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.

US Pat. No. 9,405,961

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISTRIBUTING IDENTICIAL IMAGE DATA IN PARALLEL FOR OBJECT DETECTION AND RESOLUTION CONVERSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as:
a storage unit configured to store image data;
a readout unit configured to read out the image data stored in said storage unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a target object from the image data read out by said readout unit;
a reducing unit configured to reduce the image data readout by said readout unit; and
a write unit configured to write the image data reduced by said reducing unit in said storage unit,
wherein said readout unit repetitively reads out previously reduced image data and simultaneously outputs the previously reduced
image data in parallel to said detection unit and said reducing unit, thereby detection of the target object from the previously
reduced image data by said detection unit and further reduction of the previously reduced image data by said reducing unit
are performed in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,407,792

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,407,611

NETWORK SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT SERVER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR TENANT TRANSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising:
a management server system that manages a plurality of network devices; and
an agent device that is provided in a site network including the plurality of network devices and communicates with the management
server system,

wherein the management server system comprises:
a first processor; and
a first memory including first instructions that, when executed by the first processor, cause the first processor to:
manage identification information about the agent device and current authentication information for communication between
the management server system and the agent device by associating the identification information and the current authentication
information with a first tenant;

accept a transition instruction for transition from the first tenant to a second tenant of the agent device;
generate symmetric keys including a first key and a second key in accordance with the accepted transition instruction, wherein
information, including the generated first key and the identification information about the agent device, is managed in association
with the second tenant serving as a transition destination;

transmit, in response to a query from the agent device, a response including information about the second tenant serving as
the transition destination and the generated second key;

upon reception of a transition request for transition to the second tenant, verify first signature information included in
the transition request using the first key which is managed in association with the second tenant;

upon successful verification of the first signature information, transmit, to the agent device, new authentication information
for communication between the management server system and the agent device;

delete the identification information about the agent device and the current authentication information associated with the
first tenant in response to receipt of a successful transition notification from the agent device, and

wherein the agent device comprises:
a second processor; and
a second memory including second instructions that, when executed by the second processor, cause the second processor to:
send the query to the management server system;
receive the response based on the query; and
transmit, to the management server system, a transition request for transition to the second tenant, the transition request
including second signature information using the second key included in the response.

US Pat. No. 9,400,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member that bears a toner image;
a transfer member that forms a transfer portion between the image bearing member and the transfer member and transfers the
toner image from the image bearing member to a recording material at the transfer portion;

a transfer power supply that applies a transfer voltage to the transfer member;
a neutralization member that is disposed further toward a downstream side than the transfer member in a direction of conveying
the recording material so as to neutralize the recording material;

a neutralization power supply that applies a neutralization voltage to the neutralization member;
a first detection device that detects a current flowing in the neutralization member; and
a control unit that controls at least the neutralization power supply, wherein
the control unit changes a current value detected by the first detection device by changing a potential difference between
the transfer voltage and the neutralization voltage and stores as a first potential difference the potential difference when
the value detected by the first detection device exceeds a threshold, and

the control unit executes neutralization control of controlling the neutralization voltage applied when neutralizing the recording
material, based on the stored first potential difference and the transfer voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,400,462

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion for forming an unfixed image on a recording material;
a fixing portion for fixing the unfixed image, formed on the recording material, onto the recording material at a fixing nip;
a first guide member configured to guide the recording material to the fixing nip, said first guide member provided at a position
opposed to a surface of the recording material on which the unfixed image is formed and at a center of said fixing portion
with respect to a longitudinal direction of said fixing portion;

a second guide member configured to guide the recording material to the fixing nip, said second guide member provided at a
position opposed to the surface of the recording material on which the unfixed image is formed and at an end of said fixing
portion with respect to the longitudinal direction of said fixing portion,

wherein said second guide member is movable relative to said first guide member with respect to a direction perpendicular
to a feeding direction of the recoding material.

US Pat. No. 9,395,537

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus, comprising:
a deflection unit that deflects a plurality of light fluxes to optically scan a plurality of scanned surfaces in a main scanning
direction;

a plurality of incident optical systems that cause the plurality of light fluxes to enter the deflection unit at different
incident angles in a sub-scanning cross section; and

an imaging optical system that guides the plurality of light fluxes deflected by the deflection unit onto the plurality of
scanned surfaces,

wherein the imaging optical system has a first optical portion and a second optical portion connected to each other by a connecting
portion in a sub-scanning direction,

wherein in a first plane including the connecting portion, a first incident surface of the first optical portion and a second
incident surface of the second optical portion overlap with each other on a first point,

wherein in the first plane, in a first region on one side of the first point in the main scanning direction, the first incident
surface is located closer to the deflection unit than the second incident surface in an optical axis direction, and

wherein in the first plane, in a second region on another side of the first point in the main scanning direction, the second
incident surface is located closer to the deflection unit than the first incident surface in the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,395,600

ILLUMINATION DEVICE AND ILLUMINATION CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,395,648

TONER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner accommodating container attachable to and detachable from an image forming apparatus, the toner accommodating container
comprising:
an accommodation portion that contains toner;
an opening portion;
an opening-closing member movable to open and close the opening portion; and
an urging member that urges the opening-closing member so that the opening-closing member closes the opening portion in a
state in which the toner accommodating container is detached from the image forming apparatus,

wherein the toner accommodating container is pulled into a main body of the image forming apparatus by using the urging force
of the urging member in a case where the detached toner accommodating container from the image forming apparatus is attached
to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,389,532

COLOR-IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a photosensitive member that is rotationally driven, a light irradiation unit configured
to irradiate the photosensitive member with light to thereby form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member
and a processing unit configured to form an image, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect an output generated via the processing unit when an electrostatic latent image for correction
formed by light irradiation being performed by the light irradiation unit passes through a position facing the processing
unit; and

a controlling unit configured to correct a condition for forming an electrostatic latent image for image formation based on
a result of the detection by the detecting unit,

wherein a voltage applied to the processing unit is higher in a case where the processing unit forms the electrostatic latent
image for correction than in a case where the processing unit forms the electrostatic latent image for image formation, or
a light intensity of the light irradiation unit is higher in a case where the processing unit forms the electrostatic latent
image for correction than in a case where the processing unit forms the electrostatic latent image for image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,392,367

SOUND REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND SOUND REPRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sound processing apparatus, comprising:
a first control unit that controls loudspeakers to output sound signals as a binaural signal;
a position acquisition unit that acquires positions where listeners listen to the sound signals;
an acquisition unit that acquires, for each of the listeners, collection results of a first and second collection units of
the listener each of which collects a sound, wherein the first and second collection units of the listener are respectively
attached to a first supplier of the listener configured to supply a sound and a second supplier of the listener configured
to supply a sound; and

a second control unit that (i) controls for each of the listeners, on the basis of the acquired position of the listener and
the collection result by the first collection unit of the listener when the loudspeakers output sound signals, the first supplier
of the listener different from the loudspeakers to output a signal cancelling a sound signal for a right ear output from the
loudspeaker, and (ii) controls for each of the listeners, on the basis of the acquired position of the listener and the collection
result by the second collection unit of the listener when the loudspeakers output sound signals, the second supplier of the
listener different from the loudspeakers to output a signal cancelling a sound signal for a left ear output from the loudspeaker.

US Pat. No. 9,392,157

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND MOUNTABLE LENS APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus which is mountable to a lens apparatus thereon, comprising:
a lens information obtaining circuitry that obtains information of a mounted lens apparatus;
a display capable of displaying the obtained information; and
a control unit that when the lens apparatus is identified, based on the obtained information, as the lens apparatus which
fails in firmware update, controls to operate the display to perform a displaying that the lens apparatus which fails in firmware
update is mounted, to restrict an operation in which the lens apparatus is used and to allow an operation which does not drive
the lens apparatus, and that when the lens apparatus is identified as being succeeded in the firmware update, controls the
display not to perform the displaying that the lens apparatus which fails in firmware update is mounted.

US Pat. No. 9,389,389

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a lens barrel;
a movable optical member arranged in the lens barrel; and
an operation ring arranged on an outer peripheral surface of the lens barrel and configured to be rotated about an optical
axis to drive the movable optical member in an optical axis direction,

wherein the operation ring includes a plurality of gears formed about the optical axis on the outer peripheral surface of
the operating ring,

wherein the plurality of gears rotate together about the optical axis when the operation ring is rotated,
wherein one of the plurality of gears is configured to engage with a gear of an electric operation member that is detachably
mountable to the lens apparatus and drive the operation ring,

wherein another gear, among the plurality of gears, does not engage with the gear of the electric operation member, and
wherein a position of the another gear and a position of the electric operation member are disposed spaced apart from each
other in the optical axis direction when the electric operation member is attached to the lens apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,380,935

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system, comprising:
a memory that stores a plurality of tomographic images acquired based on a measuring beam controlled so that a same position
is scanned with the measuring beam a plurality of times; and

a processor configured to calculate a degree of similarity among partial areas which are respectively included in the plurality
of tomographic images stored in the memory, configured to generate a composite image by combining a plurality of tomographic
images having a calculated degree of similarity being larger than a predetermined value,

wherein
the plurality of tomographic images are acquired via a Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography apparatus, and
the processor calculates the degree of similarity among the partial areas according to translation or rotation of the plurality
of tomographic images.

US Pat. No. 9,375,919

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head including nozzle rows each including a plurality of nozzles for discharging ink of a same color arranged in a
predetermined direction;

a scanning unit configured to scan each of a plurality of unit regions in a printing medium with the print head in a forward
direction and a backward direction of a crossing direction that crosses the predetermined direction, the backward direction
being opposite to the forward direction;

a first print control unit configured to cause the print head to discharge ink to each of the plurality of unit regions in
a first surface of the printing medium, while the scanning unit scans with the print head;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire information about an amount of ink discharged to each of a plurality of divided sections
of each of the plurality of unit regions on the first surface;

a determining unit configured to determine a scanning direction out of the forward direction and the backward direction for
each of the plurality of unit regions in a second surface, the second surface being a back side of the first surface of the
printing medium, based on the information about the amount of ink discharged to each of the plurality of divided sections
of each of the plurality of unit regions on the first surface; and

a second print control unit configured to cause the print head to discharge the ink to each of the plurality of unit regions
in the second surface while the scanning unit scans with the print head in the determined scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,375,961

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire an attribute of print paper set in a printing apparatus;
a receiving unit configured to receive a category, designated by a user, of the attribute of the print paper to be used by
the printing apparatus; and

a print control unit configured to cause the printing apparatus to print an image in accordance with the attribute in a case
where the category received by the receiving unit and a category including the attribute acquired by the acquiring unit are
matched.

US Pat. No. 9,380,210

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,677

GENERATING METHOD, CREATING METHOD, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a plurality of originals for use in multiple exposures, in which a single-layer pattern is formed
on a substrate by exposing the substrate a plurality of times, in an exposure apparatus including an illumination optical
system which illuminates an original, and a projection optical system which projects a pattern of the original onto a substrate,
the method comprising:
generating data of patterns of the plurality of originals by a computer, and
forming a pattern on the plurality of originals based on the generated data,
wherein the generating comprising:
a first step of generating a map by sequentially defining as a pattern element of interest a plurality of pattern elements
of a temporary target pattern corresponding to a pattern to be formed on the substrate, and mapping positions of pattern elements
other than the pattern element of interest relative to the pattern element of interest using a position of the pattern element
of interest as an origin;

a second step of selecting pattern elements with a periodicity from the map generated in the first step, and determining an
effective source in a pupil plane of the projection optical system corresponding to an array pattern of the selected pattern
elements among a plurality of predetermined effective sources;

a third step of postulating a pupil filter which transmits light in a region with an intensity value larger than a predetermined
value in the effective source determined in the second step, on a pupil plane of the projection optical system;

a fourth step of calculating an intensity distribution formed on an image plane of the projection optical system by the light
having passed through the pupil filter, postulated in the third step, when the effective source determined in the second step
illuminates the plurality of pattern elements of the temporary target pattern in the first step placed on an object plane
of the projection optical system;

a fifth step of specifying a peak position where an intensity has a peak in the intensity distribution calculated in the fourth
step;

a sixth step of extracting a first pattern element corresponding to the peak position, specified in the fifth step, from the
plurality of pattern elements of the temporary target pattern in the fourth step; and

a seventh step of generating data on a pattern including the first pattern element extracted in the sixth step as data on
a pattern of one original of the plurality of originals,

wherein a cycle including the first step to the seventh step is repeated using a pattern including a second pattern element
obtained by excluding the first pattern element extracted in the sixth step from the plurality of pattern elements of the
temporary target pattern in the fourth step as a new temporary target pattern, and the repetition is ended in a round of the
cycle, in which a number of the second pattern element becomes zero.

US Pat. No. 9,377,702

PATTERNING METHOD, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND SYSTEM, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of performing patterning of a substrate, the method comprising steps of:
obtaining, based on first alignment measurement with respect to first patterning, a first compensation value for second alignment
measurement, with respect to the first patterning, in which number of alignment marks to be measured is smaller than number
of alignment marks to be measured in the first alignment measurement;

performing the second alignment measurement with respect to second patterning different from the first patterning;
generating, based on a condition with respect to the second patterning and the first compensation value, a second compensation
value for the second alignment measurement with respect to the second patterning; and

performing the second patterning of a substrate based on the second alignment measurement and the second compensation value.

US Pat. No. 9,380,281

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that replays light-field moving image data, comprising
an operation unit configured to specify focus information of the moving image including a focal distance and a depth of field;
a control unit configured to carry out control that replays the light-field moving image data; and
a generating unit configured to obtain the focal distance and the depth of field of the focus information specified by the
operation unit and light ray information that shows the intensity of the light for each frame of the light-field moving image
data and direction information for the light rays, and to generate an image having a depth of field and a focal distance depending
on a replay speed of the light-field moving image data by reconstructing the image using obtained light ray information,

wherein the generating unit generates a first image having a shallow depth of field based on the light-field moving image
data in a case where the replay speed is less than a threshold value, and generates a second image having a deeper depth of
field than the first image based on the light-field moving image data in a case where the replay speed is equal to or greater
than the threshold value, and

wherein a narrower depth range of a subject is in focus in the first image and the second image is a pan-focus image.

US Pat. No. 9,372,419

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
a conductive layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the conductive layer,
wherein:
the conductive layer comprises:
a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus,
a tin oxide particle doped with phosphorus, and
a binding material; and
when a total volume of the conductive layer is represented by VT, a total volume of the titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus in the conductive layer is represented
by V1P, and a total volume of the tin oxide particle doped with phosphorus in the conductive layer is represented by V2P, the VT, the V1P, and the V2P satisfy the following expressions (1) and (2)

2?{(V2P/VT)/(V1P/VT)}×100?25  (1)

15?{(V1P/VT)+(V2P/VT)}×100?45  (2).

US Pat. No. 9,372,424

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:
magnetic toner particles, each of which contains
a binder resin,
a magnetic material and
a release agent; and
silica fine particles,
wherein the magnetic toner has a thermal conductivity in the range of 0.230 to 0.270 W/(m·K),
primary particles of the silica fine particles have a number-average particle diameter (D1) in the range of 5 to 20 nm,
the coverage X1 of the magnetic toner surface by the silica fine particles ranges from 40% to 75% by area, as determined using
an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (ESCA), and

the diffusion index represented by the following formula 1 satisfies the following formula 2:
Diffusion index=X1/X2  (1)

Diffusion index??0.0042×X1+0.62  (2)

wherein X2 denotes the theoretical coverage of the magnetic toner surface by the silica fine particles.

