US Pat. No. 9,300,867

IMAGING APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a focus detection unit configured to set a plurality of focus detection areas in an image pickup plane and perform a focus
detection in each of the focus detection areas;

a selection unit configured to select a first area and a second area from among the plurality of focus detection areas based
on a result of the focus detection;

an imaging unit configured to pick up a first optical image which is formed by a photographing optical system at a first focus
position at which the selected first area is in focus to generate first image data and pick up a second optical image which
is formed by the photographing optical system at a second focus position at which the selected second area is in focus to
generate second image data;

a determination unit configured to determine an area to be processed based on the first image data and the second image data;
and

a processing unit configured to execute a predetermined processing to at least the first image data based on a result of the
determination,

wherein the selection unit selects the second area based on a number of focus detection areas in which the focus detection
result satisfies a predetermined condition, from among the focus detection areas each having a depth difference from the first
area in a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,296,585

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, DRIVE TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
a conveying member rotating and conveying a sheet;
a moving member configured to be movable between a first guiding position and a second guiding position, the moving member
guiding the sheet to a first conveyance path in the first guiding position and guiding the sheet to a second conveyance path
in the second guiding position;

a first abutting portion configured to stop the moving member at the first guiding position by coming into abutment with the
moving member having moved from the second guiding position to the first guiding position;

a second abutting portion configured to stop the moving member at the second guiding position by coming into abutment with
the moving member having moved from the first guiding position to the second guiding position; and

a planetary gear mechanism including:
a first rotating element configured to rotate in a first direction and a second direction which is opposite to the first direction;
a second rotating element configured to engage with the first rotating element and rotate the conveying member by drivenly
rotating with the first rotating element, and

a third rotating element configured to engage with the first rotating element, the third rotating element configured to move
the moving member from the second guiding position to the first guiding position by drivenly rotating with the first rotating
element rotating in the first direction, and move the moving member from the first guiding position to the second guiding
position by drivenly rotating with the first rotating element rotating in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,298,139

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING TONER FROM A ROTATABLE TRANSFER BELT THROUGH USE OF A MOVABLE BLADE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer unit including a stretching roller and a rotatable transfer belt stretched by the stretching roller;
a cleaning unit, including a blade movable toward and away from the transfer belt, for collecting a toner removed from the
transfer belt by the blade;

a moving member for moving the blade between a contact position where the blade is contacted to the transfer belt and a retracted
position where the blade is moved away from the transfer belt; and

a drive transmission device for permitting transmission of a driving force between the stretching roller and the moving member,
wherein the drive transmission device has an idling region where the drive transmission device is rotatable by a predetermined
amount without transmitting the driving force to the stretching roller when the driving force is transmitted from the moving
member to the drive transmission device.

US Pat. No. 9,298,141

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device comprising: a first heating element;
a second heating element configured to be driven independently from the first heating element;
a temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature; and an electric power controller configured to control
electric power to be supplied to the first and second heating elements for each control cycle corresponding to a period including
a plurality of consecutive hall cycles of alternate current in accordance with a temperature detected by the temperature detection
element,

wherein the electric power controller controls electric power such that a current is supplied to both the first and second
heating elements, wherein the current includes a waveform having first half cycles, in which current is supplied or not supplied
in entire half cycles of alternate current, and a second half cycle, in which current is supplied to portions of the half
cycles of alternate current in a mixed manner,

wherein the electric power controller sets a first control pattern in which electric power is controlled such that the first
half cycle supplied to the first heating element and overlaps with the second half cycle supplied to the second heating element
and in the half cycles of same phases, and the second half cycle supplied to the first heating element overlaps with the first
half cycle supplied to the second heating element in the half cycles of the same phases during the control cycle; and

wherein the electric power controller sets a second control pattern in which electric power is controlled such that the first
half cycles supplied to the first and second heating elements overlap with each other and the second half cycles supplied
to the first and second heating elements overlap with each other in the half cycles of the same phases during the control
cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,300,971

MOVING IMAGE DATA ENCODING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ENCODING MOVING IMAGES USING AN ENCODING SCHEME IN WHICH A TERMINATION PROCESS IS PERFORMED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an image sensing unit that generates moving image data by using an image sensor;
a memory that stores program instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions stored in the memory, wherein the instructions cause, when executed, the
at least one processor to encode pictures that constitute moving image data with encoding schemes that use intraframe coding
and interframe prediction coding, and generate encoded picture and a locally decoded picture,

wherein the locally decoded picture is stored in a frame memory that stores a plurality of locally decoded pictures as candidates
of a reference picture used in the interframe prediction coding,

wherein the at least one processor, during coding a picture, performs an encoding termination process that drastically reduces
an amount of generated code from spatially partway in a picture being encoded by drastically cutting high-frequency components
of the picture, in a case in which the amount of already generated code of the picture exceeds a first predetermined value,
so that a total amount of code generated for the entire picture is within a second predetermined value, and

wherein when a picture is going to be encoded with interframe prediction coding, and the termination process has been performed
on a predetermined reference picture that is one of the locally decoded pictures stored in the frame memory and has initially
been assigned to be used as a reference picture in the interframe prediction coding of the picture, the at least one processor
selects another locally decoded picture, on which the termination process has not been performed, from the locally decoded
pictures stored in the frame memory, to be used as an alternative of the predetermined reference picture.

US Pat. No. 9,298,676

LAYOUT DETERMINATION METHOD, LAYOUT DETERMINATION APPARATUS, AND LAYOUT DETERMINATION PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus with a processor, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a display control unit displaying, using the processor, a definition screen to define a page range;
a definition unit defining, using the processor, a plurality of pages as the page range of a changing target in accordance
with an instruction input via the definition screen by a user;

a reducing unit reducing a distance between objects arranged on a first page included in the page range to a predetermined
distance, thereby generating a space of the first page, wherein the reducing unit does not reduce a distance between objects
arranged on other pages except for the page range, and wherein the reducing unit does not reduce sizes of objects;

an arranging unit performing arranging processing to arrange an object of a second page following the first page in the space
of the first page generated by the reducing unit; and

an eliminating unit eliminating the second page if the arranging unit arranges all objects of the second page in the space
of the first page generated by the reducing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,300,746

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a registration unit configured to register a first application and a second application corresponding to a port for an encrypted
communication, the first application being associated with a transfer application for redirection corresponding to a port
for an unencrypted communication and the second application being not registered in association with the transfer application;

a first processing unit configured to process data by executing the first application when a request for the first application
is transmitted from an external apparatus via a network to the port for the encrypted communication;

a second processing unit configured to process data by executing the second application when a request for the second application
is transmitted from an external apparatus via the network to the port for the encrypted communication;

a redirection unit configured to, when a request for the first application is transmitted from an external apparatus via the
network to the port for the unencrypted communication, redirect the request transmitted to the first application by executing
the transfer application; and

an error notification unit configured to, when a request for the second application is transmitted from an external apparatus
via the network to the port for the unencrypted communication, notify an error message to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,298,743

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DIVIDING A MOVING IMAGE INTO A PLURALITY OF MOVING IMAGES AND FURTHER UPLOADING THE PLURALITY OF MOVING IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a division unit configured to divide an original moving image into a plurality of divided moving images;
an uploading unit configured to upload the divided moving images from end of the original moving image in descending order
to an external apparatus; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the external apparatus, sequel information including information for accessing
the divided moving image, when the divided moving image is uploaded,

wherein the uploading unit uploads a second divided moving image which exists just before a first divided moving image in
the original moving image, with the acquired sequel information including information on location of the uploaded first divided
moving image, to the external apparatus, after uploading the first divided moving image, wherein the first divided moving
image is downloaded to other apparatus based on the sequel information of the first divided moving image which is uploaded
with the second divided moving image after the second divided moving image and the sequel information of the first divided
moving image are downloaded to the other apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,297,985

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group having a positive total refractive power and comprising at least one lens unit configured to have an interval
between the first lens unit and the rear lens group at a telephoto end of the zoom lens smaller than another interval between
the first lens unit and the rear lens group at a wide angle end of the zoom lens,

wherein the first lens unit comprises three negative meniscus lenses consecutively arranged in order from a position closest
to the object side to the image side, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.50
0.30 where when a lens located closest to the object side of the first lens unit and having an aspheric surface with a positive
aspheric amount is defined as a first aspheric lens and a lens located on the image side of the first aspheric lens and having
an aspheric surface with a negative aspheric amount is defined as a second aspheric lens, R1 denotes, in a case that a lens
surface on the object side of the first aspheric lens is a spherical shape, a radius of curvature of the lens surface and
in a case that a lens surface on the object side of the first aspheric lens is an aspheric shape, a radius of curvature of
a radius of a reference spherical surface D12 denotes an interval along an optical axis from an object-side lens surface of
the first aspheric lens to an object-side lens surface of the second aspheric lens, and BLD1 denotes the length of the first
lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,300,816

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a calibration execution control unit configured to control execution of monochromatic calibration in which monochromatic correction
data for correcting a monochromatic image formed, on a paper type registered as paper to be used for the monochromatic calibration,
by the image forming unit using one type of toner, so as to conform the monochromatic image to a target value corresponding
to the paper type registered as paper to be used for the monochromatic calibration is generated, and to control execution
of multi-color calibration in which multi-color correction data for correcting a multi-color image formed, on a paper type
registered as paper to be used for the multi-color calibration, by the image forming unit using a plurality of types of toners,
so as to conform the multi-color image to a target value corresponding to the paper type registered as paper to be used for
the multi-color calibration is generated; and

a control unit configured to, if an instruction for the execution of the monochromatic calibration and the multi-color calibration
in an order is received, perform control to execute the multi-color calibration after the execution of the monochromatic calibration
in this order according to the instruction, in a case where a common paper type among the paper type registered as paper to
be used for the monochromatic calibration and the paper type registered as paper to be used for the multi-color calibration
is selected as paper to be used in the execution of the monochromatic calibration and the multi-color calibration in an order.

US Pat. No. 9,296,225

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for determining a printing medium having a receptive layer, comprising:
a transmitted light information acquisition unit configured to acquire information on transmitted light by irradiating a printing
medium on which a determination image is printed with light;

a surface characteristics determination unit configured to determine the surface characteristics of a printing medium on which
the determination image is printed based on the information on transmitted light; and

a control unit configured to perform control of printing so as to switch a color material that is used in accordance with
the determination results of the surface characteristics of the printing medium determined by the surface characteristics
determination unit,

wherein the control unit controls so as to print by using a color material having a higher viscosity in a case where a deposition
density of particles constituting the receptive layer is lower.

US Pat. No. 9,292,925

IMAGING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. An imaging method comprising the steps of:
performing a plurality of imaging operations and storing image data in a storage device, each imaging operation capturing
a respective partial image of a respective corresponding block in an imaging area of a subject, each imaging operation being
performed using an imaging device;

merging the plurality of partial images to generate an entire image of the imaging area of the subject; and
setting boundaries between the blocks at positions such as to minimize variations of measured data in the entire image, out
of a plurality of positions on the subject,

wherein said steps are performed using a CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,289,116

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,960

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPLYING OR SHUTTING OFF AC VOLTAGE TO HEAT GENERATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a voltage generation unit configured to convert an input AC voltage to generate a DC voltage;
a first control unit configured to control the voltage generation unit;
a heat generation member configured to generate heat by being supplied with the AC voltage;
a switch configured to supply or shut off the AC voltage to the heat generation member; and
a second control unit configured to control the switch,
wherein the first control unit acquires information for controlling the switch, and transmits the information to the second
control unit, and

wherein the second control unit controls the switch based on the information the second control unit has received from the
first control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,292,773

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM CONFIGURED TO PRINT IMAGE PROJECTED BY THE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An output system comprising:
a computer that includes a first image processor configured to process first image data and to generate second image data
by processing the first image data; and

an image display apparatus that is connected to the computer and includes an image display unit configured to display an image
corresponding to the second image data output from the computer,

wherein when receiving an output condition from the image display apparatus, the computer generates output data based upon
the output condition and image data having a higher resolution among the first image data and the second image data, which
corresponds to identification information contained in the output condition, and sends the output data to an output unit connected
to the computer for output.

US Pat. No. 9,289,988

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate provided with an energy-generating element for generating energy utilized for ejecting a liquid; and
a nozzle plate provided with an ejection orifice from which the liquid is ejected as a droplet and an opening from which a
static-removable gas for electrically neutralizing the droplet is jetted, the nozzle plate being joined to the substrate,

wherein the static-removable gas is mixed with a gas capable of inhibiting oxidation of the droplet.

US Pat. No. 9,289,996

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head having a discharge port surface in which discharge ports for discharging ink are formed;
a counter counts an amount of ink used by the recording head;
a cleaning web performs a wiping operation of wiping the discharge port surface on the basis of a value obtained from the
counter;

a detection unit detects a temperature of the recording head; and
a control unit causing the cleaning web to be in contact with the discharge port surface to suppress temperature rising of
the recording head without performing the wiping operation, based on the temperature detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,290,023

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a printing medium;
a printing unit configured to print an image on the printing medium;
a cutting unit configured to cut the printing medium in a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction of the printing
medium; and

a control unit configured to control said conveying unit, said printing unit, and said cutting unit,
wherein said control unit is configured to execute a test operation,
conveyance of the printing medium by said conveying unit is stopped during the test operation, and
the test operation includes printing a mark on the printing medium by using said printing unit and cutting the printing medium
by using said cutting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,293,115

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires, for each of division regions constituting a region of a screen, brightness information
including a maximum pixel value and an average pixel value of an image displayed in the corresponding division region;

a first determination unit that determines, for each of the division regions, whether the corresponding division region is
a division region including a predetermined region, on the basis of the brightness information acquired by the acquisition
unit;

a second determination unit that determines light emission brightness for each of the division regions on the basis of the
brightness information acquired by the acquisition unit and the determination result by the first determination unit;

a light emitting unit that emits, for each of the division regions, light at the light emission brightness of the corresponding
division region determined by the second determination unit; and

a display panel that displays an image by transmitting the light from the light emitting unit at transmittance based on an
input image data, wherein

the first determination unit determines that a division region, of which the average pixel value is greater than a first threshold
value, and a division region, in which a value obtained by deducting the average pixel value from the maximum pixel value
is smaller than a second threshold value, is a division region not including the predetermined region, and determines that
a division region, of which the average pixel value is not greater than the first threshold value and in which the value obtained
by deducting the average pixel value from the maximum pixel value is not smaller than the second threshold value, is the division
region including the predetermined region, and

the second determination unit sets light emission brightness of the division region not including the predetermined region,
at light emission brightness according to the maximum pixel value of the division region, and sets light emission brightness
of the division region including the predetermined region at light emission brightness lower than the light emission brightness
according to the maximum pixel value of the division region.

US Pat. No. 9,292,907

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a correlation value map generation unit configured to generate a correlation value map by setting a target block having a
predetermined size and including a plurality of pixels, on a target image, and obtaining correlation values with a plurality
of reference blocks corresponding to the target block set on a reference image different from the target image;

a detection unit configured to detect deviation between a reference block of the plurality of reference blocks having a maximum
correlation with the target block from the correlation value map, and the target block, as a motion vector of the target block;

a reliability evaluation unit configured to detect, for each column or for each row of the correlation value map, a point
whose correlation is a local maximum of the correlation value map, and to evaluate reliability of the motion vector by evaluating
whether a distribution of the detected points, whose correlations are local maximums, is linear on the correlation value map;
and

a correction unit configured to correct deviation between the target image and the reference image based on the motion vector
and the reliability of the motion vector.

US Pat. No. 9,287,805

VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type actuator comprising:
a vibration member;
a driven member configured to move relative to the vibration member by a vibration of the vibration member;
an output member connected to the driven member;
a shaft inserted in a through-hole in the vibration member;
a fixing member coupled to the shaft and configured to support the output member; and
a coil spring provided between the driven member and the output member and configured to bring the driven member into pressure
contact with the vibration member,

wherein the coil spring includes, at an end portion thereof, a first end turn portion with a plural number of turns,
wherein the coil spring is connected to the output member at the first end turn portion, and
wherein a thickness of the first end turn portion is greater than a gap between the driven member and the output member.

US Pat. No. 9,285,518

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diffractive optical element made by adhering a first diffractive grating and a second diffractive grating to each other,
each of the first diffractive grating and the second diffractive grating comprising a blazed structure in which a plurality
of gratings each having a sawtooth shape are arranged in a grating period direction,
wherein at least one of the first diffractive grating and the second diffractive grating is made of a material having a refractive
index distribution in a plane normal direction perpendicular to the grating period direction, and the following expressions
are satisfied for an arbitrary wavelength ? in a visible wavelength range,

??1(?)=1?{n22(?)?n11(?)}d/m?
??2(?)=1?{n21(?)?n12(?)}d/m?
??1(?)×??2(?)<0where n11(?) and n12(?) are refractive indices for light having the wavelength ? of a base section of the sawtooth shape of the first diffractive
grating and an apex section of the sawtooth shape of the first diffractive grating, respectively, n21(?) and n22(?) are refractive indices for the light having the wavelength ? of a base section of the sawtooth shape of the second diffractive
grating and an apex section of the sawtooth shape of the second diffractive grating, respectively, d is an absolute value
of a grating height of the first or second diffractive grating, and m is a designed order.

