and

wherein, in both the first image forming mode and the second image forming mode, the relationship between the output values
of the plurality of mixed color patches and the output value of the black monotone patch that are provided as the detection
results by the detector is such that the output value of the black monotone patch is within the area defined by the output
values of the plurality of mixed color patches.

US Pat. No. 9,090,065

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing an image to be printed on a print medium by ejecting ink from a print head
in which at least a first element array, in which a plurality of elements used for ejecting ink are arrayed in an arraying
direction, and a second element array, in which a plurality of elements used for ejecting ink are arrayed in the arraying
direction, are arranged in a crossing direction which crosses the arraying direction, said image processing apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan the print head plural times in the crossing direction relative to a unit area of the print
medium,

a conveying unit configured to convey the print medium in a conveying direction which crosses the crossing direction such
that each of a plurality of element groups, which comprise a predetermined number of elements continuously arrayed in the
arraying direction in the first element array and the second element array, faces the unit area in each of the plurality of
scans,

a driving control unit configured to control driving the plurality of elements in the first and second element arrays so as
to be driven at different timings from each other with respect to each of driving blocks obtained by dividing the plurality
of elements in the first and second element arrays,

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an ink ejection data corresponding to the image to be printed on the unit area,
a generating unit configured to generate a plurality of print data, each of which is used for ejecting ink from each of the
plurality of element groups in each of the plurality of scans, based on the ink ejection data obtained by the obtaining unit
by using a plurality of first mask patterns corresponding to the plurality of element groups in the first element array and
a plurality of second mask patterns corresponding to the plurality of element groups in the second element array, and

an ejecting control unit configured to control ejecting ink by causing the print head to drive the plurality of elements in
the first and second nozzle array by the driving control unit based on the plurality of print data generated by the generating
unit,

wherein in each of the plurality of first and second mask patterns, print permitting pixels which permit ink to be ejected
to pixel areas in the unit area from the print head and non-print permitting pixels which do not permit ink to be ejected
to the pixel areas from the print head are arranged, and

wherein the plurality of first and second mask patterns are determined such that elements in the first element array and the
elements in the second element array belonging to the same driving block are not driven at a same timing by the driving control
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,090,067

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid discharge head including a substrate in which a liquid supply port is formed, a channel
forming member that forms a liquid channel communicating with the liquid supply port on the substrate, the method comprising:
preparing a substrate on which a hole serving as the liquid supply port is open;
attaching a dry film on the substrate to cover an opening of the hole with the dry film;
curing a cover part of the dry film that covers the hole;
patterning the dry film to form a mold for the liquid channel, of a region of the dry film that includes the cover part;
forming the channel forming member such that it covers the mold; and
removing the mold to form the liquid channel.

US Pat. No. 9,087,239

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,723

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,291

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD SETTING THRESHOLDS OF DITHER PATTERNS BASED ON DENSITY RANGE AND GENERATING BINARY DATA DEPENDING ON THRESHOLDS OF TARGET PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

18. A method for image processing, comprising
an acquisition step of acquiring first multi-value data and second multi-value data based on input image data; and
a generation step of generating first binary data and second binary data for printing dots by performing quantization processing
using a dithering method on the first multi-value data and the second multi-value data; wherein

a first dither pattern that is used for the first multi-value data and a second dither pattern that is used for the second
multi-value data have same threshold values that are set for same pixels in a first gradation range, and have different threshold
values that are set for same pixels in a second gradation range that exceeds the first gradation range; and

in the generation step,
a first threshold value for forming dots of the first dither pattern is set based on the first multi-value data and the second
multi-value data, and the first binary data is generated according to whether or not threshold value corresponding to a target
pixel of the first dither pattern is included in the first threshold value range, and

a second threshold value for forming dots of the second dither pattern is set based on the second multi-value data and the
first multi-value data, and the second binary data is generated according to whether or not threshold value corresponding
to a target pixel of the second dither pattern is included in the second threshold value range.

US Pat. No. 9,080,102

POROUS SCINTILLATOR CRYSTAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A porous scintillator crystal comprising a porous structure, wherein the porous structure is a phase-separated structure
in which a plurality of independent voids are formed and at least one void in the porous structure extends in a direction
perpendicular to a plane of the porous scintillator crystal, and
wherein the phase-separated structure includes a single crystalline phase that forms a matrix continuously surrounding outer
peripheries of the plurality of independent voids.

US Pat. No. 9,083,721

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CLIENT DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,079,398

LANDING POSITION MEASURING APPARATUS AND LANDING POSITION MEASURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A landing position measuring method for measuring the landing position of a droplet ejected from an ejection port of a
liquid ejection head onto a medium, the landing position measuring method comprising the steps of:
forming a pattern with a plurality of droplets ejected from the one ejection port;
setting a limitation area including the pattern;
obtaining the position of gravity of the limitation area;
calculating the ideal position of the pattern based on the positions of gravity of the plurality of limitation areas; and
measuring the landing position of the droplet ejected from the ejection port based on the position of gravity of the limitation
area.

US Pat. No. 9,079,405

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head chip comprising: a liquid ejection unit having a plurality of ejection orifices for ejecting a liquid,
a flow path in communication with the ejection orifices, and an energy generating element that generates energy for ejecting
the liquid, the liquid ejection unit being provided on an upper surface formed of a (100) surface of a silicon single-crystal
substrate, wherein side surfaces in at least one combination of two combinations of opposing side surfaces of the substrate
have (111) surfaces of silicon single crystal and the angles of the (111) surfaces relative to the (100) surface are supplementary
to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,083,840

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,083,910

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING COLOR OF OUTPUT IMAGE IN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:
a unit configured to divide an image into blocks of a predetermined size;
a calculation unit configured to calculate color value of each of the blocks by using color values of pixels included in each
of the blocks;

a unit configured to determine whether an additional image is combined with each of the blocks;
a correction value calculation unit configured to correct the calculated color value of each of the blocks by using a correction
value corresponding to the additional image in a case where the additional image is determined to be combined with the each
of the blocks; and

a color/monochrome determination processing unit configured to determine whether a block of interest is a color block or a
monochrome block based on the calculated color value of the block of interest in a case where the additional image is determined
to be combined with the block of interest, and determine whether a block of interest is a color block or a monochrome block
based on the corrected color value of the block of interest in a case where the additional image is determined to be combined
with the block of interest.

US Pat. No. 9,081,493

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A USER INTERFACE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a user interface that can concurrently detect a plurality of pointed positions on a screen, the
method comprising:
detecting that a plurality of pointed positions are concurrently present in a display range of an object on the screen, using
the user interface;

determining, after the presence of the plurality of pointed positions is detected, whether or not an operation of, while at
least one pointed position among the plurality of pointed positions is kept, moving the other pointed positions of the plurality
of pointed positions is performed;

determining, when it is determined that the operation is performed, whether the number of kept pointed positions is single
or plural;

executing, in a case it is determined that there are plural kept pointed positions, copy processing in which data corresponding
to the object is copied and a copy of the object is located at the moved pointed positions; and

executing, in a case it is determined that there is a single kept pointed position, enlargement/reduction processing in which
a size of the object is enlarged or reduced in accordance with a distance between the kept pointed position and the moved
pointed positions,

wherein the copy processing of the object is repeated each time the number of moved pointed positions is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,072,429

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus configured to drive a transduction apparatus, including a cell with a first electrode and a second electrode
disposed so as to oppose each other via a gap, configured to receive an acoustic wave generated in an object irradiated with
a pulsed light, the apparatus comprising:
a timing detector configured to detect a timing of outputting of the pulsed light periodically from a light source; and
a current detection unit configured to detect a current signal that is output from the first electrode by receiving the acoustic
wave that is generated by the pulsed light,

wherein the current detection unit converts the current signal into a voltage signal,
wherein the first electrode outputs a first current signal for at least some time during a predetermined period from the timing
of outputting of the pulsed light, and

wherein the current detection unit doesn't convert the first current signal.

US Pat. No. 9,063,507

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device comprising:
a developer storage chamber configured to store a developer;
a developer carrying member configured to carry the developer to develop an electrostatic latent image;
a light transmission member for transmitting detection light for detecting a remaining amount of a developer in the developer
storage chamber;

a shaft member that is provided to the developer storage chamber and configured to rotate;
a conveyance unit that is provided to the shaft member and configured to convey the developer; and
a cleaning unit that is attached to the shaft member and configured to clean the light transmission member,
wherein the shaft member includes an opening at a position on an upstream side of the conveyance unit and on a downstream
side of the cleaning unit in a rotational direction of the shaft member.

US Pat. No. 9,057,974

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER EXPOSED TO PLURAL BEAMS, AND CONTROL APPARATUS FOR LIGHT SOURCE OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a first beam that exposes a rotating photosensitive member and emit a second beam that exposes
the photosensitive member at a position different from that exposed by the first beam in a direction of rotation of the photosensitive
member;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the first and second beams emitted from said light source so that the first and second
beams scan the photosensitive member;

a lens configured to guide the first and second beams deflected by said deflection unit to the photosensitive member;
an image forming unit configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by being exposed
to the first and second beams into a toner image; and

a control unit configured to control a light amount of the second beam based on an exposure position of the second beam in
a main scanning direction of each of the first beam and the second beam scanning the photosensitive member to suppress a density
of the toner image from changing, due to a distance between an exposure position of the first beam and an exposure position
of the second beam varying according to a position in the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,050,791

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric wiring member to be electrically connected to a member including a plurality of elements and a plurality of
electric connection units, the electric wiring member comprising:
a plurality of wirings sandwiched between films; and
a plurality of lead lines conducted to the plurality of wirings, extending to the outside from between the films, and electrically
connected to the plurality of electric connection units,

wherein the plurality of wirings is configured to include a power line for supplying power to the elements and a signal line
for supplying a signal to the elements, and configured to satisfy relationships of A>B and B of the signal line between the films, B is a largest width of the lead line connected to the signal line, and D is a largest
width of the lead line connected to the power line.

US Pat. No. 9,051,924

ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An actuator comprising a pair of electrode layers and an electrolyte-containing electrolyte layer interposed between the
pair of electrode layers, the actuator transforming upon application of a voltage thereto to cause ions in the electrolyte
to migrate, wherein the electrolyte layer includes at least one polymer fiber layer made of polymer fibers and at least some
of the polymer fibers of the polymer fiber layer are uniaxially oriented within a plane of the electrolyte layer.

US Pat. No. 9,046,467

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND X-RAY IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a shielding unit which blocks an X-ray which is a part of an X-ray beam; and
a detecting unit which has a plurality of pixels and detects an intensity of an X-ray which is a part of the X-ray beam and
which is transmitted through said shielding unit,

wherein said shielding unit blocks a part of the X-ray of which an incident position at said shielding unit is changed by
an object,

wherein said shielding unit has an X-ray transmitting region and a plurality of X-ray shielding regions arranged so as to
form a dividing line between said X-ray transmitting region and said X-ray shielding regions such that the dividing line crosses
the X-ray beam and is configured to be arranged so as to monotonically increase or decrease the intensity of the X-ray which
is detected by at least a part of said pixels as an incident position of the X-ray beam at said shielding unit is changed
to a first direction, and

wherein said plurality of X-ray shielding regions are arranged in a period which is equal to or greater than a pixel arrangement
period at a position of said detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,044,944

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate including an energy generating element that generates energy used to discharge liquid; and
a discharge port member having a discharge port surface with a discharge port line including discharge ports through which
the liquid is discharged, the discharge ports being arrayed in a first direction,

wherein the discharge port surface includes
a groove portion disposed between the discharge port line and a first end of the discharge port member extending in a second
direction intersecting the first direction, the groove portion extending along the discharge port line, and

an inclined surface disposed between an end of the discharge port line and a second end of the discharge port member extending
in the first direction, the inclined surface being inclined toward the second end.

