US Pat. No. 9,167,118

DEVICE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,162,224

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,162,490

SHEET SUPPLY APPARATUS AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a first mounting unit on which a first sheet is mounted;
a second mounting unit on which a second sheet is mounted;
a reading unit configured to read sheet information printed on the first sheet or the second sheet;
a convey unit configured to convey the first sheet or the second sheet;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the printing apparatus is in a first state in which the first sheet is
not being conveyed by the convey unit or a second state in which the first sheet is being conveyed by the convey unit; and

a control unit configured, in response to the determination that the printing apparatus is in the first state, to cause the
convey unit to convey the second sheet to the reading unit, and in response to the determination that the printing apparatus
is in the second state, to provide a notification to prompt an input of the sheet information of the second sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,159,903

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material, comprising:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by the following general formula (1);
a first auxiliary component composed of Mn; and
a second auxiliary component composed of Bi or Bi and Li,
wherein the Mn content is 0.04 parts by weight or more and 0.400 parts by weight or less on a metal basis per 100 parts by
weight of the metal oxide, the Bi content is 0.042 parts by weight or more and 0.850 parts by weight or less on a metal basis
per 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide, and the Li content is 0.028 parts by weight or less (including 0 parts by weight)
on a metal basis per 100 parts by weight of the metal oxide,

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zSnyZrz)O3  (1)
(wherein x is in the range of 0?x?0.080, y is in the range of 0.013?y?0.060, z is in the range of 0?z?0.040, and a is in the
range of 0.986?a?1.020).

US Pat. No. 9,159,765

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,214

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a surface layer containing
a matrix component; and
a rotatably-retained spherical particle that is not bound with the matrix component and is rotatably retained in a pore in
the matrix component, and

the rotatably-retained spherical particle
protruding from the surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member, and
having a diameter of from 0.3 to 10 ?m.

US Pat. No. 9,158,484

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a display;
a storage unit configured to store at least one job;
a reception unit configured to receive a first instruction by a user for cancelling a job;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the storage unit stores a plurality of jobs;
a display control unit configured to display, on the display, a list including at least one job which the storage unit stores
and to receive a second instruction by a user for selecting a job in the displayed list, if the reception unit receives the
first instruction and the determination unit determines that the storage unit stores a plurality of jobs; and

a job control unit configured to control the selected job,
wherein, if the received second instruction indicates that the selected job is a non-calibration job, the job control unit
is configured to control the selected job to be cancelled, and

wherein, if the received second instruction indicates that the selected job is a calibration job, the job control unit is
configured to control the selected job to be executed after execution of at least one job included in the displayed list other
than the calibration job.

US Pat. No. 9,151,594

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A position detection apparatus comprising:
a sensor unit which includes a light emitting portion and a light receiving portion and detects an edge position in a sheet
width direction of a sheet conveyed in a sheet conveying path;

a moving holder including a first holding surface that holds the light emitting portion of the sensor unit and a second holding
surface that holds the light receiving portion which face each other so that the edge of the sheet passing through the sheet
conveying path in the sheet width direction is enclosed, the moving holder being able to reciprocate in the sheet width direction;
and

a holder drive portion which drives the moving holder in the sheet width direction,
wherein the sensor unit has a plurality of pairs of sensors, each of which includes the light emitting portion held on the
first holding surface and the light receiving portion held on the second holding surface as a pair and which are arranged
along the sheet width direction, and

the sensor unit detects the edge position of the sheet while the holder drive portion moves the moving holder in the sheet
width direction and every other light emitting portions in the plurality of pairs of sensors is turned on.

US Pat. No. 9,150,376

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF FORMING IMAGES IN DOUBLE-SIDED MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of executing a double-sided mode in which images are formed on both sides of a sheet,
comprising:
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form images on the sheet fed from said sheet feeding unit;
a sheet inverting unit configured to invert the sheet, on which an image has been formed on a first side thereof by said image
forming unit, in the double-sided mode;

a sheet discharge tray onto which the sheet on which the mage has been formed by said image forming unit is discharged;
a switching unit configured to switch a conveyance destination for the sheet to a first conveying path leading toward said
sheet inverting unit or a second conveying path leading to said sheet discharge tray;

a detection unit configured to detect a length of the sheet, which is fed from said sheet feeding unit, in a conveying direction
while the sheet is being conveyed; and

a control unit configured to, when a size of the sheet has not been undetermined and the length of the sheet in the conveying
direction is not detected by said detection unit by the time the sheet reaches said switching unit in the double-sided mode,
control said switching unit so that the sheet with the image formed on the first side thereof can be conveyed to the second
conveying path,

wherein said control unit controls said switching unit so that the sheet is conveyed to the first conveying path when the
length of the sheet in the conveying direction detected by said detection unit lies inside a predetermined range, and the
sheet is conveyed to the second conveying path when the length of the sheet in the conveying direction detected by said detection
unit falls outside the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,153,030

POSITION AND ORIENTATION ESTIMATION METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position and orientation estimation method comprising:
obtaining a statistic of deviation of a geometric feature constituting a three-dimensional geometric model of an object for
each geometric feature based on tolerance data for the object, the tolerance data representing allowable differences between
the object and the three-dimensional geometric model of the object;

setting a reliability for each geometric feature based on the statistic of deviation, wherein the reliability is set higher
as the statistic of deviation is smaller;

obtaining an approximate position and orientation of the object;
extracting an image feature of a captured image, wherein the image feature is an edge;
associating the geometric feature with the image feature based on the obtained approximate position and orientation for each
geometric feature;

calculating an amount of difference between the geometric feature and the image feature for each geometric feature; and
estimating the position and orientation of the object by correcting the obtained approximate position and orientation based
on the reliability and the amount of difference of each geometric feature.

US Pat. No. 9,147,708

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a lens for condensing light to the second semiconductor region, wherein
the second semiconductor region includes a plurality of portions arranged in a direction along a surface of the semiconductor
substrate,

a potential barrier to a charge accumulated in the charge accumulation region is formed between the plurality of portions,
the second semiconductor region is configured to be wholly depleted by expansion of a depletion region from the first semiconductor
region toward the second semiconductor region, and

a finally-depleted portion, which is a part of the second semiconductor region and to be finally depleted of the second semiconductor
region, is configured to be depleted by the expansion of the depletion region from a portion of the first semiconductor region,
located in a lateral direction of the finally-depleted portion, toward the finally-depleted portion.

US Pat. No. 9,146,482

ELECTROCONDUCTIVE MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,485

MAGENTA TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magenta toner comprising magenta toner particles, each of which comprises a binder resin, a compound represented by a
formula (1), and a colorant, wherein
the colorant comprises a pigment having a quinacridone skeleton:

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an aralkyl group, and

the amount of the compound represented by the formula (1) is 0.01 to 10 parts by mass based on 100 parts by mass of the pigment
having a quinacridone skeleton.

US Pat. No. 9,146,507

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VOLTAGE ADJUSTMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image on said image bearing member;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member onto a recording material at a transfer
position;

a power source configured to apply a voltage to said transfer member;
a detecting member configured to detect a current flowing through said transfer member during a non-sheet-passing period in
which the recording material is not in the transfer position,

a setting portion configured to set a first voltage, where a target current flows through said transfer member when the first
voltage is applied to said transfer member in a sheet-passing period in which the recording material is in the transfer position,
based on detection results of said detecting member under application of a plurality of different test voltages in a test
mode in advance, where a first current flows through said transfer member when the first voltage is applied to said transfer
member in the non-sheet-passing period, during a first period; and

an executing portion configured to execute an adjusting mode, in which in a case that images are continuously formed on a
plurality of recording materials, the first voltage is applied to said transfer member during both a plurality of non-sheet-passing
periods and a plurality of sheet-passing periods, during the first period, then the first voltage is adjusted so that the
detection result under application of a voltage is the first current, during a second period later than the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,146,515

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,305

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A subject information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a probe having a plurality of elements arranged in a first direction, each of the elements configured to receive an elastic
wave propagating within a subject and convert the received elastic wave to a received signal;

a stage configured to move the probe in a second direction;
a first signal processing unit configured to calculate first output signals using a plurality of received signals output by
the elements, each of the first output signals corresponding to different elastic waves from different target positions within
the subject, wherein the first output signals include phase information of the elastic waves from the different target positions;

a second signal processing unit configured to calculate a second output signal using a plurality of the first output signals
corresponding to different elastic waves from target positions mutually different in the second direction within the subject;
and

an image processing unit configured to generate image data for display using the second output signal,
wherein at least one of the first signal processing unit and the second signal processing unit uses adaptive signal processing
to calculate the first output signal or the second output signal.

US Pat. No. 9,147,140

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PRODUCT FOR CONVERTING IMAGE DATA INTO FEWER GRADATIONS BASED ON TOTAL VALUE OF PIXELS IN A GROUP EXCEPT FOR A DETECTED PIXEL HAVING A SPECIFIC VALUE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of converting input image data into image data expressing a dot pattern cell by cell,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a pixel having a specific pixel value in the input image data; and
a determination unit configured to determine, cell by cell, an output value of a pixel included in each cell in the input
image data,

wherein the determination unit determines an output value of each of the pixels included in a cell to be processed except
a pixel detected by the detection unit based on a number of print pixels according to a total value of pixels in a pixel group
except the pixel detected by the detection unit, and

wherein the determination unit determines an output value of the pixel having the specific pixel value detected by the detection
unit in the cell to be processed based on a pixel value of the pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,143,676

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS FOR WARNING DISPLAY CONTROL OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising: at least one central processor that reads out and executes a program recorded on a non-transitory
memory, the at least one central processor being programmed to control:
a recording unit configured to record a moving image captured by an imaging unit on a recording medium;
a detection unit configured to detect a matter of which warning is to be given occurring in the imaging apparatus;
a display unit configured to display the moving image captured by the imaging unit and a warning display indicating that the
detection unit has detected the matter of which warning is to be given; and

a control unit configured to control the display unit such that, if the display unit has not yet displayed the warning display
about the matter of which warning is to be given when the detection unit has detected the matter of which warning is to be
given occurring in the imaging apparatus, the control unit causes the display unit to display the warning display about the
matter of which warning is to be given in response to detection of the matter of which warning is to be given, irrespective
of whether the recording unit is recording the moving image, and,

if the display unit has already displayed the warning display about the matter of which warning is to be given when the detection
unit has detected the matter of which warning is to be given occurring in the imaging apparatus, the control unit causes the
display unit not to display the warning display about the matter of which warning is to be given when the recording unit is
recording the moving image, and causes the display unit to display the warning display about the matter of which warning is
to be given if the detection unit has still detected the matter of which warning is to be given when the recording unit has
stopped recording the moving image,

wherein the control unit controls the display unit such that, if the matter of which warning is to be given occurs when the
recording unit is recording the moving image and the matter has still existed when the recording unit has stopped recording
the moving image, the control unit causes the display unit to display the warning display once during the recording unit is
recording the moving image and to display the warning display again in response to stopping of the recording,

wherein the control unit controls the display unit to display the warning display every time recording is stopped when the
matter has still existed and stop the display unit from displaying the warning display only when the matter no longer exists,
and

wherein the matter of which warning is to be given occurring in the imaging apparatus is a reduction in a fan rotation speed
detected by the detection unit by analyzing a number of rotations of the fan and comparing the number of rotations of the
fan with a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,139,396

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet to be processed is stacked;
a first sheet conveying portion configured to convey the sheet toward the sheet stacking portion;
a standby portion branched from a sheet conveying path between the sheet stacking portion and the first sheet conveying portion
and which holds on standby a sheet to be processed next while a sheet bundle on the sheet stacking portion is being processed;

a second sheet conveying portion provided along the sheet conveying path between the sheet stacking portion and the standby
portion, configured to rotate in normal and reverse directions, and conveying the sheet to the sheet stacking portion by rotating
in the normal direction and to the standby portion by rotating in the reverse direction;

a third sheet conveying portion provided in the standby portion so as to rotate in normal and reverse directions, drawing
the sheet conveyed to the standby portion by the second sheet conveying portion into the standby portion by rotating in the
reverse direction to make the sheet stand by, and drawing the standby sheet out of the standby portion by rotating in the
normal direction; and

a control portion that drives the second and third sheet conveying portions such that the sheet conveyed sequentially by the
first sheet conveying portion overlaps sequentially with the standby sheet drawn out of the standby portion while shifting
by a shift length with respect to the standby sheet just preceding to the sheet conveyed by the first sheet conveying portion
in a sheet conveying direction and such that the overlapped sheets are conveyed to and made to stand by at the standby portion,
the control portion setting the shift length according to a number of sheets drawn into the standby portion.

US Pat. No. 9,142,027

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, including at least one of a Central Processing Unit (CPU) or a Micro Processing Unit (MPU),
implementing a first classification unit, a second classification unit and a division unit, comprising:
the first classification unit configured to classify image data into a plurality of first areas based on a signal value of
each pixel of the image data;

the second classification unit configured to classify the image data into a plurality of second areas based on distance information;
and

the division unit configured to divide at least one of the plurality of first areas into a plurality of areas based on the
plurality of second areas,

wherein the division unit determines, in a case where two or more second areas overlap with one of the plurality of first
areas, whether or not to divide the one of the plurality of first areas into the plurality of areas based on ratio of a planar
dimension of at least one of the two or more second areas to a planar dimension of the one of the plurality of first areas.

US Pat. No. 9,131,841

IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image acquisition apparatus comprising:
an irradiating unit configured to irradiate light from a light source to an inspection object;
a tomographic image obtaining unit configured to obtain a tomographic image of the inspection object on the basis of a combined
beam obtained by combining a return beam from the inspection object due to the light irradiated by the irradiating unit and
a reference beam corresponding to the light;

a plane image obtaining unit configured to obtain a plane image of the inspection object on the basis of the return beam;
a first scanning unit configured to main-scan the light irradiated by the irradiating unit when the tomographic image is obtained;
a second scanning unit configured to main-scan the light irradiated by the irradiating unit at a speed higher than that in
the first scanning unit when the plane image is obtained; and

a third scanning unit configured to sub-scan the light irradiated by the irradiating unit when each of the tomographic image
and the plane image is obtained.

US Pat. No. 9,135,718

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires a statistical value of pixel values for each divided region obtained by dividing an input
image;

a determination unit that compares for each divided region the statistical value of the divided region acquired by the acquisition
unit with a first threshold and determines whether the divided region is as color region or a monochrome region; and

a re-determination unit that compares a statistical value of an adjacent divided region, which is a divided region, from among
divided regions determined by the determination unit as monochrome regions, that is adjacent to the divided region determined
by the determination unit as a color region, with a second threshold, by which a divided region is more likely determined
as a color region than by the first threshold, for each adjacent divided region, and re-determines whether the adjacent divided
region is a color region or a monochrome region.

US Pat. No. 9,134,432

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,182

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD, TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus for measuring an object, the object having a first reflecting surface and a second reflecting surface
along a propagation path of an electromagnetic wave, the measuring apparatus comprising:
a convergence unit for converging the electromagnetic wave to the object that is to be measured;
a detection unit for detecting electromagnetic waves from the object; and
an adjustment unit for adjusting a relative position between the object and the convergence position set by said convergence
unit, and arranging the first reflecting surface and the second reflecting surface in a detecting region,

wherein the detecting region is determined by using a plurality of pieces of information about the relative position, and
information about a time interval between a first electromagnetic wave from the first reflecting surface and a second electromagnetic
wave from the second reflecting surface in a time waveform acquired by using a detection result provided by said detection
unit for the relative position corresponding to each of the plurality of pieces of information.