US Pat. No. 9,371,204

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking unit on which sheets are stacked;
a feeding unit which contacts a top sheet of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking unit, and feeds the sheet in a sheet
feeding direction;

a conveying unit which receives the sheet fed by the feeding unit and conveys the sheet in a sheet conveying direction intersecting
with the sheet feeding direction;

a first separating unit which is disposed between the feeding unit and the conveying unit, the first separating unit including
a separation slope, the separation slope being inclined upwards in the downstream direction and the separation slope extending
in a sheet width direction perpendicular to the sheet feeding direction so as to abut against a front edge of the sheet fed
by the feeding unit and separate the sheet one by one; and

a second separating unit which is disposed between the first separating unit and the conveying unit and is positioned at an
extension of the separation slope in the sheet feeding direction,

wherein the second separating unit includes
a sheet separation member which is movable to a protruding position and a retracted position, wherein the sheet separation
member is disposed in a notch portion formed in a center of the separation slope in the sheet width direction;

an opposite member which includes a surface in a stationary state disposed to face the sheet separation member; and
a biasing unit which biases the sheet separation member from the retracted position to the protruding position so as to abut
the sheet separation member against the opposite member at the protruding position to form a separation nip portion which
separates the sheet having passed through the separation slope one by one.

US Pat. No. 9,364,152

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a probe which is configured to carry out electronic scanning in a first direction in which a plurality of elements each transmitting
an ultrasound wave to an object and outputting a receiving signal upon receipt of the reflected ultrasound wave are arranged;

a scanning unit which is configured to carry out mechanical scanning of the probe in a second direction intersecting with
the first direction over a parallel plane with a receiving surface of each of the elements;

a first delay-and-sum unit which is configured to carry out a delay-and-sum in the first direction by using the receiving
signal, thereby generating a first delay-and-sum signal;

a memory unit which is configured to store the first delay-and-sum signal in each position in the second direction for each
sectional plane;

a second delay-and-sum unit which is configured to carry out a delay-and-sum in the second direction by using a predetermined
number of first delay-and-sum signals corresponding to M sectional planes (where M is a predetermined integer equal to two
or more) from among the first delay-and-sum signals stored in the memory unit, thereby generating a second delay-and-sum signal,
the second delay-and-sum signal output from the second delay-and-sum unit being used to acquire information in the object
as image data,

wherein the second delay-and-sum unit:
(a) is configured to perform the delay-and-sum in a first manner, in which a set of the M sectional planes is fixed and the
first delay-and-sum signals relating to the fixed M sectional planes are added while a delay pattern is varied, so as to generate
the second delay-and-sum signal, and

(b) is configured to perform the delay-and-sum in a second manner, in which the set of the M sectional planes is varied and
the first delay-and-sum signals relating to the M sectional planes are added while the delay pattern is fixed, so as to generate
the second delay-and-sum signal.

US Pat. No. 9,369,623

REMOTE-CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A remote-control apparatus which remotely controls an image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with the image capturing apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive video data and a parameter obtained at the time of shooting of video from the image
capturing apparatus via the communication unit;

a display unit configured to display the video data;
a designation unit configured to designate an area of the video displayed by the display unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire predetermined information from video data of the area designated by the designation
unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the predetermined information and the parameter to the image capturing apparatus
via the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,367,909

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR CLASSIFYING MATERIALS BASED ON A BIDIRECTIONAL REFLECTANCE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for classifying a sample by material type, the method comprising:
obtaining measurements of reflections from a sample in at least two spectral bands at respective illumination angles and respective
observation angles, wherein the measurements of reflections are obtained from one or more cameras, wherein the at least two
spectral bands include a first spectral band and a second spectral band, wherein one or more projectors illuminate the sample
in the first spectral band at a first illumination angle, wherein the one or more projectors illuminate the sample in the
second spectral band at a second illumination angle, and wherein the first illumination angle is different from the second
illumination angle;

identifying, with one or more computing devices, specular measurements in the at least two spectral bands; and
calculating, with the one or more computing devices, a feature value for the sample based on a ratio value of a specular measurement
in a first spectral band of the at least two spectral bands to a specular measurement in a second spectral band of the at
least two spectral bands.

US Pat. No. 9,361,674

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to each other,
wherein the at least one processor operates to:
acquire an input image;
identify a distance from a reference point in the input image to a processing target pixel in the input image;
perform deformation processing on an image based on the distance; and
perform sharpening processing on an image while changing a strength of the sharpening processing,
wherein the strength of the sharpening processing is changed based on a resizing ratio of the deformation processing of the
processing target pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,360,666

PLASTICS OPTICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A plastic optical component comprising:
a base member made of a first plastic;
a covering member disposed on a surface of the base member, the covering member made of a second plastic,
wherein a water absorption of the first plastic is lower than a water absorption of the second plastic, and a hardness of
the second plastic is higher than a hardness of the first plastic,

wherein the water absorption of the first plastic is in a range of 0.01% to 0.2% and
wherein the difference in water absorption between the first plastic and the second plastic is 0.3% or less,
wherein the second plastic is a resin containing poly(methyl methacrylate) or hard silicone resin,
wherein the base member is formed by covering a lens made of the first plastic with the first plastic;
wherein the base member has a first surface and a second surface, and the covering member includes a first covering portion
disposed on the first surface, a second covering portion disposed on the second surface, or the first covering portion and
the second covering portion; and

wherein the first covering portion or the second covering portion is made of a third plastic, and wherein the water absorption
of the first plastic is lower than the water absorption of the third plastic.

US Pat. No. 9,354,552

CARTRIDGE WITH FLEXIBLE CONTAINER FOR ACCOMMODATING DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, said cartridge comprising:
a frame;
a flexible container, provided with an opening at a side thereof and provided inside said frame, for accommodating developer;
and

a sealing member for sealing the opening,
wherein said flexible container includes a bottom point of a bottom portion being nearest to the opening,
wherein said bottom point is provided vertically above a lower end of the opening in a state in which said cartridge is mounted
in the main assembly, and

wherein a relative position of the opening with said frame is changed during operation.

US Pat. No. 9,357,122

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus formed in a semiconductor substrate comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion unit formed as a first conductivity type;
a second photoelectric conversion unit formed as a second conductivity type at a position deeper, in a depth direction of
the substrate, than the first photoelectric conversion unit;

a third photoelectric conversion unit formed as the first conductivity type at a position deeper, in a depth direction of
the substrate, than the second photoelectric conversion unit; and

a monitor unit configured to monitor a signal of the second photoelectric conversion unit, during charge accumulation periods
of the first and third photoelectric conversion units.

US Pat. No. 9,357,124

FOCUSING CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focusing control device comprising:
a scan control unit configured to perform a scan operation to sequentially acquire a focus evaluation value from an image
signal by moving a focusing lens;

a focus determination unit configured to determine whether an in-focus position of the focusing lens can be obtained based
on the focus evaluation value;

a prediction unit configured to predict an in-focus position for a current exposure operation based on an in-focus position
for a previous exposure operation, the prediction of an in-focus position being performed when a continuous main exposure
operation is performed for shooting an image; and

a prediction determination unit configured to determine whether prediction of the in-focus position is possible,
wherein, when the prediction determination unit determines prediction of in-focus position for the current exposure operation
is not possible, the scan control unit performs the scan operation to obtain an in-focus position based on an in-focus position
of the previous exposure operation at which obtaining of an in-focus position was determined to be possible by the focus determination
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,354,590

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a cassette provided drawably into/out of an apparatus body and storing a recording medium;
an image forming portion forming an image on the recording medium conveyed from the cassette;
a waste toner container recovering toner discharged out of the image forming portion, the waste toner container being provided
drawably into/out of the apparatus body along a pull-out direction of the cassette;

a cover member movable between a close position where an opening portion enabling the waste toner container to be drawable
into/pulled out of the apparatus body is closed and an open position where the opening portion is opened; and

a moving portion engaging with the cover member located at the open position and moving the cover member from the open position
to the close position along with an insertion of the cassette into the apparatus body.

US Pat. No. 9,348,235

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,348,543

NETWORK SYSTEM, DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MANAGING FIRMWARE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising a plurality of image forming apparatuses and a distribution system that manages firmware of
the plurality of image forming apparatuses,
wherein the plurality of image forming apparatuses comprises:
a requesting unit configured to request the distribution system for firmware;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire the firmware from the distribution system that responds to the request;
an applying unit configured to apply the acquired firmware; and
a notifying unit configured to notify the distribution system of a notice including version information for specific firmware
and flag information relating to a function that performs time designation that the applying unit applies,

wherein the distribution system comprises:
a managing unit configured to manage the version information for the specific firmware of each of the plurality of image forming
apparatuses based on version information and flag information included in a notice by the notifying unit of each of the plurality
of image forming apparatuses; and

a providing unit configured to provide a screen for performing a distribution setting of the firmware with any one of the
plurality of image forming apparatuses,

wherein the providing unit provides a first screen on which the time designation for applying the firmware is enabled, or
a second screen on which the time designation is disabled by switching the screens for each of the plurality of image forming
apparatuses based on the version information for the specific firmware managed by the managing unit, and

wherein at least one of the requesting unit, the acquiring unit, the applying unit, the notifying unit, the managing unit,
and the providing unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,349,881

DIODE ELEMENT AND DETECTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,344,685

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an object and generate image data; and
a processor for executing a program stored in a storage to implement the functions of a connection unit and a control unit;
the connection unit to be connected to an external apparatus by a connection procedure selected from a plurality of connection
procedures, the plurality of connection procedures including a first connection procedure in which an external apparatus is
connected in accordance with a predetermined operation on the communication apparatus and a second connection procedure in
which an external apparatus is connected in accordance with an operation whose operation amount is smaller than the predetermined
operation performed on the communication apparatus to do connection by the first connection procedure, wherein the connection
procedure is selected before connection between the communication apparatus and the external apparatus is established;

the control unit configured to select at least one of contents saved in a recording medium in one of a plurality of operation
modes and control to transmit the selected content to the external apparatus via the connection being established by the connection
unit, the plurality of operation modes including a first operation mode in which a content is selected based on an operation
on the communication apparatus and a second operation mode in which a content is selected based on an operation on an external
apparatus, wherein the operation mode is selected and executed after establishing the connection between the communication
apparatus and the external apparatus;

wherein the control unit operates in the second operation mode when the connection with the external apparatus is established
by the second connection procedure, and

wherein the contents recorded in the recording medium include the image data generated by said image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,341,967

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for producing toner particles comprising the steps of:
(1) providing an aqueous dispersion in which particles are dispersed in an aqueous medium, the particles containing
(i) a polymerizable monomer and a colorant, or
(ii) a mixed solution in which
a toner particle composition comprising a binder resin and a colorant, and an organic solvent, are contained, the toner particle
composition being dissolved or dispersed in the organic solvent,

(2) introducing the aqueous dispersion into a vessel, and
(3) obtaining the toner particles by
(i) polymerizing the polymerizable monomer in the particles, or
(ii) removing the organic solvent from the mixed solution in the particles,
(4) removing a content in the vessel after the step (3), wherein,
the method further comprises
a step of applying an inorganic dispersion stabilizer containing liquid (liquid A) and attaching the inorganic dispersion
stabilizer to a part of an inner wall of the vessel, prior to introducing the aqueous dispersion into the vessel in the step
(2), the part of the inner wall of the vessel including a portion where the aqueous dispersion which is to be introduced in
the step (2) is come into contact with, and

a step of removing the inorganic dispersion stabilizer attached to the part of the inner wall of the vessel by using an acidic
aqueous solution (liquid B) after the step (4).

US Pat. No. 9,341,975

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to be capable of executing a color mode for forming a color image and a monochrome
mode for forming a monochrome image, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a monochrome image forming unit configured to be used both in the monochrome mode and the color mode; and a plurality of color
image forming units configured to be used only in the color mode, wherein each of the monochrome image forming unit and color
image forming units includes (1) an image bearing member on which a latent image is able to be formed, (2) a charging device
configured to charge the image bearing member, (3) a developing device configured to develop the latent image into a developer
image, and (4) a transfer portion configured to transfer the developer image from the image bearing member to a transfer member;

an exposure device configured to expose the image bearing members charged by The charging devices to form the latent images
on the image bearing members; and

a control unit configured to, adjust an amount of exposure by which the image bearing member is exposed and the charging voltage
based on information about the image bearing member,

wherein in the plurality of color image forming units, transfer voltages are applied to the respective transfer portions from
a common transfer power supply and charging voltages are applied to the respective charging devices from different charging
power supplies,

wherein the control unit is configured to individually control the amount of exposure and the charging voltage with respect
to each color image forming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,341,983

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit comprising:
a flexible container provided with a plurality of openings for permitting discharge of developer; and
a sealing member for sealing said plurality of openings,
wherein openings of said plurality of openings are arranged adjacent to each other along a length direction of said flexible
container,

wherein said plurality of opening includes a first opening provided adjacent to an end of said flexible container and a second
opening provided at a central region along the length direction of said flexible container,

wherein an area of said first opening is larger than an area of said second opening, and
wherein, when said sealing member is unsealed, said flexible container is deformed to change shapes of said openings.

US Pat. No. 9,335,528

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 positive refractive power,
a second lens unit having negative refractive power, a third lens unit having positive refractive power, a fourth lens unit
having negative refractive power, and a fifth lens unit having positive refractive power, wherein at least the first lens
unit, the second lens unit, and the third lens unit move during zooming so that the first lens unit is located closer to an
object side, the second lens unit is located closer to an image side, and the third lens unit is located closer to the object
side at a telephoto end than a wide-angle end,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.05
5.0
?5.00
where Tdw is an overall lens length at the wide-angle end, M1 is the amount of movement of the first lens unit during zooming
from the wide-angle end toward the telephoto end, M2 is the amount of movement of the second lens unit during zooming from
the wide-angle end toward the telephoto end, f1 is the focal length of the first lens unit, fw is the focal length of the
entire lens at the wide-angle end, and ft is the focal length of the entire lens at the telephoto end; and the sign of the
amounts of movement of the lens units is positive when the lens units are moved to be located closer to the object side at
the telephoto end than the wide-angle end, and is negative when the lens units are moved to be located closer to the image
side at the telephoto end than the image side.

