US Pat. No. 9,113,148

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,170

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,174

PREDICTIVE CODING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,111,204

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,507

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,018

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which forms an image on a sheet conveyed from a sheet holding unit, comprising:
a storing unit configured to store first information indicating a depository of the sheet to be supplied to a first sheet
holding unit, and store second information indicating a depository of the sheet to be supplied to a second sheet holding unit
different from the first sheet holding unit; and

a notification unit configured to perform a notification based on the first information stored in the storing unit in a case
where an amount of sheets stored in the first sheet holding unit becomes a predetermined amount, and perform a notification
based on the second information stored in the storing unit in a case where an amount of sheets stored in the second sheet
holding unit becomes the predetermined amount,

wherein at least one of the units is implemented by a CPU executing computer-executable code stored in a non-transitory computer-readable
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,110,431

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,176

RADIATION DETECTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,069

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING AN ATTACHED INTERCHANGEABLE LENS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus, to which a lens apparatus provided with a diaphragm for adjusting an amount of incident light is
detachably attached, comprising:
an operation member configured to perform an operation made by a user to indicate a start of a focus detection;
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focusing state of the lens apparatus, and to start a detection of the focusing
state based on the operation; and

an exposure control unit configured to switch between a first control and a second control to control a diaphragm driving
speed according to a type of the lens apparatus during a live view,

wherein, in the first control, the exposure control unit controls the diaphragm within an adjustment time interval for adjusting
an exposure amount to maintain such a relationship that (1) the diaphragm driving speed, when an image signal for a moving
image is generated, is slower than the diaphragm driving speed for detection of the focusing state in which the detection
is started based on the operation, and (2) the adjustment time interval when an image signal for a moving image is generated
is larger than the adjustment time interval for detection of the focusing state in which the detection is started based on
the operation, and

wherein the exposure control unit controls the diaphragm by the second control that is different from the first control.

US Pat. No. 9,109,954

OPTICAL MICROSCOPE AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical microscope comprising:
a first light source configured to irradiate a sample with first optical pulses having a first optical frequency;
a second light source configured to irradiate the sample with second optical pulses having a second optical frequency, which
is temporally synchronized with the first optical pulses, the first and second light sources being configured to generate
the first and second optical pulses without using a shared light source; and

a light receiving element configured to receive light that is intensity-modulated by Raman scattering caused by irradiation
of the first and second optical pulses to the sample,

wherein a first repetition frequency of the first optical pulses is an integral sub-multiple of a second repetition frequency
of the second optical pulses.

US Pat. No. 9,113,101

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,123

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,108,428

IMAGE FORMING AND PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING IMAGE DATA WITH RESPECT TO BLACK AND OTHER CHROMATIC COLOR TO REPRODUCE A COLOR IN THE DARK PORTION OF THE COLOR GAMUT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium using a black color material and a plurality
of chromatic color materials, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to determine whether a color of input image data is positioned at a surface of a dark portion
in a color gamut that can be reproduced using the black color material and the plurality of chromatic color materials and
select a first generation process when the color of input image data is determined to be positioned at the surface and select
a second generation process when the color of input image data is determined not to be positioned at the surface, the first
generation process and the second generation process being for generating black color material data for arranging a dot of
the black color material on the recording medium and a plurality of pieces of chromatic color material data for arranging
a dot of the plurality of chromatic color materials on the recording medium; and

a formation unit configured to form an image on the recording medium using the black color material and the plurality of chromatic
color materials based on the black color material data and the plurality of pieces of chromatic color material data,

wherein the first generation process is configured to generate the black color material data and the plurality of pieces of
chromatic color material data, for the color positioned at the surface, in such a way as to arrange dots of the black color
material and respective dots of the plurality of chromatic color materials exclusively on the recording medium and set a rate
of the arranged dots of the black color material to be greater as the color positioned at the surface is closer to black,
and

wherein the second generation process is configured to generate the black color material data and the plurality of pieces
of chromatic color material data, for the color not positioned at the surface, in a way different from the first generation
process.

US Pat. No. 9,110,287

CATADIOPTRIC SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A catadioptric system comprising:
a first imaging optical system configured to collect a light flux from an object to form an intermediate image of the object;
and

a second imaging optical system configured to cause the light flux from the intermediate image to form an optical image,
wherein the first imaging optical system comprises:
a first optical element including (a) a first light transmissive portion formed on and around an optical axis and (b) a first
back reflective portion formed as an object side surface in a more outer peripheral side portion than the first light transmissive
portion; and

a second optical element including (c) a second light transmissive portion formed on and around the optical axis and (d) a
second back reflective portion formed as an image side surface in a more outer peripheral side portion than the second light
transmissive portion,

wherein the light flux from the object enters the second imaging optical system successively through the first light transmissive
portion, the second back reflective portion, the first back reflective portion and the second light transmissive portion,

wherein the second imaging optical system includes an aspheric lens surface having an inflexion point at which a direction
of a curvature thereof changes, and

wherein the following condition is satisfied:
0.09
where D represents a distance from an optical axis to an outermost off-axis principal ray in the aspheric lens surface and
Ymax represents a highest image height on an image plane.

US Pat. No. 9,104,098

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a charge-generating layer and a charge-transporting layer formed on the support,
wherein the charge-generating layer comprises:
a phthalocyanine pigment, and
a tricyanoethylene compound represented by the formula (1) described below,
wherein the dipole moment of the tricyanoethylene compound is 8.0 debye or more, the dipole moment being obtained from the
results of molecular orbital calculation by density functional calculation at the B3LYP/6-31G level,

wherein, in the formula (1), R1 represents an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted or substituted aryl group, an unsubstituted or substituted
pyridyl group, an unsubstituted or substituted piperidyl group, or a substituted amino group.

US Pat. No. 9,104,362

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,105,222

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An application management apparatus for managing an application, comprising:
a CPU and memory, functioning as:
a plurality of application managers, which includes a first and a second application manager, said second application manager
having second attribute information indicating an application display configuration which said second application manager
manages, wherein the application display configuration is different from a first application display configuration which said
first application manager manages;

a selection unit, which selects said second application manager from among said plurality of application managers, if the
second attribute information matches attribute information indicating an application display configuration of a specified
application program being managed by said first application manager; and

a transfer unit, which transfers management of the application display configuration of said specified application program
from said first application manager to said second application manager, if said second application manager is selected by
said selection unit,

wherein said selection unit executes a compatibility determination between the attribute information of the specified application
program and attribute information of one of said plurality of application managers by determining if at least one attribute
set in the attribute information of the specified application program is equal to an attribute set in the attribute information
of said one of said plurality of application managers.

US Pat. No. 9,102,150

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a substrate;
an energy-generating element provided on a front surface side of the substrate, the energy-generating element generating energy
for ejecting liquid;

sidewall members of a liquid flow path; and
an ejection port forming member that defines an ejection port from which the liquid is ejected, wherein
sidewalls of the liquid flow path are formed of the sidewall members and a top wall of the liquid flow path is formed of the
ejection port forming member,

the sidewall members are each formed of a core member that extends from a front surface of the substrate and a covering member
that covers the surface of the core member,

the covering member covers the front surface of the substrate, and
the ejection port forming member is formed of an inorganic material.

US Pat. No. 9,106,834

IMAGE DISPLAY CONTROLLER CAPABLE OF PROVIDING EXCELLENT VISIBILITY OF DISPLAY AREA FRAMES, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE DISPLAY CONTROLLER, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display controller for displaying an image obtained by photographing an object, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect the object in the image;
an identification unit configured to identify a predetermined specific area of the object distinguishably from a remaining
area exclusive of the specific area;

a first generation unit configured to generate a first display frame for enclosing the specific area;
a second generation unit configured to generate a second display frame for enclosing the remaining area; and
a display control unit configured to display the first and second display frames on a screen together with the image;
wherein the specific area is a face area of the object, and the remaining area is a human body area of the object, and
wherein said second generation unit generates the second display frame in a manner adjacent to the first display frame;
the image display controller further comprising:
a first angle detection unit configured to obtain face detection angle information by detecting at least one of a yaw-direction
angle indicative of a rotational angle of the face area in a horizontal direction, a roll-direction angle indicative of a
rotational angle of the face area in a vertical direction, and a pitch-direction angle indicative of an inclination of the
face area with respect to the vertical direction, and

a second angle detection unit configured to obtain human body detection angle information by detecting at least one of a yaw-direction
angle indicative of a rotational angle of the human body area in the horizontal direction, a roll-direction angle indicative
of a rotational angle of the human body area in the vertical direction, and a pitch-direction angle indicative of an inclination
of the human body area with respect to the vertical direction;

wherein before displaying the first and second display frames on the screen, said display control unit changes at least one
of the yaw-direction angle, the roll-direction angle, and the pitch-direction angle of each of the first and second display
frames based on the face detection angle information and the human body detection angle information; and

wherein at least one of the detection unit, the identification unit, the first generation unit, the second generation unit,
the display control unit, the first angle detection unit and the second angle detection unit are implemented, at least in
part, by a hardware processor and memory.

US Pat. No. 9,104,727

SEARCH APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SEARCH APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a search apparatus using search folders that searches a plurality of data each having an attribute
value for each attribute item according to a search condition defined by the attribute value, the method comprising:
detecting a change of at least one letter of the attribute value of one or more data in at least one search folder which has
a search condition, wherein the attribute value specifies contents of data;

searching for a search folder including an attribute value before the change of at least one letter of the attribute value
in a search condition;

changing the search condition of the searched search folder to a new search condition including the changed letter of attribute
value according to the detected change of the attribute value, wherein said one or more data do not match the search condition
but match the new search condition of the searched search folders, wherein the changed letter of attribute value specifies
the identical contents of data in a different letter expression; and

performing a search according to the new search condition,
wherein the search condition is a form of the attribute value and is automatically changed to the new search condition based
on the detected change of the attribute value.

US Pat. No. 9,103,726

STIMULATED RAMAN SCATTERING DETECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

where ?S represents the first pulse period.

US Pat. No. 9,098,748

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,097,991

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes a resist on a substrate to light via an optical system, the apparatus comprising:
a table configured to position the substrate at an exposure position upon holding the substrate;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance from an alignment mark formed on the substrate to a resist surface at a
position of the alignment mark, and a tilt of the resist surface with respect to a predetermined surface; and

a control unit configured to calculate a correction value for correcting a shift in exposure position, that occurs upon tilt
driving of said table, using the distance and the tilt, and control a position of said table in accordance with the correction
value.

