US Pat. No. 9,442,551

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,435,730

IMAGE INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,434,194

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,436,142

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM THEREIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that controls fixing of developer to a printing medium by controlling a temperature of a heating
member of a fixing device, comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure an actual temperature of the heating member;
a temperature control unit configured to control the temperature of the heating member;
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain, based on image data that includes a plurality of pages, an application amount
of the developer on a printing medium on which a page that is to be processed has been formed;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain, based on the image data, a coverage ratio of the developer on a printing medium
on which a predetermined page has been formed;

a third obtaining unit configured to obtain setting temperatures of the heating member that respectively correspond to the
application amount and the coverage ratio; and

a control unit configured to control the temperature of the heating member by using the temperature control unit based on
the actual temperature that has been measured by the measurement unit and the setting temperatures of the heating member that
have been obtained by the third obtaining unit, thereby performing control to subject the printing medium on which the page
that is to be processed has been formed to fixing.

US Pat. No. 9,436,419

SELECTIVELY PRINTING PORTIONS OF A WEB PAGE BASED ON USER SELECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory for storing a computer program,
wherein the processor executes the stored computer program to function as:
a providing unit configured to provide a window which includes a Web page area and a preview area, wherein an original of
a Web page is displayed in the Web page area, and wherein the preview area displays a print preview image of the case where
a part of the Web page is arranged;

a first selecting unit configured to select a part of the Web page displayed in the Web page area based on an area selection
instructed on the Web page area by a user;

an arranging unit configured to arrange the selected part of the Web page on the print preview image displayed in the preview
area when the user drags the selected part of the Web page from the Web page area and drops the dragged part of the Web page
into the preview area;

an editing unit configured to edit the part of the Web page which has been arranged in the preview area by the arranging unit,
wherein the editing unit changes a size of the part of the Web page arranged in the preview area if the user changes a size
of a frame flame surrounding the part of the Web page arranged in the preview area; and

a control unit configured to control a printer to print the arranged and edited part of the Web page based on the print preview
image in the preview area when accepting a print instruction from the user.

US Pat. No. 9,435,667

POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE POSITION DETECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detecting apparatus, comprising:
a seals comprising a plurality of pattern arrays formed in different cycles in a movement direction;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of signals in accordance with the plurality of pattern arrays;
a first deriving unit configured to derive a temporal position of the scale with respect to the obtaining unit, based on the
plurality of signals;

a second deriving unit configured to derive a displacement amount of the scale with respect to the obtaining unit based on
one or more signals of the plurality of signals; and

a determinator configured to determine a determined position of the scale with respect to the obtaining unit based on the
temporal position and the displacement amount,

wherein the determinator determines the determined position based on a result of comparison between a difference between a
first temporal position calculated by the first deriving unit at a first position and a second temporal position calculated
by the first deriving unit at a second position and a displacement amount derived by the second deriving unit from the first
position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,429,884

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member that bears a toner image;
an intermediate transfer member onto which the toner image is primarily transferred from the image bearing member in a primary
transfer portion that contacts the image bearing member;

a secondary transfer member that constitutes, together with the intermediate transfer member, a secondary transfer portion,
and secondarily transfers the toner image from the intermediate transfer member to a recording material in the secondary transfer
portion; and

a control unit that controls voltage to be applied to the secondary transfer member, wherein
the control unit changes polarity of a potential of the intermediate transfer member in the primary transfer portion by changing
polarity of the voltage to be applied to the secondary transfer member, applies a first voltage in a first step of forming
an image on the recording material by transferring the toner image, and applies a second voltage having polarity opposite
to that of the first voltage, in a second step, and

in the transition from the first step to the second step, the control unit applies the second voltage to the secondary transfer
member after the recording material and the toner image pass through the secondary transfer portion in the first step.

US Pat. No. 9,427,146

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,430,009

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING POWER USAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to, in a case where the electronic apparatus is requested to execute a process, determine
whether power consumption for executing the requested process is greater than a predetermined amount of power;

a notification unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the power consumption for executing
the requested process is greater than the predetermined amount of power, notify another electronic apparatus that the power
consumption for executing the requested process is greater than the predetermined amount of power by transmitting a power
reallocation notification; and

an execution unit configured to, after the notification unit notifies the other electronic apparatus that the power consumption
for executing the requested process is greater than the predetermined amount of power, execute the requested process,

wherein the other electronic apparatus, which has received the power reallocation notification from the notification unit
and has reallocated power to the electronic apparatus in response to the power reallocation notification, is limited from
sending a power reallocation notification in a case that the other electronic apparatus determines that the power consumption
for executing a requested another process is greater than a reduced amount of available power.

US Pat. No. 9,432,846

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,422,128

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,740

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH FIXING PORTION HAVING EXCITING COIL CONFIGURED TO CAUSE ROTATABLE MEMBER TO GENERATE HEAT BY ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION HEATING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
(i) an image forming portion configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
(ii) a fixing portion configured to fix the toner image, formed by said image forming portion, on the sheet by heat and pressure,
wherein said fixing portion comprises:

(ii-i) a rotatable member;
(ii-ii) an exciting coil configured to cause said rotatable member to generate heat by electromagnetic induction heating;
(ii-iii) a magnetic flux suppressing member configured to suppress a part of magnetic flux acting from said exciting coil
to said rotatable member; and

(ii-iv) a motor configured to move said magnetic flux suppressing member depending on a width size of the sheet; and
(iii) a controller configured to control a feeding operation of the sheet toward said fixing portion when continuous image
formation of a plurality of sheets including sheets having a plurality of width sizes is effected,

wherein said controller sets a feeding interval of the sheets toward said fixing portion at a first feeding interval, when
a number of times of movement per unit time of said magnetic flux suppressing member is estimated to be not more than a predetermined
number during the continuous image formation, and

wherein said controller sets the feeding interval at a second feeding interval which is longer than the first feeding interval,
when the number of times of movement per unit time of said magnetic flux suppressing member is estimated to be more than the
predetermined number during the continuous image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,426,317

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,371

OPTICAL APPARATUS WITH IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTION AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,421,770

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING POSITION ADJUSTING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,576

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device for fixing a toner image on a recording material by heating the recording material on which the toner image
is formed while feeding the recording material, said fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a nip forming member including a heater configured to contact an inner surface of said film, said heater being provided so
that an upstream end of said heater protrudes from a nip and a downstream end of said heater is inside the nip with respect
to the recording material feeding direction;

a roller configured to form the nip in cooperation with said nip forming member through said film; and
a thermo-sensitive member configured to interrupt electric power supply to said heater when the temperature of said heater
reaches an abnormal temperature,

wherein said thermo-sensitive member is provided on said nip forming member so as to sense the heat of a downstream area of
said heater which is downstream of a center of said heater with respect to the recording material feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 9,420,168

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to obtain light field data;
a selection processor configured to select a subject;
a specifying processor configured to specify a region in a reconstruction image that corresponds to the subject selected by
the selection processor; and

an output processor configured to output restriction information which is information for not focusing on the subject selected
by the selection processor, and is information for restricting reconstruction of the light field data,

wherein as for a generation condition to generate a reconstruction image in which a subject distance obtained for the subject
selected by the selection unit falls within a depth of field when the reconstruction image is generated, the output processor
sets, to the restriction information, information representing application of predetermined modification processing to the
region specified by the specifying processor in the reconstruction image generated based on the generation condition.

US Pat. No. 9,417,580

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of units configured to be controlled by a control unit;
a storage unit configured to store information indicating a unit requiring maintenance; and
a power supply unit configured to stop supplying power to the plurality of units in a case where a condition for shifting
the image forming apparatus to a power saving state is satisfied,

wherein the power supply unit is configured to supply power to the unit requiring maintenance indicated by the information
stored in the storage unit in a case where a condition for shifting the image forming apparatus to a standby state is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,420,179

OPTICAL DEVICE FOR PERFORMING IMAGE BLUR COMPENSATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical device comprising:
an image blur compensation unit which compensates a blur in an image formed by an imaging optical system, the image blur compensation
unit being movable in directions not parallel to an optical axis of the imaging optical system;

a shake detection unit which detects shake of the optical device;
a position detection unit which detects a position of the image blur compensation unit, the position detection unit having
a position resolution that is variable; and

a driving control unit which calculates a driving target position of the image blur compensation unit based on an output from
the shake detection unit and position information of the image blur compensation unit that is detected by the position detection
unit,

wherein the driving control unit sets a first movable range as a range in which the image blur compensation unit can be driven
when video is captured, and sets a second movable range which is narrower than the first movable range as a range in which
the image blur compensation unit can be driven when a still image is captured, and

wherein the position resolution of the position detection unit when the second movable range is set is greater than the position
resolution of the position detection unit when the first movable range is set.

US Pat. No. 9,417,594

VOLTAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A voltage generating apparatus comprising:
a step-up transformer;
a switch circuit configured to drive the step-up transformer;
a signal generation unit configured to generate a switching control signal for driving the switch circuit;
a voltage supply circuit configured to generate a supply voltage for the primary side of the step-up transformer;
a setting value determining unit configured to determine a setting value for the supply voltage from the voltage supply circuit;
a voltage detection circuit configured to detect an output voltage on the secondary side of the step-up transformer; and
a control unit configured to control the switch circuit and the voltage supply circuit,
wherein the control unit is further configured to, until the output voltage reaches a threshold value before reaching a target
value, perform switching control in which the output voltage is adjusted by adjusting the frequency or the duty ratio of the
switching control signal, and

the control unit is further configured to, after the output voltage reaches the threshold value, perform supply voltage control
in which the output voltage is adjusted by adjusting the supply voltage while the state of the switching control signal at
the time when the output voltage reached the threshold value is maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,418,630

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a display apparatus; and
an image processing apparatus which connects with the display apparatus via a first wireless access point, wherein the display
apparatus comprises:

an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of physical space; and
a first transmitter configured to transmit the image of physical space to the image processing apparatus via the first wireless
access point,

wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a first receiver configured to receive the image of physical space from the display apparatus via the first wireless access
point;

a computer that functions as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a position and an orientation of the display apparatus;
a generation unit configured to generate a virtual image based on the obtained position and orientation of the display apparatus;
and

a synthesizing unit configured to generate a synthesized image by synthesizing the image of physical space with the virtual
image; and

a second transmitter configured to transmit the synthesized image to the display apparatus via the first wireless access point,
and

wherein the display apparatus further comprises:
a second receiver configured to receive the synthesized image from the image processing apparatus via the first wireless access
point; and

a display configured to, when the display apparatus moves in a communication area of the first wireless access point, display
the synthesized image, and when the display apparatus goes out of the communication area of the first wireless access point,
display the image of physical space captured by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,418,417

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,293

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording sheet;
a first conveyance path configured to convey the recording sheet so that the image is formed thereon by the image forming
unit;

a second conveyance path configured to convey the recording sheet having the image formed on a first side thereof by the image
forming unit, reverse the recording sheet, and re-convey the recording sheet having the image formed on the first side thereof
to the first conveyance path;

a document sheet feed unit configured to feed a document sheet to the second conveyance path;
a reading unit configured to read a document image of the document sheet conveyed on the second conveyance path, wherein the
document image is formed on the document sheet before the document sheet is fed by the document sheet feed unit;

a third conveyance path configured to convey, after a first side of the document sheet has been read in the second conveyance
path, the document sheet, the first side thereof having been read in the second conveyance path; and

a control unit configured to control, after the recording sheet has been conveyed to the first conveyance path so that the
image is to be formed on the first side thereof and the recording sheet having the image formed on the first side thereof
has been conveyed to the second conveyance path, the feeding operation of feeding the document sheet so that the document
sheet is conveyed to the second conveyance path in such a manner that the document sheet does not overlap the recording sheet,
while the recording sheet is being conveyed in the second conveyance path,

wherein the control unit is also configured to control such that, in the third conveyance path, the reading unit reads a second
side of the conveyed document sheet, and the recording sheet is conveyed to the second conveyance path while the document
sheet is being conveyed in the third conveyance path.