US Pat. No. 9,131,877

LASER APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A laser apparatus that allows selection of a wavelength of output light from a plurality of options, comprising:
a resonator made up from an output mirror and a reflection means having a plurality of reflective surfaces fixed in position;
a laser medium disposed on an optical axis inside the resonator;
a branch means branching an optical path of a light beam formed on the optical axis when light oscillates from the laser medium
into a plurality of optical paths having an end at one reflective surface of the reflection means, the branch means forming
a first optical path coinciding with the optical axis when located out of the optical axis, and forming a branch path by moving
the light of the optical axis parallel when located on the optical axis; and

a moving means moving the branch means between a position on the optical axis and a position out of the optical axis,
wherein the reflective surface determining a wavelength of output light.

US Pat. No. 9,132,680

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND CHECK PATTERN PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a first print head in which a plurality of nozzles for ejecting a first type ink are arranged in an arranging direction;
a moving unit configured to move a printing medium with respect to the first print head in a moving direction crossing to
the arranging direction; and

an ejecting control unit configured to control ejecting the first type ink while moving of the printing medium by the moving
unit so as to (i) eject the first type ink from a first number of the nozzles to print a first pattern to a first position
of the printing medium in the moving direction, (ii) not eject the first type ink from the plurality of nozzles for a first
period after the first pattern is printed, and (iii) eject the first type ink from a second number, which is larger than the
first number, of the nozzles after the first period is elapsed, to print a second pattern to a second position of the printing
medium which is positioned at upstream in the moving direction to the first position, wherein

the temperature of the first type ink around the plurality of nozzles in the first period is 50° C. or more.

US Pat. No. 9,135,540

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR PROCESSING BLACK CHARACTERS AT HIGH RESOLUTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
a dividing step of dividing input image data including a character portion and an image portion into first image data representing
gradation of the character portion and second image data representing gradation of the image portion;

a reducing step of reducing a resolution of a non-character image represented by the second image data obtained by the dividing
step and obtaining low resolution second image data;

an acquiring step of acquiring the first image data and the low resolution second image data, wherein the resolution of the
image represented by the low resolution second image data is lower than the resolution of the image represented by the first
image data;

a first generating step of generating first dot data indicating whether to form a dot for forming an image of the characters,
from the character portion, on a recording medium, in accordance with a gradation value of each pixel in the first image data
acquired in the acquiring step;

a second generating step of generating second dot data indicating whether to form a dot for forming an image of the non-character
image on the recording medium, in accordance with a gradation value of each pixel in the second image data acquired by the
acquiring unit; and

a third generating step of generating, on the basis of the first dot data generated in the first generating step and the second
dot data generated in the second generating step, image formation data for forming an image on the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,137,399

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a web server, the apparatus comprising:
an operation unit having (i) a hardware start key for instructing operation to start a scanning process and (ii) a display
unit;

a scanning unit configured to execute the scanning process of an original document in response to a detection of depression
of the hardware start key;

a display control unit configured, on the basis of data transmitted from the web server, to control the display unit to display
a web page containing (i) a scan setting item and (ii) a transmitting item, the scan setting item being an item for inputting
a scan setting and the transmitting item being associated with the hardware start key;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit scan setting information to the web server when the hardware start key is operated
while the web page containing the transmitting item is being displayed on the display unit, as well as when the transmitting
item is operated on the web page, the scan setting information indicating the scan setting inputted by a user via the scan
setting item; and

a reception unit configured to receive an instruction from the web server, the instruction instructing an execution of the
scanning process of an original document and being based on the scan setting information transmitted by the transmitting unit,

wherein the scanning unit is configured to execute the scanning process in accordance with the instruction received by the
reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,137,406

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM, FOR SHIFTING DIFFERENT POWER STATES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a shift instruction to shift a power state of the information processing apparatus
to a power saving state;

a registration unit configured to register an application which supports the power saving state; and
a control unit configured to shift the information processing apparatus to the power saving state in a case where an application
different from the application registered by the registration unit is not running when the reception unit receives the shift
instruction, and to turn off the information processing apparatus in a case where an application different from the application
registered by the registration unit is running when the reception unit receives the shift instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,130,335

LIGHT BEAM EMISSION APPARATUS, OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE LIGHT BEAM EMISSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light beam emission apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a holding member including an abutting portion and a fitting portion in which the light source is fitted; and
an elastic member configured to fill a clearance between the light source and the holding member by being elastically deformed
when the elastic member contacts both the light source and the abutting portion in a state in which the light source is fitted
into the fitting portion,

wherein the elastic member is elastically deformed by being compressed by the light source and the abutting portion when the
light source is fitted into the fitting portion, and

wherein a length of the elastic member before being elastically deformed in an insertion direction of the light source into
the fitting portion is longer than a length from an insertion port of the fitting portion for the light source to the abutting
portion so that the fitting portion and a fitted portion of the light source come into contact with each other after the elastic
member begins to be elastically deformed or simultaneously when the elastic member begins to be elastically deformed by contacting
both the light source and the abutting portion,

wherein the abutting portion has a recessed groove to receive the elastically deformed elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,131,139

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of image sensing modes;
an image sensing unit configured to obtain an image of an object;
a processing unit configured to perform image processing on the image obtained by the image sensing unit based on the image
sensing mode set by the setting unit, the image processing including a plurality of processes;

a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the image sensing mode set by the setting unit, which of the image
sensing apparatus and the external apparatus is to perform a predetermined process out of the plurality of processes on the
image obtained by the image sensing unit,

wherein in a case that the determination unit determines that the image sensing apparatus is to perform the predetermined
process, the processing unit performs the predetermined process on the image obtained by the image sensing unit, and

wherein in a case that the determination unit determines that the external apparatus is to perform the predetermined process,
the communication unit transmits the image obtained by the image sensing unit to the external apparatus so that the predetermined
process is performed by the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,123,610

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,124,807

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit employing a rolling shutter method; and
a correction unit configured to perform correction processing for reducing a rolling shutter distortion on image data captured
by the imaging unit, the correction processing being performed by adjusting readout positions of other lines relative to a
readout position of a reference line in the image data,

wherein the correction unit sets the reference line so as to reduce a deviation amount between the readout position of the
reference line and the readout positions of the other lines when performing the correction processing.

US Pat. No. 9,124,859

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for processing a plurality of moving image files each including moving image data and identification
information relating to continuity between a moving image file and another moving image file, comprising:
a processing unit configured to perform an editing process for deleting a portion of the moving image data from a head of
the moving image data included in a predetermined moving image file among the plurality of moving image files, and not for
deleting another portion of the moving image data included in the predetermined moving image file; and

a control unit configured to change the identification information of the predetermined moving image file in accordance with
the editing process,

wherein, in accordance with the processing unit performing the editing process for deleting the portion of the moving image
data from the head of the moving image data included in the predetermined moving image file and not for deleting another portion
of the moving image data included in the predetermined moving image file, the control unit changes the identification information
of the predetermined moving image file such that it is discriminated that there is no moving image file which has continuity
forwardly with the predetermined moving image file.

US Pat. No. 9,122,482

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of operating in any of a first power mode in which power is supplied to both a first
control unit and a second control unit, and a second power mode in which power is supplied to the second control unit and
is not supplied to the first control unit, the second control unit comprising:
receiving means for receiving a packet transmitted from an external apparatus;
storage means for copying and storing the packet received by the receiving means;
analysis means for analyzing a header of the packet received by the receiving means, and deleting the analyzed header;
determination means for, in a case where the image processing apparatus is in the second power mode, determining whether to
transition the image processing apparatus from the second power mode to the first power mode based on a result of the analysis
by the analysis means; and

processing means for, in a case where it is determined by the determination means to transition the image processing apparatus
from the second power mode to the first power mode, transitioning the image processing apparatus from the second power mode
to the first power mode, and transferring to the first control unit the received packet stored by the storage means and not
transferring to the first control unit the received packet from which the header was deleted by the analysis means.

US Pat. No. 9,120,305

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus which records images, comprising:
a recording head configured including at least one discharge orifice row in which a plurality of discharge orifices for discharging
ink of a predetermined color are arrayed in an array direction;

a scanning unit configured to cause the recording head and a unit region on a recording medium to be scanned a plurality of
times in a scanning direction which intersects the array direction;

a conveying unit configured to convey the recording medium a distance corresponding to a length in the array direction of
each of a plurality of discharge orifice groups of a predetermined number of discharge orifices continuously arrayed in the
array direction, configured as divisions of the plurality of discharge orifices in a conveying direction which intersects
the scanning direction, the conveying being performed in between the plurality of scans of the recording head;

a generating unit configured to generate recording data so as to discharge ink to the unit region from the plurality of discharge
orifice groups, in each of the plurality of scans of image data corresponding to the unit region performed as to the unit
region, based on a plurality of mask patterns corresponding to each of the plurality of discharge orifice groups, in each
of which mask patterns recording-permitted pixels determining permission of recording to the unit region and recording-not-permitted
pixel determining non-permission of recording thereto have been laid out; and

a recording control unit configured to discharge ink from each of the plurality of discharge orifice groups to the unit region
in each of the plurality of scans, based on the recording data;

wherein, with regard to a first mask pattern group made up of at least two mask patterns out of the plurality of mask patterns,
each mask pattern in the first mask pattern group includes a plurality of first pixel regions where a plurality of the recording-permitted
pixels and a plurality of the recording-not-permitted pixels have been laid out, and a plurality of second pixel regions where
only a plurality of recording-not-permitted pixels have been laid out,

the plurality of first pixel regions in each of the mask patterns in the first mask pattern group are configured at mutually
corresponding positions,

an average number of the recording-permitted pixels in an increment in each mask pattern of the first mask pattern groups
is a predetermined value or less, both a recording-permitted pixel group configured including a plurality of the recording-permitted
pixels adjacent to each other in the array direction or the scanning direction and a recording-permitted pixel not adjacent
to other recording-permitted pixels being counted as an increment, and

an average number of the recording-permitted pixels in the increments in a first logical sum pattern, obtained as a logical
sum of the plurality of the recording-permitted pixels laid out in each of the mask patterns within the first mask pattern
group, is greater than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,116,416

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,115,972

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD THEREFOR TO ACQUIRE IMAGES INDICATING POLARIZATION INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a polarization beam splitter that splits a combined beam into first and second beams having different polarization directions,
the combined beam being formed by combining a return beam from an object with a reference beam corresponding to the measuring
beam, the object being irradiated with the measuring beam;

a polarization adjuster that adjusts at least one of the polarization directions of the first and second beams so that the
polarization directions of the first and second beams are aligned with each other;

a common diffraction grating configured to separately disperse the first and second beams in the adjusted polarization direction;
a detector that separately detects the first and second dispersed beams; and
a processor that acquires a tomographic image indicating polarization information of the object based on the first and second
detected beams.

US Pat. No. 9,118,887

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus to which a recording medium is attachable, the communication apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a plurality of menu items related to a wireless communication function;
a wireless communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with an external device;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the recording medium attached to the communication apparatus is
capable of performing wireless communication; and

a second determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the first determination unit determines that the recording
medium is capable of performing wireless communication, whether the recording medium includes a wireless communication function
not included in the wireless communication unit,

wherein, in a case where the second determination unit determines that the recording medium includes a wireless communication
function not included in the wireless communication unit the display unit displays a menu item related to a wireless communication
function included in the wireless communication unit, and a menu item related to the wireless communication function not included
in the wireless communication unit from among wireless communication functions included in the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,113,148

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,111,204

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,507

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. Alight source apparatus configured to emit first light and second light, the light source apparatus comprising:
a wavelength reference device that the first light and the second light are incident on configured to change intensities of
the respective beams of light according to a wavelength deviation of the respective beams of light from a first reference
wavelength and a wavelength deviation of the respective beams of light from a second reference wavelength;

a splitter configured to split light containing the first light and light containing the second light from the wavelength
reference device from each other;

a first detector configured to detect an intensity of the light containing the first light from the splitter;
a second detector configured to detect an intensity of the light containing the second light from the splitter; and
a control unit configured to control a wavelength of the first light using a detection signal detected by the first detector,
such that the wavelength of the first light is the first reference wavelength, and configured to control a wavelength of the
second light using a detection signal detected by the second detector, such that the wavelength of the second light is the
second reference wavelength,

wherein the control unit includes a correction unit configured to reduce from the detection signal detected by the first detector
a portion included in the detected signal and related to the intensity of the second light incident on the first detector
from the splitter, and configured to reduce from the detection signal detected by the second detector a portion included in
the detected signal and related to the intensity of the first light incident on the second detector from the splitter, and

wherein the control unit controls the wavelength of the first light and the wavelength of the second light based on signals
from the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,108,446

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head including a nozzle array formed by a plurality of nozzles that are for ejecting ink and that are arranged in
a predetermined direction for forming an image on a print medium;

a scanning unit configured to scan the print head in a forward direction and a backward direction crossing said predetermined
direction;

a conveying unit for conveying the print medium forward and backward in the predetermined direction;
a generation unit configured to generate print data used for printing by the print head in such a manner that print duty of
the print head for performing said scanning in the forward direction is higher than print duty of the print head for performing
said scanning in the backward direction; and

a control unit configured to control the print head, the scanning unit, and the conveying unit,
wherein, after printing on one image area of the print medium by the print head scanned in the forward direction by the scanning
unit, the control unit controls the conveying unit to convey the print medium forward for printing on another image area of
the print medium adjacent to said one image area in the predetermined direction, and the control unit controls the print head
and the scanning unit such that the print head being scanned in the forward direction by the scanning unit prints an image
on the another image area, and

wherein, after the print head prints the image on the another image area, the control unit controls the conveying unit to
convey the print medium backward for printing on an area straddling said one image area and the another image area, and the
control unit controls the print head and the scanning unit such that the print head being scanned in the backward direction
by the scanning unit prints an image on said area straddling said one image area and the another image area.

US Pat. No. 9,104,350

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD FOR DISPLAYING SCREEN FOR SETTING VALUES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for setting setting values for a plurality of setting items about print data to be
transmitted to a printer, comprising:
a display unit configured to display a sheet for setting setting values for print data on a display device;
a selection unit configured to select, via the sheet, one of a plurality of candidates;
a first providing unit configured to provide, on the sheet, a variable setting item for setting a setting value from a list
of a plurality of setting values associated with the selection by the selection unit; and

a second providing unit configured to provide, on the sheet, fixed setting including setting items that are not dependent
on the selection by the selection unit and are included in the plurality of setting items,

wherein the plurality of setting values in the list related to the variable setting item are setting values of two or more
corresponding setting items among the plurality of setting items about the print data and the plurality of setting values
in the list are not categorized by each corresponding setting item.

US Pat. No. 9,104,354

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM SETTING FILTER INFORMATION FOR PERMITTING COMMUNICATION WITH ANOTHER INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A first information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain setting information set for another information processing apparatus;
a changing unit configured to change, in a case where the obtained setting information includes an address of the first information
processing apparatus, the address of the first information processing apparatus included in the obtained setting information
to an address of the another information processing apparatus; and

a setting unit configured to set the setting information changed by the changing unit as a setting of the first information
processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,104,362

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program to cause an image forming apparatus to perform a method,
the method comprising:
determining whether information on use of tab sheets is included in a printing job received from an information processing
apparatus; and

receiving from a user during printing processing of a printing job, selection of either an arbitrary page or all pages as
a range of a confirmation page for a printed material obtained according to the printing job from among pages included in
the printing job, in a case where it is determined that that information on use of tab sheets is not included in the printing
job, and to receive, from a user during printing processing of a printing job, selection of not an arbitrary page but all
pages as a range of a confirmation page for a printed material obtained according to the printing job from among pages included
in the printing job, in a case where it is determined that information on use of tab sheets is included in the printing job.

