US Pat. No. 9,501,965

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,500,970

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising toner base particles, each of which contains a binder resin and a magnetic material, and organic-inorganic
composite fine particles on each of the toner base particles,
wherein each of the organic-inorganic composite fine particles comprises
a vinyl resin particle, and
inorganic fine particles which are embedded in the vinyl resin particle, and at least a part of which are exposed,
wherein the toner base particles have a volumetric specific heat at 80° C. of 3,450 kJ/(m3·° C.) or more to 4,200 kJ/(m3·° C.) or less,

wherein the organic-inorganic composite fine particles have a volumetric specific heat at 80° C. of 2,900 kJ/(m3·° C.) or more to 4,200 kJ/(m3·° C.) or less, and a number average particle diameter of 50 nm or more to 200 nm or less, and

wherein an absolute difference between the volumetric specific heat at 80° C. of the toner base particles and the volumetric
specific heat at 80° C. of the organic-inorganic composite fine particles is 740 kJ/(m3·° C.) or less.

US Pat. No. 9,495,753

SPECTRAL IMAGE DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND TWO-DIMENSIONAL SPECTRAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A spectral image data processing apparatus which conducts multivariate analysis on spectral image data of a non-dyed sample,
comprising:
a region setting unit configured to set a region of interest for performing multivariate analysis in the non-dyed sample in
which a difference needs to be distinguished, the region of interest being set in accordance with spectral image data of the
non-dyed sample; and

an analysis unit configured to perform the multivariate analysis with spectral image data inside the region of interest and
spectral image data of region of non-interest which is a region other than the region of interest being distinguished from
each other.

US Pat. No. 9,497,802

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a plurality of heat generating portions, provided between adjacent electrode portions, respectively, for generating heat by
electric power supply between adjacent electrode portions;

a first electroconductive line portion electrically connected with said plurality of first electrode portions, said first
electroconductive line portion extending in the longitudinal direction with a gap between itself and said plurality of heat
generating portions, in one end portion side with respect to a widthwise direction of said substrate beyond said plurality
of heat generating portions;

a second electroconductive line portion electrically connected with said second electrode portions electrically connected
with said heat generating portions in a first heat generating region arranged in the longitudinal direction, said second electroconductive
line portion extending in the longitudinal direction in the other end portion side with respect to the widthwise direction
beyond said plurality of heat generating portions; and

a third electroconductive line portion electrically connected with one of said second electrode portions electrically connected
with said heat generating portions in a second heat generating region arranged in the longitudinal direction, said third electroconductive
line portion extending adjacent to said second electroconductive line portion in the longitudinal direction in the other end
portion side with respect to the widthwise direction beyond said plurality of heat generating portions,

wherein a gap between said second electroconductive line portion and said third electroconductive line portion in the widthwise
direction is smaller than the gap between said first electroconductive line portion and said second electrode portions in
the widthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 9,497,298

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, NETWORK INTERFACE DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A method for processing an information processing system including an information processing apparatus and a network interface
device, the information processing system being capable of communicating with a server configured to manage a node on the
network, the method comprising:
displaying a screen; and
transmitting, in order to register address information of the information processing apparatus in the server, the address
information to the server at a predetermined time interval, in a case where the information processing apparatus operates
in a first power mode;

transmitting, in order to register the address information in the server on behalf of the information processing apparatus,
the address information to the server at the predetermined time interval, in a case where the information processing apparatus
operates in a second power mode in which power consumption is lower than the power consumption in the first power mode;

determining whether the network interface device receives from the server a response indicating that a registration of the
address information in the server is successful;

transmitting, in a case where the determining determines that the network interface device does not receive the response,
a return instruction to the information processing apparatus in order to cause the information processing apparatus to return
from the second power mode to the first power mode;

returning from the second power mode to the first power mode in a case where the information processing apparatus receives
the return instruction; and

displaying a message indicating that the registration of the address information in the server is failed wherein the display
unit in a case where the information processing apparatus returns from the second power mode to the first power mode by the
return instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,497,340

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING PROGRAM, AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control apparatus which is able to control a plurality of printing apparatuses, the print control apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a degree of wear of a component used in each of the plurality of printing apparatuses,
wherein a component type of the component is used in common in the plurality of printing apparatuses, and the component type
needs a longer operation time required for a maintenance operation in a plurality of component types;

a selection unit configured to select a printing apparatus for executing print processing, which corresponds to the component
having a smaller degree of wear, from the plurality of printing apparatuses, based on the degree of wear of the component
acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a control unit configured to cause the printing apparatus selected by the selection unit to execute the print processing,
wherein the acquisition unit acquires the degree of wear of the component in accordance with a priority order of the plurality
of component types, wherein higher priority is set to a component type which needs a longer operation time required for the
maintenance operation.

US Pat. No. 9,497,344

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH DETECTS A BLANK PAGE FROM AN IMAGE OF A DOCUMENT, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image of a conveyed document;
a printing unit configured to print, on a sheet according to notification of completion of image output preparation, the image
of the document read by the reading unit;

a detection unit configured to detect a blank page from the image of the document read by the reading unit; and
a control unit configured to,
in a case where the document read by the reading unit is a first page, notify the printing unit of the completion of the image
output preparation before the detection unit detects a blank page, and

in a case where the document read by the reading unit is not a first page, notify the printing unit of the completion of the
image output preparation after the detection unit detects the blank page.

US Pat. No. 9,490,281

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising a plurality of image sensing pixels including a first pixel, a second pixel that is adjacent
to the first pixel in a first direction, a third pixel that is adjacent to the first pixel in a second direction that is perpendicular
to the first direction and a fourth pixel that is adjacent to the first pixel in a second direction and located opposite side
of the first pixel to the third pixel in the second direction, wherein:
each of the first pixel, the second pixel, the third pixel and the fourth pixel includes a plurality of photoelectric conversion
portions which photoelectrically convert a plurality of images and are separated by a separation band in the first direction;

the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions output focus detection signals that are used for phase difference detection;
the separation bands arranged in the first pixel and the separation band arranged in the second pixel deviate in the first
direction, and

the separation band arranged in at least one of the third pixel and the fourth pixel deviates differently from the first pixel
in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,489,593

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND TRAINING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for training a classifier that classifies local regions of an object, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a computer-readable memory; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the computer-readable memory and that are configured to cause the information processing
apparatus to implement:

a feature amount setting unit configured to set a feature amount to be used by the classifier and positions for obtaining
the feature amount,

a selection unit configured to select a local region of the object based on a rate of positions in the local region of the
object to positions for obtaining the feature amount set by the feature amount setting unit, and

a training unit configured to train the classifier using the feature amount set by the feature amount setting unit and the
local region selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,485,401

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE PICKUP UNITS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING DIFFERENT OBJECTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a first image pickup unit;
a second image pickup unit different from said first image pickup unit;
a display control unit configured to control at least one of a first live image photographed by said first image pickup unit
and a second live image photographed by said second image pickup unit to be displayed on a display section;

a recording control unit configured to control both an image photographed by said first image pickup unit and an image photographed
by said second image pickup unit to be recorded in a recording medium, in response to a photographing instruction from a user;
and

a notification unit configured to notify the user that an image is photographed by said second image pickup unit, in a case
where although the first live image is displayed on the display section, the second live image is not displayed on the display
section.

US Pat. No. 9,483,630

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor, and
a memory having instructions stored therein, which, when the instructions are executed by the processor, cause the processor
to:

(a) manage a login application at least having both a login screen display function and a user authentication function;
(b) determine whether or not a plug-in module added to the information processing apparatus has the login screen display function
and to determine whether or not the plug-in module has the user authentication function;

(c) enable the login screen display function of the plug-in module if it is determined that that the plug-in module has the
login screen display function, and enable the login screen display function of the login application otherwise; and

(d) enable the user authentication function of the plug-in module if it is determined that the plug-in module has the user
authentication function, and enable the user authentication function of the login application otherwise.

US Pat. No. 9,485,436

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an object from image data;
a blurring processing unit configured to execute blurring processing on a background area in the image data, the background
area being other than an object area corresponding to the object detected by the detection unit; and

a control unit configured to control the blurring processing unit to execute the blurring processing when the background area
has a first size, and not to execute the blurring processing when the background area has a second size smaller than the first
size.

US Pat. No. 9,482,646

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,483,714

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating a training image of an object to be used to generate a dictionary to be referred
to in image recognition processing of detecting the object from an input image, comprising:
a first inputting unit configured to input a luminance image of the object and a range image of the object;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain normal directions of first regions included in the range image based on the range
image;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain an observation data distribution representing correspondence between the obtained
normal directions of the first regions and luminance values of second regions, corresponding to the first regions, in the
luminance image; and

a generation unit configured to generate a training image of the object based on the observation data distribution,
wherein the first inputting unit, the first obtaining unit, the second obtaining unit, and the generation unit are implemented
by using at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,480,456

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT SIMULTANEOUSLY DISPLAYS TWO REGIONS OF INTEREST ON A BODY MARK, PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that displays a region of interest on a body mark that represents a target object, comprising:
an image acquirer configured to acquire an image of the target object in a second body posture that is different from a first
body posture;

a converter which is configured to convert a position and shape of the region of interest in the target object in the second
body posture into a converted position and shape of the region of interest in the target object in the first body posture,
on the basis of the shape of the target object in the first body posture and the second body posture, and is configured to
convert the converted position and shape of the region of interest in the target object in the first body posture into a first
corresponding position and shape of the region of interest on the body mark, and is configured to convert the position and
shape of the region of interest in the target object in the second body posture into a second corresponding position and shape
of the region of interest on the body mark; and

an image composer configured to display, on the body mark in the body mark coordinate system
the first corresponding position and shape of the region of interest and the second corresponding position and shape of the
region of interest with information for identifying body postures.

US Pat. No. 9,479,098

STEPPING MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, OPTICAL APPARATUS, STEPPING MOTOR CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stepping motor control device for controlling a stepping motor, comprising:
a position detection sensor configured to detect a rotation position of the stepping motor;
a voltage controller configured to apply a voltage to the stepping motor to drive the stepping motor;
an advance angle controller configured to control an advance angle, the advance angle being a phase difference between an
excitation current applied to a coil of the stepping motor and a rotation position of the stepping motor; and

a speed controller configured to control a drive speed of the stepping motor, wherein
the speed controller is configured to control the drive speed using first acceleration control in which the advance angle
is increased by the advance angle controller while voltage is held constant by the voltage controller, and using second acceleration
control in which voltage is increased by the voltage controller and the advance angle is reduced by the advance angle controller
with the increase in the voltage,

wherein the speed controller is configured to control an amount of change of the advance angle in the second acceleration
control so as to cancel changes in a rotation speed of the stepping motor which are caused by a change of the voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,470,995

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,465,355

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a main body of the apparatus;
a cartridge support member configured to move between an inside of the main body of the apparatus and an outside position
where the cartridge support member is outside of the main body of the apparatus while supporting a cartridge;

wherein when the cartridge support member is at the outside position, the cartridge is mountable to the cartridge support
member;

an opening portion through which the cartridge support member passes when the cartridge support member moves between the inside
of the main body of the apparatus and the outside position, the opening portion being provided in the main body of the apparatus;

an openable and closable member configured to open and close the opening portion;
a linkage mechanism configured to interlock a movement of the openable and closable member with a movement of the cartridge
support member to each other,

wherein in a state where the cartridge support member is inside of the main body of the apparatus, the linkage mechanism moving
the cartridge support member to a first position when the openable and closable member is opened, and moving the cartridge
support member to a second position different from the first position when the openable and closable member is closed; and

a locking portion configured to prevent the cartridge support member from being detached from the main body of the apparatus
by locking the cartridge support member which is at the outside position in a state where the linkage mechanism interlocks
the movement of the openable and closable member with the movement of the cartridge support member between the first position
and the second position,

wherein while an interlock between the movement of the openable and closable member and the movement of the cartridge support
member is released, the cartridge support member is detachable from the main body of the apparatus by releasing the locking
of the cartridge support member by the locking portion.

US Pat. No. 9,466,639

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
preparing a substrate on which a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions are arranged;
forming, on the substrate, a dielectric film for forming a plurality of inner lenses corresponding to the plurality of photoelectric
conversion portions;

forming a plurality of members on the dielectric film, the plurality of members having one of a lens shape, a conical shape,
and a polygonal pyramid shape;

etching the plurality of members and the dielectric film to form the plurality of inner lenses, such that part of each member
is left on a flat upper face of the dielectric film and part of the dielectric film around the part of each member that is
left is remove; and

forming, on the plurality of inner lenses, a plurality of microlenses corresponding to the plurality of photoelectric conversion
portions.

US Pat. No. 9,465,203

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
three or more lens units,
wherein an interval between adjacent ones of the lens units is changed during zooming,
wherein an N-th lens unit, where 5 to move to the image side during focusing from an infinite object distance to a close object distance, the N-th lens unit
comprising, in order from the object side to the image side, a negative lens, a positive lens, a negative lens, and a positive
lens, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?0.15
?0.30 where fN represents a focal length of the N-th lens unit, fT represents a focal length of an entire system at a telephoto end, o1N represents a distance from a surface vertex of a lens surface on the object side of a lens closest to the object side of the
N-th lens unit to a front principal point position of the N-th lens unit, and dN represents a length on an optical axis of the N-th lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,462,946

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,461,822

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,092

IMAGE COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus which is able to communicate with an external apparatus via an IP-network by a facsimile, the
communication apparatus comprising:
a redial unit configured to perform either a first redial process or a second redial process, wherein the first redial process
redials a maximum number of times which is predetermined to a user, and the second redial process redials once irrespective
of the maximum number of times which is predetermined to the user; and

a control unit configured to control the redial unit to perform the first redial process in a case where the communication
apparatus receives a SIP busy signal indicating that the external apparatus is in use or a voice packet indicating that the
external apparatus is in use, and to control the redial unit to perform the second redial process in a case where the communication
apparatus does not receive either the SIP busy signal or the voice packet and a time-out occurs.

