US Pat. No. 9,152,217

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO SHIFT BETWEEN PLURALITY OF POWER MODES AND REDUCE THE TIME TAKEN TO RETURN TO A STANDBY STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that has a plurality of power modes, comprising:
an information processing unit configured to perform information processing;
a storage unit configured to store information used by the information processing unit; and
a power supply control unit configured to shift the information processing apparatus to one of a standby mode, a first power
saving mode, and a second power saving mode where power consumption of the information processing apparatus is lower than
in the standby mode and higher than in the first power saving mode, wherein the power supply control unit is configured to
supply power to the information processing unit and the storage unit, when the information processing apparatus is in the
standby mode, supply power to the storage unit without supplying power to the information processing unit, when the information
processing apparatus is in the first power saving mode, and supply power to the storage unit without supplying power to the
information processing unit, when the information processing apparatus is in the second power saving mode,

wherein the power supply control unit is configured to shift, in a case where a power switch is turned off in the state of
the second power saving mode, the information processing apparatus to the first power saving mode after temporarily shifting
to the standby mode, and

wherein the information processing unit is configured to:
transfer first status information preliminarily stored in a memory where power is supplied in the standby mode but not in
the first and second power saving modes to the storage unit in the state of the temporarily shifted standby mode, and

cause the information processing apparatus to start up by using the first status information stored in the storage unit, in
a case where the power switch is turned on in the state of the first power saving mode.

US Pat. No. 9,147,709

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a structure having a semiconductor layer in which a plurality of photoelectric converters
are arranged, comprising:
a light blocking member arranged above a face of the structure and including a plurality of circular openings each corresponding
to at least one of the photoelectric converters;

a first layer configured to cover the light blocking member, and exposed portions of the face of the structure, formed by
the plurality of circular openings; and

a second layer arranged to cover the first layer and having a refractive index higher than that of the first layer,
wherein an interface between the first layer and the second layer includes lens faces protruding toward the exposed portions.

US Pat. No. 9,147,256

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for performing graph-based region segmentation processing, comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate an edge graph in which a pixel of an image is set as a node and an edge is set between
nodes;

a classification unit configured to classify the edge into one of a plurality of classes based on a feature amount of the
edge, wherein a dissimilarity or similarity between nodes at two ends of the edge is set as the feature amount;

a determination unit configured to select an edge of interest in ascending class order of the feature amount, and determine
whether to merge determination target regions to which the nodes at the two ends of the edge of interest belong; and

a merging unit configured to merge determination target regions determined to be able to be merged, and update a feature amount
in the merged region,

wherein at least one of the generation unit, the classification unit, the determination unit, and the merging unit is implemented
using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,146,482

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electroconductive member for electrophotography, comprising at least:
an electroconductive support; and
a surface layer formed on an outer side of the electroconductive support,
wherein the surface layer comprises a porous body, and
wherein the porous body satisfies the following conditions (1) to (3):
(1) the porous body has a co-continuous structure including at least a skeleton that is three-dimensionally continuous and
a pore that is three-dimensionally continuous;

(2) the porous body has an electroconductivity; and
(3) an average diameter of a maximum inscribed circle of an opening of the pore on a surface of the porous body is 3 ?m or
more and 8 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,146,513

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD HAVING TONE CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,515

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to rotate;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
member;

a developing unit, including a developer bearing member configured to bear toner and rotate, configured to develop the electrostatic
latent image on the photosensitive member using the toner borne by the developer bearing member;

a measuring unit, including an attracting unit configured to attract the toner on the developer bearing member, configured
to measure a charge amount of the toner attracted to the attracting unit; and

a control unit configured to control an exposing condition of the exposure unit, based on the charge amount measured by the
measuring unit,

wherein in the case where a time necessary for the developer bearing member to rotate from a measurement position where the
attracting unit attracts the toner on the developer bearing member to a developing position at which the electrostatic latent
image on the photosensitive member is developed by the toner on the developer bearing member is represented by a time Tqcm,
a time necessary for the photosensitive member to rotate from an exposure position at which the exposure unit exposes the
photosensitive member to the developing position is represented by a time Tetd, and a time necessary for the control unit
to control the exposing condition based on the charge amount measured by the measuring unit is represented by a time Tp, the
attracting unit is disposed so that Tqcm?Tedt+Tp holds true.

US Pat. No. 9,145,022

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
an intermediate image-recording step of recording an intermediate image by applying ink to an intermediate transfer body;
and

a transfer step of transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium by heating the intermediate image to a transfer
temperature,

wherein the ink contains polymer particles having a softening point not higher than the transfer temperature and at least
one of a compound represented by the following formula (1) and a compound represented by the following formula (2):

where R is an alkyl group containing one to 22 carbon atoms, n is 3.0 to 27.0, m is 2.0 to 15.0, the sum of p and r is 3.0
to 27.0, and q is 16.0 to 31.0,
wherein the sum of the content of the compound represented by Formula (1) in the ink and the content of the compound represented
by Formula (2) in the ink is preferably 0.15 to 10.00 times the content of the polymer particles in the ink on a mass basis.

US Pat. No. 9,147,107

FACIAL EXPRESSION RECOGNITION APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, FACIAL EXPRESSION RECOGNITION METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an image input unit configured to input an image;
a face detection unit configured to detect a face image of a person from the image input by said image input unit;
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first expression evaluation value corresponding to a first facial expression
for the detected face based on the face image detected by said face detection unit;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second expression evaluation value corresponding to a second facial expression
for the detected face based on the face image detected by said face detection unit, wherein the second facial expression is
different from the first facial expression;

an updating unit configured to update, based on the first expression value, a relationship between the second expression value
and a threshold value for determining a facial expression of a person; and

a judgment unit configured to judge whether the detected face shows the second facial expression or not based on the relationship
between the second expression value and the threshold value which is updated by said updating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,141,024

EXPOSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,038

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus main body;
an image bearing member which is capable of bearing a toner image;
a current supply member; and
an intermediate transfer unit which is removably mounted to the apparatus main body, wherein the intermediate transfer unit
includes:

an endless belt, in a condition where the intermediate transfer unit is attached to the apparatus main body, whose outer peripheral
surface is configured to contact the current supply member, onto which the toner image is transferred from the image bearing
member by current supplied from the current supply member;

a contact member, in a condition where the intermediate transfer unit is attached to the apparatus main body, configured to
contact an inner peripheral surface of the endless belt at a position opposed to the image bearing member through the endless
belt;

an opposing member, in a condition where the intermediate transfer unit is attached to the apparatus main body, configured
to contact the inner peripheral surface of the endless belt at a position opposed to the current supply member through the
endless belt; and

a voltage maintaining element which is connected to the opposing member and the contact member.

US Pat. No. 9,141,046

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a recording sheet; and
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image onto the recording sheet, the fixing unit comprising:
a rotatable member configured to rotate where the recording sheet having the toner image formed thereon is contacted;
a heater configured to heat the rotatable member, the heater being in contact with an inner surface of the rotatable member
and including first and second resistance heating elements, the first resistance heating element is disposed on an upstream
side in a rotational direction of the rotatable member with respect to the second resistance heating element;

a nip forming element configured to form a fixing nip for nipping and conveying the recording sheet having the toner image
formed thereon together with the heater via the rotatable member, and

a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing into a power supply path from a commercial power supply to
the heater,

wherein the fixing unit capable of switching between a series connection state in which the first and second resistance heating
elements are connected in series and a parallel connection state in which the first and second resistance heating elements
are connected in parallel, and

wherein the current detection unit detects a current flowing into a power supply path to the first resistance heating element
after branching to the first resistance heating element and the second resistance heating element in the parallel connection
state.

US Pat. No. 9,141,058

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CHANGING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER SPEED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member on which a latent image is formed;
a development unit configured to develop the latent image formed on the photosensitive member as a toner image;
a rotating member on which the toner image formed on the photosensitive member is transferred, wherein the toner image is
transferred on the rotating member at a nip portion where the rotating member contacts the photosensitive member; and

a control unit configured to control speeds of the photosensitive member and the rotating member,
wherein the control unit changes the speeds of the photosensitive member and the rotating member in a state where toner exists
at the nip portion, and

wherein, for changing the control speed from a first speed to a second speed, the control unit makes a toner to exist on the
nip portion by providing the toner from the developing unit to the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,139,012

INK FILLING APPARATUS AND INK FILLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink filling apparatus configured to fill an ink tank with ink, the ink tank comprising a first storage chamber that
contains an ink absorber, a second storage chamber that substantially forms a closed space except for a communication section
communicating with the first storage chamber, a first port for supplying ink externally from the first storage chamber, and
a second port for providing fluid communication between the atmosphere and the first storage chamber, the ink filling apparatus
comprising:
a pressure reduction unit configured to reduce pressures in the first storage chamber, the second storage chamber, and the
communication section to a target pressure through the second port; and

a filling unit configured to fill the first storage chamber, the second storage chamber, and the communication section with
a target filling amount of ink through the first port after the pressures in the first storage chamber, the second storage
chamber, and the communication section have been reduced to the target pressure by the pressure reduction unit,

wherein the target pressure is a pressure set such that a compressed volume of gas remaining in the second chamber, after
(a) the reduction of pressure in the first storage chamber, second storage chamber and communication section to the target
pressure by the pressure reduction unit, (b) the filling of the tank with the target filling amount of ink by the filling
unit and (c) application of atmospheric pressure via the second port to the ink in the first storage chamber, is less than
a limited volume,

wherein the target filling amount is less than a total of a volume of ink absorbable by the absorber, a volume of the second
storage chamber, and a volume of the communication section minus the compressed volume, and

wherein a volume of the first storage chamber minus a volume of a material of the absorber is denoted by Vs, a volume of the
absorber minus the volume of the material of the absorber is denoted by Va, a total volume of the second storage chamber and
the communication section is denoted by Vi, the compressed volume is denoted by V1, the limited volume is denoted by Vx, the atmospheric pressure is denoted by P0, the target pressure is denoted by P1, and the target filling amount is denoted by W, and the target pressure P1 and the target filling amount W are expressed by following formulas


US Pat. No. 9,143,665

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising:
an image sensor chip including a pixel region where a plurality of pixels are arranged, and a peripheral region arranged around
the pixel region; and

a fixing portion including a substrate which supports the image sensor chip,
wherein the image sensor chip and a base are fixed by the fixing portion,
wherein the peripheral region includes a first portion, and a second portion which is smaller in an amount of generated heat
than the first portion,

the substrate includes a first side and a second side,
the first portion is arranged nearer the first side than the second side,
the second portion is arranged nearer the second side than the first side, and
the fixing portion has a joint portion arranged on the first side of the substrate which joins the substrate and the base,
and the fixing portion does not have a joint portion arranged on the second side of the substrate which joins the substrate
and the base.

US Pat. No. 9,141,873

APPARATUS FOR MEASURING THREE-DIMENSIONAL POSITION, METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a plurality of images captured from a plurality of viewpoints;
an extraction unit configured to extract a region of an object from each of the plurality of images based on color information;
an acquisition unit configured to obtain a contour from each region extracted by the extraction unit;
a smoothing unit configured to obtain a plurality of smoothed contours by performing smoothing of each of the contours;
a correlation unit configured to correlate points on the plurality of smoothed contours between the images; and
a deriving unit configured to derive a three-dimensional coordinate of the points correlated by the correlation unit between
the images,

wherein the smoothing unit includes an endpoint setting unit configured to set a first point and a second point on the contour
and a setting unit configured to set a third point between the first point and the second point on the contour,

wherein the smoothing unit is configured to repeat an operation of the endpoint setting unit and an operation of the setting
unit so that the third point is recursively set as the first point or the second point until a distance between the first
point or the second point and the third point is smaller than a predetermined value and that the recursively set point between
the first point and the second point is newly set as the third point, and

wherein the smoothing unit is configured to obtain, as the smoothed contours, a group of lines connecting adjacent points
on the contours among the points set by the endpoint setting unit and the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,140,889

FINDER OPTICAL SYSTEM AND LIGHT METERING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A finder optical system comprising:
an erecting optical system configured to cause an object image formed on a focusing screen by an imaging optical system to
be an erect image;

an eyepiece optical system configured to form the object image caused to be the erect image by the erecting optical system;
and

a light metering optical system configured to form the object image focused on the focusing screen, on an image sensor via
the erecting optical system,

wherein an optical axis of the light metering optical system is non-parallel to an optical axis of the eyepiece optical system,
the light metering optical system includes a first lens having positive refractive power and a second lens having negative
refractive power in this order from a side of the erecting optical system to a side of the image sensor, and the second lens
is a prism body reflecting a light flux incoming from an incident surface off an inner reflection surface and outputting the
light flux from a light outputting surface.

US Pat. No. 9,134,432

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a sensor array in which a plurality of sensors configured to output signals corresponding to irradiated radiation are arranged
to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns;

a driving unit configured to drive the sensor array;
a detection unit configured to detect radiation; and
a processing unit configured to process signals from the sensor array,
wherein the driving unit is configured to drive the sensor array, so as to initialize the plurality of sensors for each row
repeatedly at least until the detection unit detects irradiation of radiation, and so as to read out, from the plurality of
sensors for each row sequentially, signals each of which corresponds to an amount of charges accumulated after final initialization
of the corresponding sensor, and

wherein the processing unit is configured
to measure a waveform concerning an intensity of irradiated radiation,
to calculate a ratio between a radiation dose measured in a first term from the instant the irradiation is started to the
instant the initialization is performed and a radiation dose measured in a second term from the instant the first term ends
to the instant the irradiation ends, and

to correct a signal from the sensor on a row, of the plurality of sensors, which has been initialized during irradiation of
radiation, so as to compensate for a degradation in the signal due to the initialization performed after the irradiation,
based on the calculated ratio and the signal from the sensor on the row which has been initialized during the irradiation.

US Pat. No. 9,134,696

CARTRIDGE WITH FIRST AND SECOND COUPLING MEMBERS FOR ENGAGING MAIN ASSEMBLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,132,636

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND PRODUCTION PROCESS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising a substrate and a flow path forming member on the substrate, the flow path forming member
forming an ejection orifice from which a liquid is ejected and a liquid flow path, wherein the flow path forming member is
formed of an inorganic material and includes at least a flow path side wall portion forming a side of the liquid flow path,
and wherein at least a substrate side end part of an inner wall of the flow path side wall portion is covered with a member,
the inner wall being a wall of the flow path side wall portion on the side of the liquid flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,135,506

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBJECT DETECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,137,403

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,637

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which contains a polyester resin A, a polyester resin B and a colorant,
wherein the polyester resin A has
a polyester portion having a crystalline structure and
a crystal nucleating agent portion, which is bonded to an end of the polyester portion,
the crystal nucleating agent portion is formed by reacting (i) a compound having a hydrocarbon segment as a principal chain
and having one functional group reactive with the end of the polyester portion, with (ii) the end of the polyester portion,

the polyester resin B is a resin which does not possess a crystalline structure,
in a chart obtained by measuring a molecular weight distribution of a tetrahydrofuran (THF)-soluble matter of the polyester
resin B by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), a ratio of a component having a molecular weight of 1500 or less is 5.0% by
area or more and 15.0% by area or less, and

when an SP value of the polyester portion of the polyester resin A is represented by Sa ((cal/cm3)1/2) and an SP value of the polyester resin B is represented by Sb ((cal/cm3)1/2), the SP values Sa and Sb satisfy the following relationships:

9.50?Sa?11.00
?0.65?Sb?Sa?0.70.