US Pat. No. 9,102,164

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EFFECTING RECORDING ON A RECORDING MEDIUM BY APPLYING A PLURALITY OF RECORDING AGENTS WITH RELATIVE SCANNING BETWEEN A RECORDING UNIT FOR APPLYING THE RECOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for effecting recording on a recording medium by applying a plurality of recording agents including a first-type
recording agents and a second-type recording agent with relative scanning between a recording unit for applying the recording
agents and the recording medium, the apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain relative information indicating a relative relation between amounts of the first-type
recording agents, without amount of the second-type recording agent, corresponding to each of plural colors to be applied
in a neighborhood of a boundary between adjacent bands in the relative scanning of the recording unit and the recording medium;
and

a determining unit configured to determine, for the second-type recording agent, a reduction rate of an amount of the second-type
recording agent to be applied to the neighborhood of the boundary based on the relative information obtained by the obtaining
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,106,306

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communicating unit configured to communicate with a first external device through wireless communication;
a receiving unit configured to receive wirelessly a control signal transmitted from a second external device;
a setting unit configured to set, based on a user operation, a predetermined control setting which enables or disables an
operation by the second external device;

a determining unit configured to make a determination as to whether a positional relation of the communication apparatus and
the first external device is in a predetermined relation; and

a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case that the determining unit determines that the positional
relation of the communication apparatus and the first external device is in the predetermined relation, an operation corresponding
to the control signal received by the receiving unit is performed regardless of the predetermined control setting set by the
setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,103,726

STIMULATED RAMAN SCATTERING DETECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stimulated Raman scattering detection apparatus comprising:
a first light pulse generator configured to generate first light pulses with a first pulse period;
a second light pulse generator configured to generate second light pulses with a second pulse period shorter than the first
pulse period, the second light pulse having a light frequency different from that of the first light pulse,

an optical system configured to combine the first and second light pulses and configured to focus the combined first and second
light pulses onto a sample; and

a detector configured to detect the second light pulses intensity-modulated by stimulated Raman scattering generated by focusing
of the combined first and second light pulses onto the sample,

wherein the second light pulse generator includes:
a divider configured to divide each of raw light pulses into two light pulses, the raw light pulses being emitted from a light
source with the second pulse period;

a delayer configured to delay one light pulse of the two light pulses with respect to the other light pulse thereof by a delay
time T; and

a combiner configured to combine the divided two light pulses to generate the second light pulses, and
wherein the delay time T is included within the following range:
?S/2??S/6?T??S/2+?S/6,

where ?S represents the first pulse period.

US Pat. No. 9,098,748

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,100,583

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,776

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD THAT DETERMINE WHETHER ANY ONE OF A PLURALITY OF PIXELS IN AN OBTAINED PARTIAL IMAGE HAS AN INVALID VALUE TO SELECT AN APPROPRIATE ACQUISITION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising;
an acquisition unit that acquires a plurality of image sets obtained by different acquisition methods;
a generation unit that generates partial image sets by extracting corresponding partial images from respective images of the
image. sets;

a first assignment unit that assigns the partial image sets generated by said generation unit to a root node of a tree structure;
a setting unit that sets, at each node of the tree structure, positions of a plurality of pixels for each partial image set
assigned to the node;

a determination unit that determines whether any one of the plurality of pixels in a partial image obtained by a predetermined
one of the different aquisition methods in each partial image set has an invalid value;

a selection unit that selects the predetermined one of the different acquisition methods for the partial image set when none
of the plurality of pixels in the partial image obtained, by the predetermined one of the different acquisition methods has
the invalid value and selects another one of the diff different acquisition methods for the partial image set when at least
one of the plurality of pixels in the partial image obtained by the predetermined one of the different acquisition methods
has the invalid value;

a second assignment unit that assigns each partial image set assigned to each node to one of lower nodes based on the pixel
values of the set positions in the partial images acquired by the acquisition method selected by said selection unit; and

an output unit that outputs information about the set assigned to an end node of the tree structure.

US Pat. No. 9,098,224

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING A WAITING TIME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store data;
an input unit configured to input a first type of job and a second type of job different from the first type of job;
a control unit configured to execute the first type of job and the second type of job using a program stored in the storage
unit;

a supply unit configured to supply power to the storage unit and the control unit;
a setting unit configured to set a first waiting time if the first type of job is input by the input unit, and to set a second
waiting time different from the first waiting time if the second type of job is input by the input unit; and

a power control unit configured to, (1) stop power supply to the control unit but maintain power supply to the storage unit
after the first type of job is executed by the control unit, and then stop power supply to the storage unit after the first
waiting time set by the setting unit elapses, and (2) stop power supply to the control unit but maintain power supply to the
storage unit after the second type of job is executed by the control unit, and then stop power supply to the storage unit
after the second waiting time set by the setting unit elapses,

wherein the first type of job is an inquiry job to inquire about device information of the information processing apparatus
stored in the storage unit and the second type of job is a print job to cause a print unit to print an image on a sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,096,059

SUBSTRATE FOR INKJET HEAD, INKJET HEAD, AND INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A substrate for an inkjet head comprising:
a base;
a heating resistor layer disposed on the base and including a plurality of heating resistors which generate heat to eject
ink;

a first protection layer disposed to cover the heating resistor layer and having an insulation property; and
a second protection layer disposed to contact the first protection layer and having conductivity,
wherein the second protection layer includes a plurality of individual sections provided to correspond to the plurality of
heating resistors, a common section connecting the plurality of individual sections, and fuse sections connecting the individual
sections and the common section, the fuse sections being formed to be thinner than the individual sections.

US Pat. No. 9,092,175

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND MEDIUM FOR PROCESSING AND/OR CANCELLING PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a job; and
a control unit configured to cancel, in a case where the job held in the holding unit is a first type of job, the first type
of job in accordance with receiving, using a confirmation screen, a first instruction for cancelling a job, and

to cancel, in a case where the job held in the holding unit is a second type of job, the second type of job in accordance
with receiving, using the confirmation screen, the first instruction for cancelling a job, the second type being different
from the first type, wherein the control unit cancels, in a case where the job held in the holding unit is the first type
of job, the first type of job in accordance with receiving, not using the confirmation screen, a second instruction for cancelling
a job, and

the control unit does not cancel, in a case where the job held in the holding unit is the second type of job, the second type
of job in accordance with receiving, not using the confirmation screen, the second instruction for cancelling a job.

US Pat. No. 9,091,975

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A fixing apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip portion, in which a toner image on a sheet is fixed by heat and
pressure, therebetween;

a reducing rotatable member configured to reduce the temperature difference of said first rotatable member in a longitudinal
direction thereof by contacting said first rotatable member;

a moving mechanism configured to move said reducing rotatable member between a contact position where said reducing rotatable
member is contacted to said first rotatable member and a separate position where said reducing rotatable member is separated
from said first rotatable member;

a cleaner configured to clean said reducing rotatable member in the contact position;
a counter configured to count the number of sheets, each having width smaller than a maximum width for which said apparatus
is operable, passed through the nip portion; and

a controller configured to control an operation of said moving mechanism based on an output of said counter,
wherein when the value counted by said counter reaches a first value during an execution of a job, said controller causes
said reducing rotatable member to move from the separate position to the contact position for reducing the temperature difference,
and

wherein when the value counted by said counter is larger than a second value, which is larger than the first value, during
an execution of a plurality of the jobs with said reducing rotatable member being kept in the separate position, said controller
causes said reducing rotatable member to move from the separate position to the contact position for cleaning said first rotatable
member via said reducing rotatable member by said cleaner.

US Pat. No. 9,084,560

PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

18. A method for controlling a photoacoustic apparatus comprising the steps of:
irradiating an optical absorber that is provided in the apparatus with light;
receiving an acoustic wave that is generated from the optical absorber when the optical absorber receives the light, by a
detecting unit; and

calculating an irradiation intensity distribution of the light on the basis of the detected signal that is acquired when the
receiving element receives the acoustic wave generated from the optical absorber.

US Pat. No. 9,085,142

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,079,398

LANDING POSITION MEASURING APPARATUS AND LANDING POSITION MEASURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A landing position measuring method for measuring the landing position of a droplet ejected from an ejection port of a
liquid ejection head onto a medium, the landing position measuring method comprising the steps of:
forming a pattern with a plurality of droplets ejected from the one ejection port;
setting a limitation area including the pattern;
obtaining the position of gravity of the limitation area;
calculating the ideal position of the pattern based on the positions of gravity of the plurality of limitation areas; and
measuring the landing position of the droplet ejected from the ejection port based on the position of gravity of the limitation
area.

US Pat. No. 9,082,699

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device having a twin well structure, comprising:
ion-implanting a first conductivity type impurity in a first region and a second region of a semiconductor substrate, the
first and second regions being located adjacent to each other;

forming a first mask pattern to cover the first region of the semiconductor substrate and to expose the second region of the
semiconductor substrate;

ion-implanting a second conductivity type impurity at a higher concentration compared to the first conductivity type impurity
in the second region of the semiconductor substrate, using the first mask pattern as a mask;

thermal-diffusing the first conductivity type of impurity and the second conductivity type of impurity; and
forming an ink supply port passing through the second region of the semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,081,341

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured to heat a toner image formed on a sheet by using a toner containing a wax;
an exciting coil configured to cause said heating member to generate heat by electromagnetic induction heating;
a magnetic flux suppressing member configured to suppress a part of magnetic flux actable from said exciting coil onto said
heating member;

a rotatable screw shaft configured to hold said magnetic flux suppressing member and configured to slide said magnetic flux
suppressing member along a longitudinal direction of said heating member; and

a controller configured to control a rotational movement operation of said screw shaft so that said magnetic flux suppressing
member is placed in a position depending on a width size of the sheet,

wherein said controller is, during non-image heating, configured to execute an operation in a mode in which said screw shaft
is rotationally moved so that said magnetic flux suppressing member is reciprocated at least once in a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,076,704

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR A PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,889

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,317

SURFACE TREATMENT APPARATUS HAVING REUSABLE FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,067,460

DRY ETCHING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,278

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING NON-IMAGE PORTION EXPOSURE AMOUNT THAT IS LOWER IN MONO MODE THAN IN COLOR MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming an image on a recording material, the apparatus comprising:
at least one image carrier;
a charging device configured to charge the surface of the image carrier;
an exposure device configured to expose the surface of the image carrier; and
a plurality of developing members configured to form a toner image on the surface of the image carrier by supplying a toner
to a latent image formed on the surface of the image carrier,

wherein the image forming apparatus can switch between a color mode, in which an image is formed by sequentially transferring
respective color toner images formed by the plurality of developing members to the recording material or an intermediate transfer
member from the surface of the image carrier in an overlapping manner, and a mono mode, in which an image is formed with a
monochromatic toner by using one developing member of the plurality of developing members,

the developing member used in the mono mode is a developing member for developing the toner image to be secondly or thereafter
transferred to the recording material or the intermediate transfer member in the color mode,

the exposure device can expose a non-image portion where the toner image is not formed on the surface of the image carrier,
at an exposure amount smaller than an exposure amount for an image portion where the toner image is formed, and

when the developing member used in the mono mode forms the toner image on the surface of the image carrier, the exposure amount
at which the exposure device exposes the non-image portion of the image carrier in the case the image is formed in the mono
mode, is smaller than that in the case the image is formed in the color mode.

US Pat. No. 9,067,753

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a discharge portion which discharges a sheet;
a stacking portion including a stack tray on which the sheet discharged from the discharge portion is stacked and a sheet
stack height detecting portion which detects a stack height of the sheets stacked on the stack tray, the stack tray being
movably arranged in a sheet stack height direction so that a position of a top surface of the stacked sheets is maintained
in accordance with a detection result obtained by the sheet stack height detecting portion;

a pair of aligning members which is provided above the stack tray to be lifted and lowered and which moves in a width direction
perpendicular to a discharge direction of the sheet to sandwich and align the sheet stacked on the stack tray at a downstream
area from the sheet stack height detecting portion in the discharge direction;

a stack amount detecting portion which detects a stack amount of the sheets stacked on the stack tray, the stack amount detecting
portion configured to include a movement amount detector which detects a movement amount of the stack tray in the sheet stack
height direction, and the stack amount detecting portion detects the stack amount of the sheets stacked on the stack tray
according the movement amount of the stack tray in the sheet stack height direction, the movement amount being detected by
the movement amount detector; and

a controller which controls so as to move the pair of aligning members downwardly in the sheet stack height direction when
the movement amount of the stack tray in the sheet stack height direction, which is detected by the movement amount detector,
is equal to or larger than a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,063,488

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE HEATING ROTATIONAL BODY TO BE MOUNTED ON THE IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image formed on a recording member, comprising:
a rotational body arranged in contact with the recording member carrying an image thereon, the rotational body including a
resin layer being formed on a surface;

a heating member arranged in contact with the resin layer of the rotational body and configured to heat the rotational body,
the heating member including a sliding layer that contacts the resin layer of the rotational body; and

a backup member forming a nip, in cooperation with the rotational body, that pinches and conveys the recording member carrying
the image thereon,

wherein at least one of the rotational body and the sliding layer of the heating member can be moved in an intersecting direction
with a rotational direction of the rotational body in a state that the resin layer of the rotational body and the sliding
layer of the heating member are arranged in contact with each other and while the rotational body is rotated so that the resin
layer of the rotational body and the sliding layer of the heating member are relatively moved in the intersecting direction
with the rotational direction of the rotational body, and

wherein a movement period in the intersecting direction is out of synchronization with a period of an integer multiple of
a rotation period of the rotational body.

US Pat. No. 9,059,084

STACKED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stacked semiconductor device comprising:
a first semiconductor package; and
a second semiconductor package stacked on the first semiconductor package through a solder joint portion,
the first semiconductor package comprising:
a first semiconductor element; and
a first printed wiring board on which the first semiconductor element is mounted,
the first printed wiring board comprising:
a first power supply input land provided in a first surface layer of the first printed wiring board, for establishing connection
to an outside of the stacked semiconductor device;

a first power supply output land provided in a second surface layer of the first printed wiring board on the second semiconductor
package side, for establishing connection to the second semiconductor package, the second surface layer being located on a
rear side of the first surface layer; and

a first power supply pattern provided in a first inner layer between the first surface layer and the second surface layer
and electrically connected to the first power supply input land and the first power supply output land,

the second semiconductor package comprising:
a second semiconductor element; and
a second printed wiring board on which the second semiconductor element is mounted,
the second printed wiring board comprising a second power supply input land provided in a third surface layer of the second
printed wiring board on the first semiconductor package side, for establishing connection to the first power supply output
land through the solder joint portion,

the second power supply input land being connected to a first power supply terminal of the second semiconductor element,
wherein a number of the first power supply output lands connected to the first power supply pattern is larger than a number
of the first power supply input lands connected to the first power supply pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,051,191

BISMUTH IRON OXIDE POWDER, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE BISMUTH IRON OXIDE POWDER, DIELECTRIC CERAMICS, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND ULTRASONIC MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method for a bismuth iron oxide powder, comprising:
adding ammonium hydrogen carbonate and ammonia water to a solution in which iron nitrate and bismuth nitrate are dissolved
in a nitric acid solution, to obtain a bismuth iron composite oxide;

agglomerating the bismuth iron composite oxide with a nonionic polymer flocculant to obtain an aggregate; and
calcining the aggregate at a temperature of 400° C.-650° C.

US Pat. No. 9,055,292

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,466

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a diffraction grating which diffracts X-rays emitted from an X-ray source to thereby form an interference pattern having two-dimensionally
arranged bright and dark zones;

a masking grating in which masking portions for masking the X-rays and transmitting portions for transmitting the X-rays are
two-dimensionally arranged to partially mask each of the bright zones of the interference pattern;

a moving device which changes the relative position between said interference pattern and said masking grating;
a detector which detects an intensity distribution of the X-rays transmitted through said masking grating; and
a calculator which calculates a differential phase contrast image or a phase contrast image of a subject on the basis of the
result of detection performed by said detector, said calculator being configured to calculate the differential phase contrast
image or the phase contrast image in each of two mutually crossing directions on the basis of results of detections performed
a plurality of times by said detector

wherein a plurality of the results of detection performed by said detector are used to calculate the differential phase contrast
image or the phase contrast image in each of the two mutually crossing directions.

