US Pat. No. 9,274,788

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,085

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,275,306

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,405

PROJECTOR WITH ILLUMINATION SYSTEM HAVING A CUBOID OPTICAL MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

D?0.3n·d·D/L?A?D+n·d·D/L is met.

US Pat. No. 9,269,738

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A CMOS image sensor comprising:
a substrate having a light-receiving section;
a first wiring layer arranged above the substrate;
a second wiring layer arranged above the substrate, a distance between the substrate and the second wiring layer being larger
than a distance between the substrate and the first wiring layer;

a first layer comprising Si and O, and arranged above the substrate;
a second layer comprising Si and N, and arranged above the light-receiving section, a distance between the light-receiving
section and the second layer being smaller than the distance between the substrate and the first wiring layer;

a third layer comprising Si, N and O, and arranged above the substrate;
a fourth layer comprising Si and N, and arranged above the substrate; and
an insulating layer arranged between the second layer and the fourth layer,
wherein the second wiring layer is arranged between the fourth layer and the substrate,
the first layer is arranged between the second layer and the light-receiving section, and
the third layer is arranged between the fourth layer and the insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,271,312

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,251

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,269,031

METHOD OF DETECTING REGIONS IN AN EDGE-BASED REPRESENTATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,289

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,290

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,842

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. A method for controlling an information processing apparatus for extracting a similar operation pattern as a work flow
from data operation history, the method comprising:
a processor and a memory of the information processing apparatus functioning to perform:
a work flow extracting step of extracting the work flow, based on data operation history data;
a data extracting step of estimating and extracting main data, which is major data within data that constitutes the work flow
extracted in the work flow extracting step;

a target element extracting step of analyzing a name string that expresses an access path for accessing the main data extracted
in the data extracting step, and estimating and extracting a character string of a target element from the name string, wherein
the target element extracting step analyzes the character string and extracts a common noun element as the target element;
and

a determining step of determining a work flow name, which is a name of the work flow, using a connection of the common noun
as target element extracted in the target element extracting step.

US Pat. No. 9,270,902

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR OBTAINING INFORMATION ON FOCUS CONTROL OF A SUBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image including a plurality of subject areas and distance information corresponding
to the plurality of subject areas; and

a generation unit configured to generate a shifted image in which positions of the plurality of subject areas are shifted
in the image based on the distance information,

wherein the generation unit combines an index indicative of at least one of a focus position and a depth of field in an image
acquired by the acquisition unit with the shifted image.

US Pat. No. 9,268,392

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus to which an external device is attachable, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an initialization unit configured to, in a case where the information processing apparatus is activated from a power-off state,
execute initialization of the external device attached to the information processing apparatus;

a detection unit configured to detect an operation to turn off a power switch,
a storing unit configured to store settings of a pre-set power state to which the information processing apparatus is to be
shifted in a case where the operation to turn off the power switch is detected;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information on the external device attached to the information processing apparatus
before the information processing apparatus is shifted to the power-saving state;

a storage unit configured to store the information acquired by the first acquisition unit;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire information on the external device attached to the information processing
apparatus after the information processing apparatus is returned from the power-saving state; and

a control unit configured to shift, in response to the detection of the operation to turn off the power switch, the power
state of the information processing apparatus from a standby state to the pre-set power state, in a case where the information
stored in the storage unit is consistent with the information acquired by the second acquisition unit, and to shift, in response
to the detection of the operation to turn off the power switch, the power state of the information processing apparatus from
the standby state to the power-off state, in a case where the information stored in the storage unit is inconsistent with
the information acquired by the second acquisition unit, even if the power-saving state is set as the pre-set power state
to which the information processing apparatus is to be shifted.

US Pat. No. 9,261,776

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for performing an imprint process in which an imprint material on a substrate is molded with a mold
to form a pattern on the substrate, the imprint apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to:
control the imprint process to form a predetermined layer on the substrate with a target layer, which is formed on the substrate,
used as an alignment reference;

obtain information of a difference between a shape of a shot region in the target layer, and a shape of a shot region in an
upper layer formed above the target layer; and

select a mold from a plurality of molds prepared for the predetermined layer, based on the difference and a shape of a mold
used for forming the upper layer, so that an overlay error between the target layer and the predetermined layer falls within
a tolerance.

US Pat. No. 9,264,641

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion element configured to output a photocurrent generated by a photoelectric conversion;
a detecting unit configured to detect a voltage of an output terminal of the photoelectric conversion element;
a feedback input unit configured to input a feedback signal based on the voltage detected by the detecting unit;
a current detecting unit configured to detect the photocurrent; and
a current amplifier unit configured to generate an amplified current based on the photocurrent detected by the current detecting
unit, and to output the amplified current to the feedback input unit, wherein

the feedback input unit outputs a current derived by adding the photocurrent to the amplified current.

US Pat. No. 9,261,822

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
a movable intermediate transfer member configured to temporarily bear the toner image that is transferred from the image bearing
member at a first transfer portion and then transferred onto a recording medium at a second transfer portion;

a cleaning member disposed opposing the intermediate transfer member on a downstream side of the second transfer portion and
on an upstream side of the first transfer portion in a movement direction of the intermediate transfer member, and configured
to electrostatically remove toner on the intermediate transfer member at a cleaning portion;

a forming portion configured to form, on the intermediate transfer member, an adjustment toner image having a predetermined
target density and a predetermined length in the movement direction of the intermediate transfer member;

a detection portion configured to detect the adjustment toner image formed on the intermediate transfer member;
a change portion configured to change an image forming condition according to a detection result of the detection portion;
and

an execution portion configured to move the intermediate transfer member to cause a region on the intermediate transfer member
that corresponds to a position at which the adjustment toner image is formed to pass through the cleaning portion,

wherein the execution portion sets the number of times of repeatedly causing the region to pass through the cleaning portion
based on at least one of the target density and the length of the adjustment toner image.

US Pat. No. 9,261,823

BELT UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt unit comprising:
an endless belt;
a plurality of rollers that include a tension roller applying a tension to the belt and around which the belt is stretched;
a support member that supports the plurality of rollers;
a set of two bearings that are movably provided to respective portions of the support member, the portions corresponding to
longitudinal ends of the tension roller, and that rotatably support the tension roller, wherein after one of the bearings
is detached from the support member, the tension roller is able to be pulled out from the belt unit, and then the belt to
be replaced is able to be pulled out from the belt unit;

urging members one of which is provided between the support member and one of the bearings while the other of which is provided
between the support member and the other one of the bearings and that urge, to the belt, the tension roller supported by the
bearings; and

at least two protrusions that are provided in the support member at a portion facing the tension roller, configured to keep
a position of the tension roller so as not to be inclined in a direction intersecting an urging direction of the urging members,
in cooperation with the belt, in a state where the belt unit is placed so that a direction of an axis of the tension roller
is parallel to a substantially vertical direction and the bearing located above in the vertical direction is detached from
the support member, during an operation of replacing the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,262,105

PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM FOR TRANSMITTING SETTING INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold setting information for expanding a print setting function;
a receiving unit configured to receive identification information from an information processing apparatus, wherein the identification
information is information by which the printing apparatus is enabled to identify whether to transmit setting information,
and setting information to be transmitted;

a determination unit configured to determine whether to transmit the setting information based on the identification information;
and

a transmitting unit configured, if the determination unit determines to transmit the setting information, to decide the setting
information to be transmitted from the setting information held by the holding unit based on the identification information,
and to transmit the decided setting information to the information processing apparatus,

wherein in the information processing apparatus, the print setting function is expanded by using the setting information received
from the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,261,850

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COLLECTING CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a collecting container, provided detachably mountable to a main assembly of said image forming apparatus, for collecting toner
fed from the main assembly;

a plurality of connecting portions, provided at one side surface of said collecting container, for connecting the main assembly
and said collecting container;

a plurality of shutters for opening and closing said plurality of connecting portions, respectively;
a plurality of first urging members for urging said plurality of shutters, respectively, in a closing direction;
a movable member provided movably at a bottom of said collecting container, wherein said movable member is moved toward said
collecting container by contact with the main assembly when said collecting container is mounted in a mounting portion of
the main assembly, and is projected outwardly from a side portion of said collecting container when said collecting container
is dismounted from the mounting portion; and

a second urging member for urging said movable member in a direction projecting from said collecting container,
wherein when said collecting container is mounted in the main assembly, said plurality of first urging members and said second
urging member are provided so that a sum of rotation moment acting on said collecting container by said plurality of first
urging members and rotation moment acting on said collecting container by said second urging member are directed opposite
to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,262,111

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control apparatus, comprising:
a first specifying unit configured to specify a priority of an input print job;
a second specifying unit configured to specify a discharge method set for the input print job among a plurality of discharge
methods including a roll-sheet discharge method in which a print product is discharged as a roll sheet and a cut-sheet discharge
method in which a print product is discharged as a cut sheet;

a determination unit configured to determine an order of printing of the input print job in queued print jobs held in a queue,
in accordance with the priority of the input print job specified by the first specifying unit and the discharge method specified
by the second specifying unit; and

a print control unit configured to cause a print unit to execute printing based on the input print job on a continuous sheet
in accordance with the order of printing of the print job determined by the determination unit, whereby a print product based
on the input print job is discharged,

wherein at least one of the first specifying unit, the second specifying unit, the determination unit, and the print control
unit are implemented by at least one processor in the print control apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,260,348

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material, comprising: a perovskite-type metal oxide having the following general formula (1); and Zn, wherein
a content of the Zn corresponds to more than 0.1 mol % and 2 mol % or less of the amount of the perovskite-type metal oxide:
(NaxBa1-y)(NbyTi1-y)O3  (1)

wherein x satisfies 0.80?x?0.95, and y satisfies 0.85?y?0.95.

US Pat. No. 9,259,956

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original document and generate image data;
a printing unit configured to perform a printing process on a sheet based on the image data generated by the reading unit;
a binding unit configured to perform a case binding process which is for performing gluing of a spine of a sheet bundle on
which the printing process has been performed and casing with a cover sheet the sheet bundle on which the gluing has been
performed;

a displaying unit configured to display a setting screen for a user to set a printing setting;
a calculating unit configured to calculate, before the printing unit starts the printing process, a number of sheets to be
used as body sheets of the case binding process, based on a number of the original documents read by the reading unit and
the printing setting set on the setting screen; and

a controlling unit configured to permit the printing unit to start the printing process in a case where the number of the
sheets calculated by the calculating unit is greater than or equal to a first number which is a lower limit number of sheets
which enables the case binding process for casing with the cover sheet the sheet bundle on which the gluing has been performed
and is less than or equal to a second number which is an upper limit number of sheets appropriate for the case binding process,
and to inhibit the printing unit from starting the printing process in a case where the number of the sheets calculated by
the calculating unit is less than the first number or is greater than the second number, wherein the lower limit number of
sheets provides enough glued area for casing with the cover sheet the sheet bundle.

US Pat. No. 9,256,231

DEVICE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An apparatus for manufacturing a device, comprising:
a plurality of temperature regulators each of which is configured to regulate a temperature of a component associated with
manufacture of the device;

a controller configured to control the plurality of temperature regulators; and
a console configured to send command information to the controller upon receiving an input regarding start of an electric
power saving mode of the plurality of temperature regulators, the command information including a parameter which specifies
one of a plurality of electric power saving mode settings each of which is set in advance for the plurality of temperature
regulators, and a command for causing the plurality of temperature regulators to operate in one of the plurality of electric
power saving mode settings, which is selected by the parameter, the console being configured to provide a user interface to
determine the parameter in accordance with input from the user interface, the console being configured such that the plurality
of electric power saving mode settings are set, in accordance with input from the user interface, to be different from each
other in whether a target temperature of temperature regulation by a temperature regulator, to be shifted to an electric power
saving state, of the plurality of temperature regulators is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,254,693

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a printing unit configured to print an image based on print target data received from an external device,
wherein the processor acquires a detection result obtained by a sensor detecting at least one of a width and a length of a
print medium which has been set in the printing unit and,

if a print medium size is not set at the external device by a user as a print setting for the print target data, the printing
unit prints an image having a size corresponding to the detection result, based on the print target data, and, if the print
medium size is set at the external device by a user as the print setting and the print medium size does not correspond to
a predetermined size which is based on the detection result, the printing unit does not print an image on the print medium
based on the print target data,

and, if the print medium size is set at the external device by a user as the print setting and the print medium size corresponds
to the predetermined size, the printing unit prints an image having a size corresponding to the print medium size on the print
medium, based on the print target data.