US Pat. No. 9,411,295

RECORDING MEDIUM DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium determination apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave to a recording medium;
a receiving unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave via the recording medium and output a first signal according to
a received ultrasonic wave;

a signal generation unit configured to generate a second signal according to the first signal, the second signal being different
from the first signal

a timing generation unit configured to generate a timing of detecting an output value of the first signal based on the first
signal and the second signal; and

a control unit configured to determine the recording medium using the output value of the first signal at the timing generated
by the timing generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,405,938

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,403,653

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,407,611

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,400,948

IMAGE PROCESSING FOR RENDERING AN INDEXED COLOR IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit, including a network interface, configured to receive indexed color image data including a color lookup table
defining a first color value and a second color value associated respectively with a first reference number and a second reference
number, and including a binary bitmap image including pixels, each of the pixels having either one of the first and second
reference numbers represented by one bit as a pixel value; and

a processing unit, including at least a processor, configured to generate bitmap image data including a color value per pixel
by referring to the color lookup table with respect to reference numbers of pixels of the received indexed color image data
pixel by pixel,

wherein, if a composition of a combination of the color values defined by the color lookup table included in the received
image data is a specific composition, the processing unit is configured to generate bitmap image data based on the received
indexed color image data according to a method which is based on the composition of the combination and skips the referring.

US Pat. No. 9,402,023

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a focus detection unit, having a sensor for receiving light that has passed through an imaging optical system and accumulating
charge, configured to perform focus detection on the basis of a signal generated by the sensor;

a mirror configured to be movable between a first position where the mirror is inserted in an imaging light path and leads
light that has passed through the imaging optical system toward the focus detection unit, and a second position where the
mirror is withdrawn from the imaging light path; and

a calculation unit configured to predict an amount corresponding to a moving amount of a subject on the basis of a history
of focus detection result by the focus detection unit, and calculate an in-focus position using the amount corresponding to
the moving amount of the subject,

wherein, in a case of continuously performing first image shooting and second image shooting in response to an image shooting
instruction, the calculation unit performs the prediction of the amount corresponding to the moving amount of the subject
used for calculating the in-focus position for the second image shooting before the mirror finishes moving from the second
position to which the mirror is moved for the first image shooting to the first position, and

wherein the focus detection unit is capable of continuing charge accumulation in the sensor until the mirror starts to move
from the first position to the second position for the first image shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,402,031

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from the object side to the image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a zoom lens group constituted by at least two lens units which move during zooming; and
a last lens unit disposed on the most image side that does not move for zooming,
wherein the first lens unit includes a first sub lens unit having negative refractive power that does not move for focusing,
a second sub lens unit that moves during focusing, and a third sub lens unit having positive refractive power that does not
move for focusing,

the first sub unit is composed of one or more concave lenses, and the third sub lens unit is composed of one nor more convex
lenses and,

the zoom lens satisfies the following condition:
where ?11 is the refractive power of the first sub lens unit, ?13 is the refractive power of the third sub lens unit, ?11 is the average Abbe constant of the first sub lens unit, ?13 is the average Abbe constant of the third sub lens unit, h11T is the paraxial converted beam height of the first sub lens unit at the telephoto end, and h13T is the paraxial converted beam height of the third sub lens unit at the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,401,259

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,402,063

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS WHITE BALANCE CONTROL AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device;
an acquisition unit configured to divide an image obtained by image pickup performed by said image pickup device into a plurality
of areas, and acquire a color evaluation value from each area;

an infrared light sensor configured to detect infrared light from each of areas of an object defined in association with the
areas of the image;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a white balance correction value using a plurality of color evaluation values acquired
from the image; and

a processing unit configured to perform white balance correction processing on the image using a mixed white balance correction
value calculated by said calculation unit,

wherein said calculation unit includes:
a first white balance correction value calculation section configured to calculate a first white balance correction value,
using, out of the plurality of color evaluation values, color evaluation values which are included in a white detection range
set in a color space,

a second white balance correction value calculation section configured to calculate a second white balance correction value,
using, out of the plurality of color evaluation values, color evaluation values which are acquired from areas each having
an infrared light amount larger than a predetermined amount, and are included in a detection range of a predetermined color
other than white, set in the color space, and

a mixed white balance correction value calculation section configured to calculate a mixed white balance correction value
by mixing the first white balance correction value and the second white balance correction value.

US Pat. No. 9,394,132

CONVEYING DEVICE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying device comprising:
a rotating member having sharp teeth and configured to rotate while being in contact with an object that is being conveyed;
and

a holder configured to support the rotating member, wherein the holder holds a shaft that supports the rotating member such
that the rotating member is allowed to rotate,

wherein, when seen from a downstream side in a direction of sheet conveyance, the rotating member is rotatably supported by
the holder such that the rotating member is allowed to incline toward one side but is prevented from inclining toward an opposite
side, and each of the teeth of the rotating member has an asymmetrical shape with the one side thereof sloping,

wherein the holder includes a first contact portion with which a portion of the rotating member comes into contact when the
rotating member is about to incline toward the opposite side, and a second contact portion with which a portion of the rotating
member comes into contact when the rotating member has inclined to the maximum toward the one side, and

wherein the first contact portion is a flat portion, and the second contact portion is a projection.

US Pat. No. 9,395,513

LENS SYSTEM HAVING A MOVABLE OPTICAL MEMBER THAT IS CONTROLLABLE ACCORDING TO A PREDETERMINED COMMAND VALUE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND DRIVE CONTROL METHOD FOR THE LENS SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens system comprising:
a lens apparatus including a movable optical member;
a command generating apparatus that generates a command signal to be transmitted to the movable optical member;
a signal converter connected to the command generating apparatus by wire and communicable to and from the lens apparatus wirelessly;
a drive controller that controls drive of the movable optical member based on the command signal; and
a wireless communicator that performs wireless communication to and from the signal converter,
wherein the drive controller detects a condition of the wireless communication between the wireless communicator and the signal
converter and then controls driving of the movable optical member based on a command value when the wireless communication
between the wireless communicator and the signal converter is stopped, and

wherein the command value is a first command value upon a first stop condition due to an operation of a user and is a second
command value different from the first command value upon a second stop condition different from the first stop condition.

US Pat. No. 9,393,790

INKJET PRINT APPARATUS AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,181

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING A SCREEN FOR VERIFICATION OF REBOOTING NECESSITY AT THE TIME OF SETTING CHANGE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a change instruction to change a setting of the information processing apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether reboot processing of the information processing apparatus is necessary
to change the setting of the information processing apparatus;

a display unit configured to display a first confirmation screen for receiving a first execution instruction to execute the
reboot processing of the information processing apparatus in a case where the determination unit has determined that the reboot
processing of the information processing apparatus is necessary to change the setting of the information processing apparatus;
and

to display a second confirmation screen for receiving a second execution instruction to execute reboot processing of an application
relating to the setting in a case where the determination unit has determined that the reboot processing of the information
processing apparatus is not necessary to change the setting of the information processing apparatus;

a first execution unit configured to execute the reboot processing of the information processing apparatus based on receiving
the first execution instruction via the first confirmation screen; and

a second execution unit configured to execute the reboot processing of the application relating to the setting without executing
the reboot processing of the information processing apparatus based on receiving the second execution instruction via the
second confirmation screen.

US Pat. No. 9,398,208

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING CONDITION SETTING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to image an object;
an object discriminating unit configured to discriminate the object by using a plurality of images captured under a plurality
of imaging conditions by the image pickup unit;

a discriminable range generating unit configured to generate a discriminable range that is a range of the plurality of imaging
conditions under which the object is discriminable by the object discriminating unit;

an identification determination result range generating unit configured to generate an identification determination result
range that is a range of the plurality of imaging conditions under which the discriminable range generating unit determines
the objects are identical;

an imaging condition setting rule generating unit configured to generate an imaging condition setting rule that is a rule
for setting an imaging condition by using the discriminable range and the identification determination result range; and

an imaging condition setting unit configured to set an imaging condition by using the imaging condition setting rule,
wherein the imaging condition setting rule generating unit generates an imaging condition setting rule that is a rule for
setting an imaging condition by using the discriminable range and the identification determination result range and searches
for the imaging condition setting rule that the discriminable range and the identification determination result range overlap,
and

the imaging condition setting unit sets an imaging condition by using the searched imaging condition setting rule,
wherein the imaging condition setting rule is generated based upon a distance and a direction of movement of the identification
determination result range that satisfies a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,395,648

TONER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,781

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,388,003

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body including a sheet conveying path;
a conveying roller pair including a first roller provided on one side with respect to the sheet conveying path and a second
roller provided on another side with respect to the sheet conveying path, the conveying roller pair conveying the sheet along
the sheet conveying path by nipping the sheet by a nip portion between the first and second rollers;

a rotary member provided on a second roller side with respect to the sheet conveying path, the rotary member including a first
abutment portion and a second abutment portion; and

a downstream guide, guiding the sheet conveyed by the nip portion, disposed on a downstream side in the conveying direction
and on the second roller side with respect to the sheet conveying path, the downstream guide including:

a restricting portion provided on a point of the downstream guide, the point protruding most to the sheet conveying path,
the restricting portion being configured such that the first abutment portion is positioned between a straight line connecting
the restricting portion and the nip portion, and the downstream guide in a state in which the second abutment portion is in
contact with a surface of the sheet as the rotary member rotates in the predetermined direction by the first abutment portion
being pushed by the sheet,

wherein the rotary member is provided coaxially with the second roller.

US Pat. No. 9,392,367

SOUND REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND SOUND REPRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,157

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND MOUNTABLE LENS APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,427

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system configured to guide light modulated by a reflective light modulator to a projection lens configured to
project the light onto a target plane, the optical system comprising:
a polarization beam splitter configured to guide each of first colored light as p-polarized light and second colored light
as s-polarized light to a corresponding one of reflective optical modulators that are different from each other, and to synthesize
light fluxes modulated by the reflective optical modulators with each other;

a beam splitter arranged between the polarization beam splitter and the projection lens and configured to split the first
colored light in accordance with a polarization direction of the first colored light and to transmit or reflect the second
colored light irrespective of a polarization direction of the second colored light; and

a half-wave plate arranged between the polarization beam splitter and the beam splitter,
wherein the first colored light is light having a wavelength longer than that of the second colored light.

US Pat. No. 9,389,746

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor configured to receive drag of a border of a window displayed on a display screen of a display unit; and
the processor configured to resize the window with scrolling a content displayed in the window when a first region of the
border of the window is dragged in a direction perpendicular to the border and without scrolling the content when a second
region of the border of the window is dragged in a direction perpendicular to the border.

US Pat. No. 9,387,710

INKJET PRINTER WITH FAN AND PORT SELECTIVELY BLOWING OUTSIDE OR RECIRCULATED AIR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
an access cover capable of being opened to allow maintenance of the apparatus; and
a blower unit including a fan, a duct provided along a surface of the access cover, a blower port provided at an end of the
duct, and an air intake port that takes air from outside into the apparatus, the air intake port being capable of opening
to take air from outside and closing to cause circulated airflow inside the apparatus, wherein

when the access cover is in a closed state, the blower unit blows airflow from the blower port though the duct on a sheet
where ink has been applied, and the blower unit causes an air circulation inside the apparatus, and

when the access cover is in an opened state, the blower port is open together with the access cover to be exposed.

US Pat. No. 9,384,559

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,375,919

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,738

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH PREVENTS A SHEET JAM CAUSED BY A SHEET ATTACHED TO AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member which bears a toner image;
a DC motor which drives the image bearing member;
a transfer portion which nips a sheet with the image bearing member and transfers the toner image to the sheet from the image
bearing member;

a fixing unit which fixes the toner image to the sheet;
a sheet conveying unit which conveys the sheet with the toner image transferred by the transfer portion from the transfer
portion to the fixing unit;

a stepping motor which drives the sheet conveying unit corresponding to the input pulses;
a sheet detector which detects the sheet between the transfer portion and the sheet conveying unit; and
a controller which controls the DC motor and the stepping motor,
wherein the controller simultaneously commences stopping processes of the DC motor and the stepping motor, and controls a
deceleration rate of the stepping motor by controlling input pulses in a manner that the sheet conveying unit completely stops
after the image bearing member completely stops, so that the sheet detector can detect the sheet nipped between the image
bearing member and the transfer portion.