US Pat. No. 9,046,807

SURFACE EMITTING LASER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A surface emitting laser, comprising:
a substrate;
a rear mirror on the substrate;
an active layer on the rear mirror;
a front mirror on the active layer; and
a stepped structure on the front mirror,
wherein the stepped structure includes a first portion in a first area defined in a central part of an emission area and a
second portion in a second area defined on an outer side of the first area within the emission area,

wherein the first portion and the second portion have different thicknesses,
wherein the stepped structure includes a first structure comprising a first material having a refractive index n1 that is larger than a refractive index n0 of an environmental medium,

wherein, when thicknesses of the first structure in the first area and in the second area are d11 and d12, respectively, the following holds:

|n1(d11?d12)|=?/4×(2M?1)

where M is an integer and ? is an oscillation wavelength of the surface emitting laser, and
wherein, in terms of an optical path length from a plane, that is defined above the stepped structure and is extending parallel
to the substrate, to an interface between the front mirror and the stepped structure, an optical path length L1 in the first area and an optical path length L2 in the second area satisfy the following expression with respect to an integer N that minimizes |L2?L1?N?|:

|L2?L1?N?|<(?/4)×(1?n0/n1).

US Pat. No. 9,046,823

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer, said developer accommodating container comprising:
a frame provided with a hole;
a rotatable member penetrating the hole; and
a seal member, provided on said frame by injection molding, for sealing a gap between a circumference of the hole of said
frame and said rotatable member to prevent the developer from leaking out of said developer accommodating container,

wherein said seal member includes a projected portion that projects toward an inside of the hole and contacts said rotatable
member,

wherein said frame includes a bearing portion that is a cylindrical portion projected from said frame and rotatably supports
said rotatable member at an outer peripheral surface of said cylindrical portion, and

wherein said seal member is provided on an inner peripheral surface of said cylindrical portion.

US Pat. No. 10,310,780

SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INSTALLING PRINTER DRIVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system comprising:a client; and
a server,
wherein the server comprises an addition unit configured to add a path of a logical printer corresponding to a second printer driver to setting information regarding a first printer driver registered in a database of the server,
wherein the path of the logical printer is added to setting information regarding the first printer driver registered in a database of the client by addition of the path of the logical printer to the setting information of the database of the server, and
wherein the client comprises an installation unit configured to install the second printer driver based on the path of the logical printer added to the setting information of the database of the client by the first printer driver being operated.

US Pat. No. 10,139,548

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus configured to introduce light from an object to an image pickup element, the optical apparatus comprising:a first retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a second retardation plate configured to change a retardation to be provided between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a third retardation plate configured to provide a retardation of ?/2 between a polarization component in a slow axis direction and a polarization component in a fast axis direction;
a polarizer configured to extract a polarization component to be introduced to the image pickup element; and
a setter configured to set the retardation of the second retardation plate,
wherein the first retardation plate, the second retardation plate, and the polarizer are arranged in this order from a side of the object to a side of the image pickup element,
wherein the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the second retardation plate tilts to the slow axis direction or the fast axis direction of the first retardation plate, and
wherein the setter sets the retardation of the second retardation plate according to the polarization component of the light from the object.

US Pat. No. 10,141,879

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, DOCUMENT FEEDING APPARATUS, DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A motor control apparatus to control a motor based on an instructed phase indicating a target phase of a rotor of the motor, the motor control apparatus comprising:a detector configured to detect a driving current flowing through a winding of the motor;
a phase determiner configured to determine a rotation phase of the rotor based on the driving current detected by the detector;
a converter configured to convert a current value in a stationary coordinate system which is detected by the detector into a current value in a rotational coordinate system based on the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner; and
a controller including a first control mode for controlling the driving current in a manner that a magnitude of the driving current detected by the detector becomes a target value set in a manner that a phase deviation between the instructed phase indicating the target phase of the rotor of the motor and the rotation phase determined by the phase determiner is decreased, and a second control mode for controlling the driving current based on a current having a previously determined magnitude,
wherein, in a case where the control mode for controlling the driving current is switched from the second control mode to the first control mode, the target value in the first control mode is set based on a value of a torque current component of the driving current detected by the detector during execution of the second control mode, and
wherein the torque current component corresponds to a current component represented by the rotational coordinate system of the driving current converted by the converter.

US Pat. No. 10,143,024

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,139,756

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming portion, including an image bearing member and a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic latent image, formed on said image bearing member, with a liquid developer containing toner and a liquid carrier, wherein said image forming portion is configured to form an image on a recording material;
a carrier storing container configured to store the carrier;
a mixer configured to mix the toner and the carrier to form the liquid developer to be supplied to said developing device, wherein the liquid developer has a predetermined toner ratio;
a first discharging portion provided on said carrier storing container and configured to discharge the carrier toward said mixer;
a collecting mechanism configured to collect the carrier from said image forming portion into said carrier storing container; and
a second discharging portion provided on said carrier storing container and configured to discharge the carrier toward a carrier collecting container configured to collect the carrier, wherein said carrier collecting container is detachably mountable to said carrier storing container.

US Pat. No. 10,133,185

ILLUMINATION OPTICAL APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An illumination optical apparatus for illuminating a mask with light from a light source, the apparatus comprising:an optical integrator configured to reflect the light incident from an incident end plane in an inner surface a plurality of times;
an image forming optical system configured to form an image of an emission end plane of the optical integrator on the mask, an illumination area of the mask corresponding to a position of the emission end plane of the optical integrator; and
a tilting unit configured to tilt the optical integrator with a center position of the emission end plane of the optical integrator designated as a rotation center,
wherein telecentricity of light incident on the mask changes according to the tilt of the optical integrator.

US Pat. No. 10,133,042

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side, a first lens unit having a positive refractive power, a second lens unit having a negative refractive power, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a fifth lens unit, whereinthe fifth lens unit does not move for zooming,
at least the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit move during zooming to change an interval between the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit and an interval between the fourth lens unit and the fifth lens unit such that an interval between the first lens unit and the second lens unit at a telephoto end is larger than that at a wide angle end and an interval between the second lens unit and the third lens unit at the telephoto end is smaller than that at the wide angle end,
the fifth lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side, a first lens subunit having a negative refractive power, a reflector that bends an optical path, and a second lens subunit having a positive refractive power, and
the zoom lens satisfies the following conditional expression:
0.40

US Pat. No. 10,115,691

MODULE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A module, comprising:an electronic component having a first electrode;
a mounting board having a second electrode;
a solder-bump configured to connect the first electrode and the second electrode; and
a thermoplastic resin member configured to contact both the first electrode and the second electrode and cover the solder-bump, so as to form a space between the electronic component and the mounting board.

US Pat. No. 10,075,647

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory for storing instructions to be executed by the hardware processor,
wherein, when the instructions stored in the memory are executed by the hardware processor, the information processing apparatus functions as:
a display controlling unit configured to cause a display unit to display, overlaid on a first image captured by a camera, a first guide representing a maximum size and a second guide representing a minimum size,
wherein each of the maximum size and minimum size is changeable based on a user operation performed while the first guide and second guide are displayed overlaid on the first image; and
a setting unit configured to set the maximum size and minimum size that have been changed,
wherein the set maximum size and minimum size are to be used for detecting an object whose size is between the set maximum size and minimum size from a second image captured by the camera at a time different from the first image.

US Pat. No. 10,074,189

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to operate as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of pieces of image data captured sequentially in time series, wherein three pieces of image data included in the plurality of pieces of image data are defined as first image data, second image data, and third image data in order of the time series,
a first calculation unit configured to calculate first displacement information indicating, as first image data displacement, displacement between the first image data and the second image data for each pixel in the first image data and indicating, as second image data displacement, displacement between the second image data and the third image data for each pixel in the second image data,
a combination unit configured to obtain second displacement information indicating a second displacement between the first image data and the third image data, wherein the second displacement information is obtained by determining, for a target pixel in the first image data, a reference position in the second image data based on first displacement information of the target pixel and by combining first displacement information of the reference position in the second image data with the first displacement information of the target pixel,
a second calculation unit configured to calculate a correction amount for the target pixel in the first image data based on the second displacement information, and
a correction unit configured to correct a pixel value of the target pixel in the first image data based on the calculated correction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,075,501

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING WEB REQUESTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of processing requests in a server device, comprising, at the server device, the steps of:receiving requests from a client device within one connection established with the client device;
receiving priority parameter values, associated with the received requests, indicative of the relative order at which the client device wishes the server device to process the requests;
building a dependency tree between the received requests using the associated priority parameter values for prioritizing the processing of the requests by the server device;
maintaining a list of requests of the dependency tree in their removal order from the dependency tree while the server device is prioritizing the processing of the requests;
removing a selection of requests from the dependency tree wherein the selection is based on the order of requests in the list;
assigning relevance values to the requests of the list indicative of the order of removal of the requests from the dependency tree, where requests with lowest relevance values are to be removed first; and
wherein the built dependency tree includes one or more virtual nodes each being associated with a stream identifier and without being associated with any of the requests from the client device, the stream identifier being already referenced in a frame received from the client device, and the method further comprising assigning relevance values to one of the virtual nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,058,299

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging system comprising a plurality of radiation imaging apparatuses, each radiation imaging apparatus being configured to convert an irradiated radiation transmitted through an object into an image signal serving as a partial image of the object, and including a plurality of pixels arranged in a two-dimensional matrix, the radiation imaging system being configured to obtain a radiation image of the object by composing the partial images, the radiation imaging system comprising:a holding unit configured to hold the radiation imaging apparatus movably in a direction intersecting a direction in which the partial images are to be arranged as the radiation image so as to extend an imaging range toward the direction in which the radiation imaging apparatus is to be moved.

US Pat. No. 10,057,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an ultrasonic sensor which outputs an ultrasonic wave and receives a reflected wave of the output ultrasonic wave;
a return button which receives a user operation for shifting the image forming apparatus from a first power state to a second power state in which power consumption is higher than power consumption in the first power state;
a light emitter which is arranged adjacent to the return button; and
a controller configured to:
(i) switch an emission state of the light emitter based on a result of a comparison between an amplitude of a signal, corresponding to the reflected wave, output from the ultrasonic sensor and a first threshold, and
(ii) shift the image forming apparatus from the first power state to the second power state based on a result of a comparison between the amplitude of the signal and a second threshold which is larger than the first threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,057,503

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR APPLYING A VIRTUAL LIGHT SOURCE TO AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:
obtain an image;
select a representative subject from the image, the image including a plurality of subjects including at least a first subject and a second subject;
set, based on a shading status of a region of the first subject which is the representative subject, a virtual light source for virtually emitting light on a region of the second subject in the image that is different to the first subject; and
generate an image having a shading status such that light based on the set virtual light source is emitted onto the region of the second subject.

US Pat. No. 10,046,571

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for forming structures on a print medium, the structures being configured to express such a characteristic that sparkle points change in position with change in angle of observation, the image processing apparatus comprising:a generation unit configured to generate arrangement data based on information on a characteristic of sparkle points, the arrangement data specifying arrangement of the structures of two or more types that are capable of being formed on the print medium and at least include one or more first structures associated with a first inclination angle and one or more second structures associated with a second inclination angle different from the first inclination angle.

US Pat. No. 10,046,579

PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printhead configured to perform printing by discharging ink onto a printing medium;
a carriage, on which the printhead is mounted, configured to reciprocate;
a first containing unit configured to contain ink to be supplied to the printhead; and
a channel forming unit configured to form an ink supply channel for supplying ink to the printhead,
wherein the channel forming unit includes:
a first tube which extends in a reciprocation direction of the carriage;
a second tube which is connected to the first containing unit; and
a first coupling member which couples the first tube and the second tube to each other, and
wherein the first coupling member is located in one end portion of the printing apparatus in the reciprocation direction, and includes a bent channel which communicates the first tube and the second tube to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,031,448

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A CONTROLLER THAT CONTROLS TEMPERATURE OF A ROTATABLE MEMBER BASED ON EXECUTION OF A RUBBING PROCESS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:a first rotatable member and a second rotatable member configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a sheet;
a rotatable rubbing member configured to rub an outer surface of said first rotatable member;
a motor configured to move said rotatable rubbing member from a position in which said rotatable rubbing member is spaced from said first rotatable member toward a position in which said rotatable rubbing member contacts said first rotatable member, when a rubbing process is executed by said rotatable rubbing member; and
a controller configured to control a temperature of said first rotatable member, depending on a number of times the rubbing process is executed by said rotatable rubbing member, when the rubbing process is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,027,336

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus, comprising:a pixel; and
an analog-to-digital conversion unit including a comparator circuit,
wherein the comparator circuit has input terminals into which a first reference signal and a second reference signal are inputted,
wherein a potential of the first reference signal changes at a first rate with respect to time,
wherein a potential of the second reference signal changes at a second rate that is smaller than the first rate,
wherein the comparator circuit performs a first comparison in which an analog signal is compared with the first reference signal and performs a second comparison in which the analog signal used in the first comparison is compared with the second reference signal, and
wherein the analog-to-digital conversion unit generates a first digital signal based on the first comparison and generates a second digital signal based on the second comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,015,390

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS WITH ENHANCED DEFOCUS DETECTION FOR A WIDER RANGE OF INCIDENT LIGHT ANGLES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor in which a plurality of pixels each having a plurality of photoelectric converters that are operated by at least one processor or circuit to receive light fluxes that have passed through different partial pupil regions of an imaging optical system are arrayed, whereinan entrance pupil distance Zs of the image sensor with respect to a maximum image height R of the image sensor satisfies the condition of
2.33R

US Pat. No. 9,996,930

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM THAT DETERMINE A CONFORMABLE IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) an image obtaining unit configured to obtain a time-sequential image obtained in order of a start image, a plurality of intermediate images, and an end image; and
(B) a route determining unit configured to determine a route that passes from the start image to the end image via at least one of the plurality of intermediate images for the time-sequential image, wherein the route determining unit includes:
(a) an image selecting unit configured to select a plurality of first selection images from among the plurality of intermediate images;
(b) a conformity calculating unit configured to calculate a first conformity based on image quality of the first selection image and a similarity between the start image and the first selection image, for each of the plurality of first selection images; and
(c) a conformable image determining unit configured to determine a first conformable image from among the plurality of first selection images on the basis of the first conformity corresponding to each of the plurality of first section images.

