US Pat. No. 9,146,513

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD HAVING TONE CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor;
a first tone correction unit configured to, for each of a plurality of color components, perform tone correction processing
to a color component value of a pixel in image data using a correction characteristic corresponding to a color component;

a comparison unit configured to compare a sum of the plurality of color component values corrected by said first tone correction
unit in the pixel with a limit value;

a control unit configured to decrease the plurality of color component values corrected by the first tone correction unit
so that the sum of the color component values is less than or equal to the limit value in the pixel in a case where the sum
of the color component values corrected by said first tone correction unit is greater than the limit value; and

a second tone correction unit configured to, for each of the plurality of color components, perform tone correction processing
to the color component value decreased by said control unit using a correction characteristic corresponding to a color component,

wherein the correction characteristic in the first tone correction unit and the correction characteristic in the second tone
correction unit are axisymmetric to each other,

wherein at least one of the first tone correction unit, the comparison unit, the control unit, and the second tone correction
unit is implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,141,024

EXPOSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposing device, comprising:
a laser array including multiple lasers arranged in a predetermined direction; and
an optical system guiding light emitted from each of the multiple lasers to a photosensitive member and focusing the light
on the photosensitive member,

wherein the optical system includes multiple phase modulation elements to decrease a phase lag in proportion to distance from
a center axis that is defined by a principal light beam emitted from the each of the multiple lasers.

US Pat. No. 9,142,587

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, MEMBERS FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a first substrate provided with photoelectric conversion elements;
a first wiring layer including wirings made mainly of copper;
a second substrate provided with at least a part of peripheral circuits; and
a second wiring layer including wirings made mainly of copper,
wherein the first substrate, the first wiring layer, the second wiring layer, and the second substrate are provided in this
order,

wherein a wiring made mainly of copper in the first wiring layer is bonded with a wiring made mainly of copper in the second
wiring layer, and

wherein the solid-state imaging device includes a pad for outputting a signal based on electric charges of the photoelectric
conversion elements, the pad being formed of a conductive element made mainly of aluminum, and

wherein the pad is provided in the same layer as a wiring layer disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,141,322

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,324

OUTPUTTING SELECTIVE ELEMENTS OF A STRUCTURED DOCUMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

26. A method comprising:
obtaining information for specifying a size of an area corresponding to each of a first element corresponding to a first layer
and a second element corresponding to a second layer lower than the first layer, the first element and the second element
being included in a plurality of elements which are defined as a layer structure based on a structured document;

in a case where a first size of a first area corresponding to the first element and a second size of a second area, included
in the first area, corresponding to the second element are specified by the obtained information, selecting an output candidate
element from the first element and the second element in accordance with a ratio of the first size and the second size, using
at least one processor, in response to input of an instruction by a user for executing selection of the output candidate element;
and

outputting the selected output candidate element.

US Pat. No. 9,139,025

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring method comprising:
measuring a target with a sensor by effecting relative movement between the target and the sensor;
storing, at a predetermined timing interval, a measurement value of the target in a first area allocated in a memory;
changing an area in which the measurement value of the target is to be stored from the first area to a second area different
from the first area, in a case where an event that the measurement value substantially varies occurs;

continuing, for a predetermined number of times, storing the measurement value in the first area even after an area in which
the measurement value of the target is to be stored is changed, wherein the predetermined number of times is less than a maximum
number of sub-areas of the first area in which the measurement value can be stored; and

determining a status of the target based on the measurement value stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,131,851

BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus that detects ultrasound comprising:
a light source configured to irradiate a subject with light;
an ultrasound transmission unit configured to transmit a first focused ultrasound to a specific region in the subject while
the subject is not irradiated with the light from said light source and a second focused ultrasound to the specific region
while the subject is irradiated with the light from said light source;

an ultrasound detection unit configured to detect a reflection ultrasound or a transmission ultrasound of the first focused
ultrasound and to output a signal in response to said detection, wherein said ultrasound detection unit is further configured
to detect an overlapped ultrasound in which a photoacoustic wave generated by irradiating the subject with the light and a
reflection ultrasound or a transmission ultrasound of the second focused ultrasound are overlapped and to further output an
overlapped ultrasound signal in response to said detection of said overlapped ultrasound; and

a signal processing unit configured to obtain a difference signal corresponding to an intensity difference between intensity
of the overlapped ultrasound signal and intensity of the signal.

US Pat. No. 9,134,696

CARTRIDGE WITH FIRST AND SECOND COUPLING MEMBERS FOR ENGAGING MAIN ASSEMBLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
a cartridge frame for accommodating a developer;
a first coupling member that is rotatable about a first axis, said first coupling member including a first coupling portion
that has a first edge line provided at a free end portion of said first coupling member with respect to a direction of the
first axis, said first coupling member including a gear portion;

a second coupling member that is rotatable about a second axis, said second coupling member including a second coupling portion
that has a second edge line provided at a free end portion of said second coupling member with respect to a direction of the
second axis, said second coupling portion of said second coupling member being engageable with said first coupling portion
of said first coupling member to receive a driving force from said first coupling member; and

a stirring member for stirring the developer in said cartridge frame, said stirring member being operatively engaged with
said second coupling member; and

a gear member that is engaged with said gear portion of said first coupling member;
an image bearing member;
a developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image forming on said image bearing member with the developer stirred
by said stirring member, said developing roller being operatively engaged with said gear member,

wherein when the first edge line and the second edge line are contacted to each other before said first coupling member and
said second coupling member are engaged with each other while bringing said gear portion into engagement with said gear member,
upon bringing said second coupling member close to said first coupling member in a state in which the first axis and the second
axis are substantially aligned with a common phantom line:

(i) the first edge line and the second edge line projected on a first phantom plane including the phantom line are crossed
with each other, and

(ii) the first edge line and the second edge line projected on a second phantom plane perpendicular to the phantom line are
crossed with each other, wherein at least one of a normal line of the first edge line and a normal line of the second edge
line at a crossing point does not pass through the phantom line.

US Pat. No. 9,135,506

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBJECT DETECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for detecting a plurality of object regions in an image, the plurality of object regions having similar specific
structural features, the method comprising steps of:
setting a selection range for a common initial value of the specific structural features of the plurality of object regions;
calculating a confidence score of each of the plurality of object regions for each value in the selection range;
selecting a value in the selection range on the basis of the calculated confidence scores of respective object regions in
the plurality of object regions as the common initial value; and

determining, for each of the plurality of object regions, a final value for the specific structural feature of the object
region and a final position thereof separately based on the selected common initial value.

US Pat. No. 9,134,512

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,515

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:
a first lens unit and a second lens unit that are arranged in order from an object side to an image side, the first lens unit
having a positive refractive power and the second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and

an aperture stop disposed further on the image side than the second lens unit,
wherein during focusing, the first lens unit is not moved with respect to an image plane in an optical axis direction and
the second lens unit is moved with respect to the image plane in the optical axis direction,

wherein none of lenses included in the first lens unit are moved with respect to each other during the focusing, and
wherein the first lens unit includes at least one first optical element satisfying the following conditions:
?GH>0.0;
?dGH<39.5; and
ndGH>1.70, and
wherein the optical system satisfies the following conditions:
?max>0.5;
0.65<|?2/?1|<1.8;
0.45<|??GH×?2/?12|<4.00; and

0.28<|??GH/?1/?max|<3.0,

where ?GH represents a refractive power of the first optical element when a light-entrance surface and a light-exit surface
of the first optical element are in contact with air, ?dGH and ndGH respectively represent an Abbe number and a refractive
index of a material forming the first optical element for a d-line, ?max represents a maximum image-forming magnification
of the optical system, ?1 and ?2 respectively represent the refractive powers of the first lens unit and the second lens unit, and ??GH represents a sum total
of the refractive power ?GH of the at least one first optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,137,403

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet feed portion configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet which is fed from the sheet feed portion at an image forming
position;

a sheet discharging portion configured to discharge the sheet on which the image is formed by the image forming portion;
a first conveying path which connects between the sheet feed portion and the sheet discharging portion, and on which the image
forming portion is arranged;

a second conveying path configured to guide the sheet on which the image has been formed on one surface thereof by the image
forming portion to the first conveying path again;

a document feed portion configured to feed a document;
a document discharging portion configured to discharge the document which is fed from the document feed portion;
a document conveying path including a document feeding path which is connected to the document feed portion, a document discharging
path which is connected to the document discharging portion, and a common conveying path which serves as at least a part of
the second conveying path, and guiding the document from the document feed portion to the document discharging portion through
the document feeding path, the common conveying path and the document discharging path without causing the document to pass
through the image forming position; and

a reading portion configured to read a first face and a second face of the document fed from the document feed portion during
when the document is conveyed through the document conveying path.

US Pat. No. 9,137,436

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH FOCUS DETECTION AND ADJUSTMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. The imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a focus detection unit configured to perform a focus detecting operation according to a phase difference detection method
using a pair of light fluxes having passed though different exit pupils of a photographic optical system and detected by the
image sensor;

an addition unit configured to add outputs of a plurality of pixels positioned in a focus detection area selected in the image
sensor;

an addition range setting unit configured to set an addition range of the plurality of pixels positioned in the focus detection
area;

a defocus amount calculation unit configured to calculate a defocus amount based on an image shift amount obtained by the
addition unit; and

a focus adjustment unit configured to perform a focus adjusting operation using the defocus amount,
wherein the addition range setting unit is configured to change the addition range based on an exposure setting value of the
photographic optical system or the image sensor, wherein the exposure setting value is a storage time of the image sensor,
and

wherein the addition range setting unit is configured to set the addition range larger than a threshold when the storage time
of the image sensor is shorter than a predetermined value and to set the addition range smaller than the threshold when the
storage time of the image sensor is longer than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,126,796

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING SHEET FOLDING PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,128,417

UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,131,615

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,123,451

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. The Talbot interferometer according to claim 8, wherein the diffraction grating and the absorption grating are configured integrally with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,124,833

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array having a plurality of effective pixels arranged in an array;
an effective signal line to which a signal of a plurality of effective pixels aligned in a first direction is output;
a dummy pixel provided with respect to the plurality of effective pixels aligned in the first direction;
a dummy signal line to which a signal of the dummy pixel is output; and
a processing unit configured to correct the signal from the effective signal line, based on the signal from the dummy signal
line,

wherein the effective pixels include a photoelectric converter, a charge-voltage converter configured to convert a charge
generated in the photoelectric converter into voltage, and an output unit configured to output a signal corresponding to the
voltage of the charge-voltage converter, to the effective signal line,

the dummy pixel includes a charge-voltage converter that has the same configuration as the charge-voltage converter of the
effective pixel, and an output unit configured to output a signal corresponding to voltage of the charge-voltage converter
of the dummy pixel, to the dummy signal line, and

a shortest distance between the charge-voltage converter of the dummy pixel and the effective signal line is longer than a
shortest distance between the charge-voltage converter of the dummy pixel and the dummy signal line.

US Pat. No. 9,122,237

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing roller movable between a contact position in which the developing roller is in contact with the electrophotographic
photosensitive drum to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the electrophotographic photosensitive drum and a spacing
position in which the developing roller is spaced from the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;

a drum frame supporting the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing frame supporting the developing roller;
a force receiving member movable relative to the developing frame to move between a projected position in which the force
receiving member is projected outwardly from the developing frame and a retracted position in which the force receiving member
is retracted from the projected position toward an inside of the developing frame, the force receiving member including (i)
a spacing force receiving portion configured to receive a spacing force for moving the developing roller from the contact
position to the spacing position when the force receiving member is in the projected position, and (ii) a retracting force
receiving portion configured to receive a retracting force for moving the force receiving member toward the retracted position
when the force receiving member is in the projected position; and

an urging portion configured to urge the force receiving member toward the projected position,
wherein the force receiving member is movable toward the retracted position against an urging force of the urging portion
when the retracting force receiving portion receives the retracting force.

US Pat. No. 9,121,735

ENCODER, LENS APPARATUS, AND CAMERA CAPABLE OF DETECTING POSITION OF OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A lens apparatus comprising:
a lens movable in an optical axis direction;
a cylinder rotatable in a circumferential direction with respect to a base so as to move the lens in an optical axis direction;
at least three supporting portions provided on a base and rotatably supporting the cylinder;
a connecting portion provided on the cylinder and connected to a drive mechanism of a lens unit;
a scale; and
a detector configured to detect a position of the cylinder with respect to the base by using the scale,
wherein the connecting portion is rotatable within a first range between two supporting portions, of the at least three supporting
portions, next to each other, and

wherein the detector is arranged within a second range different from the first range.

US Pat. No. 9,120,333

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,417

IMAGING APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that can be equipped with a lens apparatus, comprising:
contacts to which the lens apparatus is electrically connected; and
a control unit configured to change between a first communication method and a second communication method, and conduct communication
processing with the lens apparatus via the contacts,

wherein, upon changeover from the first communication method to the second communication method, the control unit conducts
control so that information concerning a communication method changeover request is transmitted to the lens apparatus, and
communication by the second communication method is initiated after elapse of a transition time that is indicated by time
information that is retained in advance, and

wherein the first communication method includes a communication which synchronizes with a timing of an exposure processing
of an imaging element, and the second communication method does not include the communication which synchronizes with a timing
of an exposure processing of the imaging element.

US Pat. No. 9,114,612

LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, SUBSTRATE FOR LIQUID EJECTING HEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejecting head comprising:
a plurality of pressure chambers that can store liquid therein;
heat generating resistor elements that are arranged in a manner corresponding to each of the pressure chambers, and can heat
the liquid stored in the pressure chambers;

a plurality of ejection ports, through which the liquid is ejected by heat generated by the drive of the heat generating resistor
elements;

a plurality of protective members that are located at positions corresponding to the heat generating resistor elements to
protect the heat generating resistor elements, and further, can be eluted into the liquid with the application of a voltage
in a state in which the liquid is stored in the pressure chambers; and

a protective member eluting unit that can select a predetermined protective member out of the plurality of protective members
and can apply a voltage to the predetermined protective member.

US Pat. No. 9,116,466

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mounting to an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:
a toner chamber for accommodating a toner; and
a toner supplying chamber, in which a developing roller is provided, said toner supply chamber having a toner supply opening
communicating with said toner chamber;

a feeding portion, including a rotatable member and a feeding sheet connected with the rotatable member, for feeding the toner
from said toner chamber to said toner supply chamber; and

a toner seal member including a first end portion connected with said feeding portion and a second end portion for sealing
said toner supply opening,

wherein said feeding portion is located below a powder surface of the toner with respect to a direction of gravitation if
the cartridge is mounted to the image forming apparatus, and said feeding sheet is contactable to an inner wall of said toner
chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,116,467

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A CUTTING SURFACE AT AN END PORTION AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus used in an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member configured to carry a developer; and
a control member configured to control an amount of a developer carried on the developer carrying member,wherein
the control member is manufactured by cutting a supporting member covered with a covering member in a cutting direction intersecting
a surface of the supporting member to be a predetermined length in the longitudinal direction thereof,

the control member has a free end,
the covering member is provided near the free end of the control member and covers a part of an opposed surface facing the
developer carrying member, a part of a non-opposed surface located opposite to the opposed surface and an end surface located
at the free end,

the opposed surface of the supporting member is a surface located at an upstream side, in the cutting direction, of the supporting
member and the covering member provided on the opposed surface comes into contact with the developer carrying member,

in a cutting surface formed by cutting the supporting member, an upstream side in the cutting direction of the cutting surface
is covered with the covering member extending from the opposed surface to downstream in the cutting direction,

a downstream side in the cutting direction of the cutting surface is exposed from the covering member, andthe covering member provided on the non-opposed surface protrudes toward downstream in the cutting direction at a longitudinal
end of the control member.

US Pat. No. 9,110,623

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,018

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which forms an image on a sheet conveyed from a sheet holding unit, comprising:
a storing unit configured to store first information indicating a depository of the sheet to be supplied to a first sheet
holding unit, and store second information indicating a depository of the sheet to be supplied to a second sheet holding unit
different from the first sheet holding unit; and

a notification unit configured to perform a notification based on the first information stored in the storing unit in a case
where an amount of sheets stored in the first sheet holding unit becomes a predetermined amount, and perform a notification
based on the second information stored in the storing unit in a case where an amount of sheets stored in the second sheet
holding unit becomes the predetermined amount,

wherein at least one of the units is implemented by a CPU executing computer-executable code stored in a non-transitory computer-readable
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,110,430

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,707

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,101

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed in a row direction and a column direction, and an A/D converter
is provided on each column of the plurality of pixels,
wherein said A/D converter holds as an initial value which is a voltage corresponding to an output signal from a pixel or
pixels of the plurality of pixels, performs one of charge and discharge from the initial value, comparing a voltage which
was charged or discharged with a predetermined reference voltage, outputs, as a digital value of the output signal, a value
corresponding to a time taken for the voltage which was charged or discharged to become higher or lower than the predetermined
reference voltage, and changes one of an amount of charge and an amount of discharge per unit time according to a possible
value of the output signal.