US Pat. No. 9,047,555

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a chromaticity point serving as a gray reference in a color gamut of a color space that an
output device is able to output;

a first specifying unit configured to specify a first minimum lightness point on a lightness axis of the chromaticity point
set by the setting unit in the color gamut of the color space that the output device is able to output;

a second specifying unit configured to specify a second minimum lightness point that is achromatic in the color gamut of the
color space that the output device is able to output; and

a generation unit configured to generate a gray line that passes through a black point that is a minimum lightness point on
a line connecting the first minimum lightness point specified by the first specifying unit and the second minimum lightness
point specified by the second specifying unit, the first minimum lightness point, and the chromaticity point set by the setting
unit, wherein the gray line reaches a white point in the color gamut of the color space that the output device is able to
output,

wherein the line connecting the first minimum lightness point and the second minimum lightness point is a line of an outermost
shell of the color gamut.

US Pat. No. 10,257,430

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING FLICKER, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor programmed to perform the functions of a flicker detection unit configured to detect a flicker component of an image pixel signal, which is read out from an image pickup device that includes a pixel region for phase difference detection and is capable of changing a driving method, on a region-by-region basis, within a frame,
wherein in a case where the driving method for driving the image pickup device is changed to a driving method for performing phase difference detection, said flicker detection unit detects the flicker component such that, within the frame, a period of the flicker component in a region used for phase difference detection coincides with a period of the flicker component in a region not used for phase difference detection.

US Pat. No. 10,168,615

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus, which applies an imprint material to several locations on a substrate, brings the imprint material and a mold into contact, and transfers a contoured pattern formed on the mold to the imprint material, comprising:a controller configured to set a principal axis direction according to the contoured pattern of the mold and to determine application positions of the imprint material based on the set principal axis direction such that distances between adjacent imprint material drops in the principal axis direction are larger than distances between adjacent imprint material drops in a direction perpendicular to the principal axis direction; and
a dispenser configured to apply the imprint material based on the determined application positions,
wherein the controller determines application positions of the imprint material so that the distance between adjacent imprint material drops in a first partial area is longer than the distance between adjacent imprint material drops in a second partial area with a higher pattern density than the first partial area.

US Pat. No. 10,118,393

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a print unit configured to print an image on a plurality of unit regions on a printing medium by ejecting ink from a print head, the print head having a discharge port array in which a plurality of discharge ports configured to discharge ink are aligned in a predetermined direction, wherein, during the printing, the print head moves relative to the printing medium in a cross direction intersecting the predetermined direction;
a suction unit configured to suck ink to the discharge ports within the print head; and
a control unit configured to control a printing operation on each of the plurality of unit regions,
wherein the control unit controls to (i) perform printing to form an image on a print medium in a first print mode in a case where a time period from a time when the suction unit performs an ink sucking operation is higher than a first threshold value and (ii) perform printing to form an image on a print medium in a second print mode in a case where the time period from a time when the suction unit performs an ink sucking operation is lower than the first threshold value, an ink discharge amount for forming the image on the print medium per unit time period in the second print mode being smaller than an ink discharge amount for forming the image on the print medium per unit time period in the first print mode.

US Pat. No. 10,073,064

DEVICE HAVING ELEMENT ELECTRODE CONNECTED TO PENETRATING WIRE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a device in which an electrode of an element, which is provided on or over a substrate, is electrically connected to a wire that reaches a second face side of the substrate from a first face side of the substrate, the method comprising the steps of:preparing a first substrate having a hole part, which reaches a second face side of the first substrate from a first face side thereof, and the element provided on or over the first substrate through an insulating layer;
preparing a second substrate on which an electroconductive seed layer is formed;
forming a wall part projecting from the insulating layer on the first substrate so that an opening is formed and is linked to the hole part;
laminating the seed layer with the first substrate on a side thereof on which the wall part is formed, through a bonding layer to provide a laminated substrate;
removing the bonding layer, which is positioned in an inside of the wall part of the laminated substrate, to expose the seed layer through the opening; and
filling the inside of the wall part and the hole part with a conductor, by using the seed layer through electrolytic plating.

US Pat. No. 10,048,726

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:an input device which receives a scrolling operation for scrolling a displaying object that is displayed on a predetermined display area of a bendable display unit; and
a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a control unit configured to control scrolling of the displaying object according to the scrolling operation based on whether the bendable display unit is in a first shape at which a display surface of the bendable display unit is straight or in a second shape at which the display surface of the bendable display unit is in an outwardly projecting arc,
wherein the control unit is configured
to control to scroll the displaying object according to the scrolling operation so that a first end of the displaying object in a first direction does not scroll beyond a first position in a second direction opposite to the first direction within the predetermined display area in a case where the bendable display unit is in the first shape, and
to control to scroll the displaying object according to the scrolling operation so that the first end of the displaying object is able to scroll beyond the first position in the second direction and is able to scroll to a second position that shifts from the first position in the second direction in a case where the bendable display unit is in the second shape, wherein the bendable display unit is larger in a bending degree in the second shape than in the first shape; and
wherein the bendable display unit has an active display area including a first direction-side area that extends from the second position in the first direction, and the first direction-side area also is able to display the displaying object in a case where the bendable display unit is in the second shape.

US Pat. No. 10,031,435

COLOR IMAGE FORMATION WITH CONTROL FOR TONER AMOUNT LIMITING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus that forms an image onto a print medium based on input image data, comprising:a setting unit configured to set, based on component values of a plurality of colors acquired for each pixel of the image data, a limiting value on a toner amount to use in the image formation for each pixel; and
an image forming unit configured to form an image onto the print medium with an amount of toner less than or equal to the limiting value set by the setting unit,
wherein the setting unit sets the limiting value based on the number of colors having the component value greater than a threshold value decided in consideration of toner fixing failure among the acquired component values of the plurality of colors.

US Pat. No. 10,012,889

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING SEAL CONSTRUCTION AT MATCHING SECTION OF EXTERNAL MEMBERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a first external cover;
a second external cover abutting to the first external cover through a matching section;
a seal member disposed at the matching section and adapted to seal the matching section;
a gap disposed at the matching section on an external side of the electronic apparatus with respect to the seal member; and
a third external cover fitted to the first external cover and the second external cover so as to partially cover the seal member disposed at the matching section and the gap,
wherein the seal member has, at a part of the gap partially covered by the third external cover, a protruding portion abutting to the third external cover to seal the part of the gap.

US Pat. No. 9,999,077

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,983,834

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF WRITING CONTIGUOUS BLOCKS FOR SECURE EREASE DATA AND WRITING DISTRIBUTIVE BLOCKS FOR NON-SECURE ERASE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a semiconductor storage including a plurality of flash memories;
a determination unit configured to determine whether write data is written utilizing a write command having an indicator, wherein the indicator indicates that the write data is to be securely erased to prevent the write data from remaining in the semiconductor storage; and
a writing unit configured to write the write data to the semiconductor storage with an interleave for writing distributively into the plurality of flash memories in a case where it is determined that the indicator is disabled, and to write the write data to a contiguous storage area in any of the plurality of flash memories in a case where it is determined that the indicator is enabled.

US Pat. No. 9,912,830

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus capable of communicating with an external device including a display unit via a network, the
data processing apparatus comprising:
an operation unit;
a storage unit configured to store a file in such a manner that the file is associated with a user;
a first reception unit configured to receive a request, transmitted by the external device based on an instruction of a first
user having administrator authority, for transmitting information of a file stored in the storage unit via the network;

a second reception unit configured to receive, based on an instruction of the first user, a request for displaying information
of a file stored in the storage unit from the operation unit;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, based on the first reception unit receiving the request, information of a file
associated with the first user and information of a file associated with a second user to the external device; and

a control unit configured to perform control, based on the second reception unit receiving the request, to display the information
of the file associated with the first user without displaying the information of the file associated with the second user
on a display unit in the data processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,885,978

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container that accommodates the developer and is provided with an opening for permitting discharge of the developer
from the flexible container;

a sealing member for sealing the opening, said sealing member being attached to said flexible container at a periphery of
the opening,

a stirring member for stirring the developer discharged from said flexible container; and
a frame that accommodates said flexible container, said sealing member, and said stirring member,
wherein said stirring member functions as an unsealing member for unsealing the opening and is configured to peel off said
sealing member from said flexible container by moving said sealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,851,680

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An image forming apparatus that forms an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit; and
a power supply device configured to supply electric power to the image forming apparatus,
wherein the power supply device includes
a first switching power source configured to include a first transformer to which a voltage obtained by rectifying and smoothing
an input AC voltage is supplied and to output a first DC voltage by switching the first transformer,

a first controller configured to control a switching operation of the first switching power source,
a second switching power source configured to include a second transformer to which a voltage obtained by rectifying and smoothing
the AC voltage is input and to output a second DC voltage by switching the second transformer,

a second controller configured to control a switching operation of the second switching power source, and
a primary winding of the first transformer,
an auxiliary winding which is wound in the same winding direction as the primary winding, and
a voltage generator configured to be connected to the auxiliary winding and to generate a power supply voltage for driving
the first controller and the second controller,

wherein the voltage generator generates the power supply voltage such that a power supply voltage supplied to the second controller
is lower than a power supply voltage supplied to the first controller, and

wherein when the AC voltage drops, the power supply device performs control such that the second controller stops prior to
the first controller.

US Pat. No. 9,826,447

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a wireless interface;
at least one processor; and
a memory coupled with the at least one processor;
wherein the at least one processor that executes instructions stored in the memory implements:
a first communication unit configured to communicate via a base station using the wireless interface over a first wireless
network;

a second communication unit configured to communicate, using the wireless interface, with another communication apparatus
not via any base station over a second wireless network which is different from the first wireless network; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where a channel used for communication performed by the first communication unit is
changed from a first frequency channel operating at a first frequency to a second frequency channel operating at a frequency
different than the first frequency when communication using the first frequency channel is being performed by the first communication
unit over the first wireless network and communication, with the other communication apparatus using the first frequency channel
is being performed by the second communication unit over the second wireless network,

(i) control the second communication unit to continue to communicate with the other communication apparatus using the second
frequency channel, and to end the communication with the other communication apparatus if the communication with the other
communication apparatus is not available in the second frequency channel, and

(ii) control the first communication unit to continue to communicate via the base station if the communication performed by
the first communication unit is prioritized over the communication performed by the second communication unit, and to end
the communication performed by the first communication unit if the communication performed by the first communication unit
is not prioritized over the communication performed by the second communication unit,

wherein the prioritization is performed by an application that is being executed on the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,810,555

ABSOLUTE ENCODER THAT PROVIDES INCREASED ACCURACY AGAINST DEFECT IN SCALE THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An absolute encoder comprising:
a scale including an array of marks;
a detector configured to detect a part of the array of marks and output a data sequence corresponding to the part;
a memory storing information indicating a correspondence between each of a plurality of code sequences and an absolute coordinate
of motion of the scale; and

a processor connected to the memory and configured to:
detect an error of the data sequence based on a degree of correlation between the data sequence and each of code sequences
as a part of the plurality of code sequences in the information;

perform rewriting of a plurality of code sequences as a part of the plurality of code sequences in the information based on
the detected error; and

output information of the absolute coordinate based on the data sequence and the information.