US Pat. No. 9,377,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,375,960

SPRING FIXING MEMBER AND INK JET RECORDING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spring fixing member for fixing a coil spring, comprising:
a mount member having an arrangement surface on which an end portion of the coil spring is disposed;
a boss provided on the arrangement surface, on which boss the coil spring is fitted; and
a protrusion provided at a site on a side surface of the boss, the site being apart from the arrangement surface by at least
a wire diameter of the coil spring,

wherein the protrusion is engaged with at least one winding of the coil spring disposed between the arrangement surface and
the protrusion to prevent the coil spring from being disconnected from the boss, and

a side portion, which is on the side surface of the boss and ranges from a position deviating from the protrusion in an opposite
direction away from the arrangement surface by a height for two turns of the coil spring to an end portion of the boss in
the opposite direction, the side portion includes a portion having a distance to a central axis of the boss, the distance
being equal to or shorter than a length acquired by subtracting the wire diameter of the coil spring from half an inner diameter
of the coil spring.

US Pat. No. 9,375,961

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,348

MEASURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,380,181

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING LAUNCH THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of being in a power saving mode, in which information is held in a memory and
the apparatus is able to be booted using the information held in the memory from the power saving mode, the apparatus comprising:
an interrupt generator configured to generate an interrupt at a set time;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory comprising computer code, the at least one memory and the computer code configured to, with the at least
one processor, cause the apparatus to:

inhibit the interrupt generator from generating the interrupt at the set time by clearing the set time of the interrupt generator
when the information processing apparatus is transitioned into the power saving mode;

set, in a case where an instruction to turn the power supply off is detected, a preparation flag for reboot during shutdown
processing; and

transition, in a case where the preparation flag is set, the information processing apparatus to the power saving mode after
the information processing apparatus is rebooted.

US Pat. No. 9,373,658

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid-state image pickup apparatus including a photoelectric conversion portion, a first transistor
and a second transistor, comprising:
forming a first insulating film on the photoelectric conversion portion, the first transistor, and the second transistor;
removing the first insulating film on the second transistor while leaving the first insulating film on the photoelectric conversion
portion and the first transistor;

forming a protection film on the photoelectric conversion portion, the first transistor, and the second transistor so as to
cover the first insulating film;

removing the protection film on the second transistor while leaving the protection film on the photoelectric conversion portion
and the first transistor;

forming a silicide region on the second transistor after the removing the protection film;
forming a second insulating film on the photoelectric conversion portion, the first transistor, and the second transistor
having the silicide region so as to cover the protection film;

removing the second insulating film on the first transistor while leaving the second insulating film on the second transistor;
forming a third insulating film on the photoelectric conversion portion, the first transistor, and the second transistor so
as to cover the first insulating film and the second insulating film;

forming a first contact hole, in the third insulating film, corresponding to a first contact plug configured to electrically
connect with the first transistor; and

forming a second contact hole, in the third insulating film, corresponding to a second contact plug configured to electrically
connect with the second transistor,

wherein the first insulating film functions as an etching stop film in the forming the first contact hole and the second insulating
film functions as an etching stop film in the forming the second contact hole.

US Pat. No. 9,371,204

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,292

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING LIGHT SOURCE IDENTIFICATION AND IMAGE QUALITY CORRECTION FUNCTIONS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to convert an incident light flux from an optical system into an electric signal, and output an
image signal;

a band-cutting element included in the optical system, having a band-cut function of performing band-cutting to enable distinguishing
between light wavelengths corresponding to bright line positions of a light source having bright lines;

a control unit configured to control the band-cut function of the band-cutting element; and
an identification unit configured to identify a light source of an image captured by the imaging unit through comparison between
a first image signal captured by the imaging unit when the band-cut function of the band-cutting element is ON and a second
image signal captured by the imaging unit when the band-cut function of the band-cutting element is OFF.

US Pat. No. 9,373,066

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

displaying the generated thumbnail image; and
printing the image data corresponding to the to-be-printed pages of the document.
US Pat. No. 9,366,981

TONER AND TONER PRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a binder resin, a colorant and a hydrocarbon wax, wherein
the toner has a ratio W1/W2 of not less than 0.50 and not more than 0.90,
where:
W1 (° C.) is the half width of an endothermic peak derived from melting of the hydrocarbon wax in a first temperature rise
process on the toner, and

W2 (° C.) is the half width of an endothermic peak derived from melting of the hydrocarbon wax in a second temperature rise
process on the toner,

W1 and W2 being measured with a differential scanning calorimeter.

US Pat. No. 9,366,791

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT AND MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method for a diffractive optical element, the manufacturing method comprising:
forming multiple grating portions including grating optical effective surfaces for transmitting the incident light and grating
wall surfaces for shielding the incident light continuously on a base substrate;

forming an Al layer on the grating wall surfaces and the grating optical effective surfaces such that the density and film
thickness of the Al layer formed on the grating wall surfaces are different from those of the Al layer formed on the grating
optical effective surfaces; and

performing oxidation treatment of the Al layer under a condition that an oxidation speed is faster in the Al layer formed
on the grating optical effective surfaces than in the Al layer formed on the grating wall surfaces, thereby converting the
Al layer formed on the grating optical effective surfaces into an Al2O3 layer,

wherein the oxidation treatment is performed to form an Al layer on the grating wall surfaces to have a film density of 2.0
g/cm3 or more and 2.7 g/cm3 or less, and a film thickness of 50 nm or more and 1 ?m or less, and to obtain the Al2O2 layer formed on the grating optical effective surfaces having a film density of 0.4 g/cm3 or more, and 1.0 g/cm3 or less, and a film thickness of 5 nm or more and 30 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,369,639

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure image capturing conditions based on a frame rate that are used when an object image
is captured based on radiation that has passed through an object;

a generation unit configured to generate image data containing the object image based on the radiation that has passed through
the object;

a first offset correction unit configured to perform an offset correction of the image data by subtracting correction image
data containing a dark current component from the image data;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an added value that is based on temporal fluctuation of a dark current value based
on the image capturing conditions measured by the measurement unit; and

a second offset correction unit configured to add the added value calculated by the calculation unit to the image data, including
a pixel value of zero or less, which is offset-corrected by the first offset correction unit,

wherein the calculation unit calculates the added value so that the image data offset-corrected by the first offset correction
unit does not include the pixel value of zero or less.

US Pat. No. 9,361,056

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A CONFLICT CONFIRMATION PRINT JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that transmits a print job to which print settings have been added to a printing device
to cause the printing device to execute print processing corresponding to the print settings, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a print setting unit configured to set a global setting, which is a common print setting to all pages to be subjected to print
processing, and an exception setting, which is a print setting different from the global setting for a specified page range;

a generating unit configured to generate a conflict confirmation job used for conflict processing that is processing for detecting
combinations of print settings by which the printing device is incapable of executing print processing, when a page range
of a first exception setting overlaps a page range of a second exception setting, wherein the first exception setting and
the second exception setting are set by the print setting unit;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the generated conflict confirmation job to the printing device to cause the printing
device to execute the conflict confirmation job;

a receiving unit configured to receive an execution result of the conflict confirmation job from the printing device; and
a conflict processing executing unit configured to execute the conflict processing based on the execution result of the conflict
confirmation job received by the receiving unit,

wherein the generating unit generates the conflict confirmation job except for a page which is set to the same print setting
as the print setting of a previous or a next page.

US Pat. No. 9,363,394

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SETTING INSERT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print setting apparatus having an operation unit with touch panel function, comprising:
a display unit configured to cause the operation unit to display a plurality of images and an object indicating an additional
sheet; and

a control unit configured to configure a first setting, in a case where the object is dragged to a position between a first
image and a second image, such that the additional sheet is inserted between a first sheet on which the first image is printed
and a second sheet on which the second image is printed, to configure a second setting, in a case where the object is dragged
to a position on one of the first image and the second image, such that the one of the first image and the second image is
printed on the additional sheet, and to cancel the first setting or the second setting, in a case where the object is dragged
from the position between the first image and the second image or from the position on one of the first image and the second
image,

wherein the control unit is further configured to configure a setting, in a case where the object is dragged to the position
between the first image and the second image, such that two additional sheets are displayed on the operation unit between
a first sheet on which the first image is printed and a second sheet on which the second image is printed when the plurality
of images are to be printed using double sided printing.

US Pat. No. 9,363,757

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a first wireless communication unit configured to perform Near Field communication;
a second wireless communication unit configured to perform communication that conforms to Bluetooth Low Energy;
a third wireless communication unit configured to perform communication that conforms to any one of IEEE802.11 series, wherein
the second wireless communication unit has a communication speed that is slower than that of the third wireless communication
unit and a power consumption less than that of the third wireless communication unit,

wherein the first wireless communication unit has a communication range that is less than that of the third wireless communication
unit and that of the second wireless communication unit;

a handover unit configured to perform a handover of communication to the third wireless communication unit, based on a communication
parameter shared with a communication partner apparatus by communication by the first wireless communication unit, the communication
parameter being a communication parameter for communicating with the communication partner apparatus by the third wireless
communication unit;

a restricting unit configured to restrict power supplied to the third wireless communication unit, in a case where a data
communication with the communication partner apparatus by the third wireless communication unit is completed after the handover
is performed by the handover unit; and

a control unit configured to cancel the restriction of the power supplied to the third wireless communication unit by the
restricting unit and restart a communication with the communication partner apparatus by the third wireless communication
unit, in a case where an activation instruction is received from the communication partner apparatus by the second wireless
communication unit after the power supplied to the third wireless communication unit is restricted by the restricting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,361,551

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS COLOR IMAGE BY SUPERIMPOSING PLURALITY OF IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of forming an image at a plurality of image forming speeds, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that has a first image forming part configured to form a first image of a first color and a second image
forming part configured to form a second image of a second color different from the first color, and configured to form the
image using the first image forming part and the second image forming part;

an image bearing member configured to bear the first image and the second image, and to convey the first image and the second
image;

a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a measurement image including a first measurement image
of the first color and a second measurement image of the second color on the image bearing member;

a measurement unit configured to measure the measurement image formed on the image bearing member;
a determination unit configured to determine first information related to a relative position of the first measurement image
and the second measurement image in a conveyance direction of the image bearing member based on a first measurement result
of the measurement image, by the measurement unit, formed by the image forming unit at a first image forming speed, and to
determine second information related to a relative position of the first measurement image and the second measurement image
in the conveyance direction of the image bearing member based on a second measurement result of the measurement image, by
the measurement unit, formed by the image forming unit at a second image forming speed different from the first image forming
speed;

a generating unit configured to generate correlation data based on the first information and the second information determined
by the determination unit; and

a correction unit configured to, in a case where the image forming unit forms the image at the first image forming speed,
correct a relative position of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first information
determined by the determination unit, and to, in a case where the image forming unit forms the image at the second image forming
speed, correct a relative position of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first
information determined by the determination unit and the correlation data generated by the generating unit;

wherein
the controller is further configured to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image at the first image forming
speed in a case where a first condition is satisfied, and to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image
at both the first image forming speed and the second image forming speed in a case where a second condition is satisfied,
and

the controller is further configured to, in a case where the first condition is satisfied, determine whether or not the second
condition is satisfied before the first condition is satisfied next, and in a case where the second condition is satisfied
before the first condition is satisfied next, cause the image forming unit to form the measurement image at both the first
image forming speed and the second image forming speed.

US Pat. No. 9,354,770

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS DISPLAYING PATH INFORMATION IN REVERSE HIERARCHICAL ORDER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising;
a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not path information fits in a display area; and
a display unit configured to display the path information in the display area in reverse hierarchical order so that information
of a deepest level of a hierarchy is displayed at a head of the path information, in a case where it is determined by the
determination unit that the path information does not fit in the display area.