US Pat. No. 9,256,561

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication control apparatus comprising:
a plurality of interfaces each including a first bus controlled by a first bus controller and a second bus controlled by a
second bus controller, the second bus having a maximum transfer rate less than that of the first bus, wherein a communication
performed via the first bus and a communication performed via the second bus are controlled independently;

a control unit configured to establish a communication link with a reading device via the first bus; and
a determination unit configured to determine a data transfer rate of a detachable recording medium connected to the reading
device in a case where the reading device including a first interface to be connected to the detachable recording medium and
a second interface including a first bus and a second bus is connected to any of the interfaces of the communication control
apparatus, wherein, in a case where the reading device is connected to any of the interfaces of the communication control
apparatus, the first bus of the second interface of the reading device is connected to the first bus of the interface of the
communication control apparatus, and the second bus of the second interface of the reading device is connected to the second
bus of the interface of the communication control apparatus,

wherein each of the first interface and the second interface complies with a different standard from each other,
wherein, in a case where the data transfer rate of the detachable recording medium connected to the reading device determined
by the determination unit exceeds a predetermined threshold, the control unit maintains the communication link with the reading
device via the first bus, and

wherein, in a case where the data transfer rate of the detachable recording medium connected to the reading device determined
by the determination unit does not exceed the predetermined threshold, the control unit disconnects the communication link
with the reading device via the first bus, receives a notification, which indicates that it is possible to establish a communication
link via the first bus, transmitted from the reading device after the disconnection is completed, and establishes, by not
responding to the notification, a communication link with the reading device via the second bus.

US Pat. No. 9,254,570

ROBOT DEVICE, ROBOT CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND CONTROL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A robot device comprising:
a first link rotatably linked to a base by a first joint;
a pair of mono-articular driving actuators disposed on both sides of the first link, to generate tensile forces, and rotationally
drive the first link on the first joint; and

a control unit configured to obtain each force command value for each of the pair of mono-articular driving actuators, and
thereby control the pair of mono-articular driving actuators,

wherein the control unit executes
joint torque computation processing to obtain joint torque necessary to set a joint angle of the first joint to a target joint
angle,

summing processing to obtain a sum value indicating a sum of force command values as to the mono-articular driving actuators,
based on a target stiffness of the first joint,

elastic torque computation processing to obtain elastic torque according to elasticity of the mono-articular driving actuators
acting on the first joint,

restricting processing to restrict a total value of the joint torque and the elastic torque, so as to satisfy restriction
conditions of |T1+TPC1|
force computation processing to obtain the force command values for each of the pair of mono-articular driving actuators,
based on the total value restricted in the restricting processing.

US Pat. No. 9,256,913

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input an image;
a setting unit configured to set items to be synthesized as a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image with the input image;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the items set by the setting unit; and
a control unit configured to control
(a) a printing apparatus to print, if all of the set items are obtained by the obtaining unit, an image generated by synthesizing
the input image with a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image which is generated based on the obtained all of the items,

(b) the printing apparatus to print, if one of the set items is not obtained but remaining set items are obtained by the obtaining
unit, an image generated by synthesizing the input image with a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image which is generated based
on the obtained remaining set items, and

(c) the printing apparatus to print, if none of the set items is obtained by the obtaining unit, neither the input image nor
a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,256,141

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD USING SAME, AND GAS SUPPLY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus comprising:
an optical element, and
a supply unit that supplies humidified gas to near a surface of the optical element,
wherein the supply unit comprises:
a humidifier;
a first regulator that regulates a flow rate of first gas which is humidified by passing through the humidifier;
a second regulator that regulates a flow rate of second gas which does not pass through the humidifier;
a variable instrument that varies performance of the humidifier;
a sensor that detects a humidity of the humidified gas supplied near the surface of the optical element; and
a controller that operates the first and second regulators to adjust a flow rate ratio of the first gas and the second gas
based on the humidity of the humidified gas detected by the sensor and a pre-set target humidity, and operates the variable
instrument to keep the flow rate of the first gas constant based on a difference between an amount of operation of the first
regulator and an amount of pre-set target operation.

US Pat. No. 9,256,154

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH DARK CURRENT COMPENSATION FOR AUTOMATIC POWER CONTROL (APC)

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a laser light source configured to emit laser light, the laser light source being supplied with a bias current and a superimposed
current which is superimposed on the bias current;

a splitting unit configured to split the laser light, which is emitted from the laser light source supplied with a current
obtained by superimposing the superimposed current on the bias current, into first laser light and second laser light, the
first laser light exposing a photosensitive member;

a photoelectric conversion unit configured to receive the second laser light to output a voltage corresponding to a light
intensity of the received second laser light;

a voltage holding unit configured to hold a voltage output from the photoelectric conversion unit in a state in which the
bias current is supplied to the laser light source, but the superimposed current is not supplied to the laser light source;

a voltage conversion unit configured to remove the voltage held by the voltage holding unit from the voltage output from the
photoelectric conversion unit which receives the second laser light; and

a current control unit configured to control, based on a voltage converted by the voltage conversion unit, a value of the
superimposed current to be supplied to the laser light source based on image data.

US Pat. No. 9,257,459

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,257,472

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,184

BELT CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING AN ENDLESS BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt conveyance apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to be rotationally movable;
a stretching member including a shaft and a contact portion configured to contact an inner circumferential surface of the
belt;

an adjustment device configured to adjust a lateral movement of the belt in a width direction perpendicularly intersecting
with a rotational direction of the belt; and

a bearing configured to directly support an edge of one end side of the shaft of the stretching member with respect to the
width direction,

wherein the adjustment device includes a rotating member rotating in contact with the inner circumferential surface of the
belt at the one end side of the shaft of the stretching member in the width direction, a rotating axis of the rotating member
being inclined with respect to the shaft of the stretching member, and

wherein, the rotating member is provided between the contact portion and the bearing with respect to the width direction,
wherein, in a case where the belt shifts to the one end side, the rotating member generates a force on the belt to shift the
belt away from the one end side,

wherein the rotating member has a cylindrical shape having a constant outer diameter, and
wherein an innermost outer diameter of the rotating member in the width direction is equal to or greater than an outer diameter
of an end of the stretching member in the width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,256,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion, including an image bearing member, configured to form an image on an image bearing member;
a transferring portion configured to transfer the image to a sheet;
an image heating portion, disposed above the transferring portion, configured to heat the image formed on the sheet;
a discharging portion, disposed above the heating portion, configured to discharge the sheet heated by the heating portion;
a sheet containing portion, disposed below the transferring portion, configured to contain the sheet;
a plurality of first conveyance guide ribs, disposed between the transferring portion and the sheet containing portion, configured
to guide the sheet conveyed upward from the sheet containing portion toward the transferring portion;

a plurality of second conveyance guide ribs, disposed between the transferring portion and the image heating portion, configured
to guide the sheet conveyed upward from the sheet containing portion toward the transferring portion;

an intake port, disposed below the sheet containing portion, configured to intake outside air into the image forming apparatus;
and

a fan, disposed above the image heating portion and configured to exhaust the air guided by the first conveyance guide ribs
and the second conveyance guide ribs flowing from the intake port, out of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,250,215

ULTRASONIC WAVE DETECTION APPARATUS, RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a transmission unit configured to transmit ultrasonic waves at a first frequency and ultrasonic waves at a second frequency
that is higher than the first frequency;

a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic waves at the first frequency transmitted by the transmission unit and
output a first signal including a first plurality of peak values corresponding to the ultrasonic waves at the first frequency
being received, and receive the ultrasonic waves at the second frequency transmitted by the transmission unit and output a
second signal including a second plurality of peak values corresponding to the ultrasonic waves at the second frequency being
received; and

a control unit configured to calculate a first time interval from when the transmission unit transmits the ultrasonic waves
at the first frequency to when a predetermined peak value in the first plurality of peak values is obtained, and a second
time interval from when the transmission unit transmits the ultrasonic waves at the second frequency to when a peak value
in the second plurality of peak values is lastly obtained during the first time interval,

wherein the control unit detects a position of the predetermined peak value in the order of the first plurality of peak values
based on a time difference between the first time interval and the second time interval, and

wherein the control unit controls image forming conditions of the image forming unit based on the predetermined peak value
that is obtained in a state where the recording material exists between the transmission unit and the reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,253,353

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,253,358

LIGHT GUIDE UNIT THAT GUIDES LIGHT IN AN ORIGINAL DOCUMENT READING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An original document reading apparatus which illuminates and reads an original document, comprising:
a photoelectric conversion element configured to receive reflected light from the original document, and to convert the reflected
light into an electrical signal,

a metallic substrate;
a plurality of light emitting elements mounted in an array on the metallic substrate;
a light guide configured to guide light emitted from the plurality of light emitting elements toward the original document;
and

a base member configured to support the light guide,
wherein a light incident surface of the light guide is configured to face light-emitting surfaces of the plurality of light
emitting elements, and the light guide is fixed to the metallic substrate,

wherein the plurality of light emitting elements are disposed on a first surface of the metallic substrate, and part of a
second surface of the metallic substrate that is the reverse of the first surface contacts with the base member, and

wherein the light guide is fixed to the base member after adjusting an optical axis of the light guide by rotating the light
guide relative to the base member using the part of the second surface as a rotational axis.

US Pat. No. 9,253,425

PHOTO-ELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE FOR CURRENT FLUCTUATION SUPPRESSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,253,427

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REALIZING IMAGE PICKUP WITH WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE AND AT HIGH FRAME RATE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus, mounted on a camera, that has a pixel unit in which a plurality of pixels is arranged
in a two-dimensional matrix and obtains image data based on pixel signals output from the pixels according to amounts of light
incident on the pixels, the solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
the pixel unit having first pixels and second pixels, the first pixels and the second pixels being alternately arranged in
a row direction;

a first signal processing unit configured to, when reading out the pixel signals from the pixel unit, read out the pixel signals
from the first pixels as first pixel signals and perform analog-to-digital conversion of the first pixel signals to obtain
first digital signals;

a second signal processing unit configured to, when reading out the pixel signals from the pixel unit, read out the pixel
signals from the second pixels as second pixel signals and perform analog-to-digital conversion of the second pixel signals
to obtain second digital signals; and

an output unit configured to output the first digital signals and the second digital signals as image data,
wherein, in a non-recording operation state in which power to the camera is turned on and the camera does not perform recording,
at least one of said first signal processing unit and said second signal processing unit is selectively turned off.