US Pat. No. 9,108,428

IMAGE FORMING AND PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING IMAGE DATA WITH RESPECT TO BLACK AND OTHER CHROMATIC COLOR TO REPRODUCE A COLOR IN THE DARK PORTION OF THE COLOR GAMUT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium using a black color material and a plurality
of chromatic color materials, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to determine whether a color of input image data is positioned at a surface of a dark portion
in a color gamut that can be reproduced using the black color material and the plurality of chromatic color materials and
select a first generation process when the color of input image data is determined to be positioned at the surface and select
a second generation process when the color of input image data is determined not to be positioned at the surface, the first
generation process and the second generation process being for generating black color material data for arranging a dot of
the black color material on the recording medium and a plurality of pieces of chromatic color material data for arranging
a dot of the plurality of chromatic color materials on the recording medium; and

a formation unit configured to form an image on the recording medium using the black color material and the plurality of chromatic
color materials based on the black color material data and the plurality of pieces of chromatic color material data,

wherein the first generation process is configured to generate the black color material data and the plurality of pieces of
chromatic color material data, for the color positioned at the surface, in such a way as to arrange dots of the black color
material and respective dots of the plurality of chromatic color materials exclusively on the recording medium and set a rate
of the arranged dots of the black color material to be greater as the color positioned at the surface is closer to black,
and

wherein the second generation process is configured to generate the black color material data and the plurality of pieces
of chromatic color material data, for the color not positioned at the surface, in a way different from the first generation
process.

US Pat. No. 9,104,098

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a charge-generating layer and a charge-transporting layer formed on the support,
wherein the charge-generating layer comprises:
a phthalocyanine pigment, and
a tricyanoethylene compound represented by the formula (1) described below,
wherein the dipole moment of the tricyanoethylene compound is 8.0 debye or more, the dipole moment being obtained from the
results of molecular orbital calculation by density functional calculation at the B3LYP/6-31G level,

wherein, in the formula (1), R1 represents an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted or substituted
pyridyl group, an unsubstituted or substituted piperidyl group, or a substituted amino group.

US Pat. No. 9,104,132

APPARATUS TO FORM LATENT IMAGE USING DITHER MATRICES HAVING MINUTE AND NORMAL EXPOSURE AREAS CONTROLLING TONER ADHESION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that forms an image by forming a latent image on a charged photosensitive member and adhering
toner to the latent image, the apparatus comprising:
an exposure device that forms a latent image by illuminating the charged photosensitive member with a light generated based
on a driving signal; and

a signal generating unit that stores information on a plurality of dither matrices preset in correspondence with a density
level of the toner to be adhered to the photosensitive member and converts input image data based on the dither matrices to
generate the driving signal;

wherein the signal generating unit stores information on a first dither matrix corresponding to a first density level and
a second dither matrix corresponding to a second density level higher than the first density level; and

wherein the first dither matrix includes a minute exposure area, at predetermined coordinates, in which the exposure device
is caused to emit light to attain a potential of the photosensitive member at which no toner adheres to the photosensitive
member; and the second dither matrix includes a normal exposure area, at a position corresponding to the predetermined coordinates
in the first dither matrix, in which the exposure device is caused to emit light to attain a potential of the photosensitive
member at which toner adheres to the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,104,912

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A terahertz electromagnetic wave measuring apparatus for measuring a measured terahertz electromagnetic wave, comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate a reference terahertz electromagnetic wave;
a waveform obtaining unit configured to obtain a first reference time waveform from the reference terahertz electromagnetic
wave received in dependence of plural delay times;

a forming unit configured to perform a wavelet transform on the first reference time waveform to obtain reference expansion
coefficients based on a mother wavelet, wherein the reference expansion coefficients include at least one expansion coefficient
whose absolute value is greater than a threshold, and to perform an inverse wavelet transform by using only the at least one
expansion coefficient so as to form a second reference time waveform in dependence of the delay times,

wherein
the forming unit is configured to calculate respective ratios of the second reference time waveform and the first reference
time waveform for each of the delay times;

the generating unit is configured to generate the measured terahertz electromagnetic wave, wherein, for each of the plural
delay times, the measured terahertz electromagnetic wave corresponds to the reference terahertz electromagnetic wave multiplied
by the respective ratio;

the waveform obtaining unit is configured to obtain a first measured time waveform of the measured electromagnetic wave in
dependence of the delay times;

the forming unit is configured to perform the wavelet transform on the first measured time waveform to obtain measured expansion
coefficients based on the mother wavelet, to perform an inverse wavelet transform by using only those of the measured expansion
coefficients corresponding to the at least one expansion coefficient so as to form a second measured time waveform in dependence
of the delay times.

US Pat. No. 9,102,150

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a substrate;
an energy-generating element provided on a front surface side of the substrate, the energy-generating element generating energy
for ejecting liquid;

sidewall members of a liquid flow path; and
an ejection port forming member that defines an ejection port from which the liquid is ejected, wherein
sidewalls of the liquid flow path are formed of the sidewall members and a top wall of the liquid flow path is formed of the
ejection port forming member,

the sidewall members are each formed of a core member that extends from a front surface of the substrate and a covering member
that covers the surface of the core member,

the covering member covers the front surface of the substrate, and
the ejection port forming member is formed of an inorganic material.

US Pat. No. 9,106,834

IMAGE DISPLAY CONTROLLER CAPABLE OF PROVIDING EXCELLENT VISIBILITY OF DISPLAY AREA FRAMES, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE DISPLAY CONTROLLER, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display controller for displaying an image obtained by photographing an object, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect the object in the image;
an identification unit configured to identify a predetermined specific area of the object distinguishably from a remaining
area exclusive of the specific area;

a first generation unit configured to generate a first display frame for enclosing the specific area;
a second generation unit configured to generate a second display frame for enclosing the remaining area; and
a display control unit configured to display the first and second display frames on a screen together with the image;
wherein the specific area is a face area of the object, and the remaining area is a human body area of the object, and
wherein said second generation unit generates the second display frame in a manner adjacent to the first display frame;
the image display controller further comprising:
a first angle detection unit configured to obtain face detection angle information by detecting at least one of a yaw-direction
angle indicative of a rotational angle of the face area in a horizontal direction, a roll-direction angle indicative of a
rotational angle of the face area in a vertical direction, and a pitch-direction angle indicative of an inclination of the
face area with respect to the vertical direction, and

a second angle detection unit configured to obtain human body detection angle information by detecting at least one of a yaw-direction
angle indicative of a rotational angle of the human body area in the horizontal direction, a roll-direction angle indicative
of a rotational angle of the human body area in the vertical direction, and a pitch-direction angle indicative of an inclination
of the human body area with respect to the vertical direction;

wherein before displaying the first and second display frames on the screen, said display control unit changes at least one
of the yaw-direction angle, the roll-direction angle, and the pitch-direction angle of each of the first and second display
frames based on the face detection angle information and the human body detection angle information; and

wherein at least one of the detection unit, the identification unit, the first generation unit, the second generation unit,
the display control unit, the first angle detection unit and the second angle detection unit are implemented, at least in
part, by a hardware processor and memory.

US Pat. No. 9,102,179

RECORDING APPARATUS, DETECTION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a sensor including a light emitting element for emitting light to a recording medium, and a light receiving element for receiving
the light emitted from the light emitting element and reflected by the recording medium, configured to, via the light emitting
element and the light receiving element, measure a patch recorded on the recording medium by a recording head for performing
recording on the recording medium based on image data;

a calibration member configured to reflect light emitted from the light emitting element, and to be used to calibrate the
sensor based on a result of first optical measurement of the calibration member performed by receiving, via the light receiving
element, reflected light reflected by the calibration member; and

a notifying unit configured to execute a notifying operation for notifying a user of information relating to a status of the
calibration member based on the result of the first optical measurement of the calibration member by using the sensor and
at least one result of optical measurement of the calibration member by using the sensor performed before the first optical
measurement.

US Pat. No. 9,095,977

OBJECT GRIPPING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR OBJECT GRIPPING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image including a plurality of objects, wherein the image is captured by an imaging
unit;

a determination unit configured to determine a target object to be picked up and held by a holding unit from the plurality
of objects based on the image obtained by the obtaining unit;

a generating unit configured to generate a first operation path along which the holding unit that has held the target object
conveys the held target object to a target position and a second operation path along which the holding unit that has held
the target object conveys the held target object to the target position by way of an evacuation position to which the holding
unit evacuates from the imaging range of the imaging unit based on a position of the target object, wherein the evacuation
position is different from the target position;

a prediction unit configured to predict, for each of the first operation path and the second operation path, a time until
a next target object is picked up after the target object is held; and

path determination unit configured to determine a path by selecting from the first operation path or the second operation
path based on each time predicted by the prediction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,093,340

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS WITH PLURAL ANALOG AND DIGITAL CIRCUITS ARRANGED CORRESPONDING TO PLURALITY OF COLUMNAR PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix and configured to generate an analog signal by a photoelectric
conversion; and

a read out circuit configured to convert the analog signal generated by the pixel unit into a digital signal, wherein
the read out circuit comprises
a plurality of analog circuits arranged each correspondingly to each of the plurality of pixels arranged in a column direction,
a plurality of digital circuits arranged each correspondingly to each of the plurality of pixels arranged in a column direction
and

a plurality of logic circuits arranged each correspondingly to each of the plurality of pixels arranged in a column direction,
and arranged between the plurality of analog circuits and the plurality of digital circuits, and wherein

the plurality analog circuits are formed within a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type and a second semiconductor
region of a second conductivity type,

the plurality of logic circuits are formed within a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and a fourth
semiconductor region of the second conductivity type,

the plurality of digital circuits are formed within a fifth semiconductor region of the first conductivity type and a sixth
semiconductor region of the second conductivity type,

the first to sixth semiconductor regions are electrically isolated from one another, and
the number of elements included in each of the plurality of logic circuits is smaller than the number of elements included
in each of the plurality of digital circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,081,104

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND RADIATION DETECTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus comprising:
a sensor panel which includes a photoelectric conversion unit configured to convert light into charge;
a scintillator layer disposed above the photoelectric conversion unit of said sensor panel and configured to convert radiation
into light having a wavelength convertible by the photoelectric conversion unit;

a reflection layer disposed above said scintillator layer and configured to reflect part of light generated by said scintillator
layer toward said sensor panel; and

a protective layer which covers said scintillator layer from above said reflection layer,
wherein said scintillator layer is fixed on said sensor panel,
said reflection layer is fixed on said protective layer,
part of said protective layer is bonded to said sensor panel with an adhesive material so as to seal said scintillator layer
and said reflection layer with said protective layer and said sensor panel, and

an upper surface of said scintillator layer includes a portion which is not fixed to said reflection layer.

US Pat. No. 9,082,410

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:
a first microphone;
a second microphone;
a masking unit configured to mask movement of air from outside of the apparatus to said second microphone so that a frequency
higher than a first frequency of an output signal of the second microphone is attenuated,

wherein the first frequency is higher than a frequency corresponding to a wind noise;
a high-pass filter configured to extract a frequency component within a first range, which is higher than the first frequency,
of an output signal of said first microphone;

an adaptive filter configured to process the output signal of the second microphone in which the frequency higher than the
first frequency of an output signal of the second microphone is attenuated,

wherein the adaptive filter processes the output signal of the second microphone so that a difference between the output signal
of the first microphone and the output signal of the second microphone is minimized;

a low-pass filter configured to extract a frequency component within a second rang, which is lower than the first frequency,
of an output signal of said second microphone;

an addition unit configured to add an output signal of said high-pass filter and an output signal of said low-pass filter.

US Pat. No. 9,081,204

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS AND CAMERA SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An interchangeable lens detachable from a camera body, the interchangeable lens comprising:
an image stabilizing unit configured to correct an image blur by driving a correction lens in a first movable range or a second
movable range which is narrower than the first movable range; and

a controller configured to set a movable range of the correction lens according a function of the camera body,
wherein,
in the case the interchangeable lens is mounted on a first camera body having a function of correcting at least one of a peripheral
brightness and an aberration of a picked-up image, the controller sets the movable range of the correction lens to the first
movable range, and

in the case the interchangeable lens is mounted on a second camera body not having the function of correcting the peripheral
brightness and the aberration of the picked-up image, the controller sets the movable range of the correction lens to the
second movable range.

US Pat. No. 9,079,405

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,082,639

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a semiconductor device including a first transistor and a second transistor in which a gate insulation
film is thinner than a gate insulation film of the first transistor, the method comprising:
forming a first member and a second member on a polysilicon film covering a semiconductor substrate;
forming, by performing patterning on the polysilicon film using the first member as a mask, a gate electrode of the first
transistor from a portion of the polysilicon film including impurity, and, by performing patterning on the polysilicon film
using the second member as a mask, a gate electrode of the second transistor from a portion of the polysilicon film including
impurity;

forming, by implanting ions in the semiconductor substrate using the first member as a mask for the gate electrode of the
first transistor, a drain of the first transistor; and

forming, by implanting ions in the semiconductor substrate, a drain of the second transistor, with an ion implantation in
the gate electrode of the second transistor after making the second member thinner than the first member by thinning the second
member.

US Pat. No. 9,083,910

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,081,493

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,081,526

PERIPHERAL DEVICE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A web service server configured to communicate with a client device by using a web browser of the client device, the server
comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an access for requesting a web service using the web browser of the client device,
wherein the access is performed by specifying information for the web service after an image forming apparatus is selected
from a printer selection area by a user;

a providing unit configured to provide, as the web service, a page for setting specific print setting related to the selected
image forming apparatus according to the received access,

wherein, on the selected image forming apparatus different from the web service server, a print process is performed based
on print data created by a print control program according to a specific print setting input by the web browser of the client
device based on the page for the setting specific print setting, and

wherein the information for accessing the web service is information indicating location of the web service provided by the
web service server, and includes identification information of the selected image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,075,360

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured and positioned to heat a toner image on a sheet;
an excitation coil provided outside of said rotatable heating member and configured and positioned to cause electromagnetic
induction heat generation in said rotatable heating member;

a magnetic core provided opposed to said rotatable heating member with said excitation coil between said magnetic core and
said rotatable heating member and configured and positioned to direct a magnetic flux produced by said excitation coil to
said rotatable heating member;

a retracting mechanism configured to retract said magnetic core from said excitation coil;
a coil holder configured and positioned to hold a side of said excitation coil adjacent to said rotatable heating member;
and

first and second pressing members configured and positioned to press said excitation coil against said coil holder in outside
portions beyond said magnetic core in a longitudinal direction of said rotatable heating member, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,075,328

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heat treatment apparatus for heat-treating powder particles containing a thermoplastic binder resin, comprising:
a raw-material supply unit for supplying the powder particles into the apparatus;
a hot-air supply unit for heat-treating the supplied powder particles; and
a discharge portion for discharging the heat-treated powder particles, the discharge portion being positioned in a downstream
side of the raw-material supply unit and the hot-air supply unit,

wherein: the raw-material supply unit is circularly provided so as to surround the hot-air supply unit at such a position
as to be adjacent to an outer peripheral face of the hot-air supply unit, or at such a position as to be separated from the
outer peripheral face in the horizontal direction,

from an outlet of the hot-air supply unit, hot air is supplied toward the powder particles which are supplied from the raw-material
supply unit,

the hot-air supply unit has a first nozzle and a second nozzle which spread in a radial direction to the downstream side from
an upstream side in a hot-air supply direction,

the second nozzle is arranged in the inside of the first nozzle, and
the hot air passes through a space between the inside of the first nozzle and the outside of the second nozzle,
and wherein:
the heat treatment apparatus further comprises an air-flow adjustment unit for rotating the supplied hot air spirally along
an inner wall face of the apparatus, the air-flow adjustment unit being provided in an outlet portion of the hot-air supply
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,071,156

SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A switching power supply device comprising:
a transformer;
a first switching element and a second switching element connected to a primary winding of the transformer, the first switching
element and the second switching element being connected in series;

a capacitance element connected to the primary winding in series;
a control unit configured to drive the first switching element and the second switching element alternately;
a detection unit configured to detect a voltage of the capacitance element;
a first generation unit configured to generate a first pulse signal according to the voltage of the capacitance element detected
by the detection unit; and

a second generation unit configured to generate a second pulse signal according to a driving state of the first switching
element and the second switching element,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the first switching element and the second switching element so as to provide
a period in which the first switching element and the second switching element are turned off, when a state where a first
timing for switching a level of the first pulse signal from high to low is earlier than a second timing for switching a level
of the second pulse signal from high to low is changed to a state where the first timing is later than the second timing.