US Pat. No. 9,357,124

FOCUSING CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,354,830

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus to communicate with an external apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a main control unit having a plurality of units configure to receive power and a first central processing unit configured
to determine whether a session, required to be established to perform a specific type of communication between the information
processing apparatus and the external apparatus, has been established;

a communication unit having a second central processing unit; and
a power supply control unit configured to shift a power mode of the information processing apparatus that includes a normal
power mode, where each unit in the main control unit and the communication unit receives power, a first power mode, and a
second power mode where the communication unit receives power from the power supply control unit and the main control unit
does not receive power from the power supply control unit,

wherein, in response to determining that the required session has been established,
the power supply control unit shifts the power mode from the normal power mode to the first power mode where the plurality
of units configure to receive power do not receive power, and where the communication unit and the first central processing
unit receive power from the power supply control unit, and

the communication unit and the first central processing unit maintain the established required session between the information
processing apparatus and the external apparatus while maintaining the first power mode,

wherein, while the required session is established and in response to the first central processing unit determining in the
first power mode that a packet received from the external apparatus is a session confirmation packet, the first central processing
unit is configured to transmit a session response packet to the external apparatus while maintaining the first power mode,
and

wherein the session confirmation packet is a keep-alive communication received by the information processing apparatus and
configured to allow the external apparatus to check that a link between the information processing apparatus and the external
apparatus is operating, or to prevent the link from being broken.

US Pat. No. 9,357,138

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus capable of high dynamic range (HDR) shooting in which a plurality of images for creating a high
dynamic range image are captured, comprising:
an image capture unit;
a standard exposure computation unit that computes an HDR standard exposure that is a standard exposure used for high dynamic
range shooting, by correcting a standard exposure, which is based on a subject luminance of an image obtained by the image
capture unit, toward over-exposure or under-exposure;

a dynamic range computation unit that computes a scene dynamic range based on first luminance information obtained from an
image captured with the HDR standard exposure, and based on second luminance information obtained from an image captured with
an exposure, wherein the standard exposure exists between the exposure and the HDR standard exposure; and

a determination unit that determines an exposure range of a plurality of images for creating a high dynamic range image, based
on the scene dynamic range computed by the dynamic range computation unit,

wherein the first luminance information is obtained before an instruction to begin shooting is given, and
wherein the second luminance information is obtained after an instruction to begin shooting is given.

US Pat. No. 9,354,089

ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

wherein the encoder further comprises a weighting unit configured to weight an output signal from each of the plural detectors
using, for each of the plural detectors, a respective weight that is determined in accordance with a position of the each
of the plural detectors, and

wherein, for each of the plural detectors, the respective weight is set so that, in a predetermined range that contains a
spatial frequency corresponding to the second modulation period, a value of a spatial frequency response of the first phase
acquirer when the output signal from each of the plural detectors is weighted by the weighting unit is smaller than that when
the output signal from each of the plural detectors is not weighted by the weighting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,348,281

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,348,285

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conveyance path of a recording material provided in an inside of the image forming apparatus;
a door which is provided such that the inside of the apparatus including the conveyance path is exposed,
a door opening/closing detection unit configured to detect opening or closing of the door;
a pair of rotation members which forms a nip portion for holding and conveying the recording material on the conveyance path;
a driving unit configured to separate one rotation member of the pair of rotation members from the other rotation member;
a power unit configured to supply power to the driving unit, wherein the power unit is configured to supply power to the driving
unit even in a case where the door is opened;

a decision unit configured to decide whether or not the recording material exists at the nip portion; and
a control unit configured to control a pressurized state and a pressure releasing state of the nip portion of the pair of
rotation members;

wherein the control unit is configured to control to release pressure at the nip portion in a case where the door opening
is detected and the recording material exists at the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 9,348,308

PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING FORCE RECEIVING PORTION AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably attachable to an image forming apparatus main body, the process cartridge comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developer bearing member configured to abut on the image bearing member to thereby develop an electrostatic latent image
formed on the image bearing member;

a developing frame member configured to support the developer bearing member and to be capable of assuming an abutting state
in which the developer bearing member abuts on the image bearing member and a separating state in which the developer bearing
member separates from the image bearing member; and

a force receiving portion provided on the developing frame member and configured to allow the developing frame member to enter
the separating state by being pressed by a pressing portion provided in the image forming apparatus main body,

wherein the process cartridge is configured to be inserted in an inserting direction from an exterior of the image forming
apparatus main body into a first attachment position in the image forming apparatus main body, and to be movable, in the image
forming apparatus main body, in a direction crossing through the inserting direction from the first attachment position to
a second attachment position,

wherein the force receiving portion includes a first portion extending along the inserting direction, and second portions
provided on each of an upstream side and a downstream side of the first portion in the inserting direction, wherein the second
portions protrude from the first portion in the direction crossing through the inserting direction,

wherein a portion of the first portion disposed between the second portions in the inserting direction remains abutting on
the pressing portion while the process cartridge moves between the exterior of the image forming apparatus main body and the
first attachment position and, due to the pressing portion remaining abutting on the portion of the first portion disposed
between the second portions, the developing frame member remains in the separating state while the process cartridge moves
between the exterior of the image forming apparatus main body and the first attachment position, and

wherein the second portions move to abut on the pressing portion when the process cartridge moves between the first attachment
position and the second attachment position.

US Pat. No. 9,348,443

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus provided with a display unit including a touch panel, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a detection unit that detects a plurality of touch points being touched at a time on the touch panel;
a division unit that divides, if a number of the plurality of touch points detected by the detection unit is a predetermined
number or more, a plurality of display objects into two groups of display objects according to one of the plurality of touch
points moving in an opposite direction on the touch panel to another of the plurality of touch points;

a decision unit that decides one or more objects that are to be displayed in each of the two groups of display objects obtained
by the division unit, according to an attribute, including an aggregation setting in which the plurality of display objects
are constituted by a plurality of objects, of an object that is included in each of the plurality of display objects before
the division; and

a determination unit that determines, if the plurality of display objects before the division have the aggregation setting
of a plurality of objects, whether or not to execute the division of the plurality of display objects by the division unit,
on the basis of a number of display objects in the horizontal direction that are arranged in the plurality of display objects,

wherein one of the two groups of display objects includes the one of the plurality of touch points and another of the two
groups of display objects includes the another of the plurality of touch points.

US Pat. No. 9,340,051

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a setting of test print;
a control unit configured to perform control to print an image as a mirror image on a second side of a transparent sheet if
the reception unit does not receive the setting of the test print, and perform control to feed an alternative sheet instead
of the transparent sheet to print the image as a normal image on a first side of the alternative sheet if the reception unit
receives the setting of the test print; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether two-sided printing is set,
wherein the control unit performs control to combine an image for a first side of the transparent sheet as a normal image
and an image for the second side of the transparent sheet as a normal image, and to print the combined image on the first
side of the alternative sheet, if the reception unit receives the setting of the test print and the determination unit determines
that the two-sided printing is set.

US Pat. No. 9,341,967

METHOD FOR PRODUCING TONER PARTICLES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,341,975

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,339,185

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,344,624

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,340,022

LIQUID DISCHARGING SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,690

PRESSING ROLLER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pressing roller comprising:
a cylindrical core metal;
a first rubber layer of non-porous material provided on the core metal; and
a second rubber layer of porous material provided on the first rubber layer,
wherein the second rubber layer includes a thermo-conductive filler dispersed therein such that a thermal conductivity of
the second rubber layer in a longitudinal direction is higher than a thermal conductivity thereof in a thickness direction,
and

wherein the first rubber layer includes a thermo-conductive filler dispersed therein such that a thermal conductivity of the
first rubber layer in a thickness direction is higher than a thermal conductivity of the second rubber layer in the thickness
direction of the second rubber layer.

US Pat. No. 9,335,733

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,528

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,333,746

INK JET RECORDING HEAD SUBSTRATE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND INK JET RECORDING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording head substrate comprising:
a base substrate;
a heat accumulation layer overlying the base substrate, the heat accumulation layer including a porous cyclic siloxane film
formed by a gas-phase process;

a heating resistor layer overlying the heat accumulation layer, the heating resistor layer including an electrothermal conversion
portion;

a wiring layer electrically connected to the heating resistor layer; and
an insulating protective layer covering the heating resistor layer and the wiring layer.

US Pat. No. 9,338,131

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A control method for an information processing apparatus including a network controller which controls communication with
an apparatus on a network, and memory device which stores a vendor identification (ID) list, the control method comprising:
determining, based on the vendor ID list stored in the memory device, whether the network controller is a normal network controller;
acquiring a latest vendor ID list from an external apparatus in a case where the determination unit has determined that the
network controller is not a normal network controller;

updating the vendor ID list stored in the memory device to the acquired latest vendor ID list;
re-determining, based on matching results of the latest vendor ID list and the MAC address, whether the network controller
is the normal network controller in a case where the vendor ID list has been acquired; and

prohibiting from executing communication and displaying an error message in a case where it is determined that the network
controller is not the normal network controller based on matching results of the latest vendor ID list and the MAC address;

wherein the vendor ID indicates first 3 octets of a MAC address.

US Pat. No. 9,335,896

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,336,163

PRECHARGE CONTROL FOR MEMORY BANK COMMANDS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,329,624

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING AND CORRECTION LIFETIME INFORMATION WITHIN SA INFORMATION WHEN TRANSITIONING BETWEEN POWER MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. A control method for a communication apparatus, having a network interface device, that is capable of executing IPsec communication
through the network interface device with an external apparatus on a network, the method comprising:
notifying the network interface device of SA information used for executing the IPsec communication, in a case where the communication
apparatus shifts from a first power mode to a second power mode having less power consumption than the first power mode;

acquiring, from the network interface device, the SA information, during a shift of the communication apparatus from the second
power mode to the first power mode; and

correcting a life time included in the acquired SA information upon the communication apparatus shifting from the second power
mode to the first power mode and before a subsequent shift from the first power mode to the second power mode.

US Pat. No. 9,326,678

EYEGROUND IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an eyeground-image pickup unit configured to take a two-dimensional image of an eyeground of a subject;
a tomographic-image pickup unit configured to take a tomographic image of the eyeground, the tomographic-image pickup unit
including an optical system which is used in common with the eyeground-image pickup unit;

an output unit configured to output a signal relating to the tomographic image so as to display the tomographic image by a
display unit;

a control unit configured to control the eyeground-image pickup unit, the tomographic-image pickup unit, and the output unit;
a signal input unit configured to input a signal relating to the control of the control unit; and
a selection input unit configured to select a retake of a tomographic image by inputting a signal,
wherein the control unit controls, in response to the signal input from the signal input unit, the tomographic-image pickup
unit so as to take the tomographic image, controls the output unit so as to output the signal relating to the tomographic
image to the display unit, and controls, in a case where the signal relating to the tomographic image is output from the output
unit, the eyeground-image pickup unit so as to take the two-dimensional image in response to the signal input from the signal
input unit and the tomographic-image pickup unit so as to retake the tomographic image in response to the signal input from
the selection input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,325,911

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor including a plurality of pixels arranged two-dimensionally;
a shutter that shields said image sensor from light;
a controller that controls to perform continuous shooting of a plurality of exposure images by said image sensor and compose
the plurality of exposure images obtained by the continuous shooting;

the controller that controls to acquire a first black image before the continuous shooting by causing said image sensor to
accumulate electric charges while said image sensor is shielded from light by said shutter and to acquire a second black image
after the continuous shooting by causing said image sensor to accumulate electric charges while said image sensor is shielded
from light by said shutter; and

an image processing circuit that performs first noise reduction processing using the first black image for each of a plurality
of exposure images obtained by the continuous shooting and performs second noise reduction processing using the second black
image for an exposure image obtained by composing the plurality of exposure images by said controller.

US Pat. No. 9,325,922

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a plurality of columns, each of the plurality of pixels including
a photoelectric conversion unit, and each of the plurality of pixels further including a digital-signal output unit configured
to output a digital signal based on an output of the photoelectric conversion unit;

bus lines each arranged in correspondence with one of the plurality of columns, and each configured to output the digital
signal from the digital-signal output unit in a pixel of the plurality of pixels; and

a control unit configured to control the digital-signal output unit to switch number of bits of the digital signal.