US Pat. No. 9,995,994

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:a motor;
a mirror driving unit that drives in accordance with rotation of the motor;
a main mirror holder that rotates between a mirror down position in an image pickup optical path and a mirror up position outside the image pickup optical path in accordance with drive of the mirror driving unit;
a sub mirror holder that is rotatably supported by the main mirror holder and that abuts against the main mirror holder positioned at the mirror up position; and
a driving pin that rotates in accordance with the drive of the mirror driving unit and that rotates the main mirror holder and the sub mirror holder;
wherein the driving pin includes an abutting part that abuts against the mirror driving unit while the mirror driving unit drives, and
wherein the abutting part is provided with a reduction structure to reduce a bounce of the sub mirror holder when the main mirror holder reaches the mirror up position, and
wherein the reduction structure is located where the driving pin abuts against the mirror driving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,983,523

FIXING DEVICE FOR SUPPRESSING REDUCED DURABILITY OF A FLEXIBLE ROTARY MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device that fixes an image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the fixing device comprising:a flexible cylindrical rotary member that rotates while contacting the recording material on which the image has been formed;
a roller that forms a fixing nip portion that nips and conveys the recording material together with the rotary member;
a first end-surface opposing portion that opposes one end surface of the rotary member in a generatrix direction of the rotary member;
a first inner-surface opposing portion that opposes an inner surface of the rotary member at one end portion of the rotary member in the generatrix direction of the rotary member;
a second end-surface opposing portion that opposes the other end surface of the rotary member in the generatrix direction of the rotary member,
a second inner-surface opposing portion that opposes an inner surface of the rotary member at the other end portion of the rotary member in the generatrix direction of the rotary member, the second inner-surface opposing portion being provided at a part different from a part at which the first inner-surface opposing portion is provided, and
wherein, when the rotary member is laterally shifted in the generatrix direction and pushes the first end-surface opposing portion, the first inner-surface opposing portion moves upstream in a recording material conveying direction at the fixing nip portion by a force for pushing the first end-surface opposing portion by the rotary member, and the first inner-surface opposing portion pushes the inner surface of the rotary member to upstream in the recording material conveying direction, and
wherein, when the rotary member is laterally shifted in the generatrix direction and pushes the second end-surface opposing portion, the second inner-surface opposing portion moves upstream in a recording material conveying direction at the fixing nip portion by a force for pushing the second end-surface opposing portion by the rotary member, and the second inner-surface opposing portion pushes the inner surface of the rotary member to upstream in the recording material conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,930,022

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system including an information processing apparatus having a web browser, and a web server,wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive an encrypted software module and encrypted license information of the encrypted software module;
decrypt the received encrypted license information and decrypt the encrypted software module using a decryption key contained in the decrypted license information;
in response to a determination that the decrypted software module is a web application, extract a uniform resource locator (URL) of the web application from the decrypted license information and register the URL and the decrypted license information in association with an ID of the web application;
display items each corresponding to an application installed in the information processing apparatus or the web application in a menu screen;
upon an instruction for calling the software module being made by designating an item on the menu screen, determine whether or not the designated item corresponds to the web application;
in response to a determination that the designated item corresponds to the web application, determine whether or not the calling of the web application is enabled based on the registered license information corresponding to the web application; and
in accordance with having determined that the calling of the web application is enabled, set the URL contained in the registered license information corresponding to the web application in the web browser and make a request for the web application to the web server, and
wherein the web server comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to transmit a screen of a web application corresponding to the URL to the information processing apparatus as a response to the request from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,918,300

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,876,926

SERVER THAT SYNCHRONIZES INFORMATION BETWEEN INFORMATION PROCESSORS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR SERVER, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR I

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server configured to communicate with a plurality of information processing apparatuses and measures time, the server
including at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor which act as:
a storage control unit configured to store, in a storage unit, information changed in one of the information processing apparatuses;
a first writing unit configured to write a first time that the server measures in response to the storing of the changed information;
a reception unit configured to receive, from another of the information processing apparatuses, an inquiry on whether or not
the storage control unit has stored the changed information;

a transmission unit configured to transmit information indicating a content of the changed information to the other of the
information processing apparatuses in a case where the written first time is the time between a second time when the reception
unit received a previous inquiry and a third time when the reception unit received the current inquiry;

a second writing unit configured to calculate and write, in response to the time that the server measures being changed by
a user, a time difference between the time before the change and the time after the change; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a modified first time by applying the written time difference to the written first
time when the time that the server measures is changed by the user after the first time has been written,

wherein, in a case where the modified first time is a time between the time when the previous inquiry was received and the
time when the current inquiry is received, the transmission unit transmits the information indicating the content of the changed
information to the other of the information processing apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,862,845

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink comprising a self-dispersible pigment, acrylic resin particles, a water-soluble organic solvent, and water, wherein:
the self-dispersible pigment comprises a phosphonic-acid-based self-dispersible pigment having a phosphonic acid group bonded
directly or via another atomic group to a surface of particles of the pigment;

the acrylic resin particles are formed of an acrylic resin containing a constituent unit derived from an ester-bond-containing
monomer;

a content of the constituent unit derived from the ester-bond-containing monomer in the acrylic resin is 60 mol % or more
based on a total of the acrylic resin; and

the water-soluble organic solvent comprises a polyethylene glycol having a number-average molecular weight of 500 or more
to 1,200 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,864,107

OPTICAL ELEMENT WITH ANTIREFLECTION FUNCTION AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element having an antireflection function, the optical element comprising:
a substrate including a first relief structure including a plurality of convexes and a plurality of concaves arrayed with
a pitch of at most a half of a wavelength ?; and

a thin film layer including at least one thin film on the first relief structure,
wherein the at least one thin film each has a refractive index lower than a refractive index of the substrate,
wherein a thin film closest to a side of air, among the at least one thin film, includes a second relief structure corresponding
to the first relief structure,

wherein a thin film closest to a side of the substrate, among the at least one thin film, includes a third relief structure
corresponding to the first relief structure,

wherein a height of a bottom of the third relief structure is the same or higher than that of a top of the first relief structure
in a normal direction of a bottom plane of the first relief structure, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
1/4?h1/h0?2 . . . ,   (1)
and
1/5??D?2? . . . ,   (2)

where h0 represents a first height difference between the top and a bottom of the first relief structure in the normal direction,
h1 represents a second height difference between a top and a bottom of the second relief structure in the normal direction,
D represents a maximum thickness of the thin film layer, and the wavelength ? is 550 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,857,748

SHEET SUPPORTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,851,646

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic apparatus, comprising:
an electrophotographic photosensitive member having a cylindrical shape;
a charging unit, which is arranged in a non-abutment manner with respect to the electrophotographic photosensitive member,
and is configured to charge the electrophotographic photosensitive member;

a cleaning unit, which is arranged in abutment against the electrophotographic photosensitive member, and is configured to
clean a surface of the electrophotographic photosensitive member; and

a transferring unit configured to transfer a toner image onto a transfer material,
the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a charge generating layer and a surface layer in this order,
the electrophotographic photosensitive member satisfying Expression (1), Expression (2), and Expression (3):
L1 L1>L2  (2); and
L1>L4  (3),where L1 represents a width from a center of an image forming area in a longitudinal direction of the electrophotographic
photosensitive member to an end of a charging area,
L2 represents a width from the center of the image forming area in the longitudinal direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive
member to an end of a transferring area,

L3 represents a width from the center of the image forming area in the longitudinal direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive
member to an end of a surface layer formed area in which the surface layer is formed,

L4 represents a width from the center of the image forming area in the longitudinal direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive
member to an end of a charge generating layer formed area in which the charge generating layer is formed, and

L5 represents a width from the center of the image forming area in the longitudinal direction of the electrophotographic photosensitive
member to an end of a cleaning area.

US Pat. No. 9,826,282

RECEPTION APPARATUS, RECEPTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reception apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of receivers, each corresponding to a communication path among a plurality of communication paths connecting the
reception apparatus with a transmission apparatus, and configured to receive a plurality of divided data units obtained by
dividing a data unit; and

a processor coupled to a memory, wherein the processor executes:
sorting, at a time according to both reception of a last divided data unit of a first data unit by a first receiver of the
plurality of receivers and reception of a divided data unit of a second data unit by a second receiver of the plurality of
receivers, a plurality of divided data units of the first data unit received by the plurality of receivers wherein the second
data unit is transmitted after transmission of the first data unit by the transmission apparatus; and

performing reproduction of the plurality of divided data units of the first data unit according to order sorted in the sorting.

US Pat. No. 9,813,646

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,813,681

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a photoelectric conversion apparatus including a plurality of pixel arrays, each pixel array including a plurality of pixels,
each pixel corresponding to each of colors different from each other, and a pulse controlling unit generating a control pulse
for the pixel array;

an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert into a digital signal from an analog signals outputted from the photoelectric
conversion apparatus;

a signal processing unit configured to receive the digital signal from the analog-to-digital converter; and
a color offset calculating unit configured to receive a signal from the signal processing unit, wherein
the plurality of pixel arrays are arranged each abutting side by side along a first direction, the plurality of pixels in
each of the pixel arrays are arranged along a second direction different from the first direction,

the photoelectric conversion apparatus scans a document relatively in the first direction, and
the pulse controlling unit receives a color offset signal from the color offset calculating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,811,751

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH BOUNDARY IDENTIFIER FOR AREAS OF INTEREST

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,813,576

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A control method of controlling a communication apparatus, wherein the communication apparatus includes:
a predetermined memory configured to operate in one of states including a normal refresh state in which a memory keeping process
to keep information stored in the predetermined memory is executed in response to accepting an instruction from an outside,
and a self-refresh state in which the memory keeping process is executed without accepting an instruction from the outside,

a power source configured to supply power, and
a plurality of processors including
a first processor configured to perform a first process based on information received via a network and the information stored
in the predetermined memory by accessing the predetermined memory, and

a second processor configured to perform a second process, different from the first process performed by the first processor
and based on the information stored in the predetermined memory, by accessing the predetermined memory,

wherein the first processor and the second processor are in one of a plurality of states including a first state of accepting
power supply from the power source and accessing the predetermined memory to execute at least one process, a second state
of accepting power supply from the power source but not accessing the predetermined memory and executing no process, and a
third state of not accepting power supply from the power source,

the control method comprising:
causing, in a case where the communication apparatus is connected to the network, the first processor not to be in the third
state but in one of plural states including the first state and the second state and the second processor not to be in the
third state but is in one of the plural states including the first state and the second state and causing, in a case where
the communication apparatus is not connected to the network, the first processor to be in one of a plurality of states including
the first state, the second state and the third state and the second processor to be in one of the plurality of states :including
the first state, the second state and the third state; and

causing, in the case where the communication apparatus is connected to the network, the predetermined memory to operate in
the self-refresh state in a state that the first processor and the second processor are in the second state and causing, in
the case where the communication apparatus is not connected to the network, the predetermined memory to operate in the self-refresh
state in a state that the first processor is in the third state and the second processor is in the second state,

wherein consumption power consumed by the communication apparatus when the predetermined memory is operating in the normal
refresh state is larger than consumption power consumed by the communication apparatus when the predetermined memory is operating
in the self-refresh state.

US Pat. No. 9,813,598

LIGHT EMITTING SYSTEM, LIGHT EMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light emitting system in which a light emission control apparatus that is communicable with an image capture apparatus,
and transmits a light emission command to at least one other light emitting apparatus wirelessly communicates with at least
one controlled light emitting apparatus that emits light in response to a light emission command from another apparatus,
the controlled light emitting apparatus comprising:
a first transmission unit which wirelessly transmits predetermined state information about a predetermined state of the controlled
light emitting apparatus itself to the light emission control apparatus, and

the light emission control apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit which receives the predetermined state information from the controlled light emitting apparatus,
an informing unit which informs the image capture apparatus that a predetermined operation is complete,
a second transmission unit which transmits, to the controlled light emitting apparatus, a signal to stop transmitting the
predetermined state information,

a third transmission unit which transmits a light emission command to the controlled light emitting apparatus in response
to an instruction from the image capture apparatus, and

a fourth transmission unit which transmits, to the controlled light emitting apparatuses, an instruction to transmit predetermined
state information,

wherein if the receiving unit receives, from at least all controlled light emitting apparatuses that are communicating with
the light emission control apparatus, at least predetermined state information indicating that a predetermined operation is
complete, the informing unit informs that a predetermined operation is complete, and the second transmission unit transmits
a signal to stop transmitting predetermined state information, and

wherein if a light emitting apparatus is connected as the controlled light emitting apparatus after the first transmission
unit transmits the signal, the fourth transmission unit transmits, to the controlled light emitting apparatuses, the instruction
to transmit the predetermined state information.

US Pat. No. 9,811,009

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising an electro-conductive mandrel and an electro-conductive layer, the electro-conductive
layer comprising:
an ion-conductive agent containing at least one anion selected from the group consisting of a fluorinated sulfonylimide anion,
a fluorinated sulfonylmethide anion, a fluorinated sulfonate anion, a fluorinated carboxylate anion, a fluorinated borate
anion, a fluorinated phosphate anion, a fluorinated arsenate anion, a fluorinated antimonate anion, a dicyanamide anion and
a bis(oxalato)borate anion; and

a urethane resin to which a cation of the ion conductive agent is chemically bonded, wherein
the urethane resin has, between two adjacent urethane bonds, (i) a structure represented by structure (1)
—CH2—CH2—CH2—CH2—O—(1)

and (ii) at least one structure of structure (2) or structure (3)

US Pat. No. 9,811,024

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating portion capable of accommodating developer;
a discharge opening configured and positioned to discharge the developer accommodated in said developer accommodating portion
from said developer supply container;

a storing portion configured to store the developer to be discharged through said discharge opening, said storing portion
being in fluid communication with an inside of said developer accommodating portion and said discharge opening;

a pump portion configured to feed air at least into said storing portion to discharge the developer from said storing portion;
an operating portion including a feeding portion configured to supply the developer into said storing portion;
a scraping portion configured to scrape developer stagnating adjacent to an entrance of said storing portion while regulating
flow of the developer into said storing portion, wherein developer feeding by said feeding portion and scraping by said scraping
portion are carried out alternately; and

an air flow path provided inside said scraping portion and configured to establish fluid communication between said storing
portion and said pump portion to discharge the developer from the discharge opening.

US Pat. No. 9,784,951

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM UTILIZING A RE-IMAGING METHOD AND IMAGE PROJECTION APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging optical system comprising:
in order from an enlargement conjugate side to a reduction conjugate side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit and the fifth lens unit are configured to be stationary during focusing,
wherein each of the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens unit is configured to move with changing a
distance between that and an adjacent lens unit during focusing, and

wherein the imaging optical system is configured so that both of an enlargement conjugate plane on the enlargement conjugate
side and a reduction conjugate plane on the reduction conjugate side are conjugate with an intermediate imaging plane that
is arranged between the enlargement conjugate plane and the reduction conjugate plane.

US Pat. No. 9,749,534

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATION OF MOTION BLUR FROM A SINGLE IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:
one or more computer-readable media; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the one or more computer-readable media and that are configured to cause the device
to

obtain an image,
identify pixels in the image that have respective intensity values that equal or exceed a first intensity threshold in a first
color channel, wherein each pixel in the image has a respective intensity value in the first color channel and a respective
intensity value in a second color channel,

identify a trajectory based on the pixels in the image that have respective intensity values that equal or exceed the first
intensity threshold in the first color channel,

identify multiple instances of the trajectory in the image,
identify an instance of the trajectory that includes pixels that have both respective intensity values in the first color
channel that equal or exceed the first intensity threshold and respective intensity values in the second color channel that
do not equal or exceed a second intensity threshold, and

generate a blur kernel based on the intensity values in the second color channel of the pixels in the instance of the trajectory.

US Pat. No. 9,740,444

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE THAT GENERATES REPORT FOR SETTING VALUES AFTER AN IMPORT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing device, comprising:
an import unit configured to set setting items of the information processing device all at once using import data designating
a plurality of setting values;

a generation unit configured to generate a report file regarding a result of an import performed by the import unit; and
an output unit configured to output information of a setting item that is included in the report file generated by the generation
unit and that has been determined as meeting predetermined conditions, wherein

the predetermined conditions are that there is no change in setting value before and after the import performed by the import
unit, and there is a difference between a setting value designated by the import data and a corresponding setting value after
the import.