US Pat. No. 9,071,734

PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AND PRINTING OF SCANNED IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate a browsing image by performing first image processing for original image data acquired
by scanning an original, wherein the generated browsing image is stored in a storage unit;

a holding unit configured to hold information which defines, for each printing purpose, second image processing and print
settings to be applied in printing in correspondence with the first image processing, wherein the information indicates which
processing and print settings are to be applied for restoring the browsing image to a state of the original;

a specification unit configured to specify a printing purpose for the browsing image when accepting an instruction to print
the browsing image;

a conversion unit configured to convert the browsing image into image data for printing by deciding, in accordance with the
information held by the holding unit, second, image processing and print settings corresponding to the printing purpose specified
by said specification unit, and applying the decided second image processing and print settings to the browsing image; and

a control unit configured to control a printing unit to output the image data for printing.

US Pat. No. 9,069,407

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display unit;
a proximity detection unit configured to detect that an object has come close to the apparatus;
a touch detection unit configured to be able to detect that an object has come close to said display unit and to detect a
touch operation on said display unit; and

a control unit configured to, when said proximity detection unit detects approach of the object and said touch detection unit
detects the approach of the object in a region of not smaller than a predetermined range on said display unit, control not
to perform a display on said display unit, to reduce a luminance of said display unit, or to turn off said display unit, and
when said proximity detection unit detects the approach of the object and said touch detection unit does not detect the approach
of the object in the region of not smaller than the predetermined range on said display unit, control to carry on the display
on said display unit and to accept a touch operation on said display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,067,411

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a first unit configured to supply power; and
a second unit including an input unit to which the power is input, a plurality of heaters connected to the input unit via
a common power source line and operative to discharge liquid, an energization unit configured to energize the plurality of
heaters, and a selection unit configured to select at least one target heater from the heaters to be energized with a predetermined
current for discharging liquid,

a block period comprising a discharge period during which the at least one target heater is energized, and a non-discharge
period during which a plurality of non-target heaters are energized; the non-discharge period comprising a plurality of intervals;

wherein the selection unit is further configured to select non-target heaters from the heaters to be energized for discharging
liquid, the selected non-target heaters being different from the target heater and the non-target heaters are energized for
an interval occurring before and a different interval occurring after the target heater is energized, and

wherein the energization unit is further configured to energize each of the target heater with the predetermined current for
discharging liquid selected by the selection unit and the non-target heaters with the predetermined current for a predetermined
time respectively, the target heater for discharging liquid is energized for a first period corresponding to a time interval
at which the liquid is discharged, and the non-target heaters are energized for a second period corresponding to a time interval
at which liquid is not discharged.

US Pat. No. 9,070,041

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD WITH CALCULATION OF VARIANCE FOR COMPOSITED PARTIAL FEATURES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. An image processing method comprising:
an acquisition step of acquiring partial features of an input pattern and partial features of each of registered patterns;
a composition step of generating composited partial features of the input pattern by combining a plurality of the partial
features of the input pattern, and of generating, for each of the registered patterns, composited partial features of the
registered pattern by combining a plurality of partial features of the registered pattern corresponding to the partial features
in the composited partial features of the input pattern;

a similarity calculation step of calculating, for each of the registered patterns, a similarity between each partial feature
in the composited partial features of the input pattern and a corresponding partial feature in the composited partial features
of the registered pattern;

a counting step of counting, for each of the registered patterns, a number of partial features included in the composited
partial features of the registered pattern for which the calculated similarity is higher than a threshold;

a variance calculation step of calculating a variance for the composited partial features of the input pattern based on a
variance of spatial positions and/or spatial sizes of the partial features in the input pattern;

an evaluation step of evaluating each of the registered patterns based on the variance for the composited partial features
of the input pattern and the counted number of partial features for which the similarity is higher than the threshold; and

an identification step of identifying, among classes to which respective registered patterns belong, a class corresponding
to the input pattern based on an evaluation result from the evaluation step,

wherein the variance of spatial positions is a function of a difference between the spatial position of a partial feature
and an average spatial position, and the variance of spatial sizes is a function of a difference between the spatial size
of a partial feature and an average spatial size.

US Pat. No. 9,066,033

DEFECTIVE PIXEL DATA CORRECTING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING DEFECTIVE PIXEL DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A defective pixel data correcting apparatus for correcting defective pixel data output from a defective pixel of an image
sensor, the defective pixel data contained in image data captured using the image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels,
the defective pixel data correcting apparatus comprising:
a first storage unit adapted to store defective pixel information containing a type and a defective output level of a defective
pixel, for each defective pixel included in the plurality of pixels;

a second storage unit adapted to store at least one correction table in which types of the defective pixels, image capturing
conditions, and defective output levels to be subjected to correction are associated with each other;

a determination unit adapted to determine whether or not the defective pixel data is to be corrected, based on the defective
pixel information and the correction table; and

a correction unit adapted to correct the defective pixel data that is determined, by the determination unit, to be corrected.

US Pat. No. 9,062,663

ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An actuator comprising:
a pair of electrode layers;
an electrolyte layer arranged between the pair of electrode layers, the electrolyte layer containing an electrolyte; and
terminals in contact with the pair of electrode layers, the terminals being configured to apply a voltage between the electrode
layers,

wherein at least one of the pair of electrode layers includes a plurality of linear electrodes in contact with the electrolyte
layer, longitudinal directions of the linear electrodes being arranged parallel to a direction from a terminal portion where
the at least one of the electrode layers is in contact with a corresponding one of the terminals toward an end portion of
the at least one of the electrode layers, and the end portion being remote from the terminal portion, the plurality of linear
electrodes being closely arranged so that parts of the plurality of linear electrodes are in contact with each other, and

wherein the application of a voltage to the terminals allows ions in the electrolyte layer to be transferred, thereby displacing
the end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,063,813

APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus including one or more processors to enable a connection of an external storage device, the apparatus comprising:
an installing unit configured to conduct software installation that installs software saved in the external storage device
and setting values corresponding to the software, according to a script acquired from the external storage device after the
external storage device is connected;

a saving unit configured to acquire from the external storage device and save the software and the setting values corresponding
to the software that relate to software installation in a subsequent step to be conducted according to the script, when the
installing unit conducts the software installation of a preceding step according to the script; and

a notifying unit configured to provide a notification that urges disconnection of the external storage device in response
to saving by the saving unit of the software and the setting values corresponding to the software that relate to software
installation until a step directly after the software installation step that is being conducted by the installing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,063,498

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the image bearing member;
a conveyance member configured to transfer the toner image onto a recording material and to convey the recording material;
a detection member configured to detect the toner image on the conveyance member; and
a control portion configured to form a test toner image on the image bearing member so as to extend over a region corresponding
to the conveyance member and an end portion of the recording material, and to transfer the formed test toner image onto the
conveyance member and the end portion of the recording material, and configured to set a position of a toner image, to be
formed by the image forming unit, relative to the recording material based on a result of the detection member which detects
the test toner image transferred onto the conveyance member.

US Pat. No. 9,063,512

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DETACHABLE BELT UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main assembly;
a belt unit, including a belt member and a plurality of supporting rollers for supporting said belt member, detachably mountable
to said main assembly with respect to a direction crossing a rotational axis direction of said supporting rollers;

a plurality of image forming portions, provided below said belt unit along said belt member, for forming toner images on said
belt member;

a plurality of toner cartridges, provided above said belt unit, for supplying toners to said plurality of image forming portions,
respectively;

a side plate provided in said main assembly; and
an integrated member provided on said side plate and including a guiding member having a guiding portion for guiding said
belt unit and a plurality of toner supply passages for permitting communication of said image forming portions with said toner
cartridges associated with said image forming portions, respectively, wherein said guiding member and said toner supply passages
are integrally constituted so that said toner supply passages penetrate said guiding member.

US Pat. No. 9,057,966

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEMORY MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for processing information generated by an exposure apparatus which exposes a substrate
to radiant energy with respect to each of a plurality of shot regions on the substrate, at least one device being to be manufactured
from each of the plurality of shot regions, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a collecting unit configured to collect, from the exposure apparatus, first information obtained by the exposure apparatus
with respect to each of a plurality of first regions which form a first array defined on the substrate via an exposure of
each of the plurality of shot regions, each of the first regions being equal to or smaller than a corresponding one of the
shot regions, and each of the shot regions including at least one of the first regions;

a converting unit configured to convert at least a part of the collected first information into second information defined
with respect to each of a plurality of second regions which form a standard array for use in evaluation of the exposure apparatus
or the substrate, each of the first regions corresponding to at least one of the second regions;

a statistical processing unit configured to statistically process the second information, the second information having been
obtained with respect to information generated by the exposure apparatus with respect to a plurality of kinds of the first
array, the plurality of kinds being different from each other in at least one of a dimension and position of each of the plurality
of first regions on the substrate; and

an analyzing unit configured to analyze the statistically processed information to obtain information about the evaluation
of the exposure apparatus or the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,058,140

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD UTILIZING A PAPER SAVING PRINT SETTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus for controlling a print unit to print an image using a continuous sheet, based on a print setting
set by a user, comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine whether a saving print setting different from a designated print setting exists
without receiving a user's instruction, wherein the saving print setting makes possible a saving of a length of the continuous
sheet compared to the designated print setting;

a specifying unit configured to specify the length of the continuous sheet which can be saved in the case of printing according
to the saving print setting determined by the determining unit as the print setting different from the designated print setting,
as compared with printing according to the designated print setting, in a case where the determining unit determines such
a saving print setting exists;

a notifying unit configured, in the case that the determining unit determines such a saving print setting exists, to notify
a user of the existence of the saving print setting determined by the determining unit and the length of the continuous sheet
specified by the specifying unit; and

a receiving unit configured to receive a user's instruction indicating whether a print setting is changed from the designated
print setting to the saving print setting so as to print the image.

US Pat. No. 9,051,232

PERYLENE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE USING THE COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting device, comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer which is sandwiched between the anode and the cathode,
wherein one of the anode and the cathode is transparent or semi-transparent,
wherein the organic compound layer is an emission layer comprising a host and a guest,
wherein the guest comprises a perylene compound represented by the following general formula (1):

where R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group; and Ar1 to Ar4 each represent a substituent represented by the following general formula (2) or (3):


where X11 to X17 each represent a substituent selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group,
a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, and a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and adjacent
substituents may be bonded to each other to form a ring structure; and Y1 and Y2 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group,


where X21 to X27 each represent a substituent selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group,
a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, and a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and adjacent
substituents may be bonded to each other to form a ring structure, and

wherein the light emission layer emits blue or green light.

US Pat. No. 9,054,002

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a photoelectric conversion device, comprising the processes of:
forming an isolation region on a semiconductor wafer;
forming a photoelectric conversion element in an active region defined by the isolation region;
forming a transistor on the semiconductor wafer;
forming a member on the semiconductor wafer; and
forming a micro lens over the photoelectric conversion element,
wherein alignment in the process of forming the photoelectric conversion element and alignment in the process of forming the
micro lens are performed using an alignment mark formed in the process of forming the isolation region,

wherein alignment in the process of forming the member is performed using an alignment mark formed in the process of forming
the transistor, and

wherein the transistor and the micro lens are formed on the same side of the semiconductor wafer.

US Pat. No. 9,055,211

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of signal lines, to each of which a signal is outputted from one of a plurality of pixels, wherein each pixel
includes a photoelectric conversion element and an amplification element arranged to amplify a signal generated at said photoelectric
conversion element;

a plurality of load transistors, each provided correspondingly to one of the plurality of signal lines, to supply a bias current
to the amplification element;

a plurality of control transistors; and
a common line arranged in common to all the load transistors,
wherein said plurality of load transistors have respective first electrodes connected to said common line and respective second
electrodes arranged at a side of said plurality of signal lines, and the common line has impedance from the respective first
electrodes to an absolute ground, and

wherein said plurality of control transistors are electrically connected in parallel between said second electrodes of the
plurality of load transistors and the plurality of signal lines, and control electrodes of said plurality of control transistors
are adapted to be applied with a common constant first voltage by a drive circuit to determine voltages of the second electrodes
of said plurality of load transistors.

US Pat. No. 9,054,490

TUNABLE LASER AND PHOTOACOUSTIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. A tunable laser comprising:
a first mirror;
a second mirror;
a gain medium arranged between the first mirror and the second mirror;
a birefringence filter arranged between the first mirror and the second mirror; and
an excitation device exciting the gain medium,
wherein light that passes through the birefringence filter oscillates between the first mirror and the second mirror,
wherein an oscillation wavelength is switched by rotating the birefringence filter,
wherein the birefringence filter includes a first birefringent plate and a second birefringent plate, which have principal
dielectric axes parallel to optical surfaces thereof,

wherein the principal dielectric axes of the first birefringent plate and the second birefringent plate are shifted from each
other, and

wherein the birefringence filter is configured so that a relationship 42°????B is satisfied, where an insertion angle, which
is an angle formed by a normal to an optical surface of the birefringence filter and an optical axis of the light, is denoted
by ? and Brewster's angle of the birefringence filter is denoted by ?B.

US Pat. No. 9,049,319

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS WIRELESSLY CONNECTABLE TO OTHER APPARATUSES, SYSTEM HAVING THE IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric apparatus comprising:
a communication unit that communicates wirelessly with an other apparatus; and
a controller that controls, in a case that a remaining amount of a battery of the electric apparatus is lower than a defined
value in a state that the communication unit is in a second mode of which power consumption is lower than that of a first
mode, the communication unit to transmit, to the other apparatus, a first message for requesting a transition to the first
mode, and controls, in a case that the communication unit has transitioned to the first mode in response to the transmission
of the first message, the communication unit to transmit, to the other apparatus, a second message for requesting the other
apparatus to supply electric power.

US Pat. No. 9,044,973

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a conveyance roller;
a pinch roller unit configured to nip a sheet with the conveyance roller, wherein the pinch roller unit includes a first roller
portion and a second roller portion adjacent to each other, and the first roller portion is disposed farther away from a center
of the sheet in a width direction of the sheet than the second roller portion; and

a mechanism having a drive source configured to change a pressing force that the first roller portion applies to the conveyance
roller and a pressing force that the second roller portion applies to the conveyance roller, respectively,

wherein, in a first case where a sheet to be used has a medium size in the width direction such that an end of the sheet is
nipped by a part of the first roller portion and the sheet is nipped by an entire extent of the second pressing roller, the
mechanism sets a pressing force of the first roller portion smaller than a pressing force of the second pressing roller portion,

wherein in a second case where a sheet to be used has a large size in the width direction such that the sheet is nipped by
an entire extent of the first roller portion and an entire extent of the second roller portion, the mechanism sets a pressing
force of the first roller portion and a pressing force of the second roller portion equal to each other, and wherein in a
third case where a sheet to be used has a small size in the width direction such that the sheet is not nipped by the first
roller portion, the mechanism sets a pressing force of the first roller portion smaller than that in the first case.

US Pat. No. 9,046,814

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device used for an image forming apparatus comprising:
a developing roller configured to bear developer;
a developer supply roller configured to supply the developer to the developing roller;
a developer regulating member configured to regulate an amount of the developer borne by the developing roller;
a developing chamber in which the developing roller and the developer supply roller are arranged;
a developer containing chamber configured to contain the developer, located on a lower side of the developing chamber in a
mounted state where the developing device is mounted on a main body of the image forming apparatus;

a partition wall configured to separate the developing chamber and the developer containing chamber;
an opening configured to allow the developing chamber and the developer containing chamber to communicate with each other,
disposed on the partition wall;

a developer conveyance member configured to convey the developer from the developer containing chamber to the developing chamber
by causing the developer to pass through the opening, disposed in the developer containing chamber; and

a convex portion configured to protrude to the developing chamber side, disposed on the partition wall and in a side of the
partition opposite to a side of the partition which is near the opening,

wherein the convex portion is concaved from the developer containing chamber side, so as to form a concave portion in the
developer containing chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,046,827

BELT DRIVING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A belt driving apparatus comprising:
an endless belt;
a steering roller and a supporting roller that support the endless belt rotatably along a circumferential direction of the
endless belt;

a tension roller that applies a tensional force on the endless belt supported by the supporting roller and the steering roller;
a first load member that applies a first external force on the supporting roller through the endless belt;
a second load member that applies a second external force on the steering roller through the endless belt;
a controlling portion that changes alignment of the steering roller in relation to the supporting roller thereby to control
a position of the endless belt along a width direction perpendicular to the circumferential direction,

wherein a relationship ?1(2T sin(?1/2)+f1)
where, the ?1 is a dynamic friction coefficient between the supporting roller and the endless belt,

the ?2 is a dynamic friction coefficient between the steering roller and the endless belt,

the ?1 is a winding angle of the endless belt with respect to the supporting roller,

the ?2 is a winding angle of the endless belt with respect to the steering roller, f1 being the first external force applied to the supporting roller through the endless belt,

the f2 is the second external force applied to the steering roller through the endless belt, and

the T is a tension force applied to the endless belt by the tension roller.