US Pat. No. 9,317,790

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR RECEIVING PRINT JOBS INCLUDING A COMMAND TO PROCESS SUBSEQUENT PRINT JOB

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a job and a subsequent job from an external device, the job including a command for
determining, in a case where an error has occurred in the job, whether to process the subsequent job prior to the job or not
to process the subsequent job prior to the job, the command being set by the external device;

a processing unit configured to process the job and then the subsequent job received by the receiving unit;
a stopping unit configured to stop processing of the job in the case where the error has occurred in the job; and
a controlling unit configured to control, after processing of the job is stopped by the stopping unit, the processing unit
to process the subsequent job prior to the job or not to process the subsequent job prior to the job, according to the command
being set by the external device, included in the job,

wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the processing unit, the stopping unit, and the controlling unit is implemented
by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,309,349

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,310,688

PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,310,723

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS MOVING MECHANISM CONFIGURED TO MOVE URGING ROLLER CONFIGURED TO URGE CLEANING WEB TOWARD ROTATABLE COLLECTING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable heating member configured to heat a toner image on a recording material;
a rotatable collecting member configured to collect a toner deposited on said rotatable heating member;
a cleaning web configured to clean said rotatable collecting member;
an urging roller configured to urge said cleaning web toward said rotatable collecting member;
a moving mechanism configured to move said urging roller so as to be movable between a first position where said cleaning
web contacts said rotatable collecting member, a second position where said cleaning web contacts said rotatable collecting
member at a contact pressure lower than the contact pressure at the first position, and a third position where said cleaning
web is spaced from said rotatable collecting member;

an executing portion configured to execute an operation in a cleaning mode in which said rotatable collecting member is cleaned
at the second position and the first position in this order; and

a controller configured to control, in the operation in the cleaning mode, the temperature of said rotatable collecting roller
so that the temperature when said urging roller is moved from the third position to the second position is higher than the
temperature when said urging roller is moved from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,310,725

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus for heating an image formed on a recording material, said apparatus comprising:
an endless belt;
a roller contactable with said endless belt to form a nip to nip and feed the recording material;
a heater provided along a generatrix direction of said endless belt at an inside of said endless belt;
a guiding member, provided inside said endless belt, configured to guide rotation of said endless belt;
a reinforcing member, provided between said endless belt and said heater with respect to a radial direction of said heater,
configured to reinforce said guiding member, said reinforcing member being provided with an opening to permit radiant light
from said heater to reach said endless belt; and

a protecting member, provided between said heater and said reinforcing member with respect to said radial direction so as
to oppose said endless belt through said opening, thus suppressing flexure of said endless belt caused by being pressed by
the recording material when the recording material is jammed.

US Pat. No. 9,310,752

UNIT MOVING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,313,346

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,313,364

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,304,416

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

R19 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group;

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,304,444

CLEANING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning unit for an image forming apparatus, said cleaning unit comprising:
a frame;
a cleaning blade having a cleaning blade end portion contacting a rotatable image bearing member for removing a developer
from an image bearing member;

said frame comprising a developer accommodating portion for accommodating the developer removed by said cleaning blade;
a first sealing member sealing between said frame and said cleaning blade to prevent leakage of the developer from said developer
accommodating portion, said first sealing member being provided by injection molding into said frame adjacent to an axial
end portion of the image bearing member; and

a second sealing member sealing between said frame and said image bearing member to prevent leakage of the developer from
said developer accommodating portion, said second sealing member being provided at a position opposing said cleaning blade
end portion and adjacent to the axial end portion of the image bearing member, and said second sealing member having an L-shaped
configuration with a projected portion extending in a direction crossing with the axial direction outwardly beyond an end
surface of said cleaning blade with respect to the axial direction,

wherein said first sealing member includes a base portion provided at a position inside of the end surface with respect to
the axial direction and extending in the crossing direction and an extension extending from said base portion in the axial
direction, said extension having an extension end portion compressed by said projected portion to seal between said projected
portion and said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,304,483

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,304,487

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AN OPENING/CLOSING MEMBER, A CARTRIDGE SUPPORT MEMBER, AND A LOCK THAT IS RELEASED WHEN CARTRIDGE SUPPORT MEMBER MOVES TO AN OUTER POSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge support member configured to move between an outer position where a plurality of cartridges are detachably mountable
to the cartridge support member, outside of the main body of the image forming apparatus and an inner position where the plurality
of cartridges are supported by the cartridge support member for enabling image formation, inside the body of the image forming
apparatus;

a first opening of the main body of the image forming apparatus configured to allow the cartridge support member to pass through
the first opening when the cartridge support member is moved between the inner position and the outer position;

a second opening of the main body of the image forming apparatus provided vertically above the cartridge support member and
configured so that at least one of the plurality of cartridges can pass through the second opening to attach or detach any
of the plurality of cartridges from the cartridge support member;

an opening/closing member movably mounted to the main body of the image forming apparatus and configured to take a closed
position that covers the first opening and the second opening and an open position in which the first opening and the second
opening are open,

wherein the opening/closing member comprises a first opening/closing portion configured to be arranged to close the first
opening when the opening/closing member is at the closed position and a second opening/closing portion configured to close
the second opening when the opening/closing member is at the closed position, said second opening/closing portion being movable
relative to the first opening/closing portion; and

a lock member configured to lock the second opening/closing portion with respect to the first opening/closing portion,
wherein, in a case where the opening/closing member is at the open position, the lock member locks the second opening/closing
portion at a protruding position at which the second opening/closing portion protrudes into a movement path through which
the cartridge support member moves from the inner position to the outer position, and

wherein, during a process of moving from the inner position to the outer position, the cartridge support member releases the
lock by the lock member to thereby permit the second opening/closing portion to be moved to a retracted position at which
the second opening/closing portion is retracted from the movement path.

US Pat. No. 9,304,490

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IRRADIATING A MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for irradiating a medium with an electromagnetic wave which is designed to focus on a particular portion in the
medium, the method comprising:
irradiating the medium with a first electromagnetic wave which is scattered in the medium, and is not designed to focus on
the particular portion in the medium;

detecting using at least one ultrasound detector a first photoacoustic signal caused by irradiating the medium with the first
electromagnetic wave, the first photoacoustic signal being sound of ultrasonic frequency;

irradiating the medium with a second electromagnetic wave which is designed to focus on the particular portion in the medium;
detecting using the at least one ultrasound detector a second photoacoustic signal caused by irradiating the medium with the
second electromagnetic wave, the second photoacoustic signal being sound of ultrasonic frequency; and

monitoring a light distribution of the particular portion, which is irradiated by the second electromagnetic wave, based on
a ratio of the second photoacoustic signal to the first photoacoustic signal.

US Pat. No. 9,307,150

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,307,152

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM WHERE DIALOGUE BOX IS DISPLAYED BASED ON DISPLAY MODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising a processor and a memory including instructions which, when executed by the processor,
cause the display control apparatus to:
determine a state of a function which is executed while a dialogue box relating to the function is displayed; and
control a displaying of the dialogue box relating to the function, based on data stored in the memory indicating as to whether
the dialogue box is displayed or not in accordance with a displaying mode for displaying an image photographed by a camera,
and based on the determined state.

US Pat. No. 9,299,134

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,298,141

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device comprising: a first heating element;
a second heating element configured to be driven independently from the first heating element;
a temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature; and an electric power controller configured to control
electric power to be supplied to the first and second heating elements for each control cycle corresponding to a period including
a plurality of consecutive hall cycles of alternate current in accordance with a temperature detected by the temperature detection
element,

wherein the electric power controller controls electric power such that a current is supplied to both the first and second
heating elements, wherein the current includes a waveform having first half cycles, in which current is supplied or not supplied
in entire half cycles of alternate current, and a second half cycle, in which current is supplied to portions of the half
cycles of alternate current in a mixed manner,

wherein the electric power controller sets a first control pattern in which electric power is controlled such that the first
half cycle supplied to the first heating element and overlaps with the second half cycle supplied to the second heating element
and in the half cycles of same phases, and the second half cycle supplied to the first heating element overlaps with the first
half cycle supplied to the second heating element in the half cycles of the same phases during the control cycle; and

wherein the electric power controller sets a second control pattern in which electric power is controlled such that the first
half cycles supplied to the first and second heating elements overlap with each other and the second half cycles supplied
to the first and second heating elements overlap with each other in the half cycles of the same phases during the control
cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,298,142

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,297,943

ABSORPTIVE WIRE-GRID POLARIZER AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An absorptive wire-grid polarizer comprising:
a dielectric substrate; and
a periodic structure formed on a substrate surface of the dielectric substrate and constituted by a metal and one or more
dielectric materials whose number is represented by i,

wherein the periodic structure has a one-dimensional grating structure in which, in a sectional plane orthogonal to a normal
to the substrate surface, grating portions of a metal grating formed of the metal and grating portions of dielectric gratings
formed of the one or more dielectric materials are one-dimensionally arranged with a grating period P smaller than that of
an entering light entering the polarizer, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
nm?2.0;

km?3.0;

0.01?FF?0.25;

nb?1.40; and

h?250 nm,

where h represents an entire height of the metal and dielectric gratings, nm represents a refractive index of a real part of a complex refractive index of the metal for a wavelength of the entering light,
km represents an extinction coefficient of an imaginary part of the complex refractive index, nb represents an average refractive index of the dielectric gratings, and FF represents an average filling factor of the metal
grating to the grating period P, FF and nb being expressed by the following expressions:


where W(z) represents a grating width of the grating portion of the metal grating occupying in the grating period p at a grating
height z, and ni and Wi respectively represent a refractive index and a grating width of an i-th dielectric material.

US Pat. No. 9,297,745

SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,291,984

CONNECTOR FOR HEATER, AND FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image fixing apparatus for heating and fixing an unfixed image formed on a recording material, comprising:
a heater including a substrate, a first electrode provided on one side of said substrate and a second electrode provided on
the other side of the substrate; and

a connector, connected to said heater, configured to supply electric power, said connector including an electrically insulative
housing, and a contact terminal provided inside said housing and having first spring contact contacted to said first electrode
and a second spring contact contacted to said second electrode,

wherein said contact terminal is movable relative to said housing in an urging direction of said spring contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,291,990

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,292,773

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM CONFIGURED TO PRINT IMAGE PROJECTED BY THE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An output system comprising:
a computer that includes a first image processor configured to process first image data and to generate second image data
by processing the first image data; and

an image display apparatus that is connected to the computer and includes an image display unit configured to display an image
corresponding to the second image data output from the computer,

wherein when receiving an output condition from the image display apparatus, the computer generates output data based upon
the output condition and image data having a higher resolution among the first image data and the second image data, which
corresponds to identification information contained in the output condition, and sends the output data to an output unit connected
to the computer for output.

US Pat. No. 9,293,292

DRAWING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,293,886

LASER APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,285,756

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,287,805

VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,288,343

PROCESSING APPARATUS, CHARGING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,288,412

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,278,882

METHOD OF PRODUCING GLASS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of producing glass comprising:
forming phase-separated glass containing silicon oxide and a denatured layer formed on a surface of the phase-separated glass,
the denatured layer being compositionally deviated from a vitreous body,

removing the denatured layer selectively in its thickness direction by bringing an alkaline solution held by a porous supporting
member into contact with the denatured layer; and

immersing the phase-separated glass with the denatured layer removed therefrom in an acid solution and/or water to form pores
in the phase-separated glass,

wherein the removing of the denatured layer selectively comprises controlling removal in the thickness direction by allowing
the alkaline solution to be held by the porous supporting member to thereby restrain circulation of the alkaline solution
so as to limit a liquid amount of the alkaline solution to react with the denatured layer.