US Pat. No. 9,250,845

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A bookbinding printing system, comprising an editing system and a printing control system, wherein the editing system comprises:
a layout unit configured to lay out images on facing pages;
a first division unit configured to divide an image laid out on the facing pages to generate first division images for respective
single-side pages;

a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of pieces of document data corresponding to respective single-side pages
by inserting the first division images generated by the first division unit into the respective single-side pages; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the document data to a printing control system, and
wherein the printing control system comprises:
an adjusting unit configured to perform color adjustment processing on combined images which are generated by combining the
first division images extracted from the plurality of pieces of document data transmitted by transmission unit;

a second division unit configured to divide the combined images adjusted by the adjusting unit to generate second division
images;

an updating unit configured to update the plurality of pieces of the document data by inserting the second division images
into the plurality of pieces of document data respectively; and

a print processing unit configured to perform print processing based on the plurality of pieces of document data updated by
the updating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,253,429

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,244,369

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PRODUCTION METHOD FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND PARTICLE HAVING COMPOUND ADSORBED THERETO

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
an electrically conductive support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support;
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises particles which comprise:
silica particles; and
a compound-A adsorbed to each of the silica particles,
the silica particles have a volume average particle diameter of 0.1 ?m or more and 4 ?m or less, and a specific surface area
of 400 m2/g or more and 1000 m2/g or less,

the compound-A is at least one selected from the group consisting of a tertiary amine compound and a urea compound, and
the compound-A has a molecular weight of 150 or more and 550 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,242,820

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,244,420

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer member to which an image formed on the image bearing member is transferred;
a first transfer member configured to transfer the image formed on the image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member;
a second transfer member configured to transfer the image that was transferred on the intermediate transfer member to a recording
medium and to come into contact with the intermediate transfer member to form a transfer nip portion;

a conveyance unit configured to convey the recording medium to the transfer nip portion; and
a control unit configured to control a conveyance speed of the recording medium at the conveyance unit, wherein the control
unit

sets the conveyance speed at the conveyance unit as a first constant speed, faster than a moving speed of the intermediate
transfer member, before a leading edge of the recording medium reaches the transfer nip portion,

maintains the first constant speed until the leading edge of the recording medium reaches the transfer nip portion, and
changes the conveyance speed at the conveyance unit from the first constant speed to a second speed which is not zero, lower
than the first constant speed, after the leading edge of the recording medium reaches the transfer nip portion.

US Pat. No. 9,245,715

DRAWING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A drawing apparatus for performing drawing on a substrate with a plurality of charged particle beams, comprising:
a blanker array including a first blanker and a second blanker, the first and second blankers being configured to respectively
control blanking of a first charged particle beam and a second charged particle beam out of the plurality of charged particle
beams;

a deflector configured to deflect charged particle beams which have passed through the blanker array out of the plurality
of charged particle beams to scan the charged particle beams on the substrate in a scanning direction; and

a controller configured to supply a control signal to the first blanker at a first timing and supply a control signal to the
second blanker at a second timing different from the first timing,

wherein a period between the first and second timings is shorter than a period in which one charged particle beam is scanned
by the deflector across a dimension in the scanning direction of one pixel, and

the second blanker is arranged at a position shifted from a position of the first blanker in the scanning direction by an
amount corresponding to a distance by which the charged particle beams are scanned by the deflector in the period between
the first and second timings.

US Pat. No. 9,247,347

NOISE SUPPRESSION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A noise suppression apparatus for suppressing noise components included in a mixed signal, in which audio components and
the noise components are mixed, by spectral subtraction, comprising:
a noise estimation unit configured to estimate the noise components included in the mixed signal;
a fundamental tone detection unit configured to detect a fundamental frequency of the mixed signal;
a factor setting unit configured to set a subtraction factor in the spectral subtraction based on the detected fundamental
frequency; and

a spectral subtraction unit configured to execute the spectral subtraction for the mixed signal using the set subtraction
factor and the estimated noise components,

wherein said factor setting unit sets a boundary frequency at the fundamental frequency or a frequency lower than the fundamental
frequency, and sets a subtraction factor for a frequency lower than the boundary frequency to assume a value larger than a
subtraction factor for a frequency not less than the boundary frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,247,099

IMAGE FILE EDITING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising:
a display step of causing a display device to display a plurality of thumbnail images corresponding to a plurality of images
with display items for emphasizing one or more first thumbnail images corresponding to one or more images which have been
compressed with a high-compressed PDF, so that each of the display items is added to corresponding one of the first thumbnails
and the one or more first thumbnail images are more emphasized than one or more second thumbnail images corresponding to one
or more remaining images which have not been compressed with the high-compressed PDF, wherein each of the display items indicates
the high-compressed PDF;

a selecting step of selecting one or more thumbnail images from the plurality of thumbnail images, in accordance with an instruction
from a user; and

a generating step of generating a file which includes one or more images corresponding to the one or more thumbnail images
selected in the selecting step and corresponds to a high-compressed PDF, by compressing, using a predetermined compression
method of the high-compressed PDF, the one or more images which corresponds to the one or more thumbnail images selected in
the selecting step and has not been compressed with the high-compressed PDF.

US Pat. No. 9,242,457

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus included in a print system comprising a first printing unit configured to print a plurality of images
based on image data on a first surface of a continuous sheet, a reading unit, and a second printing unit configured to print
a plurality of images based on image data on a second surface of the continuous sheet, the control apparatus comprising:
a first control unit configured to, in the case where the first printing unit prints a control image irregularly inserted
between the images based on the image data on the first surface of the continuous sheet, cause the first printing unit to
print an identification mark which enables the control image to be identified on the first surface of the continuous sheet;
and

a second control unit configured to, in the case where the reading unit reads the identification mark printed on the first
surface of the continuous sheet, control the second printing unit not to print the image based on the image data in an area
corresponding to the control image printed on the first surface of the continuous sheet when the second printing unit performs
printing on the second surface of the continuous sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,247,118

STEPPING MOTOR CONTROL UNIT, STEPPING MOTOR CONTROLLING METHOD, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control unit for a stepping motor configured to drive a focus lens, the control unit comprising:
an encoder configured to detect a rotational position of the stepping motor; and
a controller,
wherein the controller controls the stepping motor based on information sent from an image pickup apparatus configured to
capture an object via an image pickup optical system that includes the focus lens,

wherein in a case that the image pickup apparatus performs autofocusing in capturing a still image, the controller open-loop-controls
the stepping motor in at least one of a drive start period and a drive stop period of the stepping motor, and feedback-controls
the stepping motor using an output of the encoder between the drive start period and the drive stop period of the stepping
motor, and

wherein the controller open-loop-controls the stepping motor in a case that the image pickup apparatus performs the autofocusing
in capturing a motion image.

US Pat. No. 9,239,544

DEVELOPMENT APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development apparatus for an image forming apparatus, the development apparatus comprising:
a development roller configured to develop, using a developer, an electrostatic latent image formed on an image bearing body;
a frame member accommodating the developer and having a through hole and a supporting portion at one end side of the frame
member in an axis direction of the development roller;

a supply roller attached to the frame member through the through hole and configured to supply the developer to the development
roller;

a first sealing member provided in the supporting portion and configured to seal a gap between a peripheral surface of the
development roller and the frame member at one end side of the frame member in the axis direction to prevent the developer
from leaking from the frame member; and

a second sealing member made of a resin and configured to seal the through hole,
wherein the first sealing member, the supporting portion, and the second sealing member are arranged in this order on the
same plane perpendicular to the axis direction.

US Pat. No. 9,239,548

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to rotate;
a first charging unit configured to charge a surface of the image bearing member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the surface of the image bearing member;
a developing unit configured to form a developer image by supplying developer on the image bearing member;
an intermediate transfer member configured to move for circulation;
a primary transfer unit facing the image bearing member via the intermediate transfer member and configured to primary-transfer
the developer image formed on the image bearing member to the intermediate transfer member;

a secondary transfer unit configured to secondary-transfer the developer image to a recording medium;
a stopping unit configured to stop an image forming operation during the operation;
a second charging unit configured to charge the developer on the intermediate transfer member; and
a cleaning unit configured to remove the developer on the image bearing member,
wherein the image forming apparatus executes, after the stopping unit stops the image forming operation, a cleaning operation,
in which residual developer that remains on the intermediate transfer member is transferred to the image bearing member and
is removed by the cleaning unit, by causing the second charging unit to charge the developer that remains on the intermediate
transfer member to a polarity opposite a surface potential of the image bearing member charged by the first charging unit,
and

wherein, when the cleaning operation is executed, one of the first charging unit and the exposure unit changes the surface
potential of the image bearing member at predetermined intervals such that a first developer, that is some residual developer,
is transferred from the intermediate transfer member to the image bearing member in at least one turn of the intermediate
transfer member and a second developer, that is some residual developer and is the same polarity as the first developer, remains
on the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,239,552

TRANSFER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image;
an endless transfer belt movable while being in contact with the image bearing member;
a transfer device configured to transfer the toner image from the image bearing member to the transfer belt, and including
a plurality of conductive fibers having one-end sides in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the transfer belt;
and

a support device configured to support the other-end sides of the plurality of conductive fibers,
wherein the plurality of conductive fibers is supported by the support device in a pressed state between the support device
and the transfer belt,

wherein each of the conductive fibers is configured in such a manner that a tilt amount of the one-end side of the conductive
fiber, which is generated as the transfer belt moves from a stopped state, is smaller than a length of a region where the
image bearing member and the transfer belt are in contact with each other in a movement direction of the transfer belt, and

wherein the support device moves the transfer device about a rotational shaft in a direction toward and a direction away from
the transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,239,813

RING-PATTERN BUS CONNECTED INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus including a plurality of processing circuits communicably connected in a ring bus and at least
two processing circuits among the plurality of processing circuits configured to perform data sequential processing in predetermined
order, a first processing circuit unit and a second processing circuit being used for the sequential processing,
the first processing circuit comprising:
a reception circuit configured to receive data;
an identification circuit configured to identify whether the received data is to be processed by the first processing circuit;
and

a transmission circuit configured to, if the first processing circuit is in a first state where the first processing circuit
does not process the data to be processed identified by the identification circuit of the first processing circuit, set additional
information with the data to be processed by the first processing circuit, wherein the additional information indicates the
first processing circuit is in the first state, and transmit the data with the additional information to the ring bus; and

the second processing circuit comprising:
a reception circuit configured to receive data from the ring bus;
a detection circuit configured to detect, based on the data with additional information, whether the data received by the
reception circuit of the second processing circuit is processed and transmitted by the second processing circuit and transmitted
with the additional information by the first processing circuit without being processed by the first processing circuit; and

a control circuit configured to, if the detection circuit detects that the data received by the reception circuit of the second
processing circuit is processed and transmitted by the second processing circuit and transmitted with the additional information
by the first processing circuit without being processed by the first processing circuit, restrict the second processing circuit
from outputting data for data to be processed by the first processing circuit, processed by the second processing circuit,
to the ring bus,

wherein the first processing circuit is configured to perform processing subsequent to the second processing circuit in the
predetermined order of the sequential processing.

US Pat. No. 9,241,116

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a radiation image pickup apparatus, the radiation image pickup apparatus including a pixel array
having a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, a drive circuit, and a detection unit, each of the pixels including a conversion
element and a switch element and converting radiation into an electric signal, the drive circuit controlling the switch element
between a conducting state and a non-conducting state, the detection unit outputting a signal varying with an intensity of
irradiation of the pixel array, the method comprising:
switching the radiation image pickup apparatus between a first mode and a second mode,
wherein in the first mode, an end threshold value used for detecting end of irradiation of the pixel array is calculated on
the basis of the signal output from the detection unit during a period of time during which irradiation is applied to the
pixel array in which the switch elements of the plurality of pixels are set in the non-conducting state by the drive circuit,
and

wherein in the second mode, the switch elements of the plurality of pixels are sequentially set in the conducting state by
the drive circuit on a row-by-row basis if a value of the signal output from the detection unit is lower than the end threshold
value during a period of time during which irradiation is applied to the pixel array in which the switch elements of the pixels
are set in the non-conducting state by the drive circuit after the first mode occurs.

US Pat. No. 9,241,117

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit, an amplifying transistor configured to amplify a signal
based on an electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit, a transfer transistor configured to transfer the
electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit to an input node of the amplifying transistor, and a reset
transistor including a third node directly connected to the input node of the amplifying transistor and a fourth node electrically
connected to a reset voltage line, and

a switch transistor including a first node, a second node, and a control node, the first node directly connected to the input
node of the amplifying transistor, the second node directly connected to a common wiring;

wherein the common wiring electrically connects the input node of the amplifying transistor of a first pixel of the plurality
of pixels to the input node of the amplifying transistor of another pixel of the plurality of pixels, and

wherein at least two of the second nodes are directly connected to the common wiring.