US Pat. No. 9,098,776

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,225

PRINT PROCESSING METHOD AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,032

IMAGE HEAD APPARATUS INCLUDING OVERHEATING PREVENTING ELEMENT CONFIGURED TO INTERRUPT ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY TO HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a rotatable cylindrical belt;
a heater, provided inside said belt, configured to heat said belt; and
an overheating preventing element, including a circuit which is opened when an abnormal temperature rise occurs, configured
to interrupt electrical power supply to said heater,

wherein said overheating preventing element is provided at a position, inside said belt, where said overheating preventing
element is free from direct heat radiation emitted from said heater.

US Pat. No. 9,098,060

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,096,059

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,097,960

LENS BARREL AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,093,346

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,620

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that communicates with an external system, comprising:
an attribute information management unit configured to manage attributes required by the external system when image data is
transmitted to the external system;

an image data output unit configured to execute a function of the image processing apparatus to output the image data;
an attribute value setting unit configured to obtain, from the external system, candidate attribute values for the attributes
required by the external system, and set, from among the obtained candidate attribute values, an attribute value for the image
data to be transmitted to the external system; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the external system, the image data output by the image data output unit and
the attribute value set by the attribute value setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,089,290

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, OPHTHALMOLOGIC CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,093,340

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,645

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a deflector including a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflect the light beam so that the light beam scans a photosensitive
member, a motor configured to rotate the rotary polygon mirror, a driving unit configured to drive the motor, and a circuit
board on which the motor and the driving unit are mounted;

a plurality of reflecting mirrors configured to reflect the light beam deflected by the deflector to guide the light beam
deflected by the deflector onto the photosensitive member; and

an optical box on which the light source is mounted, the optical box being configured to contain the deflector and the plurality
of reflecting mirrors,

wherein the optical box includes an installation portion on which the deflector is installed and a support portion positioned
on a side of the photosensitive member with respect to the rotary polygon mirror and configured to support at least one of
the plurality of reflecting mirrors, a step portion including a plurality of steps is formed between the installation portion
and the support portion, and a back surface of the step portion has a shape following a shape of the step portion inside the
optical box.

US Pat. No. 9,085,142

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,082,820

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,083,924

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on a recording paper by using a color material;
a fixing unit configured to fix a plurality of measurement images onto the recording paper by heating the recording paper;
a measurement unit configured to measure the measurement images fixed on the recording paper downstream of the fixing unit
in a conveyance direction of the recording paper;

a cooling unit configured to cool the recording paper heated by the fixing unit; and
a control unit configured to control the cooling unit such that it removes more heat energy from the measurement image when
measuring color of the measurement image than when measuring density of the measurement image,

wherein the measurement unit is configured to irradiate light onto the measurement images and receive reflection light from
the measurement images, thereby outputting spectral reflectance of the measurement images, and

wherein a wavelength area for the spectral reflectance to be used for measuring density is narrower than a wavelength area
for the spectral reflectance to be used for measuring color.

US Pat. No. 9,081,593

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with external apparatuses, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a device recognition unit configured to recognize a connection of a device to a network;
a retrieval unit configured to retrieve a first driver, which corresponds to the device, on the information processing apparatus
when the connection of the device to the network is recognized,

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not information to acquire a second driver which has more function
than the first driver is included in the first driver; and

an acquiring unit configured to acquire the second driver from the external apparatuses when it is determined that the information
is included in the first driver.

US Pat. No. 9,076,067

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFIER-BASED OBJECT DETECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,364

SUSPENDED PARTICLE COLLECTING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming section configured to form a toner image on a recording material using toner containing wax;
a fixing section configured to fix the toner image to the recording material by heating the toner image; and
a suspended particle collecting member configured to collect suspended particles that are components generated from the wax
when the toner is heated at the fixing section, the suspended particle collecting member having a flow path along which gas
containing suspended particles passes, and a space connecting to the flow path,

wherein the space extends from the flow path in a counter direction with respect to a flow direction of the gas that passes
along the flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,077,921

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND DRIVING METHOD FOR IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING TWO ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERSIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a pixel including at least a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit which is different
from the first photoelectric conversion unit;

a first analog-digital converting unit that performs at least a part of an operation of converting a first photoelectric conversion
signal of the first photoelectric conversion unit to a first digital signal during a first period; and

a second analog-digital converting unit that performs at least a part of an operation of converting a second photoelectric
conversion signal of the second photoelectric conversion unit to a second digital signal during the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,075,689

FIRMWARE UPDATE SYSTEM INCREASED IN POSSIBILITY OF EXECUTION OF AUTOMATIC FIRMWARE UPDATE PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A firmware update system having a processor including an image processing apparatus in which a plurality of firmware components
are installed and which operates according to the plurality of firmware components, and a server which provides update firmware
for updating the plurality of firmware components, to the image processing apparatus,
wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a first storage unit configured to store in advance a first version management list indicating versions of the respective
firmware components and a representative version for managing the versions of the respective firmware components;

a collection unit configured to collect actual versions of the plurality of firmware components; a first determination unit
configured to determine whether or not there is a difference between the actual versions collected by said collection unit
and the versions of the respective firmware components indicated in the first version management list;

a transmission unit configured to, when it is determined by said first determination unit that there is a difference between
the actual versions and the versions of the respective firmware components indicated in the first version management list,
transmit the actual versions and the representative version indicated in the first version management list, to the server;
and

an update unit configured to update the firmware components installed in the image processing apparatus using the update firmware
provided by the server, and wherein the server comprises:

a second storage unit configured to store in advance a plurality of second version management lists each indicating a normal
combination of versions of the firmware components of the image processing apparatus and a representative version;

a second determination unit configured to determine whether or not the plurality of second version management lists include
a second version management list indicating versions of the firmware components which match the actual versions transmitted
from said transmission unit; and

a provision unit configured to provide, when said second determination unit determines that the plurality of second version
management lists include a second version management list indicating versions of the firmware components which match the actual
versions, and when the plurality of second version management lists include a second version management list that includes
any firmware component newer than a corresponding firmware component indicated in the second version management list indicating
the versions of the firmware components which match the actual versions, firmware indicated in the second version management
list including the newer firmware component, to the image processing apparatus, as update firmware.

US Pat. No. 9,076,627

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
a radiation generating tube having
a target,
a tubular shielding member for shielding a part of radiation generated from the target, and having an aperture through which
the radiation passes, and

an envelope holding the tubular shielding member with a portion of the tubular shielding member protruding externally from
the envelope; and

a container holding the radiation generating tube therein, and an insulating liquid contacting the tubular shielding member
and the container,

wherein the protruding portion of the tubular shielding member is covered with a solid electrically insulating member, wherein
the tubular shielding member has at least an inner side protruding portion and an outer side protruding portion, such that
a distance from the inner side protruding portion to the aperture is different from a distance from the outer side protruding
portion to the aperture, the inner side protruding portion is closer to the aperture than the outer side protruding portion,
and the solid electrically insulating member covers one of the inner side protruding portion and the outer side protruding
portion, and wherein the solid electrically insulating member covers both of the inner side protruding portion and the outer
side protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,075,387

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:
a memory portion configured to store information regarding the cartridge;
a substrate having the memory portion and an electrical contact;
a support portion for supporting the substrate with the electrical contact being exposed;
a first movement regulation portion being flexible and configured to regulate the movement of the substrate; and a second
movement regulation portion configured to regulate the movement of the substrate,

wherein the movement regulation direction in which the movement of the substrate is regulated by the second movement regulation
portion is the same as the movement regulation direction in which the movement of the substrate is regulated by the first
movement regulation portion, and

wherein the movement regulation distance that the movement of the substrate is regulated by the second movement regulation
portion, is shorter than or equal to the movement regulation distance that the movement of the substrate is regulated by the
first movement regulation portion.

US Pat. No. 9,075,328

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heat treatment apparatus for heat-treating powder particles containing a thermoplastic binder resin, comprising:
a raw-material supply unit for supplying the powder particles into the apparatus;
a hot-air supply unit for heat-treating the supplied powder particles; and
a discharge portion for discharging the heat-treated powder particles, the discharge portion being positioned in a downstream
side of the raw-material supply unit and the hot-air supply unit,

wherein: the raw-material supply unit is circularly provided so as to surround the hot-air supply unit at such a position
as to be adjacent to an outer peripheral face of the hot-air supply unit, or at such a position as to be separated from the
outer peripheral face in the horizontal direction,

from an outlet of the hot-air supply unit, hot air is supplied toward the powder particles which are supplied from the raw-material
supply unit,

the hot-air supply unit has a first nozzle and a second nozzle which spread in a radial direction to the downstream side from
an upstream side in a hot-air supply direction,

the second nozzle is arranged in the inside of the first nozzle, and
the hot air passes through a space between the inside of the first nozzle and the outside of the second nozzle,
and wherein:
the heat treatment apparatus further comprises an air-flow adjustment unit for rotating the supplied hot air spirally along
an inner wall face of the apparatus, the air-flow adjustment unit being provided in an outlet portion of the hot-air supply
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,075,334

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS DETERMINING CHARGED POTENTIAL FLUCTUATION OF PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,335

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,889

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,317

SURFACE TREATMENT APPARATUS HAVING REUSABLE FILM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,071,156

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,067,411

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a first unit configured to supply power; and
a second unit including an input unit to which the power is input, a plurality of heaters connected to the input unit via
a common power source line and operative to discharge liquid, an energization unit configured to energize the plurality of
heaters, and a selection unit configured to select at least one target heater from the heaters to be energized with a predetermined
current for discharging liquid,

a block period comprising a discharge period during which the at least one target heater is energized, and a non-discharge
period during which a plurality of non-target heaters are energized; the non-discharge period comprising a plurality of intervals;

wherein the selection unit is further configured to select non-target heaters from the heaters to be energized for discharging
liquid, the selected non-target heaters being different from the target heater and the non-target heaters are energized for
an interval occurring before and a different interval occurring after the target heater is energized, and

wherein the energization unit is further configured to energize each of the target heater with the predetermined current for
discharging liquid selected by the selection unit and the non-target heaters with the predetermined current for a predetermined
time respectively, the target heater for discharging liquid is energized for a first period corresponding to a time interval
at which the liquid is discharged, and the non-target heaters are energized for a second period corresponding to a time interval
at which liquid is not discharged.