US Pat. No. 9,275,709

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a CPU configured to execute a program;
a non-volatile memory storing in advance the program to be executed by said CPU and used as a main memory region for said
CPU; and

a reset unit configured to control reset of said CPU, and output, when said electronic apparatus enters a predetermined state,
a predetermined signal to said non-volatile memory,

wherein said non-volatile memory includes a plurality of memory regions including a first memory region storing the program
in advance and a second memory region accessed by said CPU to execute the program, a transfer unit configured to transfer
the program from said first memory region to said second memory region in response to the predetermined signal from said reset
unit, and a controller configured to, upon completion of transfer of the program by said transfer unit, control to disable
access from the outside of said non-volatile memory to said first memory region and enable access from the outside of said
non-volatile memory to said second memory region, and

upon completion of transfer of the program by said transfer unit, said reset unit outputs a reset-release signal to said CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,277,102

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An audio processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an audio signal; and
a processor configured to process the audio signal and to reduce noise in the audio signal,
wherein if it is not determined that the audio signal contains an abnormal value, the processor obtains prediction data based
on a predetermined number of samples of the audio signal obtained by the obtaining unit and updates parameter for obtaining
the prediction data such that a difference between the prediction data and the audio signal obtained by the obtaining unit
becomes smaller, and

wherein if it is determined that the audio signal contains an abnormal value, the processor obtains next prediction data by
using the prediction data which has already been obtained and reduces noise in the audio signal by using the next prediction
data.

US Pat. No. 9,277,111

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a focus detection unit configured to perform focus detection based on a contrast evaluation value for an image included in
a focus detection area;

a subject detection unit configured to detect a region of a specific subject from an image; and
a selection unit configured to select at least one focus detection area, on which focus detection is performed by the focus
detection unit, from among a plurality of preset focus detection areas each being located at a fixed position and having a
fixed size,

wherein the selection unit is configured to, when the region of the specific subject is detected and a focus detection area
that is encompassed by the region of the specific subject is present among the plurality of preset focus detection areas,
select the focus detection area that is encompassed by the region of the specific subject, and when the region of the specific
subject is detected and no focus detection area that is encompassed by the region of the specific subject is present among
the plurality of preset focus detection areas, select at least one predetermined focus detection area from among the plurality
of preset focus detection areas.

US Pat. No. 9,277,131

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a fixation member;
a movable member that holds an image stabilization unit for correcting image blur and is movable in a direction not in parallel
with the optical axis of an image capturing optical system;

a first rotation member that rotates by being supported by the fixation member and moves the movable member in a first direction;
a second rotation member that rotates by being supported by the fixation member and moves the movable member in a second direction
different from the first direction;

wherein the rotating axis of at least one of the first and the second rotation members is arranged within the optical path
of the image capturing optical system;

a first drive unit that drives the first rotation member; and
a second drive unit that drives the second rotation member.

US Pat. No. 9,277,270

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXTRACTING FRAME IMAGE DATA FROM VIDEO DATA AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of reproducing encoded video data in which a plurality of video data is hierarchically
encoded, wherein
the encoded video data in which a plurality of video data is hierarchically encoded has a structure for holding encoded stream
data in a plurality of layers corresponding to a plurality of video data, the encoded stream data in each layer includes information
about the number of pixels indicating a value of the number of pixels of frame image data composing video data corresponding
to each layer, information about field of view of the video data, and information about a reference layer to which reference
is made in encoding the video data and which is related to a layer corresponding to video data, video data low in resolution
of frame image data composing video data in a plurality of video data is encoded in a lower layer, and video data high in
resolution of frame image data composing video data is encoded in a higher layer, the image processing apparatus comprising:

an output unit configured to output video data and image data to a display unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the information about the number of pixels and field of view of the video data and
the information about a reference layer from the encoded stream data in each layer;

a determination unit configured to determine whether information about field of view of the video data corresponding to each
layer is the same as information about field of view of display video data of video displayed on the display unit at a timing
according to instruction input for specifying frame image data to be extracted from video data on the basis of the information
about the number of pixels and field of view and the information about the reference layer acquired by the acquisition unit;
and

an extraction unit configured to extract frame image data corresponding to the timing from video data of a layer higher than
a layer corresponding to the display video data, among the video data which is determined by the determination unit to be
associated with the same information about field of view as the information about field of view of the display video data
by the determination unit, if (i) the information about field of view of the video data corresponding to each layer is determined
by the determination unit to be the same as the information about field of view of the display video data, and (ii) the video
data of the layer higher than the layer corresponding to the display video data exists, and extract frame image data corresponding
to the timing from the display video data, if (i) the information about field of view of the video data corresponding to each
layer is determined by the determination unit to be the same as the information about field of view of the display video data,
and (iii) the video data of the layer higher than the layer corresponding to the display video data does not exist,

wherein the output unit outputs the frame image data corresponding to the timing and extracted by the extraction unit, to
the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,277,150

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,276,028

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,197

RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING METHOD, AND RECORDING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,077

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING POWER SAVE FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A control method of an image forming apparatus having a non-volatile storage device, the image forming apparatus configured
to be able to transit between a normal state where a normal operation is performed and a power save state where power consumption
is less than in the normal state, the control method comprising:
a setting step of calculating, when the image forming apparatus transits from the normal state to the power save state, a
data retention period of said non-volatile storage device, and setting the calculated data retention period in a part of the
image forming apparatus that operates in the power save state; and

a transition step of causing, by the part of the image forming apparatus that operates in the power save state, the image
forming apparatus to transit from the power save state to the normal state based on the data retention period set in said
setting step.

US Pat. No. 9,275,300

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING IMAGE DESCRIPTION VECTOR, IMAGE DETECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for generating an image description vector comprising:
at least one processor and at least one memory which are coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:
an encoding unit configured for encoding each of a plurality of pixel regions of an image into M pieces of N-bit binary codes,
wherein each bit of an N-bit binary code represents a neighbouring pixel region which is in a neighbourhood of a corresponding
pixel region; and

a generating unit configured for generating an image description vector of the image based on matching each of the M pieces
of N-bit binary code of each pixel region of the plurality of pixel regions with a particular code pattern,

wherein M is an integer of 3 or larger, and N is an integer of 3 or larger,
wherein the generating unit comprises:
a feature extracting unit configured for, for an m-th N-bit binary code in each M pieces of N-bit binary codes corresponding
to each pixel region of the plurality of pixel regions, if the m-th N-bit binary code matches a particular code pattern of
an m-th category of M categories, extracting the m-th N-bit binary code as a salient N-bit binary code of that m-th category;
and

an image description vector generating unit configured for counting the number of salient N-bit binary codes for each category
of the M categories, to form an image description vector,

wherein, 1?m?M.

US Pat. No. 9,277,088

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for searching, from a plurality of photo book templates, for a photo book template
to lay out a plurality of images therein, the information processing apparatus comprising a computer which functions as:
a layout unit configured to compare position information of a shooting spot defined for each of a plurality of image frames
included in the photo book templates with position information indicating a shooting position of each of the plurality of
images, and to lay out, in an image frame among the plurality of image frames, an image among the plurality of images that
matches the position information defined for the image frame; and

a search unit configured to search for a photo book template to lay out the plurality of images therein based on the number
of images laid out by the layout unit and a layout of the thus laid-out images,

wherein the search unit calculates a degree of matching between each of the photo book templates and the plurality of images
based on the number and a layout of the images laid out by the layout unit, and searches the photo book templates based on
the thus calculated degree of matching.

US Pat. No. 9,272,522

PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK AMOUNT DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,405

PROJECTOR WITH ILLUMINATION SYSTEM HAVING A CUBOID OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

D?0.3n·d·D/L?A?D+n·d·D/L is met.

US Pat. No. 9,268,725

DATA TRANSFERRING APPARATUS AND DATA TRANSFERRING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,265

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable intermediary transfer member onto which a toner image to be transferred onto a recording material is once transferred;
first and second accommodating portions for accommodating recording materials;
a detecting member for detecting a recording material in said first accommodating portion;
an executing portion for executing a removing operation for removing the toner image transferred on said intermediary transfer
member by once interrupting a continuous job for continuously forming an image on recording materials fed from said first
accommodating portion when a discrimination that there is no recording material in said first accommodating portion is made
on the basis of a detection result of said detecting member during the continuous job and then for executing a switching operation
for resuming the continuous job by feeding a recording material from said second accommodating portion; and

a setting portion for setting a moving speed of said intermediary transfer member during execution of the removing operation
so as to be higher than a moving speed of said intermediary transfer member when the toner image is transferred onto the recording
material.

US Pat. No. 9,268,269

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING MOTOR FOR MOVING SHUTTER OR MAGNETIC FLUX CONFINING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

19. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a heating member configured to heat a toner image on a recording material;
an excitation coil configured to generate a magnetic flux for electromagnetic induction heating of said heating member;
a magnetic flux confining member configured to suppress the magnetic flux actable on said heating member from said excitation
coil;

a motor configured to move said magnetic flux confining member;
a detector configured to detect that said magnetic flux confining member is in a predetermined position; and
a controller configured to control an operation of said motor,
wherein when said detector does not detect said magnetic flux confining member after a predetermined time elapses from production
of a first instruction for moving said magnetic flux confining member toward the predetermined position, said controller produces
a second instruction for moving said magnetic flux confining member in a direction away from the predetermined position.

US Pat. No. 9,268,282

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,903

IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each including a conversion element and a first transistor, wherein one of a source and a drain of
the first transistor is connected to the conversion element; and

a second transistor being shared by the plurality of pixels and having a gate connected respectively to the other of the source
and the drain of the first transistor of each of the plurality of pixels,

wherein at least one among the gate, a source, a drain and a channel portion of the second transistor is formed to be extended
over the plurality of pixels, and the conversion element is arranged over the first and second transistors.

US Pat. No. 9,270,911

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having multiple pixels arranged two-dimensionally, the image sensor including image sensing pixels that generate
a signal for image generation by photoelectrically converting an object image formed by an imaging lens, and focus detection
pixels that generate a signal for phase difference detection by photoelectrically converting object images;

a control unit that controls to read imaging rows in which the image sensing pixels that are used for outputting signals for
displaying an image on a display are arrayed, and focus detection rows including the focus detection pixels;

a generating unit that generates a display image of one frame using signals read out from the imaging lines,
wherein said control unit controls to separate the multiple pixels into two groups, one of which is a group of the imaging
rows used for image generation and the other one of which is a group of the focus detection rows including the focus detection
pixels, and sequentially read out all the rows of one of the two groups in one frame and thereafter sequentially read out
the other one of the two groups, and

wherein a period from start to end of signal accumulation of pixels in the one of the two groups used for the image generation
and a period from start to end of signal accumulation of pixels in the other one of the two groups used for focus detection
are at least partially overlapped and not completely overlapped.

US Pat. No. 9,268,869

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS ICON, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory comprising computer code, the at least one memory and the computer code configured to, with the at least
one processor, cause the image processing apparatus to:

receive import data for a shortcut button for obtaining a web content from an information processing apparatus, the import
data including a URL and a title of the shortcut button;

access a server on a network indicated by the URL in accordance with receiving of the import data, and thereby obtain an icon
for the shortcut button from the server, the server being different from the information processing apparatus; and

display the obtained icon on the display unit with the title of the shortcut button.

US Pat. No. 9,268,874

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING SCREEN INFORMATION FROM A WEB SERVER AND DISPLAYING A WEB BROWSER SCREEN, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING MET

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:
receive first screen information and first setting information for determining a display specification of a web browser, from
a web server;

display a first screen on the web browser based on the first screen information, the display specification of the web browser
being determined based on the first setting information; and

change the display specification of the web browser based on the second setting information, in a case where second screen
information, second setting information for determining the display specification of the web browser, and predetermined information
are received from the web server after the first screen is displayed,

wherein the display specification of the web browser is not changed based on the second setting information, in a case where
the second screen information and the second setting information are received from the web server without receiving the predetermined
information after the first screen is displayed, and

wherein the predetermined information is information for determining whether the display specification of the web browser
is to be taken over.