US Pat. No. 9,049,495

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THESE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising a transmitting apparatus and a receiving apparatus,
wherein the transmitting apparatus comprises:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain image data of a projection pattern to be projected onto an object;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain control data including control information for controlling processing to be executed
in at least one of a projection unit and an image capturing unit using the image data; and

a data embedding unit configured to generate a video signal by embedding the image data in an effective display portion of
the video signal and embedding the control data in a portion of the video signal in which the image data is not embedded so
that the control data of the video signal itself controls processing to be executed in at least one of the projection unit
and the image capturing unit, and

wherein the receiving apparatus comprises:
a dividing unit configured to receive the video signal from the transmitting apparatus and divide the video signal into the
image data and the control data so that the control data of the received video signal itself controls processing to be executed
in at least one of the projection unit and the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,130,321

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:a processor coupled to a memory and programmed to function as:
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a selecting screen for presenting a list of imaging information of registered radiation detectors and receiving a selection from the list, the imaging information being information in which information regarding a radiation imaging is associated with type information of each radiation detector; and
an associating unit configured to associate in such a manner that when a certain radiation detector is registered, the imaging information selected through the selecting screen is associated with inherent information of the certain radiation detector, the inherent information being information capable of identifying the certain radiation detector.

US Pat. No. 10,127,481

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating recording data used for each of a plurality of relative scanning operations of a recording head in an intersecting direction that intersects with a predetermined direction with respect to a unit area on a recording medium, the recording head including an ejection opening column having a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting ink arranged in the predetermined direction, the recording data specifying ejection or non-ejection of the ink to each of a plurality of pixel areas in the unit area on a recording medium corresponding to a plurality of pixels of the recording data, the image processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories configured to store a dither pattern and a plurality of mask patterns corresponding to the plurality of relative scanning operations,
wherein each pixel area in the dither pattern has a respective threshold value for specifying ejection of ink to a corresponding pixel area on the recording medium,
wherein each pixel area in each of the plurality of mask patterns has respective information indicating permission or prohibition of ejection of ink to a corresponding pixel area on the recording medium,
wherein a number of pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to a conveyance amount between two sequential scanning operations is greater than a number of pixel areas in the dither pattern in the predetermined direction, the number of the pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to the conveyance amount being different from an integer multiple of the number of the pixel areas in the dither pattern in the predetermined direction, and
wherein the number of the pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to the conveyance amount is greater than a number of pixel areas in each of the plurality of mask patterns in the predetermined direction, the number of the pixel areas of the unit area corresponding to the conveyance amount being different from an integer multiple of the number of the pixel areas in the each of the plurality of mask patterns in the predetermined direction; and
one or more processors configured to execute the following steps of:
obtaining multi-value data corresponding to an image to be recorded in the unit area;
quantizing the multi-valued data by applying the dither pattern repeatedly in the predetermined direction to generate quantized data, wherein the quantizing the multi-valued data includes (i) generating a first area of the quantized data using a first part in the dither pattern without using a second part in the dither pattern, and (ii) generating a second area of the quantized data using the entire dither pattern, the second area of the quantized data being different from the first area of the quantized data; and
distributing the quantized data to the plurality of scanning operations by using the plurality of mask patterns to generate the recording data,
wherein each of the plurality of mask patterns is associated with the dither pattern, and
wherein the distributing the quantized data includes (i) applying, to the first area of the quantized data, a first part in each of the plurality of mask patterns without using a second part in the each of the plurality of mask patterns, and (ii) applying, to the second area of the quantized data, each of the plurality of mask patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,126,992

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(a) a storage configured to store print data;
(b) a display device configured to display information; and
(c) at least one processor that executes a set of instructions to cause the image processing apparatus to perform operations comprising:
(i) receiving a predetermined user operation for printing;
(ii) specifying a user logging into the image processing apparatus;
(iii) in a case in which the predetermined user operation has been received and print data associated with the specified user has been stored in the storage, causing the display device to display a print screen for receiving a user instruction to the stored print data; and
(iv) in a case in which the predetermined user operation has been received and the print data associated with the specified user has not been stored in the storage and print data associated with different users from the specified user has been stored in the storage, causing the display device to display a confirmation screen,
wherein the confirmation screen is configured to include at least user information indicating users associated with the print data stored in the storage, and not to include information indicating a name of the print data stored in the storage.

US Pat. No. 10,118,393

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,110,764

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SHIFTS INTO DIFFERENT POWER SAVING STATES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a printer unit configured to print an image on a sheet or a scanner unit configured to scan an original;
a storage which stores a setting of a specific function regarding network transmission or reception;
a network controller which receives a request via a network from an external device and transmits a response to the request via the network to the external device;
a processor which processes data received by the network controller; and
a power controller which shifts the image forming apparatus from a predetermined power state to a first power saving state in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the predetermined power state and power is supplied to the processor and the network controller or shifts the image forming apparatus from the predetermined power state to a second power saving state in which power consumption is lower than power consumption in the predetermined power state and no power is supplied to the processor and power is supplied to the network controller,
wherein the power controller determines the first power saving state or the second power saving state as a power saving state to be shifted based on the setting of the specific function stored in the storage, and the power controller shifts the image forming apparatus from the predetermined power state to the determined power saving state when a predetermined condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 10,093,512

APPARATUS HAVING DETACHMENT UNIT FOR BINDING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,620

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for performing, by a processor of the information processing apparatus, a program including (1) a first program layer in which an instruction set is described in a first description language and (2) a second program layer in which an instruction set is described in a second description language different from the first description language, wherein the processor, in performing the second program layer, functions as units comprising:(a) an image processing unit configured to perform image processing including color conversion for image data to be processed, the image data being designated in the first program layer;
(b) a conversion unit configured to perform conversion processing in which the image data to which the image processing has been performed is converted into image data in a format usable in the first program layer; and
(c) a transmitting unit configured to perform transmitting processing to transmit, to the first program layer, the converted image data in the format usable in the first program layer,
wherein the second program layer includes the image processing unit, the conversion unit, and the transmitting unit, and
wherein before transmitting a command to a printer, the command being based on the image data in the format usable in the first program layer, the image processing unit performs the image processing, the conversion unit performs the conversion processing, and the transmitting unit performs the transmitting processing.

US Pat. No. 10,073,385

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVIATION SUPPRESSION MECHANISM FOR INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an endless intermediate transfer belt;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the intermediate transfer belt;
a first transfer member arranged outside the intermediate transfer belt in contact with the intermediate transfer belt, configured to form a transfer nip where a toner image formed on the intermediate transfer belt is transferred onto a recording material;
a second transfer member arranged inside the intermediate transfer belt at a position opposing the first transfer member across the intermediate transfer belt, configured to form the transfer nip;
a suppression mechanism configured to suppress deviation of the intermediate transfer belt in a width direction,
wherein the suppression mechanism is configured in such a way that a maximum range in which the intermediate transfer belt moves in the width direction is a predetermined range during a transferring operation for transferring a toner image on the intermediate transfer belt onto a recording material; and
a pressing member provided on an upstream side in a moving direction of the intermediate transfer belt with respect to the transfer nip, configured to press an inner surface of the intermediate transfer belt by 25 mm or less from a most upstream position of a portion of the second transfer member that abuts the intermediate transfer belt in the moving direction of the intermediate transfer belt toward the upstream side of the moving direction of the intermediate transfer belt,
wherein the pressing member has a surface including a contact surface which makes contact with the intermediate transfer belt, and both ends of the surface are arranged outside of both ends of the predetermined range in the width direction of the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 10,074,174

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT SETS IMAGING REGION OF OBJECT BEFORE IMAGING THE OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:a first image obtaining unit configured to obtain a first medical image of an object in a first shape state;
an imaging region setting unit configured to set a region to be imaged of the object in a second shape state, before taking a second medical image of the object in the second shape state;
a deformation information obtaining unit configured to obtain deformation information indicating deformation of the object from the second shape state to the first shape state;
a corresponding region calculating unit configured to calculate a corresponding region that corresponds to the region to be imaged in the first shape state based on the deformation information;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the first medical image and the corresponding region; and
an imaging region outputting unit configured to output information of the region to be imaged to a medical imaging apparatus in order to take the second medical image by using the medical imaging apparatus based on the information of the region to be imaged.

US Pat. No. 10,047,784

INSERT NUT, FASTENING UNIT INCLUDING THE INSERT NUT, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE USING THE FASTENING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fastening unit, which is configured to fasten a member to be fastened, the fastening unit comprising:a screw including (i) an external thread portion having a size of M3 and (ii) a head portion having a seating face on the head portion, the seating face (i) being configured to face the member to be fastened and (ii) having a shape that, starting at a position of the seating face away from a rotation axis of the screw and moving in a direction toward the rotation axis of the screw, is increasingly distanced from the external thread portion of the screw, a nominal diameter of the screw being 3 mm; and
an insert nut, which is configured to be inserted into a substrate made of a resin, the insert nut including:
an internal thread portion into which the screw is to be fastened to fix the member to the substrate;
a recess-and-protrusion-shaped portion formed on an outer surface of the insert nut, the recess-and-protrusion-shaped portion including a plurality of ridges and a plurality of roots formed alternately in a circumferential direction; and
a flange portion formed on one end side in a screw axial direction of the internal thread portion, the flange portion (i) being provided on an upstream end of the insert nut in an insertion direction of the screw, and (ii) having an outer diameter that is 7.2 mm or more and 12 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,031,477

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first cover configured to form a first outside surface of the image forming apparatus;
a second cover configured to form (i) a second outside surface of the image forming apparatus different from the first outside surface and (ii) a third surface which faces the first cover, the second cover including a first vent hole formed on the second outside surface, the second cover including a second vent hole formed on the third surface; and
a fan provided inside the image forming apparatus, configured to take in ambient air through the vent first hole and the second vent hole, and generate airflow to cool an inside of the image forming apparatus,
wherein the second outside surface is located to cross the third surface.

US Pat. No. 10,033,904

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR MULTIPLEXING INFORMATION IN AN IMAGE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing method performed by at least one processor executing a program stored in a memory, the method comprising:performing first multiplexing of multiplexing pieces of information in a plurality of portions on an image respectively, by the at least one processor; and
performing second multiplexing of multiplexing, in a portion of the plurality of portions where an edge amount is smaller than a threshold, image information which sets the edge amount to be equal to or more than the threshold, by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 10,032,930

AMORPHOUS OXIDE AND THIN FILM TRANSISTOR

JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOL...

1. A thin film transistor device having a top-gate structure or a bottom-gate structure, comprising:a drain electrode;
a source electrode;
a channel layer contacting the drain electrode and the source electrode;
a gate electrode; and
a gate insulating film positioned between the gate electrode and the channel layer,
wherein the channel layer comprises indium-gallium-zinc oxide having a transparent, amorphous state of a composition equivalent to InGaO3(ZnO)m (wherein m is a natural number less than 6) in a crystallized state, and
the channel layer is prepared by a sputtering method or a pulsed laser deposition method in an atmosphere containing oxygen gas, and has a semi-insulating property represented by an electron mobility of more than 1 cm2/(V·sec) and an electron carrier concentration of less than 1016/cm3 as deposited state and as measured by Hall effect measurement at room temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,031,430

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a surface layer containing a polyester resin having structures represented by general formula (I) and a structure represented by general formula (II):
wherein in general formula (I), X1 represents a divalent group; and

wherein in general formula (II), X2 represents one selected from the group consisting of a single bond, an oxygen atom, a divalent alkylene group, and a divalent cycloalkylene group, and R11 to R18 each represent one of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group, and
wherein the structures represented by general formula (I) include the structure represented by formula (I-1) and the structure represented by formula (I-2):

US Pat. No. 10,026,447

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR PRIORITY PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of scheduling processing of a plurality of recorded media content items, each recorded media content item having one or more media segments which each represent a coverage option for a story fragment, said method comprising:receiving a quality measure for each media segment in the plurality of recorded media content items;
determining a fitness score for each of a plurality of candidate sequences formed from the media segments, said fitness score being determined using the corresponding quality measure associated with media segments in the corresponding candidate sequence;
selecting a candidate sequence from the plurality of candidate sequences having a highest fitness score;
assigning a media segment score to each media segment, wherein a media segment score of 1 is assigned to each media segment included in the candidate sequence having the highest fitness score, and a media segment score of 0 is assigned to each media segment not included in the candidate sequence having the highest fitness score; and
scheduling processing of the plurality of recorded media content items in an order determined from the media segment scores of the media segments in the recorded media content items.

US Pat. No. 10,012,889

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS HAVING SEAL CONSTRUCTION AT MATCHING SECTION OF EXTERNAL MEMBERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,011,112

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head substrate comprising:a substrate having at least a first side and a second side extending along a first direction, and a third side and a fourth side extending along a second direction intersecting with the first direction;
a plurality of liquid discharge elements disposed on the substrate;
a plurality of power supply terminals disposed along the first side of the substrate; and
a first wiring, having a lattice shape, connected to the plurality of power supply terminals,
wherein, on the substrate, the first and the third sides form an obtuse angle, and the first and the fourth sides form an acute angle, and
wherein, in the plurality of power supply terminals, the number of power supply terminals at positions closer to the third side than to the fourth side is larger than the number of power supply terminals at positions closer to the fourth side than to the third side.

US Pat. No. 10,011,124

PERFORMING MARGINLESS PRINTING BASED ON IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing method comprising:a conveying step of conveying a sheet;
a first generation step of generating first image data having a size larger than a size of the sheet when an instruction of marginless printing is received;
an obtaining step of obtaining inclination information on the sheet;
a second generation step of generating second image data which is generated by discarding image data corresponding to a region in which ink is not ejected from the first image data based on the inclination information obtained in the obtaining step; and
a printing step of causing a printhead to eject ink and perform printing based on the second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,983,522

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image on a recording material, the fixing device comprising:a rotatable heating member;
an elongated heater having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, the first surface of the heater contacting the rotatable heating member;
a heat conduction member configured to contact the second surface of the heater, the heat conduction member extending in a longitudinal direction of the heater; and
a supporting member configured to support the heater through the heat conduction member,
wherein the heat conduction member includes a first engaging portion and a second engaging portion provided at a position different from that of the first engaging portion in a longitudinal direction of the heat conduction member, and the supporting member includes a first engaged portion engaged with the first engaging portion, and a second engaged portion engaged with the second engaging portion, and
wherein the first engaging portion of the heat conduction member includes a first contact surface that contacts the first engaged portion of the supporting member so as to determine a position of the heat conduction member, with respect to the supporting member, in the longitudinal direction of the heat conduction member, and the second engaging portion of the heat conduction member includes a second contact surface that contacts the second engaged portion of the supporting member so as to determine a position of the heat conduction member, with respect to the supporting member, in a widthwise direction of the heat conduction member perpendicular to both the longitudinal direction of the heat conduction member and a direction from the first surface of the heater to the second surface of the heater, a normal direction of the first contact surface of the first engaging portion crossing a normal direction of the second contact surface of the second engaging portion.

US Pat. No. 9,948,804

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD CONTROLLING PRINTING FOR SEPARATING PRINTING PRODUCTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming member that forms an image on a sheet;
a plurality of sheet discharge trays to which a sheet on which an image has been formed by the image forming unit is discharged;
a receiving interface that receives print information from an external apparatus, the print information including first image data, second image data, first discharge destination information that indicates a discharge destination of a first sheet for a printed product, and second discharge destination information that indicates a discharge destination of a second sheet for separating the printed product; and
a processor that controls the image forming member to form a first image on the first sheet based on the first image data, which is included in the print information received by the receiving interface, and to form a second image, including information about the printed product comprising the first sheet, on the second sheet based on the second image data, which is included in the print information received by the receiving interface,
wherein the processor obtains the first discharge destination information from the print information received by the receiving interface, and rewrites the second discharge destination information into the obtained first discharge destination information, and
wherein the first sheet for the printed product and the second sheet on which the second image including the information about the printed product comprising the first sheet is formed are discharged to one of the plurality of sheet discharge trays that corresponds to the first discharge destination.