US Pat. No. 9,129,405

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU configured to carry out functions of a pixel appending unit, a first generating unit, and a second generating unit:
said pixel appending unit configured to generate first image data by executing appending processing for appending pixels required
to extend effective image data, which is outputted from effective pixels included in an image sensor, in a scanning direction
using pixels at an end portion of the effective image data in the scanning direction;

said first generating unit configured to generate second image data obtained by reducing the first image data by applying
filtering to the first image data; and

said second generating unit configured to generate third image data obtained by reducing the second image data by applying
filtering to the second image data,

wherein the second image data includes a second effective pixel whose centroid matches that of a first effective pixel at
a terminal end of the effective image data in the scanning direction, and

the third image data includes a third effective pixel whose centroid matches that of the second effective pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,128,360

PROJECTION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CHANGING PROJECTION LENS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT STORES PROGRAM TO BE EXECUTED BY PROJECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A projection apparatus comprising:
an image display element configured to display an image;
a holder configured to detachably hold a projection lens that projects image light from the image display element;
a shift unit configured to shift the holder in a direction vertical to an optical axis of the projection lens held by the
holder;

a detector configured to detect whether the projection lens held by the holder is interchanged; and
a determination unit configured to determine, when the detector detects that the projection lens is interchanged, whether
the image light from the image display element is off an image circle of a mounted projection lens,

wherein the shift unit moves, when the determination unit determines that the image light is off the image circle of the mounted
projection lens, the mounted projection lens so that the image light is in the image circle.

US Pat. No. 9,128,648

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that switches to a second power state which is lower than a first power state, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
a plurality of execution units configured to execute predetermined functional processing;
a selection unit configured to select priority on power saving or priority on convenience as a condition for switching to
the second power state which is lower than the first power state;

a reception unit configured to receive a plurality of recovery triggers for switching to the first power state from the second
power state;

a storage unit configured to store a number of times of detection of each recovery trigger received by the reception unit;
a determination unit configured to determine, if the selection unit selects priority on convenience, whether the number of
times of detection of each recovery trigger requiring a large power amount consumed by execution units associated with each
recovery trigger, which is stored in the storage unit, falls below a predetermined threshold;

a notification unit configured to notify a user of a recovery trigger as the recovery trigger that needs to be disabled, if
the determination unit determines that the number of times of detection of the recovery trigger falls below a corresponding
predetermined threshold; and

a disabling unit configured to, if the user accepts disabling a recovery trigger of which the user has been notified by the
notification unit, disable the recovery trigger determined to fall below a corresponding predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,127,967

ENCODER HAVING PLURAL PHASE ACQUIRERS AND A POSITIONAL INFORMATION ACQUIRER FOR PRECISELY OBTAINING A POSITION OF A SCALE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a scale that includes a pattern row that has a plurality of patterns configured to spatially modulate an energy distribution;
a detector array that includes a plurality of detectors that are configured to detect the energy distribution from the pattern
row and arranged in a moving direction, the detector array being configured to move relatively to the scale; and

a signal processor configured to process and convert into positional information, an output signal from the detector array,
wherein the pattern row has a first modulation period and a second modulation period different from the first modulation period
in the moving direction, and

wherein the signal processor includes:
a first phase acquirer configured to acquire a first phase of the first modulation period based on the output signal of the
detector array;

a second phase acquirer configured to acquire a second phase of the second modulation period based on the output signal from
the detector array; and

a positional information acquirer configured to acquire Sv as a position signal that represents a position of the scale in
the moving direction,

wherein Sv satisfies:
Sv=A·?1?B·?2

where A and B are coefficients that satisfy A/B=n/m using integers m and n that satisfy:
|(m·P1?n·P2)|<|(P1?P2)|,

where ?1 is the first phase acquired by the first phase acquirer, ?2 is the second phase acquired by the second phase acquirer, P1 is the first modulation period, and P2 is the second modulation period.

US Pat. No. 9,123,603

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units, each having a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements on which light
condensed by one microlens is incident;

wherein each of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements includes a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity
type for collecting a signal charge,

wherein a height of a potential barrier with respect to a signal charge of at least a portion of a region between the first
semiconductor regions of the photoelectric conversion elements arranged adjacent to each other and included in a one photoelectric
conversion unit is lower than a height of a potential barrier arranged between the first semiconductor regions of the photoelectric
conversion elements arranged adjacent to each other and each included in different photoelectric conversion units arranged
adjacent to each other, and

wherein each microlens is disposed to overlap a plurality of the first semiconductor regions contained in one pixel with respect
to a planar view of the photoelectric conversion unit, and condenses light on the plurality of the first semiconductor regions.

US Pat. No. 9,123,610

ARRANGEMENT OF CIRCUITS IN PIXELS, EACH CIRCUIT SHARED BY A PLURALITY OF PIXELS, IN IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus having a plurality of unit cells arranged in two dimensions, each unit cell including a plurality
of photoelectric conversion elements, a common amplifier element shared by the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements,
a reset element for resetting a potential of an input portion of the common amplifier element, and a plurality of transfer
elements arranged respectively with the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements for transferring charge generated by
each photoelectric conversion element to the input portion of the common amplifier element,
wherein the common amplifier element and the reset element are arranged on the opposite sides of each photoelectric conversion
element, and each photoelectric conversion element is arranged on a line along a first direction between the common amplifier
element and the reset element,

wherein intervals between centers of mass of photo-receiving areas of photoelectric conversion elements immediately adjoining
to each other in the first direction, are substantially equal in distance within and between all of the plurality of unit
cells, and

wherein the common amplifier element and the reset element are not arranged in an area between photoelectric conversion elements
adjacent each other in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,123,621

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA WITH PLURAL SUBSTRATES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels and a signal line to which signals from the plurality of pixels
are read out, and having a structure which includes a first substrate and a second substrate combined with each other, wherein
each of the plurality of pixels includes a photoelectric conversion portion, a holding portion which holds a charge generated
in the photoelectric conversion portion, a transfer portion which transfers the charge generated in the photoelectric conversion
portion to the holding portion, a first electrode connected to the holding portion, a second electrode, and an amplifier portion
which is connected to the second electrode and amplifies a signal in the holding portion,

the photoelectric conversion portion, the holding portion and the transfer portion are provided in the first substrate,
the amplifier portion is provided in the second substrate, and
the holding portion and the amplifier portion are electrically connected to each other by a capacitance formed by the first
electrode and the second electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,122,196

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on a first image bearing member;
a second developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on a second image bearing member;
a common driving source unit configured to commonly drive the first developing device and the second developing device; and
a control unit configured to control a predetermined initialization operation with respect to each exchanged developing device
by driving the first developing device and the second developing device in a case where at least one of the first developing
device and the second developing device is exchanged for a new developing device;

wherein, in a case where either one of the first developing device or the second developing device is exchanged for a new
developing device and the other developing device is not exchanged for a new developing device, the control unit executes
the initialization operation with respect to said one of the developing devices and doesn't execute the initialization operation
with respect to the other developing device, and

wherein the control unit executes a replacement operation, that is different from the initialization operation, for replacing
a developer disposed in a developing device with respect to the other developing device while executing the initialization
operation of said one of the developing devices, and doesn't execute the replacement operation to said one of the developing
devices.

US Pat. No. 9,122,237

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,121,735

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,121,805

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
an arm configured to support a radiation generating unit that generates radiation;
a pillar configured to rotatably support the arm; and
a movable base configured to support the pillar and move on a floor surface,
wherein the arm includes an expandable mechanism configured to expand and contract in a longitudinal direction of the arm,
and

wherein the arm includes a biasing mechanism configured to reduce an operating force required by an operator for expanding
and contracting the arm.

US Pat. No. 9,124,203

MOTOR HAVING PULSE MODE AND BRUSHLESS MODE, AND CONTROL METHOD AND APPARATUS OF THE MOTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An optical apparatus comprising:
a motor that includes a rotor having a magnet, a first coil, and a second coil:
an optical element moved by the motor; and
a control apparatus configured to control driving of the motor,
wherein the control apparatus includes:
first and second rotor position detectors that are arranged with different phases and configured to detect rotating positions
of the rotor;

a drive pulse signal generator configured to use as a reference signal one of a first signal output from the first rotor position
detector and a second signal output from the second rotor position detector, and to generate a third signal that is a pulse
signal used to drive the motor;

a delay angle operator configured to change a delay angle that is a phase difference between the reference signal and the
third signal;

a driver configured to drive the motor based on the third signal; and
a driving mode transfer unit configured to start driving the motor in a first driving mode that switches an electrification
to each of the first and second coils at a predetermined time interval, to subsequently drive the motor in a second driving
mode that switches the electrification in accordance with the delay angle, and to accelerate the motor to a target velocity,

wherein the driving mode transfer unit sets as an initial delay angle of the second driving mode the delay angle between the
third signal just before the first driving mode is transferred to the second driving mode and one of the first and second
signals which provides a smaller delay angle with the third signal.

US Pat. No. 9,116,416

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cover opening and closing device, comprising:
a sliding lid that can move between an open state and a closed state, the sliding lid comprising:
a plurality of first guide members that are formed on both ends of the sliding lid in a direction perpendicular to the movement
direction of the sliding lid; and

at least one second guide member that is formed on central part of the sliding lid in a direction that is perpendicular to
the movement direction of the sliding lid; and

rail members that guide the sliding lid, the rail members comprising:
a plurality of first guide rails that are provided along the movement direction of the sliding lid, and contact with the first
guide members at least while the sliding lid moving; and

at least one second guide rail that is provided along the movement direction of the sliding lid, and contacts with the second
guide member at least while the sliding lid moving;

wherein, in the closed state, the plurality of first guide members contact with the first guide rails, and while the sliding
lid moves from the closed state to the open state, at least one among the plurality of first guide members separates from
at least one among the first guide rails and the second guide member contact with the second guide rail.

US Pat. No. 9,114,612

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,459

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic image forming apparatus, comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive member configured to bear an electrostatic latent image;
a developer carrying member configured to carry developer and develop the electrostatic latent image in a state in which the
developer carrying member is in contact with the electrophotographic photosensitive member; and

a developer feed member configured to feed the developer to the developer carrying member in a state in which the developer
feed member is in contact with the developer carrying member,

wherein the electrophotographic photosensitive member and the developer carrying member are separated from each other during
non-image formation and brought into contact with each other after the electrophotographic photosensitive member and the developer
carrying member start to be rotated, and

wherein, during a time period between a time when the electrophotographic photosensitive member and the developer carrying
member start to be rotated and a time when the electrophotographic photosensitive member and the developer carrying member
are brought into contact with each other, a number of revolutions of the developer feed member is larger than a number of
revolutions of the developer carrying member.

US Pat. No. 9,116,466

CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,503

DEVELOPING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing unit for an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, said developing unit comprising:
a developing roller, having a shaft member, for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on an electrophotographic
photosensitive drum using developer; and

a bearing for rotatably supporting said shaft member, said bearing including a bearing base portion of a first resin molded
material and a bearing portion of a second resin molded material different from the first resin molded material, said bearing
portion having a through-hole,

wherein said bearing portion includes a contact portion contacting a stepped abutting portion of said shaft member, and a
retaining portion overlapping with said bearing base portion in an axial direction of said shaft member.

US Pat. No. 9,118,857

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS IN WHICH PLURAL TRANSISTORS ARE CONNECTED TO A SINGLE INITIALIZING SWITCH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of first unit pixels configured to generate a signal by a photoelectric conversion;
a first output line connected to the plurality of first unit pixels; and
a first amplifier configured to amplify a signal from the first output line, the first amplifier comprising an operational
amplifier, an initializing switch having one terminal and another terminal, the one terminal being connected to an output
terminal of the operational amplifier, and a plurality of transistors connected between the another terminal of the initializing
switch and an input terminal of the operational amplifier, each of the plurality of transistors having a source and a drain
connected to each other, wherein

the plurality of transistors are collectively connected to the another terminal of the initializing switch.

US Pat. No. 9,113,148

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional measurement system comprising:
a projection apparatus configured to project a pattern image on a measurement target object;
an image capturing apparatus configured to capture an image including the target object on which the pattern image is projected
by the projection apparatus;

a control apparatus configured to obtain distance information from a captured image captured by the image capturing apparatus;
and

a synchronization control apparatus connected to the control apparatus via a first output interface (I/F) and a first input
I/F, connected to the projection apparatus via a second output I/F, and connected to the image capturing apparatus via a second
input I/F, and configured to perform synchronization control of the projection apparatus and the image capturing apparatus
based on an instruction from the control apparatus,

wherein the synchronization control apparatus comprises:
an error detection unit configured to detect an error;
an embedding unit configured to embed error information detected by the error detection unit in a captured image input from
the second I/F; and

an output unit configured to output to the control apparatus via the first input I/F the captured image in which the error
information has been embedded, and

wherein the control apparatus comprises an extraction unit configured to extract the error information from the captured image
in which the error information has been embedded.

US Pat. No. 9,113,170

MOTION VECTOR DECISION APPARATUS, MOTION VECTOR DECISION METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motion vector decision apparatus used in a moving image encoding apparatus for performing inter-prediction encoding of
an encoding target image using a reference image and a motion vector, comprising:
a vector setting unit adapted to sequentially select and set one of a plurality of candidate vectors serving as candidates
of the motion vector;

a difference calculation unit adapted to calculate a difference in pixel value between a block image included in the encoding
target image, and a block image included in the reference image and corresponding to the candidate vector set by said vector
setting unit;

an order storage unit adapted to store, out of the differences calculated for all of the plurality of candidate vectors, a
predetermined number of differences in ascending order;

a vector storage unit adapted to store the predetermined number of candidate vectors corresponding to the differences stored
in said order storage unit;

a determination unit adapted to determine whether the block image of the encoding target image includes a repetitive pattern,
based on distances between, out of the predetermined number of candidate vectors stored in said vector storage unit, a candidate
vector corresponding to a minimum difference stored in said order storage unit and remaining candidate vectors;

a vector code amount calculation unit adapted to calculate a vector code amount of each of the plurality of candidate vectors;
and

a motion vector decision unit adapted to calculate a cost for each of the plurality of candidate vectors by adding a corresponding
difference to a result of multiplication of the vector code amount and a weight coefficient, and deciding a candidate vector
with a minimum cost as a motion vector for the block image included in the encoding target image,

wherein said motion vector decision unit
decides the motion vector based on the cost calculated using a first weight coefficient as the weight coefficient when said
determination unit determines that the block image includes no repetitive pattern, and

decides the motion vector based on the cost calculated using a second weight coefficient larger than the first weight coefficient
as the weight coefficient when said determination unit determines that the block image includes the repetitive pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,113,174

PREDICTIVE CODING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coding apparatus which performs a predictive coding, comprising:
a first generating unit that generates a difference from a picture to be coded and a predicted picture;
a second generating unit that performs an orthogonal transformation and a quantization to generate quantized data from a difference
generated by the first generating unit;

a converting unit that converts quantized data generated by the second generating unit into binary data;
a detection unit that uses binary data generated by the converting unit to detect an amount of binary data for each slice
of one picture;

a coding unit that performs an arithmetically coding to generate coded data of one picture from binary data generated by the
converting unit; and

a third generating unit that generates a coded data stream that includes the coded data of one picture generated by the coding
unit and information indicating the amount of binary data for each slice of one picture detected by the detection unit,

wherein at least one of the first generating unit, the second generating unit, the converting unit, the detection unit, the
coding unit, and the third generating unit is implemented by a hardware structure.

US Pat. No. 9,111,655

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray generating apparatus, comprising:
an X-ray generating unit having a target and an electron source emitting an electron beam toward said target so as to form
a focal spot on said target; and

a light projecting and sighting unit that comprises:
a movable diaphragm unit having a plurality of limiting leaves;
a light source emitting visible light;
a light guiding plate provided across an X-ray axis so as to cover the path of the X-ray that irradiates an X-ray field, the
light guiding plate being configured to transmit the X-ray and cause the visible light from said light source to exit from
a front surface of said light guiding plate; and

an X-ray transmissive louver having a plurality of partition walls defining an opening between two adjacent partition walls
of the plurality of partition walls so as to transmit the X-ray and give directionality to the visible light emitted from
said front surface,

wherein said X-ray transmissive louver is secured at said front surface of said light guiding plate and is located between
said light guiding plate and said limiting leaves so as to indicate a simulated X-ray irradiation field with visible light
on a subject.