US Pat. No. 9,237,845

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic image pickup apparatus which includes a first optical system having a first scanning unit and a second
optical system having a second scanning unit, a part of the second optical system being the same as a part of the first optical
system, for acquiring a first fundus image of an eye to be inspected and a second fundus image of the eye to be inspected
acquired at a different time from the first fundus image, based on return light from the eye to be inspected which is irradiated
with measuring light via the first scanning unit, the ophthalmologic image pickup apparatus comprising:
an extracting unit configured to extract a first blood vessel and a second blood vessel in the first fundus image, and to
extract a plurality of blood vessels corresponding to the first blood vessel and the second blood vessel in the second fundus
image;

a position acquiring unit configured to acquire coordinates of a plurality of positions including (1) intersection positions
between (a) a first scanning line image generated by the first scanning unit in the first fundus image and (b) the extracted
first blood vessel and second blood vessel, (2) intersection positions between (a) a second scanning line image generated
by the first scanning unit in the first fundus image and (b) the extracted first blood vessel and second blood vessel, and
(3) intersection positions between (a) a plurality of scanning line images generated by the first scanning unit in the second
fundus image and (b) the extracted plurality of blood vessels;

a measuring unit configured to measure movement of the eye to be inspected based on the coordinates of the plurality of positions;
and

a control unit for controlling the second scanning unit based on the measured movement.

US Pat. No. 9,239,390

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,239,972

RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus configured to perform processing to form an image on a recording medium by using a recording head including
a plurality of recording element arrays for one color component, each recording element array including a plurality of recording
elements arranged therein, the apparatus comprising:
a first acquiring unit configured to acquire multilevel data;
a second acquiring unit configured to acquire position information of a conversion target pixel of the multilevel data acquired
by the first acquiring unit;

a third acquiring unit configured to acquire a set of pattern information pieces corresponding to the conversion target pixel
of the multilevel data acquired by the first acquiring unit based on the position information acquired by the second acquiring
unit, wherein the set of pattern information pieces specifies a plurality of pieces of dot data that have each been assigned
to a respective one of a plurality of recording element arrays different from each other for recording on the same position
by the plurality of recording element arrays for one color component; and

a processing unit configured to convert the multilevel data into a plurality of pieces of dot data that have been assigned
to each of the plurality of recording element arrays for each pixel, based on the pattern information pieces acquired by the
third acquiring unit.

US Pat. No. 9,239,233

PROJECTION CONTROL APPARATUS AND PROJECTION CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A projection control apparatus for controlling a projection apparatus, the projection control apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a video signal including a plurality of color components;
an extraction unit configured to extract information of a specific color component for each frame of the video signal received
by the receiving unit;

a generating unit configured to generate, frame by frame, (a) projection control information for controlling the projection
apparatus and (b) control information for controlling an external apparatus other than the projection apparatus based on the
information of the specific color component extracted by the extraction unit;

a providing unit configured to provide the projection control information generated by the generating unit to the projection
apparatus; and

a sending unit configured to send the control information to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,240,037

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more computer processors configured to implement a reduced image generation unit, a gain data generation unit and a
determination unit, wherein:

the reduced image generation unit is configured to obtain a reduced image by reducing an input image;
the gain data generation unit is configured to obtain gain data by associating luminance values for respective pixels with
gains in association with a plurality of images, which include the reduced image and have different reduction ratios; and

the determination unit is configured to determine a control gain required to amplify the input image based on the generated
gain data, and

wherein the determination unit determines the control gain based on a first addition result as an addition result of gains
corresponding to pixels of interest of first gain data and second gain data, and a second addition result as an addition result
of a gain corresponding to the pixel of interest of the first gain data, and a gain based on gains corresponding to pixels
of a surrounding region of the pixel of interest in the second gain data, wherein the first gain data for a first image of
the plurality of images and the second gain data is data for a second image having a lower frequency than the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,237,251

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT ENABLES IMPORT/EXPORT OF SETTING VALUE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction for importing setting data for the data processing apparatus;
a converting unit configured to convert character code data included in the setting data that is not Unicode data into Unicode
data; and

a storage control unit configured to store the Unicode data converted by said converting unit into a storage unit when the
character code data included in the setting data to be imported according to the instruction received by said receiving unit
is not Unicode data, and to store the character code data included in the setting data into the storage unit without conversion
by said converting unit when the character code data included in the setting data to be imported according to the instruction
is Unicode data.

US Pat. No. 9,235,787

UPDATING A PRINT JOB TICKET USING A PRINT CONFIGURATION FILE AND A DIFFERENCE FILE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising a computer, which, when operated, functions as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire content data, a print configuration file which can define a print configuration, and
a difference file which has a plurality of hierarchies and in which information for changing the print configuration can be
described, from a folder, the print configuration file being able to have a job level, a document level in a low-level hierarchy
of the job level, and a page level in a low-level hierarchy of the document level;

a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the document level exists in the print configuration file;
a correcting unit configured to correct the print configuration file based on the difference file; and
a processing unit configured to perform a print process based on the content data and the print configuration file,
wherein, in response to the determining unit determining that the document level does not exist in the print configuration
file, the correcting unit adds the document level to the print configuration file and adds the print configuration in the
page level of the document level based on the difference file.

US Pat. No. 9,236,833

ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE GENERATION DEVICE AND DETECTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electromagnetic wave generation device, the device comprising a substrate, the substrate being provided with a terahertz
wave oscillation section including a resonant tunneling diode structure,
a two-dimensional electron layer having a semiconductor heterojunction structure, and
a transistor section including a source electrode and a drain electrode provided at end portions of the two-dimensional electron
layer and a gate electrode provided above the two-dimensional electron layer,

wherein the terahertz wave oscillation section and the transistor section are arranged on the same side of the substrate,
and

wherein the terahertz wave oscillation section is configured to apply AC electric field of a terahertz wave output of the
terahertz wave oscillation section to the source electrode and the drain electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,234,791

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,358

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a time that an operator cannot perform an operation to be performed by the operator according
to execution of a job;

a first determining unit configured to determine a time that an accepted job is executed;
a second determining unit configured to determine, in a case where a part of the time determined by the first determining
unit and a part of the time set by the setting unit overlap each other, whether a printing setting for controlling to stop
printing and wait for a restart instruction of the printing from the operator is included in the accepted job; and

a notifying unit configured to notify, in a case where the second determining unit determines that the printing setting is
included in the accepted job, the operator of information for changing the printing setting for controlling to stop printing
and wait for the restart instruction of the printing from the operator,

wherein a processor functions as at least one of the setting unit, first determining unit, second determining unit and the
notifying unit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,160

DEVELOPER REMAINDER AMOUNT DETECTION SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detecting system for detecting an amount of developer remainder in a developer container, said detecting system comprising:
first, second and third electrode members provided in said developer container;
a first electrostatic capacity detector for detecting a first electrostatic capacity between said first electrode member and
said third electrode member;

a second electrostatic capacity detector for detecting a second electrostatic capacity between said second electrode member
and said third electrode member; and

a control section configured to determine the amount of the developer remainder based on the second electrostatic capacity
and a corrected first electrostatic capacity, with the first corrected electrostatic capacity obtained by compensating the
first electrostatic capacity for effect of the second electrostatic capacity, wherein

if the control section determines that an amount of the developer corresponding to the corrected first electrostatic capacity
is greater than a preset amount, the control section determines the amount of the developer remainder on the basis of the
second electrostatic capacity, and

if the control section determines that an amount of the developer corresponding to the corrected first electrostatic capacity
is not greater than the preset amount, the control section determines the amount of the developer remainder on the basis of
the corrected first electrostatic capacity; and

wherein said third electrode member is also a developer carrying member for carrying the developer to supply it to the electrostatic
latent image.

US Pat. No. 9,232,165

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels for photoelectric conversion arranged in a matrix;
a ramp signal generator configured to generate a first time-changing ramp signal during a first analog-to-digital conversion
period, and to generate a second time-changing ramp signal during a second analog-to-digital conversion period;

a plurality of comparators each arranged correspondingly to each of columns of the matrix; and
a plurality of memories each arranged correspondingly to each of columns of the matrix, wherein
the comparators compare the first time-changing ramp signal with a signal according to a release of reset of the pixels during
the first analog-to-digital conversion period, and compares the second time-changing ramp signal with a signal according to
the photoelectric conversion of the pixels during the second analog-to-digital conversion period,

the memories store, as a first digital data, a count value of counting from a start of changing the first time-changing ramp
signal until an inversion of an output of the comparator, during the first analog-to-digital conversion period,

the memories store, as a second digital data, a count value of counting from a start of changing the second time-changing
ramp signal until the inversion of the output of the comparator, during the second analog-to-digital conversion period,

the ramp signal generator includes a first capacitor element, and a current generator configured to supply a current to the
first capacitor element,

the first capacitor element samples a bias voltage by being supplied the current before the first and second analog-to-digital
conversion periods, and holds the bias voltage, and

the ramp signal generator generates the first time-changing ramp signal by using the bias voltage held by the first capacitor,
and the second time-changing ramp signal by using the bias voltage, held by the first capacitor, used for generating the first
time-changing ramp signal.

US Pat. No. 9,227,809

CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveyance apparatus comprising:
a loading portion configured to load a roll sheet wound around a spool shaft;
a feeding unit configured to feed the roll sheet loaded on the loading portion;
a conveyance roller configured to convey a sheet fed from the feeding unit,
wherein the conveyance roller being driven in a first direction conveys the sheet downstream;
a control unit configured to perform a first driving operation to drive the feeding unit in a forward direction for feeding
the sheet in a direction toward the conveyance roller when the conveyance roller is driven in the first direction, and to
perform a second driving operation to drive the feeding unit in a backward direction opposite to the forward direction when
the conveyance roller is stopped;

a first detection unit configured to detect a rotation amount of the conveyance roller when the first driving operation and
the second driving operation are performed;

a second detection unit configured to detect a conveyance distance of the sheet drawn out from the roll sheet loaded on the
loading portion when the first driving operation and the second driving operation are performed; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether an end portion of the roll sheet is fixed to the spool shaft, based on
detection result by the first detection unit and the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,229,398

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a developing unit developing an electrostatic image on a photoconductive body as a toner image by using developer;
a body to which the developing unit is detachably mounted;
a first connector fixed to the developing unit;
a second connector disposed on the body side and detachably connected to the first connector to electrically communicate with
the first connector; and

a temperature detecting element disposed on the second connector.

US Pat. No. 9,227,892

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by general formula 1:

wherein R1 to R6 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,227,401

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing element substrate comprising a plurality of units configured to print on a printing medium based on print data,
each of the plurality of units including:
a printing element configured to print on the printing medium;
a first transistor configured to operate as a source follower upon receiving a voltage at a gate terminal of the first transistor,
and supply a current to the printing element; and

a second transistor configured to control supply of the current to the printing element in response to a control signal input
to a gate terminal of the second transistor,

wherein the first transistor and the second transistor are transistors of a same conductivity type.

US Pat. No. 9,227,406

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN EJECTION ORIFICE MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing an ejection orifice member comprising an ejection orifice for ejecting liquid, the method comprising:
preparing a substrate comprising a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer, the first layer protruding in a direction
crossing a principal surface of the substrate, the second layer and the third layer being formed on the first layer, wherein
the preparing of the substrate comprises:

forming the second layer so as to follow a contour of a surface of the first layer; and then
forming the third layer on a surface of the second layer which protrudes;
performing plating with the second layer being used as a seed to form a fourth layer on the second layer;
removing the third layer from the fourth layer to form a hole to be the ejection orifice in the fourth layer; and
thinning the fourth layer at least around the hole.

US Pat. No. 9,226,659

FUNDUS CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus, comprising:
an illumination optical system configured to guide light from a light source to a fundus;
a light blocking member configured to block at least a portion of the light emitted from the light source toward the fundus;
an imaging unit configured to capture an image using light returned from the fundus through a photographic optical system;
a light metering unit configured to change a light metering area within the image captured by the imaging unit based on at
least one of a position and a size of the light blocking member; and

a controlling unit configured to control an amount of light toward the fundus through the light blocking member based on a
light metering value corresponding to the light metering area changed by the light metering unit.