US Pat. No. 9,941,750

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus comprising:a power transmitting unit configured to transmit power to a plurality of power receiving apparatuses by radio;
a switching unit configured to switch an operation mode of the power transmitting apparatus, in a case where power is being transmitted to a first power receiving apparatus, between a power transmission mode in which power is transmitted by the power transmitting unit to the first power receiving apparatus in response to a signal from the first power receiving apparatus, and a detection mode in which power transmission is performed by setting an output power of the power transmitting unit to a smaller value than an output power in the power transmission mode so as to detect a second power receiving apparatus that is different from the first power receiving apparatus; and
a detection unit configured to detect a quantity of electricity generated by the second power receiving apparatus coming in proximity to the power transmitting apparatus during power transmission performed by the power transmitting unit in accordance with the output power of the power transmitting unit, wherein
a quantity of electricity detectable by the detection unit in the detection mode is smaller than a quantity of electricity detectable by the detection unit in the power transmission mode, and
the power transmitting apparatus detects the second power receiving apparatus on the basis of the quantity of electricity detected by the detection unit and transmits power to the second power receiving apparatus in response to a signal from the second power receiving apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,935,929

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to operate in accordance with setting information, the information processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire user identification information of a user;
a display control unit configured to display a first screen according to authentication of a user based on the user identification acquired by the acquisition unit;
a first storage device configured to store, for respective users, setting values of first setting items to be used for generating the first screen and second setting items different from the first setting items;
a second storage device, of which an access speed is faster than an access speed of the first storage device; and
a storage control unit configured to store, in the second storage device, the setting value of the first setting items corresponding to a first user and the setting value of the first setting items corresponding to a second user out of the setting value stored in the first storage device, without waiting for the authentication of the user based on the acquired user identification information;
wherein the display control unit is configured to
display, according to the authentication of the user, the first screen generated by using the setting value of the first setting items stored in the second storage device in association with an authenticated user,
display, after displaying the first screen generated by using the setting value of the first setting items, a second screen generated by using the setting value of the second setting items stored in association with the authenticated user, and
wherein at least one of the authentication unit, the display control unit and the storage control unit is implemented by at least one microprocessor.

US Pat. No. 9,924,067

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
an image forming system;
a printing service system that enables communication with the image forming system; and
an information processing system that enables communication with the printing service system through a network, wherein the
information processing system includes at least a first processor and at least a first memory coupled to the at least the
first processor and having stored thereon first instructions which, when executed by the at least the first processor,

cause the information processing system to:
acquire data;
send the acquired data or printing data which is generated based on the acquired data to the printing service system;
receive printing identification information, which is generated by the printing service system and is required to print the
acquired data, from the printing service system in response to sending the acquired data or the printing data;

create a printing notification including access information for registering printing costs related to a printing instruction
after completion of printing and the printing identification information;

send the printing notification to a communication device;
provide a user system with a costs registering screen that is used to register the printing costs related to the printing
instruction due to access based on the access information from the user system;

receive costs registering information from the user system that performs registering processing on the costs registering screen;
and

register the costs registering information in a data management system,
wherein the printing service system includes at least a second processor and at least a second memory coupled to the at least
the second processor and having stored thereon second instructions which, when executed by the at least the second processor,
cause the printing service system to send the printing data received from the information processing system, or printing data
generated by the printing service system based on the acquired data received from the information processing system, to the
image forming system in response to a receipt of the printing identification information input through a printing execution
screen of the image forming system by a user of the communication device that has received the printing notification, and

wherein the image forming system includes at least a third processor and at least a third memory coupled to the at least the
third processor and having stored thereon third instructions which, when executed by the at least the third processor, cause
the image forming system to print the printing data received from the printing service system.

US Pat. No. 9,885,978

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,867,538

METHOD FOR ROBUST EYE TRACKING AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An opthalmological apparatus comprising:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire a reference AOSLO (Adaptive Optics Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope) image and a
reference WFSLO (Wide Field Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope) image of an eye to be examined;

a second acquiring unit configured to acquire a target AOSLO image and a target WFSLO image of the eye to be examined, and
a processor configured to calculate a position of the target AOSLO image with respect to the reference AOSLO image,
wherein, in a case where the position of the target AOSLO image with respect to the reference AOSLO image differs by more
than a first threshold, the processor calculates a position of the target WFSLO image with respect to the reference WFSLO
image, and the processor controls an AOSLO tracking mirror according to a difference in position of the target WFSLO image
with respect to the reference WFSLO image.

US Pat. No. 9,860,454

REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND REPRODUCING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image output apparatus comprising:
a selecting unit configured (a) to select at least one image data among a plurality of image data stored in a storage unit,
and (b) to output, to a display unit, a display image based on the selected image data; and

an acquiring unit configured to acquire a characteristic corresponding to a partial area of the display image displayed by
the display unit, in response to a designation, by a user, of the partial area of the display image,

wherein the selecting unit is configured to select at least one image data among the plurality of image data based on the
characteristic corresponding to the partial area designated by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,854,216

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS IMAGE BASED ON SIGNAL OUTPUT FROM IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that has an electronic viewfinder function for displaying an image of an object before photographing
the object, comprising:
an image pickup device including first read lines connected to first pixels and configured to output image data received from
the first pixels, and second read lines connected to second pixels and configured to output image data received from the second
pixels, the second pixels and the second read lines being mutually exclusive of the first pixels and the first read lines,
respectively;

an image display section; and
control circuitry, the control circuitry configured to:
acquire, at a first frame rate, first image data to be displayed on the image display section from the first read lines of
the image pickup device, and output the acquired first image data;

acquire, at a second frame rate higher than the first frame rate, second image data from the second read lines of the image
pickup device, and output the acquired second image data simultaneously with output of the first image data;

determine, based on the first image data, whether or not a state of the object has changed;
set at least one of a case where it is determined, based on the first image data, that the state of the object has changed
and a case where one photographing mode has been changed to another mode by a user's operation, as a reading start condition
for starting reading the second read lines; and

cause the reading of the second read lines to be started when the reading start condition is satisfied, and cause the reading
of the second read lines to be terminated when a reading termination condition set in advance in association with the reading
start condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,836,252

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an interface which receives a job including a plurality of documents and a page number of a designated page to be printed,
wherein the page number of the designated page to be printed is not designated by a document page number;

a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions to:
serially renumber each page of each document of the plurality of documents, based at least on a number of pages in each document,
so that each page in the job has a unique page number; and

specify, based on the serially renumbered pages of the job and the received page number of the designated page to be printed,
a serially renumbered page to be printed in the job.

US Pat. No. 9,817,348

ROLLER AND FIXING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A roller for use in a fixing device, the roller comprising:
a metal core;
a first elastic layer formed on an outer side of the metal core, the first elastic layer having voids; and
a second elastic layer formed on an outer side of the first elastic layer, the second elastic layer having a microhardness
higher than a microhardness of the first elastic layer,

wherein an outer diameter of an end portion of the roller is larger than an outer diameter of a middle portion of the roller
in a longitudinal direction of the roller, and

wherein the microhardness of the second elastic layer is 25 points to 50 points, as measured by an MD-1 hardness tester.

US Pat. No. 9,817,357

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF FORMING FOLDING STRIPE ON SHEETS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a creaser configured to form a folding stripe on a sheet so as to facilitate folding of the sheet;
a receiver configured to receive information related to thickness of the sheet; and
a controller configured to:
determine, for a sheet representing a cover sheet among a plurality of sheets to be folded and overlaid, to form a folding
stripe thereon by the creaser, regardless of the information related to the thickness of the sheet received by the receiver,
and

determine, for each sheet among the plurality of sheets other than the sheet representing the cover sheet, whether or not
to form a folding stripe thereon, according to the information related to the thickness of the sheet received by the receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,817,204

LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a fixed cam ring having a first rotation regulating cam groove and a second rotation regulating cam groove disposed on an
inner circumferential surface thereof, the second rotation regulating cam groove being different in circumferential phase
from the first rotation regulating cam groove, and opening to an object side end part thereof in an optical axis direction
of the lens barrel;

a movable cam ring received in the fixed cam ring and having a cam follower engaged with the first rotation regulating cam
groove; and

an external barrel unit having, on an outer circumferential surface thereof, a rotation regulating section engaged with the
second rotation regulating cam groove, the external barrel unit being received in the fixed cam ring and outwardly fitted
on the movable cam ring,

wherein the second rotation regulating cane groove has a movement-regulating section, configured to regulate movement of the
rotation regulating section in the optical axis direction, at an object side end part thereof in the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,810,555

ABSOLUTE ENCODER THAT PROVIDES INCREASED ACCURACY AGAINST DEFECT IN SCALE THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,809,407

RECEPTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,813,571

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including a first scanning apparatus and a second scanning apparatus, wherein the first scanning apparatus comprises:
a first scanner unit configured to generate image data by scanning an image on a document;
a first storage unit configured to store a first key name and a first transmission destination in association with a first
one-touch key;

a first display unit configured to display the first one-touch key, the first key name being displayed on the first one-touch
key;

a first setting unit configured to, based on a selection of the first one-touch key displayed by the first display unit, set
the first transmission destination as transmission destination of the image data generated by the first scanner unit; and

a first transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by the first scanning unit to the first transmission
destination set by the first setting unit;

wherein the second scanning apparatus comprises:
a second scanner unit configured to generate image data by scanning an image on a document;
a second storage unit configured to store a second key name and a second transmission destination in association with a second
one-touch key;

a second display unit configured to display the second one-touch key, the second key name being displayed on the second one-touch
key;

a second setting unit configured to, based on a selection of the second one-touch key displayed by the second display unit,
set the second transmission destination as transmission destination of the image data generated by the second scanner unit;
and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by the second scanning unit to the second transmission
destination set by the second setting unit;

wherein the first scanning apparatus further comprises:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the second scanning apparatus, the second key name and the second transmission
destination;

wherein the first display unit displays a third one-touch key, the second key name received by the receiving unit is displayed
on the third one-touch key,

wherein the first setting unit, based on a selection of the third one-touch key, sets the second transmission destination
as transmission destination of the image data generated by the first scanner unit, and

wherein the first transmission unit transmits the image data generated by the first scanning unit to the second transmission
destination set by the first setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,813,583

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,782,970

INK-JET RECORDING HEAD, RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING INK-JET RECORDING HEAD, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RECORDING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink-jet recording head comprising:
a supporting member; and
a plurality of recording element substrates,
wherein each recording element substrate has a first surface through which an ink discharge port is defined, and an etched
side surface intersecting with the first surface and having a surface accuracy of several micrometers, and

wherein the plurality of recording element substrates are arranged on the supporting member such that the etched side surface
of one recording element substrate faces the etched side surface of another recording element substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,772,592

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image processor configured to convert image data based on a tone correction condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet based on the converted image data,
wherein the image forming unit comprises:
a photosensitive member;
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member; and
a development unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image by using a developer,
a sensor configured to measure a measuring image formed by the image forming unit; and
a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a first measuring image, control the sensor to measure the
first measuring image, and generate the tone correction condition based on a first measurement result of the first measuring
image by the sensor and a first generating condition,

wherein the controller further performs an adjustment process for adjusting a charge amount of the developer contained in
the development unit, and

wherein, in response to the adjustment process being performed, the controller controls the image forming unit to form a second
measuring image and controls the sensor to measure the second measuring image, and generates the tone correction condition
based on the measurement result of the second measuring image obtained by the sensor and a second generating condition that
is different from the first generating condition.

US Pat. No. 9,772,600

SIDE MEMBER, CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,741,123

TRANSFORMATION OF 3-D OBJECT FOR OBJECT SEGMENTATION IN 3-D MEDICAL IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for object segmentation comprising the steps of:
obtaining a scale estimation of an object in three dimensions based on a surface of the object in an original volume;
transforming the object to render a shrunk object based on the scale estimation, wherein the shrunk object is the object shrunk
in at least one of the three dimensions;

separating the shrunk object from a surrounding volume which surrounds the shrunk object; and
inverse-transforming the separated shrunk object to obtain the original object.

US Pat. No. 9,766,839

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus executing a plurality of filters for processing print data, comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
an accepting unit, implemented by displaying a print setting screen on a display, configured to accept setting of whether
to perform imaging processing of converting each page of first print data into a raster image or not,

wherein the plurality of filters include a first filter, a second filter, and a third filter, the first filter converts the
each page of first print data into the raster image, the second filter performing converting processing for converting first
print data into second print data of a predetermined page description language, the third filter acquires the second print
data from the second filter,

wherein, in a case where the accepting unit accepts setting of performing the imaging processing, the first filter converts
the each page of the first print data into a raster image and stores the raster image as third print data in a storage area,
and the third filter acquires, from the storage area, the third print data not converted through the converting processing
by the second filter, and

wherein, in a case where the accepting unit accepts setting of not performing the imaging processing, the first filter transmits
the first print data to the second filter, and the third filter acquires the second print data after the first print data
is converted by the second filter.

US Pat. No. 9,710,494

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING LIST OF IMAGES CORRESPONDING TO CONTENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A display control apparatus capable of causing a list of images corresponding to a plurality of respective contents to
be displayed on a display unit, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
acquire attributes of the respective contents and, after acquisition of the attributes of the respective contents, receive
thumbnail images corresponding to the respective contents; and

generate a list screen using the received thumbnail images; and
determine whether or not a time period required to receive the thumbnail images corresponding to the respective contents exceeds
a predetermined time period,

wherein the list screen is generated before the reception of thumbnail images by using temporary display objects and by replacing
the temporary display objects in the list screen using the received thumbnail images, in a case where said processor determines
that the time period required to receive the thumbnail images exceeds the predetermined time period, whereas said processor
generates the list screen using the received thumbnail images, without using the temporary display objects, in a case where
said processor determines that the time period required to receive the thumbnail images does not exceed the predetermined
time period.

US Pat. No. 9,703,230

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CORRECTING UNEVENNESS OF POTENTIAL DISTRIBUTION DUE TO CHANGE OF EXPOSURE SPOT SHAPE OF LIGHT BEAM ON PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit light beam for exposing a photosensitive member to light;
a deflecting unit configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam scans the photosensitive member;
an optical unit configured to guide the light beam deflected by the deflecting unit to the photosensitive member;
a data generating unit configured to generate pixel data corresponding to each pixel included in an output image;
an outputting unit configured to output correction data for correcting unevenness of a potential distribution of an electrostatic
latent image centered at a target pixel formed on the photosensitive member due to a change of an exposure spot shape of the
light beam on the photosensitive member in a scanning direction in which the light beam scans the photosensitive member,

wherein the outputting unit outputs the correction data for pixel data of the target pixel based on pixel data of surrounding
pixels located around the target pixel, the correction data being set for each of a plurality of regions of the photosensitive
member in the scanning direction, the outputting unit switching the correction data outputted depending on the position of
the target pixel in the scanning direction;

a correcting unit configured to correct pixel data of the target pixel on the basis of the correction data and the pixel data
of the surrounding pixels; and

a control unit configured to control the light source on the basis of the pixel data of the target pixel corrected by the
correcting unit, to form the target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,703,237

DEVELOPING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer, containing a non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier, on a surface
thereof;

a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate the developer, the developer accommodating portion including:
a first chamber configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber arranged below the first chamber in a state in which the developing apparatus is mounted in an image forming
apparatus and configured to form a collecting path to collect the carried developer through the developer bearing member after
development without causing the developer to pass through the first chamber and a circulation path circulating the developer
between the first chamber and the second chamber; and

a partitioning wall configured to partition the first chamber and the second chamber;
a first conveying member configured to be arranged in the first chamber such that the center thereof is positioned between
an upper end and a lower end of the developer bearing member, and to convey the developer;

a second conveying member configured to be arranged in the second chamber and convey the developer;
a regulation member configured to regulate the amount of developer that is borne by the developer bearing member; and
a multipolar magnet arranged inside the developer bearing member, the multipolar magnet including:
a first magnetic pole arranged at a position where the first magnetic pole faces the regulation member or on a position upstream,
in a conveying direction of the developer bearing member, of the position where the first magnetic pole faces the regulation
member such that a peak position of magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is located above a center
of the developer bearing member and is located downstream, in the conveying direction, of a line that connects the center
of the developer bearing member and the center of the first conveying member; and

a second magnetic pole having the same polarity with that of the first magnetic pole, the second magnetic pole arranged to
be adjacent to the first magnetic pole upstream, in the conveying direction, of the first magnetic pole such that a peak position
of magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is located below the center of the developer bearing member
and is located downstream, in the conveying direction, of a line that connects the center of the developer bearing member
and the center of the second conveying member,

wherein an apex position of the partitioning wall is located between the developer bearing member and the first conveying
member, below an upper end position of a zone in which magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is less
than 50 gauss between the first magnetic pole and the second magnetic pole, and above a peak position of magnetic force of
the second magnetic pole,

wherein the apex position of the partitioning wall is located below a minimal position at which magnetic force is the smallest
in the zone,

wherein a plurality of concaved portions is formed on a surface of the developer bearing member at an interval, and
wherein each of the plurality of concaved portions has such an opening shape that a maximum diameter of an inscribed circle
is equal to or greater than a diameter of an average grain size of the carrier, and is formed such that the carrier with the
average grain size is able to enter each of the concaved portions by a depth that is equal to or greater than a radius thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,658,585

FILM AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE USING FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a belt used in a fixing device, the method comprising:
a step of forming a base layer of the belt having a cylindrical shape by extruding a resin composition from an extrusion forming
die, the resin composition including a crystalline thermoplastic resin;

a step of calcining the base layer for 30 to 300 minutes at a temperature of 143° C. to 250° C. so that a degree of crystallinity
of the base layer becomes not less than 81% of a maximum saturated degree of crystallinity of the crystalline thermoplastic
resin.