US Pat. No. 9,451,148

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE REPRODUCING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that functions as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain image data which can generate a refocus image, and photographing information of the
image data, wherein the refocus image is at a refocus plane including a virtual image pickup plane;

a parameter generation unit configured to generate a parameter which is used to calculate a refocus image at the refocus plane,
based on the photographing information obtained by the obtaining unit; and

a recording unit configured to record the parameter generated by the parameter generation unit as meta data of the image data
in a recording medium together with the image data obtained by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,451,672

LIGHT SOURCE AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source comprising:
a superluminescent diode that includes
a first light emitting region and a second light emitting region different from the first light emitting region, and
a light emission spectrum conversion region interposed between the first light emitting region and the second light emitting
region; and

a control unit that controls currents injected into the first light emitting region, the second light emitting region and
the light emission spectrum conversion region,

wherein, light that is emitted from the first light emitting region and passes through the light emission spectrum conversion
region changes wavelength and intensity and is combined with the light that is emitted from the first light emitting region
or the second light emitting region and does not pass through the light emission spectrum conversion region,

wherein the control unit controls the currents injected into the light emission spectrum conversion region and the first light
emitting region so that a current density of the light emission spectrum conversion region is smaller than a current density
of the first light emitting region,

wherein the control unit controls the current injected into the light emission spectrum conversion region independently from
the currents injected into the first light emitting region and the second light emitting region so that the current density
of the light emission spectrum conversion region is in a range from 0 to 2 kA/cm2 or a reverse bias is applied to the light emission spectrum conversion region so that the current thereof flows in a direction
opposite to a direction in which a current injected into the first light emitting region flows, and

wherein the superluminescent diode has a ridge waveguide structure inclined to a line perpendicular to end surfaces of the
superluminescent diode, such that a direction of propagation of light emitted by the superluminescent diode is inclined relative
to the line perpendicular to the end surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,442,430

TRANSFER MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer member for electrophotography, comprising:
a substrate; and
a surface layer on the substrate,
wherein the surface layer comprises:
an acrylic resin having a hydroxyl group; and
a fluorine compound,
the fluorine compound
having an alkyl group including 1 to 8 carbon atoms, and a fluorine atom substituting at least one hydrogen atom in the alkyl
group, and

comprising a constitutional unit represented by the following formula (1):
in the formula (1), n represents an integer of 1 or more and 3 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,435,730

IMAGE INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image information obtaining apparatus, comprising:
a light source;
a transducer configured to convert an acoustic wave into an electrical signal;
a signal processing unit configured to obtain image data, using the electrical signal; and
a memory which stores a reference acoustic signal,
wherein
said transducer is configured to output an object acoustic signal by detecting an acoustic wave generated when an object is
irradiated with light from said light source,

said memory stores the reference acoustic signal which is outputted from said transducer by detection of an acoustic wave
generated when a phantom, which simulates the object and is located at a position where the object is to be located, is irradiated
with light from said light source,

said signal processing unit is configured to:
obtain an intensity of a signal corresponding to the acoustic wave generated from a surface of the object, out of the object
acoustic signal;

obtain an intensity of a signal corresponding to the acoustic wave generated from a surface of the phantom, out of the reference
acoustic signal;

obtain a correction coefficient based on a result of comparing between the intensity of the signal corresponding to the acoustic
wave generated from the surface of the object and the intensity of the signal corresponding to the acoustic wave generated
from the surface of the phantom; and

obtain a subtraction signal between the reference acoustic signal and the object acoustic signal which are corrected by using
the correction coefficient, and obtain image data using the subtraction signal.

US Pat. No. 9,434,194

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING SYSTEM USING PIXEL DIVISION PATTERNS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus for recording an image on a unit area of a recording medium by applying ink from a recording
head during a plurality of relative scans of the recording head and the unit area based on a plurality of pieces of recording
data, the ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a plurality of division patterns, each having recording permitted pixels which are permitted
to be recorded with ink and recording non-permitted pixels which are not permitted to be recorded with ink, the plurality
of division patterns at least including (i) a first division pattern, and (ii) a second division pattern having a smaller
number of recording permitted pixels adjacent to another recording permitted pixel than the first division pattern, wherein
a total number of recording permitted pixels in the second division pattern and a total number of recording permitted pixels
in the first division pattern are same as each other;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information indicating an amount of ink to be applied to the unit area during the
plurality of the relative scans;

a selection unit configured to select one of the plurality of division patterns stored in the memory based on the information
acquired by the acquisition unit, wherein the selection unit (i) selects the first division pattern in a case where the information
indicates a first amount, and (ii) selects the second division pattern in a case where the information indicates a second
amount which is less than the first amount; and

a generation unit configured to generate the plurality of pieces of recording data by dividing image data using the division
pattern selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,434,561

SHEET STACKING DEVICE, SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a body;
a storage portion configured to be drawn out from the body;
a supporting portion provided on the storage portion and configured to support sheets;
a feed portion configure to feed a sheet supported by the supporting portion;
a driving mechanism which is able to lift the supporting portion such that an uppermost sheet of the sheets supported on the
supporting portion is kept at a position where the uppermost sheet can be fed by the feed portion;

a sheet stacking portion, provided on the supporting portion, on which a sheet is stacked, the sheet stacking portion being
swingable in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet feeding direction in which the feed portion feeds the sheet; and

a pair of widthwise restricting portions restricting both ends, in a width direction, of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking
portion on the supporting portion,

wherein the sheet stacking portion on the supporting portion is swingable in the width direction while the supporting portion
is lifted by the driving mechanism, and an uppermost surface of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion is changed
from an inclined state to a substantially horizontal state according to a lifting of the sheet stacking portion.

US Pat. No. 9,436,112

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
toner particles each containing a binder resin, a wax, and a coloring agent; and
silica fine particles A and strontium titanate fine particles B present on surfaces of the toner particles,
wherein:
the silica fine particles A have a number-average particle diameter (D1) of 60 nm or more and 300 nm or less;
when
a coverage rate of the surfaces of the toner particles with the silica fine particles A is defined as a coverage rate X (%)
and

a coverage rate with the silica fine particles A fixed to the surfaces of the toner particles is defined as a coverage rate
Y (%),

the coverage rate X is 20% or more and 95% or less, and
a ratio [coverage rate Y/coverage rate X] of the coverage rate Y to the coverage rate X is 0.75 or more;
the strontium titanate fine particles B have a fixing rate, measured as indicated in the description, of 0.10 or more and
0.60 or less;

the silica fine particles A are negatively chargeable;
the strontium titanate fine particles B are positively chargeable;
an amount of the silica fine particles A is 2.0 parts by mass or more and 10.0 parts by mass or less when an amount of the
toner particles is set to 100 parts by mass; and

an amount of the strontium titanate fine particles B is 0.2 part by mass or more and 1.0 part by mass or less when an amount
of the toner particles is set to 100 parts by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,427,146

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic system comprising:
an analyzing unit configured to analyze a tomographic image of an eye of a patient;
a patient information acquiring unit configured to acquire a race of the patient as patient information;
a default race setting unit configured to set a race to be used in a case where no race is acquired by the patient information
acquiring unit;

a statistical information storage unit configured to store statistical information created for each race;
a comparison target selecting unit configured to select statistical information, based on the race acquired by the patient
information acquiring unit, from the statistical information storage unit in a case where the race is acquired by the patient
information acquiring unit and to select statistical information, based on the race set by the default race setting unit,
from the statistical information storage unit in a case where no race is acquired by the patient information acquiring unit;
and

a comparison unit configured to compare a result of the analysis performed by the analyzing unit with the statistical information
selected by the comparison target selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,432,553

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
receiving a login request from a wireless terminal apparatus; and
executing different login processing according to whether the wireless terminal apparatus from which the login request was
received has a display,

wherein, in a case where the wireless terminal apparatus does not have the display and in a case where there is a first user
having already logged in to the image processing apparatus, controlling an operation unit to change a display content of the
operation unit from a screen of the first user having already logged in to the image processing apparatus to a screen of a
second user who was permitted to login based on to the login request,

wherein in a case where the wireless terminal apparatus has the display, returning a result of login processing to the wireless
terminal apparatus, and controlling the operation unit not to change the display content of the operation unit from the screen
of the first user to the screen of the second user who was permitted to login in based on the login request even if there
is the first user having already logged in to the image processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,423,715

ROLLER MEMBER, ROLLER SUPPORTING MECHANISM, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A roller member used in an image forming apparatus comprising: a metallic shaft, the metallic shaft including:
a cylindrical portion formed so that one end portion and the other end portion of a metallic plate oppose each other; and
a projecting portion that is a part of the metallic plate and projecting outward in an axial direction of the metallic shaft
from the one end portion of the cylindrical portion, wherein

the projecting portion is provided only to a part of the metallic plate in a direction orthogonal to the axial direction with
respect to the metallic plate,

the one end portion and the other end portion each include a straight portion, a plurality of projections, and a plurality
of depressions,

the projections on the one end portion engage the depressions on the other end portion, the depressions on the one end portion
engage the projections on the other end portion, and the straight portion on the one end portion oppose the straight portion
on the other end portion in an opposing area in which the one end portion and the other end portion oppose,

a straight area in which the straight portion of the one end portion and the straight portion of the other end portion oppose
is positioned on an end portion of the cylindrical portion in the axial direction,

a projection and depression area in which the projections on the one end portion and the projections on the other end portion
are arranged alternately is located adjacent to the straight area in the axial direction,

a projecting amount of the projection on the metallic plate projecting with respect to the straight portion to which the projection
arranged so as to be interposed between the straight portion and the depression is adjacent is smaller than a projecting amount
on the metallic plate of the projection projecting with respect to the depression to which the projection is adjacent, and

in a case where a straight line passing thorough the projecting portion parallel to the axial direction is a center line,
a distance from the center line to the straight portion of the one end portion is equal or substantially equal to a distance
from the center portion to the straight line of the another end portion on the metallic plate,

wherein, on the metallic plate, a distance from the center line to the projections of the one end portion is equal to a distance
from the center line to the projection of the another end portion, and a distance from the center line to the depressions
of the one end portion is equal to a distance from the center line to the depressions of the another end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,425,021

X-RAY GENERATION APPARATUS AND X-RAY RADIOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

2R?Z?20R.

US Pat. No. 9,421,770

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING POSITION ADJUSTING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,425,635

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,425,380

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, MULTILAYERED PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a first electrode;
a second electrode; and
a piezoelectric material including:
crystal grains of a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1) as a main component
(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-yZry)O3(where 1.00?a?1.01,0.02?x?0.30,0.020?y?0.095, and y?x)  (1),

 and
a manganese component incorporated in the piezoelectric material,
wherein a manganese content relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide is 0.02 parts by weight or
more and 0.40 parts by weight or less on a metal basis,

wherein an auxiliary component content other than the content of the manganese component relative to 100 parts by weight of
the perovskite-type metal oxide is less than 2.1 parts by weight on an oxide basis,

wherein the crystal grains have an average circular equivalent diameter of more than 0.8 ?m and less than 182.0 ?m, and
wherein the piezoelectric material has a relative density of more than 89.0% and 100% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,414,795

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
a radiation generating unit configured to generate radiation;
an arm configured to support the radiation generating unit; and
a support pillar configured to support the arm and rotate the arm,
wherein the support pillar comprises a housing portion that has a space for housing at least a part of the radiation generating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,415,584

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid discharge head substrate comprising:
a discharge unit including a discharge element configured to generate energy for discharging a liquid from an orifice and
a discharge control circuit configured to control the discharge element; and

a first voltage generation circuit configured to supply, to the discharge control circuit, a first driving voltage for driving
the discharge control circuit,

wherein the discharge unit includes a first node having a voltage correlated with a voltage to be supplied to the discharge
element, and

the first voltage generation circuit controls the first driving voltage based on a comparison result of the voltage of the
first node and a first reference voltage supplied from outside of the liquid discharge head substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,420,225

COMMUNICATION OF VIDEO INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of transmitting a video frame from a transmitting device to a receiving device, the method comprising the following
steps executed in the following order:
selecting a number of communication channels available between the transmitting and the receiving devices;
partitioning spatially correlated pixels of the video frame into a number of different partitions equal to the number of selected
communication channels by defining linear blocks of pixels for partitioning the pixels of the video frame, wherein the number
of pixels per block equals the selected number of available communication channels and wherein the linear blocks are staggered
by shifting by at least one pixel from one row to another; and

assigning each pixel of a block to a distinct partition; and
transmitting the different partitions, where each partition is transmitted on a distinct communication channel among the selected
communication channels.

US Pat. No. 9,418,417

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for performing reconstruction processing on projected images of an object obtained by using
a radiation source and a detector, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a selection unit configured to select a reconstruction filter to be applied when obtaining a tomographic image of the object
by performing the reconstruction processing on the projected images;

a setting unit configured to set an image processing parameter for noise reduction of the projected images according to a
type of the selected reconstruction filter;

an image processing unit configured to perform image processing on the projected images using the image processing parameter;
and

a reconstruction unit configured to obtain a tomographic image of the object by, using the selected reconstruction filter,
performing reconstruction processing on the projected images that have been subjected to the image processing.

US Pat. No. 9,417,179

ACOUSTIC WAVE ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acoustic wave acquisition apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to generate light;
a detector including a plurality of elements configured to receive an acoustic wave generated from inside a subject when the
subject is irradiated with the light;

a rotation driving unit configured to rotate the detector; and
a plurality of light irradiation portions configured to irradiate the subject with the light from the light source,
wherein the plurality of light irradiation portions are provided at least at positions other than a rotation axis of the detector,
wherein, when the plurality of light irradiation portions is seen from a rotation axis direction, a density of the plurality
of light irradiation portions provided at a center area of the detector is different from a density of the plurality of light
irradiation portions provided at a peripheral area of the detector.

US Pat. No. 9,411,544

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD CONTROLLING PRINTING BASED ON ACQUIRED INFORMATION RELATING TO CONVEYANCE OF A PRINT MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A print control method for a printing apparatus for conveying a print medium and performing printing on the conveyed print
medium, the print control method comprising:
a print data acquisition step of acquiring print data in which digital watermark information is added to image data, the digital
watermark information being used to identify a position of an image of the image data on a print medium and being added to
the image data for each of a plurality of blocks arranged according to coordinates of the position;

a printing step of printing the image on the print medium in accordance with the print data acquired in the print data acquisition
step;

a conveyance information acquisition step of acquiring information relating to conveyance of the print medium, based on information
on the position of the image printed by the printing step that is obtained by detection of the digital watermark information
in the image printed by the printing step which is read by a reading unit; and

a print control step of controlling printing in the printing step, based on the acquired information relating to conveyance,
wherein the watermark information is added to the image data with changing printing conditions, each of which is used for
printing the watermark information, for each of the plurality of blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,407,785

PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing system which includes a processing apparatus and one or more image reading apparatuses, the system comprising:
at least one processor; and
at least one memory,
wherein the processor executes process steps stored in the memory to perform the steps of:
setting each of a pull priority order and a push priority order of a plurality of storage locations which are candidates for
storing data obtained by reading of an original by one of the one or more image reading apparatuses, individually for each
of a pull reading method and a push reading method, in accordance with an instruction which is performed from a user on a
first operation device of the processing apparatus and is performed with respect to a display screen of the processing apparatus,
and wherein in the pull reading method, a reading instruction is executed by the user on the first operation device, and in
the push reading method, the reading instruction is executed by the user on a second operation device included in a corresponding
one of the one or more image reading apparatuses;

acquiring the data to be stored;
specifying, in a case where the pull reading method is executed, a pull storage location of the data obtained by the pull
reading method, among the plurality of storage locations, based on the pull priority order already set before acquisition
of the data and to specify, in a case where the push reading method is executed, a push storage location of the data obtained
by the push reading method, among the plurality of storage locations, based on the push priority order already set before
acquisition of the data; and

storing the data in the specified pull storage location or the push storage location.