US Pat. No. 9,261,806

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle that contains a crystalline polyester resin A, an amorphous polyester resin B and a
colorant,
(1) wherein the crystalline polyester resin A has a polyester molecular chain having a nucleating agent segment at the terminal
end thereof, and has an SP value (Sa) ((cal/cm3)1/2) ranging from 9.00 to 11.50, and

(2) the amorphous polyester resin B has at least one functional group selected from the group consisting of (a) to (c):
(a) an aliphatic hydrocarbon group having 8 to 50 carbon atoms;
(b) a functional group of which an aliphatic alcohol having 8 to 50 carbon atoms has been bound by condensation; and
(c) a functional group of which an aliphatic carboxylic acid having 9 to 51 carbon atoms has been bound by condensation.

US Pat. No. 9,262,672

PATTERN RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND PATTERN RECOGNITION METHOD THAT REDUCE EFFECTS ON RECOGNITION ACCURACY, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pattern recognition apparatus comprising:
a similarity set generation unit configured to generate respective similarity sets for a plurality of objects by calculating
a similarity of a local feature of each local area in input image data and a local feature of a corresponding local area in
each image registered in a dictionary and collecting calculated similarities with respect to each object as a similarity set,
where one or more images have been registered for each object in the dictionary;

a determination unit configured to determine a first number of higher-ranked similarities to be integrated for each object
based on a second number of registered images for that object in the dictionary in accordance with a predetermined relationship
between the first number and the second number, where the greater the second number is, the greater the first number is;

an integrated similarity calculation unit configured to calculate an integrated similarity for each object by sorting a plurality
of similarities in the similarity set for that object and integrating the first number of higher-ranked similarities in the
similarity sets for that object; and

an identification unit configured to identify an object corresponding to the input image data based on the integrated similarity
for each object calculated by said integrated similarity calculation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,261,401

APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO GENERATE TERAHERTZ WAVE AND APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO DETECT TERAHERTZ WAVE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an element configured to generate or detect a terahertz wave;
a semi-spherical lens configured to guide the terahertz wave outgoing from the element or entering the element; and
a holder configured to hold the semi-spherical lens and the element in a state in which a flat surface of the semi-spherical
lens and the element are in contact with each other or in a state in which the flat surface of the semi-spherical lens and
the element clamp a substance which allows the terahertz wave to pass therethrough and the flat surface of the semi-spherical
lens and the element are in contact with the substance, wherein

the holder includes:
a resiliently deformable portion; and
a position adjusting unit configured to adjust a relative position between the semi-spherical lens and the element in a direction
parallel to the flat surface of the semi-spherical lens by resiliently deforming the resiliently deformable portion.

US Pat. No. 9,261,483

ACOUSTIC WAVE DETECTOR AND ACOUSTIC WAVE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic wave detector for detecting an acoustic wave generated by light emitted onto a subject, comprising:
a transducer; and
a light reflecting member which is positioned between said transducer and a subject surface that is irradiated with the light,
and which reflects scattered light on the subject surface, wherein

said light reflecting member includes a first reflecting surface and a second reflecting surface positioned closer to said
transducer than said first reflecting surface, and

said first reflecting surface and said second reflecting surface are disposed such that a distance between said first reflecting
surface and said second reflecting surface is a predetermined length equal to an odd multiple of a half wavelength of a predetermined
wavelength, said predetermined wavelength being within a detection bandwidth of said transducer and included in an acoustic
wave generated from said light reflecting member by the scattered light.

US Pat. No. 9,264,603

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An imaging method comprising:
detecting a subject identified by using an output from an image pick-up device;
performing focus adjustment by using a focal point detection signal acquired by detecting a subject image corresponding to
a focal-point detection area including the identified subject by using the image pick-up device; and

instructing a position of the focal-point detection area,
wherein a first image capturing recording mode and a second image capturing recording mode are provided which present screens
having different aspect ratios; and

in a case where the second image capturing recording mode is started after the focal-point detection area is instructed by
the instructing in the first image capturing recording mode, a position of a focal-point detection area in the second image
capturing recording mode is determined based on a position of a focal-point detection area in the first image capturing recording
mode until the identified subject is detected by the subject detecting after the second image capturing recording mode is
started.

US Pat. No. 9,256,835

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENABLING DISCRIMINATOR TO LEARN AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and memory;
a preliminary learning unit configured to make a plurality of preliminary discriminators perform learning, each of the preliminary
discriminators includes cascade-connected weak discriminators with no branches and learns to discriminate a corresponding
one of combinations of variation ranges for a plurality of variation categories which do not depend on each other;

an evaluation unit configured to obtain discrimination results of the plurality of preliminary discriminators learned by the
preliminary learning unit, by inputting, samples classified according to the combinations of variation ranges for the plurality
of variation categories, to the preliminary discriminators so as to perform the discrimination processing on the samples using
respective preliminary discriminators and evaluate discrimination ability of the variation categories based on discrimination
results of the plurality of preliminary discriminators;

a determination unit configured to determine an order of discriminating the variation categories in a main discriminator according
to a descending order of the discrimination ability of the variation categories;

a main discriminator generation unit configured to generate a main discriminator which has a branch structure of multiple
layers by setting each of the multiple layers to discriminate a variation in respective one of the plurality of variation
categories, so that variations in the plurality of variation categories should be discriminated in the determined order of
discriminating the variation categories; and

a main learning unit configured to make the main discriminator perform learning.

US Pat. No. 9,258,650

CAPACITIVE ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A capacitive electromechanical transducer comprising:
a first substrate;
a first diaphragm configured to oscillate by receiving an ultrasound;
a first electrode on the first diaphragm;
a second electrode that is disposed on a first surface side of the first substrate, wherein the ultrasound is detected based
on a change of capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode;

a through line that is electrically connected to the second electrode and penetrates the first substrate; and
a first electric connection portion that is provided on a second surface side of the first substrate, the first and second
surfaces being opposite surfaces of the first substrate, and electrically connected to the through line,

wherein the first diaphragm is provided so as to interpose a cavity between the first diaphragm and the second electrode,
and

wherein the first diaphragm covers the through line and the first electric connection portion with respect to a thickness
direction of the first substrate so as to reduce the ultrasound traveling to the through line and the first electric connection
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,258,391

PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processing method executed by a processing apparatus including a processor including a database for storing response
messages generated in response to receiving messages from a processing request source, the method comprising steps of:
receiving a message from the processing request source with a request including a processing request for execution of a requested
processing, wherein the message is either a message having information that identifies the message or a message not having
information that identifies the message;

determining whether the message has information that identifies the message;
starting the execution of the requested processing by the processor;
canceling, when the connection to the processing request source is disconnected and the message does not have the identifying
information, the execution of the requested processing without storing a corresponding response message in the database to
be sent to the processing request source when connected to the processing apparatus;

determining, when the message contains identifying information, whether the database stores a response message corresponding
to identifying information; and

storing, when the connection to the processing request source is disconnected and the message has the identifying information,
a corresponding response message in the database after the response message is generated by the processing apparatus in response
to receipt of the message having the identifying information if the database does not store the corresponding response message.

US Pat. No. 9,256,389

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

4. A control method for a printing apparatus, the printing apparatus having an operation unit, the control method comprising:
receiving first data, to which a password is added, from an external apparatus;
storing the first data in a storage device;
printing the first data when a print instruction for printing the first data and the password are input via the operation
unit from a user;

charging for the printing of the first data when the printing apparatus is operating in a charge mode;
deleting the first data when a cancel instruction for cancelling print of the first data is input via the operation unit from
a user; and

preventing the first data from being deleted in accordance with the cancel instruction, in a case where the printing apparatus
is operating in the charge mode, and allowing the deleting of the first data in accordance with the cancel instruction, in
a case where the printing apparatus is operating in a non-charge mode;

receiving second data to which a password is not added;
printing the second data without inputting a print instruction for printing the second data via the operation unit from a
user when the second data is received; and

deleting the second data in accordance with a cancel instruction for cancelling printing of the second data input via the
operation unit from a user in a case where the second data is received even when the printing apparatus is operating in the
charge mode.

US Pat. No. 9,255,879

METHOD OF MEASURING REFRACTIVE INDEX DISTRIBUTION, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND MEASUREMENT APPARATUS OF REFRACTIVE INDEX DISTRIBUTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

13. A measurement apparatus of a refractive index distribution, comprising:
an illumination optical system;
an object case configured to contain an object and a medium having a refractive index different from a refractive index of
the object;

a moving unit configured to move, in a translation movement, at least one of the object or the illumination optical system;
a measuring unit configured to measure a transmissive wavefront of the object arranged in the medium by introducing reference
light into the object, the reference light including rays of different angles and having a light beam diameter larger than
an effective diameter of at least one of a light incident surface or a light emitting surface of the object; and

a processing unit configured to obtain a refractive index distribution of the object based on the transmissive wavefront,
wherein the moving unit is configured to move the object or the illumination optical system without rotating the object to
dispose the object at different positions relative to the illumination optical system from each other,

wherein the measuring unit is configured to measure a first transmissive wavefront in a first medium having a first refractive
index and a second transmissive wavefront in a second medium having a second refractive index for the different positions,
and

wherein the processing unit is configured to:
calculate, for each of the different positions, a first wavefront aberration, which is a difference between a measurement
result of the first transmissive wavefront and a transmissive wavefront obtained with a reference object having a specific
refractive index distribution and the same shape as a shape of the object in the first medium,

calculate, for each of the different positions, a second wavefront aberration, which is a difference between a measurement
result of the second transmissive wavefront and a transmissive wavefront obtained with the reference object in the second
medium, and

calculate a plurality of refractive index distributions of the object corresponding to the different positions by removing
a shape component of the object based on the first wavefront aberration and the second wavefront aberration to calculate the
refractive index distribution of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,257,459

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,257,460

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus having a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit including a charge accumulation region;
an output unit configured to output a signal based on a potential of a node electrically connected to the charge accumulation
region; and

a connection unit configured to electrically connect a capacitance to the node, the charge accumulation region including a
first portion and a second portion,

wherein the first and second portions are configured such that charge generated through photoelectric conversion is first
accumulated in the first portion and, after the first portion is saturated, is accumulated in the second portion, and that
an amount of change in the potential of the node due to accumulation of a certain amount of charge in the first portion is
larger than an amount of change in the potential of the node due to accumulation of the certain amount of charge in the second
portion, and

wherein the output unit is configured to output, after accumulation of charge in the charge accumulation region is started
in a state in which the capacitance is not connected to the node, a first signal based on the potential of the node before
the capacitance is connected thereto, and, then output a second signal based on the potential of the node after the capacitance
is connected thereto.

US Pat. No. 9,257,472

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, CAMERA, AND DESIGN METHOD FOR SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions included in a plurality of pixels,
the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions being disposed in a first well region;

a second semiconductor substrate overlapping the first semiconductor substrate and including a circuit configured to amplify
a signal from the pixel, the circuit including a transistor and a source and/or a drain of the transistor being disposed in
a second well region that overlaps the first well region;

a plurality of first contact plugs connected to the first well region of the first semiconductor substrate at parts other
than the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions; and

a plurality of second contact plugs connected to the second well region of the second semiconductor substrate at parts other
than the source and/or the drain of the transistor,

wherein a number of the plurality of first contact plugs is different than a number of the plurality of second contact plugs.

US Pat. No. 9,258,016

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE DECODING OF CODEWORDS RECEIVED BY A LINEAR BLOCK CODE PIPELINED DECODER FROM AN INPUT BUFFER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer implemented method of controlling the decoding of codewords received by a linear block code pipelined decoder
from an input buffer, said pipelined decoder comprising at least two decoding stages, the method comprising iteratively:
loading the decoding stages of the pipelined decoder;
executing a decoding step; determining the number of residual errors in the codewords; and
outputting error free codewords;
wherein:
loading the decoding stages allows the different decoding stages to be loaded with any codeword coming from the buffer or
from any decoding stage of the decoder;

the method further comprising:
evaluating for each input codewords the SNR in the transmission channel at the moment of the actual transmission of the codeword;
determining a function that gives a theoretical maximum number of decoding step needed for the decoding of a given codeword
based on the SNR value measured at the moment of its actual transmission; and

for each codeword entering the pipeline decoder:
determining the theoretical maximum number of decoding step needed for the decoding of all the codewords stored in the input
buffer by summing the result of said function applied to the SNR value measured for each of these codewords;

determining a ratio of the theoretical maximum number of decoding step needed for the decoding of all the codewords stored
in the input buffer and the average number of iteration contemplated on preceding decoded codewords multiplied by the number
of codewords in the input buffer;

determining the maximum number of decoding step associated with the codeword as the result of the function applied to the
SNR value measured for the codeword if the given ratio is below 1;

determining the maximum number of decoding step associated to the codeword as the floor of the result of the function applied
to the SNR value measured for the codeword divided by said ratio if the given ratio is 1 or above; and

outputting the codeword from the pipelined decoder when the maximum of decoding step has been executed on the codeword.