US Pat. No. 9,333,744

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,896

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH AN ITEM IS SELECTED FROM AMONG A PLURALITY OF ITEMS ON A TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program; and
at least one CPU configured to perform a predetermined process by executing the program stored in the memory,
wherein the at least one CPU causes a display screen having a touch panel to display a first display item, a second display
item and a third display item, as candidates to be selected as targets of a predetermined common processing, such that the
second display item is arranged between the first display item and the third display item on the display screen, and

in a case where the first display item is still being selected in the display screen by a previous touch operation to a first
touch area corresponding to the first display item, but not currently touched by a user, if a third touch area corresponding
to the third display item in the touch panel is touched by the user, the at least one CPU selects the second display item
as a target of the predetermined common processing even if a second touch area corresponding to the second display item is
not touched by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,336,163

PRECHARGE CONTROL FOR MEMORY BANK COMMANDS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A memory control apparatus for issuing a command to control a memory including a plurality of banks, comprising:
a command control unit configured to, based on a transfer request which is input, issue a command for a bank corresponding
to the transfer request,

said command control unit comprising:
at least one processor functioning as:
a transfer request storage unit configured to store the transfer request for each bank;
a transfer request comparison unit configured to compare a column address of a transfer request stored at a first location
of said transfer request storage unit with column addresses of a plurality of subsequent transfer requests;

a command determination unit configured to determine based on a comparison result of said transfer request comparison unit
whether to issue a command with precharge or a command without precharge for the transfer request stored at the first location
of said transfer request storage unit, wherein, when the column addresses of the plurality of subsequent transfer requests
are different from the column address of the transfer request stored at the first location of said transfer request storage
unit, said command determination unit determines to issue a command without precharge in a case where the transfer request
stored at the first location of said transfer request storage unit is a transfer for which burst termination is possible,
and said command determination unit determines to issue a command with precharge in a case where the transfer request stored
at the first location of said transfer request storage unit is a transfer for which burst termination is prohibited; and

a command issuance unit configured to issue the command determined by said command determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,338,481

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,203

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,317,228

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

wherein the delay data is empty data.

US Pat. No. 9,319,551

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS IN WHICH INITIALIZATION OPERATION IS PERFORMED BASED ON STORED DEGENERACY INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a control unit configured to control operation of the image forming unit; and
a storage unit configured to store degeneracy information indicating that a function of the image forming unit is restricted
due to degeneracy control being performed,

wherein the control unit:
(A) stores the degeneracy information into the storage unit based on an error of the image forming unit,
(B) accesses the storage unit according to activating from a power saving state in which an electronic power supply to the
control unit is stopped,

(C) does not execute an initialization operation of the image forming unit in a case where the storage unit stores the degeneracy
information, and

(D) does execute the initialization operation of the image forming unit in a case where the storage unit does not store the
degeneracy information.

US Pat. No. 9,319,607

SOLID-STATE IMAGING SENSOR, RANGING DEVICE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging sensor provided with a plurality of pixels which convert an object image formed by an imaging optical
system into an electrical signal,
at least a portion of the plurality of pixels being ranging pixels in which a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second
photoelectric conversion unit are provided in alignment in a first direction, and

when a region of the solid-state imaging sensor is divided into a first region and a second region by a straight line perpendicular
to the first direction and passing through the center of the solid-state imaging sensor;

then in more than half of the ranging pixels in a region of the first region that is distanced by no less than a predetermined
distance from the straight line, a surface area in an imaging plane of the first photoelectric conversion unit is greater
than a surface area in an imaging plane of the second photoelectric conversion unit; and

in more than half of the ranging pixels in a region of the second region that is distanced by no less than a predetermined
distance from the straight line, the surface area in the imaging plane of the second photoelectric conversion unit is greater
than the surface area in the imaging plane of the first photoelectric conversion unit.

US Pat. No. 9,319,438

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL THAT PERFORMS NETWORK PACKET COMMUNICATION USING SIP SERVERS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication terminal that carries out network communication using a SIP server, comprising:
a reception unit that receives, via a network, a SIP server address of the SIP server;
a transmission unit that transmits a SIP method for inquiring about a type of a supported SIP method which the SIP server
supports using the SIP server address received by said reception unit;

a determination unit that determines a type of the SIP server based on the type of the supported SIP method indicated in response
data to the SIP method transmitted by the transmission unit, the type of the SIP server including at least one of a SIP registration
server, a SIP proxy server, a SIP redirect server, and a SIP location server; and

a storing control unit that stores, into a memory of the communication terminal, the type of the SIP server determined by
said determination unit in association with the SIP server address received by said reception unit,

wherein the determination unit determines the SIP registration server as the type of SIP server in a case where a Register
method is indicted in the response data,

wherein the determination unit determines the SIP proxy server as the type of SIP server in a case where a Refer method is
indicated in the response data, and

wherein the determination unit determines the SIP redirect server as the type of SIP server in a case where neither the Register
method nor the Refer method is indicated in the response data.

US Pat. No. 9,316,931

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND CONDENSED POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a polymerized product of a composition
comprising:

a hole transporting compound having a first reactive functional group; and
a compound having a second reactive functional group reactable with the first reactive functional group,
wherein
the hole transporting compound is selected from the group consisting of a compound represented by the following formula (I-8),
a compound represented by the following formula (I-9), a compound represented by the following formula (I-10), and a compound
represented by the following formula (I-11):


and wherein
the compound having the second reactive functional group is a guanamine compound.
US Pat. No. 9,309,349

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin, wherein
the binder resin comprises a block polymer as a main component, the block polymer being obtained by chemically bonding a crystalline
polyester resin with an amorphous polyurethane resin, wherein;

the binder resin
comprises from 50.0 mass % to 85.0 mass % of a crystalline polyester resin component, and
has a concentration of ester bonds derived from the crystalline polyester resin component of not more than 5.2 mmol/g, and
wherein;

in a three-point bending test on a toner specimen obtained by melting the toner and molding the same to a length (1) of 30.0
mm, a width (w) of 13.0 mm and a thickness (t) of 4.0 mm, the test being carried out at a span (L) between specimen support
points of 15.0 mm, when the maximum bending stress of the toner specimen determined by formula (1) below from the maximum
load FMAX (N) measured at a temperature of 25° C. is ?MAX(MPa)

?MAX=(3×FMAX×L)/(2×w×t2)  (1)
and when the maximum value of the flexural elasticity modulus E of the toner specimen determined by formula (2) below from
the slope ?F/?s of a load/deflection curve is EMAX(MPa)
E=L3/(4×w×t3)×(?F/?s)  (2),
EMAX is from 200 MPa to 450 MPa, and
the strain energy u per unit volume calculated by formula (3) below from ?MAX and EMAX is at least 0.30 MPa

u=?MAX2/(2×EMAX)  (3)
(where ?F(N) representing a change in load between any two points selected so that the change in deflection ?s becomes 0.2
mm).

US Pat. No. 9,310,688

PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,310,752

UNIT MOVING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A unit moving device that is provided between a main body of an apparatus and a unit, the unit being provided so as to
be insertable to the main body of the apparatus, the unit being moved by the unit moving device in the main body of the apparatus,
the unit moving device comprising:
an elastic member that generates a force for moving the unit;
a sliding member that is connected to the elastic member and is configured to accumulate an elastic force in the elastic member
in an operation in which the unit is inserted to a mounting position in the main body of the apparatus; and

a force receiving portion that is in contact with the sliding member and is configured to receive the force for moving the
unit from the sliding member,

wherein, part of the elastic force accumulated in the elastic member in the operation in which the unit is inserted to the
mounting position in the main body of the apparatus is used for moving the unit to the mounting position, and remaining part
of the elastic force accumulated in the elastic member in the operation in which the unit is inserted to the mounting position
in the main body of the apparatus is used for moving the unit having moved to the mounting position in a direction in which
the unit is pushed out of the main body of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,313,363

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,313,364

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reconfigurable circuit that includes a first portion and a second portion, in which a circuit configuration is partially
performable;

a storage unit that stores first circuit configuration information used for configuring, in the first portion, a first circuit
which serves a predetermined function, and second circuit configuration information used for configuring, in the second portion,
a second circuit which serves the predetermined function;

a specification unit that specifies a portion of the reconfigurable circuit, in which a circuit which serves the predetermined
function is to be configured; and

a configuring unit that performs, if the first portion is specified by the specification unit, a circuit configuration on
the first portion using the stored first circuit configuration information, and performs, if the second portion is specified
by the specification unit, a circuit configuration on the second portion using the stored second circuit configuration information.

US Pat. No. 9,302,865

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked;
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed the sheet in a sheet feeding direction stacked on the sheet stacking portion; and
a slope portion arranged downstream of the sheet stacking portion in a feeding direction of the sheet, the sheet fed by the
sheet feeding unit being bent when contacting the slope portion,

the slope portion comprises a first contact portion to which the sheet fed by the sheet feeding unit contacts and a second
contact portion arranged downstream of the first contact portion in the feeding direction of the sheet and to which the sheet
fed by the sheet feeding unit contacts, and

an operation member movable between a first position and a second position, configured to be directly operated by user and
which is directly fixed to the first contact portion,

wherein in a case where user positions the operation member at the first position, a leading edge of the sheet fed by the
feeding unit contacts the first contact portion and does not contact the second contact portion, and in a case where user
positions the operation member at the second position, a leading edge of the sheet fed by the feeding unit contacts the second
contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,304,416

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R19 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group;

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,304,462

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,307,150

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR DISPLAY ANGLE DETERMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. An image processing method comprising the steps of:
acquiring image data captured by an image capturing device, the image capturing device capturing a plurality of images corresponding
to different viewpoints;

acquiring rotation information representing rotation instructions of the plurality of images input by a user, the instructions
including a degree of rotation of the plurality of images of the captured image data, or a degree of inclination of the image
capturing device in capturing the plurality of images; and

displaying the plurality of images of the captured image data in a side-by-side arrangement, wherein in a case where a degree
of rotation of the plurality of images in displaying the plurality of images or a degree of inclination of the image capturing
device in capturing the plurality of images is changed, both an orientation and an arrangement of the plurality of images
are changed in conjunction therewith in the displaying in the display unit,

wherein an arrangement of image capturing units agrees with the arrangement of captured images that are displayed.

US Pat. No. 9,299,134

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as units comprising:
(a) an image forming unit configured to form a tomographic image of an object based on an interference light generated by
a measuring light which has passed through the object and a reference light which has passed through a reference optical path;

(b) an image display unit configured to display the tomographic image on a display device;
(c) an area setting unit configured to set, based on a user's operation, first and second partial areas within the tomographic
image displayed on the display device;

(d) an image quality obtaining unit configured to obtain an image quality of an image of the second partial area as an image
quality of the tomographic image, based on first values in the first partial area and second values in the second partial
area, the first values in the first partial area being used as a reference value for calculating the image quality of the
image of the second partial area;

(e) a determination unit configured to determine whether a value indicating the image quality obtained by the image quality
obtaining unit satisfies a specific determination reference;

(f) an output unit configured to display, on the display device, a result of a determination of the determination unit; and
(g) a control unit configured to control at least one of an amount of the measuring light for the object, a spectral shape
of the measuring light, a polarization state of the measuring light, an incident position of the measuring light, and an optical
path of the reference light, in accordance with the result of the determination,

wherein the image forming unit forms a new tomographic image based on the controlling by the control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,296,574

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet storage portion including a sheet stacking portion which is capable of lifting and lowering and on which a plurality
of sheets are stacked;

a lift-up mechanism which lifts the sheet stacking portion;
a sheet feeding portion which is capable of lifting and lowering and is lowered to abut a top surface of sheets stacked on
the sheet stacking portion and feeds the sheet;

a detecting portion which outputs a detection signal according to a position of the sheet feeding portion while the sheet
feeding portion abuts the top surface of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion; and

a controller which determines if a sheet surface height of the top surface of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion
is positioned in a feed range capable of feeding an uppermost sheet of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion based
on the detection signal from the detecting portion and controls the lift-up mechanism so as to lift up the sheet stacking
portion based on a determination of the sheet surface height of the top surface of the sheets,

wherein the controller provides a mask interval in which the detection signal is not received from the detecting portion until
a lapse of a predetermined time from starting to lower the sheet feeding portion, and the determination of the sheet surface
height of the top surface of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion by the controller is performed after a lapse
of the mask interval from a start of a lowering of the sheet feeding portion for feeding the uppermost sheet, and

wherein, in a case that the controller has determined that the sheet surface height of the top surface of the sheets stacked
on the sheet stacking portion is at or lower than a lower-limit height that is preset in the feed range, the controller controls
the lift-up mechanism to lift the sheet stacking portion such that the sheet surface height of the top surface of the sheets
is lifted higher than the lower-limit height based on the determination that the controller has determined previously after
the sheet feeding portion finishes feeding the uppermost sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,298,124

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. An image processing method that supplies image data to an image forming apparatus including:
an image carrier,
an exposure unit that forms an electrostatic latent image on the image carrier by irradiating the image carrier with light
based on the image data, and

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

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

wherein the image forming condition for the specified pixel is corrected by dividing the specified pixel into a plurality
of sub pixels and thinning out at least one of the plurality of sub pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,298,142

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a fixing part including a first heat generating member and a second heat generating member which generate heat by power supplied
from a commercial power supply through a power supply path to heat-fix an image formed on a recording material to the recording
material;

a first relay having one of a make contact and a break contact and a second relay having a transfer contact, the first and
second relays configured to switch the first heat generating member and the second heat generating member in between a parallel
connection state and a serial connection state; and

a power supply voltage detection part for detecting a voltage of the commercial power supply,
wherein the serial connection state in which the first relay is in a power supply path cut-off state is set in a case where
the power supply voltage detection part detects a 200 V system, and the parallel connection state in which the first relay
is in a power supply path connecting state is set in a case where the power supply voltage detection part detects a 100 V
system,

wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a CPU into which a signal from the power supply voltage detection part is input, for outputting a relay driving signal to
drive the first, the second or the first and the second relays according to a detection voltage of the power supply voltage
detection part; and

a relay control part for driving the first and second relays, and into which a signal from the power supply voltage detection
part and the relay driving signal from the CPU are input, the relay control part having a latch portion that latches the first
relay,

wherein in a case where a voltage signal relating to a 200V system is input to the relay control part from the power supply
voltage detection part at least one time, the latch portion is latched to keep the first relay in the power supply path cut-off
state, and afterward the first relay is kept in the power supply path cut-off state by the latch portion even if the relay
driving signal to make the first relay be in the power supply path connecting state is output from the CPU to the relay control
part, or even if a voltage signal relating to a 100V system is output from the power supply voltage detection part to the
relay control part.

US Pat. No. 9,298,676

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,297,745

SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus which measures a shape of an object to be measured, comprising:
an emitting unit configured to emit pattern light;
an optical system configured to irradiate the object with the pattern light emitted from the emitting unit;
a deflection unit configured to deflect light emitted from the optical system;
an image sensing unit configured to sense, through the optical system and the deflection unit, an image of the object irradiated
with the pattern light; and

a processing unit configured to determine the shape of the object based on the image of the object sensed by the image sensing
unit,

wherein the deflection unit includes a deflection element,
wherein the measuring apparatus irradiates the object with light deflected by the deflection element, and a direction deflected
by the deflection element differs depending on a polarization state of incident light in the deflection element.