US Pat. No. 9,288,378

AUTOFOCUS APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An autofocus apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a lens controller, which includes a processor, configured to execute:
a target position calculating task that calculates a target position of a focus lens based on a defocus amount obtained based
on a signal from a focus detector of a phase difference detecting type and a position of the focus lens obtained by a position
detector;

a target position storing task that stores in the memory the calculated target position;
an object speed calculating task that calculates an object speed in an optical axis direction based on a present target position,
a target position calculated prior to calculating of the present target position, and one of a target position calculation
time consumed from a time at which the target position calculating task calculates the target position calculated prior to
calculating of the present target position to a time at which the target position calculating task calculates the present
target position or a time regarded as equivalent to the target position calculation time;

a first drive speed setting task that sets a drive speed of the focus lens based on the present target position, the position
of the focus lens, and the object speed;

a second drive speed setting task that sets the drive speed of the focus lens based on a present drive speed of the focus
lens, a present defocus amount, and the defocus amount obtained prior to obtaining of the present defocus amount;

an object speed change determining task that determines whether or not the object speed changes;
a first driving task that drives the focus lens based on the drive speed set by the first drive speed setting task in a case
where the object speed has been determined to change; and

a second driving task that drives the focus lens based on the drive speed set by the second drive speed setting task in a
case where the object speed has been determined to not change.

US Pat. No. 9,277,896

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND RADIATION DETECTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus including a plurality of pixels, the apparatus comprising:
conversion elements including a first electrode, a semiconductor layer, and a second electrode that are divided for each pixel;
switching elements electrically connected to the first electrodes; and
a first insulating layer that separates the conversion elements of adjacent pixels,
wherein the semiconductor layer is located between the first electrode and the second electrode,
a periphery of the semiconductor layer is located outside a periphery of the first electrode and a periphery of the second
electrode,

the semiconductor layer includes a first impurity semiconductor layer including a portion in contact with the first electrode,
a second impurity semiconductor layer including a portion in contact with the second electrode, and an intrinsic semiconductor
layer located between the first impurity semiconductor layer and the second impurity semiconductor layer, and

a length DL1 from a periphery of the first impurity semiconductor layer along the first impurity semiconductor layer up to the portion,
in contact with the first electrode, of the first impurity semiconductor layer, a length DU from a periphery of the second impurity semiconductor layer along the second impurity semiconductor layer up to the portion,
in contact with the second electrode, of the second impurity semiconductor layer, a sheet resistance R?L1 of the first impurity semiconductor layer, a sheet resistance R?U of the second impurity semiconductor layer, a pixel pitch P of the plurality of pixels, and an ON resistance Ron of the switching element are defined to set a residual charge 10 ?s after the switching element is turned on to be not higher
than 2%.

US Pat. No. 9,278,447

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to control a plurality of fixed stations, which transmit same data to a single movable station via
wireless communication; and

a selection unit configured to select, from the plurality of fixed stations, a fixed station that repeatedly transmits said
same data a plurality of times to the single movable station in accordance with movement of the movable station,

wherein the controller controls the plurality of fixed stations in accordance with the selection by the selection unit, and
wherein the selection unit selects the fixed station that repeatedly transmits the same data a plurality of times, based on
communication qualities in communications between the single movable station and each of the plurality of fixed stations in
accordance with movement of the movable station.

US Pat. No. 9,281,340

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method for a photoelectric conversion apparatus in which a microlens is arranged for multiple electric
charge accumulation regions formed on a semiconductor substrate, the method comprising:
forming a first impurity region of a first conductive type on the semiconductor substrate;
after forming the first impurity region, forming a second impurity region of a second conductive type that is opposite the
first conductive type in a part of the first impurity region to isolate the first impurity region into multiple regions corresponding
to the multiple electric charge accumulation regions and

forming a third impurity region of the first conductive type that is isolated by an impurity region of the second conductive
type.

US Pat. No. 9,280,067

EXPOSURE APARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE TO AVOID COLLISION BETWEEN AN ELEVATING MEMBER OF A SUBSTRATE STAGE AND A CONVEYANCE ARM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a light source for exposing the substrate;
a substrate stage which holds the substrate using a substrate chuck and is movable along a first route from a substrate processing
termination position on an X-Y plane defined in an X-Y-Z coordinate system to a substrate recovery position on the X-Y plane;

a conveyance arm which holds the substrate and is movable along a second route from a waiting position on the X-Y plane to
the substrate recovery position;

an elevating member located on said substrate stage and is movable upward/downward relative to the substrate chuck in a Z-axis
direction defined in the X-Y-Z coordinate system to transfer the substrate to said conveyance arm at the substrate recovery
position; and

a controller configured to control movement of said substrate stage, elevating operation of said elevating member, and movement
of said conveyance arm,

wherein said controller controls the elevating operation of said elevating member so that the elevating member moves upward
relative to the substrate chuck in the Z direction while said substrate stage moves from the substrate processing termination
position to the substrate recovery position, and

wherein said controller, letting “a” be a predetermined interval between said substrate stage and said conveyance arm in the
X-Y plane, that is necessary to avoid a collision between the substrate held by said elevating member, the elevating operation
in progress, and said conveyance arm, and a collision between said elevating member, the elevating operation of which is in
progress, and the substrate held by said conveyance arm:

judges whether said substrate stage that has started to move toward the substrate recovery position reaches, at a time point
of an ending of the elevating operation of said elevating member that has started to transfer the substrate to said conveyance
arm, a judging position that shifts to a front side from the substrate recovery position by the predetermined interval in
the first route;

when said controller judges that said substrate stage does not reach, at the time point of the ending of the elevating operation
of said elevating member that has started to transfer the substrate to said conveyance arm, the judging position, controls
the movement of said substrate stage, the elevating operation of said elevating member, and the movement of said conveyance
arm so that said conveyance arm starts to move toward the substrate recovery position before the end of the elevating operation
of said elevating member; and

when said controller judges that said substrate stage reaches the judging position, controls the movement of said substrate
stage, the elevating operation of said elevating member, and the movement of said conveyance arm so that said conveyance arm
starts to move toward the substrate recovery position in response to the ending of the elevating operation of said elevating
member.

US Pat. No. 9,280,102

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a holding mechanism configured to rotatably hold said belt unit;
a detector configured to detect that said endless belt is out of a predetermined zone with respect to a widthwise direction
of said endless belt;

a tilting device configured to tilt said belt unit relative to said holding mechanism in a direction of causing said endless
belt to return into the predetermined zone on the basis of an output of said detector; and

a limiting mechanism configured to limit tilting of said belt unit to an angle exceeding a predetermined angle range wider
than an angle range in which said belt unit is capable of being tilted by said tilting device.

US Pat. No. 9,275,709

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a CPU configured to execute a program;
a non-volatile memory storing in advance the program to be executed by said CPU and used as a main memory region for said
CPU; and

a reset unit configured to control reset of said CPU, and output, when said electronic apparatus enters a predetermined state,
a predetermined signal to said non-volatile memory,

wherein said non-volatile memory includes a plurality of memory regions including a first memory region storing the program
in advance and a second memory region accessed by said CPU to execute the program, a transfer unit configured to transfer
the program from said first memory region to said second memory region in response to the predetermined signal from said reset
unit, and a controller configured to, upon completion of transfer of the program by said transfer unit, control to disable
access from the outside of said non-volatile memory to said first memory region and enable access from the outside of said
non-volatile memory to said second memory region, and

upon completion of transfer of the program by said transfer unit, said reset unit outputs a reset-release signal to said CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,277,102

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an audio signal; and
a processor configured to process the audio signal and to reduce noise in the audio signal,
wherein if it is not determined that the audio signal contains an abnormal value, the processor obtains prediction data based
on a predetermined number of samples of the audio signal obtained by the obtaining unit and updates parameter for obtaining
the prediction data such that a difference between the prediction data and the audio signal obtained by the obtaining unit
becomes smaller, and

wherein if it is determined that the audio signal contains an abnormal value, the processor obtains next prediction data by
using the prediction data which has already been obtained and reduces noise in the audio signal by using the next prediction
data.

US Pat. No. 9,277,111

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection based on a contrast evaluation value for an image included in
a focus detection area;

a subject detection unit configured to detect a region of a specific subject from an image; and
a selection unit configured to select at least one focus detection area, on which focus detection is performed by the focus
detection unit, from among a plurality of preset focus detection areas each being located at a fixed position and having a
fixed size,

wherein the selection unit is configured to, when the region of the specific subject is detected and a focus detection area
that is encompassed by the region of the specific subject is present among the plurality of preset focus detection areas,
select the focus detection area that is encompassed by the region of the specific subject, and when the region of the specific
subject is detected and no focus detection area that is encompassed by the region of the specific subject is present among
the plurality of preset focus detection areas, select at least one predetermined focus detection area from among the plurality
of preset focus detection areas.

US Pat. No. 9,275,466

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SEGMENTING IMAGE INTO REGIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
calculating a partial distance between a pixel of interest in an image and each of a plurality of reference pixels;
sequentially calculating a total distance between the pixel of interest and each of the plurality of the reference pixels
based on the partial distance;

determining a shortest total distance among the total distances that have been already calculated, in the sequential calculation
of the total distance; and

categorizing the pixel of interest based on the reference pixel corresponding to the shortest total distance,
wherein, if the partial distance between the pixel of interest and a specific one of the reference pixels to be calculated
is equal to or greater than the shortest total distance in the sequential calculation of the total distance, the calculation
of the total distance between the pixel of interest and the specific one of the reference pixels to be calculated is omitted.

US Pat. No. 9,276,501

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer including an element, wherein the element comprises:
a plurality of cells each including a first electrode and a second electrode provided with a cavity being disposed therebetween,
the cells being electrically connected in parallel to form a unit; and

a plurality of dummy cells provided around an outer periphery of the unit of the cells, the dummy cell not being electrically
connected to the cells,

wherein a depth of a cavity of each of the dummy cells is larger than a depth of the cavity of each of the cells.

US Pat. No. 9,277,270

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,325

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,275,770

X-RAY RADIATION GENERATION APPARATUS WITH ARM ANGLE RESTRICTION UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An x-ray radiation generation apparatus which includes an x-ray radiation generator configured to generate x-ray radiation,
an arm configured to support said x-ray radiation generator, said arm having an adjustable length, and a column configured
to support said arm, said arm being configured to open and close with respect to said column by changing an angle of said
arm with respect to said column, the apparatus comprising
a restriction unit configured to restrict the angle of said arm based on an adjusted length of said arm.

US Pat. No. 9,274,731

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PRINT JOB

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method, executed by at least one processor, for controlling a print job, the method comprising:
receiving a request to print a print job;
recording, in the print job, a first time at which the request is received;
verifying that a printing device to which the print job is sent is ready to process the print job;
obtaining a second time at which the print job is received from a spooler;
calculating an elapsed time between the first time recorded in the print job and the second time obtained;
determining whether the elapsed time is larger than a predetermined time period; and
generating, before printing the print job, a notification based on the verification that the printing device is ready to process
the print job and the determination that the elapsed time is larger than the predetermined time period.

US Pat. No. 9,277,063

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data read by a reading unit reading an image of a predetermined pattern printed
on a printing medium, wherein the reading is performed by the reading unit executing scanning relative to the printing medium,
and the predetermined pattern includes a mark for detecting a position of the printing medium and a plurality of patterns
for detecting a distortion of an image of the image data acquired by the acquisition unit;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain displacement amounts between a plurality of regions in the image data acquired by the
acquisition unit and ideal positions of the plurality of regions, based on the mark and the plurality of patterns, wherein
the plurality of regions correspond to the plurality of patterns;

a specification unit configured to specify reading adjustment values in accordance with the displacement amounts between the
plurality of regions and the ideal positions obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a correction unit configured to correct reading processing of the reading unit in accordance with the reading adjustment values
specified by the specification unit.

US Pat. No. 9,275,300

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING IMAGE DESCRIPTION VECTOR, IMAGE DETECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for generating an image description vector comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory which are coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
an encoding unit configured for encoding each of a plurality of pixel regions of an image into M pieces of N-bit binary codes,
wherein each bit of an N-bit binary code represents a neighbouring pixel region which is in a neighbourhood of a corresponding
pixel region; and

a generating unit configured for generating an image description vector of the image based on matching each of the M pieces
of N-bit binary code of each pixel region of the plurality of pixel regions with a particular code pattern,

wherein M is an integer of 3 or larger, and N is an integer of 3 or larger,
wherein the generating unit comprises:
a feature extracting unit configured for, for an m-th N-bit binary code in each M pieces of N-bit binary codes corresponding
to each pixel region of the plurality of pixel regions, if the m-th N-bit binary code matches a particular code pattern of
an m-th category of M categories, extracting the m-th N-bit binary code as a salient N-bit binary code of that m-th category;
and

an image description vector generating unit configured for counting the number of salient N-bit binary codes for each category
of the M categories, to form an image description vector,

wherein, 1?m?M.

US Pat. No. 9,277,088

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for searching, from a plurality of photo book templates, for a photo book template
to lay out a plurality of images therein, the information processing apparatus comprising a computer which functions as:
a layout unit configured to compare position information of a shooting spot defined for each of a plurality of image frames
included in the photo book templates with position information indicating a shooting position of each of the plurality of
images, and to lay out, in an image frame among the plurality of image frames, an image among the plurality of images that
matches the position information defined for the image frame; and

a search unit configured to search for a photo book template to lay out the plurality of images therein based on the number
of images laid out by the layout unit and a layout of the thus laid-out images,

wherein the search unit calculates a degree of matching between each of the photo book templates and the plurality of images
based on the number and a layout of the images laid out by the layout unit, and searches the photo book templates based on
the thus calculated degree of matching.

US Pat. No. 9,272,522

PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK AMOUNT DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a main tank for containing ink;
a sub tank for containing ink supplied from the main tank and containing ink to be supplied to a print head;
a detection unit configured to detect an ink amount in the sub tank; and
a filling unit configured to perform ink filling operation that fills the sub tank with ink from the main tank by driving
a driving unit, in a case where the detection unit detects the ink amount in the sub tank that is less than a first predetermined
amount,

wherein in a case where the ink amount in the main tank is less than a second predetermined amount, the filling unit drives
the driving unit at smaller drive amount than that in a case where the ink amount in the main tank is greater than the second
predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,277,099

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information corresponding to a degree of compression of lossy-compressed image data
to be printed; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit, a providing method
of a recording agent when the image data to be printed is expanded and an image based on the expanded image data is printed,

wherein the determination unit determines the providing method in such a manner that a spatial frequency of the image in a
case where the image is printed in accordance with a first providing method when the degree of compression of the image data
is more than a predetermined threshold value is higher than a spatial frequency in a case where the image is printed in accordance
with a second providing method when the degree of compression of the image data is less than or equal to the predetermined
threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,268,196

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND AND LIGHT EMISSION AMOUNT CALCULATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a photometry unit which acquires photometric values of a plurality of photometry areas;
an acquisition unit which acquires information associated with an object distance;
a determination unit which determines weighting coefficients for the plurality of photometry areas; and
a calculation unit which calculates a main light emission amount of a light-emitting device by weighting the photometric values
of the plurality of photometry areas according to the weighting coefficients determined by said determination unit,

wherein said determination unit determines a reference area, used to determine the weighting coefficients, from areas where
values based on the photometric values obtained by controlling the light-emitting device to preliminarily emit light are not
more than a reference value, and

wherein when said acquisition unit cannot acquire the information, said determination unit changes the reference value such
that when an average value of a predetermined number of top larger values of the values based on the photometric values of
the plurality of photometry areas obtained by controlling the light-emitting device to preliminarily emit light is larger
than a threshold based on the reference value, the reference value is set to be larger than the reference value to be set
when the average value is not more than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,268,265

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable intermediary transfer member onto which a toner image to be transferred onto a recording material is once transferred;
first and second accommodating portions for accommodating recording materials;
a detecting member for detecting a recording material in said first accommodating portion;
an executing portion for executing a removing operation for removing the toner image transferred on said intermediary transfer
member by once interrupting a continuous job for continuously forming an image on recording materials fed from said first
accommodating portion when a discrimination that there is no recording material in said first accommodating portion is made
on the basis of a detection result of said detecting member during the continuous job and then for executing a switching operation
for resuming the continuous job by feeding a recording material from said second accommodating portion; and

a setting portion for setting a moving speed of said intermediary transfer member during execution of the removing operation
so as to be higher than a moving speed of said intermediary transfer member when the toner image is transferred onto the recording
material.

US Pat. No. 9,268,269

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING MOTOR FOR MOVING SHUTTER OR MAGNETIC FLUX CONFINING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heating member configured to heat a toner image on a recording material;
an excitation coil configured to generate a magnetic flux for electromagnetic induction heating of said heating member;
a magnetic flux confining member configured to suppress the magnetic flux actable on said heating member from said excitation
coil;

a motor configured to move said magnetic flux confining member;
a detector configured to detect that said magnetic flux confining member is in a predetermined position; and
a controller configured to control an operation of said motor,
wherein when said detector does not detect said magnetic flux confining member after a predetermined time elapses from production
of a first instruction for moving said magnetic flux confining member toward the predetermined position, said controller produces
a second instruction for moving said magnetic flux confining member in a direction away from the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 9,270,864

COLOR MIXING INSPECTION METHOD, COLOR MIXING INSPECTION APPARATUS AND PRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color mixing inspection method for inspecting an evaluation pattern printed by a first color as a reference for the presence
of color mixing of a second color other than said first color, comprising:
a providing step for providing a print head having a first ejection port array which ejects ink of the first color and a second
ejection port array which is adjacent to the first ejection port array and which ejects ink of the second color;

a forming step for forming an evaluation pattern by ejecting the ink of the first color from the first ejection port array;
an irradiation step for irradiating said evaluation pattern with light having a third color complementary to said second color
in which color mixing is supposed to be generated;

a lightness measurement step for measuring lightness of said evaluation pattern which is irradiated with said light, wherein:
it is provided with a determination step for determining the presence of color mixing by comparing the lightness measured
at the lightness measurement step with a predetermined threshold value;

a second evaluation pattern forming step for forming a second evaluation pattern by ejecting the ink of the second color from
the second ejection port array; and

a second irradiation step for irradiating said second evaluation pattern with light having a fourth color complementary to
said first color in which color mixing is supposed to be generated.