US Pat. No. 9,067,460

DRY ETCHING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,061,499

NEGATIVE PHOTOSENSITIVE RESIN COMPOSITION, PATTERN FORMATION METHOD, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photosensitive resin composition comprising:
a cationically polymerizable compound;
a photoacid generating agent having an anion portion and a cation portion; and
a salt having a cation portion having either one of a quaternary ammonium structure and a quaternary phosphonium structure
and an anion portion,

wherein the anion portion of the salt is exchanged with the anion portion of a first acid derived from the anion portion of
the photoacid generating agent to form a second acid having acid strength that is lower than acid strength of the first acid,

wherein the photoacid generating agent includes a plurality of types of compounds, and a number of moles of the salt is larger
than ¼ times of a number of moles of the photoacid generating agent generating the acid having the highest acid strength among
the plurality of types of compounds.

US Pat. No. 9,061,517

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS, INK JET PRINTING METHOD, DATA GENERATING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus for printing an image on a printing area of a printing medium by ejecting inks of a plurality
of colors from a plurality of nozzles of a printing head during a plurality of scans of the printing head, the inks of the
plurality of colors including a yellow ink, a first ink of a color different from that of the yellow ink, and a second ink
having a substantially same hue as the first ink, a colorant concentration lower than that of the first ink, and a lightness
higher than that of the yellow ink, the inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a control unit configured to, in a case where the image is printed by a plurality of scans of the printing head onto the printing
area of the printing medium, control the printing head to eject the inks of the plurality of colors so that a weighted average
of a printing rate for each scan regarding the second ink becomes the largest, so that a maximum value of the printing rate
for each scan regarding the second ink becomes larger than that of the inks of the plurality of colors other than the second
ink, and so that a number of scans for ejecting the second ink onto the printing area is smaller than a number of scans for
ejecting the inks of the plurality of colors other than the second ink onto the printing area.

US Pat. No. 9,065,989

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device;
a wiring substrate configured to have the image pickup device mounted thereon;
a fixing member configured to be fixed on the image pickup device; and
an adhesive provided between the image pickup device and the fixing member,
wherein the image pickup device includes an abutment portion provided on a light-incident surface of the image pickup device,
wherein the fixing member includes an opening portion and a first wall portion facing a side surface of the image pickup device,
wherein the image pickup device is mounted on the wiring substrate with an opposed surface of the light-incident surface of
the image pickup device mounted on the wiring substrate and the side surface of the image pickup device protrudes outwardly
from a side surface of the wiring substrate,

wherein the fixing member is fixed on the image pickup device so that the light-incident surface, except for the abutment
portion, of the image pickup device is exposed from the opening portion of the fixing member and the abutment portion abuts
the fixing member,

wherein the fixing member is fixed on the image pickup device so that a space is provided between the side surface of the
image pickup device and the first wall portion of the fixing member, and

wherein the adhesive is provided in the space.

US Pat. No. 9,062,957

MULTI-WAVELENGTH INTERFEROMETER, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multi-wavelength interferometer using at least two light fluxes each having a different wavelength, the multi-wavelength
interferometer comprising:
a beam splitter configured to split the light fluxes into a reference beam and a measurement beam;
a frequency shifter configured to shift a frequency of the reference beam or a frequency of the measurement beam or to shift
the frequencies of the reference beam and the measurement beam to make the frequencies of the reference beam and the measurement
beam different from each other;

an optical system configured to cause the measurement beam to be incident on a measurement surface and to cause the measurement
beam reflected from the measurement surface to interfere with the reference beam to obtain interference light, the frequencies
of the reference beam and the measurement beam being different from each other by the frequency shifter;

a wavefront dividing unit configured to divide a wavefront of the interference light into wavefronts of a plurality of light
beams; and

a detection unit configured to detect the plurality of light beams divided by the wavefront dividing unit for each wavelength.

US Pat. No. 9,063,488

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,498

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,080

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR GENERATING IMAGE DATA BASED ON A READ DOCUMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a generation unit configured to generate image data based on a document read via
a scanner unit and a first transmission unit configured to transmit the generated image data to a
designated destination, the apparatus comprising: a transmission server; an instruction unit configured to instruct, according
to reception of an uploading request to upload the generated image data to an external server communicable with the apparatus,
the first transmission unit to transmit the image data to the transmission server;

a second transmission unit configured to acquire the generated image data, according to an instruction from the instruction
unit, from the transmission server, and transmit the acquired image data to the external server; and

a management unit configure to store transmission history when the first transmission unit transmits the image data to the
transmission server as a first history, and to replace the first history with a second history that is the transmission history
of the image data by the second transmission unit to store the second history when the second transmission unit transmits
the image data to the external server,

wherein the management unit stores a reception number issued when the first transmission unit transmits the image data to
the transmission server in association with the first history, and replaces, when the second history and the reception number
are acquired, the first history corresponding to the acquired reception number with the acquired second history to store the
second history.

US Pat. No. 9,060,112

IMAGING APPARATUS, LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,058,847

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transmission device comprising:
a first detection unit that detects, using a signal which is outputted from a display device, whether the transmission device
and the display device are connected;

a transmission unit that transmits image data to the display device;
a second detection unit that detects whether the display device is in a first state, wherein the first state is a state where
the display device is turned on and a state where image data to be transmitted from the transmission unit to the display device
is selected as image data to be displayed by the display device; and

a control unit that (a) controls, based on a detection result of the first detection unit and a detection result of the second
detection unit, whether the transmission unit transmits image data to the display device, and (b) causes the transmission
unit not to transmit image data to the display device if the transmission device and the display device are connected and
the display device is in a second state that is different from the first state.

US Pat. No. 9,060,261

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a first determining unit configured to determine whether a communication partner apparatus includes a setting button;
a second determining unit configured to determine whether the communication partner apparatus includes at least one of an
input unit, which enables a user to input an authentication code, and a display unit which can display an authentication code;
and

a sharing unit configured to,
if the first determining unit determines that the communication partner apparatus includes the setting button, share communication
parameters with the communication partner apparatus using a first setting mode in which the user presses the setting button,
and

if the first determining unit determines that the communication partner apparatus does not include the setting button, share
the communication parameters with the communication partner apparatus, based on a result of determination by the second determining
unit, using a second setting mode in which the user inputs an authentication code,

wherein the communication parameters are used for communication between the communication apparatus and the communication
partner apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,052,499

VIBRATING APPARATUS, DRIVING APPARATUS HAVING THE VIBRATING APPARATUS, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A vibration apparatus comprising:
a vibrating body comprising an electromechanical energy converting element comprising:
an electrode; and
a piezoelectric material having a lead content of less than 1000 ppm; and
a control unit that generates a combined vibration by generating multiple stable waves having mutually different orders with
a time phase difference by applying at least two driving voltages to the electromechanical energy converting element,

wherein the control unit changes at least one of the voltage amplitude ratio and time phase difference of at least the two
driving voltages, so as to change the amplitude distribution of the combined vibration.

US Pat. No. 9,051,232

PERYLENE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE USING THE COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting device, comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer which is sandwiched between the anode and the cathode,
wherein one of the anode and the cathode is transparent or semi-transparent,
wherein the organic compound layer is an emission layer comprising a host and a guest,
wherein the guest comprises a perylene compound represented by the following general formula (1):

where R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group; and Ar1 to Ar4 each represent a substituent represented by the following general formula (2) or (3):


where X11 to X17 each represent a substituent selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group,
a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, and a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and adjacent
substituents may be bonded to each other to form a ring structure; and Y1 and Y2 each represent a hydrogen atom or a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group,


where X21 to X27 each represent a substituent selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group,
a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, and a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and adjacent
substituents may be bonded to each other to form a ring structure, and

wherein the light emission layer emits blue or green light.

US Pat. No. 9,049,389

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel configured to generate a signal by photoelectric conversion;
an amplifier circuit configured to amplify the signal from the pixel at a set gain;
an AD converting unit; and
a correcting unit, wherein
the AD converting unit
compares an output signal from the amplifier circuit after reset of the pixel with a reference signal which changes with time,
to output a first digital value,

sets the gain of the amplifier circuit at a first gain when the output signal from the amplifier circuit at a non-reset state
of the pixel is larger than a threshold,

sets the gain of the amplifier circuit at a second gain larger than the first gain when the output signal from the amplifier
circuit at the non-reset state of the pixel is smaller than the threshold, and

after setting the gain of the amplifier circuit at the first or second gain, compares the output signal from the amplifier
circuit at the non-reset state of the pixel with the reference signal which changes with time, to output a second digital
value, and

when a resolution of the first digital value is different from a resolution of the second digital value, the correcting unit
corrects the difference of the resolutions.

US Pat. No. 9,046,807

SURFACE EMITTING LASER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

|n1(d11?d12)|=?/4×(2M?1)

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

|L2?L1?N?|<(?/4)×(1?n0/n1).

US Pat. No. 9,046,809

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
a developer bearing member configured to form a developer image on an image portion within a surface of the photosensitive
member by supplying a developer to the image portion; and

an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member after the photosensitive member is charged by the charging
unit, wherein the exposure unit exposes a non-image forming portion where the developer is not supplied on the surface of
the photosensitive member to a non-image forming light having a lower exposure amount than an image forming light for exposing
the image portion,

wherein a relationship of Lvd where a length of a weak exposure area that the exposure unit is able to expose to the non-image forming light on the surface
of the photosensitive member and that is measured in a photosensitive member longitudinal direction is Lbg, and a width of
a charging area where the photosensitive member is charged by the charging unit on the surface of the photosensitive member
and that is measured in the photosensitive member longitudinal direction is Lvd.