US Pat. No. 9,405,257

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS THAT CONTROLS PRINTING ORDER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data pieces of a plurality of pages;
a storing unit configured to store the image data pieces input by the input unit;
a determining unit configured to determine whether post processing has been designated for a first position on a sheet or
a second position on the sheet; and

a control unit configured to control a printing unit such that at least timing of start of printing and print order of the
plurality of pages depend on whether a number of sheets to be used for printing exceeds a number of sheets on which the post
processing is performable,

wherein, in a case where it is determined by the determining unit that post processing has been designated for the second
position and, until storing of all of the image data pieces in the storing unit is completed, it is judged that a number of
sheets to be used for printing does not exceed a number of sheets on which the post processing is performable, the control
unit is configured to control the printing unit to start printing the plurality of pages from a last page among the plurality
of pages after the storing of all of the image data pieces in the storing unit is completed, and

wherein, in a case where it is determined by the determining unit that post processing has been designated for the second
position and, until storing of all of the image data pieces in the storing unit is completed, it is judged that a number of
sheets to be used for printing exceeds a number of sheets on which the post processing is performable, the control unit is
configured to control the printing unit to start printing the plurality of pages from a first page among the plurality of
pages before the storing of all of the image data pieces in the storing unit is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,401,388

PHOTO ELECTRIC CONVERTER, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a photoelectric converter comprising:
a first step of preparing a semiconductor substrate including a metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) transistor;
a second step of forming a plurality of interlayer insulating films above the semiconductor substrate; and
a third step of forming a photoelectric conversion portion above the semiconductor substrate,
wherein the second step includes a step of forming a first film containing hydrogen,
wherein the second step includes a step of forming a second film after the step of forming the first film,
wherein the third step includes a step of forming a first electrode, a step of forming a photoelectric conversion film, and
a step of forming a second electrode,

wherein the method includes a step of performing heat treatment between the step of forming the first film and the step of
forming the photoelectric conversion film, and

wherein a temperature at a time of forming the first film is lower than a temperature at a time of forming the second film.

US Pat. No. 9,399,355

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of printing an image on a printing medium using a print head ejecting a first ink, a second ink having higher
lightness than the first ink, and a third ink having lower lightness than the second ink, the method comprising:
preliminarily ejecting the first ink in a predetermined area;
preliminarily ejecting the second ink in the predetermined area;
preliminarily ejecting the third ink in the predetermined area; and
ejecting ink in the predetermined area to form the image,
wherein preliminarily ejecting the first ink, the second ink and the third ink is performed to maintain an ink ejection state
of the print head without contributing to image formation,

wherein dots of the first ink and dots of the second ink formed in the predetermined area by the preliminary ejection are
printed to be superposed on each other, and

wherein the dots of the second ink and dots of the third ink formed in the predetermined area by the preliminary ejection
are printed not to be superposed on each other.

US Pat. No. 9,401,259

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE, AND RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray generating tube, comprising:
an insulating tube having a tube body extending along a longitudinal direction and a pair of ends;
a cathode secured to one of the pair of ends and including an electron emitting source, the cathode having a peripheral portion
joined to an end face of the one of the pair of ends; and

an anode secured to the other of the pair of ends and including a target, the anode having a peripheral portion joined to
an end face of the other of the pair of ends,

wherein at least any one of the cathode and the anode includes a tubular extending portion extending along the longitudinal
direction,

wherein the tubular extending portion has a higher coefficient of thermal expansion than the insulating tube,
wherein the tubular extending portion is secured to the insulating tube via a tubular joint portion, and
wherein the insulating tube has a thinner tube wall region having a thinner tube wall than the tubular joint portion of the
insulating tube, said thinner tube wall region being distant from the tubular joint portion along the longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,398,228

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus on which an interchangeable lens is removably mounted, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to perform a photoelectric conversion of an optical image formed via the interchangeable
lens; and

a controller configured to control a power supply to the interchangeable lens mounted on the image pickup apparatus,
wherein when the mounted interchangeable lens is a first type interchangeable lens and a power is turned off, the controller
performs an aperture control so as to change a first aperture state set in the interchangeable lens to a second aperture state
and then stops the power supply to the interchangeable lens, and

wherein when the mounted interchangeable lens is a second type interchangeable lens which is a different lens type from the
first type interchangeable lens and the power is turned off, the controller maintains the power supply differently from a
case where the mounted interchangeable lens is the first type interchangeable lens.

US Pat. No. 9,393,790

INKJET PRINT APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet print apparatus for printing an actual image based on inputted image data and a first test pattern and a second
test pattern which are different from the actual image, comprising:
a print head having a plurality of nozzles configured to eject a first color ink and a second color ink, the second color
being different from the first color; and

a controller which executes steps of:
causing the print head to print the first test pattern, which is a specified pattern configured to correct color of the actual
image by ejecting both of the first color ink and the second color ink, while also printing a preliminary ejection pattern
for maintaining ejection conditions of the plurality of nozzles on an area where the first test pattern is printed;

causing the print head to print the second test pattern, which is a specified pattern configured to check the printing state
of the plurality of nozzles and is different from the first test pattern, by ejecting the first color ink and not ejecting
the second color ink, without printing of a preliminary ejection pattern for maintaining ejection conditions of the plurality
of nozzles on an area where the second test pattern is printed;

correcting the color of the actual image on the basis of the first test pattern; and
causing the print head to print the actual image by ejecting both of the first color ink and the second color ink, while also
printing a preliminary ejection pattern for maintaining ejection conditions of the plurality of nozzles on an area where the
actual image is printed,

wherein the first test pattern includes a pattern for reducing a color difference between a color that is printed in a first
region by using the first color ink and the second color ink according to data indicating a predetermined color and a color
that is printed in a second region different from the first region by using the first color ink and the second color ink according
to data indicating the predetermined color.

US Pat. No. 9,398,199

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SHIFTING ELECTRICAL SIGNAL WHEN CENTER OF GRAVITY IS SHIFTED DUE TO AN ECLIPSE OF PUPIL AREA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a pupil division unit which divides a light beam entering an imaging optical system into each pixel on the image sensor;
an incident angle determination unit which determines an incident angle to each pixel on the image sensor based on a center
of gravity of a pupil area, in a presence of an eclipse, corresponding to each of the pixel on a two- dimensional pupil plane;

an image shift unit which shifts an electric signal obtained from the image sensor in a direction in which the center of gravity
is shifted by an eclipse on the two-dimensional pupil plane, based on the incident angle determined by the incident angle
determination unit and a position of a plane on which image generation is performed; and

an image generation unit which synthesizes electric signals obtained from the image shift unit.

US Pat. No. 9,398,218

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system; and
an image sensor that acquires an image of light coming from the imaging optical system, wherein
the imaging optical system has an aperture stop including a first aperture and a second aperture;
the image sensor has first pixels and second pixels;
the central axis of the first aperture and the central axis of the second aperture are aligned with each other;
the first aperture has a first optical filter that codes light passing therethrough with a first code;
the first pixels receive first coded light coded with the first code; and
the second pixels do not receive the first coded light and receive light other than the first coded light; and
wherein the following expression is satisfied:

where D1 is the diameter of the second aperture, D2 is the diameter of the first aperture, T11 is the transmittance of the first coded light in the second aperture, T12 is the transmittance of light other than the first coded light in the second aperture, T21 is the transmittance of the first coded light in the first aperture, and T22 is the transmittance of light other than the first coded light in the first aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,389,781

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to perform processing according to a type of an input operation, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a same type of operation as an operation input immediately before is
likely to be repeated, based on input information of interest and information about the operation input immediately before;

an identification unit configured to identify the input operation based on the information of interest according to that the
information of interest satisfies a predetermined condition set in advance; and

a setting unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the same type of operation as the operation input
immediately before is likely to be repeated, set a condition for the identification unit to identify the input operation based
on the information of interest as the same type of operation as the operation input immediately before so that the set condition
is easier to be satisfied than the predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,389,532

COLOR-IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,533

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING POSITION OF IMAGE TO BE FORMED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that includes a plurality of photosensitive members and an exposure device for exposing each of the
photosensitive members to form an electrostatic latent image thereon, and is configured to form a plurality of toner images
by developing the electrostatic latent images formed on the respective photosensitive members by the exposure device;

an image bearing member onto which the plurality of toner images formed by the image forming unit are transferred;
a sensor configured to sense a temperature of the exposure device;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed on the image bearing member;
a first determination unit configured to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image on the image bearing
member, control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image, and determine a first registration adjustment condition
based on a result of measurement by the measurement unit;

a second determination unit configured to determine a second registration adjustment condition based on a reference temperature
and a first temperature sensed by the sensor;

a controller configured to execute registration adjustment processing for the toner images based on the first registration
adjustment condition determined by the first determination unit in a case where the first temperature is lower than a second
temperature sensed by the sensor, and execute the registration adjustment processing for the toner images based on the first
registration adjustment condition determined by the first determination unit and the second registration adjustment condition
determined by the second determination unit in a case where the first temperature is not lower than the second temperature;
and

an updating unit configured to update the reference temperature in a case where the first temperature is lower than the second
temperature,

wherein the sensor senses the first temperature while the image forming unit is forming the toner images, and
wherein the sensor senses the second temperature before the image forming unit forms the toner images.

US Pat. No. 9,388,000

SPACING MECHANISM FOR SPACING TWO MEMBERS, AND A FIXING DEVICE SHEET FEEDING-CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spacing mechanism comprising:
a first member;
a second member urged toward said first member;
a rotation shaft rotatable by a driving force from a driving source;
an urged member supported by said second member;
an urging member for receiving the driving force from said rotation shaft to rotate, said urging member urging said urged
member, against an urging force, toward said first member to space said second member from said first member, in a state that
said rotation shaft is at a predetermined rotational phase;

a first gear that is rotatable integrally with said urging member;
a load receiving portion that is rotatable integrally with said first gear;
a second gear engaged with said first gear to be driven by said first gear; and
an elastic unit having one end portion fixed to a fixed portion of said second gear and another end portion configured to
contact said load receiving portion,

wherein, when said rotation shaft rotates from the predetermined rotational phase and said urged member is released from said
urging member, said elastic unit applies a load to said first gear in a direction opposite to a direction in which said first
gear rotates by receiving the driving force.

US Pat. No. 9,388,005

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus, comprising:
a sheet conveying path through which a sheet is conveyed;
a locking member having an abutment surface against which a leading edge of the sheet conveyed through the sheet conveying
path abuts so that a skew feed of the sheet is corrected;

a holding member configured to hold the locking member, the holding member being rotated integrally with the locking member
from a waiting position when the locking member is pushed by the leading edge of the sheet being conveyed;

a roller pair configured to nip the sheet of which the leading edge is in abutment against the abutment surface of the locking
member;

a first urging portion configured to urge the holding member so as to move the holding member to the waiting position;
a movable support portion configured to support the locking member in a manner that the locking member is movable with respect
to the holding member so that the locking member is located in a retracted position in which the locking member is brought
into contact with a surface of the sheet being conveyed by the roller pair and allows the sheet to pass in a state in which
the holding member is located in the waiting position; and

a second urging portion configured to urge the locking member in a manner that the locking member is moved from the retracted
position to a position in which the abutment surface abuts against a leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a trailing edge
of the sheet being conveyed by the roller pair passes the locking member.

US Pat. No. 9,392,367

SOUND REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND SOUND REPRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,391,112

SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor apparatus, comprising:
a first element part including a first semiconductor layer provided with a first transistor:
a first wiring part including a first conductor layer arranged on the first semiconductor layer, and a first insulator layer
arranged between the first semiconductor layer and the first conductor layer;

a second element part including a second semiconductor layer provided with a second transistor:
a second wiring part including a second conductor layer, and a second insulator layer arranged between the second semiconductor
layer and the second conductor layer, the second wiring part being arranged between the first element part and the second
element part and between the first wiring part and the second element part;

a third insulator layer arranged between the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer; and
a conductive member connecting the first conductor layer with the second conductor layer,
wherein the conductive member has a through part penetrating through the first semiconductor layer, the first insulator layer,
and the third insulator layer,

wherein the through part has a region mainly containing copper, and a conductive layer arranged at least between the region
and the first semiconductor layer, between the region and the first insulator layer, and between the region and the third
insulator layer, the conductive layer of the through part being in direct contact with the third insulator layer and the first
insulator layer, and

wherein the conductive layer mainly contains at least one of tantalum, tantalum nitride, tantalum carbide, titanium, titanium
nitride, titanium carbide, tungsten, tungsten nitride, tungsten carbide and manganese.

US Pat. No. 9,389,321

CRYSTALLINE SCINTILLATOR BODY AND RADIATION DETECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A crystalline scintillator body comprising:
a plurality of first crystalline phases, each being a columnar crystal made of a material containing at least one of cesium
iodide and rubidium iodide; and

a second crystalline phase in which the plurality of first crystalline phases are present, the second crystalline phase being
made of a material containing sodium nitrate.

US Pat. No. 9,392,202

SCANNING CIRCUIT, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM FOR SPECIFYING A REGISTER WHERE SCANNING IS SKIPPED AMONG A PLURALITY OF REGISTERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix;
a first shift register including a plurality of registers connected in series and being operable to specify a register where
scanning is skipped among the plurality of registers;

a second shift register adapted to transmit skip information for specifying the register to be skipped;
a plurality of bypass units provided in correspondence with the plurality of registers connected in series; and
a plurality of inter-register switches, each connects an output node of one of the plurality of registers and an input node
of subsequent one of the plurality of registers,

wherein the second shift register controls the plurality of bypass units into an on state and an off state based on the skip
information, and the plurality of inter-register switches into an on state and an off state on the basis of the skip information
by providing signals having opposite phases to each other for the inter-register switch connected to the output node of one
of the plurality of registers and the bypass unit connected to the input node of the one of the plurality of registers.