US Pat. No. 9,270,907

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an accumulation unit adapted to accumulate electrical charge in accordance with exposure to generated radiation in each pixel
circuit of a plurality of pixel circuits;

an output unit adapted to output an analog signal for each pixel circuit by sampling and holding an electrical signal in accordance
with a voltage of an accumulation unit for each pixel circuit, wherein the output unit stops the output during a reset operation
of the accumulation unit;

a selection unit adapted to select pixel circuits that output the analog signals, wherein the selection unit stops the selection
during a reset operation of the accumulation unit;

a detection unit adapted to detect a synchronization signal representing a radiation generation timing; and
a determination unit adapted to determine whether a total time of an exposure time and an output time required to output the
analog signals corresponding to all of the pixel circuits is longer than an imaging interval that is based on the synchronization
signal,

wherein, when the determination unit determines that the total time is longer than the imaging interval, the selection unit
stops the selection and the output unit stops the output, in accordance with the stoppage of the selection, after the output
unit outputs the electrical signals corresponding to a predetermined number of pixel circuits as analog signals.

US Pat. No. 9,270,911

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having multiple pixels arranged two-dimensionally, the image sensor including image sensing pixels that generate
a signal for image generation by photoelectrically converting an object image formed by an imaging lens, and focus detection
pixels that generate a signal for phase difference detection by photoelectrically converting object images;

a control unit that controls to read imaging rows in which the image sensing pixels that are used for outputting signals for
displaying an image on a display are arrayed, and focus detection rows including the focus detection pixels;

a generating unit that generates a display image of one frame using signals read out from the imaging lines,
wherein said control unit controls to separate the multiple pixels into two groups, one of which is a group of the imaging
rows used for image generation and the other one of which is a group of the focus detection rows including the focus detection
pixels, and sequentially read out all the rows of one of the two groups in one frame and thereafter sequentially read out
the other one of the two groups, and

wherein a period from start to end of signal accumulation of pixels in the one of the two groups used for the image generation
and a period from start to end of signal accumulation of pixels in the other one of the two groups used for focus detection
are at least partially overlapped and not completely overlapped.

US Pat. No. 9,268,869

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS ICON, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory comprising computer code, the at least one memory and the computer code configured to, with the at least
one processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:

receive import data for a shortcut button for obtaining a web content from an information processing apparatus, the import
data including a URL and a title of the shortcut button;

access a server on a network indicated by the URL in accordance with receiving of the import data, and thereby obtain an icon
for the shortcut button from the server, the server being different from the information processing apparatus; and

display the obtained icon on the display unit with the title of the shortcut button.

US Pat. No. 9,261,803

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC BELT AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic belt exhibiting electro-conductivity resulting from dissociation of an electrolyte, comprising a
resin composition containing:
a crystalline resin used as a binder resin,
an oil-soluble dye, and
an electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 9,261,839

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND OPTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system, comprising:
an image forming apparatus; and an option device connectable to the image forming apparatus,
wherein the image forming apparatus includes a communication unit that performs data communication with the option device
via a communication line,

wherein the option device includes a receiving unit that receives data transmitted from the image forming apparatus via the
communication line, a transmitting unit that transmits data to the image forming apparatus via the communication line, and
a setting unit that includes a setting port where a value is set in a state of being connected to the image forming apparatus,
and an input/output port, and

wherein the setting unit executes comparison between a value of first data received from the image forming apparatus and the
value set in the setting port, and transmits a response signal to the image forming apparatus according to a result of the
comparison, and the image forming apparatus transmits recognition data on the option device to the option device according
to the response signal, and the setting unit sets a value of a signal at the input/output port based on the recognition data.

US Pat. No. 9,264,685

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit configured to capture an object image;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire respective developing parameters for development of a plurality of RAW image data
obtained by plural times capturing by said image capture unit;

an analysis unit configured to analyze each RAW image data and detect a face of an object person;
a first composition unit configured to compose the plurality of RAW image data captured by said image capture unit and generate
a composite RAW image data;

a selection unit configured to select one developing parameter from a plurality of developing parameters acquired by said
acquisition unit in accordance with a result obtained from said analysis unit for development of the composite RAW image data
composed by said first composition unit,

wherein said selection unit selects one developing parameter for one RAW image data where a face is detected by the analysis
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,263,657

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate;
a first semiconductor element provided on the first semiconductor substrate;
a first wiring section connected to the first semiconductor element;
a second semiconductor substrate;
a second semiconductor element provided on the second semiconductor substrate;
a second wiring section connected to the second semiconductor element; and
a connecting member configured to electrically connect the first wiring section and the second wiring section,
wherein the connecting member comprises at least one of a plurality of conductive sections provided through the first semiconductor
substrate and in contact with the first wiring section and a plurality of conductive sections provided through the first semiconductor
substrate and in contact with the second wiring section.

US Pat. No. 9,264,698

LENTICULAR LENS, IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE GENERATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation apparatus comprising: at least one processor coupled to a memory; an acquisition unit configured to
acquire image data of an object image; an input unit configured to input brightness information with respect to the acquired
image; data and to input lens characteristics with respect to a lenticular lens; a first generation unit configured to adjust
brightness of the acquired image data with the input brightness information to generate brightness-adjusted image data; and
a second generation unit configured to generate luster reproduction image data by dividing the acquired image data into a
plurality of pieces of acquired image data, dividing the brightness-adjusted image data into a plurality of pieces of brightness-adjusted
image data, and arranging the plurality of pieces of acquired image data and the plurality of pieces of brightness-adjusted
image data such that a plurality of images differing in brightness, including a piece of acquired imaae data and a piece of
brightness-adjusted image data, are arranged within a lens width of each lens, wherein the at least one processor implements
the acquisition unit, the input unit, the first generation unit, and the second generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,260,348

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material, comprising: a perovskite-type metal oxide having the following general formula (1); and Zn, wherein
a content of the Zn corresponds to more than 0.1 mol % and 2 mol % or less of the amount of the perovskite-type metal oxide:
(NaxBa1-y)(NbyTi1-y)O3  (1)

wherein x satisfies 0.80?x?0.95, and y satisfies 0.85?y?0.95.

US Pat. No. 9,264,735

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ALLOWING MOTION VECTOR DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoding apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit that generates image data; andan encoding unit that (a) performs first motion vector searching using the generated image data and reference image data to
detect a motion vector of a first block having a first block size, (b) selects between the first block size and a second block
size smaller than the first block size using a result of the first motion vector searching, (c) performs second motion vector
searching using the generated image data and the reference image data to detect a motion vector of a second block having the
second block size when the second block size is selected, (d) selects between the second block size and a third block size
smaller than the second block size using a result of the second motion vector searching, (e) performs third motion vector
searching using the generated image data and the reference image data to detect a motion vector of a third block having the
third block size when the third block size is selected, (f) generates predicted image data using the motion vector of the
first block, the motion vector of the second block, or the motion vector of the third block, and (g) generates encoded data
using the generated image data and the predicted image data.

US Pat. No. 9,261,483

ACOUSTIC WAVE DETECTOR AND ACOUSTIC WAVE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic wave detector for detecting an acoustic wave generated by light emitted onto a subject, comprising:
a transducer; and
a light reflecting member which is positioned between said transducer and a subject surface that is irradiated with the light,
and which reflects scattered light on the subject surface, wherein

said light reflecting member includes a first reflecting surface and a second reflecting surface positioned closer to said
transducer than said first reflecting surface, and

said first reflecting surface and said second reflecting surface are disposed such that a distance between said first reflecting
surface and said second reflecting surface is a predetermined length equal to an odd multiple of a half wavelength of a predetermined
wavelength, said predetermined wavelength being within a detection bandwidth of said transducer and included in an acoustic
wave generated from said light reflecting member by the scattered light.

US Pat. No. 9,264,603

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An imaging method comprising:
detecting a subject identified by using an output from an image pick-up device;
performing focus adjustment by using a focal point detection signal acquired by detecting a subject image corresponding to
a focal-point detection area including the identified subject by using the image pick-up device; and

instructing a position of the focal-point detection area,
wherein a first image capturing recording mode and a second image capturing recording mode are provided which present screens
having different aspect ratios; and

in a case where the second image capturing recording mode is started after the focal-point detection area is instructed by
the instructing in the first image capturing recording mode, a position of a focal-point detection area in the second image
capturing recording mode is determined based on a position of a focal-point detection area in the first image capturing recording
mode until the identified subject is detected by the subject detecting after the second image capturing recording mode is
started.

US Pat. No. 9,258,330

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT OPERATES ACCORDING TO SECURITY POLICIES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that has a plurality of functions and in which security policies are set in advance, comprising:
a memory;
a processor;
a user interface configured to enable operation on the image processing apparatus;
a verification unit configured to, when settings of the image processing apparatus, which influence the security policies
set in advance, are changed via said user interface, verify whether the changed settings match the security policies set in
advance; and

a restraint unit configured to restrain operation of the image processing apparatus until said verification unit verifies
that the changed settings match the security policies,

wherein the verification unit and the restraint unit are implemented by the processor executing at least one program recording
on the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,256,818

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a copy number is to be printed on a sheet; and
a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case where processing of printing an image on a single sheet
per copy is carried out for a plurality of copies and the determination unit determines that the copy number is not to be
printed on the sheet, the sheet on which the image is printed is discharged in a face-up state, and to perform control such
that, in a case where processing of printing an image on a single sheet per copy is carried out for a plurality of copies
and the determination unit determines that the copy number is to be printed on the sheet, the sheet on which the image is
printed is discharged in a face-down state.

US Pat. No. 9,256,581

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a decision unit configured to decide, based on an instruction from a user, a number of pages for laying out predetermined
data, which includes text data and has been laid out in pages of a predetermined number;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a return position in a text, which corresponds to the text data in a
page of the pages of the predetermined number, is able to be changed, by analyzing layout information of the predetermined
data;

a specifying unit configured to specify a height of the text to fit the predetermined data to pages of the number of pages
decided by the decision unit, and to specify a degree of change of a size of a character in the text, for changing a height
of the text in a predetermined page to the specified height, in accordance with a determination by the determination unit,

wherein the specifying unit specifies different degrees of change of a size of a character in accordance with determinations
that (i) the return position is able to be changed and (ii) the return position is not able to be changed, and the specifying
unit specifies a same height of the text in each determination; and

a processing unit configured to process the predetermined data, so that the predetermined data fits to the specified height,
by changing the size of the character in the text based on the degree of change specified by the specifying unit and by changing
the return position of the text in a case where the determination unit determines that that return position is to be changed.

US Pat. No. 9,256,389

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

4. A control method for a printing apparatus, the printing apparatus having an operation unit, the control method comprising:
receiving first data, to which a password is added, from an external apparatus;
storing the first data in a storage device;
printing the first data when a print instruction for printing the first data and the password are input via the operation
unit from a user;

charging for the printing of the first data when the printing apparatus is operating in a charge mode;
deleting the first data when a cancel instruction for cancelling print of the first data is input via the operation unit from
a user; and

preventing the first data from being deleted in accordance with the cancel instruction, in a case where the printing apparatus
is operating in the charge mode, and allowing the deleting of the first data in accordance with the cancel instruction, in
a case where the printing apparatus is operating in a non-charge mode;

receiving second data to which a password is not added;
printing the second data without inputting a print instruction for printing the second data via the operation unit from a
user when the second data is received; and

deleting the second data in accordance with a cancel instruction for cancelling printing of the second data input via the
operation unit from a user in a case where the second data is received even when the printing apparatus is operating in the
charge mode.

US Pat. No. 9,258,484

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that corrects image shake by the driving of a correction member constituting an imaging optical
system, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image sensing device configured to receive an optical image focused by the imaging optical system so as to photoelectrically
convert the optical image into an image signal;

an attitude detecting unit configured to detect the attitude of the imaging optical system so as to output detection information;
a drive control unit configured to control the driving of the correction member by acquiring the detection information output
from the attitude detecting unit;

a calculating unit configured to decompose distortion of an image imaged by the image sensing device image into a first distortion
component which varies due to the driving of the correction member and a second distortion component which does not vary due
to the driving of the correction member so as to calculate a first correction value for the first distortion component and
a second correction value for the second distortion component; and

an image processing unit configured to acquire the image signal from the image sensing device and perform image distortion
correction by performing image geometric deformation processing using the first correction value and the second correction
value acquired from the calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,258,504

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND CAMERA BASED ON REFERENCE COMPARISON

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising a plurality of units, each including a sensor unit which accumulates charges upon photoelectric
conversion and a storage unit which stores information, and a control unit which controls each of the plurality of units,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform, for a selected unit of the plurality of units, a first operation of comparing
a reference value with an output signal from the sensor unit, the output signal being based on the amount of accumulated charges,
and a second operation of changing the information in the storage unit if the comparison result indicates that an output signal
from the sensor unit reaches the reference value in the first operation,

in a first period, the control unit performs the first operation for at least one of the plurality of units but does not perform
the second operation for the at least one of the plurality of units even if the comparison result obtained by the first operation
indicates that an output signal from the sensor unit reaches the reference value, and

in a second period different from the first period, the control unit performs, for a selected unit of the plurality of units,
the first operation, and the second operation if the comparison result obtained by the first operation indicates that an output
signal from the sensor unit reaches the reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,250,424

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens that includes a plurality of lens units having a negative refractive power and that changes a distance between
adjacent lens units during zooming, the zoom lens comprising:
a lens unit Lv positioned at the most object side of the plurality of lens units having the negative refractive power;
a lens unit Lp positioned at the most object side of lens units having a positive refractive power, the lens units being positioned
at an image side of the lens unit Lv;

a lens unit Fp having a positive refractive power positioned at an image side of the lens unit Lp, the lens unit Fp being
configured to move during focusing; and

a lens unit Fn having a negative refractive power positioned at the image side of the lens unit Lp, the lens unit Fn being
configured to move during focusing,

wherein the lens unit Fp and the lens unit Fn move in the same direction in a first zoom range during focusing from infinity
to minimum object distance, and

wherein the lens unit Fp moves to an object side and the lens unit Fn moves to an image side in a second zoom range which
is positioned at a telephoto side relative to the first zoom range during focusing from infinity to minimum object distance.

US Pat. No. 9,253,354

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on image data;
a control unit configured to control operation of the image forming unit;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to the image forming unit and the control unit;
a reception unit configured to receive, from a user, user instruction to shift from a power saving state where power is not
supplied to the image forming unit and the control unit to a standby state where power is supplied to the image forming unit
and the control unit; and

a display unit configured to display a menu screen in accordance with a receipt of the user instruction,
wherein if the reception unit receives the user instruction when the image forming apparatus is in the power saving state,
the power supply unit supplies power to the control unit and the image forming unit, and the image forming unit does not perform
a preparation operation, and

wherein the control unit controls the image forming unit to perform the preparation operation based on the user selecting
a function of forming an image on a sheet, displayed on the menu screen.

US Pat. No. 9,253,400

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device which photo-electrically converts an object image formed by an imaging optical system;
a first image optical stabilizer configured to optically correct an image blur by driving part of the imaging optical system
in a direction in which a blur of the object image is corrected;

a second image stabilization electronic processor configured to electronically correct the image blur by controlling an image
readout position of said image pickup device in the direction in which the blur of the object image is corrected;

a shake detector configured to detect a shake of the image capture apparatus to output a shake signal;
an optical image stabilization sensitivity multiplier configured to calculate an image stabilization amount based on the shake
signal detected by said shake detector; and

a divider configured to divide a first image stabilization amount of a predetermined frequency band calculated by said optical
image stabilization sensitivity multiplier into a second image stabilization amount for correcting the image blur by said
first image optical stabilizer and a third image stabilization amount for correcting the image blur by said second image stabilization
electronic processor,

wherein while still image exposure is performed upon instructing a still image shooting operation during moving image recording,
said first image optical stabilizer optically corrects the image blur by using a correction amount obtained by subtracting
the third image stabilization amount obtained when the still image shooting operation was instructed, from the first image
stabilization amount calculated during a still image exposure period.

US Pat. No. 9,250,564

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer on a surface thereof in order to supply the developer to an image
bearing member, the developer bearing member having a first dielectric portion and a second dielectric portion in the surface
thereof;

a regulating member configured to regulate a thickness of a layer of the developer carried by the developer bearing member;
and

a flexible sheet-like charging auxiliary member disposed so as to be in contact with the developer bearing member at a position
downstream of a contact portion between the developer bearing member and the image bearing member and upstream of a contact
portion between the developer bearing member and the regulating member in a rotational direction of the developer bearing
member, the charging auxiliary member charging the developer carried by the developer bearing member,

wherein in a triboelectric series, the charging auxiliary member is positioned between the first dielectric portion and the
second dielectric portion.