US Pat. No. 9,293,506

DETECTION APPARATUS, DETECTION SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a plurality of signal wires arranged on a substrate;
a plurality of pixels arranged on the substrate,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes a switch element arranged on the substrate and a conversion element arranged
on the switch element,

wherein the conversion element includes a first electrode arranged on the switch element and electrically connected to the
switch element and a semiconductor layer arranged over a plurality of the first electrodes, and

wherein a plurality of the switch elements is electrically connected to the plurality of signal wires; and
a constant potential wire arranged separately from the plurality of signal wires on the substrate and supplied with a constant
potential,

wherein the first electrode is electrically connected to the constant potential wire in a part of pixels among the plurality
of pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,294,835

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU;
a detection unit which is implemented by the CPU and is configured to detect, in a received audio signal, a noise-containing
period in which noise is mixed in;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a phoneme is the same or different between before and after the noise-containing
period; and

a noise reduction unit configured to generate an interpolated signal for the noise-containing period using audio signals in
backward and forward periods of the noise-containing period and to reduce the noise by replacing the audio signal of the noise-containing
period with the interpolated signal,

wherein the noise reduction unit:
generates a first predicted signal in the noise-containing period by copying the audio signal on a forward segment of the
noise-containing period;

generates a second predicted signal in the noise-containing period by copying the audio signal on a backward segment of the
noise-containing period;

generates the interpolated signal by crossfading the first predicted signal and the second predicted signal; and
controls a method for generating the interpolated signal by adjusting, in accordance with a result of the determination performed
by the determination unit, a length of time for which the first predicted signal and the second predicted signal overlap during
the crossfade.

US Pat. No. 9,293,886

LASER APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A laser apparatus comprising:
a laser medium;
a light source that radiates light to said laser medium, and excites said laser medium;
a reflecting unit having a first portion that reflects light within a first wavelength range from light generated by excitation
of said laser medium and a second portion that reflects light within a second wavelength range from light generated by excitation
of said laser medium; and

an output mirror arranged opposite said reflecting unit, with said laser medium being arranged therebetween, causing laser
oscillation by inducing resonance of the light within said first wavelength range between said first portion and said output
mirror and causing laser oscillation by inducing resonance of the light within said second wavelength range between said second
portion and said output mirror,

wherein said reflecting unit and said output mirror constitute a resonator,
wherein said reflecting unit moves in a linear direction so as to switch a first position in which the laser apparatus is
set in an oscillation state of the light within said first wavelength range by using said first portion, a second position
in which the laser apparatus is set in an oscillation state of the light within said second wavelength range by using said
second portion, and a third position in which the laser apparatus is set in a non-oscillation state, said linear direction
being a direction intersecting with an arrangement direction of said first portion, said laser medium and said output mirror
in a state in which said reflecting unit is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,294,678

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured, in response to an operation with respect to a first operation unit when an entire display
by which an entire image is displayed on a display unit is being performed, to control a display so as to switch the entire
display to an enlargement display by which a portion of the image is enlarged and displayed; and

a control unit configured, in response to an operation performed with respect to a second operation unit different from the
first operation unit when the enlargement display is being performed, to control a display area of the enlargement display
so as to change the display area to an area corresponding to an in-focus position of the image.

US Pat. No. 9,292,907

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,285,756

REGULATING DEVICE, IMAGE BEARING MEMBER CLEANING DEVICE, DEVELOPING DEVICE, CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image bearing member cleaning device, comprising:
a blade member for removing a developer from a surface of an image bearing member for bearing an image of the developer in
contact with the image bearing member;

a supporting member for supporting the blade member; and
a cleaning container for collecting the developer,
wherein the supporting member is fastened to a part of the cleaning container by a fastener, and a position of the supporting
member relative to a part of the cleaning container is adjustable with respect to a widthwise direction of said blade member,
when the supporting member is fastened to the cleaning container by the fastener, so as to fasten the blade member at a predetermined
position relative to the cleaning container, and

wherein the supporting member has a biting portion which is capable of biting into the part of the cleaning container when
the supporting member is fastened by the fastener,

wherein the part of the cleaning container is softer than the biting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,282,940

MOBILE X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
an X-ray generation unit;
a boom member configured to hold and arrange the X-ray generation unit at an arbitrary position;
a supporting column unit connected to the boom member and configured to elevate and pivot the X-ray generation unit;
a display unit, including a display screen, coupled to the X-ray generation unit through a movable mechanism configured to
turn the display screen upward or downward with respect to a horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,287,805

VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,288,343

PROCESSING APPARATUS, CHARGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus comprising:
an executing unit configured to execute a job received from a communication terminal;
a charging unit configured to perform a charging process for one or more execution units of the job by the executing unit;
a comparing unit configured to compare a charging time required for the charging process by the charging unit for one execution
unit, with a processing time for the one execution unit of the job executed by the executing unit; and

a determining unit configured to determine a number of execution units for the charging process which is performed at one
time by the charging unit, based on the comparison by the comparing unit,

wherein in a case where, as a result of the comparison by the comparing unit, the charging is longer than the processing time,
the determining unit determines a plurality of execution units as the number of execution units and the charging unit executes
the charging process corresponding to the plurality of execution units at one time.

US Pat. No. 9,288,412

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels which are arranged in a matrix form and each pixel outputs a pixel signal;
a plurality of comparators which are provided correspondingly to columns of the matrix, each comparator is configured to output
a comparison result signal having a signal value resulting from a comparison between a signal based on the pixel signal and
a signal having a potential that changes depending on time; and

a holding unit which holds a digital signal corresponding to the pixel signal having an Nth largest amplitude where N is an
integer of 1 or higher among the pixel signals of the plurality of pixels based on the comparison result signal that changes
the signal value at the Nth among the comparison result signals, and that is detected by comparing the comparison result signals
output by the plurality of comparators.

US Pat. No. 9,283,306

PHOTOACOUSTIC MATCHING MATERIAL AND HUMAN TISSUE SIMULATION MATERIAL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A phantom for a photoacoustic wave diagnostic apparatus, the phantom comprising:
a base material; and
an object to be detected,
wherein the base material and the object to be detected contain polyol, an inorganic oxide and a pigment which are dispersable
in the polyol, and an isocyanate compound,

wherein a dispersed amount of the inorganic oxide to the polyol is in a range of 0.10 to 0.25 percent by weight,
wherein a dispersed amount of the pigment to the polyol is in a range of 0.0001 to 0.0005 percent by weight, and
wherein the dispersed amount of the pigment to the polyol in the base material is different from the dispersed amount of the
pigment to the polyol in the object to be detected.

US Pat. No. 9,284,142

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a first roller;
a driving member that has a drive source for generating a driving force and which rotates the first roller by the driving
force of the drive source;

a first opposite roller that forms a first nip portion along with the first roller;
a second roller provided on a downstream side in a sheet feeding direction from the first roller;
a second opposite roller that forms a second nip portion along with the second roller; and
a load unit that applies a load torque to the first roller,
wherein at least one of the first nip portion and second nip portion is shorter than a maximum length of a sheet that can
be conveyed in a main body of the apparatus in a width direction perpendicular to the feeding direction, and

the load unit applies a tension in the sheet feeding direction to the sheet fed between the first and second nip portions
after the sheet fed by the first nip portion is nipped in the second nip portion.

US Pat. No. 9,285,712

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE FOR SUPPRESSING TONER LEAKAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device to be used in an image forming apparatus, the developing device comprising:
a frame member;
a developing roller configured to develop a latent image formed on an image bearing member using developer;
a developer supply roller configured to supply the developer to the developing roller;
an end sealing member configured to prevent a leakage of the developer through a gap between the frame member and an end of
the developing roller in a longitudinal direction thereof;

a bush member having elasticity, the bush member being configured to prevent a leakage of the developer from gap between the
frame member and an end of the developer supply roller in a longitudinal direction thereof;

a first groove configured to fix the bush member; and
an abutment portion configured to regulate movement of the bush member in the longitudinal direction,
wherein the frame member includes a second groove formed in a wall portion that includes the abutment portion so as to be
adjacent to the first groove in the longitudinal direction, and the second groove is configured to engage with the end of
the developer supply roller.

US Pat. No. 9,280,985

NOISE SUPPRESSION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A noise suppression apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of microphone signals acquired by a plurality of microphones;
an adaptive beamformer configured to automatically form a null of a beam pattern in a direction of a directional target sound
so as to obtain noise-extracted signals by extracting non-directional noise from the plurality of microphone signals;

a fixed beamformer configured to form a null of a beam pattern in a designated direction; and
a selection unit configured to select said adaptive beamformer or said fixed beamformer as a beamformer to be used for each
frequency,

wherein the designated direction is determined from a direction of the null automatically formed by said adaptive beamformer.

US Pat. No. 9,275,624

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an audio signal; and
an audio processing unit configured to reduce noise in the audio signal,
wherein the audio processing unit is further configured to generate a complement signal using at least one of an audio signal
in a first predetermined section before a first noise section including noise in the audio signal acquired by the acquisition
unit and an audio signal in a second predetermined section after the first noise section and complements an audio signal of
the first noise section with the complement signal such that noise in the audio signal acquired by the acquisition unit is
reduced, and

wherein the audio processing unit is further configured to generate the complement signal using the audio signal in the second
predetermined section if noise is included in the first predetermined section and noise is not included in the second predetermined
section, and

to generate the complement signal using the audio signal in the first predetermined section if noise is included in the second
predetermined section and noise is not included in the first predetermined section.

US Pat. No. 9,277,150

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM CAPABLE OF IMPROVING CALCULATION ACCURACY OF DEFOCUS AMOUNT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element that includes first pixels and second pixels, configured to perform a photoelectric conversion of
an object image via optical elements into an image signal; and

a memory storing instructions which, when executed by a processor, cause the image pickup apparatus to:
read a pair of image signals from the second pixels within a predetermined period, wherein the pair of image signals is used
in calculation of a defocus amount;

combine a plurality of signals which are based on the signal read out from the second pixels; and
determine a conversion coefficient that converts the combined plurality of signals into the defocus amount,
wherein the conversion coefficient changes according to a change of the optical elements, and
wherein combining the plurality of signals stops when the conversion coefficient is changed, and combining the plurality of
signals starts after the conversion coefficient is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,274,467

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a coil configured to generate magnetic flux;
a belt member configured to generate heat by the magnetic flux, wherein said coil is provided at a position where said coil
opposes an outer peripheral surface of said belt member;

a first core and a second core which are provided inside said belt member;
a contact member contacting an inner surface of said belt member along a widthwise direction of said belt member;
a pressing member configured to press said belt member against said contact member to form a nip in which a recording material
is nip-conveyed;

a core supporting member configured to support said first core and said second core;
a pressing mechanism configured to generate pressure for forming the nip by using a force generated between said core supporting
member and said contact member; and

adjusting means, provided on said core supporting member, for adjusting the height of each of said first core and said second
core so that the height of a supporting surface configured to support said first core and the height of a supporting surface
configured to support said second core are different from each other with respect to a direction perpendicular to the supporting
surfaces of the first core and the second core.

US Pat. No. 9,274,731

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PRINT JOB

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,276,021

ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING CURRENT SOURCES AND AMPLIFIERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a plurality of first output lines for current signals from a plurality of signal sources being output to the first output
lines; and

a plurality of current to voltage convertors, each of the current to voltage convertors being electrically connected to a
corresponding one of the first output lines,

wherein the current to voltage convertor includes a first amplification unit,
wherein an offset reduction unit in a subsequent stage of the current to voltage convertor is provided for each of the first
output lines,

wherein the first amplification unit includes an operational amplifier having a first input node and a second input node,
wherein a resistor is provided in an electrical path between the first input node and an output node of the operational amplifier
of the first amplification unit,

wherein the first input node is configured to be provided with the current signal from the signal source,
wherein the second input node is configured to be provided with a reference voltage, and
wherein the current to voltage convertor is configured to convert the current signal into a voltage between both nodes of
the resistor.

US Pat. No. 9,276,027

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type arranged in the semiconductor substrate;
a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type constituting a charge accumulation region of a pixel, and being
arranged in the first semiconductor region; and

a lens for condensing light to the second semiconductor region, wherein
the second semiconductor region includes a first portion and a second portion which are arranged in a first direction parallel
to a surface of the semiconductor substrate,

a potential barrier to a charge accumulated in the charge accumulation region is formed between the first portion and the
second portion,

an interval between the first portion and the second portion is within a range from 0.1 ?m to 1.0 ?m,
a size of the pixel along the first direction is within a range from 2.0 ?m to 7.0 ?m, and
a size of the first portion along a second direction parallel to a depth direction of the semiconductor substrate is larger
than a size of the first portion along the first direction, and a size of the second portion along the second direction is
larger than a size of the second portion along the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,277,197

RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising: an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data; a generation unit configured
to generate first moving image data and second moving image data having less number of pixels than that of the first moving
image data by using the moving image data obtained by the obtaining unit; an outputting unit configured to output the first
moving image data generated by the generation unit by using at least one of a plurality of output channels which conform with
a predetermined format; a setting unit configured to set a number of pieces of the first moving image data to be output by
the outputting unit, wherein the setting unit determines the number of pieces of the first moving image data to be output
by the outputting unit on the basis of a number of the output channels to be used for outputting a single piece of the first
moving image data, wherein the outputting unit has a first mode for outputting a first number of pieces of the first moving
image data and a second mode for outputting a second number of pieces of the first moving image data larger than the first
number; a recording unit configured to record the second moving image data generated by the generation unit into a recording
medium; and a control unit configured to control the outputting unit and the recording unit so as to record the second moving
image data into the recording medium in parallel with the outputting of the first moving image data by the outputting unit,
wherein the control unit determines a number of pieces of the second moving image data to be recorded by the recording unit
in accordance with the number of pieces of the first moving image data to be output by the outputting unit and controls the
recording unit to record the determined number of pieces of the second moving image data in parallel with outputting of the
first moving image data by the outputting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,277,072

ORIGINAL READING APPARATUS FOR READING IMAGE OF AN ORIGINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An original reading apparatus comprising:
an illumination unit configured to illuminate an original; and
a base member having a first portion and plural second portions;
a photoelectric conversion element configured to convert reflected light from the original illuminated by the illumination
unit into an electrical signal,

wherein the illumination unit includes:
a plurality of light-emitting elements; and
a light guide having a first boss portion and plural second boss portions, configured to guide light emitted from the plurality
of light-emitting elements toward the original;

wherein the first boss portion is engaged to the first portion, and the first boss portion arranged in a central area of the
light guide in a longitudinal direction is supported by the first portion in both the longitudinal direction and a lateral
direction of the light guide; and

wherein the second boss portions are engaged to the second portions, and the second boss portions arranged on end areas of
the light guide in the longitudinal direction are free in the longitudinal direction of the light guide and are supported
by the second portions in the lateral direction of the light guide.