US Pat. No. 9,389,389

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,278

IMAGE ENCODING OR DECODING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ENCODING OR DECODING A PLURALITY OF IMAGES IN PARALLEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. An image encoding apparatus configured to encode a plurality of images that is temporally continuous, the image encoding
apparatus comprising:
a first encoding unit configured to encode an N-th image of the plurality of images;
a second encoding unit configured to encode an (N+1)th image, which is continuous to the N-th image, with reference to the
N-th image;

a recording unit configured to record a number of tiles processed by the first encoding unit; and
a control unit configured to control processing start timing for the first encoding unit and the second encoding unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to instruct the second encoding unit to start encoding an initial processing target
block of the (N+1)th image after the number of tiles recorded by the recording unit reaches a number of tiles that include
a motion vector presence range.

US Pat. No. 9,387,675

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate;
a heat resistor layer; and
a side wall member that forms a side wall of a pressure chamber, the heat resistor layer having a heat effect portion configured
to foam liquid in an interior of the pressure chamber to discharge the liquid from a discharge port, wherein

the heat effect portion is apart from the substrate, and
at least part of a surface of the heat resistor layer is covered with a covering layer in the interior of the pressure chamber,
and at least part of opposite side of the covering layer contacts the side wall of the side wall member.

US Pat. No. 9,389,498

3D-IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM AND 3D-IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A 3D-image pickup optical system comprising:
a pair of optical systems each including a magnification-varying lens unit, an aperture stop, a first lens unit, and a first
reflective member in a sequential order from an object side toward an image side, the optical systems having optical axes
offset from each other;

a second lens unit that is fixed and receives object light fluxes from the pair of optical systems;
a second reflective member that guides the object light fluxes from the pair of optical systems to the second lens unit; and
a switching unit that is disposed in an object side of the second reflective member, and alternately guides the pair of the
object light fluxes respectively from the pair of optical systems to the second reflective member,

wherein:
?0.050
and
e=?(d/nd)

are satisfied, where d is one of a lens thickness or a lens interval in an optical axis direction, nd is a refractive index
for d-line of a medium filling one of the lens thickness or the lens interval, fw is a focal length of an entire system at
a wide angle end, fr2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, and e represents an air equivalent interval between the aperture stop and a surface
on the most object side of the second lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,382,380

CHEMICAL SEALING FILM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A chemical sealing film containing an organic compound represented by the following general formula (1),

wherein, in the general formula (1), R is a linear alkylene group having carbon atoms of 5 or more and 10 or less, n is an
integer of 10 or more and 480 or less, and A is a hydroxyl group or a hydrogen atom; and

a thickness of the chemical sealing film is 10 ?m or more and 100 ?m or less.

US Pat. No. 9,384,430

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to receive color information included in image data;
a conversion unit configured to convert the color information into color material amount data of a chromatic color material;
and

a determination unit configured to make a determination on color material amount data of an achromatic color material to be
formed on top of the chromatic color material on a recording medium so as to cause a hue of diffused light and a hue of specular
reflected light of an image, which is formed of a chromatic color material corresponding to the converted color material amount
data of the chromatic color material, formed on the recording medium to coincide with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,381,658

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus which performs a cutting process of cutting a sheet bundle, comprising:
a fixed blade;
a movable blade disposed above the fixed blade, the movable blade being capable of moving up and down and cutting the sheet
bundle between the movable blade and the fixed blade in conjunction with the fixed blade; and

an adhesion preventing member which prevents cutting waste from adhering to the movable blade and which moves down along the
fixed blade to a position below a blade edge of the movable blade after the movable blade cuts the sheet bundle,

wherein the adhesion preventing member moves down while elastically pressing against a surface of the movable blade and the
fixed blade, when the movable blade cuts the sheet bundle and is in a position lateral to the fixed blade.

US Pat. No. 9,383,453

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a radiation detection unit configured to detect an irradiation state of radiation at a plurality of positions in the detection
unit such that the irradiation state of radiation at least at a center region in the detection unit and at a peripheral region
in the detection unit that is separated from the center region is detected, the irradiation state of radiation being different
from the image data; and

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

wherein the radiation detection unit is configured to have a plurality of sensitivities such that the sensitivity at the center
region in the detection unit is greater than the sensitivity at the peripheral region in the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,380,935

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,384,559

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM THAT DETERMINE WHETHER A CANDIDATE REGION OF A SPECIFIC REGION IN DIVIDED IMAGES FORMS THE SPECIFIC IMAGE, BASED ON SHAPE INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of divided images from one image, wherein neighboring divided images
of the plurality of divided images do not have an overlapping region;

an extraction unit configured to extract a candidate region of a specific region in each of the neighboring divided images;
a combining unit configured, in a case when candidate regions extracted by the extraction unit neighbor one another at the
boundary between the neighboring divided images, to combine shape information of the candidate regions that neighbor one another;
and

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the candidate regions form the specific region by using the shape
information combined by the combining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,377,727

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material based on image data;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire density information from the image data;
a fixing unit including a heating member and a pressure member forming a nip with the heating member, the fixing unit being
configured to convey and heat the recording material on which the image is formed to fix the image on the recording material
at the nip;

a temperature detecting unit configured to detect the temperature of the heating member; and
a control unit configured to set a fixing temperature for each of the recording materials and configured to control the amount
of power supplied to the heating member so that the temperature detected by the temperature detecting unit becomes the fixing
temperature,

wherein the acquisition unit acquires the density information of the image to be formed on a first recording material to a
N-th recording material in a job in which the image is continuously formed on a plurality of recording materials, N being
an integer more than two, and

wherein in a case where a density of the image on a k-th recording material is higher than a density of the image on a (k?1)-th
recording material, k being an integer equal to two or more or equal to N or less, the control unit sets the fixing temperature
of the (k?1)-th recording material to a temperature which is higher than a predetermined temperature predetermined by the
density information of the image to be formed on the (k?1)-th recording material and which is lower than a predetermined temperature
predetermined by the density information of the image to be formed on the k-th recording material, and

wherein the control unit sets the fixing temperature of the k-th recording material to the predetermined temperature predetermined
by the density information of the image to be formed on the k-th recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,377,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including image forming means that forms an image on a sheet, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a cover openably and closably provided;
a first guide that rotates about a fulcrum with an opening of the cover;
a second guide that defines a conveyance path in combination with the first guide, the first guide being provided between
the cover and the second guide in a state in which the cover is closed, and the second guide being rotatable with the cover
being open; and

an interlocking portion that interlocks the second guide with the cover such that the second guide moves along the first guide
in a direction away from the fulcrum with the opening of the cover.

US Pat. No. 9,375,961

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,849

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING A TOUCH OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which recognizes a multi touch operation, the apparatus comprising:
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch point on a target area of a touch operation;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether a number of touch points being detected on the target area is two
or more based on information detected by the touch detection unit;

a movement detection unit configured to detect a movement of the information processing apparatus;
a second determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the first determination unit determines that the number
of touch points being detected on the target area is two or more, a touch point which begins to be detected before the movement
and is being detected when the movement is detected among the two or more touch points being detected on the target area,
as invalid; and

a recognition unit configured to recognize the touch operation using the information of all remaining points excluding the
touch point determined as invalid by the second determination unit among the two or more touch points are being detected on
the target area.

US Pat. No. 9,377,348

MEASURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring system for measuring a physical quantity related to one of an electromagnetic wave and a magnetic field comprising:
a vibration-type actuator;
a waveform generating unit configured to generate a driving waveform signal of the vibration-type actuator;
an optical transmitter unit configured to receive the driving waveform signal and convert the driving waveform signal into
an optical signal;

an optical receiver unit configured to receive the optical signal and convert the optical signal into an alternating-current
voltage signal; and

a drive circuit configured to receive the alternating-current voltage signal and output a drive voltage to be applied to the
vibration-type actuator,

wherein the waveform generating unit and the optical transmitter unit are disposed outside a magnetic shield room, the optical
receiver unit, the drive circuit, and the vibration-type actuator are disposed inside the magnetic shield room, and the optical
signal is transmitted between the optical transmitter unit and the optical receiver unit.

US Pat. No. 9,377,897

CONTROL OF COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS BASED ON LIGHT DISTRIBUTION AND MOVING AMOUNTS OF SENSOR UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coordinate input apparatus in which a first bar housing unit and a second bar housing unit each including a retroreflecting
member and at least two sensor units, the sensor units each being movable in a horizontal direction with respect to a coordinate
input region and each including a light projecting unit and a light receiving unit, are arranged on two facing sides of the
coordinate input region to make the retroreflecting members face each other for detecting a pointed position in the coordinate
input region, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine, based on a light amount distribution received by the light receiving unit of
each of the sensor units, whether the sensor units are at appropriate positions;

a measurement unit configured to measure moving amounts of the sensor units in a horizontal direction with respect to the
coordinate input region when said determination unit determines that the sensor units are at appropriate positions; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate coordinates of the pointed position in the coordinate input region based on the
light amount distribution received by the light receiving unit and the moving amounts in a horizontal direction with respect
to the coordinate input region measured by said measurement unit.

US Pat. No. 9,377,702

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,380,281

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,373,659

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image pickup apparatus, comprising:
forming a first insulating film on a substrate that includes a photoelectric conversion portion and a gate electrode of a
pixel transistor, the first insulating film covering the photoelectric conversion portion and the gate electrode of the pixel
transistor;

forming a photoresist pattern on the first insulating film;
forming an opening portion by removing the first insulating film formed above the photoelectric conversion portion while having
the photoresist pattern serve as a mask;

forming a light reflection member on a sidewall of the opening portion formed in the first insulating film;
forming a second insulating film on the first insulating film and the light reflection member; and
forming, after the second insulating film has been formed, a contact plug that penetrates the first insulating film and the
second insulating film and that is in contact with the gate electrode of the pixel transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,374,439

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, SERVICE PROVIDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first communication unit adapted to communicate via a first network;
a second communication unit adapted to communicate via a second network;
a first detection unit adapted to detect a disconnection of a service providing apparatus, which provides a UPnP service on
the first network, from the first network;

a second detection unit adapted to detect the service providing apparatus on the second network based on communication by
the second communication unit connecting to the service providing apparatus on the second network via Bluetooth;

a proxy unit adapted to perform a proxy process, on the first network, for a service provided by a service providing apparatus,
in a case that the first detection unit detects the disconnection of the service providing apparatus from the first network
and the second detection unit detects the service providing apparatus on the second network;

a memory adapted to store a program; and
a processor adapted to function as at least one of the units by executing the program stored on the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,373,066

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING THUMBNAIL IMAGE OF A PAGE OF A DOCUMENT DURING A PRINTING PROCESS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS AND STORAGE MEDIA THEREFOR, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program to execute a control method for an image forming apparatus,
the method comprising:
receiving print information that at least includes plural pages of a document from an information processing apparatus, wherein
the plural pages include to-be-printed pages of the document designated by a user through the information processing apparatus
and a top page of the document used for displaying but not for printing, and wherein the print information is received from
the information processing apparatus in a case where the top page is not designated as one of the to-be-printed pages;

generating image data based on the print information including the plural pages of the document, the generated image data
including image data corresponding to the to-be-printed pages of the document and image data corresponding to the top page
of the document;

generating a thumbnail image based on the image data corresponding to the top page of the document and deleting, without printing,
the image data corresponding to the top page of the document after the thumbnail image is generated;

displaying the generated thumbnail image; and
printing the image data corresponding to the to-be-printed pages of the document.

US Pat. No. 9,369,629

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that performs wireless communication with a different communication apparatus, comprising:
a processor and memory;
a first notification unit configured to notify the different communication apparatus of first information that enables the
different communication apparatus to decide whether the communication apparatus has a function to disconnect a power source
according to an instruction from the different communication apparatus;

a second notification unit configured to notify the different communication apparatus of second information that shows an
operation mode of the communication apparatus;

a reception unit configured to receive a disconnection instruction of communication between the communication apparatus and
the different communication apparatus, and a power disconnection instruction of the communication apparatus, from the different
communication apparatus; and

a control unit configured to disconnect the communication with the different communication apparatus and disconnect the power
source of the communication apparatus in a case where the reception unit receives the disconnection instruction and the power
disconnection instruction,

wherein the units are implemented upon execution of instructions stored in the memory by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,360,814

PRINTED BOARD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed board on which a circuit is mounted, comprising:
a first opening portion provided at an end portion of the printed board;
a second opening portion provided at another end portion opposite to the end portion at which the first opening portion is
provided;

a first conductive members straddling the first opening portion and the second opening portion; and
second conductive members, each of which contacts a corresponding one of the first conductive members,
wherein one of pressures from the each of the second conductive members to the corresponding one of the first conductive members
is directed parallel to the printed board and another of the pressures directed to an inside from the end portion of the printed
board, a direction of the one of the pressures are opposite to a direction of the another of the pressures.

US Pat. No. 9,360,831

DEVELOPING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing unit comprising:
a frame;
a flexible container, provided inside said frame, for accommodating developer, wherein said flexible container includes an
opening for permitting discharge of the developer;

an urging member, provided inside said frame, for urging said flexible container to deform said flexible container; and
a developer carrying member for carrying the developer discharged from the opening of said flexible container,
wherein said flexible container includes a projected portion projecting toward an outside of said flexible container, and
wherein said projected portion is moved depending on deformation of said flexible container, by urging of said flexible container,
to stir the developer discharged through the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,358,801

LIQUID SUPPLY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid supply device, comprising:
a first container in which liquid is stored;
a second container to which the liquid is supplied from the first container;
a flow path configured to connect the first container by one end of the flow path and to connect the second container by the
other end of the flow path;

a valve provided on the flow path and configured to switchably operate between an opened state in which the liquid is allowed
to flow in the flow path and a closed state in which the liquid is not allowed to flow in the flow path;

a pump provided on the flow path and configured to cause the liquid to be transferred from the first container to the second
container; and

a control unit configured to operate the pump under a state in which the valve is in the opened state so as to cause the liquid
in the first container to be transferred to the second container, then switch the valve from the opened state to the closed
state and stop the pump, under a pressure decreased state in which the pressure in the first container is decreased by the
pump, and then switch the valve from the closed state to the opened state under the pressure decreased state while the pump
is stopped so as to cause liquid in the second container to be transferred to the first container.

US Pat. No. 9,357,097

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning optical device comprising:
a light source for emitting laser light;
a rotatable polygonal mirror for deflecting the laser light emitted from said light source;
a detecting portion for outputting a detection signal on the basis of incidence of the laser light deflected by said rotatable
polygonal mirror on a light receiving surface; and

an outputting portion for outputting a driving signal for driving said light source on the basis of output timing of the detection
signal and an output period in which the detection signal is outputted, wherein the laser light is emitted depending on an
image signal inputted at timing based on output timing of the driving signal,

wherein when the output period is longer than a first period, said outputting portion outputs the driving signal on the basis
of the output timing of the detection signal and a fixed second period.