US Pat. No. 9,111,177

POSITION/ORIENTATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position/orientation measurement apparatus comprising:
a model holding unit configured to hold a three-dimensional shape model representing a geometric feature of an object;
an approximate value acquisition unit configured to acquire an approximate value indicating a position and an orientation
of the object;

an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a two-dimensional image of the object captured by an image capturing apparatus;
a projection unit configured to project the geometric feature of the three-dimensional shape model on the two-dimensional
image based on the approximate value, and to calculate the direction of the geometric feature of the three-dimensional shape
model projected on the two-dimensional image;

a detection unit configured to detect an image feature based on the two-dimensional image and to calculate the direction of
the image feature;

an association unit configured to associate the image feature and the geometric feature by comparing the direction of the
image feature calculated based on the two-dimensional image and the direction of the geometric feature calculated based on
the three-dimensional shape model; and

a position/orientation calculation unit configured to calculate the position and the orientation of the object by correcting
the approximate value based on the distance between the geometric feature and the image feature associated therewith by the
association unit,

wherein for each geometric feature in the three-dimensional shape model projected on the two-dimensional image by the projection
unit, the detection unit detects a plurality of image features based on the two-dimensional image in correspondence with the
geometric feature, and calculates the direction of each of the image features,

wherein the association unit comprises
a calculation unit configured to, for each geometric feature of the three-dimensional shape model projected on the two-dimensional
image by the projection unit, calculate the difference between the direction of the geometric feature and the direction of
each of the corresponding image features, and to calculate a reference value based on the obtained differences in direction
of the image features at the geometric features, and

a selection unit configured to, for each of the geometric features, select any image feature whose difference in direction
is within a predetermined range from the reference value, from among the plurality of image features detected in correspondence
with the geometric feature, and

wherein the association unit associates the selected image features with the corresponding geometric features.

US Pat. No. 9,111,204

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD SETTING COLOR SEPARATION PARAMETER BASED ON IMAGE DATA CHANGE RESULTING FROM LOSSY COMPRESSION AND EXPANSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire lossy compressed and expanded image data;
a compression ratio information acquisition unit configured to acquire compression ratio information on the acquired image
data;

a change amount determination unit configured to determine, based on the acquired compression ratio information, a change
amount of a signal value of the image data resulting from the lossy compression and expansion of the image data; and

a parameter setting unit configured to set a color separation parameter based on the determined change amount.

US Pat. No. 9,110,417

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on a recording material while conveying the recoding material bearing the toner
image at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a roller;
a first unit including a first tubular film contacting the roller and forming a heating portion with the roller, a heater
heating the first tubular film, and a first guide member; and

a second unit including a second tubular film contacting the roller and forming the nip portion with the roller, and a second
guide member,

wherein the first guide member includes first protruding portions which contact an inner surface of the first tubular film
in a region corresponding to the recording material conveyed at the nip portion in a generatrix direction of the roller, and
the second guide member includes second protruding portions which contact an inner surface of the second tubular film in the
region, and

wherein the apparatus takes first positions in the generatrix direction where the first protruding portions are provided and
the second protruding portions are not provided and second positions in the generatrix direction where the first protruding
portions are not provided and the second protruding portions are provided.

US Pat. No. 9,110,431

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member that is rotatable;
a charger includes a discharge electrode, a case surrounding the discharge electrode and having an opening on the photosensitive
member side, and a grid disposed in the opening and having a mesh area inside thereof, and charges the photosensitive member
at a charging portion;

a shutter having a sheet-shape is disposed closer to the photosensitive member than the grid, includes a fiber, and opens
and closes the opening;

a moving mechanism moves the shutter in a longitudinal direction of the grid to be opened and closed;
an exposure device exposes the photosensitive member charged by the charger;
a developing device develops an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by the exposure device, with
toner;

a transfer device transfers a toner image formed on the photosensitive member by the developing device to a transfer medium
at a transfer portion;

a blade is disposed on a downstream side of the transfer portion and an upstream side of the charging portion with respect
to a rotational direction of the photosensitive member, and comes in contact with the photosensitive member to remove the
toner remaining on the photosensitive member; and

first and second contact members are disposed on a downstream side of the charging portion and an upstream side of a contacting
portion of the blade with respect to the rotational direction of the photosensitive member, and come in contact with areas
of the photosensitive member corresponding to both longitudinal ends of the mesh area, and the first and second contact members
contact an upstream side of the contacting portion of the blade and the photosensitive member with respect to the rotating
direction of the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,110,176

RADIATION DETECTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detector comprising:
multiple pixels, wherein each of said multiple pixels is a radiation detecting element comprising:
needle crystal scintillators;
a protruding pattern layer including multiple protrusions, each having a surface, with a gap between them; and
a photodetector configured to detect scintillation light emitted by said needle crystal scintillators, wherein:
one end of said needle crystal scintillators is in contact with the surfaces of said multiple protrusions;
a gap corresponding to the gap between said multiple protrusions is provided between portions of said needle crystal scintillators
where said needle crystal scintillators are in contact with said surfaces of said multiple protrusions; and

the number of said needle crystal scintillators which are in contact with the surface of one of said multiple protrusions
is 5 or less, and

wherein at least two of said multiple protrusions are arranged on one of said photo detectors.

US Pat. No. 9,113,101

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,123

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a transmission unit that transmits image data to an external display device;
a communication unit that transmits a command to the external display device; and
a control unit that causes, based on whether an external apparatus connected to the external display device is transmitting
image data to the external display device, the communication unit to transmit a first command to the external apparatus if
the external apparatus is a predetermined device, wherein the predetermined device is a device which a predetermined logical
address is assigned to, wherein the predetermined logical address is a logical address relating to a device type of the communication
apparatus, wherein the first command is used for causing the external apparatus to release the predetermined logical address,
wherein the control unit causes, after the first command is transmitted to the external apparatus, the communication unit
to transmit a second command to the external display device by using the predetermined logical address which is released from
the external apparatus,

wherein the second command is used for causing the external display device to display image data to be transmitted by the
transmission unit to the external display device.

US Pat. No. 9,108,426

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head unit for ejecting at least an ink of a first color and an ink of a second color different from the first color
on a print medium; and

a print control unit configured to control the print head unit to precedently eject the ink of the first color on the print
medium and subsequently eject the ink of the second color on the ink of the first color precedently ejected on the print medium
in an overlapping manner;

wherein the print control unit controls a temperature of each of the ink of the first color and the ink of the second color
so that a permeation speed at which the ink of the first color permeates the print medium is larger than a permeation speed
at which the ink of the second color permeates the print medium.

US Pat. No. 9,102,497

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a sheet discharging portion configured to discharge a plurality of sheets;
a stacking portion having a stacking surface on which each sheet discharged from the sheet discharging portion is stacked;
a sheet presence/absence detecting portion that detects whether a sheet is present or absent on the stacking surface of the
stacking portion;

an abutting portion against which each end in a sheet discharge direction of the sheets discharged by the sheet discharging
portion and stacked on the stacking surface abuts;

an alignment mechanism including a pair of aligning members respectively having aligning faces that align the sheets discharged
onto the stacking surface in a sheet width direction; and

a control portion that controls the aligning mechanism based on a detected result of the sheet presence/absence detecting
portion indicating a presence of the sheet on the stacking surface of the stacking portion such that a distance between the
aligning faces of the pair of aligning members is set as a first distance, and controls the aligning mechanism based on a
detected result of the sheet presence/absence detecting portion indicating an absence of the sheet on the stacking surface
of the stacking portion such that the distance between the aligning faces of the pair of aligning members is set as a second
distance, the second distance being wider than the first distance and being wider than a widthwise length of the sheet discharged
onto the stacking surface.

US Pat. No. 9,104,909

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus for controlling a detection processing for detecting a specific object, comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
determining a moving direction of a moving object detected in a moving image, wherein the moving direction corresponds to
a positional relationship between a position of the moving object in a moving image at a first time and a position of the
moving object in the moving image at a second time; and

detecting, if a moving direction of the detected moving object is a first moving direction, a specific object by comparing
the detected moving object with a pattern for detecting the specific object, and detecting, if a moving direction of the detected
moving object is a second moving direction being different from the first direction, the specific object by using at least
two of a height, width, a ratio between the height and the width, a size, or a shape of the detected moving object.

US Pat. No. 9,098,748

OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS, OBJECT DETECTION METHOD, MONITORING CAMERA SYSTEM AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object detection apparatus that detects a target object from image data, the apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining unit adapted to obtain image data by sequentially capturing an image in a predetermined direction from
a predetermined viewpoint;

a feature extraction unit adapted to extract a feature amount for each of partial regions that constitute the image data obtained
by the image obtaining unit;

a storage unit adapted to store, as a background feature amount for each of the partial regions, a feature amount extracted
in advance by the feature extraction unit from background image data that has been obtained by the image obtaining unit and
does not include the target object;

a first object region determination unit adapted to determine, for each of the partial regions, whether or not the partial
region is an object region including the target object by comparing a current feature amount extracted from the partial region
by the feature extraction unit with the background feature amount;

a statistic calculation unit adapted to calculate, for each of the partial regions, a statistic of determination within a
period by the first object region determination unit, based on determination results by the first object region determination
unit within the period;

a parameter deciding unit adapted to decide a parameter for each of the partial regions based on a statistic of incorrect
determination calculated by the statistic calculation unit within a parameter setting period in which the partial region does
not include the target object but is incorrectly determined as the object region by the first object region determination
unit; and

a second object region determination unit adapted to determine, for each of the partial regions determined as the object region
by the first object region determination unit within a detection period in which the object would be detected, whether the
partial region is the object region or a disturbance, based on the parameter decided by the parameter deciding unit and the
statistic of determination within the detection period calculated by the statistic calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,100,583

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING AN ABERRATION OF AN IMAGE CONTAINING A LUMINANCE SATURATION PART, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining portion configured to obtain a first image and a second image that have exposures different from each other;
a region selecting portion configured to select a first region that is different from a region containing a luminance saturation
part from the first image, and select a second region that corresponds to the region containing the luminance saturation part
of the first image from the second image;

an image restoration processing portion configured to perform an image restoration processing so as to reduce an aberration
by using an image restoration filter generated based on an optical transfer function for the first region of the first image
and the second region of the second image; and

an image replacing portion configured to replace the region containing the luminance saturation part of the first image with
the second region of the second image so as to synthesize the first region of the first image and the second region of the
second image to generate one image,

wherein the image restoration filter is generated based on the optical transfer function of an image pickup optical system
which is used for taking the first image and the second image.

US Pat. No. 9,098,220

PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR A SERVERLESS PULL PRINTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium on which is stored a computer program for making a computer execute
a method for an information processing apparatus communicating with a printer via a network, the method comprising the steps
of:
setting condition information for generating identification information for identifying the information processing apparatus;
generating and spooling data for print as a function of a print module of the information processing apparatus according to
a user's printing operation;

generating identification information for identifying the information processing apparatus from a part of an information of
an IP address of the information processing apparatus according to the set condition information;

presenting the generated identification information to a user;
transmitting, after the presenting step, to the printing apparatus a list of the data spooled by the spooling unit and user
information of a user who has executed the printing operation, in response to a request from the printing apparatus, the request
using the identification information; and

transmitting, to the printing apparatus, generated print data corresponding to data selected at the printing apparatus from
the list,

wherein, in the printing apparatus, a data selection from the list is performed when the user information transmitted by the
information processing apparatus has been authenticated.

US Pat. No. 9,098,003

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin, a colorant and a charge controlling agent, wherein:
the charge controlling agent is a polymer A having a structure “a” represented by formula (1), and the polymer A has a weight
average molecular weight (Mw) of not less than 1,000 and not more than 100,000:


wherein R1 represents a hydroxyl group, a carboxyl group, an alkyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms, or
an alkoxyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms,

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, an alkyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms, or
an alkoxyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms,

g represents an integer of not less than 1 and not more than 3 and h represents an integer of not less than 0 and not more
than 3, wherein when h is 2 or 3, R1 can be each independently selected, and

* represents a binding site in the polymer A.

US Pat. No. 9,098,225

PRINT PROCESSING METHOD AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a segmenting unit configured to segment render objects included in a page into a first and second group based on a layer of
each of the render objects, layers of render objects in the first group being closer to a background of the page than every
layer of render objects in the second group; and

a providing unit configured to provide the render objects in the first group to a first processor earlier than the render
objects in the second group to a second processor.

US Pat. No. 9,098,033

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE HAVING SAME HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater used for an image heating device comprising:
a substrate having lengthwise and widthwise dimensions;
first and second electrodes provided on the substrate at the same end of the substrate in a lengthwise direction of the substrate;
a first heat-generation line including a first electro-conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction
of the substrate, a second electro-conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction of the substrate
at a position different in a widthwise direction of the substrate from the first electro-conductive element, and a plurality
of heat-generation resistors including positive resistance-temperature characteristics, and electrically connected in parallel
between the first electro-conductive element and the second electro-conductive element;

a second heat-generation line including a third electro-conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise
direction of the substrate, a fourth electro-conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction of
the substrate at a position different in the widthwise direction of the substrate from the third electro-conductive element,
and a plurality of heat-generation resistors including positive resistance-temperature characteristics and electrically connected
in parallel between the third electro-conductive element and the fourth electro-conductive element, and

a fifth electro-conductive element provided on the substrate,
wherein the second electro-conductive element and the third electro-conductive element are arranged between the first electro-conductive
element and the fourth electro-conductive element in the widthwise direction of the substrate,

wherein the fifth electro-conductive element is arranged between the second electro-conductive element and the third electro-conductive
element in the widthwise direction of the substrate,

wherein the first electrode is connected to the first electro-conductive element and the fourth electro-conductive element,
wherein the second electrode is connected to the fifth electro-conductive element,
wherein the second electro-conductive element and the third electro-conductive element are connected to the fifth electro-conductive
element, and

wherein the first heat-generation line and the second heat-generation line are provided along the lengthwise direction of
the substrate at positions different in the widthwise direction of the substrate from each other, and the first heat-generation
line and the second heat-generation line are electrically connected in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,095,977

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,060

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device for an image forming apparatus, comprising:
(i) a frame member;
(ii) a cleaning member for removing a developer from a surface of a member to be cleaned , the cleaning member including
a blade portion configure to come into contact with the member to be cleaned in a direction counter to a moving direction
of the member to be cleaned; and

a flexible plate-like supporting member configured to support the blade portion, the supporting member including one end portion,
in which the blade portion is provided, the other end portion, which has a portion to be fixed to the frame member, a bent
portion, which is positioned between the one end portion and the other end portion and positioned outwardly away from the
surface of the member to be cleaned with respect to a line segment connecting the portion to be fixed and a contact portion,
in which the blade portion comes into contact with the member to be cleaned, and a side plate portion projecting from a side
end of the one end portion, wherein the portion to be fixed is arranged on the downstream side of the moving direction of
the member to be cleaned to the contact portion;

(iii) a storage chamber, which includes the frame member, configured to store the developer removed by the cleaning member;
and

(iv) a sealing member, which is provided between the cleaning member and the frame member, configured to prevent the developer
from leaking from the storage chamber and fixed to one of the side plate portion and the frame member.

US Pat. No. 9,100,276

DISTRIBUTION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distribution device comprising:
a registration unit configured to receive a registration request of setting information relating to distribution of an event
occurring in a print device from each of one or more client devices and register the setting information;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire event information relating to an event occurred in the print device from the print
device;

a determination unit configured to determine event information which is a distribution target based on the acquired event
information and the registered setting information;

a distribution unit configured to distribute event information, which has been determined as the distribution target, to a
plurality of client devices including a client device different from the one or more client devices that are the registration
requesters of the registered setting information; and

a confirmation unit configured to confirm the reception of the event information by the client device.

US Pat. No. 9,097,960

LENS BARREL AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel, comprising:
an annular oscillatory wave motor which drives a lens along an optical axis;
a manual ring which is rotatable about the optical axis of the lens and is operated manually to move the lens along the optical
axis;

a slip ring which is rotatable about the optical axis and is in contact with the manual ring;
a roller which is rotatable about an axis in a radial direction perpendicular to the optical axis, is in contact with the
slip ring, and is configured to rotate in accordance with drive of the annular oscillatory wave motor;

a roller support ring which supports the roller and is rotatable about the optical axis; and
a pressurizer which presses the roller and the slip ring,
wherein frictional resistance on a contact surface between the manual ring and the slip ring is smaller than that on a contact
surface between the roller and the slip ring.