US Pat. No. 9,811,623

METHOD FOR GENERATING PATTERN, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for generating a pattern of a mask used for a mask manufacturing method for manufacturing the mask by arranging
side by side a plurality of cells selected from a cell library containing a plurality of cells using a processor, the method
comprising:
defining a footprint of a main pattern which is resolved in a first cell and a second cell;
arranging side by side the first cell and the second cell, the second cell having an auxiliary pattern which assists resolution
of a main pattern of the second cell and is not resolved outside the footprint of the main pattern of the second cell, in
such a manner that the auxiliary pattern outside the footprint of the second cell is present in the footprint of the main
pattern of the first cell; and

generating the pattern of the mask by removing a pattern element of the auxiliary pattern in a portion where a pattern element
of the auxiliary pattern outside the footprint of the second cell overlaps with the pattern of the first cell,

wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the mask based on data of the generated pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,811,733

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR SELECTING A FRAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by a processor, implement a method of
selecting a pair of keyframes from a plurality of video frames captured by a camera, said method comprising: determining features
of a candidate frame to which predetermined map points in a three dimensional space are projected; creating a histogram of
the determined features for a plurality of regions in the candidate frame; determining one of the regions as being an unmapped
region based on the created histogram; selecting the candidate frame as a new keyframe based on a size of the unmapped region;
and selecting a previous keyframe to pair with the new keyframe based on a density of features in the unmapped region and
a determined size between the previous keyframe and the new keyframe to produce a 3D map of point features.

US Pat. No. 9,809,407

RECEPTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing system comprising:
(A) a processing apparatus having a discharge port for discharging an article therefrom;
(B) a supporting unit configured to support the processing apparatus on a surface; and
(C) a reception apparatus including:
(a) a pair of side rod holding units each supported by the supporting unit;
(b) a pair of side rods, each of the side rods being (i) mounted to a respective one of the pair of side rod holding units
to rotate about a pivot axis and change an angle of the side rod with respect to the surface, and (ii) configured to change
a length thereof by extending and contracting;

(c) a first rod supported by one of the processing apparatus and the supporting unit;
(d) a second rod having a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion being supported by one of the
pair of side rods, and the second end portion being supported by the other one of the pair of side rods; and

(e) a flexible reception sheet supported by the first rod and the second rod and configured to receive the article discharged
from the discharge port.

US Pat. No. 9,813,583

FACSIMILE APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING FACSIMILE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A method of controlling a facsimile apparatus having a first detection unit, a second detection unit, a third detection
unit, and a determination unit, the method comprising:
detecting, via the first detection unit, a line voltage of a line in an on-hook state;
detecting, via the second detection unit, a line voltage of the line in an off-hook state;
detecting, via the third detection unit, a line current of the line in an off-hook state; and
determining, using the determination unit, whether the facsimile apparatus is in a voice mode,
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the facsimile apparatus is in a voice mode, determining includes determining
a line impedance based on the line voltage detected by the first detection unit, the line voltage detected by the second detection
unit, and the line current detected by the third detection unit, and

wherein, in a case where it is determined that the facsimile apparatus is not in the voice mode, determining includes not
determining the line impedance.

US Pat. No. 9,813,604

MANAGEMENT METHOD FOR NETWORK SYSTEM AND NETWORK DEVICE, NETWORK DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising:
a network device;
a management system for managing the network device;
a client; and
a camera system,
wherein the network device includes a memory storing first instructions and a processor which is capable of executing the
first instructions causing the network device to:

provide a setup screen for a network camera to the client by a redirecting based on a uniform resource locator (URL) corresponding
to a service of the network device in response to an instruction to a screen in the client concerning the network device provided
by the management system;

obtain connection information for connecting to the camera system from the management system;
obtain camera identification information of a network camera that is included in the camera system from the camera system
that is connected using the connection information;

transmit the obtained camera identification information to the client connecting to a web service of the network device by
the redirecting;

obtain settings from the camera system, wherein the settings are, via the setup screen provided by the network device, by
accessing the camera system using the camera identification information in the client, and the settings are based on an image
captured by the network camera specified by the camera identification information; and

transmit the camera identification information and the settings to the management system, and
wherein the management system includes a memory storing second instructions and a processor which is capable of executing
the second instructions causing the management system to:

transmit screen data concerning the network device to the client, the screen data including a link of a URL corresponding
to a web service of the network device;

receive the camera identification information and the settings from the network device; and
manage the camera identification information and the settings in association with device identification information of the
network device.

US Pat. No. 9,786,216

DISPLAY APPARATUS, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD OF DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
at least one processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the at least one processor,
wherein when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the processor, the at least one processor operates to:
detect movement information from image data; and
based on image data corresponding to one image frame, cause a display to perform a plurality of light emissions including
at least a first light emission and a second light emission so that a difference between a first light emission amount and
a second light emission amount is greater in a case where the detected movement information indicates a higher motion amount
than a predetermined threshold in comparison with a case where the detected movement information indicates a lower motion
amount than the predetermined threshold, wherein the first light emission amount is determined based on both of a light emission
time period of the first light emission and a light emission luminance of the first light emission, wherein the second light
emission amount is determined based on both of a light emission time period of the second light emission and a light emission
luminance of the second light emission, and wherein the light emission luminance of the first light emission is not lower
than the light emission luminance of the second light emission and the light emission time period of the first light emission
is not longer than the light emission time period of the second light emission.

US Pat. No. 9,772,600

SIDE MEMBER, CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A side member forming a part of a cartridge, having a development unit and an image bearing member, to be used for forming
an image on a recording medium, the side member comprising:
a frame portion having a first through hole and a second through hole with a diameter larger than a diameter of the first
through hole; and

a slit portion into which a memory for storing information is to be inserted
wherein the first through hole can support the development unit and the second through hole can support an end member attached
to the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,736,410

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SELECTIVELY USING ONE OF CORRECTION VALUES TO CORRECT IMAGE SIGNALS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels corresponding to a plurality of respective micro lenses, the image
pickup element including a first photoelectric conversion portion and a second photoelectric conversion portion that are included
in each of the pixels to share a corresponding one of the micro lenses; and

a processor which corrects a first signal generated from a plurality of signals of the plurality of first photoelectric conversion
portions and a third signal generated by subtracting the first signal from a second signal generated from a plurality of addition
signals of the first photoelectric conversion portions and the second photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to the
micro lenses,

wherein the processor comprises:
a storage memory which includes a first correction value storage memory and a second correction value storage memory to store
a correction value used to correct the first signal, and

a controller which transmits the correction value to the storage memory,
wherein the processor is configured to uses the correction value stored in the first correction value storage memory to correct
the first signal or the third signal for each frame, and

the controller is configured to transmit the correction value to the second correction value storage memory.

US Pat. No. 9,767,859

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND PRINTED WIRING BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
a printed wiring board; and
a first reception circuit and a second reception circuit, mounted on the printed wiring board, that receive signals transmitted
from a transmission circuit via wiring of the printed wiring board,

the printed wiring board having formed thereupon
a trunk wiring, of which a start end is electrically connected to the transmission circuit,
a first branched line of which one end is electrically connected to a first branch connection point on the trunk wiring, and
the other end is electrically connected to the first reception circuit, and

a second branched line of which one end is electrically connected to a second branch connection point on the trunk wiring
that is farther from the start end than the first branch connection point, and the other end is electrically connected to
the second reception circuit,

wherein a wiring area between the start end and the first branch connection point of the trunk wiring is divided into a first
wiring portion and a second wiring portion, in order from the start end, a wiring area between the first branch connection
point and the second branch connection point is a third wiring portion, the characteristic impedance of the first wiring portion
is set to equal or lower than the characteristic impedance of the third wiring portion, and the characteristic impedance of
the second wiring portion is set higher than the characteristic impedance of the first wiring portion, and

wherein the length of the second wiring portion is equal to or longer than the length of the third wiring portion, but shorter
than the total length of the length of the third wiring portion, the length of the second branched line, and the effective
line length within the second reception circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,729,760

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS GENERATING CONVERSION CONDITION OF MEASUREMENT UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,704,710

PHOTOCURED PRODUCT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,658,764

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize a single-touch operation and a multi-touch operation based
on one or more touch points detected on an operation screen, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect each of the one or more touched points on the operation screen;
an identification unit configured to determine whether a number of touched points being detected by the detection unit has
decreased to one point, or whether the number of touched points being detected by the detection unit has increased to one
point; and

a recognition unit configured to, in a case where the identification unit determines that the number of touched points being
detected by the detection unit has increased to one point, recognize a single-touch state based on that the one touched point
detected by the detection unit has satisfied a first threshold condition, and in a case where the identification unit determines
that the number of touched points being detected by the detection unit has decreased to one point, recognize the single-touch
state based on one touched point detected by the detection unit has satisfied a second threshold condition different from
the first threshold condition,

wherein the recognition unit is further configured to, depending on the single-touch state having been recognized, compare
input information about the one touched point with a pre-stored condition for a predetermined single-touch operation, and
recognize a single-touch operation corresponding to the pre-stored condition that is satisfied by the input information, as
a single-touch operation input to the information processing apparatus,

wherein the pre-stored condition is same regardless of whether the single-touch state has been recognized based on that the
first threshold condition has been satisfied or the single-touch state has been recognized based on that the second threshold
condition has been satisfied, and

wherein the recognition unit is configured not to recognize the single-touch state during a period in which the first threshold
condition has not been satisfied after the number of touched points has increased to one point, and during a period in which
the second threshold condition different from the first threshold condition has not been satisfied after the number of touched
points has decreased to one point.

US Pat. No. 9,651,824

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising:
a display panel;
a light emitting unit that emits light to be irradiated onto the display panel;
an optical sheet that is disposed between the light emitting unit and the display panel;
a supporting unit that supports the display panel from a front surface side of the display panel; and
a sheet holder that supports the optical sheet from a front surface side of the optical sheet, wherein
the sheet holder has an opening at a center, and includes:
a plane portion that supports the optical sheet from front surface side;
a step portion that extends from the plane portion to a rear surface side of the plane portion;
a first flange portion that extends from the step portion to an outer periphery side of the plane portion; and
a structure that is disposed in the plane portion and that bends from the plane portion toward the rear surface side so as
to fix the optical sheet to a case that houses the light emitting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,654,716

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, DRIVING METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND INSPECTION METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, each of the pixels outputting a photoelectric conversion signal based
on incident light;

a plurality of AD conversion units, each of the AD conversion units being provided to correspond to a column of the plurality
of pixels and configured to convert the photoelectric conversion signal into a digital signal having plural bit signals; and

a selection unit,
wherein each of the plurality of AD conversion units includes a memory unit that holds the digital signal,
wherein the memory unit includes a first bit memory and a second bit memory, and
wherein the selection unit performs selecting a bit memory that holds the signal of a first bit signal of the digital signal,
from among the first bit memory and the second bit memory, commonly in the memory unit in each of the plurality of AD conversion
units.

US Pat. No. 9,651,883

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing an amorphous polyester resin, a crystalline polyester resin and a wax, wherein
in a cross-section of the toner by transmission electron microscopy (TEM),
domains of the wax and crystals of the crystalline polyester resin are present,
the area occupied by the domains of the wax is from 0.5% to 8.0% and the area occupied by the crystals of the crystalline
polyester resin is from 0.5% to 8.0% of the cross-sectional area of the toner,

the number-average diameter (Dw) of the domains of the wax is from 60 nm to 240 nm,
the aspect ratio of the crystals of the crystalline polyester resin is from 5.0 to 25.0, and
the number-average diameter (Dc) of major axis lengths of the crystals of the crystalline polyester resin is from 0.8 to 2.0
times the number-average diameter (Dw) of the domains of the wax.