US Pat. No. 9,046,814

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device used for an image forming apparatus comprising:
a developing roller configured to bear developer;
a developer supply roller configured to supply the developer to the developing roller;
a developer regulating member configured to regulate an amount of the developer borne by the developing roller;
a developing chamber in which the developing roller and the developer supply roller are arranged;
a developer containing chamber configured to contain the developer, located on a lower side of the developing chamber in a
mounted state where the developing device is mounted on a main body of the image forming apparatus;

a partition wall configured to separate the developing chamber and the developer containing chamber;
an opening configured to allow the developing chamber and the developer containing chamber to communicate with each other,
disposed on the partition wall;

a developer conveyance member configured to convey the developer from the developer containing chamber to the developing chamber
by causing the developer to pass through the opening, disposed in the developer containing chamber; and

a convex portion configured to protrude to the developing chamber side, disposed on the partition wall and in a side of the
partition opposite to a side of the partition which is near the opening,

wherein the convex portion is concaved from the developer containing chamber side, so as to form a concave portion in the
developer containing chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,046,823

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,237,973

MULTILAYER WIRING SUBSTRATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A multilayer wiring substrate that includes a through hole into which a conductive pin is insertable, the through hole penetrating through a plurality of layers each including a conductive portion, the multilayer wiring substrate comprising:a ring-shaped land on a rear layer out of the plurality of layers, the land including a conductive material surrounding around the through hole, and being soldered to the conductive pin that is inserted into the through hole;
a first ring-shaped conductive portion on a layer other than the rear layer out of the plurality of layers, the first ring-shaped conductive portion surrounding around the through hole; and
a second ring-shaped conductive portion on the rear layer, the second ring-shaped conductive portion surrounding around the land,
wherein a conductive layer is not formed on a side surface of the through hole, and
wherein the following relationship is established
D1 where D1 is an inner diameter of the first ring-shaped conductive portion and D2 is an inner diameter of the second ring-shaped conductive portion.

US Pat. No. 10,133,084

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS WHICH REDUCE GENERATION OF UNNECESSARY LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diffractive optical element comprising:a first diffraction grating including a first grating surface and a first grating wall surface;
a second diffraction grating including a second grating surface and a second grating wall surface; and
a thin film consisting of a single film provided between the first grating wall surface and the second grating wall surface, the thin film being in direct physical contact with both of the first grating wall surface and the second grating wall surface,
wherein an extinction coefficient of the thin film with respect to a wavelength ? in a use wavelength band is not greater than 0.0005, and
wherein the following expressions are satisfied:
n1>n2>n3,
0.005 0.5?W/WC?2.0,
where n1, n2, and n3 are refractive indices of materials of the thin film, the first diffraction grating, and the second diffraction grating, respectively, with respect to the wavelength ?, and W is a width of the thin film between the first grating wall surface and the second grating wall surface, and
where ? and WC are defined as follows:

US Pat. No. 10,126,914

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor and at least one memory, the processor operating to:
display a plurality of icons on a display screen;
control the display screen to move between a plurality of pages; and
acquire an input position from a user's finger touching a selected one of the plurality of the icons displayed on the display screen,
wherein the processor acquires an input position for a first icon selected among a first plurality of icons displayed in a first page of the display screen when a first finger contacts the first icon from the first plurality of icons,
wherein, with the first finger maintaining contact on the selected first icon from the first page during a flick of the first page by a second finger from the first page to a second page, the processor acquires an input position for a second icon selected among a second plurality of icons displayed in the second page of the display screen while maintaining the input position acquired for the selected first icon,
wherein the processor further acquires a number of applications identified by the selected first and second icons and divides the display screen into a plurality of partial areas in accordance with the number of applications and the input positions for the first and second icons,
wherein, when contact by the first and second fingers is released from the selected first and second icons, the processor acquires coordinate positions for the first and second icons, where the coordinate positions comprise the input position at which the contact of the first icon by the first finger is released and the input position at which the contact of the second icon by the second finger is released, and
wherein the processor displays together simultaneously on the divided display screen a first operation screen of an application related to the selected first icon and a second operation screen of another application related to the selected second icon at the respective partial areas, which are associated with the respective coordinate positions acquired after the contact by the first and second fingers are released from the respective first and second icons.

US Pat. No. 10,074,039

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM THAT EXTRACT PERSON GROUPS TO WHICH A PERSON BELONGS BASED ON A CORRELATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:(A) one or more processors; and
(B) a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the one or more processors, causes the image processing apparatus to function as:
(a) a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a number of images in which a pair of a first person and a second person simultaneously appears, out of a plurality of images;
(b) a detection unit configured to detect whether the pair appears in a target image group, which is one of a plurality of image groups into which the plurality of images is classified, wherein, in determining whether the pair appears in the target image group, it is determined that the pair appears in the target image group (i) in a case when the target image group includes an image in which the first person and the second person simultaneously appear, and (ii) in a case when the target image group includes images in which the first person and the second person respectively appear separately;
(c) a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a number of image groups in which the pair appears, by (i) changing an image group of the plurality of image groups to the target image group and (ii) repeating the determination by the detection unit of whether the pair appears in the target image group;
(d) a specifying unit configured to specify an intensity of a relationship between the first person and the second person based on the number of images obtained by the first obtaining unit and the number of image groups obtained by the second obtaining unit;
(e) a generation unit configured to generate information of a correlation of a plurality of persons who appear in the plurality of images, based on the intensity specified by the specifying unit;
(f) an extraction unit configured to extract one or a plurality of person groups to which each of the plurality of persons belongs, based on the information of the correlation of the persons generated by the generation unit, and to produce an extraction result based on the extracted one or a plurality of person groups;
(g) an image selection unit configured to receive the extraction result and to automatically select images based on the information of the extracted one or a plurality of person groups; and
(h) an image arrangement unit configured (i) to arrange the images selected by the image selection unit, and (ii) to cause a display screen to display the arranged images.

US Pat. No. 10,075,603

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,647

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,380

FEEDING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A feeding device for feeding developer along a first feeding path and a second feeding path, comprising:a first feeding member rotatable around a first rotational axis extended in a first direction and for feeding the developer in a feeding direction along the first direction, said first feeding member being provided in the first feeding path and including a drive transmitting portion;
a second feeding member rotatable around a second rotational axis extended in a second direction crossing the first direction and for feeding the developer along the second direction, and said second feeding member being provided in the second feeding path and including a drive receiving portion and a helical blade as a feeding portion; and
a bearing portion for rotatably supporting said second feeding member, said bearing portion being configured to support said second feeding member in a portion between said drive receiving portion and said helical blade,
wherein said drive transmitting portion and said drive receiving portion engage with each other so as to enable delivery of the developer from said first feeding member to said second feeding member while transmitting a driving force of said first feeding member to said second feeding member, and
wherein said bearing portion is provided on one side of the second rotational axis with respect to the feeding direction.

US Pat. No. 10,073,385

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVIATION SUPPRESSION MECHANISM FOR INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an endless intermediate transfer belt;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on the intermediate transfer belt;
a first transfer member arranged outside the intermediate transfer belt in contact with the intermediate transfer belt, configured to form a transfer nip where a toner image formed on the intermediate transfer belt is transferred onto a recording material;
a second transfer member arranged inside the intermediate transfer belt at a position opposing the first transfer member across the intermediate transfer belt, configured to form the transfer nip;
a suppression mechanism configured to suppress deviation of the intermediate transfer belt in a width direction,
wherein the suppression mechanism is configured in such a way that a maximum range in which the intermediate transfer belt moves in the width direction is a predetermined range during a transferring operation for transferring a toner image on the intermediate transfer belt onto a recording material; and
a pressing member provided on an upstream side in a moving direction of the intermediate transfer belt with respect to the transfer nip, configured to press an inner surface of the intermediate transfer belt by 25 mm or less from a most upstream position of a portion of the second transfer member that abuts the intermediate transfer belt in the moving direction of the intermediate transfer belt toward the upstream side of the moving direction of the intermediate transfer belt,
wherein the pressing member has a surface including a contact surface which makes contact with the intermediate transfer belt, and both ends of the surface are arranged outside of both ends of the predetermined range in the width direction of the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 10,058,299

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,057,471

ACCESSORY APPARATUS, IMAGE-CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An accessory apparatus detachably attachable to an image-capturing apparatus, the accessory apparatus comprising:an accessory communicator configured to provide, with the image-capturing apparatus, three channels that are a notification channel used for providing a notice from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus, a first data communication channel used for data transmission from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus, and a second data communication channel used for data transmission from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus; and
an accessory controller configured to control data communication with the image-capturing apparatus through the accessory communicator,
wherein:
the image-capturing apparatus and the accessory apparatus are each configured to have a function of switching the second data communication channel between a first setting in which the data transmission from the image-capturing apparatus to the accessory apparatus is allowed and a second setting in which data transmission from the accessory apparatus to the image-capturing apparatus is allowed;
the image-capturing apparatus is configured to switch the second data communication channel from the second setting to the first setting after the accessory apparatus completes switching of the second data communication channel from the second setting to the first setting; and
the accessory controller is configured to switch a signal level on the first communication channel from a first level to a second level in order to notify the image-capturing apparatus of the completion of the switching of the second data communication channel from the second setting to the first setting.

US Pat. No. 10,047,784

INSERT NUT, FASTENING UNIT INCLUDING THE INSERT NUT, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE USING THE FASTENING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fastening unit, which is configured to fasten a member to be fastened, the fastening unit comprising:a screw including (i) an external thread portion having a size of M3 and (ii) a head portion having a seating face on the head portion, the seating face (i) being configured to face the member to be fastened and (ii) having a shape that, starting at a position of the seating face away from a rotation axis of the screw and moving in a direction toward the rotation axis of the screw, is increasingly distanced from the external thread portion of the screw, a nominal diameter of the screw being 3 mm; and
an insert nut, which is configured to be inserted into a substrate made of a resin, the insert nut including:
an internal thread portion into which the screw is to be fastened to fix the member to the substrate;
a recess-and-protrusion-shaped portion formed on an outer surface of the insert nut, the recess-and-protrusion-shaped portion including a plurality of ridges and a plurality of roots formed alternately in a circumferential direction; and
a flange portion formed on one end side in a screw axial direction of the internal thread portion, the flange portion (i) being provided on an upstream end of the insert nut in an insertion direction of the screw, and (ii) having an outer diameter that is 7.2 mm or more and 12 mm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,031,436

HIGH VOLTAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,031,477

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a first cover configured to form a first outside surface of the image forming apparatus;
a second cover configured to form (i) a second outside surface of the image forming apparatus different from the first outside surface and (ii) a third surface which faces the first cover, the second cover including a first vent hole formed on the second outside surface, the second cover including a second vent hole formed on the third surface; and
a fan provided inside the image forming apparatus, configured to take in ambient air through the vent first hole and the second vent hole, and generate airflow to cool an inside of the image forming apparatus,
wherein the second outside surface is located to cross the third surface.