US Pat. No. 9,093,346

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion element provided in a semiconductor substrate and including a first semiconductor region of a first
conductivity type;

a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type which is provided in contact with the first semiconductor region;
a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type which is provided at a position apart from the second semiconductor
region;

a fourth semiconductor region of a second conductivity type different from the first conductivity type which is provided between
the second semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region;

a fifth semiconductor region of the first conductivity type which is provided at a position apart from the third semiconductor
region;

a sixth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type which is provided between the third semiconductor region and
the fifth semiconductor region;

a first gate electrode provided on an insulation film on the fourth semiconductor region; and
a second gate electrode provided on an insulation film on the sixth semiconductor region,
wherein an impurity concentration of the third semiconductor region is lower than that of the fifth semiconductor region,
and a depth of a lower-edge of the third semiconductor region from a surface of the semiconductor substrate is larger than
a depth of a lower-edge of the fifth semiconductor region from the surface of the semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,089,290

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, OPHTHALMOLOGIC CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to capture an image of a subject's eye by using an imaging unit and returned light from the subject's
eye irradiated with illumination light;

a determination unit configured to determine a parameter for acquiring unique information of the subject's eye based on a
physical property of the subject's eye; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the unique information based on the determined parameter and an output of the imaging
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,093,340

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,085,142

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid ejection head that includes a supporting member having a major surface provided with
a plurality of supply paths, and a recording element substrate having a bonding surface bonded to the major surface and provided
with a plurality of supply ports arranged side by side in an arranging direction in which the supply paths are arranged side
by side, the supply ports having smaller widths than the respective supply paths in the arranging direction, the method comprising:
applying a bonding agent on the major surface around each of the supply paths;
spreading the bonding agent to inner side surfaces of the supply ports by pressing boundary portions between the bonding surface
and the supply ports into the bonding agent applied;

moving the recording element substrate and the supporting member that are connected to each other with the bonding agent relative
to each other in a first direction along the major surface; and

bonding the bonding surface to the major surface at a bonding position where the supply ports face the respective supply paths.

US Pat. No. 9,082,820

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a semiconductor apparatus, comprising:
preparing a laminated body including:
a first element part having a first semiconductor layer;
a first wiring part having a first conductor layer, and a first insulator layer located between the first semiconductor layer
and the first conductor layer;

a second element part including a second semiconductor layer; and
a second wiring part including a second conductor layer,
wherein the second wiring part is located between the first element part and the second element part,
wherein the first wiring part is located between the first element part and the second wiring part, and
wherein a second insulator layer is located between the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer;
forming a first hole, which penetrates through the first element part and the first insulator layer, from a side of the first
semiconductor layer toward the first conductor layer, and forming a second hole, which penetrates through the first element
part, the first wiring part, and the second insulator layer, from the side of the first semiconductor layer toward the second
conductor layer; and

forming a conductive member configured to electrically connect the first conductor layer with the second conductor layer,
in the first hole and the second hole,

wherein the first wiring part has an intermediate layer made of a material different from materials of the first insulator
layer and the first conductor layer and located between the first insulator layer and the first conductor layer, and

wherein an etching condition of the first insulator layer when the first hole is formed is that an etching rate for the material
of the first insulator layer under the etching condition is higher than an etching rate for the material of the intermediate
layer under the etching condition,

wherein the second insulator layer is etched in the forming of the second hole, in a state where the first hole reaches the
intermediate layer and the intermediate layer remains between the first hole and the first conductor layer.

US Pat. No. 9,081,204

INTERCHANGEABLE LENS AND CAMERA SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,360

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,067

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFIER-BASED OBJECT DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a reading unit constructed to read input image information;
a generating unit constructed to generate cumulative image information only for each of representative pixel positions which
are only some of all pixel positions in the input image information read by the reading unit;

a storing unit constructed to store the cumulative image information for each of the representative pixel positions generated
by the generating unit; and

a calculating unit constructed to calculate a feature amount of a local area in the input image information using the cumulative
image information stored for predetermined representative pixel positions which prescribe the local area, without using cumulative
image information for any pixel positions other than the representative pixel positions.

US Pat. No. 9,075,334

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS DETERMINING CHARGED POTENTIAL FLUCTUATION OF PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member by exposing the charged photosensitive
member;

a detecting unit configured to detect a current flowing between the charging unit and the photosensitive member; and
a correction unit configured to determine a fluctuation location of the charged potential of the photosensitive member according
to a fluctuation amount of the current detected by the detecting unit, the fluctuation location being caused by contact between
a portion of the charging unit and the photosensitive member, and to correct an amount of light irradiated by the exposure
unit onto the photosensitive member at the fluctuation location of the charged potential.

US Pat. No. 9,075,335

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INCLUDING A SHIELDING MEMBER, THAT FORMS IMAGE BY DEVELOPING ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE FORMED ON PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a corona electrostatic charger configured to have an opening facing said photosensitive member and electrostatically charge
said photosensitive member via the opening;

a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said photosensitive member electrostatically charged by said
corona electrostatic charger;

a sheet-shaped shielding member configured to shield the opening;
a moving unit configured to move said shielding member between a shielding position in which said shielding member shields
the opening and a retracted position in which said shielding member is retracted from the shielding position;

a main switch configured to activate the image forming apparatus by being turned on;
a heater configured to heat said photosensitive member by being supplied with a voltage;
a power source configured to supply the voltage to said heater so that electric current is passed through said heater;
a heater switch configured to allow the electric current to pass through said heater from said power source by being turned
on; and

a micro switch configured to allow passage of the electric current to said heater due to turning on of said heater switch
in a case where said main switch is turned off and said shielding member is disposed at the retracted position, and interrupt
passage of the electric current to said heater due to turning on of said heater switch in a case where said main switch is
turned off and said shielding member is disposed at the shielding position.

US Pat. No. 9,076,704

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR A PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion disposed in a semiconductor substrate, wherein the photoelectric conversion portion includes:
a first semiconductor region of an N-type;
a second semiconductor region of a P-type, disposed below the first semiconductor region; and
a third semiconductor region of the N-type, disposed below the second semiconductor region; and
an isolation portion disposed in the semiconductor substrate so as to electrically isolate the photoelectric conversion portion,
wherein the isolation portion includes:

an insulator including a portion disposed laterally to the first semiconductor region,
a fourth semiconductor region of the N-type, disposed below the portion of the insulator, and
a fifth semiconductor region of the N-type, disposed below the fourth semiconductor region,
wherein the photoelectric conversion portion further includes a sixth semiconductor region of P-type, disposed between the
second semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region, the sixth semiconductor region containing P-type impurity
at a lower concentration than the second semiconductor region, wherein the fifth semiconductor region is disposed laterally
to the sixth semiconductor region and is disposed apart from the second semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,077,889

NETWORK MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network management apparatus for managing a network to which a plurality of apparatuses including a slave apparatus that
receives a control command to control a photographic operation from a master apparatus belong, comprising:
an identification unit that identifies the master apparatus out of the plurality of apparatuses;
a determination unit that determines, from the plurality of apparatuses, a candidate apparatus that becomes a new network
management apparatus in a case that the network management apparatus is disconnected from the network, said determination
unit preferentially determining the master apparatus as the candidate apparatus; and

a transmission unit that transmits, at least to the apparatus determined as the candidate apparatus by said determination
unit, a notification indicating that the apparatus is determined as the candidate apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,069,317

SURFACE TREATMENT APPARATUS HAVING REUSABLE FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A glossing apparatus for glossing at least part of a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
a film;
a supply roller on which said film is wound;
a wind-up roller configured to wind-up said film;
a driving device configured to drive said wind-up roller to rotate;
a heating device configured to heat at least part of the toner image on the recording material through said film at a heating
position between said supply roller and said wind-up roller in a glossing operation;

a reversing device configured to reverse said film toward said supply roller to use an unused area of said film which has
not been in contact with the recording material and which has been passed through the heating position during the glossing
operation;

a conveying device configured to (i) convey the recording material toward the heating position, and (ii) shift the recording
material so that an area in which the recording material is in contact with said film is within the unused area of said film
in a widthwise direction of said film; and

a controller configured to control a reversing operation of said reversing device and a shifting operation of said conveying
device based on a width of the recording material in the widthwise direction, and when the width of the recording material
is not less than a predetermined amount of the film width, the reversing operation and the shifting operation are not performed.

US Pat. No. 9,071,156

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,067,460

DRY ETCHING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A dry etching method comprising patterning a resin film provided on a substrate, by reactive ion etching using a resist
mask,
wherein a gas mixture containing CF4 gas with a percentage flow rate of 1.0% to 1.25% is used as an etching gas,

wherein a pressure in an etching reaction chamber in an apparatus used for the reactive ion etching is 1.0 Pa or more,
wherein the reactive ion etching includes a first stage in which 5% to 95% of a thickness of the resin film is removed beginning
with a start of etching, and a second stage in which etching is performed after the first stage,

wherein high-frequency antenna power in the second stage is higher than high-frequency antenna power in the first stage, and
wherein high-frequency bias power in the first stage is 450 W to 1050 W and high-frequency bias power in the second stage
is 30 W to 70 W.

US Pat. No. 9,063,498

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,057,966

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEMORY MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,112

IMAGING APPARATUS, LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus capable of communicating with a light emitting apparatus via a radio wave communication unit using
a radio wave, the imaging apparatus comprising:
a light emission start instruction unit configured to output a light emission start instruction addressed to the light emitting
apparatus, to the radio wave communication unit;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a first light emission delay time that the light emitting apparatus requires for
a processing from completion of reception of data indicating the light emission start instruction issued from the radio wave
communication unit to start of light emission; and

a control unit configured to control timing at which the imaging apparatus starts an operation corresponding to the light
emission performed according to the light emission start instruction based on the first light emission delay time acquired
by the acquisition unit, and a second light emission delay time required for the processing from an output of the light emission
start instruction issued from the light emission start instruction unit, to completion of transmission of the data indicating
the light emission start instruction issued from the radio wave communication unit,

wherein the second light emission delay time finishes before the first light emission delay time appears.

US Pat. No. 9,052,525

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL EQUIPMENT AND IMAGING DEVICE PROVIDED WITH SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correction apparatus, the apparatus comprising:
a fixed member;
a movable member configured to hold a correcting member that corrects image shake, which is supported so as to be movable
in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis relative to the fixed member, and configured to have a first connecting unit
and a second connecting unit;

a first moving member connected to the first connecting unit, and configured to move the movable member in a first direction
via the first connecting unit;

a second moving member connected to the second connecting unit, and configured to move the movable member in a second direction
different from the first direction via the second connecting unit;

a first drive unit configured to drive the first moving member; and
a second drive unit configured to drive the second moving member independently of driving of the first moving member by the
first drive unit,

wherein the first drive unit and the second drive unit share a constituent component,
wherein the second moving member rotates the movable member using the first connecting unit as a center of rotation;
wherein the first and second moving members translationally move on a same straight line relative to the fixed member.

US Pat. No. 9,054,002

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,282

3D IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL APPARATUS AND 3D IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus used for a 3D image pickup apparatus for taking two subject images having a disparity by using two
lens apparatuses, each of which is directly connectable to an image pickup apparatus to take a subject image, and one image
pickup apparatus, the optical apparatus comprising:
a first lens attaching unit for attaching a first lens apparatus in a detachable manner;
a second lens attaching unit for attaching a second lens apparatus in a detachable manner;
a camera attaching unit for attaching the image pickup apparatus in a detachable manner, the image pickup apparatus including
an image pickup portion; and

a switch unit for alternately switching light rays from the first lens apparatus and the second lens apparatus in a time division
manner to guide the light ray to the image pickup apparatus in a state that the first lens apparatus, the second lens apparatus
and the image pickup apparatus are connected to the optical apparatus,

wherein intermediate images of a subject are formed in the optical apparatus by the first lens apparatus and the second lens
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,055,292

MOVING IMAGE ENCODING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoding apparatus comprising:
a determination unit that (a) determines whether or not an image corresponding to a target block including pixels is a low
frequency band image, and (b) determines whether or not the image corresponding to the target block includes a gradation image
if the image corresponding to the target block is the low frequency band image; and

an encoding unit that performs an encoding process of using an intra-prediction coding to encode the target block,
wherein the target block is encoded by using at least one of a first block size, a second block size, and a third block size
if the image corresponding to the target block is not the low frequency band image,

wherein the target block is encoded by using the third block size prior to the first block size and the second block size
if the image corresponding to the target block is the low frequency band image and includes the gradation image,

wherein the target block is encoded by using the first block size prior to the second block size and the third block size
if the image corresponding to the target block is the low frequency band image and does not include the gradation image,

wherein the third block size is smaller than the second block size, and the second block size is smaller than the first block
size, and

wherein at least one of the determination unit and the encoding unit has a hardware structure.

US Pat. No. 9,048,835

POWER SUPPLY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply comprising:
a transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a switching element connected to the secondary winding of the transformer and configured to perform a switch according to
a voltage generated in the secondary winding of the transformer;

a first current-voltage conversion unit configured to convert a current on a secondary winding connected-side of the switching
element to a first voltage;

a second current-voltage conversion unit configured to convert a current on a voltage-output side of the switching element
to a second voltage;

a comparator configured to compare the first voltage and the second voltage;
a switching off unit configured to turn off the switching element in response to a signal from the comparator; and
a state holding unit configured to hold an off state of the switching element and connected to the voltage-output side of
the switching element and the switching off unit.

US Pat. No. 9,046,820

SEALING MEMBER, TONER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner supply container comprising:
i) a container body configured to contain toner and rotatable about an axis thereof, the container body including a cylindrical
portion and an opening provided at one axial end portion thereof and configured to permit discharge of the toner contained
in the container body; and

ii) a sealing member provided at the one axial end portion of the container body, the sealing member being movable relative
to the container body in an axial direction of the container body, the sealing member including:

ii-i) a sealing portion provided at a side adjacent the container body and configured to seal the opening when the sealing
member and the container body are in a first position relative to one another, the opening becoming unsealed by relative movement
of the sealing member and the container body away from one another from the first position to a second position relative to
one another; and

ii-ii) a coupling portion provided at a side remote from the container body and configured and positioned to receive a rotational
drive force for rotating the sealing member and the container body about the rotation axis of the container body, the coupling
portion including:

ii-ii-i) a supporting portion provided on the sealing portion, the supporting portion being elastically displaceable in an
inward direction toward the rotation axis of the container body and elastically restorable in an outward direction away from
the rotation axis of the container body;

ii-ii-ii) an engaging portion provided at a free end of the supporting portion and being displaceable with the supporting
portion, the engaging portion including:

ii-ii-ii-i) a rotational force receiving portion capable of being abutted in a direction that is concentric with a circumference
of the cylindrical portion of the container body to receive a rotational drive force for rotating the sealing member and the
container body; and

ii-ii-ii-ii) a locking portion capable of being abutted in a direction parallel to the rotation axis of the container body
to enable the relative movement of the sealing member and the container body from the first position, in which the opening
is sealed, to the second position, in which the opening is unsealed; and

ii-ii-iii) a displacing force receiving portion provided on the supporting portion at a position closer to the container body
than the engaging portion, the displacing force receiving portion being displaceable with the supporting portion and having
a radially outermost part that is more remote from the rotation axis of the container body than a radially outermost part
of the engaging portion,

wherein a radially outermost part of the container body is more remote from the rotation axis of the container body than the
radially outermost part of the displacing force receiving portion.

US Pat. No. 10,143,024

COMMUNICATION PARAMETER SETTING METHOD, COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, AND MANAGING APPARATUS FOR MANAGING COMMUNICATION PARAMETERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus comprising:an executing device that executes, in response to a user operation, a process of wirelessly transmitting wireless communication parameters from a management apparatus to a receiving apparatus, the wireless communication parameters comprising at least one of a SSID (Service Set Identifier), an encrypting system, a key and an authenticating system, wherein the communicating apparatus operates as the management apparatus in the process;
a detecting device that detects one or more other communicating apparatuses that are executing the process, based on information received via a wireless communication; and
a sending device that wirelessly sends information indicating that multiple sessions of the process are detected to a terminal apparatus that operates as the receiving apparatus, in a case where the detecting device detects a plurality of other communicating apparatuses that are executing the process while the executing device is executing the process,
wherein the information sent by the sending device causes the terminal apparatus to stop the process.