US Pat. No. 9,692,249

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, POWER RECEIVING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER RECEIVING DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device for wirelessly supplying power to a power receiving device located in a power supply area,
the power transmission device comprising:
a first determining unit configured to determine whether a power receiving device exists in the power supply area;
a first transmitting unit configured to, in a case where the first determining unit determines that the power receiving device
does not exist in the power supply area, transmit, to the power receiving device, a first notification prompting a user to
move the power receiving device into the power supply area;

a second determining unit configured to determine, in a case where the first determining unit determines that the power receiving
device exists in the power supply area, whether a second notification prompting a user to further move the power receiving
device needs to be transmitted to the power receiving device; and

a second transmitting unit configured to transmit the second notification to the power receiving device in a case where the
second determining unit determines that the second notification needs to be transmitted to the power receiving device,

wherein, in a case where the second determining unit determines that the second notification does not need to be transmitted
to the power receiving device, the second transmitting unit does not transmit the second notification to the power receiving
device.

US Pat. No. 9,682,510

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern to an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:
a changing unit which includes a contact member having a contact surface that comes into contact with a side surface of the
mold, and is configured to apply a force to the side surface of the mold through the contact member to change a shape of the
mold; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust an angle of the contact member to change a relative angle between the contact surface
and the side surface of the mold.

US Pat. No. 9,686,450

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having a plurality of pixels and being capable of outputting signals of pixels of an effective pixel area
among the plurality of pixels as image signals and signals of pixels of a reference pixel area among the plurality of pixels
as correction signals in which a plurality of pixel signals are combined;

a processor which generates correction values based on the correction signals by combining the pixel signals of the reference
pixel area so as to handle a method of combining the pixel signals of the effective pixel area in the image sensor, and

a corrector which corrects the image signals using the correction values,
wherein even in a case where the image signals are output with different methods of combining the pixel signals of the pixels
of the effective pixel area, the image sensor outputs the correction signals without changing a method of combining the pixel
signals of the reference pixel area.

US Pat. No. 9,674,680

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,672,172

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute, for each of a plurality of pages, both of a first control step for controlling a
printing apparatus to print a single page and a second control step, for controlling the printing apparatus with regard to
the single page, to be executed after completion of the first control step for the single page, wherein after completion of
the first and second control steps for the single page, the execution unit executes both of the first and second control steps
for another single page;

an interruption unit configured to interrupt the execution in a case where a predetermined interruption factor occurs during
the execution of processing by the execution unit;

an acceptance unit configured to (i) in a case where the first control step is completed for a page of interest and the second
control step is not completed for the page of interest as a result of the interruption, accept a selection instruction for
instructing whether the first control step or the second control step is to be executed for the page of interest, and (ii)
in a case where the first control step is not completed for the page of interest as the result of the interruption, accept
a selection instruction for instructing that the first control step is to be executed for the page of interest, without accepting
a selection instruction for instructing that the second control step is to be executed for the page of interest; and

a setting unit configured to set, as a start step to be resumed by the execution unit, a control step, corresponding to the
selection instruction accepted by the acceptance unit, from among the first control step and the second control step.

US Pat. No. 9,665,015

ORIGINAL HOLDING APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE AND ORIGINAL HOLDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An original holding apparatus which holds an original, comprising:
a first holding unit configured to hold the original;
a second holding unit, being movable with respect to the first holding unit, configured to hold the original;
a fixing unit configured to fix the second holding unit with respect to the first holding unit; and
an adjustment unit configured to perform adjustment of at least one of an original holding force of the first holding unit
and an original holding force of the second holding unit,

wherein the adjustment unit performs the adjustment such that the original holding force of the second holding unit before
fixing the second holding unit by the fixing unit is smaller than the original holding force of the first holding unit before
fixing the second holding unit by the fixing unit, and performs the adjustment such that the original holding force of the
second holding unit after fixing the second holding unit by the fixing unit is larger than the original holding force of the
second holding unit before fixing the second holding unit by the fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,627,428

IMAGE SENSOR AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a first semiconductor chip;
a second semiconductor chip; and
a plurality of connecting portions configured to connect the first semiconductor chip and the second semiconductor chip,
wherein the first semiconductor chip includes a photoelectric conversion portion, a capacitor configured to hold charges generated
by the photoelectric conversion portion, a reset transistor configured to control reset of the charges in the photoelectric
conversion portion or the capacitor, and an amplification transistor configured to amplify signal charges in the capacitor
and convert the signal charges into a signal voltage,

the second semiconductor chip includes a transfer transistor configured to control transfer of the charges generated by the
photoelectric conversion portion to the capacitor, and a row selecting transistor configured to control connection of an output
of the amplification transistor to a column output line, and

the connecting portions connect the photoelectric conversion portion to the transfer transistor, the transfer transistor to
the capacitor, and the amplification transistor to the row selecting transistor respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,615,044

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a photoelectric-conversion unit configured to generate a charge by photoelectric conversion;
an analog-to-digital (AD) converter; and
a bit-shifting unit,
wherein the AD converter comprises a comparing circuit and a selecting circuit, and
wherein:
the comparing circuit compares a signal based on the charge with a predetermined threshold, to output a first comparison result
signal indicating a result of the comparing the signal based on the charge with the predetermined threshold to the selecting
circuit,

and when the first comparison result signal indicates that the signal based on the charge is smaller than the predetermined
threshold, the selecting circuit outputs, to the comparing circuit, a first ramp signal having a voltage changing at a first
time-dependent change rate,

and when the first comparison result signal indicates that the signal based on the charge is larger than the predetermined
threshold, the selecting circuit outputs, to the comparing circuit, a second ramp signal having a voltage changing at a second
time-dependent change rate larger than the first time-dependent change rate,

the comparing circuit compares the signal based on the charge with the first or second ramp signal output from the selecting
circuit based on the first comparison result signal, and outputs a second comparison result signal indicating a result of
the comparing the signal based on the charge with the first or second ramp signal,

and based on a timing of a transition of a signal level of the second comparison result signal, the AD converter generates
a digital signal corresponding to the signal based on the charge,

the AD converter outputs, to the bit-shifting unit, data based on the first comparison result signal and a digital signal
based on the signal based on the charge, and

based on the data, the bit-shifting unit operates to perform a bit-shifting operation according to a ratio between the first
and second time-dependent change rates, to at least one of:

the digital signal generated based on the comparing the signal based on the charge with the first or second ramp signal with
the first ramp signal; and

the digital signal generated based on the comparing the signal based on the charge with the first or second ramp signal with
the second ramp signal.

US Pat. No. 9,606,761

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN OUTPUT PROCESS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that can execute an operating system that incorporates first output control software,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control
a first control unit configured to perform control to write data requested to be output by a user to a predetermined file
with a file name using an extension via a port monitor as a function of the first output control software, wherein the extension
is designated by the vendor of the first output control software as setting in a setting file of the first output control
software;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the data written to the predetermined file as a function of second output control
software downloaded from an application management server and installed; and

a second control unit configured to perform output control on the acquired data to an external system on a network as a function
of the second output control software,

wherein the second output control software is downloaded from the application management server on the basis of the extension
in accordance with control to write the data to the file via the port monitor and the downloaded second output control software
is installed in the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,599,800

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,722

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a release member;
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
operating as an access point of a wireless network;
performing shooting in a case where an operation on the release member is detected;
detecting an operation on the release member while the communication apparatus is operating as the access point; and
terminating the operation as the access point according to the detection,
wherein the communication apparatus terminates the operation as the access point and performs shooting in priority to the
operation as the access point.

US Pat. No. 9,594,990

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. A control method for an image processing apparatus that is communicable with a printing apparatus, the control method for
the image processing apparatus comprising:
receiving a print job transmitted from an information processing apparatus, the received print job including print image information
and user authentication information;

generating print image data based on the print image information included in the received print job;
transmitting print job data including the generated print image data and the user authentication information included in the
received print job, to the printing apparatus;

performing control to not use the user authentication information included in the received print job when reprint processing
based on the received print job is performed after completion of the print processing performed on the basis of the print
job data by the printing apparatus;

wherein the printing apparatus performs authentication based on the user authentication information included in the transmitted
print job data and performs the print processing based on the print image data included in the print job data according to
success of the authentication.

US Pat. No. 9,592,992

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first sheet conveyance path configured to guide the sheet to the image forming portion;
a second sheet conveyance path configured to guide the sheet on which an image has been formed by the image forming portion;
a re-conveyance path connecting the second sheet conveyance path and the first sheet conveyance path;
a first rotary member configured for bidirectional rotation and arranged at an end portion of the second sheet conveyance
path, the first rotary member being configured to reverse the sheet on the second sheet conveyance path and directly convey
the sheet to the re-conveyance path from the second sheet conveyance path;

a connecting path connecting a point on the way of the second sheet conveyance path with a point on the way of the re-conveyance
path;

a second rotary member configured for bidirectional rotation and arranged downstream, in a sheet conveying direction, of a
branching point where the connecting path branches from the second sheet conveyance path on the second sheet conveyance path,
the second rotary member being configured to reverse the sheet on the second sheet conveyance path and convey the sheet to
the connecting path from the second sheet conveyance path;

a guide unit arranged upstream, in the sheet conveying direction, of the second rotary member on the second sheet conveyance
path, and being configured to switch between a first position guiding the sheet toward the second rotary member and a second
position guiding the sheet reversed by the second rotary member toward the connecting path; and

a control portion configured to control the guide unit such that the guide unit switches from the first position to the second
position after a rear end of the sheet passes through the branching point and guides the sheet reversed by the second rotary
member to the connecting path in a case of conveying the sheet to the re-conveyance path via the connecting path.

US Pat. No. 9,588,755

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING INSTALLATION OF APPLICATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is capable of installing or uninstalling an extension application which operates
using resources of the information processing apparatus and extends a function of an application installed in the information
processing apparatus, comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate, in a case where the extension application is to be installed, a first total
value of amounts of resources that are used by the extension application and the installed applications, based on respective
amounts of resources used by each of the extension application and the installed applications, wherein the installed applications
include an extension target application whose function would be extended by installing the extension application, and wherein
the respective amount of resources used by the extension target application corresponds to the amount of resources used by
the extension target application prior to the installation of the extension application;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate, in a case where the extension application is to be uninstalled, a second
total value of amounts of resources that are used by the installed applications, including the extension target application,
after the extension application is uninstalled;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the calculated first or second total value of the amounts of resources
is lower than an upper limit value for amounts of available resources predetermined by the information processing apparatus;

an installation unit configured to install, in the case where the extension application is to be installed, the extension
application in a case where it is determined that the first total value of amounts of resources calculated by the first calculation
unit is lower than the predetermined upper limit value; and

an uninstallation unit configured to uninstall, in the case where the extension application is to be uninstalled, the extension
application in a case where it is determined that the second total value of amounts of resources calculated by the second
calculation unit is lower than predetermined upper limit value.

US Pat. No. 9,591,164

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIA AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF FOR GENERATING OPERATION SCREEN TO UTILIZE VARIOUS APPLICATIONS FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING FUNCTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having an application stored thereon which
executes a function of the image processing apparatus, and the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

receive, by a Web browser, from a Web server, at least operating screen information and information regarding a class name
and a function name of the application,

display, by the Web browser, an operating screen based on the operating screen information,
in a case where a control request is received via the operating screen displayed by the Web browser,
convert, by a first program, a form of the control request including the class name and the function name of the application
into another form to be analyzed by a second program,

transfer, by the first program, the control request form of which is converted, to the second program,
analyze, by the second program, the transferred control request form, and specify information of an application to be executed,
and

execute, by the second program, the application corresponding to the specified information by loading a class of the application
corresponding to the specified information and calling an execution function based on the transferred control request form,

wherein the first program and the second program differ from the Web browser and the application to be executed, and the application
to be executed is the application which is available for the Web browser or the application which is not available for the
Web browser.

US Pat. No. 9,589,248

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,569,576

MASK PATTERN GENERATING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTION OF THE SAME, MASK MANUFACTURING METHOD AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mask pattern generating method for generating patterns of a plurality of masks used for a mask manufacturing method for
manufacturing the plurality of masks using data of the generated patterns of the plurality of masks used in a plurality of
exposures in which exposure light is irradiated onto a substrate using a mask, and then exposure light is irradiated onto
the substrate using another mask, the mask pattern generating method comprising the following steps executed by a computer:
obtaining data for a pattern including a plurality of pattern elements,
determining formulation of a disposition limitation condition for the pattern elements,
analyzing the distance between the pattern elements,
determining formulation of the distance limitation condition, and
applying a first variable configured to express a number of pattern divisions and a second variable configured to express
a distance related to all pattern elements in a cost function and thereby dividing the pattern,

wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the plurality of masks including the divided pattern
using data of the divided pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,566,785

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

4. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate having a plurality of pressure chambers formed therein, the pressure chambers having respective ejection ports
for ejecting liquid;

a common liquid chamber communicating with the plurality of pressure chambers; and
a plurality of energy generating elements arranged respectively in the plurality of pressure chambers to generate energy necessary
for ejecting liquid from the respective ejection ports, the liquid being supplied from the common liquid chamber to the pressure
chambers,

wherein the common liquid chamber has a first surface, the first surface being a wall surface located at a substrate side,
and a second surface located vis-à-vis the first surface, the second surface having an inclined portion inclined relative
to the first surface by a predefined inclination angle, the liquid ejection head being configured to cause pressure waves
generated as a result of sequentially driving the plurality of energy generating elements with a predefined time difference
to propagate from respective starting points on the first surface of the common liquid chamber located at the substrate side,
the starting points corresponding to the positions of the respective energy generating elements, in a direction perpendicular
to the first surface so as to be reflected by the second surface of the common liquid chamber and returned to respective end
points on the first surface such that each pressure wave propagates from the starting point to the end point in a propagation
time either shorter or longer than the predefined time difference, and

wherein the predefined time difference is 3.8 ?s and the inclined portion includes a first inclined portion having an inclination
angle of 8°, a second inclined portion having an inclination angle of 45°, the second inclined portion being located remoter
from the first surface than the first inclined portion, and a third inclined portion having an inclination angle of 8°, the
third inclined portion being located remoter from the first surface than the second inclined portion.