US Pat. No. 10,032,252

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for encoding image data of a Bayer arrangement, the apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
a memory storing instructions which, when the instructions are executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to function as units comprising:
(1) a color separation unit configured to separate a plurality of color components of the image data into a plurality of plane image data based on the Bayer arrangement;
(2) a first plane generation unit configured to generate first plane image data based on addition of components of the same color out of the plurality of plane image data;
(3) a second plane generation unit configured to generate second plane image data based on subtraction of the components of the same color;
(4) a transformation unit configured to transform plane image data including the first plane image data and the second plane image data into sub-bands in frequency bands respectively;
(5) a setting unit configured to set a quantization parameter for each sub-band;
(6) a quantization unit configured to quantize the sub-bands respectively based on the quantization parameter set by the setting unit; and
(7) an encoding unit configured to compression-encode the sub-bands quantized by the quantization unit,
wherein the setting unit sets the quantization parameter for each sub-band of the first plane image data and the second plane image data such that a ratio of a code amount of the sub-band in high frequency component to a total code amount of the second plane image data is higher than a ratio of a code amount of the sub-band in high frequency component to a total code amount of the first plane image data.

US Pat. No. 10,033,904

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,032,931

SWITCHING ELEMENT

JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,026,447

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR PRIORITY PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of scheduling processing of a plurality of recorded media content items, each recorded media content item having one or more media segments which each represent a coverage option for a story fragment, said method comprising:receiving a quality measure for each media segment in the plurality of recorded media content items;
determining a fitness score for each of a plurality of candidate sequences formed from the media segments, said fitness score being determined using the corresponding quality measure associated with media segments in the corresponding candidate sequence;
selecting a candidate sequence from the plurality of candidate sequences having a highest fitness score;
assigning a media segment score to each media segment, wherein a media segment score of 1 is assigned to each media segment included in the candidate sequence having the highest fitness score, and a media segment score of 0 is assigned to each media segment not included in the candidate sequence having the highest fitness score; and
scheduling processing of the plurality of recorded media content items in an order determined from the media segment scores of the media segments in the recorded media content items.

US Pat. No. 10,028,252

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,011,112

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head substrate comprising:a substrate having at least a first side and a second side extending along a first direction, and a third side and a fourth side extending along a second direction intersecting with the first direction;
a plurality of liquid discharge elements disposed on the substrate;
a plurality of power supply terminals disposed along the first side of the substrate; and
a first wiring, having a lattice shape, connected to the plurality of power supply terminals,
wherein, on the substrate, the first and the third sides form an obtuse angle, and the first and the fourth sides form an acute angle, and
wherein, in the plurality of power supply terminals, the number of power supply terminals at positions closer to the third side than to the fourth side is larger than the number of power supply terminals at positions closer to the fourth side than to the third side.

US Pat. No. 10,011,124

PERFORMING MARGINLESS PRINTING BASED ON IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing method comprising:a conveying step of conveying a sheet;
a first generation step of generating first image data having a size larger than a size of the sheet when an instruction of marginless printing is received;
an obtaining step of obtaining inclination information on the sheet;
a second generation step of generating second image data which is generated by discarding image data corresponding to a region in which ink is not ejected from the first image data based on the inclination information obtained in the obtaining step; and
a printing step of causing a printhead to eject ink and perform printing based on the second image data.

US Pat. No. 9,996,930

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,948,815

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,948,584

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control method for a transmission apparatus transmitting e-mail data via a mail server, comprising the steps of:setting, according to an instruction from a user, whether or not to confirm delivery of the e-mail data;
determining whether a size of the e-mail data is greater than a predetermined size;
in a case where it is determined that the size of the e-mail data is not greater than the predetermined size, transmitting e-mail data for which the confirmation of delivery is set or e-mail data for which the confirmation of delivery is not set based on the setting of whether or not to confirm delivery of the e-mail data; and
in a case where it is determined that the size of the e-mail data is greater than the predetermined size, a) if the confirmation of delivery of the e-mail data is not set, dividing the e-mail data into a plurality of parts of divided e-mail data, and transmitting the plurality of parts of the divided e-mail data, and b) if the confirmation of delivery of the e-mail data is set, not dividing the e-mail data and not transmitting the e-mail data.

US Pat. No. 9,941,750

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,935,929

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to operate in accordance with setting information, the information processing apparatus comprising:an acquisition unit configured to acquire user identification information of a user;
a display control unit configured to display a first screen according to authentication of a user based on the user identification acquired by the acquisition unit;
a first storage device configured to store, for respective users, setting values of first setting items to be used for generating the first screen and second setting items different from the first setting items;
a second storage device, of which an access speed is faster than an access speed of the first storage device; and
a storage control unit configured to store, in the second storage device, the setting value of the first setting items corresponding to a first user and the setting value of the first setting items corresponding to a second user out of the setting value stored in the first storage device, without waiting for the authentication of the user based on the acquired user identification information;
wherein the display control unit is configured to
display, according to the authentication of the user, the first screen generated by using the setting value of the first setting items stored in the second storage device in association with an authenticated user,
display, after displaying the first screen generated by using the setting value of the first setting items, a second screen generated by using the setting value of the second setting items stored in association with the authenticated user, and
wherein at least one of the authentication unit, the display control unit and the storage control unit is implemented by at least one microprocessor.

US Pat. No. 9,918,300

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,866,726

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A method for controlling an image communication apparatus which is connectable to a telephone line, the image communication
apparatus including an off-hook unit configured to perform off-hook using a hook key in an operation unit, and having a caller
ID display function, the control method comprising:
detecting polarity reversal of the telephone line;
receiving an information service signal including a telephone number, which arrives via the telephone line, after the polarity
reversal has been detected by the detecting;

inhibiting the off-hook by the off-hook unit based on the detection of the polarity reversal by the detecting,
wherein the off-hook by the off-hook unit is inhibited based on reception of the information service signal after the off-hook
by the off-hook unit is inhibited.

US Pat. No. 9,864,107

OPTICAL ELEMENT WITH ANTIREFLECTION FUNCTION AND OPTICAL APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,857,748

SHEET SUPPORTING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,854,216

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT DISPLAYS IMAGE BASED ON SIGNAL OUTPUT FROM IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that has an electronic viewfinder function for displaying an image of an object before photographing
the object, comprising:
an image pickup device including first read lines connected to first pixels and configured to output image data received from
the first pixels, and second read lines connected to second pixels and configured to output image data received from the second
pixels, the second pixels and the second read lines being mutually exclusive of the first pixels and the first read lines,
respectively;

an image display section; and
control circuitry, the control circuitry configured to:
acquire, at a first frame rate, first image data to be displayed on the image display section from the first read lines of
the image pickup device, and output the acquired first image data;

acquire, at a second frame rate higher than the first frame rate, second image data from the second read lines of the image
pickup device, and output the acquired second image data simultaneously with output of the first image data;

determine, based on the first image data, whether or not a state of the object has changed;
set at least one of a case where it is determined, based on the first image data, that the state of the object has changed
and a case where one photographing mode has been changed to another mode by a user's operation, as a reading start condition
for starting reading the second read lines; and

cause the reading of the second read lines to be started when the reading start condition is satisfied, and cause the reading
of the second read lines to be terminated when a reading termination condition set in advance in association with the reading
start condition is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,826,282

RECEPTION APPARATUS, RECEPTION METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,817,204

LENS BARREL, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a fixed cam ring having a first rotation regulating cam groove and a second rotation regulating cam groove disposed on an
inner circumferential surface thereof, the second rotation regulating cam groove being different in circumferential phase
from the first rotation regulating cam groove, and opening to an object side end part thereof in an optical axis direction
of the lens barrel;

a movable cam ring received in the fixed cam ring and having a cam follower engaged with the first rotation regulating cam
groove; and

an external barrel unit having, on an outer circumferential surface thereof, a rotation regulating section engaged with the
second rotation regulating cam groove, the external barrel unit being received in the fixed cam ring and outwardly fitted
on the movable cam ring,

wherein the second rotation regulating cane groove has a movement-regulating section, configured to regulate movement of the
rotation regulating section in the optical axis direction, at an object side end part thereof in the optical axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,813,646

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,811,751

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS WITH BOUNDARY IDENTIFIER FOR AREAS OF INTEREST

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,813,571

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system including a first scanning apparatus and a second scanning apparatus, wherein the first scanning apparatus comprises:
a first scanner unit configured to generate image data by scanning an image on a document;
a first storage unit configured to store a first key name and a first transmission destination in association with a first
one-touch key;

a first display unit configured to display the first one-touch key, the first key name being displayed on the first one-touch
key;

a first setting unit configured to, based on a selection of the first one-touch key displayed by the first display unit, set
the first transmission destination as transmission destination of the image data generated by the first scanner unit; and

a first transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by the first scanning unit to the first transmission
destination set by the first setting unit;

wherein the second scanning apparatus comprises:
a second scanner unit configured to generate image data by scanning an image on a document;
a second storage unit configured to store a second key name and a second transmission destination in association with a second
one-touch key;

a second display unit configured to display the second one-touch key, the second key name being displayed on the second one-touch
key;

a second setting unit configured to, based on a selection of the second one-touch key displayed by the second display unit,
set the second transmission destination as transmission destination of the image data generated by the second scanner unit;
and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit the image data generated by the second scanning unit to the second transmission
destination set by the second setting unit;

wherein the first scanning apparatus further comprises:
a receiving unit configured to receive, from the second scanning apparatus, the second key name and the second transmission
destination;

wherein the first display unit displays a third one-touch key, the second key name received by the receiving unit is displayed
on the third one-touch key,

wherein the first setting unit, based on a selection of the third one-touch key, sets the second transmission destination
as transmission destination of the image data generated by the first scanner unit, and

wherein the first transmission unit transmits the image data generated by the first scanning unit to the second transmission
destination set by the first setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,811,009