US Pat. No. 9,250,850

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,244,364

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus for performing a scan exposure for each shot region on a substrate, the exposure apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to:
calculate a target exposure amount distribution within a target shot region by performing function approximation using the
target exposure amount at a position in the target shot region and a target exposure amount at a position in an adjacent shot
region adjacent to the target shot region; and

perform a scan exposure for the target shot region while controlling an exposure amount to obtain the calculated target exposure
amount distribution as an exposure amount distribution within the target shot region.

US Pat. No. 9,244,369

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PRODUCTION METHOD FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND PARTICLE HAVING COMPOUND ADSORBED THERETO

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
an electrically conductive support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support;
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises particles which comprise:
silica particles; and
a compound-A adsorbed to each of the silica particles,
the silica particles have a volume average particle diameter of 0.1 ?m or more and 4 ?m or less, and a specific surface area
of 400 m2/g or more and 1000 m2/g or less,

the compound-A is at least one selected from the group consisting of a tertiary amine compound and a urea compound, and
the compound-A has a molecular weight of 150 or more and 550 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,244,385

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SWITCHES POSITIONS OF DEVELOPING ROLLERS IN A PREDETERMINED FIXED ORDER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
(a) a plurality of photosensitive drums;
(b) a plurality of developing rollers for developing latent images formed on said photosensitive drums, respectively; and
(c) a switching unit for switching positions of said plurality of developing rollers relative to said photosensitive drums,
respectively, between developing positions for developing the latent images and spaced positions retracted from the developing
positions,

wherein said developing rollers are capable of taking,
(i) a full spaced state in which all of said developing rollers are in the spaced positions,
(ii) a partly developing state in which one of said developing rollers is in a developing position, while another of said
developing rollers is in a spaced position, and

(iii) a full developing state in which all of said developing rollers are in the developing positions,
wherein said switching unit is capable of switching the positions of said developing rollers among the three states in a predetermined
fixed order in which when the positions of said developing rollers are switched three times from one of the three states in
the predetermined fixed order by said switching unit, two states of said developing rollers are sequentially established,
and then said developing rollers are switched to said one of the three states.

US Pat. No. 9,247,488

WIRELESS ACCESS POINT SEARCH DEVICE AND METHOD IMPROVED IN MANNER OF STORING SEARCH RESULTS, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An access point search device comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
search for an access point
store an information item related to an access point found by the search, into a first storage area;
store the information item related to the access point stored in the first storage area, into a second storage area;
display a result of the search for the access point, based on an information item stored in the second storage area; and
determine whether or not a sum of the number of newly-found access points identified by the information items stored in the
first storage area and the number of already-found access points identified by the information items stored in the second
storage area, is greater than a predetermined number,

wherein in a case where it is determined that the sum is greater than the predetermined number, the information items stored
in the first storage area are stored into the second storage area, and an information item related to an access point which
is less in radio field intensity than the newly-found access point is deleted from among the information items stored in the
second storage area.

US Pat. No. 9,244,399

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing section that fixes an image formed on a recording material to the recording material;
a timing setting section that sets a timing at which the recording material is fed;
an operation mode acquiring section that acquires an operation mode of an option unit installed in the image-forming apparatus;
and

a power control section that sets an upper limit of power that can be supplied to the fixing section in accordance with the
operation mode acquired by the acquiring section, the power control section controlling power supplied to the fixing section
within a range of the upper limit power,

wherein, when the operation mode acquired by the operation mode acquiring section changes from a second operation mode in
which the option unit consumes a large amount of current to a first operation mode in which the option unit consumes a small
amount of current, while images are being consecutively formed on a plurality of recording materials;

the power control section increases the upper limit of power to be higher than that in the second operation mode, and
the timing setting section sets a feeding interval in the first operation mode, at which the recording materials are consecutively
fed, narrower than that in the second operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,244,401

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form a toner image on a recording paper, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on the recording paper;
a paper feed unit configured to feed the recording paper to be conveyed into the image forming unit, wherein the paper feed
unit includes two recording paper position regulation members configured to regulate a movement of the recording paper in
a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the recording paper, each of the two recording paper position regulation
members, whose position is adjustable according to a width of the recording paper, is provided at each side of the recording
paper; and

a fixing unit configured to fix the unfixed toner image formed on the recording paper thereon, wherein the fixing unit includes:
an endless film;
a single heater including a single heat generating resistor on a substrate thereof and configured to be in contact with an
inner surface of the endless film; and

a pressure member configured to form a fixing nip portion with the heater via the endless film,
wherein a length of the heat generating resistor in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction is longer than
a width of a first size recording paper, which has a width that is the greatest of widths of standard size recording papers
that can be used on the image forming apparatus,

wherein in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction, a resistance of the heat generating resistor per unit
length is smaller in an edge area than in a center area, and the resistance of the heat generating resistor in the edge area
enables sufficient fixing of the unfixed toner image on the first size recording paper,

wherein if a second size recording paper, whose width is the greatest of the widths of the standard size recording papers
except for the width of the first size recording paper, is fed in a state where one edge of the second size recording paper
is in contact with one of the two recording paper position regulation members when the two recording paper position regulation
members are set at a position for feeding the first size recording paper, a boundary position of the heat generating resistor
at which the resistance varies is set within an area between a position of the other edge of the second size recording paper
and a position of the other recording paper position regulation member,

wherein the heater generates a quantity of heat in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction while the first
size recording paper is conveyed at the fixing nip portion that is substantially the same as a quantity of heat in the direction
perpendicular to the conveyance direction while the second size recording paper is conveyed at the fixing nip portion, and

wherein a same conveyance speed and a same paper-to-paper distance are used for the first size recording paper and the second
size recording paper.

US Pat. No. 9,245,207

DIFFERENTIATING ABANDONED AND REMOVED OBJECT USING TEMPORAL EDGE INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method for classifying a detected region of change of a video frame as one of an abandoned object
and a removed object, wherein a plurality of boundary blocks define a boundary of said detected region of change, said method
comprising the steps of:
(1) for each one of the plurality of said boundary blocks:
(a) determining a first difference between a predicted edge orientation and an observed edge orientation of said boundary
block;

(b) determining a second difference between a historical edge orientation of said boundary block and at least one of the predicted
edge orientation and the observed edge orientation of said boundary block; and

(c) determining a temporal change of edge consistency based on the first and second difference; and
(2) classifying said detected region of change as one of the abandoned object and the removed object based on one or more
of the plurality of determined temporal changes of edge consistency, wherein the classifying step comprises, in regard to
each one of the set of boundary blocks, the steps of:

assigning a first block score to the boundary block for the removed object if the determined temporal change of edge consistency
of the boundary block indicates a transition from a more aligned state to a less aligned state;

assigning a second block score to the boundary block for the abandoned object if the determined temporal change of edge consistency
of the boundary block indicates a transition from a less aligned state to a more aligned state; and

determining said overall score for said region of change by determining a sum of said individual block scores and weighting
said individual block scores using said observed edge orientation of each one of said boundary blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,244,250

OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a focus lens;
a driver configured to drive the focus lens; and
a controller configured to preset a position of the focus lens in a memory and to control the driver to move the focus lens
to the position preset in the memory,

wherein the controller controls the driver so that a driving speed at which the focus lens is moved to the position preset
in the memory in a still image-pickup mode is higher than that in a motion image-pickup mode,

wherein the position preset in the memory is a position at which the focus lens has been disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,247,118

STEPPING MOTOR CONTROL UNIT, STEPPING MOTOR CONTROLLING METHOD, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control unit for a stepping motor configured to drive a focus lens, the control unit comprising:
an encoder configured to detect a rotational position of the stepping motor; and
a controller,
wherein the controller controls the stepping motor based on information sent from an image pickup apparatus configured to
capture an object via an image pickup optical system that includes the focus lens,

wherein in a case that the image pickup apparatus performs autofocusing in capturing a still image, the controller open-loop-controls
the stepping motor in at least one of a drive start period and a drive stop period of the stepping motor, and feedback-controls
the stepping motor using an output of the encoder between the drive start period and the drive stop period of the stepping
motor, and

wherein the controller open-loop-controls the stepping motor in a case that the image pickup apparatus performs the autofocusing
in capturing a motion image.

US Pat. No. 9,247,154

REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND REPRODUCING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reproducing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of image data generated by capturing a plurality of images with a plurality
of predetermined exposure conditions which are different from each other;

a reproducing unit configured to reproduce image data based on the plurality of image data stored in the storage unit;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire a brightness characteristic of a designated area with respect to the image data to
be reproduced; and

a control unit configured to control brightness of the image data reproduced by the reproducing unit based on the brightness
characteristic of the designated area.

US Pat. No. 9,247,161

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units each configured to generate a charge based on photoelectric conversion;
a plurality of comparing circuits each configured to output a first comparing result signal by performing a first comparison
comparing a noise signal with a reference signal having a first time-changing rate, a second comparing result signal by performing
a second comparison comparing a signal based on the charge with a reference signal having the first time-changing rate or
a reference signal having a second time-changing rate larger than the first-time changing rate, a third comparison result
signal by performing a third comparison before the second comparison comparing the signal based on the charge with a threshold
value; and

a counter circuit configured to generate a count value by performing a counting operation, wherein
the second comparison is performed by using the reference signal (1) having a voltage changing in the first time-changing
rate in a case that the third comparing result signal indicates that the signal based on the charge is smaller than the threshold
value, and (2) having a voltage changing in the second time-changing rate in a case that the third comparing result signal
indicates that the signal based on the charge is larger than the threshold value, and

the count value at a time of changing a signal level of the first comparing result signal is outputted as a digital signal
based on the noise signal, while the count value at a time of changing a signal level of the second comparing result signal
is outputted as a digital signal based on the signal based on the charge.

US Pat. No. 9,244,342

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND PATTERN TRANSFER METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for aligning a shot of a substrate with a pattern of a mold using a baseline amount and a result of
a global alignment process, and curing a resin with which the aligned shot of the substrate is coated, while the resin is
in contact with the pattern of the mold, thereby sequentially transferring the pattern onto a plurality of shots of the substrate,
the apparatus comprising:
a scope configured to observe a mark formed in each shot of the substrate and a mark formed on the mold; and
a controller configured to:
perform observation of marks with said scope;
detect an amount of displacement of the shot with respect to the mold based on the observation result and determine whether
the detected displacement amount falls within an allowable range;

when the detected displacement amount falls outside the allowable range, execute at least one of remeasuring the baseline
amount or reexecuting the global alignment process, and sequentially transfers the pattern on a plurality of subsequent shots
using a result of the remeasuring of the baseline amount or a result of the reexecuted global alignment process, without using
the detected displacement amount;

when the detected displacement amount falls within the allowable range, sequentially transfer the pattern on a plurality of
subsequent shots using the baseline amount and the result of the global alignment process, without remeasuring the baseline
amount and reexecuting the global alignment process; and

perform the observation of marks formed in typical shots of the plurality of shots and perform a statistical process based
on the results of the observation of marks to calculate an index related to positions of the plurality of shots and determine
positions of the plurality of subsequent shots based on the index in reexecuting the global alignment process.

US Pat. No. 9,241,116

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a radiation image pickup apparatus, the radiation image pickup apparatus including a pixel array
having a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, a drive circuit, and a detection unit, each of the pixels including a conversion
element and a switch element and converting radiation into an electric signal, the drive circuit controlling the switch element
between a conducting state and a non-conducting state, the detection unit outputting a signal varying with an intensity of
irradiation of the pixel array, the method comprising:
switching the radiation image pickup apparatus between a first mode and a second mode,
wherein in the first mode, an end threshold value used for detecting end of irradiation of the pixel array is calculated on
the basis of the signal output from the detection unit during a period of time during which irradiation is applied to the
pixel array in which the switch elements of the plurality of pixels are set in the non-conducting state by the drive circuit,
and

wherein in the second mode, the switch elements of the plurality of pixels are sequentially set in the conducting state by
the drive circuit on a row-by-row basis if a value of the signal output from the detection unit is lower than the end threshold
value during a period of time during which irradiation is applied to the pixel array in which the switch elements of the pixels
are set in the non-conducting state by the drive circuit after the first mode occurs.

US Pat. No. 9,239,567

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONDENSATION REMOVAL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a condensation removal unit configured to perform condensation removal absorbing condensation with toner in the image forming
apparatus;

an accepting unit configured to accept information from a user, the information indicating a degree of an amount of toner
to be used for the condensation removal; and

a setting unit configured to set the amount of toner to be used for the condensation removal according to the information
accepted from the user,

wherein the condensation removal unit performs the condensation removal by using the amount of toner set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,241,120

IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensing device comprising:
pixels having micro lenses;
a plurality of photoelectric conversion regions arranged in the pixels, wherein the pixels are arranged in a row direction
and a column direction;

a combining unit configured to combine signals from the plurality of photoelectric conversion regions arranged in the same
pixel; and

a setting unit configured to set an individual reading region in which combination is not performed by the combining unit,
wherein the number of pixels in a row direction in the individual reading region is constant in the row direction even when
an arrangement of the individual reading region is different in the row direction.

US Pat. No. 9,241,394

RADIATION IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging control apparatus configured to control a radiation imaging operation using a radiation generation
apparatus in which a radiation generation condition is adjustable by a manual operation, the radiation imaging control apparatus
comprising:
a setting unit configured to set the radiation generation condition for the radiation imaging operation;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the radiation generation condition to the radiation generation apparatus; and
a transmission control unit configured to limit transmission of the radiation generation condition by the transmission unit
in a case where a radiation imaging operation belonging to the same group as that of the radiation imaging operation is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,239,390

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a detector including a detection section in which pixels having a conversion element that converts radiation into an electric
charge are arranged in a matrix, a drive circuit configured to drive the detection section to output electric signals that
correspond to the electric charges from the pixels, and a read circuit configured to output the electric signals as image
data;

a radiation detection unit configured to detect an irradiation state of radiation using two detection units that are adjacently
arranged in the detection section; and

a control unit configured to control operations of the drive circuit and the read circuit in accordance with a detection result
obtained by the radiation detection unit,

wherein, in the radiation detection unit, a gain of a first one of the detection units is set lower than a gain of a second
one of the detection units, and

wherein a start of irradiation of radiation is detected by the second one of the detection units and an end of irradiation
of radiation is detected by the first one of the detection units.

US Pat. No. 9,239,692

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PERFORMING COMMUNICATION SPEED CHANGING PROCESS, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus communicable with an external apparatus, comprising:
a first storage device configured to store data transmitted from the external apparatus;
a second storage device configured to store data transferred from said first storage device;
a determination unit configured to, in a case of executing communication with the external apparatus, determine a notification
size to be notified to the external apparatus as a size of data that can be received by the communication apparatus on a basis
of a size of a free space of said first storage device and a size of a free space of said second storage device; and

a notification unit configured to notify the notification size determined by said determination unit to the external apparatus,
wherein if the free space does not exist in said first storage device, said determination unit determines the notification
size to be 0,

if the free space exists in said first storage device, and the free space does not exist in said second storage device, said
determination unit determines the notification size to be a first size larger than 0, and

if the free space exists in both of said first storage device and said second storage device, said determination unit determines
the notification size to be a second size larger than the first size,

wherein said determination unit and said notification unit are implemented at least in part by a processor executing at least
one program recorded on a memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,240,746

DRIVING APPARATUS FOR VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A driving apparatus for a vibration-type actuator comprising an electro-mechanical energy conversion element and a vibration
member wherein a relative position of a contact portion of the vibration member and a contact portion of a movable member
is changed by application of an AC voltage to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element, the driving apparatus comprising:
a voltage amplitude command unit configured to output an amplitude command signal to indicate a target value of an amplitude
of the AC voltage applied to the vibration-type actuator;

a pulse width command unit configured to monotonically increase a pulse width command signal and a change rate of the pulse
width command signal according to an increase in the amplitude command signal, and configured to output a pulse width command
signal; and

a pulse signal generation unit configured to generate a pulse signal having a pulse width corresponding to the pulse width
command based on the pulse width command output from the pulse width command unit and having the same frequency as the AC
voltage,

wherein the pulse width command unit is configured to monotonically increase the pulse width command signal and the change
rate of the pulse width command signal by using at least one of a function of an amplitude in an amplitude command signal
and a table for converting an amplitude command signal to a pulse width command signal,

wherein the function of the amplitude in the amplitude command signal is a function independent of time, and
wherein the table converts the amplitude command signal to a pulse width command signal independently of time.

US Pat. No. 9,239,233

PROJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS AND PROJECTION CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection control apparatus for controlling a projection apparatus, the projection control apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a video signal including a plurality of color components;
an extraction unit configured to extract information of a specific color component for each frame of the video signal received
by the receiving unit;

a generating unit configured to generate, frame by frame, (a) projection control information for controlling the projection
apparatus and (b) control information for controlling an external apparatus other than the projection apparatus based on the
information of the specific color component extracted by the extraction unit;

a providing unit configured to provide the projection control information generated by the generating unit to the projection
apparatus; and

a sending unit configured to send the control information to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,239,234

WORK SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A work system comprising:
an arm mechanism, a position and an orientation of which are configured to be changed so as to process an object placed on
a work area;

a member arranged at a distal end portion of said arm mechanism to receive a light projection pattern for calculating a position
and an orientation of the distal end portion of said arm mechanism;

an irradiation unit configured to form the light projection pattern on said member and on the object by irradiating said member
and the object with pattern light, said irradiation unit being arranged on said arm mechanism to have a constant relative
position with respect to said member;

an image sensing unit configured to sense an image of the object, said image sensing unit being fixed at a position independent
of said arm mechanism;

a first calculation unit configured to calculate a position and an orientation of the distal end portion of said arm mechanism
and an irradiation plane of the pattern light based on the light projection pattern formed on said member included in image
data of the object obtained by said image sensing unit; and

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a position and an orientation of the object based on the calculated irradiation
plane and the light projection pattern formed on the object included in the image data of the object obtained by said image
sensing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,174

FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING METHOD AND FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing member manufacturing method comprising:
a first step of fitting a resin tube around an elastic material; and
a second step of squeezing an excessive adhesive from between the elastic material and the resin tube,
wherein said second step comprises:
a step of fitting, around the resin tube in a longitudinal end side, a ring member having an inner diameter larger than an
outer diameter of the resin tube fitted around the elastic material;

a step of elastically contracting the ring member by air pressure; and
a step of moving the ring member from the longitudinal end side toward another longitudinal end side of the resin tube while
bringing an inner peripheral surface of the ring member, which is contracted by the air pressure, into contact with an outer
peripheral surface of the resin tube.