US Pat. No. 9,667,826

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM FOR OBTAINING POSITION INFORMATION AND DIRECTION INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
an operation unit; and
a shooting unit,
wherein the processor receives an instruction from a user via the operation unit, performs a plurality of shooting operations,
and obtains a plurality of images by using the shooting unit,

wherein the processor acquires position information and acquires direction information,
wherein the processor associates the direction information and the position information with the plurality of images,
wherein the processor controls the shooting unit to perform a single shooting operation and a continuous shooting operation
selectively,

wherein the position information associated with each of the plurality of images obtained in the continuous shooting operation
is the same position information, and the direction information associated with each of the plurality of images obtained in
the continuous shooting operation is individual direction information in the continuous shooting operation,

wherein the processor performs a shooting preparation operation for obtaining images using the shooting unit, and
wherein the processor acquires the direction information during a time period after the processor receives an instruction
to perform the shooting preparation operation and before the processor receives an instruction to perform the plurality of
shooting operations.

US Pat. No. 9,665,040

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container having an inner space and an opening in a surface thereof, said flexible container being capable of discharging
the developer from the inner space through the opening;

a frame for accommodating said flexible container; and
an urging member provided inside said frame and outside said flexible container, said urging member being configured to be
movable relative to said frame for deforming said flexible container,

wherein said urging member changes a position of the opening relative to said frame by urging said surface of said flexible
container during an image formation operation.

US Pat. No. 9,632,451

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device for use with an image forming apparatus, said developing device comprising:
a frame including a first frame and a second frame;
a developer accommodating portion for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating portion being formed by said frame;
a developer carrying member for developing a latent image formed on an image bearing member using the developer accommodated
in said developer accommodating portion;

an end portion sealing member, provided on said first frame, for sealing between an end portion of said developer carrying
member and said frame with respect to a rotational axis direction of said developer carrying member to prevent leakage of
the developer from said developer accommodating portion;

a sheet, provided on said second frame in contact with said developer carrying member along the rotation axis direction of
said developer carrying member, for preventing leakage of the developer from said developer accommodating portion;

a filler for preventing leakage of the developer from said developer accommodating portion, said filler filling a space defined
by said frame, said end portion sealing member, and said sheet; and

a projected portion provided in said first frame and projected toward the space, said projected portion being spaced from
said second frame and said end portion sealing member in the rotational axis direction,

wherein said filler is provided between said end portion sealing member and said projected portion, and
wherein said space includes a first flow path for permitting said filler to be filled between said projected portion and said
end portion sealing member with respect to the rotational axis direction, a second flow path for permitting said filler to
be filled between said projected portion and said second frame with respect to a direction perpendicular to the rotational
axis direction, and a third flow path for permitting said filler to be filled between said projected portion and said second
frame with respect to the rotational axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,599,800

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a rear lens group including at least one lens unit,
wherein an interval between each pair of adjacent lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein a lens unit arranged closest to the image side includes at least two lenses,
wherein materials of all of lenses included in the lens unit arranged closest to the image side comprise a material satisfying
the following conditional expression:

0.0 where ?gFr and ?dr represent relative partial dispersion and an Abbe number of the material of the lens included in the lens
unit arranged closest to the image, and
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
12.0 where f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, and fw represents a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,588,942

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing a computer program; and
at least one processor executing the computer program in the memory to control the information processing apparatus to function
as units comprising:

a reception unit configured to receive specification of a plurality of items and an instruction for generation of an integrated
electronic document based on the plurality of items, wherein the plurality of items include a file and a folder which includes
a plurality of files;

a display unit configured to, when the reception unit receives the instruction, display on a display a setting screen for
receiving setting for a chapter structure of the integrated electronic document and setting for an order of material electronic
documents;

wherein, if one of the plurality of items is a first folder, the display unit displays, as a chapter of the chapter structure
of the integrated electronic document displayed in the setting screen, a chapter to which a name of the first folder is given
and further displays, as a plurality of material electronic documents included in the displayed chapter to which the name
of the first folder is given, first files included in the first folder, and

wherein, if one of the plurality of items is a second file, the display unit displays, as one chapter of the chapter structure
of the integrated electronic document displayed in the setting screen, a chapter to which a name of the second file is given
and further displays the second file as a material electronic document included in the displayed chapter to which the name
of the second file is given, and

wherein the setting for the chapter structure of the integrated electronic document and the setting for the order of material
electronic documents are instructed in a unit of material electronic document, and

a generation unit configured to generate the integrated electronic document based on the settings received via the setting
screen.

US Pat. No. 9,589,248

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONSUMABLES STOCK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONSUMABLES STOCK MANAGING METHOD, CONSUMABLES STOCK MANAGING PROGRAM, AND MEMORY MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including:
a printing apparatus; and
an information processing apparatus for managing a stock number of a consumable detachably placed in the printing apparatus,
wherein the printing apparatus is configured to process input image data and comprises:
(1) a first sensor that counts a number of print sheets as information indicative of an operation of the printing apparatus
or a consumable placed in the printing apparatus;

(2) a second sensor that detects a residual amount of contents in the consumable; and
(3) a transmitter that transmits a notification to the information processing apparatus,
wherein the information processing apparatus comprises a receiver that receives the notification via communication from the
transmitter of the printing apparatus and is configured, for enabling management of the stock number of the consumable detachably
placed in the printing apparatus by referring to operation information of the printing apparatus, to compute, with respect
to a plurality of notifications of the residual amount related to the consumable placed in the printing apparatus received
by the receiver at a plurality of timings, a change of information indicative of the operation of the printing apparatus or
the consumable in a period corresponding to the plurality of notifications,

wherein the printing apparatus comprises a processor functioning as a network communicator that controls so that the transmitter
transmits, to the information processing apparatus, a notification of the residual amount related to the consumable, the notification
including the number of print sheets counted by the first sensor and the residual amount detected by the second sensor,

wherein the information processing apparatus comprises a processor functioning as:
(1) a controller that performs a control of the stock number of the consumable based on a first notification received by the
receiver, in accordance with a computed change of information indicative of an operation of the printing apparatus or the
consumable in a period between a previous notification of the residual amount related to the consumable and the first notification
exceeding a predetermined value, without controlling the stock number of the consumable according to reception of a second
notification by the receiver, in accordance with the computed change of information indicative of the operation in a period
between the previous notification and the second notification not exceeding the predetermined value; and

(2) a comparison unit that compares the stock number of the consumable with a threshold based on which it is determined whether
or not a notification related to the stock number of the consumable is to be transmitted, when the controller performs the
control of the stock number of the consumable, and

wherein the previous notification is a notification which the controller had used for controlling the stock number of the
consumable, and

wherein the number of print sheets included in the previous notification is stored, in a storage device of the information
processing apparatus, for computing the change of information indicative of the operation of the printing apparatus or the
consumable in the period corresponding to the plurality of notifications.

US Pat. No. 9,583,910

DIFFRACTION GRATING, LASER APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR DIFFRACTION GRATING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reflection-type diffraction grating comprising:
a grating, the cross section of which is an asymmetrical triangular shape,
wherein given that ? denotes an angle in degrees between a short side and a base of the triangular shape, and ? denotes an
angle in degrees between the short side and a long side of the triangular shape, and ? denotes an incident angle of light
in degrees to a normal of the base, the angles ? and ? satisfy a condition represented by the following formulas:

?+??90+?,
0.1127291(???d)2?19.67453(???d)+938.74+?d???0.36631(???d)+48.84+?d
where ?d=0.845? and ?d=1.065?, in ?=??79.25.

US Pat. No. 9,562,993

REFRACTIVE INDEX DISTRIBUTION STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE SAME, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE REFRACTIVE INDEX DISTRIBUTION STRUCTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A structure comprising a plurality of core-shell particles, each core-shell particle comprising (1) a shell and (2) a core
particle contained in the shell,
wherein, in at least some of the plurality of the core-shell particles, the core particles have the same core diameter and
the shells have a different shell thickness, and

wherein a shape of a frequency distribution of the number of the core-shell particles with respect to the shell thickness
is similar to a shape of a frequency distribution of the number of the core-shell particles with respect to the distance between
the core particles,

wherein the frequency distribution of the number of the core-shell particles with respect to the distance between the core
particles is such that:

(a) in a region smaller than a distance between the core particles which corresponds to a peak value of the frequency, the
frequency becomes small as a value of distance between the core particles becomes small, and in a region smaller than the
distance between the core particles at which the frequency becomes zero first, the frequency is zero; and

(b) in a region larger than a distance between the core particles which corresponds to a peak value of the frequency, the
frequency becomes small as the value of distance between the core particles becomes large, and in a region larger than the
distance between the core particles at which the frequency becomes zero first, the frequency is zero.

US Pat. No. 9,554,075

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor, comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in matrix, with each pixel including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, a floating
diffusion portion shared by the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, a transfer portion configured to transfer
charges generated by the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions to the floating diffusion portion, and a reset portion
configured to reset the floating diffusion portion; and

a plurality of column circuits, each including an analog/digital converter configured to convert an analog signal corresponding
to the amount of charge in the floating diffusion portion into a digital signal,

wherein each analog/digital converter includes a comparator configured to compare the analog signal with a reference signal
and change an output in accordance with a magnitude relation between the analog signal and the reference signal and a counter
to be controlled by an output from the comparator,

performs a first operation of converting an analog signal corresponding to the amount of charge in the floating diffusion
portion reset by the reset portion into a digital signal, a second operation of converting an analog signal obtained from
some portion of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions into a digital signal, and a third operation of converting
analog signals obtained from all the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions into digital signals,

and increases or decreases a count value of the counter in a first direction in the first operation, and increases or decreases
the count value of the counter in a direction opposite to the first direction in the second operation and the third operation.

US Pat. No. 9,531,935

CAPTURING CONTROL APPARATUS, CAPTURING CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processing apparatus to:
receive an instruction from an external apparatus;
perform, (A) when a first predetermined instruction, which is either a first instruction, for rotating a captured image, or
a second instruction, for changing a coordinate system, is received, both of (1) a first process corresponding to the first
instruction for outputting a rotated captured image obtained by a capturing unit and (2) a second process corresponding to
the second instruction for changing from (i) a first configuration wherein, in response to receiving an image range changing
instruction designating an image capturing direction, the image capturing direction is changed to a direction designated by
the image range changing instruction to (ii) a second configuration wherein, in response to receiving the image range changing
instruction, the image capturing direction is changed to a direction rotated at a predetermined angle from the direction designated
by the image range changing instruction; and

perform, (B) when the other of the first and second instructions is received, none of the first and second processes.

US Pat. No. 9,523,936

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:
toner particles each including a surface layer that contains an organic silicon polymer, the organic silicon polymer including
a unit represented by formula (1) or (2) below:

(in formula (2), L represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene group),
wherein, in a chart obtained by 29Si-NMR measurement performed on THF insoluble components of the toner particles, a ratio SQ3 of a peak area attributable to
a structure represented by formula (Q3) below to a total peak area of the organic silicon polymer satisfies mathematical formula
(3) below:

RF—SiO3/2  (Q3)
(in formula (Q3), RF represents one of structures represented by formulae (i) to (iv) below:
(in formulae (i) to (iv), * represents a bonding portion that bonds to the silicon atom, and in formulae (ii) and (iv), L
independently represents a methylene group, an ethylene group, or a phenylene group)), and
SQ3?0.40  (3), and

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

US Pat. No. 9,521,347

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to convert radiation into an electric signal to obtain a radiation image;
a sensor for monitoring radiation;
a processing unit configured to process signals output from output electrodes of the plurality of conversion elements and
an output electrode of the sensor; and

a shield,
wherein the signal output from the output electrode of the sensor is supplied to the processing unit via a signal line, and
the shield is arranged such that capacitive coupling between the output electrodes of the plurality of conversion elements
and the signal line is reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,507,544

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD TO PROCESS PRINT DATA USING FILTERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus on which a printer driver configured to process data via a filter runs, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor, wherein the processor communicates with the memory, the processor configured to control:
an acceptance unit configured to accept whether to operate in a first mode or a second mode,
wherein, if it is accepted to operate in the first mode, a first filter transmits a print file to a second filter configured
to convert the print file into print data, and a third filter receives the print data from the second filter, and

wherein, if it is accepted to operate in the second mode, the first filter stores the print file in a storage area, and the
third filter receives from the second filter the print data converted by the second filter and obtains the print file not
converted by the second filter from the storage area.