US Pat. No. 9,348,247

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a binder resin and a thermoplastic elastomer, wherein,
the thermoplastic elastomer has a glass transition temperature (Tg) which does not exceed room temperature,
the thermoplastic elastomer comprises a portion which is compatible with the binder resin,
the toner comprises a crystalline part originating from the thermoplastic elastomer,
the binder resin has a glass transition temperature of at least 60° C. and the softening point of the thermoplastic elastomer
is less than or equal to the softening point of the binder resin, and

the thermoplastic elastomer is an ester-type urethane thermoplastic elastomer.

US Pat. No. 9,348,281

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC FIXING MEMBER HAVING CURED SILICONE RUBBER LAYER WITH UNSATURATED ALIPHATIC GROUP AND ANATASE TYPE TITANIUM OXIDE CRYSTAL, FIXING APPARATUS AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic fixing member comprising:
a substrate;
a cured silicone rubber layer comprising an unsaturated aliphatic group and a titanium oxide crystal having an anatase type
structure; and

a fluorine resin layer adhered on the cured silicone rubber layer by an addition curing type silicone rubber adhesive,
wherein when a micro hardness of a cured silicone rubber constituting the cured silicone rubber layer is designated as H?0,
and a micro hardness of a rubber obtained by soaking the cured silicone rubber in a methyl hydrogen silicone oil for 24 hours
and then further curing the cured silicone rubber, is designated as H?1, H?1/H?0 is from 1.5 to 5.0.

US Pat. No. 9,348,301

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge provided with a photosensitive member and being removable from a main body of the image forming apparatus;
a light emitting member provided with a plurality of light emitting elements arranged in a rotation axis direction of the
photosensitive member and configured to make the plurality of light emitting elements emit light to expose the photosensitive
member;

a transfer member configured to transfer a toner image formed on the photosensitive member;
a cartridge moving member configured to move the cartridge between a first position for forming the image on the recording
medium and a second position in which the cartridge is farther retracted away from the transfer member than in the first position;
and

a light emitting member moving member configured to move the light emitting member between a third position in which the light
emitting member exposes the photosensitive member in order to form the image on the recording medium and a fourth position
in which the light emitting member is farther retracted away from the cartridge than in the third position,

wherein when the cartridge is located in the second position and the light emitting member is located in the fourth position,
the plurality of light emitting elements of the light emitting member are opposed to the photosensitive member and the cartridge
can be removed from inside of the main body.

US Pat. No. 9,346,257

PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing system in which a sheet is conveyed to a sheet processing apparatus to which a die is set, the system comprising:
a printing unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a sheet processing unit configured to execute sheet processing using the die on the sheet to which the image is printed by
the printing unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a die used for executing designated sheet processing is set to
the sheet processing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control to stop printing by the printing unit in a case where it is determined by the determination
unit that the die is not set.

US Pat. No. 9,350,898

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method of controlling an apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving an image;
displaying the received image;
presenting candidates for a printing device to be allowed to print the displayed image;
selecting at least one of the presented candidates for the printing device; and
transmitting, to the selected printing device, an instruction to print the displayed image,
wherein, when the candidates for the printing device include a printing device that transmitted the image, the printing device
that transmitted the image is presented in preference to other printing devices.

US Pat. No. 9,350,901

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF TWO-COLOR PRINTING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive data and attribute information of the data, the attribute information including at
least first information indicating whether the data should be printed as an output image or stored, and second information
indicating that the data is printed as an output image in a “two-color” mode;

a raster conversion unit configured to convert the data into raster image data;
a storage unit;
a printing unit; and
a control unit configured to determine, according to the attribute information, whether the data should be printed as an output
image or stored,

wherein in a case where it is determined that the data should be printed as an output image, said control unit executes a
color conversion process in which the raster image data is converted, according to the attribute information, to two color
image data, and subsequently executes a print process in which said printing unit outputs the two color image data, and

in a case where it is determined that the data should be stored, said control unit controls said storage unit to store the
raster image data together with the attribute information, without the raster image data converted to the two color image
data.

US Pat. No. 9,348,118

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:
in order from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side, a front unit having a negative power, and a rear
unit having positive power, wherein an air gap between the front unit and the rear unit is largest in the optical system,

wherein the optical system satisfies the following conditions:
1.75
0.022
2.5<|fn1/F|<5.0,

where fn1 represents a focal length of at least one negative lens in the front unit, Ndn1 represents a refractive index of a material of the at least one negative lens, ?dn1 represents an Abbe number of the material of the at least one negative lens, ?gFn1 represents a partial dispersion ratio of the material of the at least one negative lens, and F represents a focal length of
the optical system, and

wherein the at least one negative lens is located between a distance of 0.2 Lf and a distance of 0.7 Lf from a lens surface
closest to the enlargement conjugate side toward the reduction conjugate side, where Lf represents a distance on the optical
axis from a lens surface closest to the enlargement conjugate side in the front unit to a lens surface closest to the enlargement
conjugate side in the rear unit.

US Pat. No. 9,350,974

IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD OF STEREO MOVING IMAGE, AND DISPLAY DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, AND PROGRAM OF STEREO MOVING IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing device for capturing a stereoscopic moving image including a right-eye moving image and a left-eye moving
image, the device comprising:
a user interface to which a user inputs information on a display system of a display device displaying the stereoscopic moving
image;

a setting unit configured to set an image capturing mode in accordance with the information with regard to the display system
input via the user interface, wherein an in-phase mode for causing the captured right-eye moving image and the left-eye moving
image to be in-phase is set when the display system is a passive stereo system, and an anti-phase mode for causing the captured
right-eye moving image and the left-eye moving image to be anti-phase is set when the display system is an active stereo system;

a synchronous signal control unit configured to output in in-phase a synchronous signal for capturing the right-eye moving
image and a synchronous signal for capturing the left-eye moving image when the set image capturing mode is the in-phase mode,
and to output in anti-phase the synchronous signal for capturing the right-eye moving image and the synchronous signal for
capturing the left-eye moving image when the set image capturing mode is the anti-phase mode; and

an image capturing unit configured to capture the right-eye moving image and the left-eye moving image in accordance with
the output synchronous signal in response to an image capturing start instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,339,814

LIQUID SUPPLY DRIVE MECHANISM USING OSMOTIC PUMP AND MICROCHIP HAVING THE LIQUID SUPPLY DRIVE MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A microchip comprising:
a flow path formed in a substrate;
a specimen introduction port which is connected to the flow path; and
a liquid supply drive mechanism formed in the substrate for driving a liquid supply using an osmotic pressure of an internal
liquid,

wherein the liquid supply drive mechanism comprises:
a drive main body portion having two liquid chambers separated from each other by a semipermeable membrane; and
wherein each of the two liquid chambers has an opening allowing entrance and exit of the internal liquid, and
a portion which causes a difference in concentration between the two liquid chambers by changing
a condition of the internal liquid filling at least one of the liquid chambers by at least one mechanism selected from the
group consisting of heat, vibration, sonic wave and electromagnetic wave,

wherein the opening of one of the two liquid chambers is connected with the flow path, and
wherein the internal liquid in the chambers and a drive liquid in the flow path are divided by a separation substance which
prevents the internal liquid and the drive liquid from being mixed together as the separation substance moves within the flow
path, the flow path dimensioned to operably house the separation substance as it moves along its length, and

wherein the separation substance is a substance that is different from the internal liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,344,685

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,340,379

FEEDING DEVICE AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:
a loading unit having a loading surface for loading a recording medium;
a feeding portion capable of feeding the recording medium loaded on the loading surface, the feeding portion including,
a shaft member that has a rotation axis disposed essentially parallel to the loading surface and that is rotatable about the
rotation axis,

a first roller arranged on one end side of the shaft member, and
a second roller arranged on the other end side of the shaft member; and
a holding member including a supporting surface to swingably support the shaft member at a position between the first roller
and the second roller such that when the first roller moves away from the loading surface, the second roller moves toward
the loading surface by using the supporting surface as a fulcrum,

wherein, the loading surface is configured to include a hole formed at a position opposite to the second roller, and allow
at least a part of the second roller to enter into the hole.

US Pat. No. 9,341,967

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,341,975

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,341,468

MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus that includes a light projecting and receiving device configured to project and receive light, and
measures an object based on the projected and received light, the measuring apparatus comprising:
a chamber configured to enclose a first space for accommodating the object;
a partition configured to separate the first space from a second space that accommodates the light projecting and receiving
device, and configured to transmit light;

a first regulator configured to regulate a temperature of the first space to a first temperature by flowing gas through the
first space; and

a second regulator configured to regulate a temperature of the second space to a second temperature different from the first
temperature by flowing gas through the second space,

wherein the partition includes a plurality of partition walls disposed with a gap therebetween to reduce heat transfer between
the first space and the second space.

US Pat. No. 9,341,983

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,339,185

IMAGING APPARATUS THAT ACQUIRES A FIRST IMAGE AND, VIA AN ABERRATION CORRECTION UNIT, A SECOND IMAGE OF AN AREA CORRESPONDING TO A PART OF THE FIRST IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, comprising:
a first image acquiring unit for acquiring a first image of an object to be inspected based on first return light from the
object to be inspected irradiated with first measuring light via a first focus member for focusing the first measuring light
on the object to be inspected;

a first electric stage configured to move the first focus member;
a second image acquiring unit, including an aberration correction unit, for acquiring a second image of an area corresponding
to a part of the first image of the object to be inspected based on second return light from the object to be inspected irradiated
with second measuring light via a second focus member for focusing the second measuring light on the object to be inspected;

a second electric stage configured to move the second focus member;
a changing unit configured to change a lighting position of a fixation lamp; and
a focus adjustment unit for (a) adjusting a focus condition of the first focus member and a focus condition of the second
focus member by controlling the first electric stage and the second electric stage to respectively move the first focus member
and the second focus member in synchronization with each other, (b) controlling the aberration correction unit after the first
focus member and the second focus member are moved in synchronization with each other, and (c) adjusting, after changing the
lighting position of the fixation lamp, the focus condition of the second focus member by controlling the second electric
stage to move the second focus member independently.

US Pat. No. 9,344,624

PARALLAX IMAGE GENERATION METHOD, IMAGE GENERATION APPARATUS, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image generation method for generating an output image from an input image acquired by an image sensor that has an array
of a plurality of pixels, each of which has arranged therein a plurality of sub-pixels that each receive a light beam that
passes through a different pupil sub-area of an imaging optical system, the method comprising:
a step of generating a plurality of parallax images that respectively correspond to the different pupil sub-areas based on
the input image;

a step of generating a plurality of pixel shifted images by performing different shifting for each of the plurality of parallax
images according to a virtual image forming plane of the imaging optical system that is different from an image sensing plane
at which the image sensor is arranged; and

a step of generating an output image that has a higher resolution than the resolution of the parallax images from the plurality
of pixel shifted images through composition processing.

US Pat. No. 9,340,022

LIQUID DISCHARGING SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging substrate including a plurality of discharging units arrayed on the substrate having a first side
and a second side opposite to the first side, comprising:
a first pad configured to receive a first reference voltage, said first pad being arranged on the first side of the substrate;
a second pad configured to receive a second reference voltage equal to the first reference voltage, said second pad being
arranged on the second side of the substrate;

a signal generating unit configured to generate a signal for driving the plurality of discharging units, said signal generating
unit being arranged between said first pad and said second pad;

a plurality of level shifters configured to shift a level of the signal from said signal generating unit and output the signal
to the plurality of discharging units, said plurality of level shifters being arranged between said signal generating unit
and said second pad;

a first wiring line configured to supply the first reference voltage received by said first pad to said signal generating
unit; and

a second wiring line configured to supply the second reference voltage received by said second pad to said plurality of level
shifters,

wherein said first wiring line and said second wiring line are isolated from each other between said signal generating unit
and said plurality of level shifters when viewed from an upper side with respect to an upper surface of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,335,733

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus connected with an image forming apparatus comprising a transfer portion which transfers a toner
image on a sheet and a fixing portion which fixes the transferred toner image on the sheet by heating the transferred toner
image, the sheet conveying apparatus conveying a sheet on which the toner image is fixed by the image forming apparatus, said
sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a humidifying portion which humidifies a sheet by a humidifying liquid; and
an absorbing member which is provided on a downstream side of the humidifying portion in a sheet conveying direction and which
is configured to absorb the humidifying liquid on the surface of the sheet into the inside thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,335,735

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING ARRANGEMENT FOR EFFICIENT DISCHARGE OF GENERATED WATER VAPOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming station including a heating portion for heating a sheet and a discharge opening for discharging the sheet,
having passed through said heating portion, in a discharging direction;

an image reading station provided above said image forming station to read image information of an original; and
a duct portion provided by an upper surface of said image forming station and a lower surface of said image reading station,
and at a position upstream of said discharge opening with respect to the discharging direction,

wherein a portion of said lower surface of said image reading station as provides said duct portion includes an inclined surface
having a level higher toward an upstream side with respect to the discharging direction.

US Pat. No. 9,336,163

PRECHARGE CONTROL FOR MEMORY BANK COMMANDS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,908

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for causing a display device to display an image, the apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from a server connected with the apparatus via a network, first image data representing
a first image to be displayed on the display device and to which first time data representing a first time is added, and second
image data representing a second image to be displayed on the display device and to which second time data representing a
second time is added;

a selection unit configured to select a time period according to a difference between the first time and the second time in
a case where the difference between the first time and the second time is smaller than a predetermined time, and to select
a predetermined time period in a case where the difference is not smaller than the predetermined time; and

a processing unit configured to perform a display processing operation to display on the display device the second image after
the first image is displayed for one of the time periods selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,335,155

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to provide reference light and measurement light;
a scanning unit configured to scan a fundus of an eye with the measurement light;
one or more processors; and
one or more memories coupled to the one or more processors and storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more
processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

acquiring tomographic images of a region of the fundus based on interference light produced by interference between return
light reflected by the fundus when irradiated with the measurement light and the reference light, wherein each tomographic
image includes rows, each row corresponds to an image of the fundus in a depth direction of the fundus, and each row includes
luminance values based on the interference light; and

generating a two-dimensional image having a plurality of pixels by determining a luminance value of each pixel of the plurality
of pixels to be a luminance value equal to a predetermined percentage below the highest luminance value in a ranking from
the brightest to the darkest of the luminance values in a corresponding row of a corresponding tomographic image, wherein
the predetermined percentage is variable.