US Pat. No. 9,766,568

ULTRAVIOLET-CURABLE LIQUID DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ultraviolet-curable liquid developer comprising:
a cationically polymerizable liquid monomer;
a photoinitiator; and
a toner particle insoluble in the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer, the toner particle containing a binder resin
and a pigment, wherein

the cationically polymerizable liquid monomer is a vinyl ether compound, and
the photoinitiator is represented by formula (1),

where R1 and R2 bond to each other to form a condensed ring structure, and the CxFy group is selected from the group consisting
of a pentafluoroethyl group, a heptafluoro-n-propyl group, a nonafluoro-n-butyl group, a perfluoro-n-hexyl group, a perfluoro-n-octyl
group, a perfluoroisopropvl group, a perfluoro-tert-butyl group, a perfluoro-2-ethylhexyl group, a perfluorocyclobutyl group,
a perfluorocyclopentyl group, a perfluorocyclohexyl group, a perfluoro(1-cyclohexyl)methyl group, a pentafluorophenyl group
and a 3-trifluoromethyltetrafluorophenyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,726,884

DISPLAYING APPARATUS UNIT AND PROJECTION TYPE DISPLAYING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A displaying apparatus unit comprising:
a first holder configured to hold a displaying element;
a second holder configured to hold an optical operating plate which operates on light from the displaying element;
a prism member disposed on an opposite side of the displaying element with respect to the optical operating plate;
a first dustproof cover member disposed between the first holder and the second holder, and configured to cover a whole side
surface of the displaying element;

a second dustproof cover member disposed between the first dustproof cover member and the second holder; and
a third dustproof cover member disposed between the prism member and the second holder,
wherein the first dustproof cover member is in contact with the first holder,
the second dustproof cover member is in contact with the second holder,
the first dustproof cover member and the second dustproof cover member are in contact with each other, and
the first dustproof cover member has a hardness higher than that of the second dustproof cover member.

US Pat. No. 9,761,031

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An image processing method, comprising:
acquiring a plurality of images in a group;
specifying each person included in the images on the basis of an analysis of the images in the group;
causing a display to display a screen including a setting section; and
generating a layout image by arranging more than one image included in the group on the basis of a user's input on the setting
section,

wherein, in the setting section, items are displayed with face images, each of the face images including a face of a person
among specified persons, the items allowing a user to select, from among the specified persons, a main person and a sub person
different from the main person, and

wherein, based on information of the main person and the sub person selected by a user on the setting section, an image including
the main person and an image including the sub person are preferentially adopted in the layout image.

US Pat. No. 9,756,214

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus including a reader which reads an image of a document according to a read request transmitted
from an external device, the image reading apparatus comprising:
a sensor which detects a document to be read by the reader;
a network interface which receives a state acquisition request from the external device; and
a controller which, on the basis that the network interface receives the state acquisition request when the image reading
apparatus is in a power saving state where power supply to the reader and the sensor is stopped, performs control so that
power is supplied to the sensor,

wherein the network interface transmits a state of the document detected by the sensor to which the power has been supplied,
to the external device as a response to the state acquisition request.

US Pat. No. 9,751,880

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND IMIDE COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising in the following order:
a support member;
an undercoat layer adjacent to the support member; and
a photosensitive layer adjacent to the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer contains a polymer produced by polymerizing a composition containing a crosslinking agent and
the compound expressed by general formula (1):


wherein R1 represents one selected from the group consisting of formula (2) and formula (3):


wherein R101 represents one selected from the group consisting of O, S, SO2, NR104 where R104 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atom, alkyl group and aryl group, carbonyl group, alkylene group, and arylene
group, and the alkylene group and the arylene group each may have a substituent selected from the group consisting of alkyl
group having a carbon number in the range of 1 to 5, phenyl group, and halogen atoms, and wherein R102 and R103 each represent one selected from the group consisting of alkyl group having a carbon number in the range of 1 to 3, alkoxy
group, alkoxycarbonyl group, cyano group, nitro group, and halogen atoms, and m being the number of R102 and n being the number of R103 each represent an integer of 0 to 4 and may be the same as or different from each other;


wherein R201 represent one selected from the group consisting of O, S, SO2, NR204 where R204 is selected from hydrogen atom, alkyl group and aryl group, carbonyl group, alkylene group, and arylene group, and the alkylene
group and the arylene group each may have a substituent selected from the group consisting of alkyl group having a carbon
number in the range of 1 to 5, phenyl group, and halogen atoms, and wherein R202 and R203 each represent one selected from the group consisting of alkyl group having a carbon number of 1 or 2, alkoxy group, alkoxycarbonyl
group, and halogen atoms, and s being the number of R202 and p being the number of R203 each represent an integer of 1 to 4 and may be the same as or different from each other,

wherein R2 and R3 each independently represent one selected from the group consisting of alkyl group, aryl group, and alkyl-derived groups having
a main chain in which one of the carbon atoms is replaced with a species selected from the group consisting of O, S, and NR13 where R13 is selected from hydrogen atom and alkyl group, and

R2 and R3 has a polymerizable functional group selected from the group consisting of hydroxy group, thiol group, amino group and carboxy
group, and

wherein R4 to R11 each independently represent one selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atom, halogen atoms, cyano group, nitro group,
alkyl group, and aryl group, and

the alkyl group and the aryl group each may have a substituent selected from the group consisting of alky group, acyl group,
alkoxy group, alkoxycarbonyl group, cyano group, nitro group, and halogen atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,709,705

ANTI-REFLECTION FILM AND OPTICAL ELEMENT HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An anti-reflection film formed on a substrate, the anti-reflection film comprising:
a first layer, a second layer, a third layer, a fourth layer, a fifth layer, a sixth layer, a seventh layer, an eighth layer,
and a ninth layer disposed in order from the substrate,

wherein regarding light having a wavelength of 550 nm, assuming that
a refractive index of the first layer is designated as n1 and an optical film thickness of the first layer is designated as d1 (nm),

a refractive index of the second layer is designated as n2 and an optical film thickness of the second layer is designated as d2 (nm),

a refractive index of the third layer is designated as n3 and an optical film thickness of the third layer is designated as d3 (nm),

a refractive index of the fourth layer is designated as n4 and an optical film thickness of the fourth layer is designated as d4 (nm),

a refractive index of the fifth layer is designated as n5 and an optical film thickness of the fifth layer is designated as d5 (nm),

a refractive index of the sixth layer is designated as n6 and an optical film thickness of the sixth layer is designated as d6 (nm),

a refractive index of the seventh layer is designated as n7 and an optical film thickness of the seventh layer is designated as d7 (nm),

a refractive index of the eighth layer is designated as n8 and an optical film thickness of the eighth layer is designated as d8 (nm),

a refractive index of the ninth layer is designated as n9 and an optical film thickness of the ninth layer is designated as d9 (nm), and

a maximum value of a difference in the refractive index between adjoining layers for layers 1 through 8 is designated as ?n,

the following conditions are satisfied,
1.60?n1?1.70, 15 nm?d1?140 nm,
2.00?n2?2.40, 20 nm?d2?120 nm,
1.60?n3?1.70, 11 nm?d3?70 nm,
2.00?n4?2.40, 20 nm?d4?165 nm,
1.60?n5?1.70, 15 nm?d5?45 nm,
2.00?n6?2.40, 90 nm?d6?175 nm,
1.60?n7?1.70, 50 nm?d7?110 nm,
2.00?n8?2.40, 20 nm?d8?50 nm,
1.20?n9?1.28, 140 nm?d9?160 nm, and
0.40??n?0.67.

US Pat. No. 9,658,764

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize a single-touch operation and a multi-touch operation based
on one or more touch points detected on an operation screen, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect each of the one or more touched points on the operation screen;
an identification unit configured to determine whether a number of touched points being detected by the detection unit has
decreased to one point, or whether the number of touched points being detected by the detection unit has increased to one
point; and

a recognition unit configured to, in a case where the identification unit determines that the number of touched points being
detected by the detection unit has increased to one point, recognize a single-touch state based on that the one touched point
detected by the detection unit has satisfied a first threshold condition, and in a case where the identification unit determines
that the number of touched points being detected by the detection unit has decreased to one point, recognize the single-touch
state based on one touched point detected by the detection unit has satisfied a second threshold condition different from
the first threshold condition,

wherein the recognition unit is further configured to, depending on the single-touch state having been recognized, compare
input information about the one touched point with a pre-stored condition for a predetermined single-touch operation, and
recognize a single-touch operation corresponding to the pre-stored condition that is satisfied by the input information, as
a single-touch operation input to the information processing apparatus,

wherein the pre-stored condition is same regardless of whether the single-touch state has been recognized based on that the
first threshold condition has been satisfied or the single-touch state has been recognized based on that the second threshold
condition has been satisfied, and

wherein the recognition unit is configured not to recognize the single-touch state during a period in which the first threshold
condition has not been satisfied after the number of touched points has increased to one point, and during a period in which
the second threshold condition different from the first threshold condition has not been satisfied after the number of touched
points has decreased to one point.

US Pat. No. 9,658,550

TONER FOR USE IN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. Toner, comprising:
toner particles containing a resin component, wherein
the resin component has an olefin-based copolymer and a crystalline polyester resin,
the olefin-based copolymer has:
a unit Y1 represented by Formula (1) shown below; and
at least one kind of unit Y2 selected from the group consisting of a unit represented by Formula (2) shown below; and a unit
represented by Formula (3) shown below,

a content of the olefin-based copolymer contained in the resin component is 50% by mass or more based on a total mass of the
resin component,

a content of the unit Y2 is 3% by mass or more and 35% by mass or less based on a total mass of the olefin-based copolymer,
and

a melt flow rate of the olefin-based copolymer is 30 g/10 min or less,

wherein, in Formulae (1) to (3), R1 is H or CH3, R2 is H or CH3, R3 is CH3 or C2H5, R4 is H or CH3, and R5 is CH3 or C2H5.

US Pat. No. 9,658,580

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, said image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion configured to heat-fix the image on the recording material while conveying the recording material bearing
the image at a nip portion, said fixing portion including a pair of rotating members which forms the nip portion;

a duct including:
a first duct portion including a first suction port configured to suck air from outside of said image forming apparatus and
an exhaust port configured to discharge the air to the outside of said image forming apparatus;

a second duct portion including a second suction port configured to suck air from a neighborhood of said fixing portion, the
second suction port facing the pair of rotating members; and

a merging portion, provided between the first suction port and the exhaust port, at which air flow from the first suction
port and air flow from the second suction port are merged; and

a fan configured to form a flow of the air from the first suction port toward the exhaust port in said duct,
wherein the second suction port is configured to suck water-containing air generated from the recording material while the
recording material is heated at the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 9,687,871

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING ELASTIC ROLLER, AND COATING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for manufacturing an elastic roller, the elastic roller having a mandrel and a coating film on an outer peripheral
surface thereof, the process comprising:
a first step of forming a coating film of a coating material on an outer peripheral surface of a first mandrel by a circular
coating head; and

a second step of forming a coating film of the coating material on an outer peripheral surface of a second mandrel by the
circular coating head, the circular coating head having:

a center hole,
a circular slit in an inner wall of the center hole, the circular slit being opened to a whole inner perimeter of the center
hole, and

a taper-shaped portion having an inclined surface at which a diameter is decreasing toward the center hole,
the first step including:
arranging the first mandrel approximately coaxially with a central axis of the circular coating head; and
forming the coating film of the coating material on the outer peripheral surface of the first mandrel by relatively moving
the circular coating head and the first mandrel so that the inclined surface of the coating head is positioned in a downstream
side, while ejecting the coating material from the circular slit; and

the second step including:
arranging the second mandrel approximately coaxially with the central axis of the circular coating head; and
forming the coating film of the coating material on the outer peripheral surface of the second mandrel by relatively moving
the circular coating head and the second mandrel so that the inclined surface of the coating head is positioned in the downstream
side, while ejecting the coating material from the circular slit,

wherein the process further comprises a cleaning step between the first step and the second step, the cleaning step comprising:
making a cleaning member arranged approximately coaxially with the central axis of the circular coating head, in the downstream
side in a moving direction of the first mandrel with respect to the circular coating head in the first step, the cleaning
member being rotatable around the central axis of the circular coating head regarded as an approximate rotation center, having
a rotation locus circle whose diameter is larger than a diameter of the center hole of the circular coating head, and being
elastically deformable;

making the cleaning member relatively approach the circular coating head;
bringing the cleaning member into contact with a surface to be cleaned of the circular coating head, which faces the cleaning
member;

rotating the cleaning member while the surface to be cleaned, including at least a part of the inclined surface, is in contact
with the cleaning member; and

inserting the cleaning member into the center hole.

US Pat. No. 9,691,235

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that can be driven with a battery, comprising:
an authentication unit arranged to authenticate a battery attached to the communication apparatus; and
a wireless communication unit arranged to communicate with an external apparatus via a wireless network,
wherein the wireless communication unit is arranged to transmit a result of authentication by the authentication unit to the
external apparatus via the wireless network, and

wherein the wireless communication unit is arranged to output a transition signal for causing the communication apparatus
to transition from a first state which is a low power, consumption state to a second state in which power consumption is greater
than in the first state, the first state being a state in which the wireless communication unit can communicate with the external
apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,661,000

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A method of controlling a communication apparatus, the method comprising:
obtaining authentication information from each of a first other communication apparatus and a second other communication apparatus;
performing authentication processing based on the obtained authentication information;
identifying a first owner of the first other communication apparatus and a second owner of the second other communication
apparatus;

evaluating relatedness information of a relatedness between a first communication device group including the first other communication
apparatus and a third other communication apparatus, and a second communication device group including the second other communication
apparatus and a fourth other communication apparatus based on the owner of the first other communication apparatus and the
owner of the second other communication apparatus;

generating information of the first communication device group to control access to the third other communication apparatus
based on the relatedness information; and

providing the information of the first communication device group to the fourth other communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,652,437

SOLUTION METHOD AND SOLUTION APPARATUS FOR UNDERDETERMINED SYSTEM OF LINEAR EQUATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,654,716

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, DRIVING METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND INSPECTION METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, each of the pixels outputting a photoelectric conversion signal based
on incident light;

a plurality of AD conversion units, each of the AD conversion units being provided to correspond to a column of the plurality
of pixels and configured to convert the photoelectric conversion signal into a digital signal having plural bit signals; and

a selection unit,
wherein each of the plurality of AD conversion units includes a memory unit that holds the digital signal,
wherein the memory unit includes a first bit memory and a second bit memory, and
wherein the selection unit performs selecting a bit memory that holds the signal of a first bit signal of the digital signal,
from among the first bit memory and the second bit memory, commonly in the memory unit in each of the plurality of AD conversion
units.

US Pat. No. 9,651,883

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing an amorphous polyester resin, a crystalline polyester resin and a wax, wherein
in a cross-section of the toner by transmission electron microscopy (TEM),
domains of the wax and crystals of the crystalline polyester resin are present,
the area occupied by the domains of the wax is from 0.5% to 8.0% and the area occupied by the crystals of the crystalline
polyester resin is from 0.5% to 8.0% of the cross-sectional area of the toner,

the number-average diameter (Dw) of the domains of the wax is from 60 nm to 240 nm,
the aspect ratio of the crystals of the crystalline polyester resin is from 5.0 to 25.0, and
the number-average diameter (Dc) of major axis lengths of the crystals of the crystalline polyester resin is from 0.8 to 2.0
times the number-average diameter (Dw) of the domains of the wax.

US Pat. No. 9,684,255

COATING AGENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coating agent comprising:
a polymerizable compound having a hydroxyl group in a molecule thereof,
a conductive inorganic particle coated with a dispersant having a nitrogen atom in a molecule thereof, and
a solvent,wherein,
when an interatomic distance between an oxygen atom in the hydroxyl group and an atom farthest away from the oxygen atom in
the molecule of the polymerizable compound is represented by D1

and an interatomic distance between the nitrogen atom and an atom farthest away from the nitrogen atom in the molecule of
the dispersant is represented by D2, wherein

D1 and D2 satisfy a relationship represented by the following formula (1):
(|D1?D2|)/D2]?0.30  (1).