US Pat. No. 9,227,442

PRINTING APPARATUS AND REGISTRATION ADJUSTMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, which executes printing by reciprocally scanning a carriage, to which a printhead having a nozzle
array in which a plurality of nozzles are arrayed in a first direction is mounted, in a second direction intersecting with
the first direction, comprising:
a first print unit configured to print a first adjustment pattern on a print medium using the nozzle array of the printhead
by a scan in a forward direction and by a scan in a backward direction of the carriage, respectively;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain first information indicating print positions of two patches of a plurality of
patches that form the first adjustment pattern by optically reading the first adjustment pattern, and obtain second information
indicating a distance between the print positions, wherein one of the two patches is printed in the forward direction, the
other of the two patches is printed in the backward direction, and the two patches are lined up in a direction crossing to
the second direction;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a first registration adjustment value based on the distance indicated by the
second information obtained by the first obtaining unit;

a second print unit configured to print, on a print medium, a second adjustment pattern different from the first adjustment
pattern using the nozzle array of the printhead by the scan in the forward direction and by the scan in the backward direction,
respectively, in a state in which a registration of the printhead is adjusted by the first registration adjustment value;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain third information indicating densities of a plurality of patches that form the
second adjustment pattern by optically reading the second adjustment pattern; and

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a second registration adjustment value according to the densities indicated
by the third information obtained by the second obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,232,131

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a focal point adjusting unit configured to perform focal point adjustment based on a contrast evaluation value of a subject
generated using an image signal output from an image sensor;

a first area setting unit configured to set a first focal point detection area including a contour portion of the subject
for use in focal point detection by use of the image signal output from the image sensor; and

a second area setting unit configured to set a second focal point detection area including a portion inside a contour of the
subject and excluding the contour portion,

wherein the focal point adjusting unit includes a mode in which after a first focal point adjustment process is carried out
based on a contrast evaluation value of the first focal point detection area, a second focal point adjustment process is carried
out based on a contrast evaluation value of the second focal point detection area, and

wherein an amount of step drive of a focus lens in the second focal point adjustment process is smaller than an amount of
step drive of the focus lens in the first focal point adjustment process.

US Pat. No. 9,223,132

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning device, comprising:
a deflector configured to deflect, in a main scanning direction, a plurality of light beams emitted from a plurality of light
emitters, the light emitters being mutually spaced apart in a sub-scanning direction;

an incident optical system configured to steer the plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitters so
as to be incident on the same deflecting surface of the deflector;

an imaging optical system configured to steer the plurality of light beams deflected by the deflector so as to be obliquely
incident on the same surface to be scanned and to form images of the plurality of light emitters on the surface to be scanned;
and

a correction unit configured to correct a jitter of at least one of the plurality of light beams in the main scanning direction
on the basis of irradiation position information, in the sub-scanning direction, of at least one light beam among the plurality
of light beams at a position corresponding to the surface to be scanned.

US Pat. No. 9,223,191

ATTACHMENT FOR STRAP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An attachment for strap comprising:
a strap mount having a head portion and an axis portion;
a plate having a strap hole formed portion, a strap mount connecting portion, and a cranked portion connecting the strap hole
formed portion with the strap mount connecting portion, the cranked portion intersecting with the strap hole formed portion
and the strap mount connecting portion; and

a rotating member that has an extension portion extending at one end of the rotating member and that is rotatably supported
by the strap hole formed portion;

wherein a connecting hole is provided astride the strap mount connecting portion and the cranked portion so as to attach the
strap mount, and

wherein the rotating member is rotatable between a first position where the extension portion passing through the connecting
hole abuts against the head portion of the strap mount so as to set the attachment for strap to be in a locked state and a
second position where the extension portion is removed from the connecting hole so as to set the attachment for strap in an
unlocked state.

US Pat. No. 9,224,766

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING EXPOSURE DURING MOTION WITH HIGH SHUTTER SPEED, INCLUDING AMPLIFICATION OF A SIGNAL OBTAINED AS A RESULT OF ACCUMULATING ELECTRIC CHARGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device configured to accumulate electric charge corresponding to an amount of light incident on said image
pickup device;

an amplification unit configured to amplify a signal obtained as a result of accumulating electric charge in said image pickup
apparatus;

a control unit configured to control an electric charge accumulation time period in said image pickup device; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust an amplification factor for said amplification unit,
wherein in a case where said control unit changes the electric charge accumulation time period from an electric charge accumulation
time period which is shorter than a predetermined time period to another electric charge accumulation time period which is
shorter than the predetermined time period while said image pickup device is repeatedly accumulating electric charge, said
adjustment unit adjusts an amplification factor for said amplification unit in accordance with the amount of change in the
electric charge accumulation time period, and after the amplification factor for said amplification unit is adjusted in accordance
with the amount of change in the electric charge accumulation time period, said adjustment unit gradually brings the amplification
factor for said amplification unit close to an amplification factor, within a predetermined adjustment time period, before
adjustment in steps, and

wherein in a case where said control unit changes the electric charge accumulation time period from an electric charge accumulation
time period which is longer than the predetermined time period to another electric charge accumulation time period which is
longer than the predetermined time period while said image pickup device is repeatedly accumulating electric charge, said
adjustment unit does not adjust the amplification factor for said amplification unit in accordance with the amount of change
in the electric charge accumulation time period.

US Pat. No. 9,224,774

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM USING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit disposed in a semiconductor substrate;
a charge storage unit disposed in the semiconductor substrate;
a floating diffusion unit disposed in the semiconductor substrate;
a first gate electrode disposed above a surface of the semiconductor substrate, and extending over the charge storage unit
from between the photoelectric conversion unit and the charge storage unit;

a second gate electrode disposed above the surface, and disposed between the charge storage unit and the floating diffusion
unit;

a plug contacting to the first gate electrode, and disposed on the first gate electrode; and
a light shielding member disposed over the first gate electrode and the charge storage unit, disposed between the first gate
electrode and the second gate electrode, and having a bottom face, wherein a part of the bottom face disposed between the
first gate electrode and the second gate electrode is located closer to the surface than another part of the bottom face disposed
over the first gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,223,242

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a rotatable first image bearing member;
a plurality of rotatable second image bearing members;
an endless belt member provided rotatably opposed to said first image bearing member and said second image bearing members;
a driving roller for rotating said belt member in contact with an inner peripheral surface of said belt member;
a supporting roller for supporting said belt member in contact with the inner peripheral surface of said belt member;
a first transfer member provided opposed to said first image bearing member via said belt member;
a plurality of second transfer members provided opposed to said second image bearing members, respectively, via said belt
member; and

a supporting member for moving said second transfer members, wherein said supporting member is movable between a first position
in which said second transfer members are placed in a state in which said second transfer members are contacted to said belt
member together with said second image bearing members to sandwich said belt member therebetween, and a second position in
which said second transfer members are retracted from the first position to space said second image bearing members and said
second transfer members from said belt member,

wherein when image formation is effected in a state in which said supporting member is positioned in the first position, a
nip between said first image bearing member and said belt member is positioned in a retracting direction of said second transfer
members to be spaced from a rectilinear line connecting contact positions of said belt member with all of said plurality of
rotatable second image bearing members.

US Pat. No. 9,223,763

DOCUMENT GENERATION APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document generation apparatus comprising:
a document information memory configured to store respective layout data and respective sources of latest contents for a plurality
of documents in correspondence with respective identification information;

a program memory configured to store a program; and
a processor configured to execute the program stored in the program memory, the processor configured to provide:
a reading unit configured to scan at least part of a first document in which an original content of the first document is
laid out in a layout according to first layout data and to read out first identification information from the scanned first
document;

a first acquisition unit configured to acquire, based on the first identification information read out from the first document,
the first layout data and a first source of a latest content of the first document from the document information memory;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire the latest content of the first document from the first source of the latest
content of the first document acquired by said first acquisition unit;

a generation unit configured to generate a second document by laying out the latest content of the first document acquired
by said second acquisition unit in accordance with the first layout data acquired by said first acquisition unit; and

a printing unit configured to print out the second document generated by the generation unit as a latest version of the first
document in which the latest content of the first document is laid out in the same layout as the original content of the first
document.

US Pat. No. 9,223,252

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnet roller comprising:
a plurality of magnet pieces disposed along a circumferential direction of said magnet roller;
wherein said magnet pieces include one or more first magnet pieces having a first magnetic polarity at a surface opposing
an inner surface of said magnet roller, and one or more second magnet pieces having a second magnetic polarity, which is opposite
of the first magnetic polarity, at a surface opposing the inner surface of said magnet roller,

wherein in a longitudinally central portion of said magnet roller, a ratio of a total sum of volumes occupied by said one
or more first magnet pieces per unit length is larger than a ratio of a total sum of volumes occupied by said one or more
second magnet pieces per unit length, and wherein the ratio of the total sum of the volumes occupied by said one or more first
magnet pieces per unit length in a longitudinally end portion is smaller than that in the longitudinally central portion.

US Pat. No. 9,223,266

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS INCLUDING AN ENDLESS BELT CONFIGURED AND POSITIONED TO HEAT A TONER IMAGE ON A SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured and positioned to heat a toner image on a sheet in a nip;
a driving rotatable member configured and positioned to cooperate with said endless belt to form the nip and to rotate said
endless belt;

a pressing pad configured and positioned to press said endless belt from an inside of said endless belt toward said driving
rotatable member;

a heating device configured and positioned to heat said endless belt; and
a controller configured to execute, in a stand-by mode following a warming-up mode, an intermittent heating operation of said
heating device for said endless belt while rotating said endless belt by said driving rotatable member,

wherein said controller is configured to execute, after executing the intermittent heating operation in a first period in
the stand-by mode, the intermittent heating operation in a second period in the stand-by mode,

wherein intervals of the intermittent heating operation are longer in the second period than in the first period.

US Pat. No. 9,223,524

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which utilizes a print setting application, the information apparatus comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract a character from an input character string;
a generation unit configured to generate a print ticket with the extracted character as an option of a plurality of features;
a printer driver unit configured to generate print data from the generated print ticket and from a rendering command from
an application;

a reading unit configured to read a file including information about a plurality of characters for selecting characters in
an area where options for print setting are described,

wherein a user is allowed to specify a character string using the print setting application instead of using of a user interface
from the printer driver.

US Pat. No. 9,224,037

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRESENTATION OF INFORMATION TOWARD HUMAN OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to provide:
a recognition unit configured to recognize a human object included in a captured image data;
an identification unit configured to identify the human object included in the image data;
an estimation unit configured to estimate a degree of interest of the human object in acquiring information, based on a recognition
result obtained by the recognition unit, and switching to a different method, by changing an evaluation function, for estimating
the degree of interest of the human object in acquiring information, based on the human object identified by the identification
unit;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire information as a target to be presented to the human object;
a generation unit configured to generate information to be presented to the human object from the information acquired by
the acquisition unit, based on the degree of interest estimated by the estimation unit; and

a control unit configured to cause an output unit to output the information generated by the generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,223,526

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A method using at least one programmed microprocessor, the method comprising:
inputting a sheet size of a sheet to be used when data arranged in a page of an application is printed;
determining whether an aspect ratio of the sheet size input by the inputting exceeds a restriction on an aspect ratio of the
page that can be set in the application,

a first setting act of executing, in a case where it is determined that the aspect ratio of the sheet size exceeds the restriction,
a setting to the application so that an aspect ratio of a data arrangement area in which the data to be printed is arranged
fits to the aspect ratio of the sheet size input by the inputting, wherein a part of the page is set as the data arrangement
area;

a second setting act of executing a scaling setting for scaling of the data arranged in the data arrangement area determined
in the page by the setting by the first setting act so that the data arrangement area fits to the sheet size by the scaling;
wherein

at least one of the inputting, the first setting act, and the second setting act is performed by the at least one programmed
microprocessor.