US Pat. No. 9,235,255

SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor integrated circuit, comprising:
a power supply control target unit, wherein a power supply supplied thereto is to be controlled;
a power supply control unit configured to control the power supply supplied to the power supply control target unit;
a detection unit configured to detect that a voltage of the power supply supplied to the power supply control target unit
by the power supply control unit has reached a specified voltage for operating the power supply control target unit;

an instruction unit configured to output an instruction to operate the power supply control unit to the power supply control
unit, wherein the detection unit starts measuring a voltage of the power supply supplied to the power supply control target
unit in accordance with an instruction output from the instruction unit; and

an initialization unit configured to control initialization so that a clock supply to initialize the power supply control
target unit starts based on a detection of the detection unit, the initialization unit including:

a holding unit configured to hold a value indicating an initialization period;
a reset unit configured to continue issuing a reset signal to the power supply control target unit during the period indicated
by the holding unit since a start of the clock supply;

an issuance unit configured to issue an enable signal so that the clock supply starts; and
a gating unit configured to cancel gating of a clock transmitted to the power supply control target unit based on the enable
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,235,144

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
a charge-generating layer formed on the support; and
a charge-transporting layer formed on the charge-generating layer;
wherein,
the charge-transporting layer is a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member,
the charge-transporting layer has a matrix-domain structure having:
a domain which comprises a polyester resin A having:
a structural unit represented by the following Formula (A) and
a structural unit represented by the following Formula (B), and
a matrix which comprises:
a charge-transporting substance, and
at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polyester resin C having a structural unit represented by the following
Formula (C) and a polycarbonate resin D having a structural unit represented by the following Formula (D),

the content of the structural unit represented by the Formula (A) is 6% by mass or more and 40% by mass or less based on the
total mass of the polyester resin A, and

the content of the structural unit represented by the Formula (B) is 60% by mass or more and 94% by mass or less based on
the total mass of the polyester resin A:


wherein,
X1 represents a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded to an oxygen
atom,

R11 to R14 each independently represent, a methyl group, an ethyl group or a phenyl group,

n represents the number of repetitions of a structure in brackets, and an average value of n in the polyester resin A is 20
or more and 120 or less;


wherein,
X2 represents a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded to an oxygen
atom;


wherein,
R31 to R38 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, or a methyl group,

X3 represents a m-phenylene group, a p-phenylene group, or a bivalent group having two p-phenylene groups bonded to an oxygen
atom, and

Y3 represents a single bond, a methylene group, an ethylidene group, or a propylidene group;


wherein,
R41 to R48 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, or a methyl group, and

Y4 represents a methylene group, an ethylidene group, a propylidene group, a phenylethylidene group, a cyclohexylidene group,
or an oxygen atom,

wherein,
the structural unit represented by the Formula (B) comprises a structural unit represented by the following Formula (B-3),
and

the content of the structural unit represented by the Formula (B-3) is 30% by mass or more and 100% by mass or less based
on the total mass of the structural unit represented by the Formula (B) in the polyester resin A


US Pat. No. 9,229,586

TOUCH SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE DISTANCE BETWEEN A POINTER AND A SURFACE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for determining a distance from a tip of a pointer to a surface using a light source and a single camera, the
method comprising:
detecting in an image captured by the camera a tip of the pointer;
determining in the image captured by the camera an intensity of a set of pixels below the tip of the pointer, the intensity
defining a reflection by the surface of the tip of the pointer illuminated by the light source; and

determining the distance from the tip of the pointer to the surface depending upon the intensity of the set of pixels below
the tip of the pointer and an intensity of pixels of the tip of the pointer in the image.

US Pat. No. 9,229,368

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,229,404

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first image forming unit configured to form a first image by using toner of a first color;
a second image forming unit configured to form a second image by using toner of a second color having lower reflection ratio
than the first color;

an image bearing member to which the first image and the second image are transferred;
a controller configured to control the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form a measurement image
on the image bearing member,

wherein the measurement image includes a first pattern formed by the first image forming unit and a second pattern formed
by the second image forming unit, and

wherein the second pattern is superimposed on the first pattern,
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the measurement image with light,
a light receiving unit configured to receive reflected light from the measurement image and output a signal value corresponding
to the reflected light being received;

a determination unit configured to compare the signal value output from the light receiving unit and a threshold value and
determine information of positional relation between the first image and the second image based on the comparison result;

a correction unit configured to correct a color misregistration between the first image and the second image based on the
positional relation; and an adjustment unit configured to adjust the threshold value by comparing the signal value of the
measurement image output from the light receiving unit and the threshold value; and wherein the adjustment unit adjusts the
threshold value so that an amount of reflected light from the second pattern of the measurement image is less than an amount
of reflected light corresponding to the threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,229,188

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,230,491

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit composed of a plurality of light emitting blocks, the brightnesses of which are able to be adjusted
individually;

a display unit configured to display an image by modulating light from the light emitting unit; and
a decision unit configured to divide a frame image into a plurality of divided areas, to determine whether each of the divided
areas is a first region including a predetermined object or a second region not including the predetermined object, and to
decide a brightness of each light emitting block based on a result of the determination of each divided area;

wherein in cases where a divided area determined as the second region in a target frame for which brightnesses are to be decided
has been determined as the first region in frames, which satisfy a predetermined condition, among past frames which precede
the target frame, the decision unit decides the brightness of a light emitting block corresponding to the divided area to
a brightness closer to the brightness of a light emitting block corresponding to a divided area determined as the first region
as compared to the brightnesses of light emitting blocks corresponding to the other divided areas determined as the second
region.

US Pat. No. 9,230,252

SYSTEM INCLUDING A COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, AND A PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO EXECUTE A JOB RECEIVED FROM THE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system including a communication terminal, and a processing apparatus configured to execute a job received from the communication
terminal,
wherein the processing apparatus comprises:
a changing unit configured to change content of a charging method of a plurality of charging methods which are stored in the
processing apparatus and correspond to a plurality of types of identification information;

a determination unit configured to determine a charging method corresponding to a type of identification information acquired
from the communication terminal; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the communication terminal, information relating to the charging method determined
by said determination unit, wherein, in a case where the content of the charging method is changed by said changing unit,
the information relating to the charging method of which the content is changed by said changing unit is transmitted to the
communication terminal,

wherein the communication terminal comprises:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the processing apparatus, the information transmitted by said transmission
unit;

a specifying unit configured to specify, based on the information acquired by said acquisition unit, a charging amount for
the job to be transmitted from the communication terminal to the processing apparatus; and

a charging unit configured to execute a charging process by the charging amount specified by said specifying unit, using electronic
money in the communication terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,227,427

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second image forming devices each of which includes a photosensitive member, a light source that emits a light beam,
and a developing member movable between a developing position and a retracted position retracted from the developing position;

a polygon mirror that rotates and reflects each of the light beams emitted from the light sources of the first and second
image forming devices;

a detector that detects the light beam emitted from the light source of the second image forming device and reflected by the
polygon mirror; and

an adjustment device configured to perform an adjustment processing of adjusting a rotation velocity of the polygon mirror
based on an output of the detector, the output being obtained during a period when the light beam is emitted from the light
source of the second image forming device while the polygon mirror rotates so that the photosensitive member of the second
image forming device and the detector are irradiated with the light beam emitted from the light source of the second image
forming device and reflected by the polygon mirror,

wherein each of the first and second image forming devices forms a latent image by irradiating the photosensitive member with
the light beam emitted from the light source and then reflected by the polygon mirror and each is configured to develop the
latent image with toner in order from the first image forming device to the second image forming device by the developing
member at the developing position, in each of the first and second image forming devices,

wherein the adjustment device performs the adjustment processing before the first image forming device forms a latent image
on the photosensitive member, and

wherein the developing member of the first image forming device starts moving to the developing position before the adjustment
processing is finished, and the developing member of the second image forming device is positioned at the retracted position
while the adjustment processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,228,720

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a first optical element including a first region configured to guide the light emitted from the light source to the wavelength
conversion element and a second region configured to prevent the unconverted light from traveling to the light source; and

a second optical element configured to guide the converted light in a direction different from a direction of the light source
while guiding the light emitted from the light source to the wavelength conversion element;

wherein the second optical element is disposed in an optical path between the first optical element and the wavelength conversion
element;

wherein the light emitted from the light source is incident on the first region of the first optical element and the unconverted
light is incident on both the first region and the second region of the first optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,232,109

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD SPECIFYING A TYPE OF ORIGINAL BASED ON WHETHER A HIGH FREQUENCY COMPONENT IS INCLUDED IN AN ACQUIRED SPATIAL FREQUENCY FEATURE INCLUDING A FEATURE OF FIBER OF AN ORIGINAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the memory;
wherein the processor acquires a spatial frequency feature including a feature of fiber of an original in a read image obtained
by a reading device reading the original,

wherein the processor determines whether a high frequency component which corresponds to a frequency equal to or higher than
a predetermined frequency and is included in the acquired spatial frequency feature, has directivity, and

wherein the processor specifies a type of the original based on a result of the determination.

US Pat. No. 9,229,815

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM UPDATE METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which can communicate with a server, the information processing apparatus including
a computer comprising:
a first memory configured to store a first program; and
a second memory configured to store a second program,
wherein the computer, when operated, performs as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire, from the server, update data for updating the first program and the second program
and first restoration data for restoring the first program to a previous state when the update has failed;

a generating unit configured to generate second restoration data for restoring the second program to a previous state when
the update has failed;

an update unit configured to update the first program and the second program based on the acquired update data; and
a restoring unit configured to, when the update performed by the updated unit has failed, restore the first program and the
second program respectively to the previous states based on the acquired first restoration data and the generated second restoration
data.

US Pat. No. 9,225,901

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus for correcting image blurring of a captured image, comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image;
a focal length detection unit configured to detect information of a focal length of an optical system;
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake;
a correction amount calculation unit configured to calculate, based on an output from the shake detection unit, a correction
amount for correcting a translational motion component of the image blurring of the captured image, and a correction amount
for correcting a rotation component of the image blurring of the captured image;

an image stabilization unit configured to correct the image blurring of the captured image based on the correction amount
for correcting the translational motion component of the image blurring of the captured image, the correction amount for correcting
the rotation component of the image blurring of the captured image, and the correction amount for correcting the perspective
component of the image blurring of the captured image; and

a control unit configured to decrease the correction amount for correcting the rotation component of the image blurring of
the captured image and the correction amount for correcting the perspective component of the image blurring of the captured
image on a telephoto-side of the focal length, compared to a wide angle side of the focal length, and increase the correction
amount for correcting the translational motion component of the image blurring of the captured image on the telephoto-side
of the focal length, compared to the wide angle side of the focal length.

US Pat. No. 9,225,547

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING TRANSMISSION OF DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus in which a plurality of processing modules is connected in a ring via a bus and transfers data
in a transfer direction along the ring to perform processing on the data, each of the processing modules comprising:
a communication unit configured to receive data via the bus from an upstream direction along the ring and to transmit the
received data in a downstream direction along the ring;

a processing unit connected one-to-one to the communication unit and configured to perform processing on data received from
the communication unit; and

a signal line through which an enable signal is transmitted in an enable signal direction along the ring,
wherein the communication unit controls transmission of data in the processing unit corresponding to a processing module in
response to an enable signal sent from another communication unit in the enable signal direction different from the transfer
direction, the other communication unit being located downstream from the communication unit in the downstream direction along
the ring,

wherein when a first one of the communication units and a first one of the other communication units, which is connected to
an upstream side in a data transfer direction and is adjacent to the first one of the communication units, process data sequentially
along the transfer direction, the first one of the other communication units outputs data on the ring bus in a first mode,
in which a transfer enable signal sent from the first one of the communication units is used, and

wherein when the first one of the communication units and the first one of the other communication units, which is connected
to an upstream side in the transfer direction and is adjacent to the first one of the communication units, perform processing
on data in a sequence not along the transfer direction or non-sequentially, the first one of the other communication units
outputs data on the ring bus in a second mode in which a transfer enable signal sent from the first one of the communication
units is not used.

US Pat. No. 9,224,279

TOUR MONITORING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A monitoring device comprising:
a tour monitoring unit adapted to cause an image pickup unit to cyclically monitor a plurality of previously registered monitoring
spots;

an unmoving object monitoring unit adapted to monitor an unmoving object at the monitoring spot for a predetermined unmoving
object monitoring time based on a previously captured background image before the image pickup unit is moved from the predetermined
monitoring spot by said tour monitoring unit;

a storage unit adapted to store an unmoving object monitoring position when said unmoving object monitoring unit starts counting
the unmoving object monitoring time;

a first determination unit adapted to determine whether the predetermined unmoving object monitoring time for the unmoving
object elapses or not while said tour monitoring unit causes the image pickup unit to cyclically monitor a plurality of the
spots;

a moving unit adapted to forcibly move the image pickup unit to the unmoving object monitoring position stored in said storage
unit at a predetermined timing if the image pickup unit is moved to another monitoring spot at which the unmoving object is
not yet found by said tour monitoring unit when said first determination unit determines that the predetermined unmoving object
monitoring time for the unmoving object elapses; and

a second determination unit adapted to determine whether the unmoving object is unidentified at the unmoving object monitoring
position to which the image pickup unit is moved by said moving unit,

wherein the predetermined unmoving object monitoring time is longer than the tour monitoring time during which the image pickup
unit cyclically monitors any one of the monitoring spots.

US Pat. No. 9,216,578

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a recording element substrate including an electrode at a first side portion;
an electrical wiring substrate including an electrode terminal and opposed to the first side portion of the recording element
substrate;

a connecting member connecting the electrode provided at the first side portion of the recording element substrate and the
electrode terminal provided at the electrical wiring substrate; and

a sealing member provided between the first side portion of the recording element substrate and the electrical wiring substrate
so as to cover the connecting member,

wherein a perpendicular and a sealing-member center line are out of alignment in a direction along a side of the recording
element substrate adjacent to the first side portion, the perpendicular passing through a center of gravity of the recording
element substrate and orthogonal to the side, and the sealing-member center line passing through a center of a part on the
side covered with the sealing member in the direction along the side and extending parallel to the perpendicular; and

of two areas of a part of the sealing member covering the first side portion of the recording element substrate, the two areas
being divided by the sealing-member center line, an area through which the perpendicular passes has a larger volume than that
of an area through which the perpendicular does not pass.

US Pat. No. 9,216,597

PRINTING APPARATUS AND SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus for performing printing on a continuous sheet, the apparatus comprising:
a main body;
a printing unit;
a drying unit having a housing, wherein the drying unit is configured to dry a continuous sheet subjected to printing by the
printing unit, wherein the printing unit and the drying unit are disposed in the main body, and wherein the housing of the
drying unit is capable of being pulled out of the main body; and

a first cutter and a second cutter each provided outside of the housing of the drying unit,
wherein the continuous sheet travels along a conveyance path,
wherein the first cutter is configured to cut the continuous sheet in an upstream direction of the conveyance path, wherein
the upstream direction is upstream of the housing,

wherein the second cutter is configured to cut the continuous sheet in a downstream direction of the conveyance path, where
the downstream direction is downstream of the housing,

wherein, along the conveyance path, no conveyance roller exists between the first cutter and the housing, and
wherein, along the conveyance path, no conveyance roller exists between the second cutter and the housing;
wherein the drying unit has a heater portion and a conveying mechanism for sheet conveyance provided in the housing, wherein
the heater portion is connected to a conveying portion of the conveying mechanism through a drawer connector, wherein the
housing comprises a first segment that holds an upper part of the conveying mechanism and a second segment that holds a lower
part of the conveying mechanism, and wherein the housing has a structure in which a front portion of the housing is openable
such that the first segment is rotatable with respect to the second segment about a hinge disposed at a back of the housing
in a direction in which the housing is pulled out of the main body, and

wherein, when the housing is pulled out of the main body after the continuous sheet is cut by the first cutter and the second
cutter, a part of the heater portion remains inside the main body, and then, when the first segment of the housing is in an
open state with respect to the second segment, the upper part and the lower part of the conveying mechanism are separated
and a sheet sandwiched therebetween is released.