US Pat. No. 9,272,509

PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead configured to discharge ink and the printhead including a heater board on which heaters corresponding to nozzles
for discharging ink and a driving circuit for driving each of the heaters are disposed;

a receiving unit configured to receive image data;
a generating unit configured to generate discharge image data for printing an image and control data for controlling the heaters,
based on the received image data;

a transfer unit configured to transfer an image signal including the generated discharge image data and the generated control
data to the printhead, the printhead comprising a discharge control unit configured to control discharge of ink from the nozzles
of the printhead, by turning ON heaters based on discharge image data and control data obtained from the image signal transferred
by the transfer unit;

a transfer timing control circuit configured to generate a transfer timing signal indicating a transfer timing of the image
signal by the transfer unit;

a heater board power supply circuit configured to supply power to the heater board; and
a power supply control unit configured to control power supply of the heater board power supply circuit to the heater board
by controlling whether or not supplying a voltage to the heater board so as to activate the heater board, based on whether
the transferred image signal satisfies a predetermined condition, wherein

a plurality of periods which are divided by the transfer timing signal include a first period, a second period subsequent
to the first period, and a third period subsequent to the second period,

in the first period, the transfer unit transfers the image signal,
in the second period, the discharge control unit obtains discharge image data and control data from the image signal transferred
by the transfer unit in the first period,

in the third period, the power supply control unit controls the power supply of the heater board power supply circuit to the
heater board based on whether the transferred image signal satisfies the predetermined condition, and

after the third period, the discharge control unit controls discharge of ink from the nozzles, based on discharge image data
and control data obtained from the transferred image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,272,522

PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK AMOUNT DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,726

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus able to communicate with first and second external apparatuses, comprising:
a connection unit configured to communicate with an external portable memory;
a judgment unit configured to determine whether the first external apparatus mounts the external portable memory in a case
where the information processing apparatus which is in communication with the first external apparatus receives a processing
request from the second external apparatus;

a request unit configured to transmit an unmount request for unmounting the external portable memory to the first external
apparatus in a case where said judgment unit determines that the first external apparatus mounts the external portable memory;

a receiving unit configured to receive an unmount instruction which is transmitted from the first external apparatus according
to the unmount request transmitted by the request unit;

a processing unit configured to execute an unmount process for unmounting the external portable memory according to the unmount
instruction received by the receiving unit; and

a communication control unit configured to disconnect communication with the first external apparatus and start communication
with the second external apparatus after the processing unit executes the unmount process.

US Pat. No. 9,268,239

EXPOSURE METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of determining a light intensity distribution to be formed on a pupil plane of an illumination optical system
that illuminates a mask of an exposure apparatus including the illumination optical system, and a projection optical system
that projects a pattern of the mask onto a substrate, and setting the determined light intensity distribution to the illumination
optical system of the exposure apparatus, the method comprising:
a pattern setting step of setting a pattern of a mask to be placed on an object plane of the projection optical system;
an evaluation area setting step of setting an evaluation area used to evaluate an optical image of the pattern of the mask
set in the pattern setting step, which is formed on the image plane of the projection optical system;

a generating step of generating a plurality of element light sources formed on the pupil plane of the illumination optical
system;

an aberration state setting step of setting a plurality of different aberration states that are expected to exist in the projection
optical system;

a calculating step of calculating, for each of all combinations of the plurality of aberration states and the plurality of
element light sources, the optical image of the pattern of the mask, which is formed in the evaluation area set in the evaluation
area setting step when one aberration state selected from the plurality of aberration states set in the aberration state setting
step is produced in the projection optical system, and the pattern of the mask is illuminated with one element light source
selected from the plurality of element light sources generated in the generating step; and

a determining step of determining, based on the optical images calculated in the calculating step, a weight to be applied
to each of the plurality of element light sources so that an edge position, in the evaluation area, of each of the optical
images of the pattern of the mask comes close to a target edge position, and determining, as the light intensity distribution
to be formed on the pupil plane of the illumination optical system, a light source obtained by combining the plurality of
element light sources applied with the weights,

wherein the pattern setting step, the evaluation area setting step, the generating step, the aberration state setting step,
the calculating step, and the determination step are performed by a computer.

US Pat. No. 9,268,254

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a developing unit for accommodating a developer;
a rotatable member, rotatable in said developing unit, for stirring the developer;
a pressure-detecting portion for detecting a pressure applied by said rotatable member and for outputting a voltage signal
corresponding to the pressure,

wherein said pressure-detecting portion is provided on a wall surface perpendicular to the rotational axis direction of said
rotatable member in said developing unit; and

a discriminating portion for discriminating an amount of the developer in said developing unit on the basis of a change in
the voltage signal outputted from said pressure-detecting portion,

wherein when the amount of the developer discriminated by said discriminating portion is not more than a predetermined amount,
sensitivity of said pressure-detecting portion is switched.

US Pat. No. 9,269,031

METHOD OF DETECTING REGIONS IN AN EDGE-BASED REPRESENTATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for graphics processing, the method comprising:
receiving an intermediate graphical representation associated with a document, the intermediate graphical representation comprising
a plurality of non-intersecting edges;

determining a plurality of vertices using the intermediate graphical representation, the plurality of vertices comprising
endpoints of the edges and at least one split point, the split point being determined by splitting a first edge into two or
more portions using an endpoint of at least one second edge, wherein the first edge and the second edge are from the plurality
of non-intersecting edges;

associating vertices from the plurality of vertices with at least one edge from the intermediate graphical representation
using endpoints of said one edge, wherein the associating comprises selecting, from the determined plurality of vertices,
a plurality of neighbouring vertices to said one edge to define a region with the endpoints of said one edge; and

processing the region using at least the endpoints of said one edge and the associated neighbouring vertices, thereby converting
an edge-based representation into an intermediate non-overlapping object-based representation.

US Pat. No. 9,268,282

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a process member configured to act on the image bearing member;
a voltage application unit configured to selectively output a voltage having positive polarity and a voltage having negative
polarity to the process member;

a current detection unit configured to detect an electric current that flows to the image bearing member; and
a control unit configured to determine a first voltage to start discharge between the image bearing member and the process
member from the detection result acquired by the current detection unit when the voltage having the positive polarity is applied
to the process member, to determine a second voltage to start discharge between the image bearing member and the process member
from the detection result acquired by the current detection unit when the voltage having the negative polarity is applied
to the process member, and to calculate the surface potential based on the determined first voltage and the determined second
voltage,

wherein the control unit determines whether a surface of the image bearing member has an abnormality based on the calculated
surface potential.

US Pat. No. 9,268,289

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first photosensitive member and a second photosensitive member configured to form images having different colors;
a transfer belt on which the images formed on the first photosensitive member and the second photosensitive member are transferred;
a first DC motor configured to rotate the first photosensitive member and the transfer belt;
a second DC motor configured to rotate the second photosensitive member;
a first detector configured to detect a first rotation phase of the first photosensitive member;
a second detector configured to detect a second rotation phase of the second photosensitive member; and
a control unit configured to control the rotation speeds of the first DC motor and the second DC motor,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform a startup process to increase a rotation speed of the first and second DC
motor in stop states up to a predetermined rotation speed before the image forming apparatus forms an output image, such that
when the rotation speeds of the first DC motor and the second DC motor have reached the predetermined speed, the detected
second rotation phase lags behind the detected first rotation phase, and

wherein, after the rotation speeds of the first DC motor and the second DC motor have reached the predetermined speed,
the control unit increases the rotation speed of the second motor while maintaining the rotation speed of the first DC motor
at the predetermined speed, and according to a condition that a phase difference between the detected second rotation phase
and the first rotation phase became smaller than a predetermined value, rotation speed of the second DC motor is decreased
to the predetermined rotation speed while maintaining the rotation speed of the first DC motor at the predetermined speed,

wherein diameter of the first photosensitive member and diameter of the second photosensitive member are identical,
wherein gear ratio of the first photosensitive member to the first DC motor and gear ratio of the second photosensitive member
to the second DC motor are identical, and

wherein a predetermined speed set to the first DC motor and a predetermined speed set to the second DC motor are identical.

US Pat. No. 9,270,864

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,120

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 which does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power which moves during zooming; and
an N-th lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming and is arranged closest to the image
side,

wherein the N-th lens unit comprises, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first sub-lens unit; and
a second sub-lens unit configured to be able to move in an optical axis direction, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?2.70
0 where ?nw represents a lateral magnification at a wide angle end of the N-th lens unit and ?n2 represents a lateral magnification
at a wide angle end of the second sub-lens unit when an axial ray enters from infinity in a state in which focus is at the
infinity.

US Pat. No. 9,268,392

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus to which an external device is attachable, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an initialization unit configured to, in a case where the information processing apparatus is activated from a power-off state,
execute initialization of the external device attached to the information processing apparatus;

a detection unit configured to detect an operation to turn off a power switch,
a storing unit configured to store settings of a pre-set power state to which the information processing apparatus is to be
shifted in a case where the operation to turn off the power switch is detected;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information on the external device attached to the information processing apparatus
before the information processing apparatus is shifted to the power-saving state;

a storage unit configured to store the information acquired by the first acquisition unit;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information on the external device attached to the information processing
apparatus after the information processing apparatus is returned from the power-saving state; and

a control unit configured to shift, in response to the detection of the operation to turn off the power switch, the power
state of the information processing apparatus from a standby state to the pre-set power state, in a case where the information
stored in the storage unit is consistent with the information acquired by the second acquisition unit, and to shift, in response
to the detection of the operation to turn off the power switch, the power state of the information processing apparatus from
the standby state to the power-off state, in a case where the information stored in the storage unit is inconsistent with
the information acquired by the second acquisition unit, even if the power-saving state is set as the pre-set power state
to which the information processing apparatus is to be shifted.

US Pat. No. 9,261,776

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for performing an imprint process in which an imprint material on a substrate is molded with a mold
to form a pattern on the substrate, the imprint apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to:
control the imprint process to form a predetermined layer on the substrate with a target layer, which is formed on the substrate,
used as an alignment reference;

obtain information of a difference between a shape of a shot region in the target layer, and a shape of a shot region in an
upper layer formed above the target layer; and

select a mold from a plurality of molds prepared for the predetermined layer, based on the difference and a shape of a mold
used for forming the upper layer, so that an overlay error between the target layer and the predetermined layer falls within
a tolerance.

US Pat. No. 9,262,105

PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR TRANSMITTING SETTING INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold setting information for expanding a print setting function;
a receiving unit configured to receive identification information from an information processing apparatus, wherein the identification
information is information by which the printing apparatus is enabled to identify whether to transmit setting information,
and setting information to be transmitted;

a determination unit configured to determine whether to transmit the setting information based on the identification information;
and

a transmitting unit configured, if the determination unit determines to transmit the setting information, to decide the setting
information to be transmitted from the setting information held by the holding unit based on the identification information,
and to transmit the decided setting information to the information processing apparatus,

wherein in the information processing apparatus, the print setting function is expanded by using the setting information received
from the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,261,854

FRAME OF APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A frame of an apparatus comprising:
a first skeleton frame;
a second skeleton frame arranged to face the first skeleton frame;
a third skeleton frame configured to couple the first skeleton frame and the second skeleton frame on one end side;
a fourth skeleton frame configured to couple the first skeleton frame and the second skeleton frame on the other end side;
a first foot portion provided on the third skeleton frame at a position closer to the second skeleton frame side than a center
portion of the third skeleton frame;

a second foot portion provided on the fourth skeleton frame;
a third foot portion provided on the fourth skeleton frame at a position having a distance equal to or greater than a half
length of the fourth skeleton frame from the second foot portion and configured to perform substantially three point supporting
on the frame together with the first and second foot portions; and

a coupling stay configured to couple the third skeleton frame and at least one of the first and second skeleton frames, the
coupling stay including:

a first end portion fixed to the third skeleton frame at a position closer to one skeleton frame of the first and second skeleton
frames than the center of the third skeleton frame; and

a second end portion fixed to the other skeleton frame of the first and second skeleton frames at a position closer to the
fourth skeleton frame side than the third skeleton frame.

US Pat. No. 9,260,611

SYNTHESIS METHOD FOR SELF-DISPERSIBLE PIGMENT, SELF-DISPERSIBLE PIGMENT, INK JET INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A synthesis method for a self-dispersible pigment, the method comprising performing ring-opening addition of a lactone
ring of a lactone-based compound to an acidic group that is bonded to a surface of a pigment particle directly or via another
atomic group, to bond a functional group, including an ester group, to the surface of the pigment particle.

US Pat. No. 9,259,956

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original document and generate image data;
a printing unit configured to perform a printing process on a sheet based on the image data generated by the reading unit;
a binding unit configured to perform a case binding process which is for performing gluing of a spine of a sheet bundle on
which the printing process has been performed and casing with a cover sheet the sheet bundle on which the gluing has been
performed;

a displaying unit configured to display a setting screen for a user to set a printing setting;
a calculating unit configured to calculate, before the printing unit starts the printing process, a number of sheets to be
used as body sheets of the case binding process, based on a number of the original documents read by the reading unit and
the printing setting set on the setting screen; and

a controlling unit configured to permit the printing unit to start the printing process in a case where the number of the
sheets calculated by the calculating unit is greater than or equal to a first number which is a lower limit number of sheets
which enables the case binding process for casing with the cover sheet the sheet bundle on which the gluing has been performed
and is less than or equal to a second number which is an upper limit number of sheets appropriate for the case binding process,
and to inhibit the printing unit from starting the printing process in a case where the number of the sheets calculated by
the calculating unit is less than the first number or is greater than the second number, wherein the lower limit number of
sheets provides enough glued area for casing with the cover sheet the sheet bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,256,581

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,152

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD HAVING VIEWING-DENSITY PRIORITY AND COLOR MATERIAL SAVING MODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire transmission information indicating transmittance of light of a printing medium
used in image formation;

a first setting unit configured to set a reduction ratio indicating maximum percentages of mounted amount of color materials
with respect to a maximum amount of mounted color materials used in the image formation based on the transmission information;

a second setting unit configured to set a fixing index indicating a fixing state of the color materials with respect to the
printing medium based on the transmission information; and

a third setting unit configured to allow a user to set a printing condition,
wherein the first setting unit and the second setting unit make the settings based on the transmission information and the
printing condition, and

wherein the printing condition comprises a viewing-density priority mode and a color material saving mode as printing modes,
the reduction ratio in the color material saving mode is set to be less than the reduction ratio in the viewing-density priority
mode, and the fixing index in the color material saving mode is set to be greater than the fixing index in the viewing-density
priority mode.

US Pat. No. 9,256,153

CHARGING MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising:
an electro-conductive substrate; and
a surface layer, wherein:
the surface layer comprises
a binder resin, and
a resin particle that roughens the surface layer;
a surface of the charging member has a plurality of protrusions each derived from the resin particle;
the resin particle
has a pore inside thereof,
has a porosity Vt of 1.5% by volume or more and 45.0% by volume or less as a whole, and
has a first region and a second region,
wherein:
assuming that the resin particle is a solid particle having no pores, each of the first region and the second region corresponds
to a region occupying ½ of a total volume of the solid particle,

the first region being located in the resin particle nearest to the electro-conductive substrate, and having a porosity V1 of 2.0% by volume or more and 90.0% by volume or less,

the second region being located in the resin particle farthest away from the electro-conductive substrate, and having a porosity
V2 of 0.0% by volume or more and 20.0% by volume or less, and

wherein:
the porosity V1 is larger than the porosity V2.

US Pat. No. 9,257,459

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH PIXELS THAT INCLUDE AN AMPLIFIER AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a photoelectric conversion element and an amplifying unit
configured to amplify a signal generated by the photoelectric conversion element; and

a clipping circuit configured to be capable of clipping a voltage of an input node of the amplifying unit, the clipping circuit
including a clipping transistor whose source or drain is electrically connected to the input node of the amplifying unit,

wherein the clipping circuit is capable of switching between a first operation and a second operation, the first operation
being configured to supply a first voltage to a gate of the clipping transistor in a time period in which an optical signal
in the pixel is read out, the second operation being configured to supply a second voltage that is higher than the first voltage
to the gate of the clipping transistor in the time period in which an optical signal in the pixel is read out.