US Pat. No. 9,509,885

METHOD FOR PERFORMING DITHER PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,500,991

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING SUPPLY DEVICE WITH COMPOUND SPIRAL PORTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a containing portion configured to contain developer including toner and carrier, the containing portion including a first
chamber and a second chamber provided adjacent to the first chamber and communicated with the first chamber to form a circulation
path through which the developer circulates;

a supplying device configured to supply the developer to the containing portion;
a first conveying member configured to convey the developer, the first conveying member being provided rotatably in the first
chamber,

the first conveying member comprising:
a rotatable rotary shaft portion;
a first spiral portion extending in a longitudinal direction of the first chamber in the circulation path in the first chamber
and provided around the rotary shaft portion, with a conveying direction of the first spiral portion being a forward direction
relative to a direction in which the developer in the circulation path in the first chamber circulates;

a second spiral portion provided on the rotary shaft portion downstream of the first spiral portion in the conveying direction
of the first spiral portion, a spiral direction of the second spiral portion being an opposite direction to a spiral direction
of the first spiral portion, with a conveying direction of the second spiral portion being a reverse direction relative to
the direction in which the developer in the circulation path in the first chamber circulates; and

a disk portion provided on the rotary shaft portion upstream of the second spiral portion in the conveying direction of the
second spiral portion and provided to project radially outwardly from a whole circumference of the rotary shaft portion in
a position adjacent to the second spiral portion;

a second conveying member configured to convey the developer, the second conveying member being provided rotatably in the
second chamber; and

a discharge outlet through which surplus developer is discharged toward outside, the discharge outlet being provided at an
end of the first chamber and being on a side of the conveying direction of the first spiral portion and adjacent to the disk
portion in a position through which the rotary shaft portion of the first conveying member is extended,

wherein the second spiral portion and the disk portion are arranged with an interval therebetween in a rotation axial direction
of the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,501,979

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus capable of controlling emission brightnesses of a plurality of light sources configuring a backlight
on the basis of input image data, the image display apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to control the emission brightness of each of the plurality of light sources corresponding to a
plurality of blocks configuring a region of a screen, according to a characteristic value of each image displayed in each
of the plurality of blocks;

a detecting unit configured to detect a background block that is a block in which a background image is displayed, on the
basis of the characteristic value of each image displayed in each of the plurality of blocks; and

a determining unit configured to determine an object block that is a block in which a predetermined object is displayed,
wherein when the background block detected by the detecting unit changes to the object block, the control unit does not change
the emission brightness of this object block from the emission brightness according to the characteristic value of the background
image displayed in this background block.

US Pat. No. 9,503,005

CONTROL DEVICE AND STEPPING MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control device comprising:
a drive unit configured to rotate a rotor by supplying a drive signal with periodical changes to a coil;
a detection unit configured to output a signal according to a rotation of the rotor; and
a control unit configured to control the drive signal supplied by the drive unit,
wherein the control unit performs a first control and a second control, in accordance with the rotation detected by the detection
unit, and

wherein the first control is a feedback control of an advance angle of the drive signal based on the signal output from the
detection unit and the second control is a feedback control of an amplitude of the drive signal based on the signal output
from the detection unit, and a feedback to the drive signal in the first control is slower than a feedback to the drive signal
in the second control.

US Pat. No. 9,482,935

PROJECTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PROJECTION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection apparatus for displaying an image based on an input image signal by emitting light from a light source, the
projection apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect gradation information from the input image signal;
a determination unit configured to determine a number of light emissions of the light source for displaying an image corresponding
to one image frame based on the input image signal based on the gradation information detected from the input image signal
by the detection unit such that a number of light emissions of the light source for displaying the image corresponding to
one image frame based on the input image signal is larger in a case where the gradation information detected from the input
image signal by the detection unit corresponds to higher brightness than a predetermined brightness in comparison with a case
where the gradation information detected from the input image signal by the detection unit corresponds to lower brightness
than the predetermined brightness; and

a control unit configured to control the light source according to the determination of the number of light emissions of the
light source based on the gradation information of the input image signal by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,484,060

ENCODER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,356

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH OPENING FOR POSITIONING OR REGULATING A SUPPORTING MEMBER THAT SUPPORTS AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly to which a cartridge, including an image bearing member and a supporting member for supporting said image
bearing member, is detachably mountable in the direction of an axis of said image bearing member;

an opening, provided in said main assembly, for receiving said supporting member and for positioning or regulating said supporting
member, said opening being defined by an inner circumference having a V-shaped portion; and

an urging member for urging said supporting member to said V-shaped portion,
wherein said opening is passed through by said supporting member in a process of said cartridge entering said main assembly,
and

wherein said supporting member is a bearing rotatably supporting said image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,462,937

OPHTHALMIC DEVICE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,466,017

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,324

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

wherein the rotating member is a non-conductive resin.

US Pat. No. 9,460,347

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE FOR DETECTING AN IMAGE AREA INCLUDING A DEFECTIVE COLOR TONE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

16. A method of controlling an image processing apparatus comprising one or more processors and one or more memories, the
method comprising:
at the image processing apparatus, specifying a face direction in an image including a face;
detecting a red-eye area in the face included in the image; and
correcting the detected red-eye area in accordance with a correction parameter which is changed depending on the specified
face direction,

wherein the one or more processors perform the specifying, the detecting, and the correcting.

US Pat. No. 9,459,914

PROCESSING METHOD FOR CONTROL APPARATUS INVOLVES CONTROLLING JOB SUBSEQUENT TO PROCEEDING JOB BASED ON EXECUTION RESULT ACQUIRED BY EXECUTING THE PROCEEDING JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing method for a control apparatus which can control execution of a subsequent job subsequent to a preceding job
having a processing content different from the subsequent job based on results of executing the preceding job when executing
a plurality of jobs cooperated as job cooperation, the method comprising:
displaying a control screen for setting execution conditions for executing a subsequent job;
holding an execution result obtained by executing the preceding job;
acquiring the execution result held in the holding step according to a request using a URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) for
acquiring an execution result of a job at the control apparatus by a web service, wherein the request includes a designation
of identification information of the preceding job; and

controlling the subsequent job subsequent to the preceding job based on the execution result acquired in the acquiring step
and the execution conditions set via the control screen,

wherein in the control screen, at least one of a normal end indicating success of process for all of target devices, a partial
end indicating success of process for a part of the target devices and failure of process for the rest of the target devices,
and an abnormal end indicating failure of process for the target devices, which can be an execution result of a preceding
job, can be designated as the execution conditions, and

wherein if both of the normal end and the partial end are designated as the execution conditions, the subsequent job subsequent
to the preceding job is executed for the target devices even though the execution result acquired in the acquiring step indicates
either the normal end or the partial end.

US Pat. No. 9,453,984

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND LENS UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,455,592

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR WIRELESSLY RECEIVING POWER FROM A POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

20. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a computer program for controlling an electronic apparatus including
a power receiving unit configured to wirelessly receive power from an external apparatus, the computer program comprising:
before the electronic apparatus performs a predetermined operation, determining power for performing the predetermined operation;
before the electronic apparatus performs the predetermined operation, setting at least one of a resonant frequency of the
power receiving unit and a characteristic value of the electronic apparatus based on the determined power, the characteristic
value indicating a resonance characteristic of the electronic apparatus; and

performing the predetermined operation by using power received in a state where the at least one of the resonant frequency
and characteristic value of the electronic apparatus is set.

US Pat. No. 9,448,817

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,839

SOLID STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array in which pixels arrayed in a matrix shape, with each pixel having a color filter of one color, and including
a plurality of photodiodes each of which receives an incident light passing through the color filter; and

an adding circuit, wherein
the pixels include a first pixel, a second pixel and a third pixel,
each of the first pixel, the second pixel, and the third pixel has a color filter of a first color, and
the adding circuit performs addition of (i) a signal based on an output of only a part of the plurality of photodiodes of
the first pixel, (ii) a signal based on an output of the plurality of photodiodes of the second pixel, and (iii) a signal
based on an output of only a part of the plurality of photodiodes of the third pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,427,997

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A printing apparatus comprising:
a first writing unit configured to write a plurality of printing data arrays corresponding to a print target image to be printed
by a print head having ink ejecting port array into a first storage unit and write a predetermined data arrays representing
not printing into area corresponding to outside of the print target image in the first storage unit;

a second writing unit configured to read out data included the plurality of printing data arrays and the predetermined data
arrays that have been written into the first storage unit by the first writing unit and write the read out data into a second
storage unit with shifting in a direction perpendicular to the arraying direction of the plurality of printing data arrays
and the predetermined data arrays according to an inclination of the print head;

a reading unit configured to read out the data that have been written in the second storage unit by the second writing unit,
for each data array corresponding to a predetermined ejecting timing of the ink ejecting port array, and

a control unit configured to control the print head according to the data that is read out by the reading unit,
wherein the reading unit reads out data arrays corresponding to the print target image and does not read out data arrays corresponding
to outside of the print target image in the first storage unit, from a plurality data arrays stored in the second storage
unit that have been written in by the second writing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,432,567

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD THAT PERFORM FOCUS ACTION FOLLOWING ZOOM ACTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
at least one processor or circuitry configured to perform:
a follow-up action where a focus action, in which a focus lens is moved in an optical axis direction so as to correct a change
in optical image-formed position on an imaging element caused by a zoom operation, is followed to a zoom action that is performed
responding to the zoom operation; and

an auto-focus adjustment by moving the focus lens in the optical axis direction according to a focus detection result,
wherein in a case where an instruction for the auto-focus adjustment is given while the follow-up action is being performed,
said at least one processor or circuitry controls to operate in a mode in which the auto-focus adjustment is not executed
until a defocusing amount obtained from the focus detection result becomes smaller than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,423,732

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
an elastic roller; and
a back-up unit cooperative with said elastic roller to form a fixing nip therebetween, said back-up unit including a cylindrical
film contacting said elastic roller, a film guide, extending inside said film in a generatrix direction of said film, configured
to guide said film, and an end portion guiding member provided at an end portion of said film guiding member, said end portion
guiding member including a guiding portion configured to guide an inner surface of an end portion of said film with respect
to the generatrix direction,

wherein a toner image is heat-fixed on a recording material while feeding a recording material carrying a toner image through
said nip,

wherein said film guide has a channel-like cross-section extending longitudinally along an inner periphery of said cylindrical
film and includes a plurality of ribs extending circumferentially along the inner periphery of said cylindrical film, said
ribs each including a curved surface convex toward an upstream side with respect to the feeding direction of the recording
material,

wherein upstream most portions of the convex surfaces of longitudinally middle ribs between longitudinally opposite end ribs
are retracted more toward a downstream side with respect to the feeding direction of the recording material than those of
the longitudinally opposite end ribs, and,

wherein the convex surfaces of the longitudinally middle ribs are less strongly curved than those of the longitudinally opposite
end ribs.