US Pat. No. 9,217,948

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a deflection unit configured to deflect first and second light fluxes in a main scanning direction by a same deflection surface;
an incident optical system configured to cause the first and second light fluxes to enter the deflection surface; and
an imaging optical system configured to converge the first and second light fluxes deflected by the deflection unit to first
and second surfaces to be scanned, respectively,

wherein the imaging optical system includes a first imaging optical element having an output surface including first and second
curves that the first and second light fluxes respectively enter, and

wherein among light rays included in the first and second light fluxes, the light rays that are reflected by the first and
second curves intersect each other in a sub-scanning cross section perpendicular to the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,219,837

IMAGE READING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING FOREIGN MATTER POSITION AS IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,853

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND FOCUS DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element including a first pixel and a second pixel configured to detect light beams passing through different
exit pupils in an image pickup optical system;

a luminance evaluating circuit configured to estimate a moving charge amount between the first pixel and the second pixel
by using a first luminance signal obtained in the first pixel and a second luminance signal obtained in the second pixel;

one or more processors for implementing a correcting unit, a defocus amount calculating unit and a focus detecting unit, wherein:
the correcting unit is configured to correct the first luminance signal and the second luminance signal based on an estimation
result obtained in the luminance evaluating circuit;

the defocus amount calculating unit is configured to obtain a defocus amount based on a first correction value of the corrected
first luminance signal and a second correction value of the corrected second luminance signal; and

the focus detecting unit is configured to perform focus detection of a phase difference method based on the defocus amount
obtained by the defocus amount calculating unit,

wherein the moving charge amount is a charge amount which moves from one of the first pixel and the second pixel to the other
of the first pixel and the second pixel as a charge amount accumulated in the one of the first pixel and the second pixel
comes close to a saturated charge amount.

US Pat. No. 9,215,976

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM OF PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,213,250

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising
toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin and a colorant, and
silica fine particles, wherein the toner has an average circularity of at least 0.950,
the toner has a static friction coefficient, with respect to a polycarbonate resin substrate, of at least 0.100 and not more
than 0.200,

a coverage ratio Xl of the toner surface by the silica fine particles, as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA),
is at least 50.0 area % and not more than 75.0 area %, and

when a theoretical coverage ratio of the toner by the silica fine particles is X2, the diffusion index defined in Formula
1 below satisfies Formula 2 below:

Diffusion index=X1/X2  Formula 1:

Diffusion index??0.0042×X1+0.62  Formula 2.

US Pat. No. 9,214,027

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a specifying unit configured to specify at least one object from an image;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the object specified in the image by said specifying unit is divided
by an output target region having a predetermined aspect ratio, the output target region being set so that the entirety of
the output target region is included in the image; and

a second determination unit configured to determine the output target region in the image based on a determination result
by said first determination unit so that a first region, that includes the entirety of a first object and does not include
a second object, is determined as the output target region preferentially to a second region that divides each of the first
object and the second object.

US Pat. No. 9,211,731

PRINT CONTROL DEVICE, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control device comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire one or more candidate sizes of a print medium obtained by a sensor detecting a size
of the print medium;

a specifying unit configured to specify, in a case that a plurality of candidate sizes having different aspect ratios are
acquired by the acquiring unit and a setting size for a print medium set in print target data is not included in the plurality
of candidate sizes, a candidate size having an aspect ratio corresponding to an aspect ratio of the setting size, from the
plurality of candidate sizes; and

a print controller configured to cause a printer to print an image based on the print target data having a size corresponding
to the candidate size specified by the specifying unit.

US Pat. No. 9,212,004

BELT TRANSPORTING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt transporting device comprising:
an endless belt configured to rotate;
a first stretching member and a second stretching member between which the belt is stretched;
a first adjustment member provided at one end side of the first stretching member in a belt width direction that is orthogonal
to a direction of rotation of the belt, the first stretching member being movable by receiving a force from the belt;

a second adjustment member provided at another end side of the first stretching member in the belt width direction and being
movable by receiving a force from the belt; and

an interlocking device configured to interlock the movement of the first adjustment member and the movement of the second
adjustment member,

wherein, if the belt is laterally shifted in the belt width direction, one of the first adjustment member and the second adjustment
member moves by receiving a force from the belt while the other of the first adjustment member and the second adjustment member
is moved by the interlocking device such that the first stretching member is tilted with respect to the second stretching
member;

wherein the interlocking device includes a connecting member that connects a portion of the first adjustment member and a
portion of the second adjustment member to each other and is swingable about a swing pin provided substantially at the center
thereof in the belt width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,207,899

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus for registering a device driver in a peripheral device, comprising:
a first designation unit configured to designate (a) a first installer program for installing the device driver for the peripheral
device in an information processing apparatus, and (b) at least one second installer program for installing a program related
to the device driver in the information processing apparatus;

a second designation unit configured to designate an activation order of the first and second installer programs designated
by the first designation unit; and

a computer, which functions as:
a creation unit configured to create a setup program that includes the designated first and second installer programs and
activate the designated first and second installer programs in the activation order designated by the second designation unit,
and

a registration unit configured to register the setup program created by the creation unit in a storage region in the peripheral
device,

wherein the setup program is changed by the peripheral device such that an installer program which is included in the setup
program and which is for installing a program other than a cooperation program operating in cooperation with a program installed
in the peripheral device is not activated in the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,209,220

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
bonding a first member and a second member, the first member having a first semiconductor substrate including a photoelectric
conversion element and having a first wiring structure arranged on the first semiconductor substrate and the second member
having a second semiconductor substrate including a transistor and having a second wiring structure arranged on the second
semiconductor substrate,

wherein the first member and the second member are bonded so that a pad for connection with an external terminal, the first
wiring structure and the second wiring structure are positioned between the first semiconductor substrate and the second semiconductor
substrate;

thinning the first semiconductor substrate after the bonding of the first member and the second member, so that a thickness
of the first semiconductor substrate is smaller than a thickness of the second semiconductor substrate;

forming a micro lens layer on the first semiconductor substrate after the thinning of the first semiconductor substrate; and,
exposing the pad on a side of the first semiconductor substrate after the forming of the micro lens layer,
wherein the pad is connected to a circuit provided in the second member before the thinning of the first semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,205,682

PRINT CONTROLLING DEVICE, PRINT CONTROLLING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print controlling device, comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive image data;
a print controlling unit configured to cause a printing unit to print a cut mark not included in the received image data and
the received image data on a recording medium; and

a determining unit configured to determine whether the received image data includes a mark indicating a cut position of the
recording medium,

wherein the print controlling unit causes the printing unit to print the cut mark not included in the received image data
in a case where the determining unit determines that the received image data does not include the mark indicating the cut
position, and causes the printing unit not to print the cut mark not included in the received image data in a case where the
determining unit determines that the received image data includes the mark indicating the cut position.

US Pat. No. 9,209,330

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a first member, including a chip mounting region and a peripheral region surrounding the chip mounting region;
a semiconductor chip mounted in the chip mounting region;
a second member which covers the semiconductor chip; and
an adhesive arranged in a frame shape between the peripheral region and the second member to surround an entire periphery
of the chip mounting region so as to bond the first member and the second member with each other,

wherein a gap is locally formed between the adhesive and at least one of the first member and the second member to allow an
internal space relative to the peripheral region to communicate with an external space relative to the peripheral region.

US Pat. No. 9,207,558

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photosensitive drums;
a plurality of charging devices configured to charge the respective corresponding photosensitive drums, a charging voltage
being applied to the plurality of charging devices from a common power supply;

an exposure unit configured to expose surfaces of the plurality of photosensitive drums charged by the charging devices with
a first laser power to generate a non-image portion potential, and expose the surfaces with a second laser power to generate
an image portion potential;

a plurality of developing members configured to make a developer adhere to an area where the image portion potential is generated
to form a developer image on the respective corresponding photosensitive drums, a developing voltage being applied to the
plurality of developing members from a common power supply;

a control unit configured to control an intensity of the charging voltage applied to the plurality of charging devices and
output of the laser powers of the exposure unit; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire thicknesses of photosensitive layers of the respective plurality of photosensitive
drums, wherein the control unit is configured to set the intensity of the charging voltage applied to the plurality of charging
devices according to a maximum thickness among the plurality of thicknesses acquired by the acquisition unit, and individually
control the output of the first laser power for each of the photosensitive drums according to surface potentials of the respective
charged photosensitive drums.

US Pat. No. 9,208,595

APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image of a layout target for a template;
a determination unit configured to determine a category of the template based on an output timing of a layout in which the
image acquired by said acquisition unit is arranged on the template;

an editing unit configured to edit the image acquired by said acquisition unit using editing processing corresponding to the
category of the template determined by said determination unit; and

an arranging unit configured to arrange the image edited by said editing unit on the template corresponding to the category.

US Pat. No. 9,207,588

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING FIRST AND SECOND INDEPENDENTLY CONTROLLABLE FANS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a recording material;
a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image on the recording material by heating the recording material while feeding
the recording material, through a nip, on which the toner image is formed;

a first fan configured to take outside air into the inside of said image forming apparatus, the first fan generating airflow
in a recording material feeding direction at a position downstream of the fixing portion with respect to the recording material
feeding direction when only the first fan is driven;

a second fan configured to take in outside air into the inside of said image forming apparatus, the second fan generating
airflow in an opposite direction to the recording material feeding direction at the position when only the second fan is driven;

a power source portion; and
a controller configured to independently control the number of rotations of said first fan and said second fan,
wherein the first fan is configured to blow air to the power source portion, and the second fan is configured to blow air
to the image forming portion, and

wherein said image forming apparatus executes an operation in a first air blowing mode in which both said first fan and second
fan are driven, and executes an operation in a second air blowing mode in which both said first fan and said second fan are
driven and in which the number of rotations of said first fan is lower than that in the first air blowing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,207,593

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an image heating member configured to heat an image on a recording medium;
an image heating temperature detecting member detecting a surface temperature of the image heating member in contact with
the image to be heated;

a first temperature adjustment portion adjusting the surface temperature of the image heating member from inside of the image
heating member;

a second temperature adjustment portion adjusting the surface temperature of the image heating member from outside of the
image heating member; and

a control portion controlling the first and second temperature adjustment portions and configured to execute a temperature
adjustment Down preliminary control operation in the middle of heating of a plurality of first recording media in a case of
heating a second recording medium whose basis weight is smaller than that of a first recording medium of the plurality of
the first recording media in succession after heating the plurality of first recording media, the control portion executing
the temperature adjustment Down preliminary control operation, while maintaining a setting of a target temperature of the
surface temperature detected by the image heating temperature detecting member at a target temperature corresponding to the
first recording medium, by reducing the quantity of heat supplied from the first temperature adjustment portion to the image
heating member and by controlling the second temperature adjustment portion such that the surface temperature detected by
the image heating temperature detecting member is adjusted to the target temperature corresponding to the first recording
medium.

US Pat. No. 9,202,125

VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video processing apparatus comprising:
a first detection unit configured to detect a moving object from a movie;
a second detection unit configured to detect an object having a predetermined shape from the movie;
an extraction unit configured to extract a partial region of a region in which the second detection unit has detected the
object having the predetermined shape in the movie; and

a discrimination unit configured to discriminate whether the object detected by the second detection unit is a certain object
depending on a ratio of a size of an overlapping region to a size of an extracted region extracted by the extraction unit,
the overlapping region being a region where a region in which the first detection unit has detected the moving object in the
movie and the extracted region overlap with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,201,616

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM WITH ARCHIVING FUNCTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image communication apparatus comprising:
a designation unit constructed to designate a destination of image data;
a transmission unit constructed to transmit the image data to the destination designated by the designation unit;
a determination unit constructed to determine whether or not transmission by the transmission unit has been performed successfully;
an archiving unit constructed to, when it is determined that transmission by the transmission unit has been performed successfully,
transmit the image data to an archiving destination; and

a storage unit constructed to, when archiving of the image data by the archiving unit fails, store the image data securely
such that a user who has an administrative right can output the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,201,392

CARTRIDGE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A cartridge comprising:
a first member having a flexible engaging portion;
a second member having an engaged portion to be engaged with the flexible engaging portion; and
a third member configured to restrict a movement of the flexible engaging portion for maintaining a state in which the flexible
engaging portion and the engaged portion engage each other;

wherein a width of the third member on a side closer to a base point of movement of the flexible engaging portion becomes
larger than a width of the third member on a side farther from the base point of movement,

wherein the third member includes a holding portion configured to hold the third member at a position capable of restricting
the movement of the flexible engaging portion, and

at least one of the first member and the second member includes a held portion to be engaged with the holding portion
wherein the third member is formed of a resin different from the flexible engaging portion or the engaged portion.

US Pat. No. 9,201,179

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BLAZED DIFFRACTIVE GRATING AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MOLD FOR MANUFACTURING BLAZED DIFFRACTIVE GRATING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a blazed diffractive grating in which a plurality of grooves each extending in a first direction
are arrayed at a grating pitch in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, the method comprising:
a first step of forming a first groove having a first surface and a second surface by relatively moving, in the first direction
at a first position in the second direction, an object and a cutting tool having a first cutting blade and a second cutting
blade to cut the object to respectively form the first surface and the second surface;

a second step of forming, after the first step, a second groove having a third surface and a fourth surface by relatively
moving, in the first direction at a second position separated from the first position in the second direction by the grating
pitch, the object and the cutting tool having the first cutting blade and the second cutting blade to cut the object to respectively
form the third surface and the fourth surface; and

a third step of forming, after the second step, a blazed surface of the first groove using the first cutting blade by relatively
moving, in the first direction at a third position between the first position and the second position in the second direction,
the object and the cutting tool with the second cutting blade not in contact with the second surface of the first groove to
cut the first surface of the first groove.

US Pat. No. 9,204,072

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE TESTING METHOD, AND IMAGING SYSTEM MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of blocks including a plurality of pairs, each of the pairs including a comparator provided correspondingly with
a column in the pixel array and a memory provided correspondingly with the comparator; and

a block information supply unit that includes a signal line group including a plurality of single lines and is configured
to supply block information to the plurality of memories included in the plurality of blocks, the block information being
information for distinguishing a signal read from one block among the plurality of blocks and a signal read from another block,
wherein the plurality of memories included in one of the plurality of blocks are connected to the signal line group with a
pattern different from that for the plurality of memories included in another one of the plurality of blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,201,004

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, OCT IMAGING APPARATUS, TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus for displaying an optical coherence tomographic (OCT) image captured at a coherence gate position,
the display control apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to respectively acquire a first, second, third and fourth OCT tomographic images at first,
second, third and fourth cross sections, the first cross section and the second cross section facing each other, the first
cross section and the third cross section facing each other, the fourth cross section intersecting with the first, second
and the third cross sections;

a layout determination unit configured to determine a layout of the first, second, third and fourth OCT tomographic images
such that the first, second, third and fourth OCT tomographic images are arranged in an arrangement corresponding to an arrangement
of the first, second, third and fourth cross sections; and

a display control unit configured to display, with information for adjusting the coherence gate position on a display screen,
the first, second, third and fourth OCT tomographic images in the layout determined by the layout determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,202,831

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels including at least a first photoelectric conversion unit, a second photoelectric conversion unit, a
floating diffusion portion, a first transfer transistor configured to transfer an electric carrier generated at the first
photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion portion, and a second transfer transistor configured to transfer an
electric carrier generated at the second photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion portion;

a first conductive member electrically connected to a gate electrode of the first transfer transistor;
a second conductive member electrically connected to a gate electrode of the second transfer transistor; and
a control unit electrically connected to the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor via the first conductive
member and the second conductive member respectively;

wherein a distance of closest proximity between the first conductive member and the floating diffusion portion is shorter
than a distance of closest proximity between the second conductive member and the floating diffusion portion; and

wherein the control unit is configured to perform:
a first control operation for turning on the first transfer transistor from a state in which both of the first transfer transistor
and the second transfer transistor are off, while keeping the second transfer transistor off, and

a second control operation for setting the first transfer transistor and the second transfer transistor being on in parallel
with each other in a state in which an electric carrier transferred by the first control operation is held at the floating
diffusion portion.

US Pat. No. 9,195,422

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a first mode and a second mode, wherein power consumption of the second mode is lower
than power consumption of the first mode, comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire an instruction to transit the image forming apparatus from the first mode to the second
mode;

a determination unit configured to determine, after the acquiring unit acquired the instruction, whether or not a print job
is being executed, the print job corresponding to interpretation and development process of print data;

a control unit configured to, in a case where the acquiring unit acquired the instruction while the print job was being executed
and it is determined by the determination unit that the print job is being executed after the acquiring unit acquired the
instruction, suspend execution of the print job and transit, after the execution of the print job has been suspended, the
image forming apparatus from the first mode to the second mode; and

a resuming unit configured to, in a case where a transition to the first mode is instructed in the second mode, resume the
print job which is suspended by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,197,778

METHOD FOR REDUCING COMMUNICATION DELAY IN PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING A WIRELESS LAN CAPABILITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to execute print processing based on a print job;
a wireless communication unit capable of operating in a power saving mode in which the wireless communication unit repeatedly
transitions between an Awake state and a Doze state;

a setting unit configured to set, as a setting for the power saving mode, either an ON setting indicating that the power saving
mode is to be used or an OFF setting indicating that the power saving mode is not to be used, based on a designation by a
user; and

a controlling unit configured to cause, in a case where the ON setting is set by the setting unit, the power saving mode to
be temporarily disabled in response to the wireless communication unit starting reception of a print job from an external
apparatus,

wherein, in a case where the ON setting is set by the setting unit, the controlling unit causes the power saving mode to return
to an enabled state in response to the wireless communication unit completing the reception of the print job from the external
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,195,187

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on the recording material;
a fixing unit configured to heat the recording material where the unfixed toner image is formed while conveying the recording
material at a nip portion, and to fix the unfixed toner image on the recording material; and

a control unit configured to control power supplied to the fixing unit so that a temperature of the fixing unit is maintained
at a target temperature,

wherein the target temperature (Tn) of an n'th page in consecutive printing is set to the highest temperature of the target temperature (Tn) according to image density Dn at the n'th page and corrected target temperatures (Tn+1? to Tn+k?) obtained by correcting the target temperatures (Tn+1 to Tn+k) according to each of image densities (Dn+1 to Dn+k) at ((n+1) to (n+k))'th pages respectively, the corrected target temperatures (Tn+1? to Tn+k?) corrected by subtracting a greater value from the target temperatures (Tn+1 to Tn+k) respectively as the number of pages of each of the target temperatures (Tn+1 to Tn+k) becomes greater, where integer k ?1.