US Pat. No. 9,256,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion, including an image bearing member, configured to form an image on an image bearing member;
a transferring portion configured to transfer the image to a sheet;
an image heating portion, disposed above the transferring portion, configured to heat the image formed on the sheet;
a discharging portion, disposed above the heating portion, configured to discharge the sheet heated by the heating portion;
a sheet containing portion, disposed below the transferring portion, configured to contain the sheet;
a plurality of first conveyance guide ribs, disposed between the transferring portion and the sheet containing portion, configured
to guide the sheet conveyed upward from the sheet containing portion toward the transferring portion;

a plurality of second conveyance guide ribs, disposed between the transferring portion and the image heating portion, configured
to guide the sheet conveyed upward from the sheet containing portion toward the transferring portion;

an intake port, disposed below the sheet containing portion, configured to intake outside air into the image forming apparatus;
and

a fan, disposed above the image heating portion and configured to exhaust the air guided by the first conveyance guide ribs
and the second conveyance guide ribs flowing from the intake port, out of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,258,540

IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a first processing circuit including a first CPU and a first communication unit, the first processing circuit acquiring moving
image data from the imaging unit and recording the acquired moving image data in a recording medium; and

a second processing circuit including a second CPU and a second communication unit, the second processing circuit acquiring,
from the imaging unit, moving image data of a frame that is different from a frame acquired by the first processing circuit,
and recording the acquired moving image data in the recording medium,

wherein the first CPU communicates with the second processing circuit using the first communication unit, and the second CPU
communicates with the first processing circuit using the second communication unit,

wherein the second CPU determines a recording position in the recording medium at which the first processing circuit is to
record moving image data, and causes the second communication unit to transmit information of the recording position to the
first processing circuit, and

wherein the first processing circuit records moving image data in the recording medium in accordance with the information
of the recording position transmitted from the second processing circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,247,923

RECEIVED DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS OF PHOTOACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A received data processing apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of conversion units that each perform digitization to digitize signals output from a plurality of acoustic wave
detectors that receive acoustic waves generated in a specimen by absorption of light;

a plurality of first storage units each of which stores digital signals output from a respective one of said plurality of
conversion units, only one of said first storage units receiving and storing digital signals from a given one of said conversion
units;

a data composition unit that reads digital signals derived from the acoustic waves that originated from a target position
in the specimen from said plurality of first storage units, reading from each of said first storage units the digital signal
stored therein from said respective one of said conversion units, and adds digital signals read from said plurality of first
storage units to compose data of the target position, and

an image construction unit that constructs an image based on the composed data of the target position,
wherein each of said plurality of first storage units stores at least the digital signals derived from acoustic waves generated
by a single pulse of light, and

wherein said data composition unit composes photoacoustic tomography data of a plurality of target positions distributed in
a three-dimensional region of the specimen by repetitively, for each pixel or voxel, reading digital signals for the single
pulse of light stored in each of said plurality of first storage units, based on travel times that are required for acoustic
waves from each of the plurality of target positions to reach the detectors.

US Pat. No. 9,253,403

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake amount of an image pickup apparatus;
an image stabilization unit configured to correct an image blur using an output signal outputted from said shake detection
unit;

a selection unit configured to select one image stabilization mode from among at least three image stabilization modes including
a first image stabilization mode, a second image stabilization mode, and a third image stabilization mode; and

a control unit configured to control said image stabilization unit according to the image stabilization mode selected by said
selection unit,

wherein an image stabilization effect of the second image stabilization mode is larger than an image stabilization effect
of the first image stabilization mode, and the image stabilization effect of the first image stabilization mode is larger
than an image stabilization effect of the third image stabilization mode,

wherein a first determination mode that determines whether a state, where the shake amount is not higher than a first threshold,
is maintained beyond first determination time is provided,

wherein a second determination mode that determines whether a state, where the shake amount is not higher than a second threshold
that is smaller than the first threshold, is maintained beyond second determination time that is shorter than the first determination
time is provided,

wherein said selection unit transfers the first image stabilization mode to the second image stabilization mode when the determination
by the first determination mode is maintained beyond the first determination time,

wherein said selection unit transfers the first image stabilization mode to the third image stabilization mode when the determination
by the second determination mode is maintained beyond the second determination time, and

wherein said selection unit does not transfer the first image stabilization mode to the second image stabilization mode while
the determination by the second determination mode is maintained beyond third determination time that is shorter than the
second determination time even when the determination by the first determination mode is maintained beyond the first determination
time.

US Pat. No. 9,253,427

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REALIZING IMAGE PICKUP WITH WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE AND AT HIGH FRAME RATE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus, mounted on a camera, that has a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels is arranged
in a two-dimensional matrix and obtains image data based on pixel signals output from the pixels according to amounts of light
incident on the pixels, the solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
the pixel unit having first pixels and second pixels, the first pixels and the second pixels being alternately arranged in
a row direction;

a first signal processing unit configured to, when reading out the pixel signals from the pixel unit, read out the pixel signals
from the first pixels as first pixel signals and perform analog-to-digital conversion of the first pixel signals to obtain
first digital signals;

a second signal processing unit configured to, when reading out the pixel signals from the pixel unit, read out the pixel
signals from the second pixels as second pixel signals and perform analog-to-digital conversion of the second pixel signals
to obtain second digital signals; and

an output unit configured to output the first digital signals and the second digital signals as image data,
wherein, in a non-recording operation state in which power to the camera is turned on and the camera does not perform recording,
at least one of said first signal processing unit and said second signal processing unit is selectively turned off.

US Pat. No. 9,244,634

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control apparatus having a control unit that executes a printer driver for providing a form combination printing
function and an application for instructing data targeted for combining to the printer driver, comprising:
a display unit, as a function of the printer driver, that displays a print settings screen for setting at least one of an
instruction for form combination printing and an instruction for creation of form data;

a storage unit that stores, as a form file, in a storage device, created form data whose creation was instructed on the print
settings screen; and

a determination unit that, in a case where the instruction for creation of form data is selected using the print settings
screen, determines whether any form file is not stored in the storage device yet;

wherein in a case where the instruction for creation of form data is selected using the print settings screen, if the determination
unit determines that any form file is stored, the display unit does not display a message screen showing a message indicating
that an instruction to complete an operation is required on a print screen provided by the application, in order to execute
creation of form data instructed using the print settings screen, and if the determination unit determines that any form file
is not stored yet, the display unit further displays the message screen,

wherein the storage unit stores, as a form file, in a storage device, form data created by a creation instruction given on
the print settings screen, after the instruction to complete the operation was given on the print screen provided by the application,

wherein the display unit displays a form file list screen showing form files stored in the storage device, in a case where
an instruction for form combination printing is received via the print settings screen,

at least one of paper size, borderless printing, amount of expansion, paper orientation, binding margin width, multi-page
printing, reduction/enlargement, double-sided printing, and binding direction for double-sided printing is shown as a form
file setting on the form file list screen, and

wherein the display unit displays a screen showing a warning, in a case where there is an inconsistency between a setting
of a form file selected from the form file list screen and a print setting configured using the print settings screen, when
an instruction for the form combination printing has been given.

US Pat. No. 9,244,395

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO CONTROL SHEET CONVEYANCE SPEED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image onto a sheet;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image transferred onto the sheet by the transfer unit;
a sheet conveyance path disposed between the transfer unit and the fixing unit;
a first detection unit configured to generate a signal according to a loop of the sheet at a central portion in a width direction
orthogonal to a sheet conveyance direction of the sheet conveyance path;

a second detection unit configured to generate a signal according to a loop of the sheet on one side of the sheet in the width
direction of the sheet conveyance path;

a third detection unit configured to generate a signal according to a loop of the sheet on another side of the sheet in the
width direction of the sheet conveyance path; and

a control unit configured to control a sheet conveyance speed at the fixing unit based on signals from the first detection
unit, the second detection unit, and the third detection unit,

wherein the control unit switches the sheet conveyance speed at the fixing unit to either a first sheet conveyance speed or
a second sheet conveyance speed that is faster than the first sheet conveyance speed based on a signal from the first detection
unit in a case where the control unit detects that both a loop amount of a loop of the sheet at a detection position of the
second detection unit and a loop amount of a loop of the sheet at a detection position of the third detection unit are greater
than a predetermined amount, or in a case where the control unit detects that both the loop amount of the loop of the sheet
at the detection position of the second detection unit and the loop amount of the loop of the sheet at the detection position
of the third detection unit are less than the predetermined amount, based on the signals from the second detection unit and
the third detection unit, and

wherein the control unit sets the sheet conveyance speed at the fixing unit as a predetermined sheet conveyance speed between
the first sheet conveyance speed and the second sheet conveyance speed in a case where the control unit detects that one of
the loop amounts of the sheet at detection positions of the second detection unit and the third detection unit is greater
than the predetermined amount based on the signal from the one of the second detection unit and the third detection unit when
the other of the loop amounts of the sheet at detection positions of the second detection unit and the third detection unit
is less than the predetermined amount based on the signal from the another one of the second detection unit and the third
detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,244,675

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF UPDATING FIRMWARE THEREOF AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of executing printing, comprising:
a processor; and
a storage device, the processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the
computer executable instructions including instructions, that when executed, cause the image forming apparatus to:

execute update processing for updating firmware of the image forming apparatus;
display a setting screen through which a user sets an update schedule of executing the update processing for updating the
firmware of the image forming apparatus;

accept a transition instruction for transitioning a state of the image forming apparatus;
determine, in a case where the transition instruction is accepted, whether or not the update schedule is set by the user;
and

transition the state of the image forming apparatus to a power OFF state, in a case where the update schedule is determined
not to be set by the user, and to transition the state of the image forming apparatus to a power saving state which is different
from the power OFF state in a case where the update schedule is determined to be set by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,244,421

DRIVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drive transmission device comprising:
a motor;
a first pulley configured to be driven to rotate by the motor;
a second pulley configured to be connected to a device;
a belt unit configured to be wound around the first pulley and the second pulley, the belt unit including a metal layer and
a dielectric layer configured to be provided between the first pulley and the metal layer and between the second pulley and
the metal layer;

a voltage supply unit configured to supply voltage to the first pulley, the second pulley, or the belt;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information indicating load of the device; and
a controller configured to control the voltage supplied from the voltage supply unit, based on the information acquired by
the acquisition unit, and to generate an attraction force between the first pulley and the metal layer of the belt and an
attraction force between the second pulley and the metal layer.

US Pat. No. 9,244,692

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM TO STOP SUPPLY OF CLOCK TO A DSP

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a first processing unit configured to control the apparatus;
a second processing unit configured to execute data processing according to a command issued from the first processing unit;
a supply unit configured to supply a clock to the first processing unit and to supply a clock to the second processing unit;
and

a control unit configured to stop, after a boot of the second processing unit has been completed and before a boot of the
first processing unit is completed, a supply of the clock to the second processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,247,091

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM THAT STOP SUPPLY OF POWER TO A PRINTER UNIT AND SUPPLY OF POWER TO A SCANNER UNIT BASED ON ELAPSED TIMES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer unit;
a scanner unit;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to the printer unit and the scanner unit;
a storage unit configured to store a first guaranteed time, and a second guaranteed time different than the first guaranteed
time; and

a control unit configured to perform control to stop the power supply to the printer unit when the first guaranteed time elapses
after start of execution of copy processing in which an image of a document read by the scanner unit is formed on a sheet
by the printer unit, and to stop the power supply to the scanner unit when the second guaranteed time elapses after the start
of the execution of the copy processing.

US Pat. No. 9,247,092

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which has a timer transmission function to execute a transmission job for transmitting image
data to another apparatus at a designated transmission time of day, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a notification period of time based on electricity charge information;
a reservation unit configured to receive the designation of the transmission time of day, and store the designated transmission
time of day as reservation information in a storage unit; and

a notifying unit configured to perform notification to a user in a case where the designated transmission time of day is included
in the notification period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,247,161

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,239,537

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image carrier;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on the image carrier using a developing agent;
a detection unit configured to detect a light amount of reflected light from a measurement image formed on the image carrier
by the image forming unit, the detection unit includes an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the measurement image with
light, a first light receiving unit configured to receive specular light from the measurement image, and a second light receiving
unit configured to receive diffused light from the measurement image;

a controller configured to control an image forming condition based on a detection result by the detection unit; and
a determination unit configured to make the irradiation unit irradiate the image carrier using the light, make the first light
receiving unit receive specular light from the image carrier, make the second light receiving unit receive diffused light
from the image carrier, determine a first emission intensity based on a light amount of the specular light from the image
carrier, and determine a second emission intensity based on the determined first emission intensity, the light amount of the
specular light from the image carrier, and a light amount of the diffused light from the image carrier,

wherein the emission intensity of light with which the irradiation unit irradiates the measurement image is controlled based
on the second emission intensity determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,239,813

RING-PATTERN BUS CONNECTED INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus including a plurality of processing circuits communicably connected in a ring bus and at least
two processing circuits among the plurality of processing circuits configured to perform data sequential processing in predetermined
order, a first processing circuit unit and a second processing circuit being used for the sequential processing,
the first processing circuit comprising:
a reception circuit configured to receive data;
an identification circuit configured to identify whether the received data is to be processed by the first processing circuit;
and

a transmission circuit configured to, if the first processing circuit is in a first state where the first processing circuit
does not process the data to be processed identified by the identification circuit of the first processing circuit, set additional
information with the data to be processed by the first processing circuit, wherein the additional information indicates the
first processing circuit is in the first state, and transmit the data with the additional information to the ring bus; and

the second processing circuit comprising:
a reception circuit configured to receive data from the ring bus;
a detection circuit configured to detect, based on the data with additional information, whether the data received by the
reception circuit of the second processing circuit is processed and transmitted by the second processing circuit and transmitted
with the additional information by the first processing circuit without being processed by the first processing circuit; and

a control circuit configured to, if the detection circuit detects that the data received by the reception circuit of the second
processing circuit is processed and transmitted by the second processing circuit and transmitted with the additional information
by the first processing circuit without being processed by the first processing circuit, restrict the second processing circuit
from outputting data for data to be processed by the first processing circuit, processed by the second processing circuit,
to the ring bus,

wherein the first processing circuit is configured to perform processing subsequent to the second processing circuit in the
predetermined order of the sequential processing.

US Pat. No. 9,239,567

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONDENSATION REMOVAL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,241,120

IMAGE SENSING DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,236,033

COLOR PROCESSING APPARATUS AND COLOR PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color processing apparatus for performing an adjustment of display color of a display device, the apparatus comprising:
a display controller configured to display, on the display device, a target color to be adjusted, which can be designated
by a user, and a plurality of candidate colors that may be selected by a user in preference to the target color, which candidate
colors define a first color range including the target color to be adjusted; and

a selector configured to select one of the plurality of candidate colors based on a user instruction,
wherein the display controller displays, subsequent to selection of one of the candidate colors, on the display device a further
plurality of candidate colors which define a second color range including the selected candidate color as a second target
color to be adjusted, and

wherein (a) the second color range is narrower than the first color range, (b) the candidate colors define vertices of the
color range, (c) the target colors to be adjusted are respectively located at a center of each of the first and second color
ranges, (d) each of the first and second color ranges is a chromaticity range on a device-independent color space, and (e)
the display controller sets a narrower second color range by narrowing down the previous second color range at a predetermined
ratio in response to a selection of a candidate color in the second color range.