US Pat. No. 9,223,282

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member which bears an electrostatic latent image;
a rear side plate disposed at a rear side of a main body of the image forming apparatus with respect to the image bearing
member; and

a driving unit mounted on the rear side plate, the driving unit driving a first driven member and a second driven member of
the image forming apparatus,

wherein the driving unit includes:
a first frame attached to the rear side plate, the first frame being opposed to the rear side plate;
a second frame attached to the first frame, the second frame being opposed to the first frame;
a first driving source mounted on the first frame, the first driving source driving the first driven member;
a second driving source mounted on the second frame, the second driving source driving the second driven member;
a first gear train, disposed between the first frame and the second frame, for transmitting a driving force of the first driving
source to the first driven member; and

a second gear train, disposed between the first frame and the second frame, for transmitting a driving force of the second
driving source to the second driven member.

US Pat. No. 9,225,352

SIGNAL TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal transmission apparatus comprising:
a plurality of digital signal output units including a plurality of first digital signal output units and a plurality of second
digital signal output units, each of the plurality of digital signal output units configured to output a digital signal,

first block wiring being connected to output terminals of the plurality of first digital signal output units, and second block
wiring being connected to output terminals of the plurality of second digital signal output units, and

first buffer circuit having first buffer input and first buffer output, and second buffer circuit having second buffer input
and second buffer output, the first input being connected to the first block wiring, and the second buffer input being connected
to the second block wiring,

wherein the first buffer output is connected to the second buffer input via the second block wiring.

US Pat. No. 9,221,257

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head, comprising:
a support member;
a liquid chamber member being mounted on the support member through an adhesive and comprising a liquid chamber formed therein;
and

a recording element substrate being mounted on the liquid chamber member and comprising an ejection orifice from which liquid
is ejected and a recording element configured to generate ejection energy,

wherein the support member has a coefficient of linear expansion different from a coefficient of linear expansion of the liquid
chamber member,

wherein the liquid chamber member comprises:
a recording element substrate mounting portion on which the recording element substrate is mounted; and
a non-mounting portion on which no recording element substrate is mounted, the non-mounting portion being formed integrally
with the recording element substrate mounting portion,

wherein a plan view shape of the recording element substrate mounting portion has a pair of opposing and parallel first sides
and a pair of opposing second sides not perpendicular to the pair of first sides,

wherein a plan view shape of the non-mounting portion exhibits a polygonal shape sharing one of the pair of the first sides
and has a pair of third sides respectively connecting with the pair of second sides,

wherein, in a case where a first angle formed by one of the pair of first sides and one of the pair of second sides is larger
than 90 degrees, a third angle that is the sum of the first angle and a second angle formed by the one of the pair of first
sides and one of the pair of third sides is larger than 180 degrees, and

wherein, in a case where the first angle is smaller than 90 degrees, the third angle is smaller than 180 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,225,873

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a management unit configured to manage a plurality of folders;
a display unit configured to display a screen including a list of a part of folders included in the plurality of folders;
a determination unit configured to determine to, based on a file stored in a same folder as a folder storing the plurality
of folders, display index keys for enabling display of folders corresponding to a specified character out of the plurality
of folders; and

a display control unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines to display the index keys, display
the screen including the index keys on the display unit, and to, in a case where the determination unit does not determine
to display the index keys, display the screen not including the index keys on the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,225,878

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a measuring unit configured to measure the image formed by the image forming unit;
a control unit configured to control execution of a single-color calibration to be performed to correct single-color reproduction
characteristics of the image forming unit based on a measuring result obtained when the measuring unit measures a single-color
image formed by the image forming unit with a single-color recording agent, and execution of a multi-color calibration to
be performed to correct multi-color reproduction characteristics of the image forming unit based on a measuring result obtained
when the measuring unit measures a multi-color image formed by the image forming unit with a plurality of color recording
agents;

an acquisition unit configured to, in response to receiving an instruction for causing the control unit to successively execute
the single-color calibration and the multi-color calibration, cause the measuring unit to measure a single-color image formed
by the image forming unit after the single-color calibration has been executed by the control unit, and then acquire a difference
between a target value for evaluating the single-color reproduction characteristics and a measured value obtained by measuring
the single-color image formed by the image forming unit after the single-color calibration;

an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the single-color reproduction characteristics by using the difference acquired by
the acquisition unit; and

a switch unit configured to, if the evaluation unit evaluates the single-color reproduction characteristics as being appropriate
based on the difference acquired by the acquisition unit, cause the control unit to execute the multi-color calibration according
to the received instruction, and if the evaluation unit evaluates the single-color reproduction characteristics as being inappropriate
based on the difference acquired by the acquisition unit, switch processing so as to cause the control unit to execute the
single-color calibration again without following the received instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,223,059

BENZOCYCLOBUTENE COMPOUND, ORGANIC-INORGANIC COMPOSITE PARTICLE, CROSS-LINKED ORGANIC-INORGANIC COMPOSITE PARTICLE, ORGANIC-INORGANIC COMPOSITE COMPOSITION, CROSS-LINKED ORGANIC-INORGANIC COMPOSITE COMPOSITION, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A benzocyclobutene compound represented by Formula (1)

where n is an integer from 0 to 2, R1 and R2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom and a saturated hydrocarbon group having 1 to
5 carbon atoms, and A is selected from the group consisting of a direct bond and a substituted or unsubstituted chain saturated
divalent hydrocarbon group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,216,602

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus receiving power to operate, the printing apparatus comprising:
a roller unit configured to convey a sheet for printing;
a printing unit, having a carriage and a print head mounted thereon, configured to print an image on the sheet conveyed by
the roller unit;

a sensor mounted on the carriage configured to detect at least one of a type of the sheet based on surface reflectance of
the sheet and a width of the sheet; and

a control unit configured to perform the following sequence:
(a) upon receipt of a termination request to turn off the power, moving a leading edge of the sheet to be at a predetermined
position near the roller unit prior to turning off the power,

(b) when the power is turned on, determining if the sheet has been exchanged based on position of the leading edge, and
(c) performing predetermined initializing operations regarding an initial process about the sheet according to whether the
sheet has been exchanged, wherein the predetermined initializing operations include correcting an inclination of the sheet,
setting a type and a width of the sheet based on detection by the sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,217,937

INTERFEROMETRIC MEASUREMENT OF ROTATION OF STAGE APPARATUS AND ADJUSTMENT METHOD THEREOF, EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stage apparatus comprising a stage, an interferometric measurement device which is arranged to be able to measure a position
of a surface of a mirror arranged on a side surface of said stage, and a driving unit configured to position the stage based
on a measurement result of said interferometric measurement device,
wherein said interferometric measurement device comprises:
a varying unit configured to periodically vary an incident position where measurement light is incident on the mirror; and
a detecting unit configured to detect rotation of the mirror based on a variation amount of the measurement result of said
interferometric measurement device, which is generated upon a periodic variation of the incident position.

US Pat. No. 9,217,986

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a transfer member for transferring the toner image from said image bearing member onto a sheet in contact with said image
bearing member;

an openable unit, including a locking portion capable of opening and closing by being rotated relative to a main assembly
of said image forming apparatus;

a lock member for locking said openable unit to the main assembly in a closed state by being engaged with said locking portion;
a rotatable cam member, provided in the main assembly, configured to move said transfer member toward and away from said image
bearing member;

a force receiving portion, provided on said openable unit and capable of receiving a reaction force, in contact with said
cam member;

wherein when said cam member in a position spaced from said force receiving portion starts rotation thereof, said force receiving
portion receives a first force for moving said locking portion away from said lock member in a state in which said cam member
starts contact with said force receiving portion and receives a second force for moving said locking portion toward said lock
member by further rotation of said cam member.

US Pat. No. 9,217,987

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a unit stored in the apparatus body, the unit being movable in a moving direction;
a lock mechanism provided in the unit and configured to lock the unit in a state in which the unit is stored in the apparatus
body;

a display portion provided on an upper surface of the apparatus body on one end side in an orthogonal direction orthogonal
to the moving direction; and

an operating portion provided on an upper surface of the unit on the one end side of the orthogonal direction and operated
in unlocking the lock mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,219,834

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF TRANSMITTING REPAIR REQUEST, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of communicating with an external apparatus via a network, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive from a user an instruction for transmitting a repair request for repairing the image
forming apparatus to the external apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine, when said reception unit receives the instruction from the user, a specific
repair operation that the user should perform from among a plurality of repair operations, based on a state of the image forming
apparatus;

a display unit configured to display a notification screen for notifying the user of the specific repair operation determined
by said determination unit, wherein the notification screen displays not only the specific repair operation but also a transmission
button for transmitting the repair request to the external apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the repair request to the external apparatus, when the transmission button displayed
on said display unit is depressed by the user.

US Pat. No. 9,218,549

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which prints a plurality of images by discharging ink to a sheet by using a full-line printhead while
conveying the sheet, comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data from a host apparatus;
a determination unit configured to analyze, from the image data input by said input unit, a size of an image and a position
of the sheet where the image is printed, and determine what type of preliminary discharge is necessary in accordance with
a result of the analysis;

a generation unit configured to generate print data to be used by the full-line printhead by adding, to the image data, data
for preliminary discharge complying with the type of preliminary discharge determined by said determination unit; and

a control unit configured to control to print by the full-line printhead based on the print data generated by said generation
unit,

wherein the preliminary discharge includes:
normal preliminary discharge which is performed between a plurality of images to be printed in a conveyance direction of the
sheet by using all nozzles of the full-line printhead, and

partial preliminary discharge which is performed by using some nozzles of the full-line printhead in a marginal area where
the image is not printed in a widthwise direction of the sheet in a case where a width of an image to be printed in the widthwise
direction of the sheet is smaller than a width of the sheet,

said determination unit determines which of the normal preliminary discharge and the partial preliminary discharge is necessary,
and

said determination unit divides the marginal area into a plurality of divided areas based on print data used to print before
the marginal area in the conveyance direction of the sheet, and determines, for each divided area, whether or not partial
preliminary discharge is necessary.

US Pat. No. 9,218,552

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that obtains output image data by processing input image data, comprising:
a density adjustment level input unit capable of inputting an adjustment level for adjusting density in a designated output
density range of a plurality of predetermined density ranges in the output image data;

a density adjustment unit that adjusts density of the input image data according to the input adjustment level,
a gradation conversion unit that applies gradation conversion of different gradation characteristics for different object
types included in the input image data to generate the output image data;

a calculation unit that calculates an input density range in the input image data corresponding to the designated output density
range by converting the designated output density ranges using a reverse conversion of the gradation conversion for a designated
type of object, the reverse conversion being a conversion for obtaining the input image data from the output image data generated
by applying the gradation conversion to the input image data; and

a generation unit that generates an adjustment table in correspondence with each object type so that density in the input
density range calculated by the calculation unit are adjusted using the adjustment table according to the adjustment level
input by the density adjustment level input unit, wherein

the density adjustment unit adjusts density of the input image data using the adjustment table generated by the generation
unit, and the gradation conversion unit derives the output image data by applying gradation conversion to the image data whose
density has been adjusted by the density adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,214,491

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS FOR CAUSING AN FD CAPACITOR VALUE TO BE VARIABLE WITHOUT INCREASING A NUMBER OF ELEMENTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of rows of photoelectric conversion elements for generating electric charges;
a plurality of transfer transistors each connected to each of the photoelectric conversion elements, for transferring the
electric charges generated by the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements;

a plurality of floating diffusion regions for holding electric charges transferred by the plurality of transfer transistors;
a plurality of amplifying units each connected to each of the floating diffusion regions, for amplifying a signal based on
an electric charge in the plurality of floating diffusion regions;

a plurality of switches for connecting the plurality of floating diffusion regions to each other, each of the plurality of
switches being arranged correspondingly to each pair of the rows of the photoelectric conversion elements;

a scanning circuit for scanning each of said plurality of switches, the scanning circuit turning ON each of said plurality
of switches by the scanning, in an order of arrangement of the switches, shifting successively from a one switch of a pair
of rows of the photoelectric conversion elements to a next one switch of the next pair of rows of photoelectric conversion
elements; and

a Bayer array color filter.