US Pat. No. 9,332,308

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image communication apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to output a shot image obtained by imaging an object;
a display unit configured to display at least the shot image;
a capturing unit configured to generate a captured image by capturing an image displayed on the display unit;
an encoding unit configured to encode an image,
a decoding unit configured to decode an encoded image;
a memory control unit configured to control write of the encoded shot image in a memory and readout of a recorded image stored
in the memory;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain information indicating whether another apparatus requires OSD (On Screen Display) information;
an accepting unit configured to accept instruction for playback of the recorded image stored in the memory; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the recorded image to the other apparatus through a network and switch transmission
modes of the recorded image based on the information obtained by the obtaining unit, and

a measurement unit configured to measure a processing load of the image communication apparatus,
wherein the transmission modes comprise a first mode of transmitting the recorded image on which a plurality of processes
of the decoding unit, the display unit, the capturing unit, and the encoding unit are performed, and a second mode of transmitting
the recorded image on which processes that at least one process is excluded from the plurality of processes are performed,
and

wherein, in a case where the measured processing load is not higher than a predetermined threshold, the transmission unit
transmits the recoded image data by the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,325,969

IMAGE CAPTURE ENVIRONMENT CALIBRATION METHOD AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of calibrating an image capture environment for an image capturing unit, the method comprising:
an obtaining step of obtaining an image of a physical space captured by the image capturing unit;
a detecting step of detecting an index from the captured image of the physical space;
an estimation step of estimating a position and orientation of the image capturing unit based on the index detected in the
detecting step;

a presenting step of presenting a plurality of distinctive candidates for a target position and orientation of the image capturing
unit where the image of the physical space for calibrating the image capture environment is to be captured based on the estimated
position and orientation of the image capturing unit; and

a calibrating step of calibrating the image capture environment of the image capturing unit based on the image of the physical
space captured by the image capturing unit at the target position and orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,323,177

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber configured to accommodate developer;
a feeding portion configured and positioned to feed the developer in said developer accommodating chamber by rotation thereof;
a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer fed by
said feeding portion;

a rotatable gear configured and positioned to rotate said feeding portion;
a pump portion configured and positioned to act upon at least said developer discharging chamber, said pump portion having
a volume which changes with reciprocation; and

a drive converting portion configured and positioned to convert a rotational force generated by rotation of said gear to a
force for operating said pump portion.

US Pat. No. 9,324,280

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting unit which includes a plurality of emission areas emitting light periodically at different phases and in
which at least two light sources are disposed in each emission area;

a detection unit configured to detect light from the light-emitting unit;
a microprocessor configured to select the plurality of light sources of the light-emitting unit sequentially during the periodic
light emission of the plurality of emission areas and to perform lighting-control of temporarily reducing emission brightness
of light sources other than the selected light source so that light from the selected light source is detected by the detection
unit; and

a memory configured to store target brightness values for the respective light sources, wherein
the microprocessor selects lighting-control target light sources so that lighting-control is sequentially performed on light
sources disposed in different emission areas among the plurality of emission areas, and

the microprocessor controls emission brightness of respective light sources based on the target brightness values stored in
the memory and the detected result by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,325,865

IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a memory configured to store image data generated by the imaging unit;
a controller configured to execute a plurality of photographing modes including at least a first photographing mode that uses
a storage area of the memory for photographing one image in accordance with one photographing instruction using the imaging
unit and a second photographing mode that uses a larger storage area of the memory than the first photographing mode; and

a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus by using data in the memory,
wherein the communication unit is disenabled to establish communication with the external apparatus when the controller executes
the second photographing mode.

US Pat. No. 9,315,460

ORGANIC COMPOUND, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acenaphtho[1,2-k]benzo[e]acephenanthrene derivative represented by general formula (1):

wherein R1 to R16 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted
or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and
a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group; and

at least one of R1 to R8 and R10 to R15 is selected from a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group,
a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted
heterocyclic group.

US Pat. No. 9,317,791

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a control unit that outputs a pattern signal for driving an electric part;
a monitoring unit that monitors a state of the control unit and outputs, based on the state of the control unit, a reset signal
for stopping the pattern signal from being output to the electric part; and

a control circuit that receives the pattern signal from the control unit and outputs the pattern signal to the electric part,
wherein the control unit outputs an enable signal for preventing the monitoring unit from outputting the reset signal, and
wherein the control circuit stops outputting the pattern signal to the electric part in a case where the reset signal is input
to the control circuit and in a case where the enable signal is input to the control circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,309,075

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit which conveys sheets in order from a first sheet, a second sheet, and a third sheet;
a pair of conveying rollers which is provided downstream of the conveying unit in a sheet conveying direction and conveys
the sheets while nipping the sheets at a nip portion;

a superimposing unit which is provided between the conveying unit and the pair of conveying rollers and superimposes a subsequent
sheet on a preceding sheet in the sheet conveying direction, the superimposing unit being configured to superimpose the second
sheet on the first sheet and superimpose the third sheet on the second sheet;

a control unit which controls a rotation of the pair of conveying rollers; and
an aligning portion provided downstream of the pair of conveying rollers in the sheet conveying direction and against which
a leading end in the sheet conveying direction of a conveyed sheet abuts,

wherein the control unit controls the rotation of the pair of conveying rollers so that a tail end of the first sheet passes
the nip portion of the pair of conveying rollers by conveying the first sheet to a downstream side before a leading end of
the third sheet superimposed on the second sheet reaches the nip portion between the pair of conveying rollers nipping the
first sheet and the second sheet superimposed on the first sheet, and

wherein a sheet bundle having an aligned leading end is formed by abutting a leading end of each one of a plurality of sheets
against the aligning portion.

US Pat. No. 9,309,349

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

u=?MAX2/(2×EMAX)  (3)
(where ?F(N) representing a change in load between any two points selected so that the change in deflection ?s becomes 0.2
mm).
US Pat. No. 9,312,494

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting device comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer being placed between the anode and the cathode and including at least a hole transport layer and
an emission layer,

wherein the emission layer contains a blue light emitting material;
wherein the hole transport layer contains a plurality of kinds of organic compounds;
wherein an organic compound having the smallest ionization potential among the organic compounds includes a compound having
no absorption spectrum peak in a blue color wavelength region in a radical cation state;

wherein concentration of the organic compound having the smallest ionization potential is 5% by weight or more to 30% by weight
or less of the hole transport layer; and

wherein the organic compound having the smallest ionization potential is uniformly contained throughout the hole transport
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,313,346

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system in which a source information processing apparatus is capable of performing a job cooperatively
with a destination information processing apparatus, the information processing system comprising:
an instruction unit configured to cause the source information processing apparatus to send a first instruction to execute
a cooperative job to the destination information processing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to:
while the instructed cooperative job is being executed or waiting for execution, restrict the destination information processing
apparatus from manipulating the instructed cooperative job and enable the source information processing apparatus to manipulate
the instructed cooperative job; and

while the instructed cooperative job is being executed or waiting for execution, restrict the destination information processing
apparatus from canceling the instructed cooperative job and enable the source information processing apparatus to cancel the
instructed cooperative job.

US Pat. No. 9,313,364

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,313,366

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine a position separated by a predetermined distance from an edge of an object included
in image data, the position being outer side of the object;

a deforming unit configured to deform a shape of the object based on the determined position so that the determined position
becomes a new edge of the object; and

a processing unit configured to perform predetermined image processing for edge, based on the determined position, on the
new edge of the object after the deformation is performed by the deforming unit.

US Pat. No. 9,302,865

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,305,950

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of pixels arrayed on a substrate and each including a photoelectric conversion portion; and
element isolation regions formed between the plurality of pixels on the substrate,
wherein the plurality of pixels include
a first pixel including a first color filter for passing light having a first wavelength,
a second pixel including a second color filter for passing light having a second wavelength longer than the first wavelength,
and

a pixel for focus detection including a light-shielding pattern arranged on the photoelectric conversion portion to limit
light entering the photoelectric conversion portion, and

among the element isolation regions, a first region between the pixel for focus detection and the first pixel has a potential
barrier against a signal charge, which is lower than that of a second region between the first pixel and the second pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,304,422

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. Magnetic toner comprising
magnetic toner particles each containing a binder resin, a magnetic material and a releasing agent, and
silica fine particles present on the surfaces of the magnetic toner particles, wherein
the silica fine particles comprise silica fine particles A and silica fine particles B,
the silica fine particles A have a number-average particle size (D1) of 5 nm or larger and 20 nm or smaller as primary particles,
the silica fine particles B are produced by a sol-gel method, and have a number-average particle size (D1) of 40 nm or larger
and 200 nm or smaller as primary particles,

an abundance ratio of secondary particles of the silica fine particles B is 5% by number or more and 40% by number or less,
and

a coverage ratio X1 of the surface of the magnetic toner particles with the silica fine particles determined by electron spectroscopy
for chemical analysis (ESCA) is 40.0% by area or more and 75.0% by area or less.

US Pat. No. 9,304,428

FULL-COLOR IMAGE-FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-forming method, comprising:
forming a black image by forming an electrostatic latent image on an electrostatic image bearing member, and developing the
electrostatic latent image with a black toner; and

transferring the black image onto a transfer material,
wherein:
the black toner contains a binder resin and a colorant,
the colorant is contained in the black toner in an amount of from 8 parts by mass to 18 parts by mass based on 100 parts by
mass of the binder resin, and

the colorant is dispersed in the binder resin so that the black toner has a value (c*K) for c* based on a CIELAB color coordinate system of 20.0 or less, an absorbance (AK600) at a wavelength of 600 nm of 1.610 or more, and a ratio (AK600/AK460) of AK600 to an absorbance (AK460) at a wavelength of 460 nm of 0.970 to 1.035 in reflectance spectrophotometry, and

wherein, when a true density of the black toner is represented by ?TK and a toner amount upon development of image data represented by the CIELAB color coordinate system with L*=13.2, a*=1.3,
and b*=1.9 onto the transfer material is represented by M1K (mg/cm2), a coloring coefficient AK represented by the following expression is 3.0 to 12.0

AK=AK600/(M1K×?TK).

US Pat. No. 9,304,430

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DEVELOPING UNIT SEPARABLE FROM PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a scanning unit including a light source, and configured to scan the photosensitive member with light from the light source
and to form an electrostatic latent image;

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image by contacting with the photosensitive member;
a driving unit configured to drive the developing unit, and to cause the developing unit to come into contact with the photosensitive
member or to be separated from the photosensitive member; and

a control unit configured to let the scanning unit perform a preparation operation, in order for the scanning unit to form
the electrostatic latent image based on image data, wherein

the developing unit is separated from the photosensitive member while the preparation operation of the scanning unit is performed,
the control unit is further configured to start, before the preparation operation of the scanning unit is completed, controlling
the driving unit to bring the separated developing unit into contact with the photosensitive member, and

the control unit is further configured to let the driving unit bring the developing unit into contact with the photosensitive
member after the completion of the preparation operation of the scanning unit.

US Pat. No. 9,304,483

CARTRIDGE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MAIN ASSEMBLY OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, including a receiving recessed portion,
a contact portion and a main assembly electrical contact, for forming an image on a recording material, wherein said cartridge
contributes to an image forming process for forming the image on the recording material, said cartridge comprising:
a first positioning projection to be held in the receiving recessed portion;
a second positioning projection, provided at a position different from a position of said first positioning projection, to
be contacted to the contact portion; and

an information storing member including a storing element for storing information and a storing element contact electrically
connected with said storing element, wherein said storing element contact contacts the main assembly electrical contact,

wherein a moment applied to said cartridge by a force applied from the main assembly electrical contact to said storing element
contact acts in a direction of urging said second positioning projection to the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 9,307,105

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR PRESENTING INFORMATION REPRESENTING OPERATION PROCEDURES TO BE PERFORMED ON THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first storage unit configured to store a plurality of sub-movies respectively representing operation procedures to be performed
on the image processing apparatus;

a second storage unit configured to store pieces of information each indicating a combination of sub-movies to be played,
in association with respective pieces of maintenance identifying information for respectively identifying a plurality of maintenance
events;

a detecting unit configured to detect occurrence of a maintenance event;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire sub-movies to be played from among the plurality sub-movies stored in the first storage
unit, based on the information indicating the combination of the sub-movies stored in the second storage unit in association
with the maintenance identifying information for identifying the detected maintenance event;

a playing unit configured to play the acquired sub-movies as a single movie; and
a display unit configured to, according to playing of a single sub-movie among the acquired sub-movies being paused, display
a replay mark for a user instructing replaying of the movie from the beginning of the paused sub-movie.

US Pat. No. 9,304,019

ROTATION DETECTION APPARATUS, MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS, MOTOR DRIVEN APPARATUS, METHOD OF CORRECTING ROTATION DETECTION APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CORRECTION PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rotation detection apparatus comprising:
a rotatable member rotatable with rotation of a motor and provided in its rotational direction with multiple pattern element
portions forming a pattern for rotation detection;

a signal outputter configured to output a detection signal changing in response to rotation of the pattern element portions
with rotation of the rotatable member;

a memory storing multiple correction values each provided for each of the pattern element portions and used to perform correction
of an error in a relation between rotational positions of the rotatable member and the change of the detection signal, the
error being caused by an arrangement error of the pattern element portions on the rotatable member; and

a corrector configured to perform the correction with reference to a reference position that is one rotational position of
the rotatable member in an origin state where a driven member driven by the motor is located at its origin position, and by
using each of the correction values for each change of the detection signal when the rotatable member is rotated from the
reference position.

US Pat. No. 9,307,140

DISTANCE DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND DISTANCE DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance detection apparatus comprising:
a calculation unit configured to detect an object distance to an object based on a first signal formed by a luminous flux
that has passed through a first pupil area of an imaging optical system and a second signal formed by a luminous flux that
has passed through a second pupil area of the imaging optical system different from the first pupil area, which are generated
by using an image sensing unit including multiple pixels,

wherein the calculation unit performs:
a first process for calculating a defocus amount by a phase difference method based on a relative position change between
the first signal and the second signal, and

a second process for calculating the defocus amount by a depth-from-defocus method based on a difference of blur between the
first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,301,142

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether to function as a providing apparatus for providing a communication parameter
or as a receiving apparatus for receiving a communication parameter;

a reception unit configured to receive a request signal sent from another communication apparatus; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit a response signal in response to the request signal received by the reception unit
in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication apparatus is to function as a providing apparatus,

wherein the response signal includes information indicating that the communication apparatus functions as a providing apparatus
and information indicating that the communication apparatus functions as a display apparatus that displays authentication
information used for an authentication process.