US Pat. No. 9,234,791

LIGHT EMISSION DETECTION DEVICE HAVING A FLOW PATH FORMED BY A DEPRESSION OF A DETECTION SIDE SUBSTRATE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light emission detection device having a flow path from which light to be detected is emitted, the device comprising:
a detection-side substrate having a joining surface and a detection surface provided opposite the joining surface, the joining
surface having a depression and a light-shielding film provided over an area excluding the depression, the depression forming
the flow path, the detection surface transmitting the light emitted from the flow path; and

a wiring-side substrate having a joining surface and a conductive pattern provided with a varying thickness on the joining
surface, the joining surface of the wiring-side substrate joining the joining surface of the detection-side substrate,

wherein, in the area over which the light-shielding film is provided, adhesive is provided with a thickness corresponding
to the varying thickness of the conductive pattern and the detection-side substrate and the wiring-side substrate are joined
to each other with the adhesive.

US Pat. No. 9,236,905

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM INCLUDING FREQUENCY HOPPING ELECTRONIC DEVICES, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A wireless communication system comprising:
a master device including a first time measuring unit configured to count time, a first wireless transmitter-receiver unit
configured to perform wireless communication by a frequency hopping system and configured to output a first change timing
signal and configured to output a transmission timing signal at a time of wireless transmission, and a first control unit
configured to output a first sync signal to the first time measuring unit, after the transmission timing signal is received
and then a carrier frequency is changed a predetermined number of times according to the first change timing signal; and

a slave device including a second time measuring unit configured to count time, a second wireless transmitter-receiver unit
configured to perform wireless communication by a frequency hopping system and configured to output a second change timing
signal and configured to output a reception timing signal at a time of wireless reception, and a second control unit configured
to output a second sync signal to the second time measuring unit after the reception timing signal is received and then a
carrier frequency is changed the predetermined number of times according to the second change timing signal,

wherein the first change timing signal, the transmission timing signal, and the first sync signal are different from one another,
and

wherein the second change timing signal, the reception timing signal, and the second sync signal are different from one another.

US Pat. No. 9,233,550

PRINTING APPARATUS AND RESIDUAL INK DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an ink tank containing ink;
two electrodes provided in said ink tank;
a measurement unit configured to perform a measurement operation for measuring a voltage difference between the two electrodes;
a determination unit configured to determine that an ink amount in said ink tank is in a first state indicating that the ink
amount is less than a predetermined amount in a case where the voltage difference measured by said measurement unit is higher
than a first threshold value, and determine that the ink amount is in a second state indicating that the ink amount is more
than the predetermined amount in a case where the measured voltage difference is lower than a second threshold value lower
than the first threshold value; and

a control unit configured to control to cause said measurement unit to perform re-measurement after discharging electric charges
accumulated between the two electrodes in a case where the voltage difference measured by said measurement unit is higher
than the second threshold value and lower than the first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,232,166

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME, AND PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM USING FIRST AND SECOND ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTERS TO CONVERT ANALOG SIGNAL FROM RESPECTIVE PLURAL ELECTRICAL SIGNAL SUPPLY UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array configured to include a plurality of pixels;
a first electrical signal supply unit configured to supply an electrical signal; and
a second electrical signal supply unit, configured to supply an electrical signal,
wherein each of the plurality of pixels includes a photoelectric conversion unit that generates signal charge,
wherein the pixel array includes a first analog-to-digital conversion unit and a second analog-to-digital conversion unit
each converting an analog signal based on the signal charge into a digital signal,

wherein the first analog-to-digital conversion unit is electrically connected to the first electrical signal supply unit and
converts the analog signal into the digital signal using the electrical signal supplied from the first electrical signal supply
unit, and

wherein the second analog-to-digital conversion unit is electrically connected to the second electrical signal supply unit
and converts the analog signal into the digital signal using the electrical signal supplied from the second electrical signal
supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,229,353

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an endless belt rotatingly conveying toner images transferred thereon;
a first image carrier rotatably supported in a state in contact with the endless belt;
a second image carrier rotatably supported in a state in contact with the endless belt, in parallel with the first image carrier
and downstream of the first image carrier in a rotational direction of the endless belt;

a first exposure portion exposing the charged first image carrier and forming a latent image thereon;
a second exposure portion exposing the charged second image carrier and forming a latent image thereon;
a first developing portion developing the latent image formed on the first image carrier as one of the toner images at a first
developing position by applying a developing bias;

a second developing portion developing the latent image formed on the second image carrier as one of toner images at a second
developing position by applying a developing bias;

a transfer portion transferring the toner image transferred from the first image carrier to the endless belt at a first transfer
position and the toner image transferred from the second image carrier to the endless belt at a second transfer position collectively
to a recording medium conveyed thereto; and

a control portion selectively executing, corresponding to a predetermined condition, a first or second test mode correcting
at least one of exposure timings of the first exposure portion and the second exposure portion after transferring test toner
images respectively from the first and second image carriers to the endless belt,

the control portion starting the exposure of the first exposure portion after a position of the second image carrier, having
been located at a second developing position when the developing bias is started to be applied to the second developing portion,
arrives at the second transfer position in forming the test toner images in the first test mode, and

the control portion starting the exposure of the first exposure portion before the position of the second image carrier, having
been located at the second developing position when the developing bias is started to be applied to the second developing
portion, arrives at the second transfer position in forming the test toner image in the second test mode.

US Pat. No. 9,229,678

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display system comprising:
a first display apparatus;
a second display apparatus; and
an image processing apparatus,
wherein the image processing apparatus includes:
a first generating means for generating partial images from an entire image to be displayed;
a second generating means for generating a reduced image by reducing the entire image to be displayed; and
a communication means for transmitting a first partial image to the first display apparatus, transmitting a second partial
image that is different from the first partial image to the second display apparatus, and transmitting the reduced image to
the first display apparatus and the second display apparatus,

wherein the first display apparatus is configured to receive the first partial image from the image processing apparatus,
receive the reduced image from the image processing apparatus, use the reduced image to process the first partial image, and
display the processed first partial image,

wherein the second display apparatus is configured to receive the second partial image from the image processing apparatus,
receive the reduced image from the image processing apparatus, use the reduced image to process the second partial image,
and display the processed second partial image,

wherein the image processing apparatus includes controlling means for controlling a white reference level and a black reference
level of the first display apparatus and a white reference level and a black reference level of the second display apparatus,
using first information relating to a display capability of the first display apparatus and second information relating to
a display capability of the second display apparatus, and

wherein the first information is transmitted from the first display apparatus to the image processing apparatus, and the second
information is transmitted from the second display apparatus to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,229,422

DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer receiving apparatus for receiving a developer supplied from a developer supply container which is detachably
mountable to said developer receiving apparatus, said developer receiving apparatus comprising:
a receiving portion displacably provided in said receiving apparatus and configured to receive the developer supplied from
the supply container, said receiving portion including a receiving port configured to receive the developer and a first engaging
portion engageable with the supply container to displace said receiving portion toward the supply container so as to connect
said receiving portion with the supply container in a mounting operation of the supply container; and

a covering member displacably provided in said receiving apparatus and covering an upper part of the receiving port, said
covering member taking a closing position closing the upper part of said receiving port when the supply container is not mounted,
and said covering member including a second engaging portion engageable with said receiving portion to displace said covering
member to a retracted position retracted from the closing position to permit said receiving portion to connect with the supply
container in the mounting operation of the supply container.

US Pat. No. 9,228,676

ELECTROOSMOTIC MOVABLE DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electroosmotic movable valve comprising:
a channel in which a liquid flows;
a conductive movable structure that is placed in the channel, and has a rotating shaft, such that the placed position of the
shaft is shifted from the center of the channel to a width direction of the channel; and

an electrode configured to apply an electric field to the conductive movable structure,
wherein the conductive movable structure is enabled to rotate based on the rotating shaft to regulate the liquid flow by an
electroosmotic flow which occurs in an electric double layer portion formed by being paired with electric charges induced
in the conductive movable structure owing to the electric field applied from the electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,232,089

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display an input screen including a setting area in which two or more of a first number of setting
items are selectably arranged;

a detection unit configured to detect an operation on the input screen;
a display control unit configured to (1) enlarge the setting area in accordance with a flick operation on the setting area
detected by the detection unit, (2) change the first number of setting items to be displayed on the enlarged setting area
to a second number of setting items, which is greater than the first number of setting items, to be displayed on the enlarged
setting area, and (3) scrollably display the second number of setting items on the enlarged setting area; and

a selection unit configured to set a setting item in a predetermined selection area in the enlarged setting area to a selected
state.

US Pat. No. 9,230,073

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a user management unit configured to manage a plurality of destinations respectively corresponding to a plurality of users
and information defining a group to which each of the plurality of users belongs, the group corresponding to the plurality
of destinations;

a user designation unit configured to allow a user of the plurality of users to designate at least one particular group from
among a plurality of groups based on attributes of the user's designation as configured by the user management unit, wherein
each group of the plurality of groups corresponds to a respective set of destinations, and the particular group corresponds
to a particular set of destinations; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, in response to the user's designation of image data to the particular set of destinations
according to the user's designation.

US Pat. No. 9,232,133

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR PRIORITIZING SHOOTING PARAMETER SETTINGS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a first image capturing unit configured to shoot an object side;
a second image capturing unit configured to shoot a photographer side;
a processor configured to function as a control unit configured to, in a case that an object detected from image data shot
by the second image capturing unit is a predetermined object, control to prioritize setting of shooting parameters of the
second image capturing unit over that of the first image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,223,132

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device, comprising:
a deflector configured to deflect, in a main scanning direction, a plurality of light beams emitted from a plurality of light
emitters, the light emitters being mutually spaced apart in a sub-scanning direction;

an incident optical system configured to steer the plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitters so
as to be incident on the same deflecting surface of the deflector;

an imaging optical system configured to steer the plurality of light beams deflected by the deflector so as to be obliquely
incident on the same surface to be scanned and to form images of the plurality of light emitters on the surface to be scanned;
and

a correction unit configured to correct a jitter of at least one of the plurality of light beams in the main scanning direction
on the basis of irradiation position information, in the sub-scanning direction, of at least one light beam among the plurality
of light beams at a position corresponding to the surface to be scanned.

US Pat. No. 9,216,597

PRINTING APPARATUS AND SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,216,873

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AS WELL AS IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus, comprising:
a recognizing unit which recognizes a length of a sheet in a sheet conveying direction;
a shifting portion which shifts a sheet in a sheet width direction intersecting the sheet conveying direction;
a stacking portion on which a plurality of sheets shifted by the shifting portion are stacked, the sheets having different
lengths in the sheet conveying direction, the sheets stacked on the stacking portion being removed in a take-out direction
parallel to the sheet width direction; and

a controller which controls the shifting portion such that, when the length of a sheet recognized by the recognizing unit
is equal to or greater than a predetermined length, the sheet is stacked on a first position of the stacking portion, and
which controls the shifting portion such that, when the length of a sheet recognized by the recognizing unit is less than
the predetermined length, the sheet is stacked on a second position of the stacking portion, wherein, with respect to the
take-out direction, an edge of a sheet stacked on the second position extends further than an edge of a sheet stacked on the
first position.

US Pat. No. 9,217,948

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,219,926

IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, IMAGE ENCODING METHOD AND PROGRAM, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image encoding apparatus comprising:
a division unit configured to divide an image to generate a first block group including one or more blocks and a second block
group adjacent to the first block group;

a first encoding unit configured to encode the first block group in units of block;
a second encoding unit configured to encode the second block group in units of block; and
a storage unit configured to store, if a block to be encoded in the first block group is at a predetermined position, first
statistical information after the first encoding unit encodes the block to be encoded at the predetermined position,

wherein the storage unit, if the first block group does not include a block at the predetermined position, stores second statistical
information after the first encoding unit encodes a block in the first block group at a position different from the predetermined
position, and

wherein the second encoding unit encodes based on the first statistical information or the second statistical information.

US Pat. No. 9,211,719

INK TANK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink tank comprising:
a casing having a partition wall configured to divide from each other an absorber storage chamber for storing an absorber
capable of retaining ink and an ink storage chamber for storing ink to be supplied to the absorber storage chamber,

wherein the absorber storage chamber has a bottom surface having an ink supply port for supplying the ink in the absorber
storage chamber to an outside, a top surface opposite the bottom surface, a first side surface serving also as one surface
of the partition wall, a second side surface opposite the first side surface, and a third side surface and a fourth side surface
connecting the first side surface and the second side surface and being positioned or disposed opposite to each other,

wherein a width of the bottom surface is smaller than a width of the top surface in a width direction parallel to the bottom
surface and orthogonal to a longitudinal direction which is parallel to the bottom surface and in which the absorber storage
chamber, the partition wall, and the ink storage chamber are arranged,

wherein a first step is provided on the third side surface and a second step is provided on the fourth side surface so the
distance between a portion of the third side surface and a portion of the fourth side surface in the width direction is smaller
on the bottom surface side than on the top surface side, the first and second steps extending from the second side surface
along a length of the casing for a predetermined distance that is less than the length of the casing, and

wherein a plurality of the absorbers are stored in the absorber storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,212,018

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a stacking unit for stacking sheets on which an image is printed, the printing apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect a full status of the stacking unit;
a first setting unit configured to set parameters as a setting of a copy job;
a second setting unit configured to set a number of sheets as a setting of the stacking unit, the number of sheets being different
from the set parameters; and

a control unit configured to perform a control, after stacking of the sheets on the stacking unit is started, to stop the
stacking of the sheets on the stacking unit when the full status is detected by the detecting unit,

wherein the control unit is further configured to perform a control, in a case where a predetermined mode is selected, to
prevent from stacking sheets more than the number set by the second setting unit as the setting of the stacking unit on the
stacking unit, even when the full status is not detected by the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,208,720

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE DISPLAYING APPARATUS WHICH SUPPRESSES A DEFECTIVE DISPLAY CAUSED BY A LEAK CURRENT AT A TIME WHEN AN EMISSION PERIOD CONTROLLING TRANSISTOR IS OFF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic EL displaying apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each of which includes an organic EL element, a driving transistor configured to supply a current according
to potential of a gate electrode to the organic EL element, and an emission period controlling transistor connected in series
to the organic EL element and the driving transistor and configured to control light emission of the organic EL element in
response to a control signal, where, when the emission period controlling transistor is in an off state, a current is supplied
to the organic EL element;

a data line configured to apply a data voltage according to gradation displaying data to the pixels; and
a control line configured to supply the control signal to a gate electrode of the emission period controlling transistor,
wherein, in a certain one of the pixels, a resistance Roff—ILM between a source electrode and a drain electrode of the emission period controlling transistor in an off state of the
emission period controlling transistor and a resistance Rbk—Dr between a source electrode and a drain electrode of the driving transistor in a state that a minimum gradation displaying
data voltage has been applied to the gate electrode of the driving transistor satisfy an expression (1) of Roff—ILM?Rbk—Dr,

wherein when a driving voltage is applied to Rbk—Dr, a color to be displayed by the organic EL element is black, and

wherein, if an emission state of the organic EL element when the driving voltage is applied to the driving transistor having
the resistance Rbk—Dr is a first black display and an emission state of the organic EL element when the driving voltage is applied to the emission
period controlling transistor having the resistance Roff—ILM is a second black display, emission luminance of the organic EL element in the second black display is equal to or smaller
than the emission luminance of the organic EL element in the first black display.