US Pat. No. 9,423,736

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater usable with an image heating apparatus including an electric energy supplying portion provided with a first terminal
and a second terminal, and an endless belt for heating an image on a sheet, wherein said heater is contactable to the belt
to heat the belt, said heater comprising:
a substrate;
a first connecting portion electrically connectable with the first terminal;
a second connecting portion electrically connectable with the first terminal and provided adjacent to said first connecting
portion with a gap in a longitudinal direction of said substrate;

a third connecting portion electrically connectable with the second terminal;
a fourth connecting portion electrically connectable with the second terminal and provided adjacent to said third connecting
portion with a gap in a widthwise direction of said substrate; and

a plurality of heat generating portions arranged in the longitudinal direction of said substrate, said heat generating portions
including at least one heat generating portion capable of generating heat by electric energy supplied from said first connecting
portion and said second connecting portion, at least one heat generating portion capable of generating heat by electric energy
supplied from said first connecting portion and said third connecting portion, and at least one heat generating portion capable
of generating heat by electric energy supplied from said first connecting portion and said fourth connecting portion,

wherein a gap between said third connecting portion and said fourth connecting portion in the widthwise direction of said
substrate is smaller than a gap between said first connecting portion and said second connecting portion in the longitudinal
direction of said substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,426,317

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for reading out an image of an original and printing the readout image on print paper, the printing
apparatus comprising:
a setting unit implemented by at least one processor and configured to set whether the original is output to a paper ejecting
unit for the print paper; and

a control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, if setting that causes the original to be output to a first paper ejecting unit that is the same as the paper ejecting
unit for the print paper is made by the setting unit, the control unit is configured to perform control so that the original
is output to the paper ejecting unit for the print paper,

wherein, if setting that causes the original to be output to a paper ejecting unit that is the same as the paper ejecting
unit for the print paper is not made by the setting unit, the control unit is configured to perform control so that the original
is output to a second paper ejecting unit that differs from the paper ejecting unit for the print paper.

US Pat. No. 9,423,276

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND ABSOLUTE ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus of measuring a position of a target object, the apparatus comprising:
a detector configured to detect modulated light from the target object having a periodic pattern, and to output a periodic
pattern signal with at least two periods; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate the position of the target object based on the output of said detector,
wherein said calculation unit
determines positions of two extreme values each of which appears as a constant value for each period of the periodic pattern
from the periodic pattern signal output from said detector,

calculates a first total sum by multiplying the periodic pattern signal by first reference waveform data of a sinusoidal waveform
with the same period as that of the periodic pattern signal in a region between the positions of the two extreme values, and
adding the multiplication results,

calculates a second total sum by multiplying the periodic pattern signal by second reference waveform data of a sinusoidal
waveform with a phase difference of 90° with respect to the first reference waveform data in the region, and adding the multiplication
results,

calculates a phase of the periodic pattern signal based on the first total sum and the second total sum, and
calculates the position of the target object based on the calculated phase.

US Pat. No. 9,426,396

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND CELLULAR PHONE FOR REDUCED POWER CONSUMPTION WHEN PERFORMING THINNING READOUT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels including a first pixel group and a second pixel group;
a first readout unit connected to the first pixel group;
a second readout unit connected to the second pixel group; and
a control unit configured to control to supply power to the first and second readout units in a first readout mode, and control
to supply power to the first readout unit and not to supply power to the second readout unit in a second readout mode,

wherein the plurality of pixels and the first readout unit are arranged on a first chip, and the second readout unit is arranged
on a second chip.

US Pat. No. 9,426,398

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a pixel array including a light-receiving pixel having a first photoelectric converter, a second photoelectric converter and
one microlens provided in common for both the first photoelectric converter and the second photoelectric converter, and a
light-shielded pixel having a third photoelectric converter and a fourth photoelectric converter; and

a processor configured to process a signal from the pixel array,
wherein in a period, the processor holds (a) a first signal corresponding to charges of the first photoelectric converter,
(b) a second signal corresponding to a sum of charges of the first photoelectric converter and charges of the second photoelectric
converter, and (c) a third signal corresponding to a sum of charges of the third photoelectric converter and charges of the
fourth photoelectric converter, and

wherein the processor outputs (a) a signal associated with the first signal held in the period, (b) a signal associated with
the second signal held in the period, and (c) a signal associated with the third signal held in the period, and the processor
does not output (d) a signal corresponding to charges of the third photoelectric converter and a signal corresponding to charges
of the fourth photoelectric converter.

US Pat. No. 9,409,397

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING A LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,412,773

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of semiconductor elements disposed in a photoelectric conversion section, each of the plurality of the semiconductor
elements

including an electroconductor, a semiconductor, and a silicon oxide film provided between the electroconductor and the semiconductor,
wherein the silicon oxide film contains nitrogen,
a maximum nitrogen concentration of the silicon oxide film is higher than 0.10 atomic % and 10.00 atomic % or lower, and
an interface nitrogen concentration in a surface at a side of the semiconductor of the silicon oxide film is 0.10 atomic %
or lower.

US Pat. No. 9,407,787

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to cause a reading unit to read a sheet by an image sensor of the reading unit and to input image
data obtained by the reading, in accordance with a reading instruction received by an operation unit with which a user performs
an operation, wherein the reading unit and the operation unit are included in one device; and

a storage control unit configured to store on a memory a file containing image data of one or more pages input by the input
unit, in accordance with an end instruction for instructing an end of the input by the input unit, the end instruction being
received by the operation unit,

wherein, in a case where a reading instruction for adding a page and the end instruction are received by the operation unit
after an exception instruction is received by the operation unit separately from the reading instruction, the storage control
unit is configured to store, on the memory, a file which contains image data of a page which is not excepted by the exception
instruction and image data of an added page input by the reading instruction for adding a page and does not contain image
data of an excepted page excepted by the exception instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,407,792

COLOR PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR WITH CORRECTION OF TRISTIMULUS VALUES ACROSS MULTIPLE SETS OF COLOR MATCHING FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain spectral characteristic data of plural different imaging equipments on which color
matching is to be performed;

a first generation unit configured to generate plural color-reproduction characteristic tables, each color-reproduction characteristic
table corresponding to a respective one of the plural different imaging equipments, wherein each color-reproduction characteristic
table contains a plurality of sets of tristimulus values calculated from the spectral characteristic data using a plurality
of sets of color matching functions;

a setting unit configured to set correction coefficients for tristimulus values using the plural different imaging equipments;
a calculation unit configured to calculate, for each color-reproduction characteristic table, corrected tristimulus values
from the plurality of sets of tristimulus values contained in the color-reproduction characteristic table using the correction
coefficients; and

a second generation unit configured to generate a table for color matching between the plural different imaging equipments,
the table being generated using the corrected tristimulus values contained in the color-reproduction characteristic tables
for the plural different imaging equipments,

wherein at least one of the obtaining unit, the first generation unit, the second generation unit, the setting unit, and the
calculation unit is implemented using a processor and a memory which stores a program for execution by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,400,370

OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,396,535

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,395,600

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND ILLUMINATION CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination comprising:
a first casing;
a second casing including a light emitting unit configured to be rotatable relative to the first casing;
a drive unit configured to rotate the second casing relative to the first casing;
a detection unit configured to detect rotation of the second casing relative to the first casing;
a control unit configured to select any one of a first mode, in which, when the detection unit detects the rotation of the
second casing even when the second casing is not rotated by the drive unit, the control unit causes the drive unit to rotate
the second casing to a position of the second casing before the rotation of the second casing is detected by the detection
unit, or a second mode, in which, when the detection unit detects the rotation of the second casing even when the second casing
is not rotated by the drive unit, the control unit does not cause the drive unit to rotate the second casing to the position
of the second casing before the rotation of the second casing is detected by the detection unit; and

a contact detection unit including a plurality of contact detectors disposed at a plurality of positions of the second casing,
wherein the control unit selects the second mode when the detection unit detects the rotation of the second casing even when
the second casing is not rotated by the drive unit and the contact detection unit detects contact of an object at the plurality
of positions of the casing.

US Pat. No. 9,395,644

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,208

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. 9,389,523

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE EACH INCLUDING THE ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises a charge generating layer and a surface layer, wherein,
the charge generating layer contains at least one charge generating substance selected from the group consisting of hydroxygallium
phthalocyanine, oxytitanium phthalocyanine, and chlorogallium phthalocyanine,

the surface layer contains a hole transporting substance represented by the following formula (1)?:

in the formula (1)?,
R1 to R6, R3? to R6?, and R3? to R6? each independently represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group,

R7 represents a group derived from a pyrene,

R7? represents a group derived from a fluorene or an anthracene, and

R7? represents a group derived from a fluorene, a pyrene, an anthracene, a phenanthrene, or a fluoranthene,

a ratio of a number of sp3 carbon atoms is 15% or more and 35% or less based on a total number of carbon atoms in the hole transporting substance, and

a thickness of the photosensitive layer is 5 ?m or more and 10 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,389,816

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,672

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,386,186

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD PERFORMING DETECTION OF INCLINATION OF ORIGINAL IN READ IMAGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH DIRECTION OF FIBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a storage medium configured to store program codes; and
one or more processors configured to execute the program codes stored in the storage medium,
wherein the one or more processors function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a read image acquired by a reading device reading an original;
a specifying unit configured to specify a region in which the luminance is higher than a predetermined luminance, which corresponds
to a frequency component equal to or greater than a predetermined frequency, and in which the flatness of a power spectrum
existent region is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold value, from the read image acquired by the acquisition
unit, and to specify a direction of fiber in the specified region, and

a performing unit configured to perform predetermined processing on the read image based on the specified direction of the
fiber in the region specified by the specifying unit.

US Pat. No. 9,384,434

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MAKING USER AWARE OF SECURITY POLICY VIOLATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
store user information including user names and passwords;
receive data from an external apparatus, the data having a user name and not having a password;
execute, if the user name of the received data corresponds to one of the user names which are included in the stored user
information and if a password of the corresponding stored user name has not expired, a print process on the basis of the received
data; and

if the user name of the received data corresponds to one of the user names which are included in the stored user information
and, if a password of the corresponding user name expired, restrict the print process on the basis of the received data, cause
a password change screen to be displayed at at least one of the image forming apparatus and the external apparatus, the password
change screen being configured to allow a user to change a password.

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. 9,380,210

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor capable of photoelectrically converting a subject image;
an image processing circuit configured to acquire foreign substance information including information relating to at least
a position and a size of a foreign substance adhered to an optical element disposed on a front side of the image sensor;

a timing generator configured to clip a predetermined area on an entire screen of the image sensor and to output image clipping
information indicating a position of the predetermined area; and

a recording unit configured to record the foreign substance information and the image clipping information in association
with image data generated based on an output signal of the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,380,247

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sensor groups, each comprising a plurality of sensors, wherein each sensor includes a photoelectric converter
configured to generate charge according to incident light and a storage portion configured to store charge transferred from
the photoelectric converter, and each sensor group corresponds to each of a plurality of focus detection areas;

a selection unit configured to select one of the plurality of focus detection areas;
a control unit configured to control charge accumulation of the sensor group according to one of a first accumulation method
in which charge generated by the photoelectric converter is accumulated in the photoelectric converter, and a second accumulation
method in which charge generated by the photoelectric converter is transferred to and accumulated in the storage portion;
and

a monitor unit configured to, for each sensor group controlled according to the second accumulation method, monitor a signal
level of the charge stored in the storage portion,

wherein the control unit controls according to the first accumulation method a sensor group corresponding to the focus detection
area selected by the selection unit, and controls according to the second accumulation method a sensor group adjacent to the
sensor group controlled according to the first accumulation method.