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,811,011

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
an electroconductive support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer, wherein
the undercoat layer contains a compound represented by formula (1):

where R1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, a group derived
by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with an oxygen
atom, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with a sulfur
atom, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with NR17, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with SiR18R19, a group derived by substituting at least one carbon-carbon single bond in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with a carbon-carbon double bond, a substituted or unsubstituted
cycloalkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and R17, R18, and R19 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms in a main
chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;

R2 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, a group derived
by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with an oxygen
atom, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with a sulfur
atom, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with NR20, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with SiR21R22, a group derived by substituting at least one carbon-carbon single bond in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with a carbon-carbon double bond, or a substituted or unsubstituted
cycloalkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, and R20,R21, and R22 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms in a main
chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;

a substituent of the alkyl group comprises an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, or a phenyl group;
a substituent of each of the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with an oxygen atom, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with a sulfur atom, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with NR17 or NR20, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with SiR18R19 or SiR21R22, the group derived by substituting at least one carbon-carbon single bond in the main chain of the alkyl group with a carbon-carbon
double bond, and the cycloalkyl group includes an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, or a phenyl group;

a substituent of the aryl group comprises a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon
atoms, an acyl group, or an alkoxy group; and

X represents one structure selected from the group consisting of formula (X1), formula (X2), and formula (X3):

where R3 to R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,809,721

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,811,014

YELLOW TONER AND PRODUCTION METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A yellow toner, comprising:
a binder resin;
a wax; and
a colorant containing a compound represented by formula (1):

wherein R1 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group;

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carbamoyl group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, or a carboxamide group;

R3 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an acyl group;

A independently represents an alkoxysulfonyl group, a carboxamide group, or a sulfonamide group; and
n represents an integer of from 2 to 5.

US Pat. No. 9,811,021

CONDUCTIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a conductive member comprising a conductive support and a conductive layer on the conductive
support, the method comprising the steps of:
(i) providing an unmodified epichlorohydrin rubber having units represented by formulae (2), (3), and (4):

in which n represents an integer of 1 to 3,

(ii) reacting an amine compound with the unmodified epichlorohydrin rubber to obtain a modified epichlorohydrin rubber having
units represented by said formulae (3) and (4), and formula (1);


in which R1, R2, and R3 each independently represent hydrogen or a saturated hydrocarbon group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms;
and

(iii) heating the modified epichlorohydrin rubber on the periphery of a mandrel to at least 160° C. to remove unreacted amine
compound, and vulcanizing the modified epichlorohydrin rubber to obtain the conductive layer, wherein

the step (iii) is performed after the step (ii), and
the amine compound has a boiling point of 160° C. or less.

US Pat. No. 9,811,022

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPMENT CONTRAST CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to carry an image;
a developing device configured to develop a latent image formed on said image bearing member with a developer including toner
and carrier;

a toner content sensor configured to detect a ratio of the toner to the developer in said developing device;
a toner container configured to contain the toner to be supplied to said developing device;
an executing portion configured to execute an operation in a first toner supplying mode for supplying the toner from said
toner container into said developing device when the ratio indicated by an output of said toner content sensor is in a predetermined
range and to execute an operation in a second toner supplying mode for interrupting an image forming operation and for supplying
the toner from said toner container into said developing device when the ratio indicated by the output of said toner content
sensor is lower than the predetermined range;

a notifying portion configured to notify necessity for exchange of said toner container when the ratio indicated by the output
of said toner content sensor reaches a set level lower than the predetermined range; and

a controller configured to control an image forming condition so as to change, on the basis of the output of said toner content
sensor, a development contrast which is a potential difference between an image portion potential of a maximum image density
in the latent image and a development DC bias potential applied to said developing device,

wherein said controller sets the development contrast at a level higher than that when the ratio is in the predetermined range,
at least in part of a period from when the ratio indicated by the output of said toner content sensor becomes lower than the
predetermined range to when the ratio indicated by the output of said toner content sensor reaches the set level.

US Pat. No. 9,787,927

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
an output unit that outputs an analog signal;
an A/D conversion unit that converts the analog signal to a digital signal;
an offset addition unit that, in a case where it is detected that the analog signal is out of a range in which A/D conversion
is possible in the A/D conversion unit, adds an offset to the analog signal in the output unit so that the analog signal falls
within the range; and

a signal detecting circuit that detects that the analog signal to which an offset is added is out of the range in which A/D
conversion is possible in the A/D conversion unit,

wherein the offset addition unit varies the offset added to the analog signal in the output unit in a case where the signal
detecting circuit detects that the analog signal to which an offset is added is out of the range.

US Pat. No. 9,784,951

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,741,123

TRANSFORMATION OF 3-D OBJECT FOR OBJECT SEGMENTATION IN 3-D MEDICAL IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for object segmentation comprising the steps of:
obtaining a scale estimation of an object in three dimensions based on a surface of the object in an original volume;
transforming the object to render a shrunk object based on the scale estimation, wherein the shrunk object is the object shrunk
in at least one of the three dimensions;

separating the shrunk object from a surrounding volume which surrounds the shrunk object; and
inverse-transforming the separated shrunk object to obtain the original object.

US Pat. No. 9,740,444

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,736,363

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,756,214

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,753,411

CONDUCTIVE BELT AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cylindrical conductive belt for electrophotography comprising:
a continuous phase which comprises a thermoplastic polyester resin; and
discontinuous phases each of which comprises any one or both selected from a polyether-ester amide and a polyether amide,
the discontinuous phases being present in such a way as to extend in the peripheral direction of the cylindrical conductive
belt,

the extension of the discontinuous phase in the peripheral direction of the cylindrical conductive belt being greater than
that in the perpendicular direction of the cylindrical conductive belt,

a crystallinity of an outer-peripheral surface side of the cylindrical conductive belt being lower than that of an inner-peripheral
surface side of the cylindrical conductive belt, and

the thermoplastic polyester resin being polyethylene naphthalate or polyethylene terephthalate.

US Pat. No. 9,710,494

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING LIST OF IMAGES CORRESPONDING TO CONTENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A display control apparatus capable of causing a list of images corresponding to a plurality of respective contents to
be displayed on a display unit, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
acquire attributes of the respective contents and, after acquisition of the attributes of the respective contents, receive
thumbnail images corresponding to the respective contents; and

generate a list screen using the received thumbnail images; and
determine whether or not a time period required to receive the thumbnail images corresponding to the respective contents exceeds
a predetermined time period,

wherein the list screen is generated before the reception of thumbnail images by using temporary display objects and by replacing
the temporary display objects in the list screen using the received thumbnail images, in a case where said processor determines
that the time period required to receive the thumbnail images exceeds the predetermined time period, whereas said processor
generates the list screen using the received thumbnail images, without using the temporary display objects, in a case where
said processor determines that the time period required to receive the thumbnail images does not exceed the predetermined
time period.

US Pat. No. 9,703,237

DEVELOPING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus, comprising:
a developer bearing member configured to bear a developer, containing a non-magnetic toner and a magnetic carrier, on a surface
thereof;

a developer accommodating portion configured to accommodate the developer, the developer accommodating portion including:
a first chamber configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member;
a second chamber arranged below the first chamber in a state in which the developing apparatus is mounted in an image forming
apparatus and configured to form a collecting path to collect the carried developer through the developer bearing member after
development without causing the developer to pass through the first chamber and a circulation path circulating the developer
between the first chamber and the second chamber; and

a partitioning wall configured to partition the first chamber and the second chamber;
a first conveying member configured to be arranged in the first chamber such that the center thereof is positioned between
an upper end and a lower end of the developer bearing member, and to convey the developer;

a second conveying member configured to be arranged in the second chamber and convey the developer;
a regulation member configured to regulate the amount of developer that is borne by the developer bearing member; and
a multipolar magnet arranged inside the developer bearing member, the multipolar magnet including:
a first magnetic pole arranged at a position where the first magnetic pole faces the regulation member or on a position upstream,
in a conveying direction of the developer bearing member, of the position where the first magnetic pole faces the regulation
member such that a peak position of magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is located above a center
of the developer bearing member and is located downstream, in the conveying direction, of a line that connects the center
of the developer bearing member and the center of the first conveying member; and

a second magnetic pole having the same polarity with that of the first magnetic pole, the second magnetic pole arranged to
be adjacent to the first magnetic pole upstream, in the conveying direction, of the first magnetic pole such that a peak position
of magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is located below the center of the developer bearing member
and is located downstream, in the conveying direction, of a line that connects the center of the developer bearing member
and the center of the second conveying member,

wherein an apex position of the partitioning wall is located between the developer bearing member and the first conveying
member, below an upper end position of a zone in which magnetic force on the surface of the developer bearing member is less
than 50 gauss between the first magnetic pole and the second magnetic pole, and above a peak position of magnetic force of
the second magnetic pole,

wherein the apex position of the partitioning wall is located below a minimal position at which magnetic force is the smallest
in the zone,

wherein a plurality of concaved portions is formed on a surface of the developer bearing member at an interval, and
wherein each of the plurality of concaved portions has such an opening shape that a maximum diameter of an inscribed circle
is equal to or greater than a diameter of an average grain size of the carrier, and is formed such that the carrier with the
average grain size is able to enter each of the concaved portions by a depth that is equal to or greater than a radius thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,661,302

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,658,550

TONER FOR USE IN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,692,249

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, POWER RECEIVING DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER RECEIVING DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power transmission device for wirelessly supplying power to a power receiving device located in a power supply area,
the power transmission device comprising:
a first determining unit configured to determine whether a power receiving device exists in the power supply area;
a first transmitting unit configured to, in a case where the first determining unit determines that the power receiving device
does not exist in the power supply area, transmit, to the power receiving device, a first notification prompting a user to
move the power receiving device into the power supply area;

a second determining unit configured to determine, in a case where the first determining unit determines that the power receiving
device exists in the power supply area, whether a second notification prompting a user to further move the power receiving
device needs to be transmitted to the power receiving device; and

a second transmitting unit configured to transmit the second notification to the power receiving device in a case where the
second determining unit determines that the second notification needs to be transmitted to the power receiving device,

wherein, in a case where the second determining unit determines that the second notification does not need to be transmitted
to the power receiving device, the second transmitting unit does not transmit the second notification to the power receiving
device.