US Pat. No. 9,193,163

LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge apparatus comprising:
a first substrate and a second substrate;
a plurality of partitions, constituted by a piezoelectric material, which form a plurality of individual liquid chambers extending
in a longitudinal direction;

a nozzle member which is arranged on a side of a first end of the individual liquid chambers, and on which nozzles connected
to corresponding ones of the individual liquid chambers are formed;

a common liquid chamber forming member which is arranged on a side of a second end opposite to the first end of the individual
liquid chambers, and forms a common liquid chamber connected to the plurality of individual liquid chambers; and

a plurality of pairs of electrodes, each of which is arranged on both side faces of corresponding ones of the partitions,
such that the each partition is divided into a movable region to which an electric field for shear-deforming the partition
at a portion on the side of the nozzle is applied and an immovable region to which the electric field is not applied at a
portion on the side of the common liquid chamber,

wherein each individual liquid chamber is formed such that a cross-sectional area of a cross-section along a face perpendicular
to the longitudinal direction at the second end is wider than a cross-sectional area of a cross-section along the face perpendicular
to the longitudinal direction at a first boundary point closest to the first end on a boundary between the movable region
and the immovable region.

US Pat. No. 9,189,140

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that displays a list of items, the apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display the list of items by scrolling in response to a user instruction operation;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not there is a change in an item of the list of items scrolled by
the display unit, wherein the change is a reordering of items in the list;

a control unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that there is the change in the item of the
list of items scrolled by the display unit, stop the scrolling of the displayed list of items to permit the user to view the
item for which it is determined that there is the change and which is displayed by the display unit; and

a notification unit configured to display a display element in a highlighted manner to notify a user that there is the change
in the item of the list of items scrolled by the display unit,

wherein at least one of the display unit, the determination unit, the control unit, and the notification unit is implemented
by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,189,499

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for assigning metadata to a target image content by using a processor, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of image contents with metadata assigned thereto;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire an image feature amount of the target image content;
a similar image search unit configured to perform a similar image search by searching the plurality of image contents stored
in the storage unit for image contents having a similar image feature amount to the image feature amount of the target image
content;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire at least one metadata assigned to any of the image contents obtained as a
search result of the similar image search;

a selection unit configured to sequentially select one of the at least one metadata acquired by the second acquisition unit;
a metadata search unit configured to perform a metadata search for the selected metadata by searching the plurality of image
contents stored in the storage unit for image contents having the selected metadata;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an overlap ratio of the image contents obtained as the search result of the similar
image search and the image contents obtained as a search result of the metadata search for the selected metadata; and

an assignment unit configured to assign the selected metadata to the target image content if the overlap ratio for the selected
metadata exceeds a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,185,281

CAMERA PLATFORM SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A camera platform system comprising:
a camera configured to take an image of an object to generate a shot image;
a camera platform configured to rotate the camera around a pan axis and a tilt axis; and
an image processor configured to generate a display image based on the shot image,
wherein when the camera rotates around the tilt axis to pass a predetermined angle position of the camera without rotating
around the pan axis, the image processor generates a first display image corresponding to an image formed by rotating the
shot image by an angle larger than 0 degrees and smaller than 180 degrees at the predetermined angle position of the camera
before generating a second display image corresponding to an image formed by rotating the shot image by 180 degrees, and

wherein before the camera rotates around the tilt axis to pass the predetermined angle position of the camera, the image processor
generates a display image corresponding to an image formed using the shot image without rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,185,317

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF STORING FOCUS DETECTION DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having a first pixel group that photoelectrically converts an object image from a first exit pupil region
that is part of an exit pupil region of a photographing lens, a second pixel group that photoelectrically converts an object
image from a second exit pupil region that is different from the first exit pupil region, and a third pixel group that photoelectrically
converts an object image from an exit pupil region that includes the first exit pupil region and the second exit pupil region;

a focus detection unit that detects focus information of the photographing lens by performing a defocus calculation with use
of a first image signal obtained from the first pixel group and a second image signal obtained from the second pixel group;

an image processing unit that converts captured image data into image data for recording and saving, wherein the captured
image data includes image data that has been photoelectrically converted by the third pixel group of the image sensor, and
wherein the captured image data includes image data that has been generated by performing interpolation at a first pixel group
position and a second pixel group position, with use of information from the third pixel group; and

a data recording unit that records the image data as an image file, wherein the data recording unit records, in association
with the image file, location information of the first pixel group and the second pixel group and signals obtained from the
first pixel group and the second pixel group such that the defocus calculation can be performed,

wherein the captured image data and the signals obtained from the first pixel group and the second pixel group are recorded
in different regions in the image file, and

wherein signals obtained from the first pixel group and the second pixel group are recorded in an attached information recording
region in an Exif format image file.

US Pat. No. 9,180,660

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head including a plurality of energy generation elements configured to generate thermal energy for discharging
ink when a drive pulse is applied thereto;

a temperature detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the recording head;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a minimum pulse width by which the ink is discharged;
a specification unit configured to specify a pulse width upper limit value of a prepulse of the drive pulse to be applied
to the plurality of energy generation elements for a recording operation, wherein the prepulse of the drive pulse is applied
to the plurality of energy generation elements prior to an application of a main pulse of the drive pulse to the plurality
of energy generation elements, based on the minimum pulse width acquired by the acquisition unit and the temperature, detected
by the temperature detection unit, of the recording head during the recording operation; and

a control unit configured to control a drive pulse application to the plurality of energy generation elements such that the
energy generation elements are driven by the drive pulse of a prepulse with a pulse width equal to or less than the pulse
width upper limit value specified by the specifying unit,

wherein the control unit selects a drive pulse applied to the energy generation elements from a drive pulse table including
a plurality of drive pulses based on the temperature of the recording head detected by the temperature detection unit, changes
the drive pulse to a drive pulse in which a pulse width of a prepulse is smaller than the pulse width upper limit value when
a pulse width of a prepulse of the selected drive pulse is greater than the pulse width upper limit value, and controls the
energy generation elements to be driven using the changed drive pulse.

US Pat. No. 9,182,730

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an opening and closing member configured to rotate with respect to an apparatus main body to open an inside of the apparatus
main body;

a first engaging portion and a second engaging portion provided in the apparatus main body;
a first engaged portion and a second engaged portion provided in the opening and closing member and configured to engage with
the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion of the apparatus main body, respectively; and

an urging unit configured to urge the opening and closing member in a direction opposite to a direction to close the opening
and closing member,

wherein the first engaged portion is arranged one side of the opening and closing member in a direction of a rotation shaft
of the opening and closing member, and the second engaged portion is arranged the other side of the opening and closing member
in a direction of a rotation shaft of the opening and closing member, and when the first engaging portion and the first engaged
portion engage with each other and the second engaging portion and the second engaged portion engage with each other, the
opening and closing member is held in a closed state,

wherein, when the opening and closing member is being closed, urging force which the one side of the opening and closing member
receives from the urging unit is larger than urging force which the other side of the opening and closing member receives
from the urging unit,

wherein, in the opened state of the opening and closing member, the first engaged portion is positioned downstream of the
second engaged portion in regard to a movement direction of the opening and closing member when the opening and closing member
is being closed.

US Pat. No. 9,183,798

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS THAT INCREASES WHITE PIXEL DISPLAY LUMINANCE DURING IMAGE CAPTURE MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an image capture unit;
a reading unit configured to read an image recorded in a recording medium; and
a control unit configured to control displaying an image on a display unit including a red pixel, a green pixel, a blue pixel,
and a white pixel,

wherein the image capturing apparatus includes at least an image capturing mode for displaying an image obtained by the image
capture unit on the display unit and a reproduction mode for displaying an image read by the reading unit on the display unit,
and

wherein the control unit controls to increase luminance of the white pixel of the display unit in a case where the image capturing
apparatus is in the image capturing mode as compared with a case where the image capturing apparatus is in the reproduction
mode.

US Pat. No. 9,182,505

SCINTILLATOR CRYSTAL AND RADIATION DETECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A scintillator crystal comprising:
a plurality of first crystal phases; and
a second crystal phase located around the plurality of the first crystal phases,
wherein each of the plurality of the first crystal phases contains a sulfate,
the second crystal phase contains an alkali halide that emits light by irradiation with radiation, and
the refractive index of each of the first crystal phases is lower than the refractive index of the second crystal phase.

US Pat. No. 9,182,796

IMAGE PROCESSING INCLUDING HIBERNATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,182,651

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING AN IN-FOCUS POSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus arranged to set a correction value, with respect to each focus adjustment area, for adjusting
an in-focus position obtained by a focus detection operation using a predetermined detection method for photographing, comprising:
a limitation processing unit configured to execute a limitation processing of focus adjustment areas which are selectable
to perform the focus detection operation for photographing from among a plurality of focus adjustment areas for the focus
detection operation using the predetermined detection method; and

a display control unit configured to display a selectable focus adjustment area and an unselectable focus adjustment area
on a display unit in a different display manner in accordance with a result of the execution of the limitation processing
when a focus adjustment area for setting the correction value is selected,

wherein, when photographing is performed, the in-focus position obtained by the focus detection operation is corrected based
on the correction value set in advance corresponding to the focus adjustment area which is used for the focus detection operation.

US Pat. No. 9,176,410

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles,wherein:
each of the toner particles has a core-shell structure constituted of a core and a shell phase,
the core contains a binder resin, a colorant, and a wax, and
the shell phase contains a resin A, and wherein:
the resin A is a comb polymer having a main chain portion (X), a side chain portion (Y), and a side chain portion (Z),
(i) the main chain portion (X) being a vinyl polymer,
(ii) the side chain portion (Y) having an aliphatic polyester structure, wherein an ester group concentration of a polyester
segment is 6.5 mmol/g or less, and

(iii) the side chain portion (Z) having an organic polysiloxane structure in which an average number of Si—O bond repeating
units of a siloxane segment is 2 or more and 100 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,176,418

DEVELOPER CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer conveyance apparatus for use in an image forming apparatus, the developer conveyance apparatus comprising:
a developer storage portion configured to store developer;
a developer conveyance portion arranged inside the developer storage portion and configured to convey the developer through
rotation along a rotation axis thereof;

a supplying opening configured to supply the developer to an exterior of the developer storage portion; and
a clutch configured to transmit a drive force to the developer conveyance portion, the clutch stopping or decelerating a rotation
of the developer conveyance portion, when a requisite torque for rotating the developer conveyance portion exceeds a predetermined
magnitude, by suppressing transmission of the drive force to the developer conveyance portion,

wherein the developer storage portion includes:
a first storage portion in which the developer conveyance portion is provided and having the supplying opening;
a second storage portion;
an upstream side opening configured to allow the first storage portion and the second storage portion to communicate with
each other, the upstream side opening being provided on an upstream side of the developer storage portion in a developer conveyance
direction in which the developer conveyance portion coveys the developer; and

a downstream side opening configured to allow the first storage portion and the second storage portion to communicate with
each other, the downstream side opening being provided on an downstream side of the developer storage portion in the developer
conveyance direction,

wherein when the developer conveyance portion rotates, the developer circulates between the first storage portion and the
second storage portion through the upstream side opening and the downstream side opening, and

wherein the clutch is arranged inside the first storage portion, is provided on an upstream side of the developer conveyance
portion in the developer conveyance direction, and is opposed to the upstream side opening.

US Pat. No. 9,176,436

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH A BRUSH MEMBER CONFIGURED TO CHARGE UNTRANSFERRED DEVELOPER MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a moveable intermediate transfer member, the intermediate transfer member being used for secondarily-transferring a toner
image primarily-transferred from the image bearing member at a primary transfer portion onto a recording material at a secondary
transfer portion;

a brush member configured to come into contact with residual toner remaining on the intermediate transfer member without being
secondary-transferred to the recording material at the secondary transfer portion; and

a power supply unit configured to apply a voltage to the brush member,
wherein the residual toner is charged by the brush member to which a voltage of a predetermined polarity is applied by the
power supply unit, and the charged residual toner is moved from the intermediate transfer member to the image bearing member
at the primary transfer portion,

the brush member includes a supporting unit fixed without being moved during moving of the intermediate transfer member, and
a plurality of conductive fibers supported by the supporting unit and sliding over the intermediate transfer member, and

the brush member recovers the residual toner from the intermediate transfer member and keeps the residual toner by contacting
the residual toner to roots of conductive fibers according to a potential difference generated between tips and roots of the
conductive fibers.

US Pat. No. 9,177,231

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus configured to record an image, the image recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head in which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting ink is arrayed in an array direction;
a scanning unit configured to cause the recording head to relatively scan over a unit area on a recording medium a plurality
of times, in a scanning direction that intersects with the array direction;

a conveying unit configured to convey the recording medium, in a conveying direction that intersects with the scanning direction,
by a distance corresponding to a length of each of a plurality of nozzle groups in the array direction, in each interval of
scans performed the plurality of times by the recording head caused to perform the scan by the scanning unit, each of the
plurality of the nozzle groups being formed by dividing the plurality of nozzles in the array direction;

a generating unit configured to generate recording data, used for ejecting ink from nozzles in each of the plurality of nozzle
groups during each of the scans which are performed a plurality of times on the unit area, on the basis of image data corresponding
to the unit area and a plurality of mask patterns including a recording permitted pixel that permits recording and a recording
non-permitted pixel that does not permit recording, each of the plurality of mask patterns corresponding to a different one
of the plurality of nozzle groups in the scans performed the plurality of times; and

a controlling unit configured to control the ink to be ejected onto the unit area from the recording head on the basis of
the recording data,

wherein an average of the numbers of the recording permitted pixels disposed adjacently to each another in a first area of
a first mask pattern among the plurality of mask patterns is less than an average of the numbers of the recording permitted
pixels disposed adjacently to each another in a second area, the second area being located at an end side of the first mask
pattern in a direction corresponding to the array direction of the first mask pattern as compared to the first area and having
the same size as the first area in the direction corresponding to the array direction, and

wherein a ratio of the recording permitted pixels to the recording non-permitted pixels disposed in the first area of the
first mask pattern is substantially equal to a ratio of the recording permitted pixels to the recording non-permitted pixels
disposed in the second area of the first mask pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,172,840

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a specific application is stored in the storage unit in a case where
an error occurs in the storage unit; and

a controlling unit configured to control the image processing apparatus to perform a degeneration operation for restricting
usage of the storage unit in a case where the determination unit determines that the specific application is not stored in
the storage unit, and control the image processing apparatus not to perform the degeneration operation in a case where the
determination unit determines that the specific application is stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,171,367

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system including at least one processor comprising:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a degree of similarity among a plurality of tomographic images acquired based on
a measuring beam controlled so that a same position is scanned with the measuring beam a plurality of times;

a generation unit configured to generate a composite image by combining a plurality of tomographic images having a calculated
degree of similarity being larger than a predetermined value; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the plurality of tomographic images,
wherein the acquisition unit is a Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,171,240

GENERATING A DISPLAY LIST FOR PROCESSING BY A RENDERING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display list generation apparatus comprising:
an interpretation unit configured to interpret page description language (PDL) data and store an interpretation result of
the PDL data in a first storage unit;

a copying unit configured to copy the interpretation result stored in the first storage unit, into a second storage unit in
a case where a data size of the interpretation result does not exceed a predetermined threshold, and not to copy the interpretation
result stored in the first storage unit, into the second storage unit in a case where a data size of the interpretation result
exceeds the predetermined threshold; and

a generation unit configured to generate a display list from the interpretation result stored in the first storage unit in
a case where a data size of the interpretation result exceeds the predetermined threshold and generate a display list from
the copy of the interpretation result stored in the second storage unit in a case where the data size of the interpretation
result does not exceed the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,164,359

IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus for performing wireless communication with a light emitting apparatus via a wireless communication
unit using a radio wave, the imaging apparatus comprising:
a light metering unit configured to meter light of an object;
a calculation unit configured to calculate a main light emission amount of the light emitting apparatus based on a first light
metering value acquired by metering the light without causing the light emitting apparatus to emit light, and a second light
metering value acquired by metering the light with causing the light emitting apparatus to perform preliminary light emission;
and

a control unit configured to perform control such that part of the communication for transmitting information indicating a
light emission amount of the light emitting apparatus or a light emission time of the light emitting apparatus is overlapped
with an exposure period for metering the light by the light metering unit for acquiring the first light metering value.