US Pat. No. 9,639,784

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a multi-connection communication function for transmitting and receiving data blocks by using
a plurality of connections, the printing apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read a document to generate image data;
a measurement unit configured to measure a communication environment between the printing apparatus and an external apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether to use the multi-connection communication function based on the communication
environment measured by the measurement unit; and

a communication unit configured to transmit the image data generated by the reading unit to the external apparatus by using
the multi-connection communication function in a case where the determination unit determines to use the multi-connection
communication function, and to transmit the image data generated by the reading unit to the external apparatus without using
the multi-connection communication function in a case where the determination unit determines not to use the multi-connection
communication function,

wherein the document reading by the reading unit and the measurement of the communication environment by the measurement unit
are performed in parallel, and

in a case where the document reading by the reading unit is completed before the measurement of the communication environment
by the measurement unit is completed, the communication unit transmit the image data generated by the reading unit to the
external apparatus by using the multi-connection communication function prior to completing the measurement of the communication
environment.

US Pat. No. 9,674,398

PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH DECOMPRESSES COMPRESSED DATA, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing apparatus which decompresses compressed data, the apparatus comprising:
a decompressor,
wherein the decompressor:
(i) receives the compressed data that is obtained by compression of first image data of a first bit accuracy,
(ii) decompresses the compressed data generating second image data, with a second bit accuracy higher than the first bit accuracy,
(iii) corrects the second image data, such that a first specific value of the first image data becomes a second specific value
of the corrected second image data by the compressing, the decompressing, and the correcting, and

(iv) outputs the corrected second image data to a processor configured to convert the corrected second image data into data
for printing.

US Pat. No. 9,665,031

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS LATENT IMAGE BY IRRADIATING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER WITH LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. The image forming apparatus claimed in claim 1,
wherein the luminance correction unit is further configured to correct the luminance of the laser beam for forming latent
images such that the exposure amount per latent image is adjusted according to an exposure time for individual latent images
corrected by the width correction unit, and

wherein the density correction unit is further configured to correct the density value of each of the pixels of the image
data such that level differences in an image density caused by correction of the luminance of the laser beam by the luminance
correction unit are reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,610,014

ACOUSTIC WAVE ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic wave acquiring apparatus comprising:
an object holding member holding an object;
a probe receiving an acoustic wave from the object via said object holding member;
an acoustic matching liquid holder located between said object holding member and said probe so as to form a space which holds
an acoustic matching liquid;

a scanning unit allowing said probe to scan in a first direction and in a second direction crossing said first direction;
and

a supplying unit supplying the acoustic matching liquid into said space with a certain supplying rate during a scanning period
in which said probe is being scanned,

wherein the certain supplying rate is modified depending on a scanning direction of said probe.

US Pat. No. 9,606,487

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a light-emitting member;
a light-receiving member;
a substrate, including a plate-like substrate layer and a plate-like conductive layer, on which the light-emitting member
and the light-receiving member are mounted; and

a light-shielding member disposed between the light-receiving member and the light-emitting member and inserted in a through-hole
of the substrate provided between the light-receiving member and the light-emitting member,

wherein the light-receiving member is configured to receive reflected light from a portion to be irradiated with the light
emitted from the light-emitting member, and

wherein the conductive layer is excellent in light-shielding property compared to the substrate layer and the conductive layer
is exposed to an inner cylindrical surface of the through-hole.

US Pat. No. 9,604,437

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING STRUCTURAL BODY AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a structural body, the method comprising:
a lamination step of, while an in-process structural body is supported by a support member, laminating a plurality of times,
a layer which is provided on a surface of a transfer member and which is to be formed into the structural body on the in-process
structural body or at least a part of a surface formed of the in-process structural body and the support member,

wherein in the lamination step, the support member is moved by changing the state thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,607,054

DISPLAYING LIST OF MULTIPLE CONTENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
classify a plurality of contents into a plurality of groups based on attribute information on the contents;
display a plurality of tabs corresponding to the groups;
compare first attribute information regarding creation date and time of a first content classified into a first group corresponding
to a first tab and second attribute information regarding creation date and time of a second content classified into a second
group corresponding to a second tab that is displayed next to the first tab;

select at least one item included in the attribute information not shared between the first attribute information and second
attribute information based on a result of the comparison for each of the tabs; and

display a piece of information corresponding to the selected item of the attribute information of the content belonging to
the group corresponding to the tab on each of the tabs.

US Pat. No. 9,608,990

AUTHORITY MANAGEMENT SERVER AND AUTHORITY MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authority management server that is connected with a client, the authority management server comprising one or more
hardware processors configured to function as:
a management unit that manages an access limit number of a number of accesses to a resource, the access limit number being
assigned to each of a plurality of tenants;

an issuing unit that, in response to an authorization request from a client which belongs to a tenant and requests delegation
of a user's access authority for a resource, verifies the authorization request, issues an access token, and transmits the
access token to the client in the case where the verification of the authorization request is successful; and

a verification unit that, in the case where a resource request is transmitted from the client along with the access token,
verifies the access token and transmits a verification response to the client in the case where the verification of the access
token is successful,

wherein at both timings of the authorization request verification performed by the issuing unit and the access token verification
performed by the verification unit, the server determines whether or not a number of accesses to the resource has exceeded
the access limit number set for the tenant, and in a case where the number of accesses has not exceeded the access limit number,
issues and transmits the access token by the issuing unit when the verification of the authorization request is successful
or transmits the verification response by the verification unit when the verification of the access token is successful.

US Pat. No. 9,597,875

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print head configured to perform a printing operation for printing an image on a sheet;
a drive source configured to rotate in a first direction and a second direction, the second direction being opposite to the
first direction;

a discharge roller configured to discharge the sheet printed by the print head when the drive source rotates in the first
direction;

a discharge tray configured to be opened and closed with respect to the printing apparatus, the discharge tray being opened
in a case where a rotation amount of the drive source in the first direction is equal to or larger than a predetermined rotation
amount;

a recovery unit configured to be driven by rotation of the drive source in the first direction so as to perform a recovery
operation for recovering the print head, the recovery unit being moveable, during the recovery operation, to a first position
for allowing performance of the printing operation and a second position for not allowing performance of the printing operation;
and

a control unit configured to rotate the drive source in the second direction so as to inhibit the drive source from rotating
a rotation amount in the first direction that is equal to or larger than the predetermined rotation amount during the recovery
operation;

wherein, in a case where the recovery unit is in the first position, the control unit determines whether a particular job
has been received, and in a case where the recovery unit is in the second position, the control unit does not determine whether
a particular job has been received,

wherein, in a case where the control unit determines that the particular job has been received, the control unit suspends
the recovery operation and executes the particular job.

US Pat. No. 9,597,888

PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK AMOUNT CONTROL METHOD FOR INK TANK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print head for ejecting ink;
a moveable carriage on which the print head is mounted for movement with the carriage;
a sub tank mounted on the carriage and which stores ink supplied to the print head;
a main tank removably mounted on the carriage and which stores ink supplied to sub tank;
a detection unit configured to detect an ink amount in the sub tank;
an ink filling unit configured to perform an ink supply operation in which a pump is driven for supplying ink from the main
tank to the sub tank; and

a control unit configured to cause the ink filling unit to perform a first ink supply operation in which the pump is driven
for a first driving time when the main tank is mounted on the carriage, and to cause the ink filling unit to perform a second
ink supply operation in which the pump is driven for a second driving time longer than the first driving time in a case where
the detection unit detects that the ink amount is smaller than a predetermined amount.

US Pat. No. 9,599,955

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,586,775

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a sheet feeding device configured to feed a sheet;
a separating member provided movably between a contact position where the separating member is in contact with the sheet feeding
device and a separated position where the separating member is separated from the sheet feeding device, and configured to
separate sheets;

a first moving device configured to move the separating member between the contact position and the separated position;
a driving device configured to generate a driving force; and
a clutch unit configured to change a transmission state of the driving force from the driving device to the sheet feeding
device between a first state where the driving force is transmitted and a second state where the driving force is not transmitted,

wherein, after the first moving device moves the separating member from the contact position to the separated position, the
clutch unit changes the transmission state of the driving force from the driving device to the sheet feeding device to the
second state.

US Pat. No. 9,591,201

AF CONTROLLER, LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE AF CONTROLLER AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An AF controller comprising:
a signal generator configured to perform a charge accumulation by a plurality of sensors provided in each of a plurality of
areas in an imaging angle of view to generate an image signal pair;

a driving command outputter configured to output a driving command to a focus lens based on one of the plurality of image
signal pairs; and

an accumulation controller configured to control the charge accumulation of the plurality of sensors provided in each of the
plurality of areas,

wherein when a position of the focus lens based on the image signal pair corresponding to an area among the plurality of areas
is within an acceptable range, the driving command outputter outputs the driving command for the focus lens, and the accumulation
controller outputs to the signal generator a command to complete the charge accumulation of the plurality of sensors provided
in the other areas.

US Pat. No. 9,570,803

MULTI-BAND ANTENNA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,561,924

RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,555,997

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, BINDING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for controlling a binding unit that performs an adhesiveless binding processing for binding
a plurality of sheets without using a staple, the printing control apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing on a sheet; and
a control unit configured to control the binding unit to perform a first adhesiveless binding processing at a first position
for binding a plurality of sheets printed by the printing unit, and, after the first adhesiveless binding processing, control
the binding unit to perform a second adhesiveless binding processing at a second position for binding the plurality of sheets
bound by the first adhesiveless binding processing and a sheet different from the plurality of sheets,

wherein the sheet different from the plurality of sheets is not bound in the first adhesiveless binding processing, and
wherein the second position is different from the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,557,576

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a shake detector detecting a shake of the image pickup apparatus;
a first optical correcting unit and a second optical correcting unit configured to move in a direction different from an optical
axis so as to correct optically an image shake;

a first position detecting unit configured to detect a position of the first optical correcting unit and output a first position
detection signal;

a second position detecting unit configured to detect a position of the second optical correcting unit and output a second
position detection signal; and

a processor controlling the first optical correcting unit based on a shake signal output from the shake detector and the first
position detection signal, and controlling the second optical correcting unit based on the shake signal output from the shake
detector and the second position detection signal,

wherein the first position detecting unit detects the position of a first direction of the first optical correcting unit and
the second position detecting unit detects the position of the first direction of the second optical correcting unit, and

wherein a range for detecting a position of the first position detecting unit is different from that of the second position
detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,519,140

DUST REMOVING DEVICE, MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR SAME, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A dust removing device including a vibration plate and piezoelectric elements disposed on the vibration plate, wherein
the vibration plate includes an optical effective region B having a substantially right-angled quadrate shape and an outer
region A positioned outside the optical effective region B, wherein the piezoelectric element includes a substantially rectangular
parallelepiped piezoelectric material, and a first electrode and a second electrode disposed on the piezoelectric material
to face each other, wherein given that four sides of the optical effective region B are denoted by a pair of sides O and O?
and a pair of sides N and N? perpendicular to the pair of sides O and O?, a side P of the piezoelectric element in a lengthwise
direction thereof is disposed along the side O, and wherein given that a length of a part of the side P of the piezoelectric
element where the first electrode and the second electrode face each other is denoted by PL, a length of one side of the vibration
plate in the direction along the side O is denoted by VL, a length of the side O of the optical effective region B is denoted
by OL, a region positioned in one end portion of the piezoelectric element in a direction along the side O and spanning along
the side P over a length b inwards from a line, which is an extension of the side N or N? of the optical effective region
B and which intersects the piezoelectric element, is denoted by an near-end zone ? of the piezoelectric element, an absolute
value of piezoelectric constant of the piezoelectric material in a region, which is positioned between two lines extending
from the sides N and N? of the optical effective region B and which does not include the near-end zone ?, is denoted by d,
and an absolute value of the piezoelectric constant in the near-end zone ? is denoted by d0, relations of VL?PL>OL and d>d0 are satisfied, and the length b satisfies a relation of OL>b>0.

US Pat. No. 9,511,973

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS HAVING TRAY THAT IS LIFTED AND LOWERED AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus on which sheets received from an image forming apparatus are stacked, the sheet stacking apparatus
comprising:
a stacking unit that stacks sheets thereon;
a drive unit configured to drive said stacking unit to be lifted and lowered;
a determination unit configured to determine a lifted or lowered state of said stacking unit; and
a control unit configured to:
in a case where said determination unit determines that said stacking unit is not lowered when said control unit controls
said drive unit to lower said stacking unit, notify the image forming apparatus that a job should be suspended and control
said drive unit to lift said stacking unit; and

in a case where, after said determination unit determines that said stacking unit is not lowered and said control unit starts
to control said drive unit to lift said stacking unit, said determination unit determines that said stacking unit is lifted
by a predetermined amount, notify the image forming apparatus that the job is to be resumed.

US Pat. No. 9,507,544

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL METHOD TO PROCESS PRINT DATA USING FILTERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus on which a printer driver configured to process data via a filter runs, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor, wherein the processor communicates with the memory, the processor configured to control:
an acceptance unit configured to accept whether to operate in a first mode or a second mode,
wherein, if it is accepted to operate in the first mode, a first filter transmits a print file to a second filter configured
to convert the print file into print data, and a third filter receives the print data from the second filter, and

wherein, if it is accepted to operate in the second mode, the first filter stores the print file in a storage area, and the
third filter receives from the second filter the print data converted by the second filter and obtains the print file not
converted by the second filter from the storage area.

US Pat. No. 9,500,964

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLYING METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that includes a plurality of driving units which include a first driving unit and a second driving
unit different from the first driving unit, driving in synchronization to each other within a synchronization period and driving
in asynchronization to each other within an asynchronization period, the lithography apparatus comprising:
a plurality of capacitors which include a first capacitor capable of charging power to drive the first driving unit and a
second capacitor capable of charging power to drive the second driving unit;

a power source configured to supply power required for driving to each of the plurality of driving units and for charging
power to each of the plurality of capacitors;

a plurality of switching units respectively switching whether or not the power is supplied from the power source to each of
the plurality of driving units and each of the plurality of capacitors; and

a controller configured to control switching of the plurality of switching units,
wherein the controller is configured to control the switching to cause the power source to stop supplying the power to the
first driving unit and the first capacitor, and to cause the first driving unit to drive with the power charged in the first
capacitor, in at least a part of the synchronization period and to control the switching to cause the power source to stop
supplying the power to the second driving unit and the second capacitor and to cause the second driving unit to drive with
the power charged in the second capacitor, in at least a part of the asynchronization period.

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. 9,500,972

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising
a toner particle that contains a binder resin that contains a styrene-acrylic resin and a block polymer,
wherein
the block polymer has a polyester segment and a vinyl polymer segment;
the polyester segment is obtained by condensation polymerization of a monomer (a) and a monomer (b);
the monomer (a) is one or more selected from the group consisting of the monomer group A described below;
the monomer (b) is one or more selected from the group consisting of the monomer group B described below; and
a content, in the polyester segment, of a substructure originating with the monomer (b) as calculated from the following formula
is from at least 1.0 mol % to not more than 30.0 mol %:

{monomer (b) [mol]/(monomer (a) [mol]+monomer (b) [mol])}×100

Monomer group A: straight-chain ?,?-aliphatic diols having from at least 2 to not more than 11 carbons, straight-chain ?,?-aliphatic
dicarboxylic acids having from at least 2 to not more than 13 carbons, straight-chain ?,?-aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic
acids having from at least 2 to not more than 12 carbons, and compounds provided by converting a carboxyl group in these compounds
into an acid anhydride, alkyl ester, or lactone;

Monomer group B: straight-chain ?,?-aliphatic dicarboxylic acids having from at least 14 to not more than 24 carbons, straight-chain
?,?-aliphatic diols having from at least 12 to not more than 22 carbons, straight-chain ?,?-aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic
acids having from at least 13 to not more than 23 carbons, straight-chain aliphatic primary monocarboxylic acids having from
at least 13 to not more than 23 carbons, straight-chain aliphatic primary monoalcohols having from at least 12 to not more
than 22 carbons, and compounds provided by converting a carboxyl group in these compounds into an acid anhydride, alkyl ester,
or lactone.