US Pat. No. 9,374,522

VIDEO GENERATING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,066

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. 9,369,605

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. 9,358,803

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. 9,363,757

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING A COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a first wireless communication unit configured to perform Near Field communication;
a second wireless communication unit configured to perform communication that conforms to Bluetooth Low Energy;
a third wireless communication unit configured to perform communication that conforms to any one of IEEE802.11 series, wherein
the second wireless communication unit has a communication speed that is slower than that of the third wireless communication
unit and a power consumption less than that of the third wireless communication unit,

wherein the first wireless communication unit has a communication range that is less than that of the third wireless communication
unit and that of the second wireless communication unit;

a handover unit configured to perform a handover of communication to the third wireless communication unit, based on a communication
parameter shared with a communication partner apparatus by communication by the first wireless communication unit, the communication
parameter being a communication parameter for communicating with the communication partner apparatus by the third wireless
communication unit;

a restricting unit configured to restrict power supplied to the third wireless communication unit, in a case where a data
communication with the communication partner apparatus by the third wireless communication unit is completed after the handover
is performed by the handover unit; and

a control unit configured to cancel the restriction of the power supplied to the third wireless communication unit by the
restricting unit and restart a communication with the communication partner apparatus by the third wireless communication
unit, in a case where an activation instruction is received from the communication partner apparatus by the second wireless
communication unit after the power supplied to the third wireless communication unit is restricted by the restricting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,361,449

PLATFORM INTEGRITY VERIFICATION SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A platform integrity verification system having an information processing device and an integrity verification computer
that are is communicably connected to each other, wherein
said information processing device comprises:
an acquisition unit configured to perform acquisition processing including acquiring a plurality of unique values from a plurality
of programs executed by said information processing device when said information processing device is shut down, each respective
unique value of the plurality of unique values acquired from a respective program of the plurality of programs, wherein said
information processing device is configured, after said acquisition unit finishes the acquisition processing, to report to
said integrity verification computer that said information processing device is shut down; and

a storage unit configured to store the plurality of unique values acquired by said acquisition unit in a storage device, and
said integrity verification computer comprises a comparison unit configured to retrieve each respective unique value of the
plurality of unique values stored in the storage device through communication with said information processing device and
to compare the respective unique value with a respective predetermined value held in advance for the respective program from
which the respective unique value was acquired by the acquisition unit.

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. 9,348,235

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which projects an image of a pattern formed on a mask onto a substrate through a projection optical
system, the apparatus comprising:
a prediction unit configured to predict an imaging characteristic fluctuation of the projection optical system which is caused
by thermal action due to exposure, by using a model formula modeling the imaging characteristic fluctuation; and

a correction unit configured to correct the imaging characteristic based on a prediction result obtained by the prediction
unit,

wherein the model formula comprises a composition of a plurality of functions modeling the imaging characteristic fluctuation
and indicating a time dependency, each of the plurality of functions having an exposure-angle-of-view dependency which represents
a dependency of an illumination size, a size of an imaging plane at the wafer level or a mask area, and the exposure-angle-of-view
dependencies of the plurality of functions being different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,349,881

DIODE ELEMENT AND DETECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diode element, comprising:
a semiconductor including a first conductive type low carrier concentration layer and a first conductive type high carrier
concentration layer formed below the first conductive type low carrier concentration layer; and

a Schottky electrode and an ohmic electrode which are formed on an outermost surface of the first conductive type low carrier
concentration layer side of the semiconductor, wherein:

the first conductive type low carrier concentration layer has a carrier concentration that is lower than a carrier concentration
of the first conductive type high carrier concentration layer;

the semiconductor includes a first conductive type impurity introducing region that is located immediately below the ohmic
electrode and a second conductive type region of a second conductive type that is different from the first conductive type;

the second conductive type region is electrically insulated from the Schottky electrode by an electrical resistance of 10
M? or more and is in contact with the first conductive type impurity introducing region; and

the second conductive type region extends from a region between the Schottky electrode and the ohmic electrode of the outermost
surface of the first conductive type low carrier concentration layer side of the semiconductor.

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. 9,335,690

PRESSING ROLLER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pressing roller comprising:
a cylindrical core metal;
a first rubber layer of non-porous material provided on the core metal; and
a second rubber layer of porous material provided on the first rubber layer,
wherein the second rubber layer includes a thermo-conductive filler dispersed therein such that a thermal conductivity of
the second rubber layer in a longitudinal direction is higher than a thermal conductivity thereof in a thickness direction,
and

wherein the first rubber layer includes a thermo-conductive filler dispersed therein such that a thermal conductivity of the
first rubber layer in a thickness direction is higher than a thermal conductivity of the second rubber layer in the thickness
direction of the second rubber layer.

US Pat. No. 9,333,744

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD WITH A PLURALITY OF PRESSURE CHAMBERS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND SHRINK-DEFORMING THE PRESSURE CHAMBERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a plurality of ejection ports from which a liquid is ejected;
a plurality of pressure chambers which communicate with the plurality of ejection ports and are constituted by piezoelectric
portions that eject a liquid from the ejection ports by shrink-deforming;

a control unit configured to drive the piezoelectric portions so that the pressure chambers shrink-deform; and
a first switch for switching, in accordance with the control of the control unit, from an ON state in which a driving state
of the piezoelectric portions are maintained to an OFF state in which the driving state is released, and a second switch for
switching, when the first switch is switched from the ON state to the OFF state, a connection destination of the piezoelectric
portion from the first switch to an abnormality detection unit,

wherein the control unit controls driving timing of the piezoelectric portions such that, after any of the plurality of pressure
chambers is made to shrink-deform, a pressure chamber disposed not to adjoin the shrink-deformed pressure chamber is made
to shrink-deform.

US Pat. No. 9,338,429

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REPRODUCING VIDEO CONTENT INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF VIDEOS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor
to function as:

an acquisition unit which acquires first view-point information relating to a first video, second view-point information relating
to a second video, and image information to be used to generate a graphic image corresponding to the first video;

a calculation unit which calculates difference information between the first and the second view-point information;
a first determination unit which determines whether a direction of a graphic image corresponding to the second video is to
be rotated, in a direction different from a direction of the graphic image corresponding to the first video, according to
a directional attribute that is information that the graphic image corresponding to the first video has;

a generation unit which converts the image information by using the difference information, in a case where the first determination
unit determines that the direction of the graphic image corresponding to the second video is to be rotated in the direction
different from the direction of the graphic image corresponding to the first video, and generates the graphic image corresponding
to the second video based on the converted image information; and

a synthesis unit which synthesizes the generated graphic image and an image of the second video,
wherein the synthesis unit synthesizes the graphic image corresponding to the first video with the second video as the graphic
image corresponding to the second video, in a case where the first determination unit determines that the direction of the
graphic image corresponding to the second video is not to be rotated in the direction different from the direction of the
graphic image corresponding to the first video, and

wherein the directional attribute is binary data indicating whether the direction of the graphic image corresponding to the
first video differs in a display format depending on a view-point position or a line-of-sight direction.

US Pat. No. 9,338,481

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS STREAMING DISTRIBUTION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that distributes, according to a segment request from an external apparatus, segments obtained
by dividing video data to the external apparatus, comprising:
a wireless communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control the communication apparatus,
wherein the control unit performs following steps:
generating a segment list describing information on a distribution source of each segment;
transmitting via the wireless communication unit the segment list in response to a request from the external apparatus, for
acquiring the segment list;

holding management information of a plurality of other communication apparatuses that are capable of distributing data to
the external apparatus; and

receiving, from a user, selection of a communication apparatus that is to distribute data to the external apparatus, out of
the communication apparatuses of which the management information is held,

wherein when the selection of a communication apparatus that is to distribute data to the external apparatus is received from
the user, said control unit generates a segment list such that the communication apparatus selected by the user is set as
the distribution source of the segment, and

wherein the segment list generated such that the communication apparatus selected by the user is set as the distribution source
of the segment is transmitted via the wireless communication unit in response to the request from the external apparatus for
acquiring the segment list.

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. 9,329,532

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,141

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a server that provides a microblogging function, the image
processing apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect a registration of a first message to the server;
a processor configured to perform as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire image data indicated by the first message whose registration is detected by the detecting
unit;

an output unit configured to output the image data acquired by the acquiring unit;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not a predetermined time has elapsed without the output unit having
output the image data since the detecting unit detected the registration of the first message; and

a registration unit configured to register to the server a second message in association with the first message in response
to a third message being registered and the determining unit having determined that the predetermined time has elapsed without
the output unit having output the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,332,203

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric-conversion element configured to output electric charges generated by photoelectric conversion to a first
node; and

an accumulation circuit having an input terminal connected to the first node and being capable of changing an integral capacitance
value, wherein

in an electric charge accumulation period, number of drain or source of a MOS transistor in an OFF state connected to the
first node is one;

the accumulation circuit has an output terminal connected to a second node; and
the accumulation circuit comprises:
a first switch and a second switch serially connected between the first node and the second node;
a first capacitance connected in parallel with the second switch and having one terminal connected to the second node; and
a second capacitance connected between the first node and the second node.

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. 9,323,182

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. 9,326,370

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:
a printed wiring board including:
a power layer having a wiring-shaped power pattern formed therein; and
a ground layer having a plane-shaped ground pattern formed therein, the ground layer being opposed to the power layer across
a dielectric layer;

a semiconductor device mounted on the printed wiring board, the semiconductor device having a power terminal connected to
the power pattern and a ground terminal connected to the ground pattern; and

a power supply member mounted on the printed wiring board, the power supply member supplying DC power to the semiconductor
device via the power pattern and the ground pattern, so that the wiring-shaped power pattern is a wiring connecting the power
supply member to the semiconductor device,

wherein the ground pattern has a overlapping region overlapping the wiring-shaped power pattern as viewed from a direction
perpendicular to a surface of the printed wiring board,

wherein at least one defect portion is formed on the ground pattern, the defect portion overlapping the wiring-shaped power
pattern as viewed from a direction perpendicular to a surface of the printed wiring board, so that the overlapping region
is defined as a wiring-shaped ground pattern region, the wiring-shaped ground pattern region connecting the power supply member
and the semiconductor device,

wherein a wiring-width of a part of the wiring-shaped ground pattern region beside the defect portion, which is perpendicular
to a wiring direction of the wiring-shaped power pattern, is narrower than a wiring-width of the wiring-shaped power pattern,
and

wherein the defect portion does not cross a power pass transmitting a power from a power supply member to the semiconductor
device on the wiring-shaped power pattern as viewed from a direction perpendicular to a surface of the printed wiring board.

US Pat. No. 9,317,228

PRINTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory, the memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
receive a request for first element data and second element data from an information processing apparatus;
respond, to the information processing apparatus, with delay data indicating that transmission of the second element data
is to be delayed and the first element data, as response data in response to the request; and

transmit the second element data to the information processing apparatus after responding with the response data,
wherein a data size of the delay data is smaller than a data size of the second element data, and
wherein when a status of the image processing apparatus is changed, event data indicating a status of the image processing
apparatus is notified,

wherein the delay data is empty data.

US Pat. No. 9,318,712

XANTHONE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting device comprising:
a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer disposed between the pair of electrodes, wherein the organic compound layer contains a xanthone
compound represented by general formula [1]


where R1 to R8 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a substituted or unsubstituted
phenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted naphthyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted phenanthryl group, a substituted
or unsubstituted fluorenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted triphenylenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted chrysenyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzofuranyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzothienyl group; and

L represents a single bond, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent benzene, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent biphenyl,
a substituted or unsubstituted divalent terphenyl, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent naphthalene, a substituted or unsubstituted
divalent phenanthrene, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent fluorene, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent triphenylene,
a substituted or unsubstituted divalent chrysene, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent dibenzofuran, or a substituted or
unsubstituted divalent dibenzothiophene,

wherein the benzene, the biphenyl, the terphenyl, the naphthalene, the phenanthrene, the fluorene, the triphenylene, the chrysene,
the dibenzofuran, and the dibenzothiophene may have an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms as a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,317,178

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH REDUCED REPETITION OF AUDIO GUIDANCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations
comprising:

switching to a screen to be displayed according to an input instruction;
acquiring a first time of the switching to the screen;
acquiring a second time of previous outputting of audio guidance corresponding to the screen;
calculating a time difference between the first time and second time;
determining whether the time difference is more than a predetermined time;
outputting, according to the switching to the screen, audio guidance corresponding to the screen after the switching if the
time difference is more than the predetermined time; and

if the time difference is not more than the predetermined time, not outputting the audio guidance corresponding to the screen
after the switching,

wherein the time difference is a time elapsing from the previous outputting of audio guidance corresponding to the screen
to the switching to the screen.