US Pat. No. 10,139,499

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:a sensor configured to convert irradiated radiation into a charge in accordance with a radiation dose;
a switching power supply configured to supply power to at least the sensor;
a readout unit configured to readout a signal corresponding to the charge from the sensor in synchronism with an imaging synchronization signal and a control clock for a switching operation of the switching power supply; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust a phase of the control clock in each cycle of the imaging synchronization signal so that the timing of the imaging synchronization signal that occurs cyclically is at the same phase with respect to the control clock, wherein
the adjustment unit determines an adjustment amount for the phase based on a difference between an interval of the imaging synchronization signal and an interval of a readout of one line wire by the readout unit.

US Pat. No. 10,093,512

APPARATUS HAVING DETACHMENT UNIT FOR BINDING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,603

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,620

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,074,174

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,052,870

LIQUID SUPPLY SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, AND LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid supply substrate configured to supply a liquid to a chamber in a liquid ejecting head in which the liquid in the chamber is ejected through an ejection port by thermal energy transferred from an electrothermal conversion element to the liquid, the liquid supply substrate comprising:a first substrate having a first surface connected to an ejection port plate including the chamber and the ejection port, the first substrate including a plurality of supply ports through which the liquid is supplied to the chamber;
a second substrate coupled to a second surface of the first substrate opposite the first surface, the second substrate including a common liquid supply chamber from which the liquid is supplied to the plurality of supply ports; and
an intermediate layer disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, the intermediate layer including a first region and a second region, wherein the second region has lower thermal conductivity than the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,031,436

HIGH VOLTAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A high voltage generation apparatus comprising:a transformer configured to boost an input voltage;
a rectification circuit configured to rectify an output of the transformer and supply a direct current voltage to a load;
a current detection circuit including an operational amplifier and configured to detect a direct current that flows through the load, the direct current that flows through the load being input to a first input terminal of the operational amplifier, a reference value being input to a second input terminal of the operational amplifier, an output of the operational amplifier being fed back to the first input terminal of the operational amplifier via a current detection resistor, the current detection circuit being configured to detect the direct current that flows through the load, as a voltage generated in the current detection resistor; and
a voltage detection circuit connected to the first input terminal of the operational amplifier and configured to detect the direct current voltage supplied from the rectification circuit to the load,
wherein the current detection circuit includes:
a voltage divider circuit configured to divide the output of the operational amplifier as a detected value of the direct current that flows through the load; and
a bypass circuit configured to cause a current to flow from a connection portion between the voltage detection circuit and the first input terminal of the operational amplifier to an output terminal of the operational amplifier in a case where the detected value of the direct current that flows through the load drops below a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,030,966

LENGTH MEASURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A length measuring apparatus configured to perform length measurement for an object moving in a measurement region, the apparatus comprising:a light source;
a light receiving element configured to receive light reflected by the object and modulated by the object with a Doppler effect, and configured to output a signal based on the received light; and
a processor configured to:
obtain an amplitude of the output signal;
set an amplitude threshold;
compare the obtained amplitude of the output signal with the amplitude threshold;
specify a first time and a second time corresponding to a first position and a second position, respectively, of the object based on a result of the comparison;
obtain a measurement value of a velocity of the object based on the output signal between the first time and the second time; and
obtain a length of the object based on the obtained measurement value.

US Pat. No. 10,033,886

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication apparatus to:
obtain a captured image;
perform recognition processing for recognizing another communication apparatus from the captured image;
in a case where a plurality of other communication apparatuses are recognized by the recognition processing and a connection instruction to the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses is performed from a user, transmit a signal for enabling the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses to connect in an application layer for each other via a wireless connection; and
in a case where a plurality of other communication apparatuses are recognized by the recognition processing and a disconnection instruction to the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses is performed from a user,
i) transmit a signal for disconnecting the connection in the application layer between the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses, so that the wireless connection between the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses is maintained, in a case where the wireless connection between the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses has been already established at a timing that the connection instruction is performed to the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses, and
ii) transmit a signal for disconnecting the connection in the application layer and the wireless connection between the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses, in a case where the wireless connection between the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses has not been established at a timing that the connection instruction is performed to the plurality of recognized other communication apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 10,033,904

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,032,930

AMORPHOUS OXIDE AND THIN FILM TRANSISTOR

JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,032,931

SWITCHING ELEMENT

JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOL...

1. A switching thin film transistor device for driving LCDs or organic EL displays, comprising:a drain electrode;
a source electrode;
a channel layer contacting the drain electrode and the source electrode,
wherein the channel layer comprises indium-gallium-zinc oxide having a transparent, amorphous state of a composition equivalent to InGaO3(ZnO)m (wherein m is a natural number less than 6) in a crystallized state, and
the channel layer has a semi-insulating property represented by an electron mobility measured at room temperature of more than 1 cm2/(V·sec) and an electron carrier concentration less than 1016/cm3 determined by Hall-effect measurement at room temperature;
a gate electrode; and
a gate insulating film positioned between the gate electrode and the channel layer.

US Pat. No. 10,031,429

METHOD OF OBTAINING POSITION, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of obtaining a position of a second shot region different from a first shot region, of a plurality of shot regions formed on a substrate, implemented by a control unit configured to cause a detection unit to detect a mark formed on the substrate, the method comprising:a first detection step of detecting, by the detection unit, a position of a first mark arranged with respect to the first shot region;
a second detection step of detecting, by the detection unit, a position of a mark which is more distant from the first mark and whose distance from the first mark is greater than a predetermined distance, of a second mark and a third mark arranged with respect to the second shot region; and
a determination step of determining the position of the second shot region based on a detection result in the first detection step and a detection result in the second detection step,
wherein the substrate is positioned based on the determined position of the second shot region.

US Pat. No. 10,027,875

CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, IMAGING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the control apparatus to:
obtain first data generated by a first imaging apparatus imaging an object and second data generated by a second imaging apparatus imaging an object, wherein each of the first data and the second data includes at least two of image data or video data, meta information about the object, and attached information indicating one of a status at the time of imaging and a status after imaging;
select one or more comparison targets from the image data or the video data, the meta information, and the attached information included in each of the first data and the second data;
evaluate, based on the selected one or more comparison targets included in the first data and the second data, a relationship between the object imaged by the first imaging apparatus and the object imaged by the second imaging apparatus; and
perform processing for connecting the first imaging apparatus and the second imaging apparatus in accordance with a result of the evaluation.

US Pat. No. 10,022,047

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus comprising:a deforming unit configured to deform a shape of a boundary that defines a region of a tomographic image of a subject eye by moving the boundary in a depth direction according to layer thickness;
a generation unit configured to generate an en-face image based on the region in the depth direction defined by the shape of the boundary deformed by the deforming unit; and
a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display the tomographic image and the boundary,
wherein the deforming unit increases an amount of movement of the boundary displayed on the display unit as the layer thickness increases.

US Pat. No. 10,028,252

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more memories including instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the communication device to:
perform direct communication wirelessly with a first other communication device that is wirelessly connectable to an access point;
perform, while the communication device is performing direct communication with the first other communication device, determination of at least one of whether the communication device is performing direct communication with a second other communication device that is wirelessly connectable to the access point and is different from the first other communication device wirelessly, or whether the first other communication device is performing direct communication with a third other communication device that is different from the communication device wirelessly; and
restrict switching of a channel for the direct communication between the communication device and the first other communication device based on the determination,
wherein if it is determined that the communication device is performing direct communication with the second other communication device or if it is determined that the first other communication device is performing direct communication with the third other communication device, the communication device restricts switching of a channel for the direct communication between the communication device and the first other communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,025,236

TRANSFER ROLLER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer roller for transferring a developer image formed on a photosensitive drum onto a sheet, the transfer roller comprising:a conductive core portion:
a first layer that covers the core portion; and
a second layer that covers the first layer, wherein
the developer image is transferred onto the sheet at a nip portion between the photosensitive drum and the transfer roller when a voltage is applied to the core portion, and
a relationship 150?Rs (?)/Rm (?)?4000 is established in an environment of a temperature of 15° C. and a humidity of 10% in a case where
a surface resistance of the transfer roller is Rs (?) when a current is fed between a pair of electrodes facing each other in an axial direction of the transfer roller and arranged on a surface of the transfer roller with an interval of 5 mm therebetween, the electrodes having a width of 20 mm in a circumferential direction of the transfer roller in a state of being arranged on the transfer roller, and
in a case where
a combined resistance of the first layer and the second layer is Rm (?) when the current is fed from the core portion to an outer peripheral surface of the second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,021,505

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

15. A control apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory which stores instructions to be executed by the hardware processor, wherein, in accordance with the instructions executed by the hardware processor, the control apparatus functions as:
obtaining a result of sound collection performed by a sound collection apparatus, for collecting a sound outputted from a sound output apparatus which is set at a position near an ear of a user;
detecting a distance between the sound output apparatus and a head of the user;
detecting a direction of the sound collection apparatus from the head of the user;
determining a head-related transfer function as a parameter related to a propagation characteristic of a sound affected by the head of the user, based on the sound outputted from the sound output apparatus at the position near the ear of the user and the result of the sound collection obtained in the obtaining;
compensating, based on the detected distance between the sound output apparatus and the head of the user at a time of the sound collection, the parameter related to the propagation characteristic of the sound affected by the head of the user determined based on the result of the sound collection in the determining, so that a compensated parameter obtained by the compensating corresponds to a predetermined distance; and
outputting the compensated parameter associated with the detected direction of the sound collection apparatus from the head of the user at the time of the sound collection to a storage unit configured to store the compensated parameter as a parameter to be applied to an audio signal for generating a reproduction audio signal.

US Pat. No. 10,021,271

CORRECTION METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A correction method for an image forming apparatus, wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points;
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member with light beams emitted from the light source; and
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beams emitted from the light source to move spots of the light beams radiated to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to form scanning lines,
the correction method comprising:
a storing step of storing, in a storage unit, information on positional deviation of the scanning lines in the first direction;
a conversion step of converting positions of pixels of an input image by performing coordinate transformation based on the information stored in the storage unit so that an interval between the scanning lines on the photosensitive member becomes a predetermined interval; and
a filtering step of determining pixel values of pixels of an output image by subjecting pixel values of the pixels of the input image to a convolution operation based on the positions of the pixels of the input image after the coordinate transformation,
wherein the conversion step comprises determining the positions of the pixels of the input image after the coordinate transformation with use of an inverse function ft?1(n) of a function ft(n) by the following expression:
fs?(n)=ft?(ft?1(fs(n)))
where:
fs(n) represents a function indicating a position of an n-th pixel in the first direction of the input image;
ft(n) represents a function indicating a position of the n-th pixel in the first direction of the output image;
fs?(n) represents a function indicating a position of the n-th pixel in the first direction of the input image after the coordinate transformation; and
ft?(n) represents a function indicating a position of the n-th pixel in the first direction of the output image after the coordinate transformation.

US Pat. No. 10,019,786

IMAGE-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE-PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprisingan acquiring unit configured to acquire brightness characteristic values from input image data;
a generating unit configured to generate information regarding a high-brightness area of the input image data having a brightness greater than or equal to a first threshold value, based on the brightness characteristic values acquired by the acquiring unit;
a processing unit configured to generate display image data from the input image data, wherein:
(1) in a case where the proportion of the high-brightness area to the image area of the input image data is greater than a predetermined proportion, the processing unit generates the display image data by performing, on the input image data, unevenness reduction processing of reducing unevenness in at least one of brightness and color, and
(2) in a case where the proportion of the high-brightness area to the image area of the input image data is equal to or less than the predetermined proportion, the processing unit generates the display image data from the input image data without performing, on the input image data, the unevenness reduction processing, and
a display unit configured to display, on a screen, an image based on the display image data generated by the processing unit, wherein
the unevenness reduction processing includes a processing to reduce brightness of at least a part of the input image data so as to reduce brightness unevenness occurring in the screen when an image based on the input image data of which the gradation values are uniform is displayed on the screen.

US Pat. No. 10,002,411

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ESTIMATING BLUR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute:
a first acquisition task configured to acquire a blurred image;
a second acquisition task configured to acquire a first blur estimation area corresponding to at least a part of the blurred image;
a determination task configured to determine a second blur estimation area based on a signal variation in the first blur estimation area;
a generation task configured to generate an estimated blur by performing iterative calculation processing that repeats correction processing and estimation processing, the correction processing correcting a blur included in information relating to a signal in the second blur estimation area to generate information relating to a corrected signal, and the estimation processing estimating a blur based on the information relating to the signal and the information relating to the corrected signal; and
a correction task configured to correct at least a part of the blurred image based on the estimated blur,
wherein the determination task is configured to determine the second blur estimation area having a signal variation larger than the signal variation in the first blur estimation area when the signal variation in the first blur estimation area is smaller than a first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,948,815

IMAGE READING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS WHEN SET TO READ TWO SIDES OF A DOCUMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a document feeder configured to convey a document along a conveyance path and pass the document through a plurality of reading positions;
a first reader, including a first imaging sensor and a first light source, configured to read a first surface of the document as the document is conveyed by the document feeder through a first reading position;
a second reader, including a second imaging sensor and a second light source, configured to read a second surface of the document as the document is conveyed by the document feeder through a second reading position;
an operation display including a user interface function to allow setting of a two-sided reading mode for reading the first surface and the second surface of the document or a one-sided reading mode for reading the first surface of the document; and
a controller configured to, on a basis of a user instruction received via the operation display, prior to a document reading start instruction, start an initial adjustment operation of the second reader;
wherein, after the setting of the two-sided reading mode, the controller accepts a user instruction for setting the one-sided reading mode via the operation display during the initial adjustment operation, and
wherein, even in a case where the user instruction for setting the one-sided reading mode is received during execution of the initial adjustment operation, the execution of the initial adjustment operation continues.

US Pat. No. 9,948,148

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus, comprising:a power transmission unit configured to perform wireless power transmission to a power receiving apparatus within a predetermined power transmission range;
a detection unit configured to detect a change of impedance of the power transmission unit while a predetermined detection signal is transmitted by the power transmission unit;
a communication unit configured to perform communication with respect to the wireless power transmission by the power transmission unit, wherein the communication unit is configured to receive a message after the change of impedance of the power transmission unit is detected by the detection unit;
a discrimination unit configured to discriminate whether or not information indicating that a wireless power transmission service is supported is included in the message received by the communication unit; and
a control unit configured to, in a case where the discrimination unit discriminates that the information is included in the message, determine that a transmission source of the message is a target for the wireless power transmission by the power transmission unit, and, in a case where the discrimination unit discriminates that the information is not included in the message, determine that a transmission source of the message is not a target for the wireless power transmission by the power transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,941,750

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,918,300

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
at least one processor;
a wireless communication interface;
wherein the at least one processor is configured to function as the following units:
a specifying unit configured to, before joining a wireless network, specify an external device that will be a content data
transmitting source;

a first receiving unit configured to, before joining a wireless network, receive related information relating to content data
to be transmitted from the external device specified by the specifying unit via the wireless communication interface;

a determination unit configured to, before joining a wireless network, determine whether to receive the content data to be
transmitted based on the related information received by the first receiving unit;

a network joining unit configured to make the communication apparatus join a wireless network via the wireless communication
interface when the determination unit determines to receive the content data to be transmitted; and

a second receiving unit configured to receive the content data to be transmitted from the external device specified by the
specifying unit via the wireless communication interface after the communication apparatus has joined the wireless network
via the network joining unit,

wherein the wireless communication interface is a single common interface used for reception of the related information by
the first receiving unit and reception of the content data by the second receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,862,189

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a liquid ejection head including a substrate having formed thereon an energy generating element,
wiring for supplying power to the energy generating element, and a supply port for supplying liquid, the substrate having
laminated thereon a flow path forming member on which a flow path for guiding the liquid supplied from the supply port to
the energy generating element is formed, the method comprising:
a step for forming a resin layer by applying a resin for forming an area to be the flow path on the substrate on which concavo-convex
portions are present at an uneven density;

an opening pattern forming step for forming an opening pattern to be a concave portion on the resin layer; and
a smoothing step for smoothing a surface of the resin layer by bringing a smoothing member into contact with the resin layer
on which the opening pattern is formed at a predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,864,303

DEVELOPER CONTAINER, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
a container configured to store developer and capable of discharging the developer from an opening;
a sealing member configured to seal the opening of the container;
an unsealing member, rotatably supported, configured to open the opening by removing the sealing member from the container;
and

a sheet member attached to an attachment portion of the unsealing member in a position where the sheet member is held between
the sealing member and the unsealing member,

wherein when one side of the sealing member contacts the container, a free end portion of the sheet member contacts the other
side of the sealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,857,748

SHEET SUPPORTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet supporting device, comprising:
a supporting unit comprising a first supporting unit and a second supporting unit provided to the first supporting unit and
drawable in a draw direction from an insert position, the supporting unit configured to extend its size, corresponding to
a size of a sheet to be supported, by moving the second supporting unit with respect to the first supporting unit in the draw
direction;

a supporting portion on which sheets are supported and provided ascendably/descendably in the first supporting unit;
first and second turning portions configured to turn in linkage with an ascendance and descendance movement of the supporting
portion;

an elevation portion whose one end is connected with the first turning portion and another end is connected with the second
turning portion, the elevation portion being configured to form a link mechanism together with the first and second turning
portions and the first supporting unit; and

an indicator provided in the second supporting unit and indicating an amount of the sheets supported on the supporting portion
by moving in response to an ascendance and descendance movement of the elevation portion.