US Pat. No. 9,251,977

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
an operating member formed by a non-conductive material;
a rotating member configured to rotate in accordance with a rotational operation of the operating member;
a substrate including a first sensing electrode whose capacitance changes by a touch operation to the operating member and
a plurality of second sensing electrodes whose potential changes by a rotation of the rotating member; and

a detector configured to detect the capacitance of the first sensing electrode and the rotational operation of the operating
member based on an output from the plurality of second sensing electrodes,

wherein the plurality of second sensing electrodes are disposed on a surface different from a surface on which the first sensing
electrode is disposed,

wherein a protruding portion formed on the operating member protrudes toward the first sensing electrode, and
wherein the substrate is disposed between the operating member and the rotating member.

US Pat. No. 9,250,424

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens that includes a plurality of lens units having a negative refractive power and that changes a distance between
adjacent lens units during zooming, the zoom lens comprising:
a lens unit Lv positioned at the most object side of the plurality of lens units having the negative refractive power;
a lens unit Lp positioned at the most object side of lens units having a positive refractive power, the lens units being positioned
at an image side of the lens unit Lv;

a lens unit Fp having a positive refractive power positioned at an image side of the lens unit Lp, the lens unit Fp being
configured to move during focusing; and

a lens unit Fn having a negative refractive power positioned at the image side of the lens unit Lp, the lens unit Fn being
configured to move during focusing,

wherein the lens unit Fp and the lens unit Fn move in the same direction in a first zoom range during focusing from infinity
to minimum object distance, and

wherein the lens unit Fp moves to an object side and the lens unit Fn moves to an image side in a second zoom range which
is positioned at a telephoto side relative to the first zoom range during focusing from infinity to minimum object distance.

US Pat. No. 9,253,353

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first control unit configured to control the image forming apparatus;
a second control unit configured to control the image forming unit based on control of the first control unit; and
a signal output unit configured to output a control signal for controlling an operation of the image forming unit,
wherein in a case where power is supplied to the second control unit of which power supply is stopped, the second control
unit performs a specific operation for maintenance of the image forming unit according to the control signal output from the
signal output unit in a state that the image forming apparatus is in a power saving state in which power supply to the first
control unit is stopped.

US Pat. No. 9,247,923

RECEIVED DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS OF PHOTOACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,253,425

PHOTO-ELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE FOR CURRENT FLUCTUATION SUPPRESSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photo-electric conversion device comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed to form rows and columns, each pixel including a photo-electric converter,
a floating diffusion portion, a transfer unit which transfers charges generated in the photo-electric converter to the floating
diffusion portion, and an output unit which outputs a signal corresponding to a potential of the floating diffusion portion;

signal lines corresponding to the respective columns of the pixel array, each of the signal lines being connected to the pixels
of the corresponding column of the pixel array to transmit a signal output from each of the pixels of the corresponding column
of the pixel array, the signal lines being arranged in parallel in a first direction;

load transistors corresponding to the respective signal lines, each of the load transistors including a drain connected to
the corresponding signal line and a source connected to a first reference potential line to which a first reference potential
is applied; and

capacitances corresponding to the respective load transistors, each of the capacitances including a first electrode connected
to a gate of the corresponding load transistor, and a second electrode connected to a second reference potential line to which
a second reference potential is applied,

wherein both the first electrodes of the capacitances and the signal lines are arranged in a cross-section perpendicular to
the first direction, and each first electrode is arranged between adjacent signal lines to not overlap the adjacent signal
lines, when viewed from a direction perpendicular to a light-receiving surface of the photo-electric converter.

US Pat. No. 9,253,429

VIDEO IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VIDEO IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A video image processing apparatus that outputs a video image to a display device having a display region including a first
display portion for displaying a left eye image and a second display portion for displaying a right eye image, comprising:
a video image processing unit configured to cut out a partial image from frame images of a three-dimensional video image configured
as an aggregate of the frame images for each scene, a single frame image being formed by arranging a pair of a left eye image
and a right eye image corresponding to the same scene in a prescribed pattern; and

an output unit configured to output the partial image cut out by the video image processing unit to the display device,
wherein the video image processing unit, when changing a cutout position of the partial image, cuts out the partial image
from the frame images such that an arrangement pattern of the left eye image and the right eye image in the partial image
after the cutout position is changed matches an arrangement pattern of the first display portion and the second display portion
in the display region.

US Pat. No. 9,242,820

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a conveying roller configured to convey a sheet;
a separation member configured to separate sheets one by one, the separation member being pressed to the conveying roller
to form a separation nip portion;

a nip guide member having a guide portion configured to guide a leading end of a sheet to the separation nip portion;
a regulating portion configured to regulate a position of the nip guide member;
a support member configured to movably support the nip guide member; and
an elastic member configured to urge the nip guide member elastically toward the regulating portion, wherein
in a case where the leading end of the sheet abuts against the guide portion, a pressing force of the leading end of the sheet
to the nip guide member acts such that the nip guide member presses the regulating portion, and

in a case where the guide portion is pressed by a surface of the sheet by a plurality of the sheets whose thickness is larger
than a predetermined amount being conveyed between the guide portion and the conveying roller, the nip guide member moves
with respect to the support member against an elastic force of the elastic member such that the guide portion separates from
the conveying roller.

US Pat. No. 9,242,823

SHEET DETECTING APPARATUS, SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet detecting apparatus configured to detect a sheet on a sheet conveying path on which the sheet is conveyed, the
sheet detecting apparatus comprising:
a detection unit including a lever member having an abutment surface against which a leading edge of the sheet being conveyed
on the sheet conveying path abuts, and a holding member configured to hold the lever member, the lever member and the holding
member being configured to move integrally with each other when the lever member is pushed by the leading edge of the sheet
being conveyed;

a detection sensor configured to output a signal corresponding to a position of the detection unit;
a first urging portion configured to urge the holding member so as to move the holding member to a waiting position after
the lever member and the holding member integrally move with each other by the sheet being conveyed;

a movable support portion configured to support the lever member in a manner that the lever member is movable with respect
to the holding member so that the lever member is located in a retracted position in which the lever member allows the sheet
to pass the lever member in contact with a surface of the sheet being conveyed in a state in which the holding member is located
in the waiting position; and

a second urging portion configured to urge the lever member in a manner that the lever member is moved from the retracted
position to a position in which the abutment surface of the lever member abuts against a leading edge of a succeeding sheet
as a trailing edge of the sheet passes the lever member,

wherein the detection sensor comprises a photo interrupter, and
wherein the lever member comprises a light blocking portion configured to block an optical path of the photo interrupter.

US Pat. No. 9,244,385

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SWITCHES POSITIONS OF DEVELOPING ROLLERS IN A PREDETERMINED FIXED ORDER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
(a) a plurality of photosensitive drums;
(b) a plurality of developing rollers for developing latent images formed on said photosensitive drums, respectively; and
(c) a switching unit for switching positions of said plurality of developing rollers relative to said photosensitive drums,
respectively, between developing positions for developing the latent images and spaced positions retracted from the developing
positions,

wherein said developing rollers are capable of taking,
(i) a full spaced state in which all of said developing rollers are in the spaced positions,
(ii) a partly developing state in which one of said developing rollers is in a developing position, while another of said
developing rollers is in a spaced position, and

(iii) a full developing state in which all of said developing rollers are in the developing positions,
wherein said switching unit is capable of switching the positions of said developing rollers among the three states in a predetermined
fixed order in which when the positions of said developing rollers are switched three times from one of the three states in
the predetermined fixed order by said switching unit, two states of said developing rollers are sequentially established,
and then said developing rollers are switched to said one of the three states.

US Pat. No. 9,244,394

FIXING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing unit comprising:
a first rotating member and a second rotating member configured to form a nip portion used for fixing a toner image onto a
sheet;

an air blowing portion configured to blow air to separate the sheet from the first rotating member;
a pump portion connected to the air blowing portion;
a valve portion configured to supply or not supply air compressed by the pump portion to the air blowing portion;
a current detection portion configured to detect a drive current of the pump portion when the air is compressed; and
a determination portion configured to determine whether an abnormality of the valve portion exists, according to an output
of the current detection portion.

US Pat. No. 9,244,675

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,244,426

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to form a toner image;
a belt member configured to transfer the toner image from said image bearing member;
a cam configured to transit said belt member and said image bearing member between a contact state and a spaced state;
an operating lever configured to be movable between a first position where said belt member and said image bearing member
are in the contact state and a third position where said belt member and said image bearing member are in the spaced state,
wherein between the first position and the third position is a second position where said belt member and said image bearing
member are switched between the contact state and the spaced state;

a first member having a first engaging portion, configured to move in interrelation with movement of said cam and to transmit
a driving force of moving said operating lever to said cam when said operating lever is moved between the first position and
the second position, and configured to eliminate a transmission of the driving force to said cam when said operating lever
is moved between the second position and the third position;

a second member having a second engaging portion which engages with the first engaging portion, with said second engaging
portion slidably movable to said first engaging portion within a predetermined range and configured to be supported by said
first member; and

a third member configured to regulate movement of said cam by abutting said second member when said operating lever is moved
to the third position.

US Pat. No. 9,244,692

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,247,091

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,244,250

OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a focus lens;
a driver configured to drive the focus lens; and
a controller configured to preset a position of the focus lens in a memory and to control the driver to move the focus lens
to the position preset in the memory,

wherein the controller controls the driver so that a driving speed at which the focus lens is moved to the position preset
in the memory in a still image-pickup mode is higher than that in a motion image-pickup mode,

wherein the position preset in the memory is a position at which the focus lens has been disposed.

US Pat. No. 9,239,390

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

a radiation detection unit configured to detect an irradiation state of radiation using two detection units that are adjacently
arranged in the detection section; and

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

wherein, in the radiation detection unit, a gain of a first one of the detection units is set lower than a gain of a second
one of the detection units, and

wherein a start of irradiation of radiation is detected by the second one of the detection units and an end of irradiation
of radiation is detected by the first one of the detection units.

US Pat. No. 9,239,692

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS PERFORMING COMMUNICATION SPEED CHANGING PROCESS, COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus communicable with an external apparatus, comprising:
a first storage device configured to store data transmitted from the external apparatus;
a second storage device configured to store data transferred from said first storage device;
a determination unit configured to, in a case of executing communication with the external apparatus, determine a notification
size to be notified to the external apparatus as a size of data that can be received by the communication apparatus on a basis
of a size of a free space of said first storage device and a size of a free space of said second storage device; and

a notification unit configured to notify the notification size determined by said determination unit to the external apparatus,
wherein if the free space does not exist in said first storage device, said determination unit determines the notification
size to be 0,

if the free space exists in said first storage device, and the free space does not exist in said second storage device, said
determination unit determines the notification size to be a first size larger than 0, and

if the free space exists in both of said first storage device and said second storage device, said determination unit determines
the notification size to be a second size larger than the first size,

wherein said determination unit and said notification unit are implemented at least in part by a processor executing at least
one program recorded on a memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,239,450

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive or negative refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied:
0.50
where Yw30 denotes an image height that provides a relative illumination of 0.3 at a wide-angle end, and Ym5 denotes an image
height that provides the relative illumination of 0.05 at a predetermined zoom position except for the wide-angle end and
a telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,234,791

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,236,905

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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