US Pat. No. 9,661,000

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,682,510

IMPRINT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a pattern to an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:
a changing unit which includes a contact member having a contact surface that comes into contact with a side surface of the
mold, and is configured to apply a force to the side surface of the mold through the contact member to change a shape of the
mold; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust an angle of the contact member to change a relative angle between the contact surface
and the side surface of the mold.

US Pat. No. 9,652,437

SOLUTION METHOD AND SOLUTION APPARATUS FOR UNDERDETERMINED SYSTEM OF LINEAR EQUATIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,682,564

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead;
a storage chamber configured to store ink to be supplied to the printhead;
a first communicating portion through which an ink tank attached to the printing apparatus is capable of communicating with
the storage chamber;

a second communicating portion through which the printhead is capable of communicating with the storage chamber; and
a first side wall and a second side wall arranged facing each other so as to form a channel in which ink flows in an ink supplying
direction from a side of the first communicating portion to a side of the second communicating portion in the storage chamber,

wherein the storage chamber includes
a first space, and
a second space located closer to the side of the second communicating portion than the first space, in which a distance between
the first side wall and the second side wall in a horizontal direction intersecting with the ink supplying direction is set
larger than in the first space, and

the printing apparatus further comprises a detecting unit arranged in the second space and capable of detecting a liquid surface
of ink in the storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,686,450

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having a plurality of pixels and being capable of outputting signals of pixels of an effective pixel area
among the plurality of pixels as image signals and signals of pixels of a reference pixel area among the plurality of pixels
as correction signals in which a plurality of pixel signals are combined;

a processor which generates correction values based on the correction signals by combining the pixel signals of the reference
pixel area so as to handle a method of combining the pixel signals of the effective pixel area in the image sensor, and

a corrector which corrects the image signals using the correction values,
wherein even in a case where the image signals are output with different methods of combining the pixel signals of the pixels
of the effective pixel area, the image sensor outputs the correction signals without changing a method of combining the pixel
signals of the reference pixel area.

US Pat. No. 9,654,707

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An image processing method configured to perform an image process on a first image produced by image capturing through
an image capturing optical system, the method comprising:
providing coefficient data containing coefficients to be used in an approximation function to approximate a point spread function
of the image capturing optical system, the coefficients having values different depending on an optical state of the image
capturing optical system; and

performing the image process,
wherein the image process comprises:
producing an approximated point spread function by using the coefficient of the coefficient data corresponding to the optical
state in the image capturing;

producing a filter by using the approximated point spread function, a pixel pitch of an image sensor used for the image capturing,
and at least one of a kernel size of the filter to be used for a sharpening process on the first image and number of taps
of the filter; and

producing a second image that is a sharpened image by applying the filter to the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,682,839

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A control method of a sheet stacking apparatus, the control method comprising:
controlling a sheet stacking unit to be capable of descending to a lower limit position according to a stacked-sheet amount;
determining that descending of the controlled sheet stacking unit is interrupted at a first position different from the lower
limit position due to an obstacle present under the sheet stacking unit; and

stopping sheet stacking on the sheet stacking unit at the first position where the descending of the sheet stacking unit is
determined to be interrupted during the sheet stacking on the sheet stacking unit,

wherein stopping includes causing the sheet stacking unit to ascend when a sheet stacked on the sheet stacking unit is removed
when the sheet stacking on the sheet stacking unit at the first position is stopped, and performing the sheet stacking on
the sheet stacking unit after ascending when the obstacle is still present under the sheet stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 9,651,909

JOB PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR STORING AND EXECUTING RECEIVED JOBS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus for executing a first print job and a second print job following the first print job, comprising:
one or more processors;
one or more memories, wherein one or more programs are stored in the one or more memories and configured to be executed by
the one or more processors, the one or more programs including:

instruction for determining whether a state in which the first print job is stopped has continued for a predetermined time;
instruction for whether a preparation operation in which sheets stored in a sheet feeding cassette are moved to a position
at which the sheets can be fed is started;

instruction for executing the second job in priority to the stopped first print job if it is determined that the state in
which the first print job is stopped has continued for the predetermined time; and

instruction for controlling not to determine that the state in which the first print job is stopped has continued for the
predetermined time in a case where it is judged that the preparation operation is started before it is determined that the
state in which the first print job is stopped has continued for the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,684,255

COATING AGENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,615,044

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,606,487

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE OPTICAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,607,555

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,607,054

DISPLAYING LIST OF MULTIPLE CONTENTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,722

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a release member;
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
operating as an access point of a wireless network;
performing shooting in a case where an operation on the release member is detected;
detecting an operation on the release member while the communication apparatus is operating as the access point; and
terminating the operation as the access point according to the detection,
wherein the communication apparatus terminates the operation as the access point and performs shooting in priority to the
operation as the access point.

US Pat. No. 9,599,955

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,602,033

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS, MOTOR-DRIVEN APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING MOTOR AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING A COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control apparatus for controlling rotation of a brushless motor, the motor control apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to control an angular velocity of the motor; and
a load torque calculator configured to calculate a load torque at which the motor drives a driven member, using a detection
signal output from a rotation detector configured to output the detection signal in response to the rotation of the motor,

wherein the load torque is independent of the angular velocity of the motor and an angular acceleration of the motor, and
wherein the controller is configured to:
when the motor drives the driven member toward a target stop position, calculate a deceleration rotation amount based on the
calculated load torque, the deceleration rotation amount being a remaining rotation amount of the motor at start of deceleration
of the motor from its drive state, the drive state being one of an acceleration state or a constant velocity state; and

control the angular velocity of the motor based on the deceleration rotation amount using an open-loop control or a closed-loop
control.

US Pat. No. 9,594,990

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINT PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,592,992

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet;
a first sheet conveyance path configured to guide the sheet to the image forming portion;
a second sheet conveyance path configured to guide the sheet on which an image has been formed by the image forming portion;
a re-conveyance path connecting the second sheet conveyance path and the first sheet conveyance path;
a first rotary member configured for bidirectional rotation and arranged at an end portion of the second sheet conveyance
path, the first rotary member being configured to reverse the sheet on the second sheet conveyance path and directly convey
the sheet to the re-conveyance path from the second sheet conveyance path;

a connecting path connecting a point on the way of the second sheet conveyance path with a point on the way of the re-conveyance
path;

a second rotary member configured for bidirectional rotation and arranged downstream, in a sheet conveying direction, of a
branching point where the connecting path branches from the second sheet conveyance path on the second sheet conveyance path,
the second rotary member being configured to reverse the sheet on the second sheet conveyance path and convey the sheet to
the connecting path from the second sheet conveyance path;

a guide unit arranged upstream, in the sheet conveying direction, of the second rotary member on the second sheet conveyance
path, and being configured to switch between a first position guiding the sheet toward the second rotary member and a second
position guiding the sheet reversed by the second rotary member toward the connecting path; and

a control portion configured to control the guide unit such that the guide unit switches from the first position to the second
position after a rear end of the sheet passes through the branching point and guides the sheet reversed by the second rotary
member to the connecting path in a case of conveying the sheet to the re-conveyance path via the connecting path.

US Pat. No. 9,596,400

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT PERIODICALLY CHANGES EXPOSURE CONDITION, A METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit configured to pick up images of a multistage exposure image group by periodically changing an exposure
time period;

a motion detecting unit configured to detect an amount of motion of said image pickup unit during each exposure time period;
an evaluation value acquisition unit configured to acquire a focus evaluation value from each of images output from said image
pickup unit;

a driving unit configured to drive a focus lens in a direction of an optical axis; and
a control unit configured to control a focus state of an object whose image is to be picked up, by causing said driving unit
to, in a first case, move the focus lens according to the focus evaluation value acquired from one of the images which is
the shortest in exposure time period among the multistage exposure image group, and by causing said driving unit to, in a
second case, move the focus lens according to the focus evaluation value acquired from another of the images, which is longer
in exposure time period than the one of the images, among the multistage exposure image group and for which the detected amount
of motion is smaller than a reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,592,307

COMPOUND AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING CONTRAST MEDIUM CONTAINING THE COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,591,164

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIA AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF FOR GENERATING OPERATION SCREEN TO UTILIZE VARIOUS APPLICATIONS FOR EXECUTING IMAGE PROCESSING FUNCTIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having an application stored thereon which
executes a function of the image processing apparatus, and the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which,
when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

receive, by a Web browser, from a Web server, at least operating screen information and information regarding a class name
and a function name of the application,

display, by the Web browser, an operating screen based on the operating screen information,
in a case where a control request is received via the operating screen displayed by the Web browser,
convert, by a first program, a form of the control request including the class name and the function name of the application
into another form to be analyzed by a second program,

transfer, by the first program, the control request form of which is converted, to the second program,
analyze, by the second program, the transferred control request form, and specify information of an application to be executed,
and

execute, by the second program, the application corresponding to the specified information by loading a class of the application
corresponding to the specified information and calling an execution function based on the transferred control request form,

wherein the first program and the second program differ from the Web browser and the application to be executed, and the application
to be executed is the application which is available for the Web browser or the application which is not available for the
Web browser.

US Pat. No. 9,589,215

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PROPERLY REPRODUCING DESIRED SETTINGS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A job processing apparatus comprising:
a storage device; and
a processor configured to execute computer executable instructions recorded on the storage device, the computer executable
instructions including instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the job processing apparatus to:

display a setting screen of a copy job, the copy job being a job of performing printing based on image data generated by reading
out an image;

receive from a user settings of the copy job via the setting screen;
receive from a user an instruction of inputting settings of another copy job different from the copy job during receipt of
the settings of the copy job;

hold screen information of the setting screen being displayed when the instruction is received; and
display the setting screen based on the held screen information according to execution of the another copy job having been
completed such that the setting screen being displayed at the time of receipt of the instruction is reproduced.