US Pat. No. 9,859,598

ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An electronic circuit comprising:
at least two first conductors having line shapes which are arranged on a first plane of a substrate;
a second conductor arranged on a second plane of the substrate; and
a third conductor having a line shape, with at least a part thereof being arranged on a third plane between the first plane
and the second plane of the substrate,

wherein two end portions of the third conductor are connected to the second conductor, and the part is arranged on the third
plane to at least partly overlap one of the at least two first conductors and not to overlap another one of the at least two
first conductors when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the substrate, and wherein each of the at least two first conductors
is a signal line, the second conductor is a ground conductor, and the third conductor does not connect to any one of the at
least two first conductors, and

wherein the third conductor at least partly has one of a meander shape and a spiral shape.

US Pat. No. 9,860,455

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
an object information acquiring unit configured to acquire object information at each of a plurality of positions in an object
based on a received acoustic wave propagating from the object;

a resolution information acquiring unit configured to acquire resolution information of the object information at each of
the plurality of positions; and

an intensity correction processor configured to correct an intensity of the object information at each of the plurality of
positions in the object on the basis of a distribution of the resolution information.

US Pat. No. 9,815,270

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for use in an image forming method, the image forming method comprising:
(1) applying a liquid for reducing fluidity of ink onto the intermediate transfer member;
(2) forming an intermediate image by applying the ink onto the intermediate transfer member on which the liquid for reducing
the fluidity of the ink is applied; and

(3) transferring the intermediate image onto a recording medium,
the intermediate transfer member comprising:
a base; and
an elastic layer formed on the base,
the elastic layer comprising:
a first layer being an outermost layer and having a plurality of protrusions formed on a surface of the first layer; and
a second layer located below the first layer,
wherein an elastic modulus (E1) [MPa] of the first layer and an elastic modulus (E2) [MPa] of the second layer are such that
(E1?E2)?5 MPa, and

wherein 8 MPa?E1?40 MPa.

US Pat. No. 9,817,348

ROLLER AND FIXING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,813,646

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, WHERE LONGER ACCUMULATION TIME IS USED FOR LIGHT-SHIELDED PIXELS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a first light-shielded pixel region including two or more rows of pixels each including a photoelectric converter which is
shielded from light;

an aperture pixel region including pixels each including a photoelectric converter which is not shielded from light; and
a control unit configured to perform control in such a manner that a charge accumulation period for the pixels in the first
light-shielded pixel region is longer than a charge accumulation period for the pixels in the aperture pixel region and time
to read signals from the pixels in a first row of the first light-shielded pixel region is different from time to read signals
from the pixels in a second row of the first light-shielded pixel region,

wherein a start time of the charge accumulation period for the pixels in the first row differs from a start time of the charge
accumulation period for the pixels in the second row.

US Pat. No. 9,810,808

OSCILLATION DEVICE AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An oscillation device comprising:
a waveguide structure including a first conductor layer, a second conductor layer, and a semiconductor layer disposed between
the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer and having a gain of an electromagnetic wave;

an antenna unit configured to radiate the electromagnetic wave;
a first connecting portion configured to connect the waveguide structure and the antenna unit; and
a second connecting portion configured to connect the waveguide structure and the antenna unit,
wherein a first connecting position of the first connecting portion and the waveguide structure and a second connecting position
of the second connecting portion and the waveguide structure are different from each other in a resonance direction in which
the electromagnetic wave that resonates the waveguide structure resonates.

US Pat. No. 9,812,476

PHOTOELECTRIC TRANSDUCER AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric transducer comprising:
a substrate including a first area and a second area, the substrate having a surface;
a photoelectric conversion section provided on the surface in the first area and including a first electrode and a photoelectric
conversion layer provided on the first electrode;

a reading circuit provided in the first area;
a peripheral circuit provided in the second area;
a first wiring layer provided on the surface in the second area and including a wiring pattern;
a first connection section that contacts a bottom face of the first electrode, is made of an electric conductor, and is electrically
connected to the photoelectric conversion layer and the reading circuit; and

a second connection section that contacts a bottom face of the wiring pattern, is made of an electric conductor, and is electrically
connected to the peripheral circuit,

wherein a shortest distance between the bottom face of the first electrode and the surface is shorter than a shortest distance
between the bottom face of the wiring pattern and the surface, and

wherein a number of wiring layers provided between the first electrode and the surface in the first area is less than a number
of wiring layers provided between the first wiring layer and the surface in the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,812,484

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising a semiconductor layer that constitutes a pixel circuit region and a peripheral circuit
region, wherein
an element isolation portion is disposed in the pixel circuit region and the peripheral circuit region, defines an element
portion of the semiconductor layer, and contains an insulator, and

the element isolation portion in the pixel circuit region has a hydrogen concentration 10 times or more higher than a hydrogen
concentration of the element isolation portion in the peripheral circuit region.

US Pat. No. 9,811,751

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH BOUNDARY IDENTIFIER FOR AREAS OF INTEREST

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
an image sensor;
an interest area setter configured to provide a signal for setting a plurality of interest areas inside an image pickup area
of the image sensor, each interest area associated with an image pickup target;

a readout area setter configured to set a readout area from which an image signal is read out from the image sensor, the readout
area corresponding to the set plurality of interest areas;

a memory configured to store a position of the readout area set by the readout area setter;
a readout mode setter configured to set a first readout mode and a second readout mode;
a sensor readout controller configured to control the image sensor to perform readout of all pixel signal from the image sensor
in a case where the first readout mode is set by the mode setting unit, and to perform readout of a pixel signal of the readout
area from the image sensor and not to perform readout of the pixel signal not associated with the readout area in a case where
the second readout mode is set by the mode setting unit;

a frame signal generator configured to generate a plurality of bordering lines corresponding to a boundary of each of the
set plurality of interest areas; and

an output signal generator configured to generate an output image by combining the pixel signal read out by the sensor readout
controller with the plurality of bordering lines generated by the frame signal generator,

wherein the output signal generator is configured to generate the output image on which the bordering lines formed by use
of a position of the readout area stored in the memory are superimposed when the image signal is read out according to the
first readout mode after the readout area for the second readout mode is set by the readout area setter.

US Pat. No. 9,811,008

IMAGE FORMING METHOD, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming method comprising:
(1) charging the surface of an electrophotographic photosensitive member;
(2) forming an electrostatic latent image by exposing the charged surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member;
(3) forming a toner image on the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member by developing the electrostatic
latent image with a toner,

(4) transferring the toner image to a transfer material through or without an intermediate transfer body;
(5) removing the transfer residual toner from the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member after the toner
image is transferred, and (6) irradiating the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member, from which the transfer
residual toner has been removed, with destaticizing light for eliminating residual charge on the surface of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member,

wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member contains a compound having a structure represented
by formula (1) below in an amount of 0.1% to 10% by mass based on the total mass of the surface layer, and when in a charged
region of the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member charged in the step (1), a charged region in which
the electrostatic latent image is formed in the step (2) is referred to as an “image forming region” and a charged region
in which the electrostatic latent image is not formed is referred to as a “non-image forming region”, the non-image forming
region is not irradiated with the destaticizing light or is irradiated with the reduced destaticizing light in the step (6),

in the formula (1), R1 and R2 each independently represent a methyl group, an ethyl group, or a phenyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,809,721

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An aqueous ink for ink jet comprising:
a pigment;
a water-soluble resin for dispersing the pigment;
a water-soluble organic solvent having a dielectric constant at 25° C. of 20.0 or more to 30.0 or less;
an acetylene glycol type surfactant; and
a fluorinated surfactant,
wherein the acetylene glycol type surfactant comprises an acetylene glycol ethylene oxide adduct having an HLB value determined
by Griffin's method of 10 or more,

wherein the fluorinated surfactant comprises a perfluoroalkyl ethylene oxide adduct having a perfluoroalkyl group with six
or less carbon atoms,

wherein a content (% by mass) of the fluorinated surfactant in the ink is 0.01% by mass or more to 0.08% by mass or less based
on the total mass of the ink,

wherein a content (% by mass) of the water-soluble organic solvent relative to a content (% by mass) of the fluorinated surfactant
based on the total mass of the ink is 100 times or more to 200 times or less in terms of mass ratio, and

wherein the aqueous ink has a dynamic surface tension ?10 at a lifetime of 10 ms of 40 mN/m or less and a static surface tension ? of 25 mN/m or more.

US Pat. No. 9,749,533

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image shake correcting device for correcting an image shake by a drive of a correcting unit, the image shake correcting
device comprising:
a processor that executes a computer program stored in a memory to control the image shake correcting device to function as
units comprising:

(a) a dividing unit configured to divide a detection signal output by a shake detecting unit into a plurality of frequency
components; and

(b) a controlling unit configured to (1) detect a speed of panning or tilting, (2) independently change, for each of the plurality
of frequency components based on the detected speed, a respective cut-off frequency of a filter calculation or a respective
intermediate value calculated by the filter calculation, and (3) combine signals obtained by performing the filter calculation
to generate a control signal of the correcting unit, if the panning or the tilting is determined from the detection signal,

wherein the dividing unit divides the detection signal into a low frequency component and a high frequency component, and
wherein the controlling unit comprises:
(a) a determining unit configured to determine the speed of the panning or the tilting;
(b) a first low pass filter having a variable converging time constant of the filter calculation while integrating the high
frequency component;

(c) a second low pass filter having the variable converging time constant of the filter calculation while integrating the
low frequency component; and

(d) a combining unit configured to add output signals of the first low pass filter and the second low pass filter of which
the cut off frequency or the intermediate value is changed by the speed of the panning or the tilting determined by the determining
unit, and output the control signal of a target position of the correcting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,747,533

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates print data using a printing head having an ejection port array in which a
plurality of ejection ports for ejecting inks is arrayed in a predetermined direction, the print data using the printing head
in each of K (K?3) times of relative scanning to a unit area on a printing medium in a crossing direction intersecting with
the predetermined direction, and the print data determining ejection or non-ejection of ink to each of pixel-equivalent pixel
regions in the unit area, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire image data in which information indicating the number of times of ejection of
ink from zero to N (2?N?K) times for each of the plurality of pixel regions is determined for each pixel;

a storage unit configured to store a first mask pattern in which information indicating the number of times of permission
of ejection of ink from 0 to M (2?M?K) times for each of the plurality of pixel regions is determined for each pixel;

a specifying unit configured to specify the first ejection port in which ejection failure of ink exists, of the plurality
of ejection ports;

a first selecting unit configured to select the information indicating the number of times of permission in the K pixels,
of the information determined by the first mask pattern stored in the storage unit, the K pixels corresponding to K different
ejection ports including at least the first ejection port specified by the specifying unit and capable of ejecting the inks
to a same position to each other in the K times of scanning, and the K pixels being positioned in a same position to each
other in the crossing direction;

a second acquiring unit configured to acquire the information indicating the number of times of permission in a pixel corresponding
to the first ejection port specified by the specifying unit, among the information selected by the first selecting unit;

a third acquiring unit configured to acquire the information indicating the number of times of permission in a pixel corresponding
to the second ejection port not specified by the specifying unit, among the information selected by the first selecting unit;

a second selecting unit configured to select the first information having a smallest number of times of permission indicated
by the information, from the information acquired by the third acquiring unit;

a first generating unit configured to generate a second mask pattern by replacing the first information selected by the second
selecting unit using the information acquired by the second acquiring unit when the number of times of permission indicated
by the information acquired by the second acquiring unit is larger than the number of times of permission indicated by the
first information selected by the second selecting unit; and

a second generating unit configured to generate the print data based on the image data acquired by the first acquiring unit,
and the second mask pattern generated by the first generating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,772,592

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,736,363

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors cause the imaging apparatus to:

generate RAW moving image data representing an undeveloped moving image which is captured by the image sensor in response
to a capturing instruction,

generate first developed moving image data by applying, to the RAW moving image data, a first development process or a second
development process that provides a moving image having higher image quality than that obtained by the first development process,

read and write data from and to a recording medium,
write, in the recording medium, the RAW moving image data and the first developed moving image data obtained by applying the
first development process to the RAW moving image data, and thereafter performing a post development process which generates
second developed moving image data by applying the second development process to the RAW moving image data, which was written
in the recording medium, and then writing the generated second developed moving image data in the recording medium, and

when thumbnail images are displayed for selecting any of the RAW moving image data recorded in the recording medium, display
information indicating a ratio of progress of the post development process in association with respective thumbnail images.

US Pat. No. 9,769,345

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors operating to:
(a) receive a change of a parameter included in media characteristic information held in a storage unit, the change being
in accordance with a user instruction;

(b) cause a part of media characteristic information corresponding to the changed parameter to be held, in the storage unit,
as custom media characteristic information;

(c) obtain new media characteristic information for an update;
(d) perform an update of the media characteristic information other than the custom media characteristic information held
in the storage unit, based on the obtained new media characteristic information; and

(e) decide, in a case that an update of the custom media characteristic information is to be performed based on the obtained
new media characteristic information, whether to hold, or to update without holding, the changed parameter, based on a difference
in configuration between the custom media characteristic information held in the storage unit and the obtained new media characteristic
information,

wherein the changed parameter is held if it is decided to hold the changed parameter, and the changed parameter is updated
without holding if it is decided to update without holding the changed parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,727,789

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a moving image in which each frame is constituted by an image having a plurality of
pieces of light field information; and

a setting unit configured to set a focus distance for each frame of the moving image,
wherein the setting unit displays a range of settable focus distances for each frame of the moving image.

US Pat. No. 9,701,053

FIXING MEMBER MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing apparatus for manufacturing a fixing member, comprising:
a metal mold capable of holding a base material of the fixing member in an inside thereof; and
an injecting member including a group of openings configured to inject a liquid rubber containing a needle-shaped filler into
the metal mold in which the base material is held,

wherein the injecting member is configured so that a ratio of a total perimeter of the group of openings to a sum of a perimeter
of an inner surface of the metal mold and an outer surface of the base material is from 1.3 to 3.3.