US Pat. No. 9,497,403

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixel units are arranged to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns;
a plurality of column signal lines, arranged to respectively correspond to the plurality of columns, each configured to read
out a signal from each pixel unit in the corresponding column;

a plurality of current sources, arranged to respectively correspond to the plurality of column signal lines, including a plurality
of controlling terminals and being configured to supply currents corresponding to potentials of the plurality of controlling
terminals to the plurality of column signal lines, respectively;

a control signal line is commonly connected to the plurality of controlling terminals;
a first potential generation unit configured to generate a first potential;
a second potential generation unit configured to generate a second potential different from the first potential;
a first switch unit configured to, in a first mode in which a signal readout operation from the pixel array is performed,
connect an output of the first potential generation unit to the control signal line and to set the plurality of controlling
terminals to the first potential; and

a second switch unit configured to, in a second mode in which the signal readout operation is paused, connect an output of
the second potential generation unit to the control signal line and to set the plurality of controlling terminals to the second
potential,

wherein, before the potential of the plurality of controlling terminals reaches the first potential, the first potential generation
unit supplies, to the control signal line via the first switch unit, a current larger than a current supplied after the potential
reaches the first potential, and

wherein, before the potential of the plurality of controlling terminals reaches the second potential, the second potential
generation unit supplies, to the control signal line via the second switch unit, a current larger than a current supplied
after the potential reaches the second potential.

US Pat. No. 9,497,066

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a communication interface configured to connect to a network formed by an access point and allow data communication via the
network;

a processor configured to:
establish communication with an external device via the communication interface and the network;
receive a device ID from the external device via the communication interface and the network;
compare a received network ID of the network connected via the communication interface with the device ID received by the
processor;

determine whether the external device is operating as the access point based on a result of the comparison: and
provide, to a user via a display, a predetermined notification identifying a type of communication mode established between
the communication apparatus and the external device based on the determination.

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. 9,491,436

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units configured to output a plurality of image signals by photoelectrically converting
light fluxes each having passed through a different pupil region of an imaging optical system;

an image generating unit configured to generate a combined image signal by combining image signals corresponding to the light
fluxes each having passed through the different pupil regions of the imaging optical system among the plurality of image signals
output by the plurality of photoelectric conversion units;

a parallax map generating unit configured to generate parallax map data based on an image signal corresponding to a region
which is one of a pair of the pupil regions; and

a recording unit configured to generate a single Design rule for Camera File system (DCF) image file including the combined
image data and the parallax map data, and record the DCF image file in a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,481,114

IMPRINT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of a resin on a substrate using a mold, the imprint method comprising:
a preparing step of preparing a resin composed of a mixture of an ultraviolet curable resin that becomes cured by receiving
ultraviolet light and a luminescent material that undergoes fluorescence or phosphorescence upon receiving ultraviolet light;

an applying step of applying the resin prepared in the preparing step on the substrate;
an imprinting step of imprinting the mold into the resin after the applying step;
a curing step of curing the resin imprinted with the mold in the imprinting step using ultraviolet light;
a releasing step of releasing the mold from the substrate that has been imprinted with the pattern after the curing step;
and

a detecting step of detecting fluorescence or phosphorescence emitted from the cured resin that remains on the mold, based
on the received ultraviolet light, after the releasing step.

US Pat. No. 9,475,321

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for inspecting a printed image printed based on image data by using a print head having a
plurality of nozzles for discharging ink aligned at first alignment pitches in a first direction and printed on a printing
medium conveyed in a second direction intersecting the first direction, the apparatus comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate, based on the image data, judgment image data used for inspection of the printed
image, wherein a resolution of an image corresponding to the judgment image data in the first direction is a second resolution
which is lower than a first resolution corresponding to the first alignment pitches; and

an inspection unit configured to inspect the printed image by comparing read data, which represents an image having a resolution
in the first direction equal to the second resolution and is acquired by reading the printed image printed on the printing
medium, with the judgment image data.

US Pat. No. 9,477,912

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to perform predetermined processing for received electronic data, comprising:
a storage unit configured to secure a storage area corresponding to a maximum size of the electronic data that is set to be
processed by the information processing apparatus after reception of the electronic data is started and sequentially store
the received electronic data for each secured storage area;

an updating unit configured to update the size of the secured storage area from the maximum size of the electronic data that
is set to be processed by the information processing apparatus to an actual size of the electronic data having been received
completely; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a free space in the storage unit,
wherein the calculation unit calculates the free space after the updating by the updating unit, and
wherein the storage unit secures the storage area in a case where a size of the free space after the updating calculated by
the calculation unit is not less than the maximum size of the electronic data that is set to be processed by the information
processing apparatus,

wherein the storage unit does not secure the storage area until the size of the free space becomes not less than the maximum
size of the electronic data that is set to be processed by the information processing apparatus by the updating by the updating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,473,724

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a pixel cell including a first photoelectric conversion unit, a second photoelectric conversion unit, and an output unit;
and

a read-out circuit including an amplification unit and a buffer unit, the amplification unit configured to amplify a signal
based on a signal output from the output unit, and to output an amplified signal to the buffer unit, and the buffer unit configured
to buffer a signal output from the amplification unit, a capacitor element configured to hold a signal output from the buffer
unit, and a switching unit configured to switch a state, between the buffer unit and the capacitor element, between a conductive
state and a non-conductive state, wherein

the output unit outputs a first signal based on electric charges accumulated in the first photoelectric conversion unit, the
amplification unit outputs a first amplified signal obtained by amplifying a signal based on the first signal, and the buffer
unit outputs a first buffer signal obtained by buffering a signal based on the first amplified signal,

the output unit outputs a second signal based on electric charges obtained by adding electric charges accumulated in the first
photoelectric conversion unit and electric charges accumulated in the second photoelectric conversion unit, the amplification
unit outputs a second amplified signal obtained by amplifying a signal based on the second signal, and the buffer unit outputs
a second buffer signal obtained by buffering a signal based on the second amplified signal, and

a period, in which the switching unit keeps a path between the buffer unit and the capacitor element in the conductive state
to cause the capacitor element to hold the first buffer signal, is shorter than a period, in which the switching unit keeps
the electrical path between the buffer unit and the capacitor element in the conductive state to cause the capacitor element
to hold the second buffer signal.

US Pat. No. 9,472,141

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit configured to emit light;
a displaying unit configured to display an image on a screen by allowing the light from the light emitting unit to be transmitted
therethrough at a transmittance based on an image signal, wherein the displaying unit comprises:

a user-facing surface that includes the screen from which the transmitted light is transmitted to a user; and
a light-emitting-unit-facing surface facing the light emitting unit and differing from the user-facing surface,
wherein light from the light emitting unit is incident on the light-emitting-unit-facing surface, and
wherein a percentage of the incident light, which is emitted from the light emitting unit and is incident on the light-emitting-unit-facing
surface, is transmitted to the user through the light-emitting-unit-facing surface and through the user-facing surface, and
a percentage of the incident light is diffused by the displaying unit and then returned to radiate from the light-emitting-unit-facing
surface,

a first measuring unit provided on a light-emitting surface of the light emitting unit, that detects a detection brightness
comprising the brightness of light received directly from the light-emitting surface and the brightness of the return light;

a correcting unit configured to correct the detection brightness which is the brightness detected by the first measuring unit,
based on the brightness of the image displayed in a predetermined area corresponding to a position where the first measuring
unit is provided; and

a control unit configured to control the light emission brightness of the light emitting unit so that the detection brightness
after correction by the correcting unit coincides with a predetermined target value,

wherein
the correcting unit reduces, so that a change in the detection brightness due to return light which is returned to radiate
from the light-emitting-unit-facing surface is corrected, the detection brightness by a greater reduction amount, in a case
where the image displayed in the predetermined area is dark, than a case where the image displayed in the predetermined area
is bright, which is brighter than the dark image displayed in the predetermined area.

US Pat. No. 9,467,639

VIDEO TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VIDEO TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus for transmitting coded data including intra-coded frame data and inter-coded frame data, comprising:
a monitoring unit configured to monitor a transmission state of the coded data; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the coded data, to omit to transmit the inter-coded frame data before the intra-coded
frame data when a transmission trouble occurs, and to transmit the coded data from the intra-coded frame data without transmitting
the inter-coded frame data before the intra-coded frame data.

US Pat. No. 9,466,113

POST-PROCESSED BOKEH RENDERING USING ASYMMETRIC RECURSIVE GAUSSIAN FILTERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of blurring an image using a spatially variable blur, said method comprising the steps of:
for each pixel of a scan line of pixels in the image:
obtaining a measure representative of image depth at the pixel;
determining a blur kernel width for the pixel based on said measure representative of image depth at the pixel; and
where an increase in the determined blur kernel width with respect to a blur kernel width of a previous pixel in the scan
line is detected:

determining, from the determined blur kernel width, a tapered blur width adapted to provide an asymmetric filter response
for the pixel; and

applying the tapered blur width to a filter to output a blurred pixel value for the pixel by using a plurality of filter coefficients
determined based on blur width value of one or more previously blurred pixels.

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. 9,463,634

LIQUID STORAGE CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid storage container comprising:
a housing defining a single receiving space for containing a liquid absorbing member and further defining a liquid supply
port below the receiving space for containing the liquid absorbing member;

a liquid absorbing member, having a upper surface side and a bottom surface side, configured to absorb and hold a liquid disposed
inside the housing;

a filter disposed contiguously between the bottom surface side of the liquid absorbing member and a top opening portion of
the liquid supply port; and

a liquid ejection substrate disposed at a bottom opening portion of the liquid supply port,
wherein the liquid absorbing member includes a through hole, formed therefrom the liquid absorbing member without utilizing
a structurally separate tube member, tubularly penetrating the liquid absorbing member from the upper surface side through
to the bottom surface side, such that a bottom opening of the through hole on the bottom surface side opens at a position
facing directly above, contiguous and in contact with the filter so that the bottom opening is generally positioned centrally
within the filter and not adjacent to an outer perimeter of the filter, and an upper opening is formed on the upper surface
side of the liquid absorbing member,

wherein the through hole descends downwardly in a declined manner with respect to the upper surface side of the liquid absorbing
member and extends upwardly in an inclined manner with respect to the bottom surface side of the liquid absorbing member,
such that the upper and bottom openings of the through hole are vertically and laterally offset from each other,

wherein the housing consists of the single receiving space configured to store a liquid and the liquid absorbing member and
does not include a separate ink chamber adjacent the single receiving space for replenishing liquid into the single receiving
space.

US Pat. No. 9,467,613

FOCUSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FOCUSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to generate a pair of image signals for focus detection by phase difference detection method,
wherein a plurality of focus detection regions are provided in a region on the image pickup element;

a detector configured to sequentially perform the focus detection for each focus detection region using the pair of image
signals corresponding to each focus detection region; and

an exposure controller configured to control an exposure value,
wherein the detector performs the focus detection based on a phase difference of the pair of image signals generated by sequentially
switching the plurality of focus detection regions, and

wherein the exposure controller fixes the exposure value, in response to an operation that instructs the focus detection,
while the detector performs the focus detection for the plurality of focus detection regions.

US Pat. No. 9,465,321

REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A remanufacturing method of a developer accommodating unit being detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus and
including a frame member, the remanufacturing method comprising:
taking out a flexible container from an inside of the frame member, wherein the flexible container is provided with an opening
for discharging developer into the frame member; and

refilling developer into the frame member.

US Pat. No. 9,459,542

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND GALLIUM PHTHALOCYANINE CRYSTAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein the photosensitive layer comprises a gallium phthalocyanine crystal in which an amine compound represented by the
following formula (1) is contained:


in the formula (1):
R1 to R10 each independently represent one of a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an aryloxycarbonyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
acyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryloxy group, an amino group having a substituent, and a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group, provided that at
least one of R1 to R10 represents one of an amino group substituted with a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, an amino group substituted with
a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic amino group; and

X1 represents one of a carbonyl group and a dicarbonyl group, and

wherein the amine compound comprises an amine compound represented by the following formula (2):

in the formula (2), Et represents an ethyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,457,576

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a transporting unit configured to transport a printing medium in a transport direction;
a first printing head configured to perform a printing operation to print images on the printing medium by discharging ink;
a second printing head positioned downstream from the first printing head in the transport direction and configured to perform
a printing operation to print images on the printing medium by discharging ink;

a preliminary discharge controller configured to cause the second printing head to perform a preliminary discharging operation
that does not contribute to the printing operation; and

a determination unit configured to determine a preliminary discharge amount of the preliminary discharging operation, wherein
the preliminary discharge amount when an ink discharge amount of the printing operation by the first printing head is greater
than a predetermined value is smaller than a preliminary discharge amount when the ink discharge amount is less than the predetermined
value.

US Pat. No. 9,459,914

PROCESSING METHOD FOR CONTROL APPARATUS INVOLVES CONTROLLING JOB SUBSEQUENT TO PROCEEDING JOB BASED ON EXECUTION RESULT ACQUIRED BY EXECUTING THE PROCEEDING JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing method for a control apparatus which can control execution of a subsequent job subsequent to a preceding job
having a processing content different from the subsequent job based on results of executing the preceding job when executing
a plurality of jobs cooperated as job cooperation, the method comprising:
displaying a control screen for setting execution conditions for executing a subsequent job;
holding an execution result obtained by executing the preceding job;
acquiring the execution result held in the holding step according to a request using a URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) for
acquiring an execution result of a job at the control apparatus by a web service, wherein the request includes a designation
of identification information of the preceding job; and

controlling the subsequent job subsequent to the preceding job based on the execution result acquired in the acquiring step
and the execution conditions set via the control screen,

wherein in the control screen, at least one of a normal end indicating success of process for all of target devices, a partial
end indicating success of process for a part of the target devices and failure of process for the rest of the target devices,
and an abnormal end indicating failure of process for the target devices, which can be an execution result of a preceding
job, can be designated as the execution conditions, and

wherein if both of the normal end and the partial end are designated as the execution conditions, the subsequent job subsequent
to the preceding job is executed for the target devices even though the execution result acquired in the acquiring step indicates
either the normal end or the partial end.

US Pat. No. 9,453,992

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units,
wherein an interval between adjacent lens units is changed in zooming,
wherein the first lens unit is positioned closer to the object side at a telephoto end than at a wide-angle end,
the first lens unit includes at least four lenses,
the first lens unit includes one or more positive lenses using a material that satisfies a conditional expression of
85.0 where an Abbe number of materials of positive lenses included in the first lens unit is ?d1P, and

conditional expressions of
5.0
0.010<|f2|/fT<0.030

are satisfied, where a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide-angle end is fW, an amount of movement of the first lens
unit on an optical axis in zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end is M1, a focal length of the second lens unit is f2, and a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto end is fT.

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. 9,454,124

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a movable member configured to move with respect to the apparatus main body in a state where the movable member supports an
image bearing member on which a latent image is to be formed and a developer bearing member that bears a developer for developing
the latent image, wherein the movable member is movable to an image forming position, located inside the apparatus main body,
at which the image bearing member and the developer bearing member are brought into an image formable state and to an attachment/detachment
position, located outside the apparatus main body, at which a cartridge including the developer bearing member is attachable/detachable
to/from the movable member;

an exposure device configured to expose the image bearing member to form the latent image by irradiating the image bearing
member with light having passed through a light transmission member; and

a cleaning member configured to clean the light transmission member according to a movement of the movable member between
the image forming position and the attachment/detachment position,

wherein the cleaning member is provided on the movable member and movable with respect to the movable member, so as to be
movable to a contact position at which the cleaning member makes contact with the light transmission member when the movable
member moves and a noncontact position at which the cleaning member does not make contact with the light transmission member
when the movable member moves.

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.