US Pat. No. 9,300,889

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel including a photoelectric conversion element configured to generate a charge, a floating diffusion unit configured
to store charge transferred from the photoelectric conversion element, and an amplifying transistor configured to output a
signal based on a potential of the floating diffusion unit;

an amplifier circuit configured to amplify the signal output from the amplifying transistor at a predetermined gain;
an AD converting unit; and
a correcting unit, wherein
the amplifying transistor outputs a first signal based on a voltage of the floating diffusion unit which is reset,
the AD converting unit compares a first output signal outputted from the amplifier circuit based on the first signal with
a reference signal which changes with time, to output a first digital value AD converted from the first output signal,

the amplifying transistor outputs a second signal based on a voltage of the floating diffusion unit to which the charge is
transferred,

the amplifier circuit is set at a first gain when a second output outputted from the amplifier circuit based on the second
signal is larger than a threshold,

the amplifier circuit is set at a second gain larger than the first gain when the second output outputted from the amplifier
circuit based on the second signal is smaller than the threshold,

after setting the amplifier circuit at the first or second gain the
AD converting unit compares a third output signal outputted from the amplifier circuit based on the second signal with a reference
signal which changes with time, so as to output a second digital value AD converted from the third output signal, and

the correcting unit performs a correction of at least one of the first and second digital values when an analog signal quantity
of the first digital value corresponding to one bit is different from an analog signal quantity of the second digital value
corresponding to one bit, so as to reduce a difference between the analog signal quantities of the first and second digital
values corresponding to the one bit.

US Pat. No. 9,298,124

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,990

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by the exposure
unit, with toner;

a mounting unit configured to mount a container containing toner;
a mounting detection unit configured to detect that the container is mounted on the mounting unit;
a driving unit configured to rotate the container mounted on the mounting unit to replenish the developing unit with the toner
from the container;

a rotation detection unit configured to detect rotation information associated with the container rotated by the driving unit;
and

a controller configured to control the driving unit such that a rotation speed of the container coincides with a predetermined
speed, based on the rotation information detected by the rotation detection unit,

wherein the controller is configured to, if the mounting detection unit detects that the container is mounted on the mounting
unit, not control the driving unit based on the rotation information until replenishment condition of the container mounted
on the mounting unit satisfies a predetermined condition,

wherein the mounting detection unit includes an acquisition unit configured to obtain tag information associated with a tag
attached to the container, and

wherein the mounting detection unit is configured to, if the tag information obtained by the acquisition unit is different
from previously stored predetermined information associated with a tag, detect that the container is mounted on the mounting
unit, and

wherein the mounting detection unit is configured to, if the acquisition unit fails to obtain the tag information, detect
that the container is mounted the mounting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,291,993

DRIVE TRANSMISSION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drive transmission mechanism comprising:
a driving side coupling member for transmitting a rotational force; and
a holder member for holding said driving side coupling member,
said driving side coupling member being provided with a first engaging portion,
said holder member being provided with a second engaging portion which is capable of engaging with said first engaging portion
when said driving side coupling member is in a first rotation angular position relative to said holder member,

said driving side coupling member being further provided with a first operating portion,
said holder member being further provided with a second operating portion for rotating said driving side coupling member when
contacting said first operating portion,

said driving side coupling member being movable along a rotational axial direction thereof between (1) a projected position
projected from said holder member, (2) a retracted position retracted toward said holder member and (3) a middle position
between the projected position and the retracted position,

wherein when said first engaging portion and said second engaging portion are engaged with each other, said driving side coupling
member is held in the middle position to be prevented from moving from the middle position to the projected position,

wherein when said driving side coupling member is moved from the middle position toward the retracted position, the first
operating portion and the second operating portion contact each other so that said driving side coupling member rotates relative
to said holder member to a second rotation angular position where said first engaging portion and said second engaging portion
are disengaged from each other, and

wherein by said driving side coupling member rotating from the first rotation angular position to the second rotation angular
position, said driving side coupling member is enabled to move to the projected position.

US Pat. No. 9,292,777

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which executes an error diffusion process to diffuse error data of k colors generated
at each pixel forming a multi-valued image to pixels around the pixel, comprising:
an external memory configured to be able to store the error data of the k colors, respectively;
an internal memory configured to be able to store error data of n (a natural number satisfying n a control unit configured to control next storage information indicating which of said external memory store error data of
m (a natural number satisfying m?n) colors to be stored next in the internal memory;

and current storage information indicating which of said external memory stored error data of p (a natural number satisfying
p?n) colors currently stored in the internal memory; and

an error diffusion unit configured to execute an error diffusion process for the same colors as the colors indicated by the
next storage information by referring to the error data of the p (p?n) colors currently stored in said internal memory for
each pixel,

wherein the error diffusion unit does not refer to the error data of the external memory while executing the error diffusion
process,

wherein the control unit causes the error diffusion unit to execute the error diffusion process in a case that the next storage
information and the current storage information coincide with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,293,292

DRAWING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drawing apparatus for performing drawing on a substrate, on which a plurality of shot regions have been formed, with
a charged particle beam, the drawing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of charged particle optical systems each having a blanking function of individually blanking a plurality of charged
particle beams arrayed in a first direction, the plurality of charged particle optical systems being arranged at an interval
in the first direction;

a stage configured to hold the substrate and be movable; and
a controller configured to perform:
control of the drawing performed by movement of the stage and the blanking function of each of the plurality of charged particle
optical systems so that each of the plurality of charged particle optical systems performs the drawing in stripe regions corresponding
thereto stripe by stripe, each of the stripe regions being disposed along a second direction that is different from the first
direction;

with respect to a first charged particle optical system, among the plurality of charged particle optical systems, of which
one of the stripe regions is on a first shot region and a second shot region, among the plurality of the shot regions, adjacent
to each other in the first direction, the control so that the drawing is performed by the first charged particle optical system
in either the first or second shot region in the one of the stripe regions with a first portion of the plurality of charged
particle beams while the stage is being moved in the second direction; and

with respect to the first charged particle optical system, after the drawing in either the first or second shot region in
the one of the stripe regions, without changing the one of the stripe regions to another of the stripe regions, the control
so that the drawing is performed by the first charged particle optical system in the other of the first or second shot region
in the one of the stripe regions with a second portion of the plurality of charged particle beams different from the first
portion while the stage is being moved in a direction opposite to the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,294,835

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,804

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having positive refractive power;
a third lens unit having negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group including a plurality of lens units and having overall positive refractive power,
wherein a distance between every adjacent lens unit among all the lens units included in the zoom lens being variable during
zooming,

wherein the first lens unit moves along a locus convex toward the image side during zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto
end,

wherein the second lens unit moves along a direction nonparallel to an optical axis during image shake correction, the third
lens unit moves along an optical axis direction during focusing, each of the second lens unit and the third lens unit consists
of a single lens element, and

wherein, when a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide-angle end is denoted by fw, a focal length of the second lens unit
is denoted by f2, and a focal length of the third lens unit is denoted by f3, the following conditions are satisfied:

2.8
1.8<|f3|/fw<4.5.

US Pat. No. 9,292,078

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that executes automatic shutdown when an automatic shutdown time period has elapsed since a
start of a sleep mode in which power-saving control is executed, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store the number of extensions, which is the number of times the automatic shutdown time period
can be extended, and an extension time period by which the automatic shutdown time period can be extended;

a reception unit configured to receive a set request for requesting extension of the automatic shutdown from an external apparatus
communicably connected to the image forming apparatus; and

a control unit configured to enable settings of the set request received by the reception unit when the set request satisfies
conditions regarding the number of extensions and the extension time period stored in the storage unit, and to disable the
settings of the set request when the set request does not satisfy the conditions regarding the number of extensions and the
extension time period stored in the storage unit and to respond the set request using an error code indicating that the settings
could not be performed.

US Pat. No. 9,294,677

IMAGE STABILIZATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND IMAGING APPARATUS WITH CORRECTION VALUE BASED ON OUTPUTS OF FIRST AND SECOND VIBRATION DETECTION UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization control apparatus comprising a mechanism which causes a vibration when the mechanism moves, the
image stabilization control apparatus comprising:
a vibration correction unit configured to correct image shake occurring due to vibration applied to the image stabilization
control apparatus;

a first vibration detection unit configured to detect the vibration;
a second vibration detection unit configured to detect the vibration in a different way from that used by the first vibration
detection unit;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a correction value based on the output from the first vibration detection unit
and the output from the second vibration detection unit; and

a correction control unit configured to control the movement of the vibration correction unit,
wherein the correction control unit is further configured to, during image capture operations, control the movement of the
vibration correction unit based on the output from the first vibration detection unit and the output from the second vibration
detection unit that are obtained when the mechanism is moving,

wherein, during image capture operations, the correction control unit controls the movement of the vibration correction unit
based on the correction value calculated when the mechanism does not move,

wherein the vibration correction unit comprises a lens,
wherein the first vibration detection unit comprises an angular velocity meter,
wherein the second vibration detection unit comprises an accelerometer or a detection sensor of the lens, and
wherein a processor is used to implement the calculation unit and the correction control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,282,940

MOBILE X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,288,346

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR READING AND PROCESSING A DOCUMENT IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a plurality of functions which include a first function and a second function, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original to generate image data;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, an orientation of the original to be read by the reading unit when the
first function, which requires the orientation of the original, is selected;

a storage unit configured to store the orientation received by the receiving unit; and
a control unit configured to set, in a case where the second function, which requires the orientation of the original, is
selected after the first function is canceled, the orientation stored in the storage unit for the second function.

US Pat. No. 9,285,659

OPTICAL ACCESSORY ADAPTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adapter for coupling an optical accessory to an object side portion of the lens apparatus, where a fitting attachment
diameter of the optical accessory is larger than a fitting attachment diameter of the lens apparatus, the adapter comprising:
an inner diameter portion that fits the object side portion of the lens apparatus;
an outer diameter portion that fits the optical accessory; and
recessed areas that are separated from each other along a circumferential direction of the inner diameter portion,
wherein a diameter of the outer diameter portion is larger than a diameter of the inner diameter portion, and
wherein each of the recessed areas extends in an axial direction toward a side from which the lens apparatus is fit so that
a width of a part of the inner diameter portion in the axial direction is smaller than a width in the axial direction in other
part of the inner diameter portion.

US Pat. No. 9,279,703

ENCODER AND APPARATUS WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a scale provided with a periodic pattern;
a sensor relatively movable with respect to the scale and configured to read the periodic pattern to output analog signals
each having a changing period corresponding to the periodic pattern and having mutually different phases;

an A/D converter configured to perform time-division analog-to-digital conversion on the analog signals output from the sensor
to produce digital signals;

a phase detector configured to detect a phase from the digital signals;
a corrector configured to calculate:
a correction value using:
(a) a relative movement speed of the scale and the sensor,
(b) a difference between times at which the analog signals output from the sensor are subjected to the time-division analog-to-digital
conversion, and

(c) the phase detected by the phase detector; and
a corrected phase from the correction value and the detected phase; and
a position detector configured to calculate a position in a direction in which the scale and the sensor are relativity moved
using the corrected phase.

US Pat. No. 9,280,985

NOISE SUPPRESSION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

wherein the designated direction is determined from a direction of the null automatically formed by said adaptive beamformer.
US Pat. No. 9,280,072

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member including an electrically conductive support, an undercoat
layer formed on the support, a charge generating layer formed on the undercoat layer, and a hole transporting layer formed
on the charge generating layer, the process comprising:
preparing one of dispersion liquids described in the following (i) and the following (ii), for the undercoat layer:
(i) a dispersion liquid obtained by dispersing particles each containing an electron transporting substance, and particles
each containing at least one of a resin or a crosslinking agent in the aqueous dispersion medium, and

(ii) a dispersion liquid obtained by dispersing particles each containing the electron transporting substance and at least
one of the resin or the crosslinking agent in the aqueous dispersion medium;

forming a coat of the dispersion liquid on the support; and
forming the undercoat layer by heating the coat at a temperature equal to or more than a melting point of the electron transporting
substance,

wherein at least one of the resin or the crosslinking agent is soluble in a molten product of the electron transporting substance
at the temperature at which the coat is heated.

US Pat. No. 9,272,546

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a tray storing a sheet and detachably mounted on an apparatus body;
a rotatable arm;
a roller, provided on the arm, configured to pick up the sheet on the tray;
a sensor, provided on the arm, configured to detect a physical property of a surface of the sheet; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on detection by the sensor, at least any of a mounting state of the tray
on the apparatus body and at least one of states of the sheet on the tray selected from the group consisting of the presence
or absence of the sheet, a remaining amount of the sheet, a type of the sheet, front and back sides of the sheet, and a size
of the sheet stored on the tray.

US Pat. No. 9,277,113

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements are provided correspondingly to each of microlenses
arranged two-dimensionally;

a read-out unit configured to read out a first signal through addition from the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements
corresponding to the microlense, and read out a second signal from one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements
corresponding to the microlense; and

a setting unit configured to set one of a first read-out mode and a second read-out mode in order for the read-out unit to
read signals from the image pickup unit in accordance with a photographing condition,

wherein the first read-out mode and the second read-out mode differ in read-out density of the second signal in a read-out
area in accordance with one of a thinning-out rate and an addition rate of an area from which the second signal is read out
being different as compared to an area from which the first signal is read out, and wherein the setting unit sets the read-out
mode according to a defocus amount.

US Pat. No. 9,277,115

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a focus adjustment unit configured to perform a focus adjustment by moving a focus lens on the basis of an image pickup signal
obtained by an image pickup unit;

a read-out unit configured to parallelly read out the image pickup signal obtained in a period set according to a timing signal
for setting a first exposure period and the image pickup signal obtained in a period set according to a timing signal for
setting a second exposure period from the image pickup unit by shifting the timing signal for setting the first exposure period
and the timing signal for setting the second exposure period from each other in phase;

an evaluation unit configured to obtain a focus evaluation value from the image pickup signal which is obtained in the exposure
period set according to the timing signal; and

a position determination unit configured to determine a position of the focus lens corresponding to the obtained focus evaluation
value on the basis of a position of the focus lens at the time when the image pickup signal is read out according to the timing
signal for setting the first exposure period and a position of the focus lens at the time when the image pickup signal is
read out according to the timing signal for setting the second exposure period.

US Pat. No. 9,272,859

SUPPLY APPARATUS, METHOD FOR SUPPLYING PRINT MEDIUM, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A supply apparatus comprising:
a first supply member that contacts a print medium at a first position and feeds out the print medium;
a second supply member that contacts the print medium at a second position located upstream of the first position in the feeding-out
direction and feeds out the print medium;

a drive transmission unit configured to transmit rotation of a drive shaft to the first supply member and the second supply
member;

an arm member that supports the first supply member, the second supply member and the drive transmission unit and rotates
around a predetermined axis, and

a control unit that switches contacting state between a first contacting state in which the first supplying member contacts
with the printing medium and the second supplying member does not contact with the printing medium and a second contacting
state in which the first supplying member does not contact with the printing medium and the second supplying member contacts
with the printing medium.