US Pat. No. 9,696,948

PRINTING SYSTEM, PRINTING SERVICE APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system including a printing service apparatus configured to provide a printing service in which an API version
is defined, an image forming apparatus configured to cooperate with the printing service apparatus, and a distribution server
configured to distribute firmware corresponding to the printing service apparatus, the printing system comprising:
at least a processor and at least a memory coupled to the at least the processor and having stored thereon instructions, when
executed by the at least the processor, and cooperating to act as:

a first determination unit configured to, when information about the image forming apparatus is registered in the printing
service apparatus, determine whether firmware installed in the image forming apparatus corresponds to the printing service
apparatus;

a second determination unit configured to, if the first determination unit determines that the firmware installed in the image
forming apparatus does not correspond to the printing service apparatus, determine whether firmware corresponding to the printing
service apparatus exists in firmware of the image forming apparatus distributed by the distribution server;

a third determination unit configured to, if the second determination unit determines that the firmware corresponding to the
printing service apparatus exists, determine whether the existing firmware is a special purpose firmware;

a control unit configured to, if the third determination unit determines that the existing firmware is not the firmware intended
for a special purpose and when that existing firmware is distributed from the distribution server to the image forming apparatus,
install the distributed firmware, and if the third determination unit determines that the existing firmware is the firmware
intended for a special purpose, display information indicating that the printing service apparatus is unusable on a screen
of the image forming apparatus; and

a notification unit configured to, according to the distributed firmware having been installed in the image forming apparatus
by the control unit, give notice that the information about the image forming apparatus has been registered in the printing
service apparatus,

wherein if the first determination unit determines that the firmware installed in the image forming apparatus corresponds
to the printing service apparatus, the second determination unit does not perform the determination, the control unit does
not update the firmware, and the notification unit gives notice that the information about the image forming apparatus has
been registered in the printing service apparatus, and

wherein firmware determined by the third determination unit as the special purpose firmware is a specific customer firmware,
and differs from a general purpose firmware.

US Pat. No. 9,661,302

DEPTH INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, DEPTH INFORMATION ACQUISITION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth information acquisition apparatus that acquires depth information of a subject by using two real space images,
each having a different blur value, that are obtained by capturing a subject with different imaging parameters, the apparatus
comprising:
(A) at least one processor; and
(B) at least one memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform the steps
of:

(a) converting the two real space images into two frequency space images, the frequency space images each having a frequency
comprising at least one frequency ingredient and an amplitude;

(b) generating a frequency space phase image for each of the frequency space images by dividing each frequency ingredient
by the amplitude of each respective frequency space image, each frequency space phase image using a frequency;

(c) calculating frequency space correlation value information representing a correlation value for each frequency between
the frequencies of the two frequency space phase images;

(d) converting the frequency space correlation value information into real space correlation value information, the real space
correlation value information having a peak maximum value; and

(e) acquiring the depth information, based on the peak maximum value of the real space correlation value information.

US Pat. No. 9,691,134

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS IMAGE RESTORATION PROCESSING AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising at least one processor that functions as:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount of a color of pixels in first image data obtained according
to an optical image formed on an image pickup device via an image pickup optical member, as a first color feature amount;

a restoration processing unit configured to perform restoration processing on the first image data, using a restoration filter
for improving image quality degraded due to the image pickup optical member, to thereby generate second image data;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a feature amount of a color of pixels in the second image data as a second
color feature amount; and

a correction unit configured to correct pixel values of the second image data according to a result of comparison between
an amount of change in the second color feature amount with respect to the first color feature amount, and a threshold value,

wherein said correction unit is configured to change the threshold value based on an edge intensity of the first image data
such that the threshold value decreases as the edge intensity increases.

US Pat. No. 9,661,188

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processer; and
an image sensor that reads an original to obtain image data of the original,
wherein the processer determines an edge in the image data obtained by the reading of the original by the image sensor, and
wherein the processor sub-samples color difference components of a first area which is included in the image data and corresponds
to the determined edge, by a first sub-sampling process, and sub-samples color difference components of a second area which
is included in the image data and does not correspond to the determined edge, by a second sub-sampling process different from
the first sub-sampling process.

US Pat. No. 9,652,437

SOLUTION METHOD AND SOLUTION APPARATUS FOR UNDERDETERMINED SYSTEM OF LINEAR EQUATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information acquisition apparatus comprising:
an observation system that observes a subject and obtains observation data;
a memory that stores data representing characteristics of the observation system; and
a processor coupled to the memory, wherein the processor is configured to:
(i) set an underdetermined system of linear equations Ax=b, where A denotes a matrix of the data representing the characteristics
of the observation system, b denotes a constant vector which is data obtained by the observation system, and x denotes unknown
vector which is data representing information relating to an inside of the subject;

(ii) set the vector x or a vector w obtained by w=?x, where ? is a conversion matrix, as a variable to be determined, in which
the number of elements of a variable to be determined is N and the number of linear equations is M, where M and N are integers
satisfying 1?M
(iii) execute, in each iteration:
an extraction step of extracting at least M non-zero element candidates from said N elements of said variable;
a subproblem solving step of setting a subproblem having only said extracted non-zero element candidates as a variable, and
solving said subproblem as an ill-posed problem;

an updating step of updating values of said N elements of said variable to be determined on the basis of values of said non-zero
element candidates obtained in said subproblem solving step; and

a step of determining whether or not the iterative calculations are complete;
(iv) determine a value at which a value of an objective function defined as a function of the variable or a residual norm
of the system of linear equations is minimized, from among values of the variable obtained in each iteration, as a solution
of said system of linear equations, when the iterative calculations are complete; and

(v) generate data representing information relating to the inside of the subject on the basis of the determined solution.

US Pat. No. 9,654,697

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel unit configured to perform imaging of a plurality of frames by photoelectric conversion;
an exposure amount calculating unit configured to calculate, as one unit, exposure amounts of a plurality of frames imaged
in a period during which a light source luminance is changing; and

a control unit configured to, based on the exposure amounts of the plurality of frames, set a plurality of amplifying gains
including at least two gains different from each other to control exposure amounts of a plurality of other frames to be imaged
after imaging the plurality of frames used in a calculation of the exposure amounts.

US Pat. No. 9,646,564

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS DISPLAY OF DISPLAY SECTIONS OF CONTENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that divides a plurality of contents into a plurality of successive display sections,
and displays the contents on a display section-by-display section basis, comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
select and arrange the contents such that a plurality of whole individual contents selected as objects to be displayed are
redundant between adjacent ones of the display sections at a predetermined ratio of redundant contents to displayed contents;

calculate a number of contents which can be displayed per one column in the display area, according to a size of a display
area where the contents are to be displayed, and a display size of the contents;

determine whether there occurs a column having a smaller number of contents than said number of contents; and
when displaying contents belonging to a selected one of the plurality of display sections, in the display area, in a case
where it is determined that there occurs a column having a smaller number of contents than said number of contents, cause
the contents of the column having a smaller number of contents not to be displayed, and the other contents in other columns
to be displayed in the display area.

US Pat. No. 9,672,453

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND PRINT DATA GENERATING METHOD DETERMINING A DOT ARRANGEMENT PATTERN USING A CODE TABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory storing computer executable code that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to perform:
obtaining a code table that determines codes to a plurality of pixels on a predetermined size of area of a print medium, the
codes being used for specifying a dot arrangement for each of the plurality of pixels;

determining one first offset value from K (K is an integer) number of first offset values, wherein (i) one part of the first
offset values satisfies a condition that a remainder obtained by dividing each one part of the first offset values by a predetermined
number of pixels corresponding to the predetermined size varies with each other, and (ii) the other part of the first offset
values satisfies a condition that each remainder obtained by dividing each of the other part of the first offset values by
the predetermined number coincides with one of the remainder of the one part of the first offset values;

determining, in a case where the determined first offset value is included in the other part of the first offset values, one
second offset value, as a substitute for the determined first offset value, from second offset values which varies in accordance
with a position of the predetermined size area;

offsetting the codes in the code table on the basis of the determined first offset value or the determined second offset value
for at least one direction;

generating dot data for the image to be formed on the predetermined size of area on the basis of multivalued data and the
offset code table; and

forming the image on the print medium based on the generated dot data.

US Pat. No. 9,666,633

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device having an image sensing region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix form, each of the pixels
having a converting unit, a first transistor configured to transfer electric carriers in the converting unit, an accumulating
portion configured to accumulate electric carriers transferred from the first transistor, a second transistor configured to
transfer electric carriers from the accumulating portion, a floating diffusion configured to accumulate electric carriers
transferred from the second transistor, and a reset transistor configured to reset a potential of the floating diffusion,
the device comprising gate drive lines for a plurality of pixel transistors configured to drive gates of the pixel transistors
each including the first transistor, the second transistor, and the reset transistor, the gate drive lines extending in a
direction of rows of the pixels in one wiring layer,

wherein a gate drive line for the first transistor among the gate drive lines for the pixel transistors is positioned in proximity
to the converting unit in driving wiring of rows (n?1), rows (n), and rows (n+1) provided correspondingly to rows of the pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,627,425

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising a pixel area including an effective pixel row and a reference pixel row, the
reference pixel row including a plurality of reference pixel pairs, each pair including a first reference pixel and a second
reference pixel arranged adjacent to each other, and
a voltage supply unit;
wherein the first reference pixel outputs a first reference signal independent of the quantity of incident light; and
the second reference pixel outputs a second reference signal having a signal level different from a signal level of the first
reference signal, the second reference signal being independent of the quantity of incident light,

wherein each of the first reference pixels includes a transistor that outputs the first reference signal, and each of the
second reference pixels includes a transistor that outputs the second reference signal,

wherein the voltage supply unit supplies a first voltage to a gate of the transistor included in each of the first reference
pixels, and supplies a second voltage to a gate of the transistor included in each of the second reference pixels, the second
voltage has a different voltage from the first voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,616,572

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING INTERFERENCE BETWEEN PERIPHERAL OBJECTS AND GRASPING UNIT, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory and one or more processors functioning as one or more of the following:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain three-dimensional points indicating three dimensional coordinates on a surface of a
plurality of objects;

a rendering unit configured to render a virtual object corresponding to a target object on an image plane observed by a virtual
camera based on a position and orientation of the target object to be grasped by a grasping unit among the plurality of objects
determined based on three-dimensional model information of the target object;

an interference determination unit configured to determine whether interference occurs between at least one or more of the
obtained three-dimensional points and the grasping unit configured to grasp the target object; and

an output unit configured to output, based on a result of the interference determination by the interference determination
unit, a result of determination as to whether interference occurs between three-dimensional points excluding three-dimensional
points corresponding to the target object to be grasped among the obtained three-dimensional points, and the grasping unit.

US Pat. No. 9,615,044

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,607,555

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:
a light-emitting unit that includes a plurality of light-emitting devices of which emission colors are different from one
another;

a display unit configured to display an image on a screen by modulating light from the light-emitting unit based on image
data;

a first determination unit configured to determine, in a region of the screen, whether a ratio of a total number of first
type pixels of which chroma level is less than a first chroma level, with respect to a total number of pixels in the region,
is equal to or more than a first ratio;

a second determination unit configured to determine, in the region, whether a ratio of a total number of second type pixels
of which chroma level is equal to or more than a second chroma level, with respect to the total number of pixels in the region,
is equal to or more than a second ratio; and

a control unit configured to increase emission brightness of a target device, which is a light-emitting device having an emission
color corresponding to the second type pixel for which the determination result of the second determination unit is affirmative
in a case where the determination results of the first determination unit and the second determination unit are affirmative.

US Pat. No. 9,609,220

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

23. An image pickup method comprising:
an image pickup step of picking up an image of a subject to generate image data;
an analyzing step of analyzing a background region of the image data;
a determining step of determining whether the image data has a panning effect on the basis of a result of the analyzing; and
a control step of controlling photographing conditions for panning a shot in accordance with the determining in the determination
step,

wherein the analyzing step analyzes at least one of:
(1) a contrast in the background region,
(2) a difference in brightness between a subject region of the image data and the background region,
(3) a difference in color between the subject region and the background region, and
(4) a difference in color difference between the subject region and the background region.

US Pat. No. 9,600,820

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive authentication information;
a control unit configured to allow use of the image forming apparatus in a case where a user is authenticated based on the
authentication information received by the receiving unit, wherein the control unit is configured to allow use of the image
forming apparatus also in a case where money is inserted in a charging apparatus connected to the image forming apparatus;

an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a detection unit configured to detect sheet jam during forming the image on the sheet; and
a display unit configured to display, in a case where use of the image forming apparatus has been allowed as a result of the
user being authenticated, a first error screen based on the sheet jam detected by the detection unit, and in a case where
use of the image forming apparatus has been allowed as a result of money being inserted in the charging apparatus, display
a second error screen based on the sheet jam detected by the detection unit,

wherein, on the first error screen, a message notifying the user of occurrence of the sheet jam and indicating that removal
of a jammed sheet is necessary is displayed in addition to display of a position of the sheet jam, and

wherein, on the second error screen, a message notifying the user of occurrence of the sheet jam is displayed, without display
of a position of the sheet jam.

US Pat. No. 9,597,874

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate on which energy generating elements that generate energy with which a liquid is ejected are provided; and
a flow path forming member disposed on the substrate, the flow path forming member having a flow path that encloses the energy
generating elements and a plurality of ejection ports that are in communication with the flow path formed therein,

wherein a groove portion that intersects an imaginary straight line connecting centers of adjoining ejection ports obliquely
is formed between the adjoining ejection ports at the flow path forming member, and

wherein if the groove portion extends in a curved manner, a tangent of the groove portion on the imaginary line connecting
adjoining ejection ports inclines with respect to the X direction and in a case where the groove portion is bent, at a bent
position of the groove portion located on the imaginary line connecting adjoining ejection ports, the groove portion of the
intermediate groove portion extending linearly from the bent portion is inclined with respect to the X direction.

US Pat. No. 9,597,899

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus being capable of communicating with a printing apparatus, comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not a frameless setting is enabled;
an analyzing unit configured to analyze a margin amount on a rear edge side of a printing medium of an nth page (n is a natural
number) created by printing an image based on printing data on the printing medium of the nth page and a margin amount on
a leading edge side of the printing medium of an (n+1)th page created by printing an image based on printing data on the printing
medium of an (n+1)th page; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the printing data and margin information based on an analysis result of the analyzing
unit,

wherein the margin information is not transmitted when it is determined that the frameless setting is enabled, and
wherein the printing apparatus is capable of executing successive overlapped conveyance in which a preceding printing medium
and a succeeding printing medium are conveyed in a state in which a rear edge portion of the preceding printing medium and
a leading edge portion of the succeeding printing medium overlap each other based on the margin information.

US Pat. No. 9,599,185

VIBRATION CONTROL APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration control apparatus that controls vibration of a first object, the apparatus comprising:
a first support configured to displaceably support the first object;
a first driving unit configured to displace the first object;
a second object;
a second support configured to displaceably support the second object;
a third object configured to support the second support;
a third support configured to displaceably support the third object;
a second driving unit configured to displace the third object;
a first detector configured to detect a relative position between the first object and the second object;
a second detector configured to detect a relative position between the second object and the third object;
a first control system including a first compensator configured to output a first operation signal for the first driving unit
based on a first detection signal output by the first detector;

a second control system including a second compensator configured to output a second operation signal for the second driving
unit based on a second detection signal output by the second detector; and

a third control system including a third compensator configured to output a third operation signal for the first driving unit
based on a signal relating to the second control system so as to compensate for vibration of a base that supports the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,599,955

DEVELOPER STORAGE UNIT, DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A developer storage unit comprising:
a frame configured to form a developer storage chamber for storing a developer;
a rotating shaft which is provided on an interior of the developer storage chamber in a rotatable manner and includes a hollow
portion formed in an interior thereof and a side opening communicating between the hollow portion and an outside surface thereof
in a turning radius direction thereof;

a detection unit which is provided on an inner wall surface of the developer storage chamber arranged on an outside the turning
radius of the rotating shaft, and configured to detect an amount of a developer in the interior of the developer storage chamber;

a conveyance member which is provided on the rotating shaft, and configured to stir and convey the developer stored in the
developer storage chamber by rotation of the rotating shaft; and

a receiving portion which is provided on the rotating shaft, and configured to receive a developer falling from the conveyance
member; and

a drive transmission member, inserted through an end opening portion of the rotating shaft from outside of the frame, and
configured to transmit a driving force to the rotating shaft,

wherein the side opening is provided on a downstream side of the receiving portion and on an upstream side of the conveyance
member in the rotational direction of the rotating shaft, and

wherein any other side openings are not provided on an upstream side of the receiving portion and on a downstream side of
the conveyance member in the rotational direction of the rotating shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,594,990

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,596,370

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory which stores a program; and
at least one processor,
wherein the at least one processor acquires
a plurality of first images and one or a plurality of second images, the plurality of first images being acquired through
a first reading operation in which a reading apparatus sequentially reads front sides of a plurality of document sheets, the
one or the plurality of second images being acquired through a second reading operation in which the reading apparatus reads
back sides of one or more of the plurality of document sheets,

wherein the at least one processor determines a sequence of the plurality of first images and the one or the plurality of
second images, such that, in a case where a second number of second images acquired by the acquiring is smaller than a first
number of first images acquired by the acquiring, sequential numbers of a last page image among the plurality of first images
and a last page image among the one or the plurality of second images are differently set depending on whether a factor in
interrupting the second reading operation has arisen,

wherein a sequential number of the last page image among the plurality of first images, is set to a last sequential number
in the sequence, in a case where the second number is smaller than the first number and the factor has not arisen, and

wherein a sequential number of the last page image among the one or the plurality of second images, is set to the last sequential
number in the sequence, in a case where the second number is smaller than the first number and the factor has arisen.