US Pat. No. 9,210,286

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING TIME REQUIRED FOR CONTINUOUS PRINTING AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing of a plurality of pages based on print data received from an external apparatus;
a detection unit configured to detect temperature of a predetermined internal location of the printing apparatus; and
a control unit configured to control said printing unit such that the printing is suspended on condition that the temperature
detected by said detection unit has risen to a first temperature, and the printing is restarted on condition that the temperature
detected by said detection unit has fallen to a second temperature set lower than the first temperature during the suspension
of the printing,

wherein said control unit calculates a number of remaining pages left unprinted when the printing is suspended on condition
that the temperature has risen to the first temperature, and sets the second temperature according to the calculated number
of the remaining pages.

US Pat. No. 9,205,656

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head having a plurality of discharge ports aligned in a row for discharging ink;
a carriage configured to mount the recording head thereon and to move in a first direction;
a platen having suction holes to support a recording medium which is conveyed in a second direction intersecting the first
direction; and

an ink receiving portion having a recessed receiving part provided on the platen configured to receive ink when the recording
head positions above an end of the recording medium for borderless printing, and to suck ink received on the recessed receiving
part through a plurality of openings embedded in the recessed receiving part and arranged along the second direction,

wherein the openings consist of a first opening facing the center of the rows of discharge ports, a second opening facing
one end of the rows of discharge ports, and a third opening facing another end of rows of the discharge ports when the recording
head positions above the ink receiving portion, and no other opening except the first, the second and the third openings is
embedded in the recessed receiving part, and wherein the second and the third openings are larger than the first opening.

US Pat. No. 9,201,392

CARTRIDGE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,203,990

PRIORITY ORDERED USER INTERFACE SCREENS FOR CONTROLLING A DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method for processing information which is executed by an apparatus, the method comprising:
an obtaining step of obtaining an input signal which represents a trigger of transition of a screen image displayed on a display
unit;

a storing step of saving information which represents a screen image corresponding to the obtained input signal, the screen
image being classified into any one of a plurality of groups to which priorities are previously set, in a stack for each group
of the plurality of groups; and, a controlling step of determining an screen image to be displayed on the display unit based
on a position where information representing the screen image is saved in the stack corresponding to a group to which the
highest priority is set among stacks for the plurality of groups where the information representing the screen image is stored.

US Pat. No. 9,200,928

POSITION DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detector which detects a position of a movable member relative to a fixed member,
the position detector comprising:
a signal detector configured to detect multiple periodic signals each indicating a predetermined value for the position of
the movable member;

a signal processor configured to generate multiple displacement signals based on the multiple periodic signals detected by
the signal detector and switch the multiple generated displacement signals in a predetermined cycle to sequentially output
the multiple displacement signals;

a position calculator configured to calculate the position of the movable member based on a first signal group, the first
signal group being the multiple displacement signals sequentially output by the signal processor; and

a movement amount calculator configured to calculate a movement amount of the movable member within the predetermined cycle,
wherein:

the first signal group contains a second signal group formed by obtaining the same displacement signal at different times;
the movement amount calculator calculates the movement amount of the movable member within the predetermined cycle by using
the second signal group; and

the position calculator calculates the position of the movable member based on the first signal group and the movement amount.

US Pat. No. 9,204,033

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit having a first pixel group that receives a light beam passing through a first area in an exit pupil
of an imaging lens that forms an object image, a second pixel group that receives a light beam passing through a second area
in the exit pupil of the imaging lens, the second area being different from the first area, and a third pixel group that receives
a light beam passing through an entire area in the exit pupil of the imaging lens;

a focus detection unit configured to calculate a defocus amount of the imaging lens using a first image signal obtained from
the first pixel group and a second image signal obtained from the second pixel group; and

an image generation unit configured to correct the first image signal and the second image signal obtained from the first
pixel group and the second pixel group of the image capture unit so as to be equivalent to a third image signal obtained from
the third pixel group, and to generate a captured image using a first corrected image signal, a second corrected image signal,
and the third image signal,

wherein the image generation unit corrects the first image signal and the second image signal at least by multiplying the
first image signal and the second image signal by a gain, the gain changing based on the defocus amount calculated by the
focus detection unit using the first image signal and the second image signal, and obtains the first corrected image signal
and the second corrected image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,195,921

CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for printing images sequentially on a continuous sheet, the method comprising:
printing a first image; and
halting print processing of the first image in a case when a part of the first image has been printed on the continuous sheet
and it is determined that a disabled area containing a unique portion unsuitable for printing that exists on the continuous
sheet overlaps a trail end of an area for a part of the first image which has not yet been printed.

US Pat. No. 9,195,174

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL OF POTENTIAL AT TRANSFER PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging device that charges the photosensitive member;
an exposure device that exposes the charged photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
member;

a developing device that supplies toner to the photosensitive member to develop an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
member as a toner image;

a common power supply that applies voltage to the charging device and the developing device;
a movable rotary member that forms a transfer portion with the photosensitive member to receive the toner image from the photosensitive
member or to convey a recording material that receives the toner image;

a moving unit that effects relative movement between the developing device and the photosensitive member between a first position
for developing the electrostatic latent image and a second position in which the developing device is further away from the
photosensitive member than in the first position;

a determination unit that determines whether a relative position when the photosensitive member starts rotating is the first
position or the second position;

and
a control unit configured to perform a control of potential at the transfer portion,
wherein in a case where the determination unit determines that the relative position when the photosensitive member starts
rotating is the first position, during a period after the common power supply starts outputting and before a charge area charged
by the charging device on the photosensitive member reaches the transfer portion, the control unit controls the potential
at the transfer portion to be a potential of a same polarity as a charged polarity of the toner.

US Pat. No. 9,195,176

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a movable intermediary transfer member onto which the toner image is to be transferred from said image bearing member; and
a cleaning member, contacting a surface of said intermediary transfer member, for scraping off toner from the surface of said
intermediary transfer member,

wherein a plurality of grooves are formed at the surface of said intermediary transfer member along a surface movement direction
thereof, and

wherein the surface of said intermediary transfer member has an average in-plane roughness of 10 nm or more and 30 nm or less
in an area of a square of an average particle size of the toner.

US Pat. No. 9,193,154

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a recording element substrate having a plurality of aligned ejection ports;
a support member having a recessed portion, and supporting the recording element substrate by a bottom portion of the recessed
portion;

a lead terminal electrically connected to the recording element substrate, and extending between the recording element substrate
and a side surface of the recessed portion;

a sealant which is placed between the recording element substrate and the side surface of the recessed portion, and with which
the lead terminal is covered; and

a passage formed in the support member, and having one opening in a sealed region where the sealant is placed and having another
opening in a region different from the sealed region,

wherein the other opening is located in a region of the support member covered with a cap, with which at least the recording
element substrate and an opening of the recessed portion are covered, and

wherein the other opening is located on an outer side from an end ejection port that is located at an end position of the
plurality of aligned ejection ports.

US Pat. No. 9,191,575

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME, AND CONTROLLING METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus used in an image capture apparatus, comprising:
a control unit which moves, based on a shake detected by a shake detection unit, a correction member movable in a direction
perpendicular to an optical axis of an imaging optical system of the image capture apparatus, and corrects an image blur caused
by the shake, wherein a maximum movable range of the correction member determines a maximum movable distance of the correction
member from the optical axis and determines a correctable maximum camera shake angle,

wherein when the shutter speed in shooting by the image capture apparatus is lower than the first predetermined value and
higher than a second predetermined value which is lower than the first predetermined value, said control unit sets the maximum
movable range of the correction member to be wider than the maximum movable range set when the shutter speed in shooting by
the image capture apparatus is higher than the first predetermined value or lower than the second predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,189,140

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,189,703

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLORIMETRIC AND SPECTRAL MATERIAL ESTIMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
obtaining an image;
estimating a spectral image of the obtained image;
calculating one or both of a detection component of the image and a residual component of the image, wherein the detection
component of the image is calculated based on the spectral image, a spectral-power distribution for a specific illuminant,
and spectral sensitivities of a detector, and wherein the residual component of the image is calculated based on the spectral
image, the spectral power distribution for the specific illuminant, and the spectral sensitivities of the detector or is calculated
based on the spectral image and the calculated detection component; and

generating an image signature based on one or both of
the detection component and detection-component basis functions, and
the residual component and residual-component basis functions.

US Pat. No. 9,189,499

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,185,317

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF STORING FOCUS DETECTION DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,183,404

IMAGE SENDING APPARATUS AND AUTHENTICATION METHOD IN IMAGE SENDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sending apparatus comprising:
one or more memory devices storing instructions for execution by one or more processors; and
the one or more processors, operable when executing the instructions to:
receive a password;
perform processing for first authentication using the password to allow a user to set a sending method from among a plurality
of different sending methods for sending image data;

store the password in response to a result of the first authentication being an authentication success result;
set a sending method for sending the image data to a destination based on a user instruction;
determine, based on setting information associated with the set sending method for sending the image data to the destination,
whether to use the stored password as a password for second authentication required to send the image data to the destination;
and

perform processing for the second authentication, wherein, in response to determining to use the stored password as the password
for the second authentication, the processing for the second authentication is performed with use of the stored password,
and, in response to determining not to use the stored password as the password for the second authentication, the processing
for the second authentication is performed without use of the stored password.

US Pat. No. 9,176,436

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,179,106

MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, IMAGE CORRECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measurement system comprising:
an illumination unit configured to irradiate a measurement target with illumination light;
an illumination control unit configured to control an operation of the illumination unit;
a first robot hand configured to calibrate a position of the illumination unit;
an imaging unit configured to capture an image of the irradiated measurement target;
a second robot hand configured to calibrate the position of the imaging unit;
an imaging control unit configured to control an operation of the imaging unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire positional relationship information representing a positional relationship between
the illumination unit and the measurement target and a positional relationship between the imaging unit and the measurement
target after calibration of the first robot hand and the second robot hand; and

a correction unit configured to correct a luminance intensity of the irradiated measurement target image captured by the imaging
unit by changing a luminance of the illumination light emitted by the illumination unit based on the positional relationship
information and reflectance of the irradiated measurement target and correct a luminance distribution of the image captured
by the imaging unit based on the positional relationship information; and

a measurement unit configured to measure a position and an orientation of the measurement object, based on the image of the
irradiated measurement target.

US Pat. No. 9,172,826

PROCESSING APPARATUS, TERMINAL APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system for executing a job, comprising:
a first processing apparatus configured to receive a job from an external apparatus, to execute processing corresponding to
the job and to perform billing processing for the job; and

a second processing apparatus configured to receive a job from an external apparatus, to execute processing corresponding
to the job and to perform billing processing for the job;

wherein the first processing apparatus executes processing corresponding to the received job, and writes, in a memory which
is accessible by the external apparatus even when no power is supplied to said first processing apparatus, at least one of
a setting value about the job and progress information of the processing,

wherein the second processing apparatus receives the job, at least one of the setting value and the progress information,
and information for determining whether billing for the job has already been performed, and

wherein, if the second processing apparatus determines based on the information, that the billing has been performed, the
second processing apparatus executes processing corresponding to the job based on at least one of the setting value and the
progress information, without further performing billing processing.

US Pat. No. 9,170,765

PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD TO BE USED THEREIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system including a management apparatus, a printer and an information processing apparatus:
a display unit configured to display a screen for edit of information by a user, the information being related to a setup
program related to a printer driver; and

an upload unit configured to upload to the printer the setup program with which an installer serving as an application for
installing the printer driver into the information processing apparatus is combined, according to an instruction of the user
via the displayed screen;

wherein a storage unit of the printer stores the setup program uploaded by the upload unit;
wherein the printer includes:
a monitoring unit configured to monitor a change of configuration information of the printer within the printer; and
a program update unit configured to update, without an instruction of the user, information related to a port in a file in
which information for the installer combined with the setup program is described, based on a command for updating the setup
program according to the change of the configuration information from the monitoring unit; and

wherein the information processing apparatus includes:
a storing unit configured to acquire the setup program from the printer and to store the setup program in a storage unit of
the information processing apparatus;

a separation unit configured to separate the file from the stored setup program after starting up the stored setup program;
an identification unit configured to identify an attribute of an operating system (OS) running on the information processing
apparatus after starting up the stored setup program;

a determination unit configured to determine a format of a port name of a port to be created for the printer driver to be
installed, according to the attribute of the OS identified by the identification unit; and

a control unit configured to create the port having the port name according to the information related to the port included
in the separated file and the format determined by the determination unit and to install the printer driver using the installer
combined with the setup program.

US Pat. No. 9,171,874

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE INCLUDING AN IMAGING ELEMENT AND A COVER MEMBER HAVING A QUARTZ PLATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a package base having a frame portion and a recessed portion;
an imaging element having a light receiving surface, the imaging element being fixed to the recessed portion; and
a cover member disposed over the imaging element, wherein the cover member has a quartz plate directly fixed to the frame
portion with an adhesive,

wherein an inclination of an optical axis of a crystal of the quartz plate to the light receiving surface is within a range
of ±3°, and

wherein the quartz plate is the only quartz plate that the cover member has.

US Pat. No. 9,172,689

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that communicates with a server that has a microblogging function, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
an authentication unit configured to perform user authentication processing;
a follow unit configured to follow, in response to the user authentication processing by the authentication unit succeeding,
a user authenticated by the user authentication processing;

a message acquisition unit configured to acquire a message registered to the server by the user followed by the follow unit;
an analysis unit configured to analyze the message acquired by the message acquisition unit; and
a file acquisition unit configured to acquire a file specified by the message from the server based on a result of analyzing
by the analysis unit.

US Pat. No. 9,171,240

GENERATING A DISPLAY LIST FOR PROCESSING BY A RENDERING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,164,359

IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,164,459

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing an image;
a developer carrying member for carrying a developer containing toner to a developing position where said developer carrying
member is opposed to said image bearing member to develop a latent image formed on said image bearing member;

a first accommodating portion for containing the developer and for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member
at a first position opposing said developer carrying member;

a second accommodating portion for collecting the developer from said developer carrying member at a position opposing said
developer carrying member and for containing the developer, said second accommodating portion communicating with said first
accommodating portion to form a circulation path and being provided upstream of said first accommodating portion with respect
to a rotational moving direction of said developer carrying member;

a first feeding member for feeding the developer in said first accommodating portion;
a second feeding member for feeding the developer in said second accommodating portion;
an acquiring portion for acquiring information relating to a consumption amount of the toner; and
a controller for executing, during an execution of an image formation job in which an image forming operation is carried out
continuously on a plurality of recording materials, an operation in a mode in which said developer carrying member is stopped
while driving said first feeding member and said second feeding member

wherein said controller determines whether to execute the operation on the basis of pieces of information which are acquired
at predetermined intervals within a predetermined period by said acquiring portion.

US Pat. No. 9,164,719

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING STATUS INFORMATION FROM A DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,167,371

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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