US Pat. No. 9,164,419

DEVELOPING CONTAINER, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, DEVELOPING DEVICE USING THE SAME, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing container configured to contain developer, the developing container comprising:
a filter member covering a communicating hole through which an inside and an outside of the developing container are communicated
with each other;

a fixing area where the filter member is fixed to the developing container; and
a vibration regulating portion configured to regulate vibrations of the filter member on an inner side of the fixing area,
the vibration regulating portion being positioned within a cross section of the communication hole,

wherein the filter member is configured to allow passage of air and regulate passage of the developer, and
wherein the vibration regulating portion is provided to regulate the vibrations of the filter member when the filter member
is vibrated from a position where the filter member is separated from the vibration regulating portion to a position where
the filter member contacts the vibration regulating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,162,357

CONTROL METHOD FOR ROBOT SYSTEM AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control method for a robot system including: a plurality of working units that is placed at different positions in a
work area and performs predetermined work; and a robot to which a plurality of unit related processes is set, the unit related
processes including moving between respective two of the plurality of working units and executing work corresponding to each
of the plurality of working units, the control method comprising:
determining, in a case of detecting a first working unit that has come into a work required condition in which work by a worker
is required, whether or not an operation of the robot is stopped on a way from a current position of the robot to a position
of a second working unit corresponding to a unit related process to be next executed by the robot;

stopping the operation of the robot on the way from the current position of the robot to the position of the second working
unit, if determining that the operation of the robot is stopped on the way from the current position of the robot to the position
of the second working unit; and

selecting a unit related process corresponding to a working unit other than the first working unit, from among the plurality
of unit related processes, moving the robot until the robot arrives at a position of the working unit corresponding to the
selected unit related process, and stopping the operation of the robot at the position of the working unit, if determining
that the operation of the robot is not stopped on the way from the current position of the robot to the position of the second
working unit.

US Pat. No. 9,164,433

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a belt unit, including,
a belt member,
a steering unit, and
a tilting shaft,
the belt member configured to be moved in a moving direction and bear toner images,
the steering unit, configured to be tilted in a belt unit for moving a position of the belt member with respect to a width
direction crossing the moving direction, including, a steering roller, a cleaning blade, a supporting member, and a first
abutted portion,

the steering roller configured to rotatably stretch the belt member and to be tilted,
the cleaning blade, configured to abut the surface of the belt member at a position facing the steering roller across the
belt member for removing toner, the cleaning blade being applied a frictional force caused by moving of the belt member in
the moving direction,

the supporting member configured to support the steering roller and the cleaning blade in a body,
the first abutted portion disposed at an outer surface of the steering unit,
the tilting shaft configured to rotatably support the steering unit, a direction of the tilting shaft being perpendicular
to a direction of an axis of the steering roller, and

a second abutted portion, disposed at a position facing the first abutted portion, configured to receive an applied force
to the first abutted portion caused by the frictional force during moving of the belt member in the moving direction.

US Pat. No. 9,165,227

COLOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,164,456

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,164,719

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING STATUS INFORMATION FROM A DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing method performed by an information processing apparatus capable of communicating with a printing
apparatus, the method comprising:
inputting a status acquisition job requesting the acquisition of a status of the printing apparatus;
determining whether processing based on a print job different from the status acquisition job is being performed; and
requesting cancelling of the status acquisition job, in a case where it is determined that the processing based on the print
job different from the status acquisition job is being performed,

wherein a status of the printing apparatus obtained by the processing based on the print job is displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,167,371

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING A CONNECTION WITH ANOTHER WIRELESS DEVICE BEFORE AN ELAPSED TIME PERIOD WITHOUT THE INTERVENTION OF A BASE STATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wireless communication device, comprising:
a detector adapted to detect an operation for setting a communication parameter used for entering into a wireless network
created by a base station;

a connection unit adapted to wirelessly connect with another wireless communication device different from the base station;
a timer adapted to count an elapsed time; and
a reception unit adapted to receive, from said another wireless communication device without intervention of the base station,
the communication parameter used for entering into the wireless network created by the base station while the wireless communication
device does not enter the wireless network created by the base station, in a case that said connection unit connects with
said another wireless communication device before the elapsed time period counted by said timer becomes a predetermined time
period, wherein

the communication parameter includes information related to at least one of a frequency channel, a service set ID, or information
related to an encryption, and

at least one of the detector, the connection unit, the timer and the reception unit is achieved by that a processor executes
a program stored in a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,167,118

DEVICE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device management apparatus that manages a network device connected to a network, comprising:
a providing unit configured to provide information to a client terminal connected to the network, the information being provided
for displaying a list of a plurality of network devices, a first button corresponding to a first function for accessing a
web service provided by a network device and a second button corresponding to a second function for remotely operating a network
device;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether or not a first port of a network device selected from the list
displayed in the client terminal is open, the first port being for accessing a web service provided by the selected network
device; and

a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not a second port of the selected network device is open, the
second port that being used in communication by an application for remotely operating the selected network device,

wherein the providing unit is further configured to provide, during a period of time in which the selected network device
is being selected from the list, (a) information for enabling the first button if the first port is determined to be open
and enabling the second button if the second port is determined to be open, and (b) information for disabling the first button
if the first port is determined not to be open and activating the second button if the second port is determined to be open.

US Pat. No. 9,161,686

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an alignment unit configured to align a first fundus oculi image and a second fundus oculi image by using a third fundus oculi
image, the first fundus oculi image being an aberration-corrected image of an eye being examined, the second fundus oculi
image being an image having a larger view angle and a lower resolution than the first fundus oculi image, the third fundus
oculi image being an image having a smaller view angle and a higher resolution than the second fundus oculi image;

a distance acquisition unit configured to acquire a distance from a macula lutea of the eye being examined to a certain position
in the first fundus oculi image aligned by the alignment unit; and

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the state of the eye being examined from the distance and information concerning
photoreceptor cells included in the first fundus oculi image.

US Pat. No. 9,167,142

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a first recording control unit configured to perform control to record an uncombined image captured in a multiple exposure
shooting mode on a recording medium;

a generation unit configured to combine an image or images captured in the multiple exposure shooting mode to generate a multiple
combined image to be recorded on the recording medium;

a second recording control unit configured to perform control to record the multiple combined image on the recording medium;
a control unit configured to, if a number of images to be combined by the generation unit is one when multiple exposure shooting
ends, perform control to prevent the generation unit from generating the multiple combined image or to prevent the second
recording control unit from recording the multiple combined image; and

a base image setting unit configured to set a base image to be combined with an image captured in the multiple exposure shooting
mode, from among an image or images recorded on the recording medium,

wherein, if no base image is set by the base image setting unit and the number of images captured in the multiple exposure
shooting mode is less than or equal to one when the multiple exposure shooting ends, the control unit is configured to perform
control to prevent the generation unit from generating the multiple combined image or to prevent the second recording control
unit from recording the multiple combined image, and

wherein the first recording control unit is configured to perform control to record the uncombined image regardless of whether
the multiple combined image is generated or recorded.

US Pat. No. 9,162,224

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:
a first structure, which includes at least first and second metal layers of different compositions on a substrate; and
a second structure formed by a firing process from a glass-containing material,
wherein the first structure further comprises an intermediate layer between the first metal layer and the second metal layer,
wherein the intermediate layer is of an intermetallic compound containing one or more metallic elements, of which the first
metal layer is made, and one or more metallic elements, of which the second metal layer is made, and a melting point of the
intermetallic compound is higher than a firing temperature required in a subsequent device manufacturing process,

wherein the first metal layer and the second metal layer are individually patterned such that a single island pattern of the
first metal layer overlaps two island patterns of the second metal layer at separate areas on the substrate,

wherein the intermediate layer is formed at the separate areas between the single island pattern of the first metal layer
and the two island patterns of the second metal layer, and

wherein the first metal layer serves as a heat-generating resister layer and the second metal layer serves as a pair of electrodes
each of which is electrically connected to the first metal layer at the separate areas.

US Pat. No. 9,156,639

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a conveying roller configured to be rotated by a driving force;
a driven roller disposed facing the conveying roller and configured to be rotatably driven by the conveying roller;
a conveying guide configured to guide a sheet which is conveyed by the conveying roller and the driven roller;
a pressing spring configured to press the driven roller toward the conveying roller;
a holding portion configured to be rotatable about a shaft center of the driven roller and to receive a pressing force of
the pressing spring; and

a supporting portion configured to support the driven roller so as to abut on or be separated from the conveying roller,
wherein the holding portion includes a facing portion which is disposed to face the conveying guide, the facing portion is
separated from the conveying guide in a state where the driven roller abuts on the conveying roller, and the facing portion
abuts on the conveying guide in a state that the driven roller is separated from the conveying roller.

US Pat. No. 9,158,211

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning exposure apparatus which exposes a plurality of shot regions on a substrate to light while scanning an original
and the substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a stage which holds the substrate and moves; and
a controller which controls movement of said stage based on a driving profile that defines the movement of said stage,
wherein a portion in the driving profile, which defines the movement of said stage during exposure of at least one shot region,
is formed by a sine wave having a frequency lower than a resonance frequency in a stage controller.

US Pat. No. 9,159,765

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING SOFT X-RAY RADIATION AND X-RAY DETECTION SYSTEM INCLUDING SUCH APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus configured to detect soft X-ray radiation, comprising:
a semiconductor substrate; and
a plurality of detection units disposed on the semiconductor substrate; and
a shielding unit configured to reduce an amount of soft X-ray radiation incident on the semiconductor substrate,
wherein each detection unit includes:
a first conductive type semiconductor region disposed in the semiconductor substrate and configured to collect electric charge
generated upon incidence of soft X-ray radiation, and

a readout circuit including one or more first conductive type transistors and one floating diffusion node, the first conductive
type transistors including at least an amplifier transistor configured to output a signal based on the electric charge collected
by the first conductive type semiconductor region and transferred to the floating diffusion node;

wherein any one of the first conductive type transistors included in the readout circuit is not disposed between a pair of
the semiconductor regions that are adjacent to each other,

wherein a first isolation unit is disposed between the pair of the semiconductor regions so that the two semiconductor regions
are electrically separated from each other, and

wherein the shielding unit is disposed so as to overlap at least part of the readout circuit of each detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,158,216

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing toner particles, comprising:
a process (A) of obtaining resin particles
in accordance with method i) or ii) below
i) adding, to an aqueous medium, a polymerizable monomer composition that contains a polymerizable monomer, a colorant and
a block polymer,

obtaining a granulated particles by performing granulation of the polymerizable monomer composition, and
polymerizing the polymerizable monomer contained in the granulated particles, to thereby produce resin particles;
ii) preparing a resin solution by dissolving or dispersing a binder resin, a colorant and a block polymer in an organic solvent,
adding the resin solution to an aqueous medium,
performing granulation of the resin solution, and
removing the organic solvent contained in the granulated particles, to thereby produce resin particles; and
a process (B) of holding the temperature of the aqueous medium in which the resin particles obtained in the process (A) are
dispersed, for 60 minutes or more, between a glass transition point TgA (° C.) of the resin particles and an onset temperature
TmA (° C.) of an endothermic peak derived from the block polymer in the resin particles, in such a manner that

a temperature fluctuation rate is not greater than 0.35° C./minute, and
a temperature fluctuation range is not greater than 20° C.,
wherein each of the toner particles contains:
a) a binder resin having a styrene-acrylic resin as a main component;
b) a colorant; and
c) a block polymer; and
the block polymer contains polyester segments and vinyl polymer segments, and has an endothermic peak in a measurement using
a differential scanning calorimeter.

US Pat. No. 9,154,603

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS UTILIZING A PLURALITY OF TRANSMISSION APPLICATIONS BASED ON A COMMUNICATION PARTNER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to perform near field wireless communication with a communication partner;
a first selection unit configured to select data to be communicated from a plurality of pieces of data; and
an instruction unit configured to instruct the communication partner to perform processing determined based on a type of the
selected data and at least one piece of processing performable by the communication partner as processing to be performed
on the selected data without the apparatus receiving an operation for performing the processing on the selected data from
a user after the communication partner is detected by the near field wireless communication performed by the communication
unit, in a case where the communication partner is detected by the near field wireless communication performed by the communication
unit while the processing to be performed on the selected data is not specified.

US Pat. No. 9,149,180

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging method for acquiring a tomographic image of an eye based on a combined beam that combines a return beam from
the eye irradiated by a measuring beam and a reference beam corresponding to the measuring beam, the imaging method comprising:
adjusting a beam diameter of the measuring beam;
dispersing the combined beam;
changing, by using a range changing unit including at least one lens, a size of a range on which the dispersed beam is to
be irradiated based on the adjusted beam diameter;

detecting light from the range changing unit;
scanning the measuring beam on a retina of the eye with a vicinity of a cornea of the eye as a pivot; and
controlling the scanning such that a radiation position of the measuring beam in the retina is moved at a distance corresponding
to the adjusted beam diameter.

US Pat. No. 9,154,683

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
an encoding unit configured to convert video from an image sensing unit to generate stream data;
a recording unit configured to record the stream data generated by the encoding unit on a recording medium, wherein in a case
where, in a fixed time recording mode for recording for a fixed time tc in response to an instruction to start recording,
a second instruction to start recording is not issued before the fixed time tc has elapsed since a time t1 when a first instruction
to start recording was issued, the recording unit sets an end time of recording to t1+tc, and in a case where the second instruction
is issued at a time t2 before the fixed time tc has elapsed since the time t1 when the first instruction was issued, the recording
unit extends the end time of recording to t2+tc;

a storage unit configured to store the time t1 when the first instruction was issued and the time t2 when the second instruction
was issued; and

a control unit configured to cut out stream data that lasts for the fixed time tc from the stored time t1 when the first instruction
was issued and stream data that lasts for the fixed time tc from the stored time t2 when the second instruction was issued,
respectively, from the stream data recorded on the recording medium, and to record the cut-out stream data on the recording
medium.

US Pat. No. 9,154,685

DRIVING TECHNOLOGY OF AN IMAGE SENSOR IN AN IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having a pixel unit which photo-electrically converts an object image;
a pixel signal readout unit configured to read out a signal for image forming and a signal for focus detection from the pixel
unit;

a general control and calculating unit configured to control the readout unit to change a ratio of a number of frames in the
first readout mode and a number of frames in the second readout mode, wherein a first readout mode is a mode comprising reading
out both the signal for focus detection and the signal for image forming from the pixel unit and a second readout mode is
a mode comprising reading out only the signal for image forming from the pixel unit-without reading out the signal for focus
detection,

a phase difference calculation unit configured to determine based on the signal for focus detection whether the object image
is in an in-focus state; and

a temperature detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the image capture apparatus,
wherein said general control and calculating unit is configured to control to read out the signal from the pixel unit in the
second readout mode from a frame next to the frame in which the in-focus state has been determined by said determination unit,
and to change the number of frames to read out the signal from the pixel unit in the second readout mode based on the temperature
detected by said temperature detection unit, the general control and calculating unit further configured to increase the number
of frames when the temperature detected by said temperature detection unit rises.

US Pat. No. 9,152,363

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS CONTROLLING DELETION OF PRINT JOB HISTORY AND JOB DATA BASED ON A SET RETENTION PERIOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control apparatus, comprising:
a print job history storage unit configured to store print job history for checking an execution result of a print job;
a job data storage unit configured to store job data relating to the print job history;
a setting unit configured to set respectively (1) a condition as to whether the print job history is to be retained or not,
(2) a retention period of the print job history if the print job history is to be retained, (3) a condition as to whether
the job data is to be retained or not, and (4) a retention period of the job data if the job data is to be retained; and

a control unit configured to control deletion of the print job history based on the retention period of the print job history
if the setting unit sets the print job history to be retained, and to control deletion of the job data based on the retention
period of the job data if the setting unit sets the job data to be retained,

wherein the setting unit sets such that the retention period of the print job history is longer than or equal to the retention
period of the job data, and

wherein, if the setting unit sets the print job history not to be retained, the setting unit sets the job data not to be retained.

US Pat. No. 9,154,504

DEVICE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RELATING STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A image forming apparatus that communicates via a network with a server system that provides a print service to an external
apparatus and an approval server system and installs a print application that uses the print service, the image forming apparatus
comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first authority information to be issued by the approval server system in response
to an approval operation that permits delegating user authority required to use the print service to the image forming apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive identification information required to identify a user who uses the print service from
the print application that starts batch processing at a predetermined time having been set beforehand;

an identifying unit configured to identify the first authority information based on the received identification information;
and

a second acquisition unit configured to transmit a request to delegate authority, if the request is delegated from the user,
to the print application, together with the identified first authority information, to the approval server system and acquire
second authority information, which has been issued based on the first authority information, from the approval server system

wherein the second acquisition unit is configured to acquire an application ID of the print application, transmit the request
to delegate the authority delegated from the user to the print application, together with the first authority information
and the application ID, to the approval server system, and acquire the second authority information managed in association
with the application ID from the approval server system, and

wherein the print application is configured to acquire the second authority information from the second acquisition unit and
receive the print service based on the acquired second authority information.

US Pat. No. 9,151,927

RACK AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rack attached to a movable member and configured to transmit a driving force of a driver to the movable member, the rack
comprising:
a first member having a first tooth engaged with a lead screw rotated by the driver;
a second member having a second tooth arranged opposite to the first tooth with respect to the lead screw and engaged with
the lead screw;

a third member having a third tooth arranged opposite to the first tooth with respect to the lead screw and engageable with
the lead screw;

a first forcing unit configured to apply a force between the first member and the second member so that the first tooth and
the second tooth approach to each other;

a second forcing unit configured to apply a force between the first member and the third member so that the first tooth and
the third tooth approach to each other; and

a limiter configured to limit a distance between the third tooth and the lead screw so that the third tooth is separated from
the lead screw when the first tooth and the second tooth are engaged with the lead screw by the force applied by the first
forcing unit and a distance between the first tooth and the third tooth is smaller than an outer diameter of the lead screw
on a plane that passes the center axis of the lead screw and a contact position between the first tooth and the lead screw.