US Pat. No. 9,571,673

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROLLED ACTIVATION BASED ON PORT NUMBER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a controller that controls the printing apparatus;
a printer unit that forms an image on a sheet;
a print controller that drives the printer unit in accordance with a control of the controller;
a network interface that receives data from an external device via a network; and
an activation control circuit that performs control so that an electric power is supplied to the controller, the print controller
and the printer unit, and instructs the print controller to execute an initialization processing of the printer unit, based
on wake request data for designating a predetermined port number being received by the network interface during a sleep state
in which power supply to the controller, the print controller and the printer unit is stopped or restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,563,134

OPTICAL SYSTEM ILLUMINATING SURFACE TO BE ILLUMINATED, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, IMPRINT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ARTICLE, OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical system illuminating a surface to be illuminated, comprising:
an integrator configured to form a plurality of secondary light sources from light from a light source; and
an optical element configured to have a polished surface which is polished by scanning in a scanning direction with a polishing
tool,

wherein the optical element is disposed between the integrator and the surface to be illuminated, and has a direction indicating
portion indicating the scanning direction, and

an arrangement direction of the plurality of secondary light sources in a plane perpendicular to an optical axis of the optical
system is non-parallel to the scanning direction indicated by the direction indicating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,562,993

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,560,758

UNIFORM IMPEDANCE CIRCUIT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed wiring board comprising:
a first via conductor and a second via conductor arranged relative to, and adjacent to, each other;
a first conductive layer on which a first signal wiring pattern having a first connecting conductor pattern is arranged;
a second conductive layer on which a second signal wiring pattern having a second connecting conductor pattern is arranged,
wherein the first via conductor and the second via conductor connect the first signal wiring pattern to the second signal
wiring pattern;

a third conductive layer on which a third signal wiring pattern having a third connecting conductor pattern is arranged, wherein
the third connecting conductor pattern is connected to the first via conductor and the second via conductor, and wherein the
third conductive layer is arranged between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer via an insulating layer;
and

a signal transmission line that includes the first via conductor, the second via conductor, the first signal wiring pattern,
the second signal wiring pattern, and the third signal wiring pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,552,984

PROCESSING METHOD OF SUBSTRATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing method of a substrate comprising the steps of:
repeating sequentially a plurality of cycles, each cycle including:
a trench forming step of forming a trench on the substrate by etching;
a first protection layer forming step of forming, inside the trench, a first protection layer; and
a first protection layer removing step of removing a portion of the first protection layer covering a position at which the
trench is further excavated; and

performing a second protection layer forming step and a second protection layer removing step between a first cycle in which
one cycle from the trench forming step through the first protection layer removing step is repeated a plurality of times and
a second cycle which is performed subsequently to the first cycle and in which one cycle from the trench forming step through
the first protection layer removing step is repeated a plurality of times, in the second protection layer forming step, a
second protection layer being formed inside the trench formed in the first cycle, and in the second protection layer removing
step, a portion of the second protection layer covering a position at which the trench is further excavated being removed,

wherein a trench forming step of forming the trench on the substrate by etching is not performed between the first cycle and
the second cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,554,075

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,523,936

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,513,715

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize a touch of a recognition object onto an operation surface based
on a proximity state between the operation surface and the recognition object, the information processing apparatus comprising
at least one processor coupled to at least one memory, the at least one processor being programmed to function as:
a position detection unit configured to detect an instruction position indicated by the recognition object;
a state determination unit configured to determine that the operation surface is in a state touched by the recognition object
during a time period since a distance between the operation surface and the recognition object falls below a first threshold
value until the distance exceeds a second threshold value; and

an identification unit configured to identify a position at which the instruction position detected by the position detection
unit is estimated to stop moving while the state determination unit keeps determining that the operation surface is in the
state touched by the recognition object during the time period since the distance between the operation surface and the recognition
object falls below the first threshold value until the distance exceeds the second threshold value, as a position touched
by the recognition object.

US Pat. No. 9,505,209

IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-recording method comprising:
a liquid composition applying process for applying a liquid composition to an intermediate transfer member;
an intermediate image forming process for forming an intermediate image by applying an ink to the intermediate transfer member
to which the liquid composition has been applied; and

a transferring process for transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium,
wherein the ink contains a coloring material and first polymer particles,
the liquid composition contains a reaction agent and second polymer particles that satisfy storage elastic modulus relationships
represented by the following formula (1), and

the amount of the second polymer particles applied to the intermediate transfer member in the intermediate image forming process
is 0.5 g/m2 or more and 5.0 g/m2 or less:

E1??0.1 MPa, E2??1.0 MPa  Formula (1):
wherein E1? denotes a storage elastic modulus at Ta, and E2? denotes a storage elastic modulus at ((Ta+Tb)*0.5), Ta denotes
the temperature of the intermediate image before transfer in the transferring process, and Tb denotes the temperature of the
recording medium before transfer in the transferring process.

US Pat. No. 9,505,211

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE CARTRIDGE, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device for a liquid discharge head, comprising:
a first electrode configured to supply a first voltage;
a second electrode configured to supply a second voltage different from the first voltage;
a plurality of discharge elements configured to impart energy to a liquid, each discharge element including a first terminal
and a second terminal;

a plurality of first switching elements configured to electrically connect the first terminals of the plurality of discharge
elements to the first electrode, and including one or more first switching elements each connected to two or more discharge
elements among the plurality of discharge elements; and

a plurality of second switching elements configured to electrically connect the second terminals of the plurality of discharge
elements to the second electrode, and including one or more second switching element each connected to two or more discharge
elements among the plurality of discharge elements,

wherein two or more discharge elements connected to a same second switching element, among the plurality of discharge elements
are connected to different first switching elements among the plurality of first switching elements,

wherein the number of the plurality of first switching elements is smaller than that of the plurality of second switching
elements,

wherein the plurality of discharge elements are arranged in a direction,
wherein the plurality of first switching elements are arranged in the direction, and
wherein the plurality of second switching elements are arranged in the direction.

US Pat. No. 9,507,318

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing roller movable between a contact position in which the developing roller contacts the electrophotographic photosensitive
drum to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the electrophotographic photosensitive drum and a spaced position
in which the developing roller is spaced from the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;

a drum frame supporting the electrophotographic photosensitive drum;
a developing frame supporting the developing roller; and
a force receiving member movable relative to the developing frame to move between a projected position in which the force
receiving member is projected outwardly from the developing frame and a retracted position in which the force receiving member
is retracted from the projected position toward an inside of the developing frame, the force receiving member including (i)
a spacing force receiving portion configured to receive a spacing force for moving the developing roller from the contact
position to the spaced position when the force receiving member is in the projected position, and (ii) a retracting force
receiving portion configured to receive a retracting force for moving the force receiving member toward the retracted position
when the force receiving member is in the projected position,

wherein the spacing force receiving portion is located on a first side of the force receiving member, and the retracting force
receiving portion is located on a second side of the force receiving member that is opposite the first side with respect to
a direction in which the spacing force receiving portion is capable of receiving the spacing force,

wherein the retracting force receiving portion has a surface slanted with respect to the direction in which the spacing force
receiving portion is capable of receiving the spacing force.

US Pat. No. 9,508,654

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND STRUCTURE INCLUDING PASSIVATION FILM WITH A TRENCH HAVING SECTIONS OF DIFFERENT DEPTHS AND WIDTHS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
forming a passivation film on a substrate including a plurality of element regions and a scribe region;
forming a trench in the passivation film in a region of the scribe region along an outer edge of each of the element regions;
and

forming a film on the passivation film in which the trench has been formed by coating,
wherein a depth of a first section in a first position of the trench is shallower than a depth of a second section in a second
position of the trench, and a width of the first section is wider than a width of the second section.

US Pat. No. 9,501,003

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on a recording material;
a fixing unit configured to heat and fix the unfixed toner image onto the recording material, the fixing unit including a
heater;

a necessary integral power calculation unit configured to calculate a necessary integral power required for the fixing unit
to reach a predetermined fixable temperature;

a suppliable integral power calculation unit configured to calculate a suppliable integral power being supplied to the heater
in a necessary time until the recording material reaches the fixing unit; and

a controller configured to control a timing to start conveyance of the recording material by comparing the necessary integral
power and the suppliable integral power.

US Pat. No. 9,503,647

IMAGE STABILIZER, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE STABILIZER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilizer comprising:
a first optical corrector moving along a direction different from an optical axis so as to optically correct an image shake;
a second optical corrector arranged at a position different from the first optical corrector in an optical direction, and
moving along a direction different from the optical axis so as to optically correct an image shake;

a controller which moves at least one of the first and second optical correctors based on a shake signal output from a shake
detector so as to correct an image shake; and

a first position detector detecting information about a movement position of the first optical corrector,
wherein the controller performs image shake correction of the first optical corrector without image shake correction of the
second optical corrector when the information about the movement position of the first optical corrector is equal to or less
than a first predetermined value, and the controller performs image shake correction of the second optical corrector when
the information about the movement position of the first optical corrector is more than the first predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,501,965

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a plurality of light sources capable of separately controlling emission brightness for each of a plurality of divided regions
in a screen; and

a processor configured to:
perform a determining processing that determines a target brightness of a predetermined divided region, based on image data
corresponding to the predetermined divided region;

perform an estimating processing that estimates the brightness of the predetermined divided region in a case where light is
emitted by the light source for the predetermined divided region at an emission brightness which is based on image data in
each of the plurality of divided regions; and

in a case that the brightness estimated by the estimating processing is lower than the target brightness determined by the
determining processing, perform a control processing that increases the emission brightnesses of two or more light sources
corresponding to two or more divided regions including the predetermined divided region at the same increase rate.

US Pat. No. 9,482,646

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus that transmits an elastic wave to an object and receives a reflected wave, which
is the transmitted elastic wave reflected in the object, so as to acquire information on the object, the apparatus comprising:
a transmitting and receiving unit having a plurality of elements which can perform conversion between an elastic wave and
an electric signal, with these elements being arranged at least in one direction;

an element controlling unit that inputs an electric signal to the elements and causes the elements to transmit an elastic
wave to the object; and

a detecting unit that detects the reflected wave, which is the transmitted elastic wave reflected in the object and received
by the elements, wherein

the electric signal which the element controlling unit inputs to one element of the elements is an encoded pulse signal encoded
corresponding to that one element among the plurality of elements, and

the detecting unit decodes the reflected wave and executes an aperture synthesis processing at different time points, by setting
as axes a direction along a hyperbola of which focal points are two locations in the one direction in which the plurality
of elements are arranged and a direction along an ellipse of which focal points are these two locations, and synthesizing
the decoded reflected wave in the intersections of these axes or in locations corresponding to the intersections, and acquires
displacement values of the object at least in two directions based on the aperture synthesis processing results at the different
time points.

US Pat. No. 9,470,995

COMPOUND HAVING AZO SKELETON AND PIGMENT DISPERSANT, PIGMENT COMPOSITION, PIGMENT DISPERSION, AND TONER CONTAINING THE COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An azo compound comprising:
a partial structure represented by the following Formula (A) or Formula (B) and
a polymer unit,
wherein
the polymer unit bonds to the partial structure and has a repeating unit represented by Formula (2) and has a number average
molecular weight of 500 or more and 200000 or less,

wherein, in Formula (A),
R1 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, or
a cyano group,

R2 and R2? represents an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a phenyl group, an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or an
amino group,

R3 to R7, and R3? to R7? each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a trifluoromethyl group,
a cyano group, or a linking group, the linking group is bonded to the polymer, and at least one of R3 to R7 and at least one of R3? to R7? are is the linking group;

wherein, in Formula (B),
R1 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a trifluoromethyl group, or
a cyano group,

R2, R2?, and R2?, represent an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms a phenyl group, an alkoxy group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, or an amino
group,

R3 to R7, R3? to R7?, and R3? to R7? each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a trifluoromethyl group,
a cyano group, or a linking group, the linking group is bonded to the polymer, and at least one of R3 to R7, at least one of R3? to R7?, and at least one of R3? to R7? are the linking group;

In Formula (2), R8 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms and R9 represents a phenyl group, a carboxyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group, or a carboxylic acid amide group.

US Pat. No. 9,471,013

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING HEAT GENERATING MEMBER INTO WHICH AN ALTERNATING-CURRENT WAVEFORM CORRESPONDING TO THE SUPPLIED POWER FLOWS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that forms an unfixed toner image on a recording material;
a fixing unit that heats the unfixed toner image formed on the recording material and fixes the unfixed toner image to the
recording material, the fixing unit having a heat generating member that generates heat with power supplied from a commercial
AC power supply;

a control unit that controls the supply of the power to the heat generating member from the commercial AC power supply according
to the temperature of the fixing unit, the control unit performing control so that an alternating-current waveform corresponding
to the supplied power flows into the heat generating member;

a power supply unit that generates a DC voltage from an AC voltage;
a voltage detecting unit that detects a voltage accumulated in a primary smoothing capacitor provided in the power supply
unit, and

an acquiring unit that acquires an output impedance of the commercial AC power supply, the acquiring unit acquires the output
impedance based on the difference between the output voltage of the voltage detecting unit when no power is supplied to the
heat generating member and the output voltage of the voltage detecting unit when power is supplied to the heat generating
member, wherein

the control unit uses a predetermined number of successive half-waves of an alternating current as one control cycle, sets
the supplied power corresponding to the temperature of the fixing unit every one control cycle, and performs control so that
an alternating-current waveform including both a phase control waveform and a wave-number control waveform flows into the
heat generating member during one control cycle,

the control unit is configured to select a first waveform table in which the alternating-current waveforms corresponding to
the supplied powers are set and a second waveform table in which alternating-current waveforms different from the alternating-current
waveforms set in the first waveform table are set,

the alternating-current waveforms set in the second waveform table are alternating-current waveforms in which the proportion
of phase control waveforms in one control cycle is larger than that in the first waveform table,

the control unit selects the first waveform table or the second waveform table according to the output impedance acquired
by the acquiring unit, and

the control unit selects the first waveform table when the output impedance is smaller than a reference value and selects
the second waveform table when the output impedance is larger than the reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,469,123

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system for printing an image on a unit region of a print medium according to image data by effecting plural
print scans of plural nozzle arrays configured to respectively eject chromatic color inks and nozzle arrays configured to
respectively eject achromatic color inks including a first achromatic color ink that is black ink and a second achromatic
color ink which has a lower coloring material concentration than the first achromatic color ink on the unit region, the plural
nozzle arrays for the chromatic and achromatic color inks being arranged in a print scan direction without being shifted from
one another in a direction crossing the print scan direction, the printing system comprising:
a color conversion unit configured to convert the image data into a plurality of color signals corresponding to the first
achromatic color ink, the second achromatic color ink and the chromatic color inks, respectively; and

a defining unit for defining pixels permitted to print and pixels not permitted to print for each of the print scans and for
each of the plural nozzle arrays for the chromatic and achromatic color inks according to the plurality of color signals,

wherein, in a case where the input image data represents a chromatic color, the color conversion unit converts the input image
data into the plurality of color signals such that an amount of the second achromatic color ink applied to the unit region
is greater than an amount of the first achromatic color ink applied to the unit region, and

the defining unit defines such that there are more pixels permitted to print for the second achromatic color ink than pixels
permitted to print for any of the first achromatic color ink and the chromatic color inks on the unit region, in the last
print scan among the plural print scans.

US Pat. No. 9,462,946

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an eye inspection unit configured to inspect an eye of a subject;
a first moving mechanism configured to move the eye inspection unit in a predetermined direction;
a first motor configured to drive the first moving mechanism;
a second moving mechanism configured to move the eye inspection unit in the predetermined direction and to have stopping accuracy
that is higher than stopping accuracy of the first moving mechanism;

a second motor which is different from the first motor and which is configured to drive the second moving mechanism; and
a switching unit configured to switch between the movement by the first moving mechanism and the movement by the second moving
mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,467,585

PRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING CONTROL UNTIL THAT CANCELS PRINT PROCESSING DEPENDING UPON AUTHENTICATION MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print apparatus, comprising at least one processor operatively coupled to a memory and providing:
a reception unit configured to receive a print command from an information processing apparatus via a network;
a print unit configured to print an image on a sheet on the basis of the print command received by the reception unit;
an authentication unit configured to perform a first authentication process corresponding to a first authentication mode in
a case where the reception unit has received the print command including first authentication information used in the first
authentication mode, and perform a second authentication process corresponding to a second authentication mode in a case where
the reception unit has received the print command including second authentication information used in the second authentication
mode;

a control unit configured to control the print unit to perform print process on the basis of the print command received by
the reception unit in a case where the first or second authentication process by the authentication unit has succeeded; and

a setting unit configured to set a configuration for restricting the print process when the first authentication process is
not enabled, wherein

the control unit is configured to control the print unit to cancel a print process based on the print command including the
second authentication information used in the second authentication mode, in a case where the configuration has been set by
the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,461,822

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing one or more programs, the one or more programs comprising instructions
that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

setting a first encryption key as an encryption key to be used for encryption communication according to a specific protocol,
wherein the first encryption key is selected from a plurality of encryption keys stored on the image forming apparatus, the
plurality of encryption keys including a default key;

obtaining security setting information for limiting use of one or more encryption keys;
identifying a signature algorithm of the first encryption key and a length of a public key of the first encryption key;
determining whether the first encryption key has at least a predetermined encryption strength based on the security setting
information and at least one of the signature algorithm and the length of the public key; and

in response to determining that the first encryption key has not at least the predetermined encryption strength, setting the
default key as the encryption key to be used for encryption communication according to the specific protocol such that the
first encryption key is not set as the encryption key to be used for encryption communication according to the specific protocol.