US Pat. No. 9,274,455

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPLYING TONER FROM CONTAINER TO ACCUMULATING UNIT BASED ON TOWER DENSITY DEVELOPER IN THE ACCUMULATING UNIT, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit including an accumulating unit for accumulating developer containing toner and configured to form an
image by using the toner in the accumulating unit based on an image data;

a first sensor configured to measure a toner density of the developer in the accumulating unit;
a portion to which a container is mountable, the container containing toner;
a second sensor configured to detect absence or presence of the container at the portion;
a driving unit configured to rotate the container mounted on the portion to supply the toner from the rotating container to
the accumulating unit;

a difference computing section configured to determine first information corresponding to a difference between the toner density
and a target toner density of the developer in the accumulating unit;

an accumulated value computing section configured to accumulate the difference determined by the difference computing section
and determine second information corresponding to an accumulated value of difference; and

a controller configured to control the driving unit based on the first information and the second information, and determine
whether the container is exchanged with another container based on a detection result by the second sensor,

wherein the second information does not change in a period from a timing that the controller determines that the container
is exchanged with the other container until the controller performs a predetermined times of supplement from the other container
to the accumulating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,274,466

IMAGE FIXING APPARATUS HAVING END REGION TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image fixing apparatus comprising:
a fixing unit configured to fix by heat, onto a recording material, an unfixed image formed on the recording material;
a first temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature of one end region in the fixing unit where a standard
recording material does not pass that has a smallest width and is available for the apparatus;

a second temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature of another end region in the fixing unit;
a first fan configured to flow the air to the one end region;
a second fan configured to flow the air to the another end region;
a controller configured to control the first fan and the second fan in accordance with the temperature detected by the first
temperature detection element and the temperature detected by the second temperature detection element,

wherein when the temperature detected by the second temperature detection element is within a temperature range lower than
a threshold temperature and if the temperature detected by the first temperature detection element reaches the threshold temperature,
the controller controls the first and second fans so that the first fan starts driving so as to flow the air at a first force
and the second fan starts driving so as to flow the air at a second force lower than the first force.

US Pat. No. 9,274,470

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus, comprising:
a first member that is heated by a heat source and is rotatable;
a second member that is rotatable, the second member forming a nip portion with the first member, the nip portion being capable
of sandwiching a recording material; and

a pressure member that is disposed inside the first member and that pressurizes the first member against the second member,
wherein the pressure member comprises a substrate formed of ceramics and a surface layer directly formed thereon, the ceramics
comprising one of aluminum nitride and alumina, and

wherein the surface layer, which comes into contact with an inner surface of the first member, comprises a diamond-like carbon
film having an sp3 bond ratio of 40% to 90%.

US Pat. No. 9,274,473

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
(i) an image forming station configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
(ii) a fixing device configured and positioned to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by said image forming station at
a fixing nip, said fixing device comprising:

(ii-i) a fixing unit including a pair of rotatable members configured to form the fixing nip therebetween,
(ii-ii) a supporting mechanism configured and positioned to movably support said fixing unit,
(ii-iii) a reciprocating mechanism configured and positioned to reciprocate said fixing unit relative to said supporting mechanism
in a longitudinal direction of said fixing unit,

(ii-iv) an electric energy supply connector provided on said supporting mechanism and configured and positioned to supply
electric energy to said fixing unit, and

(ii-v) an electric energy supply wire connecting between said electric energy supply connector and said fixing unit and having
enough length to permit reciprocation of said fixing unit by said reciprocating mechanism;

(iii) a drawing mechanism configured to permit drawing said fixing device out of said image forming apparatus while supporting
said fixing device;

(iv) an apparatus connector connectable to said electric energy supply connector by insertion of said drawing mechanism into
said image forming apparatus; and

(v) a spring configured and positioned to urge said apparatus connector toward said electric energy supply connector along
a direction substantially parallel to an inserting direction of said drawing mechanism, in a state that said electric energy
supply connector is connected to said apparatus connector by the insertion of said drawing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,276,021

ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING CURRENT SOURCES AND AMPLIFIERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,491

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A discharge circuit for discharging a voltage charged to a capacitor connected between input lines of an alternative voltage,
comprising:
a first circuit including plural resistors connected in series and connected between the input lines; and
a second circuit including plural resistors connected in series and connected between the input lines,
wherein a connection part between the plural resistors of the first circuit and a connection part between the plural resistors
of the second circuit are connected.

US Pat. No. 9,276,028

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING PIXELS, MICROLENSES, AND A MONITORING STRUCTURE, AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a plurality of pixels provided in a pixel area at a pitch of a length W;
a plurality of microlenses provided in the pixel area in correspondence with the plurality of pixels respectively;
a monitoring structure provided in a peripheral area separated from the pixel area, and
a color filter layer provided below the microlens and the monitoring structure, wherein the color filter layer includes filters
having different colors in the pixel area, and the color filter layer includes only a blue filter in the peripheral area;

wherein the monitoring structure includes a portion having a shape correlated with a shape of each of the plurality of microlenses
and extending along a predetermined direction,

wherein each of the plurality of microlenses has a first curved surface in a first direction orthogonal to the predetermined
direction and in a second direction parallel to the predetermined direction,

wherein a shape of a section of the portion of the monitoring structure that is taken in a plane orthogonal to the predetermined
direction is constant for a length d which is larger than the length W, along the predetermined direction,

wherein the shape of the section of the portion of the monitoring structure has a second curved surface, and
wherein the monitoring structure is formed so that a height of the monitoring structure has a correlation with a height of
the plurality of microlenses.

US Pat. No. 9,274,788

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for controlling an information processing apparatus that is capable of operating in a firmware update mode for
updating a firmware of the information processing apparatus and includes a volatile memory and a battery that supplies power
to the volatile memory, the method comprising:
displaying a selecting screen for selecting, by a user, one of a first update method and a second update method, the first
update method being a method in which an update firmware is acquired from a first external apparatus with which the information
processing apparatus cannot communicate when the information processing apparatus operates in the firmware update mode and
the firmware of the information processing apparatus is updated using the acquired update firmware and the second update method
being a method in which an update firmware is acquired from a second external apparatus with which the information processing
apparatus communicates when the information processing apparatus operates in the firmware update mode and the firmware of
the information processing apparatus is updated using the acquired update firmware;

acquiring the update firmware from the first external apparatus before the information processing apparatus transits to the
firmware update mode in a case where the first update method is selected via the selecting screen, wherein the acquired update
firmware is stored in the volatile memory; and

prohibiting an execution of the first update method and permitting an execution of the second update method in a case where
a remaining amount of the battery is at or below a threshold,

wherein the information processing apparatus connects to the first external apparatus via an internet and connects to the
second external apparatus via a universal serial bus (USB) cable.

US Pat. No. 9,272,509

PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,085

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENABLING TRANSMISSION OF FILE CONTAINING LINK INFORMATION, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of transmitting a file containing entity data and link information to an external apparatus,
comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a destination file when a designated file to be transmitted contains, in addition to
the entity data, link information to the destination file that is different from the designated file;

an edition unit configured to edit the link information contained in the designated file so as to become valid link information
to the destination file even when the destination file obtained by said obtaining unit and the designated file will be transmitted
to an external apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the designated file containing the entity data and the link information edited
by said edition unit, as well as the destination file to the external apparatus, at one time,

wherein at least one of the obtaining unit, the edition unit, and the transmission unit is implemented by a processor and
a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,275,306

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR LEARNING A DISCRIMINANT IMAGE REPRESENTATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
obtaining a set of low-level features from each image in a set of images, wherein each image is associated with one or more
labels in a set of labels;

generating a respective high-dimensional generative representation of each image based on the low-level features;
generating a respective lower-dimensional representation of each image based on the respective high-dimensional generative
representation of the image;

generating respective classifiers for each label in the set of labels based on one or more of the high-dimensional generative
representations of the images that are associate with the label and the lower-dimensional representations of the images that
are associated with the label; and

generating a respective combined representation for each image, wherein the combined representation includes the respective
classifiers of the labels that are associated with the respective image and includes the lower-dimensional representation
of the respective image, and wherein the respective combined representation for an image is generated according to

xij=?·wi+(1??)·xij,
where xij denotes the lower-dimensional representation of the image, where xij denotes the respective combined representation of the image, where wi denotes the respective classifiers of the labels that are associated with the image, and where ? is a regularization parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,274,405

PROJECTOR WITH ILLUMINATION SYSTEM HAVING A CUBOID OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projector comprising:
an area light source;
a spatial light modulator;
an illumination system that receives light from the area light source and illuminates the spatial light modulator;
and a projection lens that forms an image by the light from the spatial light modulator,
wherein the illumination system includes an optical member that (a) has a cuboid shape and (b) includes an entrance plane
and an exit plane, the optical member being arranged so that the entrance plane faces the area light source, and the optical
member forming, on the exit plane, an illuminance distribution having a higher illuminance at a peripheral portion than at
a central portion,

wherein the spatial light modulator is illuminated with the light from the exit plane,
wherein the area light source is rectangular, and
wherein, where D is a length of a short side of the entrance plane of the optical member, L is a distance between the entrance
plane and the exit plane of the optical member, A is a length of a short side of the area light source, n is a refractive
index of the optical member, and d is an equivalent air distance between the area light source and the entrance plane,

D?0.3n·d·D/L?A?D+n·d·D/L is met.

US Pat. No. 9,268,725

DATA TRANSFERRING APPARATUS AND DATA TRANSFERRING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data transferring apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a transfer request containing attribute information, the attribute information indicating
a type of data transfer;

a buffer configured to store a plurality of transfer requests received by the receiving unit;
a sending unit configured to send the plurality of transfer requests; and
a storing unit configured to associate the attribute information of a sent transfer request with a first identifier and store
the attribute information,

wherein the sending unit is configured to select, out of the plurality of transfer requests stored in the buffer, next at
least one transfer request containing attribute information that corresponds to the attribute information stored in the storing
unit and preferentially send the selected at least one transfer request with the first identifier in place of the attribute
information of the selected at least one transfer request, the preferential sending performed by changing an order of sending
transfer requests so that transfer requests containing same attribute information are consecutively sent,

wherein the sending unit is configured to preferentially send an older one of the following two transfer requests before sending
the other transfer request:
(a) an oldest transfer request stored in the buffer among transfer requests containing first attribute information, and (b)
an oldest transfer request stored in the buffer among transfer requests containing second attribute information.

US Pat. No. 9,271,312

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. A processing method of a communication apparatus, comprising:
inputting an instruction for a start of a first setting process complying with a predetermined method for setting a wireless
communication parameter;

receiving, from another communication apparatus, a certain signal indicating that said another communication apparatus has
started a second setting process complying with the predetermined method for setting a wireless communication parameter; and

outputting identification information to be used in the first setting process if a start of the first setting process is instructed,
wherein, if the certain signal is received from said another communication apparatus before the identification information
is output, the communication apparatus does not execute the first setting process together with said another communication
apparatus, and

wherein, if the certain signal is received from said another communication apparatus, which does not send the certain signal
before the identification information is output, after the identification information is output, the communication apparatus
executes the first setting process together with said another communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,268,239

EXPOSURE METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,251

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which an image is formed on a recording material, comprising:
a photoconductor;
an exposure unit that forms a non-image section potential through exposure of the photoconductor at a first laser power, and
that forms an image section potential through exposure of the photoconductor at a second laser power that is greater than
the first laser power;

a developer carrier that forms a developer image on the photoconductor through deposition of a developer at a region, of the
photoconductor, at which the image section potential is formed; and

a control unit that controls an output of laser power of the exposure unit,
wherein the control unit controls the output of the first laser power during formation of the non-image section potential,
so as to be of a first intensity at the middle of an image forming region of the recording material, and to be of a second
intensity, stronger than the first intensity, at end sections of the image forming region.

US Pat. No. 9,268,515

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, FOR TRANSMITTING PRINT JOBS TO A PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to be connected to a printing control apparatus that is configured to sequentially
output print jobs according to a print queue for controlling a print job output order, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a data transmission unit configured to transmit, to the printing control apparatus, a resource registration job for registering
a resource in a printing control apparatus, and a print job, the resource registration job comprising resource data to be
registered at the printing control apparatus, the resource data required for outputting the print job;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the resource data can be added to and registered in the printing control
apparatus given conditions at the printing control apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the data transmission unit and the printing control apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the determination unit has determined that the resource data cannot be added to and registered in
the printing control apparatus given the conditions at the printing control apparatus,

the control unit controls the data transmission unit to
hold the resource registration job in the information processing apparatus,
transmit to the printing control apparatus the print job without the resource registration job, wherein the print job is transmitted
in a stopped state, the stopped state causing the printing control apparatus to hold off on outputting the print job, and

transmit to the printing control apparatus the resource registration job held in the information processing apparatus when
the print job arrives at the top of the print queue of the printing control apparatus, and

in the case where the determination unit has determined that the resource data cannot be added to and registered in the printing
control apparatus given the conditions at the printing control apparatus, then after the resource data is registered at the
printing control apparatus based on the resource registration job, the control unit controls the printing control apparatus
to start outputting the print job, which has been stopped by the printing control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,269,031

METHOD OF DETECTING REGIONS IN AN EDGE-BASED REPRESENTATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,282

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,289

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,290

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus configured to operate in a first power state and in a second power state that consumes less power than the
first power state, the apparatus comprising:
a power supply unit configured to supply power to each unit of the apparatus;
a switch configured to switch between an on position and an off position;
a drive unit configured to drive the switch to the off position from the on position;
an execution unit configured to control the drive unit to drive the switch to the off position from the on position, if a
predetermined condition is satisfied when the apparatus is in the first power state; and

a control unit configured to shift a power state of the apparatus from the first power state to the second power state in
a case where the drive unit controlled by the execution unit fails to drive the switch to the off position from the on position.

US Pat. No. 9,269,853

LUMINESCENT DEVICE, OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE LUMINESCENT DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE LUMINESCENT DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A luminescent device comprising an upper electrode layer, a lower electrode layer and an active layer provided between
these electrode layers, the device having such a structure that at least one electrode layer of the upper electrode layer
and the lower electrode layer is provided in an in-plane direction of the active layer being divided into plural electrodes,
currents are injected into plural different regions of the active layer by the plural electrodes to cause emission in plural
luminescent regions, and light emitted from one luminescent region of the plural luminescent regions enters in another luminescent
region and exits,
wherein the device further comprises plural light receiving portions for detecting light that is emitted from each of the
plural luminescent regions and does not go through another luminescent region, and

wherein the device further comprises a control portion which controls a current injected into the active layer according to
the intensity of the light detected by the plural light receiving portions.