US Pat. No. 9,215,292

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which is connected to a plurality of information processing terminals via a network,
comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire data that is repeatedly generated at and uploaded from at least one of the plurality
of information processing terminals;

a detection unit configured to detect connection status information of the plurality of information processing terminals and
a generation condition for data in the information processing terminals, wherein the generation condition indicates a parameter
used in generating data to be uploaded to the information processing apparatus by the information processing terminal;

a derivation unit configured to derive a predicted data amount predicted to be uploaded in a unit time to the information
processing apparatus and a processable data amount that the information processing apparatus is capable of processing in a
unit time based on at least one of the connection status information or the generation condition; and

a request unit configured to make a request to at least one information processing terminal, in a case where the predicted
data amount exceeds the processable data amount, to change the generation condition for data in the at least one information
processing terminal in order to lower a data amount.

US Pat. No. 9,213,507

APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus having a central processing unit (CPU) comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive a first command to display a next pair of target pages from a user;
a selection unit configured to select, if the receiving unit receives the first command to display the next pair of target
pages, a page having a margin area from a plurality of pages as a next target page, wherein the margin area is an area in
which no object is arranged in the next target page;

a detection unit configured to detect a page having an object which fits in the margin area in which no object is arranged
in the next target page, from among pages following the next target page, wherein, if the detected page is already selected
as the next pair, the processes of the selection unit and the detection unit are repeatedly executed;

a display unit configured to display a combination of the selected next target page and the detected page as the next pair
of target pages; and

a changing unit configured to change a layout of the next pair being displayed by the display unit if the receiving unit receives
a second command to change the layout of the next pair displayed by the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,211,719

INK TANK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink tank comprising:
a casing having a partition wall configured to divide from each other an absorber storage chamber for storing an absorber
capable of retaining ink and an ink storage chamber for storing ink to be supplied to the absorber storage chamber,

wherein the absorber storage chamber has a bottom surface having an ink supply port for supplying the ink in the absorber
storage chamber to an outside, a top surface opposite the bottom surface, a first side surface serving also as one surface
of the partition wall, a second side surface opposite the first side surface, and a third side surface and a fourth side surface
connecting the first side surface and the second side surface and being positioned or disposed opposite to each other,

wherein a width of the bottom surface is smaller than a width of the top surface in a width direction parallel to the bottom
surface and orthogonal to a longitudinal direction which is parallel to the bottom surface and in which the absorber storage
chamber, the partition wall, and the ink storage chamber are arranged,

wherein a first step is provided on the third side surface and a second step is provided on the fourth side surface so the
distance between a portion of the third side surface and a portion of the fourth side surface in the width direction is smaller
on the bottom surface side than on the top surface side, the first and second steps extending from the second side surface
along a length of the casing for a predetermined distance that is less than the length of the casing, and

wherein a plurality of the absorbers are stored in the absorber storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,213,306

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge removably mountable to a main body of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:
a developing unit having a developing roller configured to perform development in contact with a photosensitive drum;
two support mechanisms each configured to rotatably support the developing unit by a rotary shaft at an each end of both ends
of the cartridge in a direction parallel to a rotary shaft of the developing roller; and

a biasing member provided on a same side as one of the two support mechanisms with respect to the developing unit, the biasing
member being configured to apply a biasing force to the developing unit so as to bring the developing roller into contact
with the photosensitive drum,

wherein, when a force against the biasing force is applied to the developing unit, the developing unit is rotated about the
support shaft so that the developing roller is separated from the photosensitive drum,

wherein the one of the two support mechanisms has a bearing configured to hold the support shaft in a manner that the support
shaft is slidable in a plane orthogonal to the support shaft, and

wherein, in a projection plane, onto which structural members of the cartridge are projected, orthogonal to the rotary shaft
of the developing roller, an action point at which the biasing force of the biasing member acts on the developing unit is
arranged in a region between a first straight line connecting a rotation center of the developing roller and a rotation center
of the photosensitive drum, and a second straight line passing through the support shaft and being parallel to a slide direction
of the support shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,211,068

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An object information acquiring method, comprising the steps of:
generating a Hilbert-transform signal by performing Hilbert-transform on a received signal in a time series obtained by receiving
an acoustic wave generated from an object irradiated with light;

generating a normalized signal by calculating a ratio between an intensity of the received signal and an absolute value of
a complex signal which represents the received signal as real part and the Hilbert-transform signal as imaginary part; and

generating, based on the normalized signal, first image data.

US Pat. No. 9,215,748

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a CPU coupled to a memory, wherein the CPU performs control of at least one of an acquisition unit, a decision unit, a communication
unit, or a display unit;

the acquiring unit acquiring, from a communication partner apparatus that communicates directly one with the communication
apparatus, information which indicates a display unit capability of the communication partner apparatus held in the communication
partner apparatus;

the decision unit deciding, by comparing the display unit capability of the communication partner apparatus with a display
unit capability of the communication apparatus itself, whether the communication apparatus operates as a first role and the
communication partner apparatus operates as a second role or the communication apparatus operates as a second role and the
communication partner apparatus operates as a first role;

the communication unit performing direct communication with the communication partner apparatus according to the role decided
by the decision unit; and

the display unit displaying information indicative of the communication partner apparatus, with which the communication unit
performs the direct communication,

wherein the first role is a role for generating a wireless network and managing an address for an apparatus participating
in the wireless network, and the second role is a role for participating in a wireless network generated by another apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,204,793

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC PHOTOGRAPHING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus comprising:
an optical observation system configured to observe an anterior segment of a subject's eye;
an imaging system configured to capture an image of a fundus of the subject's eye; and
a light path splitting unit configured to split a light path in the optical observation system and a light path in the imaging
system;

wherein the optical observation system comprises;
an image splitting unit configured to split, on the light path in the optical observation system split by the light path splitting
unit, a light beam reflected from the anterior segment into a plurality of light beams at a position conjugated with the anterior
segment; and

an anterior segment imaging unit configured to capture the plurality of light beams split by the image splitting unit to form
an image of the anterior segment, and

wherein the imaging system comprises;
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate the fundus of the subject's eye with a measurement light; and
a fundus imaging unit configured to capture a reflected light of the measurement light reflected from the fundus to form the
image of the fundus.

US Pat. No. 9,208,417

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, RECORDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR OUTPUTTING IMAGE DATA EXPRESSING HALFTONE DOTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus configured to generate print data used for recording image data expressing halftone dots
by an image forming apparatus, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data expressing halftone dots;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain color tone information indicating color tone for each pixel or for each area including
a plurality of pixels in the image data;

a conversion unit configured to convert the image data into multi-valued image data based on a degree of smoothing according
to the color tone information;

a color separation processing unit configured to perform color separation on the multi-valued image data by the conversion
unit; and

a halftone processing unit configured to convert image data which has been color-separated by the color separation processing
unit into print data.

US Pat. No. 9,208,419

CONTROLLING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A FIRST PRINTING APPARATUS AND A SECOND APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A controlling apparatus for controlling a first printing apparatus that prints an image on a continuous sheet in a printing
system including the first printing apparatus and a second printing apparatus that prints on the continuous sheet that is
printed by the first printing apparatus on a downstream side in a conveyance direction of the continuous sheet, the controlling
apparatus comprising:
an updating unit configured to update, while printing on the continuous sheet, printing information containing execution information
with which a printing state on the continuous sheet in the first printing apparatus can be specified;

a determination unit configured to determine whether an error has occurred in the printing system;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire, in a case where the first printing apparatus conveys the continuous sheet
toward an upstream side in the conveyance direction of the continuous sheet from a cut-out portion after the determination
unit determines that the error has occurred and the continuous sheet is cut out between the first printing apparatus and the
second printing apparatus, a first conveyance amount of the first printing apparatus after the continuous sheet is cut out;

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire, in a case where the second printing apparatus conveys the continuous sheet
toward the downstream side in the conveyance direction of the continuous sheet from the cut-out portion after the determination
unit determines that the error has occurred and the continuous sheet is cut out between the first printing apparatus and the
second printing apparatus, a second conveyance amount of the second printing apparatus after the continuous sheet is cut out;

a first specification unit configured to specify, in a case where it is determined by the determination unit that the error
has occurred in the printing system, an error occurrence position on the continuous sheet that has been printed by the first
printing apparatus, based on a feeding amount of the continuous sheet from the first printing apparatus, the first conveyance
amount acquired by the first acquisition unit and the second conveyance amount acquired by the second acquisition unit; and

a second specification unit configured to specify an image printed on the error occurrence position, based on the error occurrence
position specified by the first specification unit and the execution information updated by the updating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,209,215

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion portion including a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type arranged in a semiconductor
substrate;

a charge holding portion including a second semiconductor region of the first conductivity type arranged in the semiconductor
substrate and configured to hold a charge generated by the photoelectric conversion portion;

a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type arranged in the semiconductor substrate;
a first gate electrode arranged on a region between the second semiconductor region and the third semiconductor region and
configured to transfer a charge of the second semiconductor region into the third semiconductor region; and

an isolation portion including a first part, a second part and a third part of an insulator, wherein
the first semiconductor region is arranged between the first part of the insulator and the second semiconductor region in
a first cross section including a first direction along which the first semiconductor region and the second semiconductor
region are arranged,

the second semiconductor region is arranged between the second part and the third part of the insulator in a second cross
section including a second direction intersecting the first direction, and

in the second cross section, the second semiconductor region is arranged at a depth shallower than a bottom of the second
part and a bottom of the third part of the insulator.

US Pat. No. 9,210,279

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit (CPU);
a storage unit configured to be accessible from an external device even if the image forming apparatus is in a power off state;
a setting unit configured to set information on an installation status of the image forming apparatus; and
a control unit configured to, according to the information on the installation status set by the setting unit, enable writing,
in the storage unit, of information corresponding to the information on the installation status from information used by the
image forming apparatus at a plurality of timing points;

wherein the information on the installation status includes information indicating a status before factory shipment, information
indicating a status where setting is to be performed for a client environment, or information indicating a status where installation
in the client environment is completed;

wherein if the information on the installation status indicates the status where installation in the client environment is
completed, the control unit enables writing, in the storage unit, of information including at least one among a serial number,
error information, log information, counter information, license information on an application program installed in the image
forming apparatus, and network setting information at a timing point lust before the image forming apparatus is powered off.

US Pat. No. 9,210,284

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a printing apparatus that operates in a plurality of power modes, the method comprising:
shifting a power mode of the printing apparatus into a power saving mode; and
controlling power supplied to a first communication interface and a second communication interface of the printing apparatus
so as to, in a case where the power mode of the printing apparatus is shifted into the power saving mode, alternately shift
between a state of the first communication interface and a state of the second communication interface into a turn-on state
at predetermined time intervals so that when the state of the first communication interface is in the turn-on state, the state
of the second communication interface is not in the turn-on state, and when the state of the first communication interface
is not in the turn-on state, the state of the second communication interface is in the turn-on state.

US Pat. No. 9,208,720

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENCE DISPLAYING APPARATUS WHICH SUPPRESSES A DEFECTIVE DISPLAY CAUSED BY A LEAK CURRENT AT A TIME WHEN AN EMISSION PERIOD CONTROLLING TRANSISTOR IS OFF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic EL displaying apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each of which includes an organic EL element, a driving transistor configured to supply a current according
to potential of a gate electrode to the organic EL element, and an emission period controlling transistor connected in series
to the organic EL element and the driving transistor and configured to control light emission of the organic EL element in
response to a control signal, where, when the emission period controlling transistor is in an off state, a current is supplied
to the organic EL element;

a data line configured to apply a data voltage according to gradation displaying data to the pixels; and
a control line configured to supply the control signal to a gate electrode of the emission period controlling transistor,
wherein, in a certain one of the pixels, a resistance Roff—ILM between a source electrode and a drain electrode of the emission period controlling transistor in an off state of the
emission period controlling transistor and a resistance Rbk—Dr between a source electrode and a drain electrode of the driving transistor in a state that a minimum gradation displaying
data voltage has been applied to the gate electrode of the driving transistor satisfy an expression (1) of Roff—ILM?Rbk—Dr,

wherein when a driving voltage is applied to Rbk—Dr, a color to be displayed by the organic EL element is black, and

wherein, if an emission state of the organic EL element when the driving voltage is applied to the driving transistor having
the resistance Rbk—Dr is a first black display and an emission state of the organic EL element when the driving voltage is applied to the emission
period controlling transistor having the resistance Roff—ILM is a second black display, emission luminance of the organic EL element in the second black display is equal to or smaller
than the emission luminance of the organic EL element in the first black display.