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. 9,310,688

PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus configured to conduct a prescribed processing on an object to be processed in a specific environment,
the processing apparatus comprising:
a chamber configured to have an aperture and an interior accommodated to a specific environment;
a mechanism of which at least a portion is contained within the chamber interior, while a remaining portion passes through
the aperture without contacting the chamber;

at least one support member configured to support the mechanism;
a sealing member that configures a boundary of the specific environment and an atmospheric environment by connecting one end
to the aperture and connecting the other end to the support member; and

a rotary member configured to allow relative rotation around a vertical axis between the support member and a structure that
supports the support member.

US Pat. No. 9,311,469

AUTHORIZATION SERVER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authorization server system that manages authorization information configured to enable providing of a service without
requiring input of authentication information, comprising:
a memory storing instructions;
a processor executing said instructions to implement;
a management unit configured to manage authorization information;
a providing unit configured to provide a deletion screen that includes authorization information generated when an authorization
operation of a user is performed but not authorization information generated without performing the authorization operation
of the user, in accordance with reception of a request of the deletion screen configured to delete the authorization information
managed by the management unit; and

a deletion unit configured to delete the authorization information managed by the management unit, in accordance with reception
of a deletion instruction via the deletion screen,

wherein the authorization information generated when the authorization operation of the user is performed is information that,
when the authorization server system performs authentication processing based on user information, issues an authorization
code depending on execution of an authorization operation on an authorization confirmation screen provided to a user depending
on a success of the authentication processing, and performs verification of the authorization code when receiving a request
of authorization information, is issued depending on a success of the verification of the authorization code, and

wherein the authorization information generated without performing the authorization operation of the user is information
that, when the authorization server system performs authentication processing based on user information, issues an authentication
token depending on a success of the authentication processing without providing the authorization confirmation screen to the
user, and performs verification of the authentication token when receiving a request of authorization information, is issued
depending on a success of the verification of the authentication token.

US Pat. No. 9,310,704

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer having a full color print process and a monochrome print process, comprising:
a color and monochrome discrimination unit configured to, when processing print data of a plurality of pages including a page
having a color attribute and a page having a monochrome attribute, discriminate whether an attribute of a page included in
the plurality of pages is color or monochrome, and

a print process decision unit configured to decide either the full-color print process or the monochrome print process as
a print process for a target page to be printed,

wherein the print process decision unit decides the full-color print process as the print process for the target page discriminated
to be a color attribute by the color and monochrome discrimination unit,

wherein the print process decision unit decides the monochrome print process as the print process for the target page discriminated
to be a monochrome attribute by the color and monochrome discrimination unit when the color and monochrome discrimination
unit has not discriminated an attribute of subsequent page of the target page, and

wherein the print data of the plurality of pages including the page having the color attribute and the page having the monochrome
attribute is printed in an order according to the page numbers included in the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,310,723

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS MOVING MECHANISM CONFIGURED TO MOVE URGING ROLLER CONFIGURED TO URGE CLEANING WEB TOWARD ROTATABLE COLLECTING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured to heat a toner image on a recording material;
a rotatable collecting member configured to collect a toner deposited on said rotatable heating member;
a cleaning web configured to clean said rotatable collecting member;
an urging roller configured to urge said cleaning web toward said rotatable collecting member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said urging roller so as to be movable between a first position where said cleaning
web contacts said rotatable collecting member, a second position where said cleaning web contacts said rotatable collecting
member at a contact pressure lower than the contact pressure at the first position, and a third position where said cleaning
web is spaced from said rotatable collecting member;

an executing portion configured to execute an operation in a cleaning mode in which said rotatable collecting member is cleaned
at the second position and the first position in this order; and

a controller configured to control, in the operation in the cleaning mode, the temperature of said rotatable collecting roller
so that the temperature when said urging roller is moved from the third position to the second position is higher than the
temperature when said urging roller is moved from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,310,725

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image formed on a recording material, said apparatus comprising:
an endless belt;
a roller contactable with said endless belt to form a nip to nip and feed the recording material;
a heater provided along a generatrix direction of said endless belt at an inside of said endless belt;
a guiding member, provided inside said endless belt, configured to guide rotation of said endless belt;
a reinforcing member, provided between said endless belt and said heater with respect to a radial direction of said heater,
configured to reinforce said guiding member, said reinforcing member being provided with an opening to permit radiant light
from said heater to reach said endless belt; and

a protecting member, provided between said heater and said reinforcing member with respect to said radial direction so as
to oppose said endless belt through said opening, thus suppressing flexure of said endless belt caused by being pressed by
the recording material when the recording material is jammed.

US Pat. No. 9,313,363

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PRINTING USING SHORT DISTANCE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for performing communication using each of a first communication method in which short
distance wireless communication is executed and a second communication method, comprising:
at least one processer; and
at least one memory configured to store a program which can be executed by the at least one processer,
wherein the at least one processer acquires by the first communication method in response to connection with a device by the
first communication method, both of first information relating to communication by the second communication method with the
device and second information for specifying a destination of transmission of predetermined data

wherein, after both of the first information and the second information are acquired by the first communication method, the
at least one processor determines whether it is possible to transfer the predetermined data to the device without using the
second information;

and wherein in a case where it is determined that it is possible to transfer the predetermined data to the device without
using the second information, the at least one processer transmits the predetermined data to the device by the second communication
method using the first information and without using the second information,

and wherein in a case where it is determined that it is not possible to transfer the predetermined data to the device without
using the second information, the at least one processer transmits the predetermined data to the destination from which the
device can acquire the predetermined data, by the second communication method using the second information.

US Pat. No. 9,304,416

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, METHOD OF PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer comprises a cured product of a composition comprising
(i) an isocyanate compound represented by the following formula (1),
(ii) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polyvinyl acetal and an acrylic polyol, and
(iii) a compound represented by any one of the following formulae (A1) to (A8):
in the formula (1), R1 and R2 each independently represent a single bond or an alkylene group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and X represents a bivalent group
represented by any one of the following formulae (2) to (7):
in the formulae (2) to (7), R21, R22, R23, R31, R32, R33, R42 and R43 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R41 represent a single bond or a methylene group;
in the formulae (A1) to (A8):
R101 to R106, R201 to R210, R301 to R308, R401 to R408, R501 to R510, R601 to R606, R701 to R708, and R801 to R810 each independently represent a monovalent group represented by the following formula (A), a hydrogen atom, a cyano group,
a nitro group, a halogen atom, an alkoxycarbonyl group, an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group, a group derived by substituting
one of carbon atoms in a main chain of the unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group with an oxygen atom, a group derived by
substituting one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group with a sulfur atom,
a group derived by substituting one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group
with NR10, or an unsubstituted or substituted aryl group, and R10 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, provided that at least one of R101 to R106, at least one of R201 to R210, at least one of R301 to R308, at least one of R401 to R408, at least one of R501 to R510, at least one of R601 to R606, at least one of R701 to R708, and at least one of R801 to R810 each represent the monovalent group represented by the formula (A);

a substituent of the substituted alkyl group is an alkyl group, an aryl group, or a halogen atom, and a substituent of the
substituted aryl group comprises a halogen atom, a nitro group, a cyano group, an alkyl group, or a halogenated alkyl group;

Z201, Z301, Z401, and Z501 each independently represent a carbon atom, a nitrogen atom, or an oxygen atom;

R209 and R210 are absent when Z201 represents the oxygen atom, and R210 is absent when Z201 represents the nitrogen atom;

R307 and R308 are absent when Z301 represents the oxygen atom, and R308 is absent when Z301 represents the nitrogen atom;

R407 and R408 are absent when Z401 represents the oxygen atom, and R408 is absent when Z401 represents the nitrogen atom; and

R509 and R510 are absent when Z501 represents the oxygen atom, and R510 is absent when Z501 represents the nitrogen atom:

in the formula (A):
at least one of ?, ?, and ? represents a group having a polymerizable functional group, and the polymerizable functional group
comprises at least one kind of group selected from the group consisting of a hydroxy group, a thiol group, an amino group,
and a carboxyl group;

l and m each independently represent 0 or 1, and a sum of l and m is 0 or more and 2 or less;
? represents an unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group having 1 to 6 main-chain carbon atoms, a group derived by substituting
one of the carbon atoms in a main chain of the unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group having 1 to 6 main-chain carbon
atoms with an oxygen atom, a group derived by substituting one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the unsubstituted
or substituted alkylene group having 1 to 6 main-chain carbon atoms with a sulfur atom, or a group derived by substituting
one of the carbon atoms in the main chain of the unsubstituted or substituted alkylene group having 1 to 6 main-chain carbon
atoms with NR19, and each of the groups represented by ? may have the polymerizable functional group;

R19 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group;

a substituent of the substituted alkylene group is an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl
group, or a phenyl group;

? represents a phenylene group, a phenylene group substituted with an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a phenylene
group substituted with a nitro group, a phenylene group substituted with a halogen atom, or a phenylene group substituted
with an alkoxy group, and each of the groups represented by ? may have the polymerizable functional group; and

? represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain carbon atoms, or an alkyl group having 1 to 6 main-chain
carbon atoms and substituted with an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, and each of the groups represented by ? may have
the polymerizable functional group.

US Pat. No. 9,304,444

CLEANING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning unit for an image forming apparatus, said cleaning unit comprising:
a frame;
a cleaning blade having a cleaning blade end portion contacting a rotatable image bearing member for removing a developer
from an image bearing member;

said frame comprising a developer accommodating portion for accommodating the developer removed by said cleaning blade;
a first sealing member sealing between said frame and said cleaning blade to prevent leakage of the developer from said developer
accommodating portion, said first sealing member being provided by injection molding into said frame adjacent to an axial
end portion of the image bearing member; and

a second sealing member sealing between said frame and said image bearing member to prevent leakage of the developer from
said developer accommodating portion, said second sealing member being provided at a position opposing said cleaning blade
end portion and adjacent to the axial end portion of the image bearing member, and said second sealing member having an L-shaped
configuration with a projected portion extending in a direction crossing with the axial direction outwardly beyond an end
surface of said cleaning blade with respect to the axial direction,

wherein said first sealing member includes a base portion provided at a position inside of the end surface with respect to
the axial direction and extending in the crossing direction and an extension extending from said base portion in the axial
direction, said extension having an extension end portion compressed by said projected portion to seal between said projected
portion and said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,304,462

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming portion forming a toner image on a sheet; a first heating rotator and a first pressing rotator forming a
fixing nip fixing the non-fixed toner image formed in the image forming portion onto the sheet;

a second heating rotator and a second pressing rotator forming a heating nip heating the fixed toner image on a predetermined
sheet that has passed through the fixing nip;

a first rubbing member rubbing a range of a surface of the first heating rotator contactable with the sheet;
a first contact/separate portion bringing the first rubbing member into contact with and keeping the first rubbing member
away from the first heating rotator, the first contact/separate portion bringing the first rubbing member into contact with
the first heating rotator in executing a first roughening process to the first heating rotator;

a second rubbing member rubbing a range of a surface of the second heating rotator contactable with the sheet; and
a second contact/separate portion bringing the second rubbing member into contact with and keeping the second rubbing member
away from the second heating rotator, the second contact/separate portion bringing the second rubbing member into contact
with the second heating rotator in executing a second roughening process to the second heating rotator, wherein surface roughness
of the second heating rotator on which the second roughening process has been executed is smaller than surface roughness of
the first heating rotator on which the first roughening process has been executed.

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. 9,298,305

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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