US Pat. No. 9,596,374

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a front surface reading sensor configured to read a front surface of a document;
a rear surface reading sensor configured to read a rear surface of the document;
a storage control unit configured to store, in a same memory, image data of the front surface of the document read by the
front surface reading sensor and image data of the rear surface of the document read by the rear surface reading sensor; and

an encoding unit configured to perform encode processing on each basic unit in a pair image data of the front and rear surfaces
generated by the image data of the front surface and the image data of the rear surface, wherein a file format of a file generated
by the encoding unit is a predetermined file format having a possibility that mutual interference occurs around a boundary
of a plurality of pixels adjacent to each other at the time of the encode processing,

wherein the storage control unit stores image data of an end position of the image data of the front surface in the main scanning
direction and a space in a first basic unit on the memory and stores image data of a start position of the image data of the
rear surface in the main scanning direction in a second basic unit, different from the first basic unit, on the memory, for
generating the file of the predetermined file format.

US Pat. No. 9,594,337

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING MISREGISTRATION AMOUNT AND DENSITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form toner images of respective colors on an image carrier;
a detection unit configured to irradiate a surface of the image carrier or the toner images formed on the image carrier with
light, and to receive reflection light; and

a control unit configured to control to detect a relative misregistration amount of the toner images of the respective colors
formed on the image carrier by determining, using a threshold, a received light amount of the detection unit when the detection
unit detects a first detection pattern as a toner image formed on the image carrier, and to detect densities of the toner
images of the respective colors formed on the image carrier by detecting, by the detection unit, a second detection pattern
as a toner image formed on the image carrier,

wherein the first detection pattern includes a black portion and a color portion,
the control unit is further configured to form, in a case the misregistration amount and the densities are to be successively
detected, both the first detection pattern and the second detection pattern on the image carrier, and after forming both the
first detection pattern and the second detection pattern, to set a light-emitting amount of the detection unit or a sensitivity
of the detection unit used for detecting both the first detection pattern and the second detection pattern so that a received
light amount of diffuse reflection light from the black portion received by the detection unit is less than the threshold
and a received light amount of diffuse reflection light from the color portion received by the detection unit exceeds the
threshold, and to set the light-emitting amount of the detection unit or the sensitivity of the detection unit used for detecting
both the first detection pattern and the second detection pattern so that the received light amount of the diffuse reflection
light from the color portion is less than an upper limit value of the received light amount of the diffuse reflection light
configured to be received by the detection unit, and

the light-emitting amount of the detection unit, the threshold or the sensitivity of the detection unit is set based on a
detection result of the first detection pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,592,307

COMPOUND AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING CONTRAST MEDIUM CONTAINING THE COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound represented by formula (IV):
A-L-(CH2)p—(OCH2CH2)m—O—R  (IV),

wherein, in the formula (IV), A represents any one of formula (i) to formula (vi), and * in the formulae (i) to (vi) represents
a bond with L1 in the formula (IV),

wherein, in the formula (IV), L1 represents a linker part which is any one of —NH—, —O—, —S—, and —CO— or which contains at least one of —NH—, —O—, —S—, and
—CO—, p represents an integer of 1 to 5, m represents an integer of 10 to 2,500, and R represents any one of a hydrogen atom
and a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms,


wherein, in the formulae (i) to (vi), Z forms a cyclic aromatic ring composed of a benz[e]indole ring, benz[f]indole ring,
or benz[g]indole ring together with a hydrogen atom, a sulfonate group, or an indole ring bonded to Z, and furthermore, a
hydrogen atom of the cyclic aromatic ring may be substituted with an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group
having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, or a sulfonate group,

wherein, in the formulae (i) to (vi), R1 represents any one of an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms and —(CH2)b—SO3?, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10, and when R1 is an alkyl group, a halogen ion or an organic acid ion may be contained as a counter ion, and R2 and R3 represent independently any one of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to
10 carbon atoms, —(CH2)b—SO3?, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10, and —(CH2)b—SO3X, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10 and X represents any one of sodium, potassium, ammonium, triethylammonium, lysine,
and arginine,

wherein, in the formulae (i) and (ii), a represents an integer of 1 to 10,
wherein, in the formulae (i) to (vi), n represents 2 or 3,
wherein, in the formulae (ii), (iv), and (vi), R4 represents any one of an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms and —(CH2)b—SO3X, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10 and X represents any one of sodium, potassium, ammonium, triethylammonium, lysine,
and arginine,

wherein, in the formulae (iii) and (iv), L3 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group which has 1 to 10 carbon atoms and which may include a carbonyl group,
an amide group, an ester group, or a piperazyl group as a substituent, and

wherein, in the formulae (v) and (vi), L4 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group which has 1 to 10 carbon atoms and which may include a carbonyl group,
an amide group, or an ester group as a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,590,004

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising a plurality of pixels, wherein
at least one of the plurality of pixels has a pupil dividing portion and a plurality of photoelectric conversion regions,
and wherein:

a scatterer is provided within the pupil dividing portion and adjacent to a region between two adjacent ones of the plurality
of photoelectric conversion regions,

a refractive index of the scatterer is smaller than that of the pupil dividing portion peripheral to the scatterer,
the pupil dividing portion has a micro lens, and
the plurality of photoelectric conversion regions receive respective lights through the micro lens.

US Pat. No. 9,570,803

MULTI-BAND ANTENNA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A multiband antenna that operates in a plurality of frequency bands, comprising:
a first conductor that has a linear shape; and
a second conductor that has a linear shape;
wherein the first conductor and the second conductor both comprise a first part and a second part, wherein a distance between
the first part of the first conductor and the first part of the second conductor is a first distance and a distance between
the second part of the first conductor and the second part of the second conductor is a second distance shorter than the first
distance,

wherein the second part of the first conductor is substantially parallel to the second part of the second conductor, and a
direction of the second part of the first conductor toward an open end of the first conductor is substantially the same as
a direction of the second part of the second conductor toward an open end of the second conductor,

wherein the first conductor and the second conductor are electromagnetically coupled to each other in at least the second
part, and

wherein at least the second part of the first conductor is arranged on a plane different from another plane whereon the second
part of the second conductor is arranged, and each of operating frequencies of the first conductor and the second conductor
is shifted, by the first conductor and the second conductor being electromagnetically coupled, to be lower than each of operation
frequencies when the first conductor and the second conductor are not electromagnetically coupled.

US Pat. No. 9,566,785

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,571,673

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,564,399

SOLID STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid state image sensor, the method comprising:
forming an electrically conductive layer and an interlayer insulation film above a semiconductor substrate, the semiconductor
substrate having a first region and a second region, photoelectric conversion elements being arranged in the first region
and the second region;

performing an annealing process after forming the conductive layer and the interlayer insulation film; and
forming a protective film above the interlayer insulation film and the electrically conductive layer,
wherein the electrically conductive layer includes a light shielding layer arranged above the second region,
wherein the interlayer insulation film includes a first portion that is located above the first region and a second portion
that is located above the second region and below the light shielding layer, and

wherein, before performing the annealing process, the second portion of the interlayer insulation film has an average hydrogen
concentration that is higher than an average hydrogen concentration of the first portion of the interlayer insulation film.

US Pat. No. 9,561,924

RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium conveyance apparatus, comprising:
a driving unit configured to be driven to rotate in a first rotation direction and a second rotation direction that is reverse
to the first rotation direction;

a first feeding device configured to feed a recording medium;
a first transmission path configured to transmit rotation of the driving unit to the first feeding device;
a first clutch arranged on the first transmission path, which is configured to transmit rotation of the driving unit in the
first rotation direction to the first feeding device and not transmit rotation of the driving unit in the second rotation
direction to the first feeding device;

a second feeding device arranged independently of the first feeding device, which is configured to feed a recording medium;
a second transmission path configured to transmit the rotation of the driving unit to the second feeding device;
a double-side printing conveyance device arranged on a double-side sheet conveyance path;
a conveyance device configured to convey the recording medium fed by one of the first feeding device and the second feeding
device;

a third transmission path configured to transmit the rotation of the driving unit to the conveyance device;
a fourth transmission path comprising a branch portion branched from the third transmission path, which is configured to transmit
the rotation of the driving unit to the double-side printing conveyance device; and

a second clutch arranged at the branch portion or on a transmission path between the driving unit and the branch portion,
which is configured to transmit the rotation of the driving unit in the second rotation direction to the conveyance device
and the double-side printing conveyance device and not to transmit the rotation of the driving unit in the first rotation
direction to the conveyance device and the double-side printing conveyance device.

US Pat. No. 9,557,695

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner-image;
a voltage source for applying a transfer voltage to a transfer portion where the toner image is transferred from said image
bearing member onto a recording material;

a fixing device, including a rotatable member to be heated, for fixing the toner image on the recording material by heating
the recording material, on which the toner image is transferred, at a fixing portion while causing the recording material
to contact the rotatable member;

an executing portion for executing an operation in a both-side mode in which the recording material, on which the toner image
is transferred and fixed on a first surface thereof, is fed to the transfer portion, to which the transfer voltage is applied,
where the toner image is transferred onto a second surface of the recording material and then is fixed on the second surface
of the recording material by said fixing device to form both-side images; and

a setting portion for setting the transfer voltage when the toner image is transferred onto the second surface of the recording
material, wherein said setting portion sets the transfer voltage in the operation for the second surface in the both-side
mode so that an absolute value of the transfer voltage when a recording material region, which starts from a downstreammost
end position with respect to a recording material feeding direction and which passed through the fixing portion through a
first one full circumference of the rotatable member when the toner image is fixed on the first surface, passes through the
transfer portion is greater than an absolute value of the transfer voltage when a recording material region passed through
the fixing portion through a second one full circumference of the rotatable member when the toner image is fixed on the first
surface passes through the transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,541,826

PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FILM USING THE COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photocurable composition to be used for manufacturing a film having a predetermined pattern shape by curing the photocurable
composition with light under a state where the photocurable composition is brought into contact with a mold having concavo-convex
on a surface thereof, the photocurable composition comprising:
a polymerizable compound;
a photopolymerization initiator;
a photosensitive gas generating agent for generating a gas through light stimulation, which does not generate a base through
a photoreaction; and

a gas generation promoter for increasing an aggregation rate of the gas generated from the photosensitive gas generating agent
at an interface between the mold and the photocurable composition,

wherein the gas generation promoter comprises a fluorine atom-containing surfactant that is free of a polymerizable substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,536,164

SETTING APPARATUS AND SETTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A setting apparatus for making a setting to detect that a moving object in an image has passed a line set in the image,
comprising:
a display control unit configured to display, on a display screen, a plurality of figures each of which includes a respective
mark at different positions, wherein the mark included in each of the plurality of figures indicates a different point on
the plurality of figures or a different part of a contour defining the plurality of figures;

an acceptance unit configured to accept designation of one figure from the plurality of figures displayed on the display screen;
and

a setting unit configured to make a setting to detect that a determination position on an object region of the moving object
in the image has passed the line set in the image, the determination position corresponding to the position of the mark on
the one figure designated by the designation.

US Pat. No. 9,519,866

DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A diagnosis support apparatus which provides medical information to a medical image, the apparatus comprising:
at least one processor and memory, the memory including a list of items of information inputtable or computable for the medical
image, coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:

an already input information obtaining unit adapted to obtain from said memory already input information selected from a set
of information which has been input by a user and/or computed by a computer for a medical image of a diagnosis target;

a non-input information obtaining unit adapted to obtain non-input information for diagnosis target, said non-input information
being other than the already input information and being selected from the set of information;

a first selection unit adapted to select presentation non-input information from the obtained non-input information to be
presented as reference information for the diagnosis target;

an inference unit adapted to infer a first diagnosis of the medical image based on the input information, and infer a second
diagnosis of the medical image based on the input information and the selected non-input information;

a second selection unit adapted to select the at least one piece of non-input information to be presented based on an influence
degree which indicates influence of the at least one piece of non-input information on inference of the first diagnosis;

a similar case obtaining unit adapted to obtain a case including the already input information and the presentation non-input
information selected by the second selection unit from a case database as a similar case to the diagnosis target; and

a presentation unit adapted to present the presentation non-input information and the obtained similar case,
wherein the non-input information for the medical image is a second item selected from the items which are not input by a
user and/or are not computed by a computer.

US Pat. No. 9,513,715

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,508,775

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A manufacturing method of an apparatus comprising:
bonding a first member and a second member, the first member having a first semiconductor substrate and a first wiring structure
on the first semiconductor substrate, and the second member having a second semiconductor substrate and a second wiring structure
on the second semiconductor substrate; and

forming an opening in the first member by removing a portion of the first semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first wiring structure includes a first wiring layer and a second wiring layer, the first wiring layer being arranged
between the first semiconductor substrate and the second wiring layer before the forming of the opening, and the second wiring
structure includes a third wiring layer, and the opening is formed above the first wiring layer after the first wiring layer
is electrically connected to the third wiring layer via the second wiring layer.

US Pat. No. 9,508,654

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,017

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SUPPRESSES FLUCTUATIONS IN DENSITY OF SUCCESSIVELY FORMED IMAGES EVEN IF CHARGE AMOUNT OF DEVELOPER CHANGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert image data based on a conversion condition;
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on the converted image data;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the image onto a sheet;
a measurement unit configured to measure a plurality of measurement images formed by the image forming unit, the plurality
of measurement images including a first measurement image and second measurement images;

a first determination unit configured to determine an image forming condition for adjustment of the maximum density of the
image, based on first measurement data corresponding to the first measurement image measured by the measurement unit;

a generation unit configured to generate the conversion condition based on second measurement data corresponding to the second
measurement images measured by the measurement unit and a feedback condition for control of an amount by which the conversion
condition is corrected based on the second measurement data; and

a second determination unit configured to determine the feedback condition based on the first measurement data,
wherein the image forming unit forms the plurality of measurement images at first timing,
wherein the image forming unit forms the plurality of measurement images at second timing after the first timing,
wherein the image forming condition is updated, at the second timing, to the image forming condition determined by the first
determination unit, based on the first measurement data corresponding to the first measurement image formed at the first timing,
and

wherein the conversion condition is updated, before the second timing, to the conversion condition generated by the generation
unit, based on the second measurement data corresponding to the second measurement images formed at the first timing.

US Pat. No. 9,504,128

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display device, comprising:
a light-emitting unit;
a display panel including color filters of a plurality of colors and pixels corresponding to the respective color filters;
a sensor which detects light from the light-emitting unit and light incident from outside that passes through the display
panel;

a control unit configured to acquire, in a state where the display panel is controlled so that transmittance of pixels of
one color among the plurality of colors is greater than transmittance of pixels of colors other than the one color, a detection
value that is output from the sensor as a first detection value of the one color, and

configured to determine an irradiation condition of external light based on the first detection value of each color of the
plurality of colors.

US Pat. No. 9,503,647

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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