US Pat. No. 9,588,448

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
an electrically conductive support;
an undercoat layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer includes:
a resin; and
a metal oxide particle whose surface has been treated with a compound represented by the following formula (1):
the resin is a polymerized product of a composition containing a compound having a group represented by the following formula
(2), and a polyol,


wherein, in the formula (1), R3 and R4 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 2 carbon atoms or a phenyl group, R5 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, a vinyl group, a methacryloyloxy group, or an acryloyloxy group, m
and n each represent an integer, m+n=3, and m=0, 1, or 2,


wherein, in the formula (2), X represents a single bond or an oxygen atom, and R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,588,450

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner, comprising:
a magnetic toner particle comprising a binder resin and a magnetic material;
a first external additive; and
a second external additive,
wherein:
the first external additive
i) comprises an organic-inorganic composite fine particle, a plurality of convexes derived from an inorganic fine particle
being present on a surface of the organic-inorganic composite fine particle, and

ii) has a number-average particle diameter of 50 nm or more and 500 nm or less;
the second external additive
i) comprises a silica fine particle, and
ii) has a number-average particle diameter of 5 nm or more and 30 nm or less;
a shear load calculated from a rotation torque is 0.50 kPa or more and 2.00 kPa or less when a disc-shaped disc is pressed
against a surface of a magnetic toner powder layer, the magnetic toner powder layer being produced by applying a vertical
load of 9.0 kPa to the magnetic toner, under a vertical load of 5.0 kPa in a measurement container, and the disc which is
being pressed is rotated by ?/36 rad at (?/10 rad)/min; and

an absolute value |?(T)??(A1)| of a difference between a zeta potential ?(T) of the magnetic toner particle dispersed in water
and a zeta potential ?(A1) of the first external additive dispersed in water is 50 mV or less.

US Pat. No. 9,571,673

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,564,685

ANTENNA AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

7. A communication apparatus comprising an antenna in which a first conductor having a first width is spirally arranged on
a first plane such that a conductor-to-conductor distance is equal to a second width, and a second conductor having the first
width is spirally arranged on a second plane such that a conductor-to-conductor distance is equal to the second width, and
an inner end of a spiral of the first conductor and an inner end of a spiral of the second conductor are connected with a
conductor,
wherein a direction in which the spiral of the first conductor runs from its outer end to its inner end and a direction in
which the spiral of the second conductor runs from its inner end to its outer end correspond to each other, as viewed from
one direction,

the first width is greater than the second width,
the first conductor and the second conductor are alternately arranged in at least a portion thereof as viewed in a radius
direction from an axis of the spiral of the first conductor or the spiral of the second conductor, and

the first conductor and the second conductor are arranged such that the first conductor and the second conductor are overlapped
at least another portion thereof as viewed in a radius direction from an axis of the spiral of the first conductor or the
spiral of the second conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,561,924

RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,557,695

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,555,997

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,558,580

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating light-field data of a scene using a ray tracing method, comprising:
one or more hardware processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more hardware processors and storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more hardware
processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

set a first surface, a second surface, and a third surface in order in a direction of a scene, wherein the first surface has
a plurality of cells and a plurality of sub-cells divided from each of the plurality of cells, the second surface has a plurality
of segments, and the plurality of cells and the plurality of segments are associated respectively;

determine a trace direction of a ray passing through each sub-cell based on a segment associated with a cell including the
sub-cell; and

perform ray tracing on the determined trace direction for each sub-cell so as to generate light-field data of the scene between
the second and third surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,557,576

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,544,929

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION PARAMETER CONFIGURATION METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method executed by a communication apparatus for sharing a communication parameter for communication in a wireless network,
the method comprising steps of:
transmitting, by a communication apparatus, an inquiry message for inquiring about a management apparatus, which determines
a providing apparatus for providing the communication parameter;

determining, by the communication apparatus, whether the communication apparatus itself becomes the management apparatus according
to a response message to the inquiry message;

managing, by the management apparatus, a number of other communication apparatuses, which send request signal for sharing
of the communication parameter;

limiting, by the management apparatus, other communication apparatuses with which the communication parameter is to be shared,
based on the managed number;

acquiring, by the management apparatus, capability information of other communication apparatuses, which request sharing of
the communication parameter;

determining, by the management apparatus, the providing apparatus from among the management apparatus itself and said other
communication apparatuses based on the capability information; and

providing, by the providing apparatus, the communication parameter to other communication apparatuses, which are not determined
as the providing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,541,826

PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FILM USING THE COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,531,900

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising;
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygonal mirror configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source, so as to scan the light beam
on a photosensitive member in a scanning direction;

an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotational polygonal mirror to the photosensitive member;
a housing in which the rotational polygonal mirror and the optical member are disposed;
a cover member attached to the housing, in which cover member there is formed an emission opening to externally emit the light
beam deflected by the rotational polygonal mirror, from within a space formed by the housing and the cover member;

a transparent member configured to pass the light beam and to close off the emission opening;
a seal member formed of an elastic material, to close off a gap between the transparent member and the cover member;
an inlet for pouring in the molten elastic material when forming the seal member; and
a channel through which the molten elastic material poured in from the inlet flows, the channel being formed in the cover
member following an edge of the emission opening so as to surround the emission opening,

wherein the inlet is connected to the channel between both ends of the emission opening in the longitudinal direction of the
emission opening, and a cross-sectional area of the channel in the lateral direction of the emission opening following the
edge of the emission opening closer to the inlet in the longitudinal direction of the emission opening, is larger than a cross-sectional
area of the channel in the lateral direction following the edge of the emission opening farther from the inlet in the longitudinal
direction of the emission opening.

US Pat. No. 9,508,775

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,507,286

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CHARGING MEMBER FOR CHARGING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to charge said photosensitive member;
an applying unit configured to apply a charging bias to said charging member, the charging bias composed of a direct voltage
superimposed with an alternating voltage, wherein a peak-to-peak voltage of the alternating voltage of the charging bias is
a voltage where a discharge is generated between said charging member and said photosensitive member;

a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a charged surface charged by said charging member;
a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing through said charging member applied with the charging bias
from said applying unit;

an extraction portion configured to extract a plurality of outputs regarding a plurality of currents from the current detected,
the plurality of currents having different frequency components;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of discharge current based on the plurality of outputs extracted by said
extraction portion; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust the alternating voltage of the charging bias such that the amount of discharge current
calculated by said calculation unit is equal to a predetermined amount of discharge current.

US Pat. No. 9,508,654

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,503,647

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,501,726

PRINTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for performing printing processing comprising:
at least one processor couple to a memory;
a storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of sheet information;
a registration unit configured to register new sheet information in the storing unit, wherein the new sheet information includes
at least a basis weight and a surface nature; and

a determining unit configured to determine, in a case where the printing apparatus performs printing processing using the
new sheet information, whether to permit performing duplex printing based on a combination of the basis weight and the surface
nature included in the new sheet information,

wherein the storing unit, the registration unit, and the determining unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,500,964

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLYING METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,500,970

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,497,403

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,495,753

SPECTRAL IMAGE DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND TWO-DIMENSIONAL SPECTRAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,497,552

CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER, CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A capacitive transducer, comprising an element which has multiple types of cells, including cells of a first cell type
and cells of a second cell type, each cell comprising:
a first electrode; and
a vibrating film comprising a second electrode, the second electrode being opposed to the first electrode with a gap therebetween,
and

the capacitive transducer having a common voltage applying unit for applying a voltage between the first electrode and the
second electrode of cells of the first cell type and cells of the second cell type;

wherein each type of cell has a different ratio of an area of the first electrode or the second electrode to an area of the
gap when viewed from a normal direction of the vibrating film,

wherein the first electrodes or the second electrodes in each type of cell are electrically connected together,
wherein vibrating films of cells of the first cell type each have a larger spring constant than vibrating films of cells of
the second cell type, and

wherein the ratio of the area of the first electrode or the second electrode to the area of the gap in cells of the first
cell type is larger than the ratio of the area of the first electrode or the second electrode to the area of the gap in cells
of the second cell type;

wherein the common voltage applying unit applies a common voltage to cells of the first cell type and cells of the second
cell type, and the common voltage is smaller by 10% to 20% than a pull-in voltage of cells of the second cell type.

US Pat. No. 9,497,340

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,497,344

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,490,281

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,489,593

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND TRAINING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,485,401

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,485,409

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to perform photoelectric conversion on light that enters via an imaging optical system and output
an image signal;

a focus detection unit configured to detect an in-focus position based on the image signal output from the image sensor;
an edge detection unit configured to detect an edge angle and a number of edges of a subject included in an image based on
the image signal output from the image sensor; and

a correction unit configured to obtain a correction amount for the in-focus position based on the detected edge angle and
the number of edges and correct the in-focus position detected by the focus detection unit based on the obtained correction
amount.

US Pat. No. 9,485,411

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a specific operation unit configured to display a specific menu from a plurality of menus that are hierarchically structured
and configured to make a setting or an operation instruction about the display control apparatus, wherein the specific menu
is a menu other than a first level menu; and

a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a display control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where the specific operation unit is operated when it is determined that none of the plurality of menus
is displayed on a display unit, the display control unit is configured to perform control to display the specific menu,

wherein, in a case where the specific operation unit is operated when it is determined that the specific menu is displayed
on the display unit, the display control unit is configured to perform control to clear display of the specific menu,

wherein, in a case where the specific operation unit is operated when it is determined that a different menu that is different
from the specific menu is displayed and an above menu, positioned one hierarchical level above the specific menu, is not displayed,
the display control unit is configured to perform control to display the specific menu, and

wherein, in a case where the specific operation unit is operated to display the specific menu on the display unit and it is
determined that the specific menu is disabled, the display control unit is configured to display the above menu and recognizably
display that a menu item for entering the specific menu is disabled.

US Pat. No. 9,483,630

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,485,434

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus having a processor executing instructions stored in a memory and an image capturing unit configured
to capture an image of an object and to output an image, wherein the instructions comprise:
a switching unit configured to switch modes between a first mode in which the image capturing unit outputs a first image and
then outputs a second image having an exposure value different from the first image, and a second mode in which the image
capturing unit continuously outputs an image not used for compositing;

an exposure control unit configured to control an exposure value for capturing an image of an object, following change in
object luminance, when a parameter related to change in object luminance exceeds a predetermined range; and

a setting unit configured to set the predetermined range,
wherein the first image and the second image are used for compositing,
wherein the predetermined range is a range in which an exposure value is not controlled to follow the change in the object
luminance for capturing an image of the object,

wherein the setting unit sets a first range as the predetermined range in the first mode, and
wherein the setting unit sets a second range which is narrower than the first range as the predetermined range in the second
mode.