US Pat. No. 9,459,576

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to operate in a first power state and a second power state in which power consumption
is smaller than power consumption in the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a human;
a return unit configured to return the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state;
an operation unit configured to receive a user operation; and
a power saving unit configured to shift the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state based
on a lapse of a predetermined time without the operation unit receiving the user operation;

wherein, in a case where the operation unit does not receive the user operation in a time period between time when the return
unit returns the image forming apparatus from the second power state to the first power state and time when the detection
unit no longer detects a human, the power saving unit shifts the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the
second power state before the lapse of the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,450,012

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a plurality of pixels, the pixel including
a photoelectric conversion unit,
a floating diffusion region,
a transferring transistor including a transferring gate electrode configured to transfer signal charge generated at the photoelectric
conversion unit to the floating diffusion region,

an amplifying transistor configured to output a signal based on an amount of electric charge of the floating diffusion region,
and

a resetting transistor configured to reset a voltage of the floating diffusion region;
a signal processing circuit for processing a signal output from the plurality of pixels;
a first semiconductor substrate; and
a second semiconductor substrate,
wherein a first insulating film is provided on a first principal surface of the first semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor substrate includes a pixel region;
wherein a plurality of photoelectric conversion units and a plurality of floating diffusion regions are arranged in the pixel
region;

wherein a first element isolation portion is provided in the pixel region, configured to electrically isolate at least a part
of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units and at least a part of the plurality of floating diffusion regions;

wherein a second insulating film is provided on the second semiconductor substrate;
wherein the second semiconductor substrate includes a circuit region;
wherein a plurality of transistors included in the signal processing circuit are arranged in the circuit region;
wherein a second element isolation portion is arranged in the circuit region, configured to electrically isolate at least
a part of the plurality of transistors;

wherein an interface of a region where the first element isolation portion is provided, between the first semiconductor substrate
and the first insulating film, is arranged at a first depth with respect to an interface of a region where the photoelectric
conversion unit is arranged, between the first semiconductor substrate and the first insulating film;

wherein an interface of a region where the second element isolation portion is provided, between the second semiconductor
substrate and the second insulating film, is arranged at a second depth with respect to an interface of a region where the
transistor included in the signal processing circuit is arranged, between the second semiconductor substrate and the second
insulating film; and

wherein the first depth is shallower than the second depth.

US Pat. No. 9,442,443

ROLLER HAVING CORE WITH AN ELASTIC LAYER INCLUDING TAPERED PORTION AND FIXING APPARATUS WITH SUCH ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A roller used for a fixing apparatus, comprising:
a core;
a first elastic layer that is formed outside the core and includes a first tapered portion on an edge of the first elastic
layer in an axis direction; and

a second elastic layer that is formed outside the first elastic layer and includes a second tapered portion on an edge of
the second elastic layer in the axis direction on the same side as the first elastic layer, the second elastic layer having
hardness that is higher than hardness of the first elastic layer, wherein

a second start point, which is a start point of the second tapered portion, is set in a position closer to the center of the
roller in the axis direction than a first start point which is a start point of the first tapered portion.

US Pat. No. 9,442,551

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a wide IO memory device stacked on an SoC die that includes a CPU, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a temperature detection unit configured to detect temperatures of a plurality of memories that are included in the wide IO
memory device;

a specification unit configured to, at least in one case that the information processing apparatus transitions to a power
saving state, specify a memory to save information to be used after the information processing apparatus recovers from the
power saving state, wherein the memory having a lower temperature among the plurality of memories is specified based on the
temperatures detected by the temperature detection unit; and

a storage control unit configured to save the information to be used after the information processing apparatus recovers from
the power saving state in the memory specified by the specification unit, wherein the information is saved in the specified
memory before transition of the information processing apparatus to the power saving state.

US Pat. No. 9,427,997

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,429,906

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING A MOVABLE ENGAGEABLE MEMBER AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING A FORCE RECEIVING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a mounting portion for detachably mounting a process cartridge, said process cartridge including a first unit having an image
bearing member, and a second unit having a developer carrying member, said second unit being movable between a contact position
in which said developer carrying member contacts said image bearing member and a spaced position in which said developer carrying
member is spaced from said image bearing member; and

an engageable member engageable with a force receiving portion provided on said second unit,
wherein said engageable member is movable between a first position for maintaining said second unit in the spaced position
by engaging with said force receiving portion, a second position for permitting movement of said second unit from the spaced
position to the contact position in image forming operation, and a third position for permitting said process cartridge to
be mounted, by being pressed by said process cartridge to retract, when said process cartridge is mounted to said mounting
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,432,846

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS USER AUTHENTICATION BY WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a near field communicator having a memory;
a console; and
a controller configured to control the image forming apparatus,
wherein the near field communicator is configured to detect receipt of authentication data from a mobile device via near field
communication, store the authentication data in the memory, and output a first signal to the controller,

wherein the controller is configured to return the image forming apparatus from a power saving mode in accordance with the
first signal and, after the image forming apparatus has returned from the power saving mode, output a second signal to the
near field communicator,

wherein the near field communicator is configured to transfer the authentication data to the controller in accordance with
the second signal, and

wherein the controller is configured to authenticate a user of the mobile device using the authentication data and display
a message that a job can be executed on the console.

US Pat. No. 9,422,128

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a first rotator pair conveying a sheet;
a second rotator pair provided downstream, in a sheet conveying direction, of the first rotator pair; and
a sheet detecting portion detecting the sheet being conveyed in a sheet conveying path between the first and second rotator
pairs, the sheet detecting portion including:

a moving member configured to turn to a standby state in which at least part of the moving member protrudes into the sheet
conveying path and turn to a detection state in which the entire moving member retracts from the sheet conveying path;

a stopper against which the moving member abuts, the moving member being held in the standby state by abutting against the
stopper; and

a sensor configured to detect the turn of the moving member from the standby state to the detection state,
wherein the moving member turns from the standby state to the detection state by being pushed by a front end of the sheet
conveyed by the first rotator pair,

wherein the stopper is disposed to be closer to a nip portion of the second rotator pair than the sensor,
wherein the moving member returns from the detection state to the standby state in which the moving member is held by the
stopper before a rear end of the sheet reaches to the nip portion of the second rotator pair, and

wherein the second rotator pair is arranged such that a nip line of the second rotator pair, which is a tangential line of
the nip portion of the second rotator pair, does not intersect with the moving member in the standby state when viewed from
a direction of a rotation axis of the second rotator pair.

US Pat. No. 9,423,732

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,425,021

X-RAY GENERATION APPARATUS AND X-RAY RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generation apparatus of transmission type comprising:
an electron emission source; and
a target generating an X-ray with collision of electrons emitted from the electron emission source against the target,
wherein the X-ray generation apparatus further comprises a secondary X-ray generation portion generating an X-ray with collision
of electrons reflected by the target against the secondary X-ray generation portion, and

the secondary X-ray generation portion and the target are arranged such that the X-ray generated with the direct collision
of the electrons against the target and the X-ray generated with the collision of the electrons reflected by the target against
the secondary X-ray generation portion are both radiated to an outside,

an electron passage surrounded by and formed in an electron passage forming member, and positioned on one side of the target
closer to the electron emission source,

wherein the electrons emitted from the electron emission source collide against the target after passing through the electron
passage,

wherein a cross-sectional area of the electron passage at least at an end thereof on a side closer to the target is larger
than a cross-sectional area of the electron passage on a side farther away from the target, and at least a part of an inner
wall surface of a region of the electron passage where the cross-sectional area thereof is increased serves as the secondary
X-ray generation portion, and

wherein an opening size (2R) of the electron passage at the end thereof on the side farther away from the target and a distance
(Z) from an end of the secondary X-ray generation portion on the side closer to the target to an end of the secondary X-ray
generation portion on the side farther away from the target satisfy a following relationship of:

2R?Z?20R.

US Pat. No. 9,426,317

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,276

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND ABSOLUTE ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,371

OPTICAL APPARATUS WITH IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a shake detecting unit configured to detect a shake of the optical apparatus; and
a first optical correcting unit and a second optical correcting unit configured to correct optically an image shake by using
a shake signal output from the shake detecting unit,

wherein the first optical correcting unit is used to correct optically the image shake based on frequency components lower
than predetermined frequency components extracted from the shake signal, and

wherein the second optical correcting unit is used to correct optically the image shake based on frequency components higher
than the predetermined frequency components extracted from the shake signal, and

wherein an image shake correction angle of the first optical correcting unit is wider than that of the second optical correction
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,421,761

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing image data corresponding to an image to be recorded on a recording medium
to record an image on the recording medium by ejecting ink onto the recording medium in accordance with recording data while
causing a recording head and the recording medium to move with respect to each other in a cross direction crossing a predetermined
direction,
the recording head including N ejection opening arrays each having, arranged in the predetermined direction, a plurality of
ejection openings at least including a designated ejection opening, each of the plurality of ejection openings being configured
to eject ink of a predetermined color, the N ejection opening arrays being arranged side by side in the cross direction so
that N designated ejection openings respectively included in the N ejection opening arrays are capable of ejecting ink onto
identical positions on the recording medium in the predetermined direction,

the recording data defining ejection or non-ejection of ink onto each pixel area corresponding to a plurality of pixels on
the recording medium for each of the N ejection opening arrays, the image processing apparatus comprising:

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain dot recording data that defines dots to be recorded on the recording medium in
accordance with the image data;

a distribution unit configured to distribute the dot recording data obtained by the first obtaining unit to a first ejection
opening array group including M ejection opening arrays among the N ejection opening arrays, where M data;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating whether or not each of the plurality of ejection openings
arranged in each of the N ejection opening arrays has a failure to eject ink;

a selection unit configured to select, in a case where the information obtained by the second obtaining unit indicates that
K designated ejection openings in a first ejection opening group including M designated ejection openings arranged in the
first ejection opening array group among the N designated ejection openings have a failure to eject ink, where K?M, K substitute
designated ejection openings from among (N?M) designated ejection openings other than the M designated ejection openings in
the first ejection opening group;

a complementary assignment unit configured to complementarily assign the distribution data distributed to the K designated
ejection openings in the first ejection opening group to the K substitute designated ejection openings selected by the selection
unit to generate complementary data; and

a generation unit configured to generate the recording data in accordance with the distribution data distributed by the distribution
unit and the complementary data complementarily assigned by the complementary assignment unit,

wherein the selection unit selects the K substitute designated ejection openings from among the (N?M) ejection openings so
that a distance between designated ejection openings at opposite ends of a second ejection opening group in the cross direction
is shortest, the second ejection opening group including (M?K) designated ejection openings, which are determined not to have
a failure to eject ink by the information obtained by the second obtaining unit, and the K substitute designated ejection
openings selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,421,770

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING POSITION ADJUSTING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which prints by discharging inks from respective nozzle arrays while relatively and reciprocally moving
a print unit with respect to a printing medium in an intersecting direction which intersects with a nozzle arrayed direction,
the print unit comprising a plurality of nozzle arrays including at least a first nozzle array and a second nozzle array for
the same color ink, the first nozzle array and the second nozzle array being arrayed to be shifted in the nozzle arrayed direction,
and each nozzle belonging to the second nozzle array being arrayed between two adjacent nozzles belonging to the first nozzle
array in the nozzle arrayed direction, said apparatus comprising:
an adjusting operating unit configured to execute an operation for adjusting a relative printing positions between a printing
position of the first nozzle array and a printing position of the second nozzle array in a relative movement of the print
unit in a forward direction, based on patterns, for the adjusting, printed by the first nozzle array and the second nozzle
array in a relative movement of the print unit in the forward direction;

a first print control unit configured to control the first nozzle array and the second nozzle array to discharge inks to form
a plurality of first patterns on the printing medium in a relative movement of the print unit in a forward direction, such
that dots of ink discharged from the nozzles belonging to the second nozzle array are formed in intervals between dots of
ink discharged from the respective two adjacent nozzles belonging to the first nozzle array,

wherein, before the plurality of first patterns are formed, the relative printing positions between the printing position
of the first nozzle array and the printing position of the second nozzle array in a relative movement of the print unit in
the forward direction are adjusted by the adjusting unit;

a second print control unit configured to control the first nozzle array to discharge inks to form a plurality of second patterns
on the printing medium in a relative movement of the print unit in a backward direction,

wherein the plurality of second patterns corresponds to the plurality of first patterns, some of the plurality of second patterns
are shifted so as to overlap with the corresponding first patterns in the intersecting direction, and the overlap amounts
in the intersecting direction differ from each other; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain an adjustment value, with reference to the plurality of first patterns and the plurality
of second patterns formed on the printing medium, for adjusting the relative printing positions between a print position in
the relative movement in the forward direction and a print position in the relative movement in the backward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,425,635

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A radiation imaging apparatus taking image data of a subject by detecting radiation having passed through the subject,
comprising:
a power control unit configured
to use a battery internally attached to the radiation imaging apparatus as a power supply source until the battery reaches
a charge-free best state, if the battery is in a charge-unnecessary state, and

to use an external power source as the power supply source, if the battery internally attached to the radiation imaging apparatus
is not in the charge-unnecessary state; and

a charging control unit configured to charge the battery until the battery reaches the charge-free best state, if the battery
is in a charge-necessary state, and to inhibit charge of the battery, if the radiation imaging apparatus is in an imaging
ready state.

US Pat. No. 9,424,655

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ANALYZING CHANGES IN VIDEO

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect emergence of an object based on inter-frame difference method or background difference
method;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a video without emerging an actual object;
a setting unit configured to set a size of a substitute image to be superimposed onto the acquired video using a user interface;
a superimposition unit configured to superimpose the substitute image corresponding to the set size onto the acquired video
without emerging an actual object and output to the detection unit the acquired video onto which the substitute image corresponding
to the set size is superimposed; and

an output unit configured to output an analysis result of the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,418,278

IMAGE ANALYSIS METHOD, CAMERA APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image analysis method for analyzing images captured by a plurality of cameras, the method comprising:
detecting a state of an object independently of results of analysis of images captured by the plurality of cameras; and
controlling analysis of images captured by the plurality of cameras concurrently capturing the object whose state has been
detected, according to the state of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,413,841

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An image processing method in an image processing system for performing image processing on an input image, the method
comprising:
analyzing input image data and determining a device that has input the input image data;
selectively performing image processing on the input image data based on a result of the determining;
classifying the input image data by using image data on which image processing is selectively performed; and
determining a URL destination at the time of an access by a user in accordance with a result of the classifying,
wherein the image data on which the image processing is selectively performed is subjected to processing in accordance with
instructions from a display screen of the determined URL destination and a result of the processing is saved.

US Pat. No. 9,405,938

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR RELEASING RESTRICTION ON USE OF STORAGE DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a data storage hardware device configured to store data, the data storage hardware device having a lock function with which
access to the data is restricted unless a password previously set is input, the password being a password generated according
to a first password generation algorithm, based on identification information of the data storage hardware device;

a password storage hardware unit configured to store the password;
a program storage hardware unit configured to store a program; and
a controller configured to release the lock function, using the password which has been stored in the password storage hardware
unit,

wherein the controller is configured to newly generate a password based on the identification information of the data storage
hardware device, and after releasing the lock function using the password which has been stored in the password storage hardware
unit, replace a previous password with the newly generated password and control the password storage hardware unit to store
the newly generated password,

wherein the controller is configured to newly generate the password by executing the program in the program storage hardware
unit, and

wherein the program is rewritable and the controller is configured to execute a re-written program to newly generate the password.

US Pat. No. 9,403,653

CONVEYING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND SHEET FEEDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying apparatus comprising:
a supporting unit configured to rotatably support a roll around which a sheet is wound;
a conveying unit configured to convey the sheet pulled out from the roll supported by the supporting unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a rotation amount of the roll supported by the supporting unit;
a driving unit configured to give a rotational driving force to the roll supported by the supporting unit, the driving unit
comprising a motor and a transfer mechanism configured to transfer an output from the motor to the roll; and

a control unit configured to control the driving unit based on a detection result of the detection unit,
wherein the control unit sets a control amount for the driving unit in accordance with a rotation phase of the roll in order
to adjust a tension of the sheet between the roll and the conveying unit, and

the control unit sets the control amount for each of a plurality of rotation phase areas obtained by dividing an angle range
of one rotation of the roll.