US Pat. No. 9,210,297

METHOD FOR DETERMINING COLOR CORRECTION PARAMETER FOR RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for generation of a color correction parameter at plural times for a recording apparatus that records an image
on a recording medium by a recording unit, the method being executed by a processor which is coupled to the recording apparatus,
the method comprising:
a first acquiring step for acquiring first information regarding a number of dots counted by a counting unit from a timing
at which the recording unit was set in the recording apparatus;

a first determining step for determining a threshold value based on the number of dots indicated by the first information
acquired by the first acquiring step;

a second acquiring step for acquiring second information regarding a number of dots counted by a counting unit from a timing
of generation of previous color correction parameters;

a second determining step for determining that it is necessary to generate subsequent color correction parameters in the case
where the number of dots indicated by the second information acquired by the second acquiring step is greater than the threshold
value determined by the first determining step;

a notifying step for notifying a user of a result of the second determining step in the case where it is determined that it
is necessary to generate the subsequent color correction parameters; and

a patch recording step for causing the recording unit to record a plurality of patches.

US Pat. No. 9,210,298

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH PERFORMS CALIBRATION FOR MAINTAINING IMAGE QUALITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a correcting unit configured to correct image data using a tone correction condition and to generate corrected image data;
an image forming unit configured to form a pattern image on a printing medium based on the corrected image data;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain read data by a reading unit that reads the pattern image formed on the printing medium
by the image forming unit;

a converting unit configured to convert the read data into density data using a converting condition corresponding to the
printing medium;

a first creating unit configured to create the tone correction condition based on the density data converted by the converting
unit; and

a second creating unit configured (i) to control the correcting unit to correct patch data using the tone correction condition
created by the first creating unit, and to generate corrected patch data, (ii) to control the image forming unit to form a
patch image on another printing medium based on the corrected patch data, and (iii) to create a converting condition corresponding
to the other printing medium using patch read data obtained by the obtaining unit, the patch read data being obtained by the
reading unit reading the patch image formed on the other printing medium,

wherein a converting condition corresponding to a specific printing medium is used for converting read data of a pattern image
formed on the specific printing medium into density data related to the specific printing medium, and

wherein the converting condition corresponding to the other printing medium is used for converting read data of a pattern
image formed on the other printing medium into density data related to the specific printing medium.

US Pat. No. 9,210,305

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH A SUPPORTING MECHANISM FOR SUPPORTING A VIEWFINDER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an apparatus body;
a viewfinder configured to provide an image of a subject;
a base member which has at least one linear rail section and at least one circular rail section extended from the linear rail
section, and which is fixed to the apparatus body; and

a holding member which has a plurality of supporting shafts that can be slid along the linear rail section and the circular
rail section, and which holds the viewfinder,

wherein the holding member can be rotated with the viewfinder relative to the base member around one supporting shaft by sliding
the other supporting shaft along the circular rail.

US Pat. No. 9,210,315

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain an image signal, which is captured by an image capturing apparatus, and in which a
respective pixel corresponds to a light flux of a different combination of a pupil region, through which the light flux has
passed, in an imaging optical system of the image capturing apparatus, and an incident direction;

a setting unit configured to set a focal plane in association with a reconstructed image generated from the image signal obtained
by said obtaining unit;

a generation unit configured to generate the reconstructed image focused at the focal plane set by said setting unit by adding
pixel values of the image signal, wherein the pixel values correspond to respective pixels of the image to be reconstructed
at the focal plane; and

an output unit configured to generate and output a moving image by including, as frames, a plurality of reconstructed images
generated by said generation unit in association with a plurality of different focal planes.

US Pat. No. 9,205,646

LIQUID DISCHARGING SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharging substrate comprising:
a plurality of discharging elements arranged along a first direction;
a plurality of drive elements that drive the plurality of discharging elements;
a first electrode to which a first voltage is supplied;
a second electrode to which a second voltage, different from the first voltage, is supplied;
a first wiring portion electrically connecting the first electrode and the plurality of discharging elements; and
a second wiring portion electrically connecting the second electrode and the plurality of drive elements,
wherein the plurality of discharging elements include a first discharging element and a second discharging element,
wherein the plurality of drive elements include a first drive element electrically connected to the first discharging element,
and a second drive element electrically connected to the second discharging element,

wherein the first wiring portion includes a first conductive member electrically connected to the first electrode and the
first discharging element, and a second conductive member electrically connected to the first electrode and the second discharging
element,

wherein an insulating portion is formed between at least part of the first conductive member and at least part of the second
conductive member,

wherein the second wiring portion includes a common conductive member, which extends along a row of the plurality of discharge
elements, and which is electrically connected to the second electrode, the first drive element, and the second drive element,

wherein a length of the second conductive member in the first direction is longer than a length of the first conductive member
in the first direction,

and wherein a resistance value of the second conductive member is smaller than a resistance value of the first conductive
member.

US Pat. No. 9,205,650

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate; and
a channel wall member on a surface of the substrate, the channel wall member serving as a wall of a channel through which
a liquid flows,

wherein the channel wall member comprises a photosensitive resin and includes a first region and a second region that are
arranged in a direction parallel to the surface of the substrate,

wherein the first region of the channel wall member has a lower crosslink density than the second region of the channel wall
member, and

wherein the first region is disposed at a position such that the first region is not exposed to the channel.

US Pat. No. 9,205,656

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head having a plurality of discharge ports aligned in a row for discharging ink;
a carriage configured to mount the recording head thereon and to move in a first direction;
a platen having suction holes to support a recording medium which is conveyed in a second direction intersecting the first
direction; and

an ink receiving portion having a recessed receiving part provided on the platen configured to receive ink when the recording
head positions above an end of the recording medium for borderless printing, and to suck ink received on the recessed receiving
part through a plurality of openings embedded in the recessed receiving part and arranged along the second direction,

wherein the openings consist of a first opening facing the center of the rows of discharge ports, a second opening facing
one end of the rows of discharge ports, and a third opening facing another end of rows of the discharge ports when the recording
head positions above the ink receiving portion, and no other opening except the first, the second and the third openings is
embedded in the recessed receiving part, and wherein the second and the third openings are larger than the first opening.

US Pat. No. 9,207,575

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container comprising:
an accommodating frame, provided with an opening through which a developer is passable, for accommodating the developer;
a first shutter and a second shutter which are movable between an open position where the opening is opened and a closed position
where the opening is closed;

a first lever, provided on said first shutter, for moving said first shutter by being urged and moved; and
a second lever, provided on said second shutter, for moving said second shutter by being urged and moved,
wherein each of said first shutter and said second shutter is moved from the closed position to the open position by moving
said first shutter and said second shutter in a mutually spacing direction to open the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,201,392

CARTRIDGE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A cartridge comprising:
a first member having a flexible engaging portion;
a second member having an engaged portion to be engaged with the flexible engaging portion; and
a third member configured to restrict a movement of the flexible engaging portion for maintaining a state in which the flexible
engaging portion and the engaged portion engage each other;

wherein a width of the third member on a side closer to a base point of movement of the flexible engaging portion becomes
larger than a width of the third member on a side farther from the base point of movement,

wherein the third member includes a holding portion configured to hold the third member at a position capable of restricting
the movement of the flexible engaging portion, and

at least one of the first member and the second member includes a held portion to be engaged with the holding portion
wherein the third member is formed of a resin different from the flexible engaging portion or the engaged portion.

US Pat. No. 9,203,990

PRIORITY ORDERED USER INTERFACE SCREENS FOR CONTROLLING A DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A method for processing information which is executed by an apparatus, the method comprising:
an obtaining step of obtaining an input signal which represents a trigger of transition of a screen image displayed on a display
unit;

a storing step of saving information which represents a screen image corresponding to the obtained input signal, the screen
image being classified into any one of a plurality of groups to which priorities are previously set, in a stack for each group
of the plurality of groups; and, a controlling step of determining an screen image to be displayed on the display unit based
on a position where information representing the screen image is saved in the stack corresponding to a group to which the
highest priority is set among stacks for the plurality of groups where the information representing the screen image is stored.

US Pat. No. 9,200,928

POSITION DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A position detector which detects a position of a movable member relative to a fixed member,
the position detector comprising:
a signal detector configured to detect multiple periodic signals each indicating a predetermined value for the position of
the movable member;

a signal processor configured to generate multiple displacement signals based on the multiple periodic signals detected by
the signal detector and switch the multiple generated displacement signals in a predetermined cycle to sequentially output
the multiple displacement signals;

a position calculator configured to calculate the position of the movable member based on a first signal group, the first
signal group being the multiple displacement signals sequentially output by the signal processor; and

a movement amount calculator configured to calculate a movement amount of the movable member within the predetermined cycle,
wherein:

the first signal group contains a second signal group formed by obtaining the same displacement signal at different times;
the movement amount calculator calculates the movement amount of the movable member within the predetermined cycle by using
the second signal group; and

the position calculator calculates the position of the movable member based on the first signal group and the movement amount.

US Pat. No. 9,204,033

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit having a first pixel group that receives a light beam passing through a first area in an exit pupil
of an imaging lens that forms an object image, a second pixel group that receives a light beam passing through a second area
in the exit pupil of the imaging lens, the second area being different from the first area, and a third pixel group that receives
a light beam passing through an entire area in the exit pupil of the imaging lens;

a focus detection unit configured to calculate a defocus amount of the imaging lens using a first image signal obtained from
the first pixel group and a second image signal obtained from the second pixel group; and

an image generation unit configured to correct the first image signal and the second image signal obtained from the first
pixel group and the second pixel group of the image capture unit so as to be equivalent to a third image signal obtained from
the third pixel group, and to generate a captured image using a first corrected image signal, a second corrected image signal,
and the third image signal,

wherein the image generation unit corrects the first image signal and the second image signal at least by multiplying the
first image signal and the second image signal by a gain, the gain changing based on the defocus amount calculated by the
focus detection unit using the first image signal and the second image signal, and obtains the first corrected image signal
and the second corrected image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,204,067

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a first imaging pixel and a second imaging pixel each of which detects an object image formed by a photographing optical system
and generates a recording image,

wherein said first imaging pixel comprises a plurality of photoelectric conversion units segmented in a first direction and
said second imaging pixel includes four photoelectric conversion units segmented in the first direction,

the plurality of photoelectric conversion units are configured to photoelectrically convert a plurality of images formed by
split light beams passing through the photographing optical system and outputting focus detection signals used to detect a
phase difference, and

a length between gravity centers of photoelectric conversion units used to detect the phase difference out of the plurality
of photoelectric conversion units included in said first imaging pixel is longer than a length between gravity centers of
photoelectric conversion units used to detect the phase difference out of the four photoelectric conversion units included
in said second imaging pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,204,072

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE TESTING METHOD, AND IMAGING SYSTEM MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of blocks including a plurality of pairs, each of the pairs including a comparator provided correspondingly with
a column in the pixel array and a memory provided correspondingly with the comparator; and

a block information supply unit that includes a signal line group including a plurality of single lines and is configured
to supply block information to the plurality of memories included in the plurality of blocks, the block information being
information for distinguishing a signal read from one block among the plurality of blocks and a signal read from another block,
wherein the plurality of memories included in one of the plurality of blocks are connected to the signal line group with a
pattern different from that for the plurality of memories included in another one of the plurality of blocks.

US Pat. No. 9,202,284

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an extraction unit configured to extract an edge feature point corresponding to an edge in a first image, from the first image;
a first determination unit configured to determine temporally a temporal motion vector that corresponds to the edge feature
point extracted from the first image by the extraction unit and a corresponding point that is located in a second image and
that has a highest degree of similarity between image data for the edge feature point and image data for the corresponding
point among candidates of the corresponding point in the second image;

a setting unit configured to set a feature point, on a corner of the first image, regardless of whether the set feature point
corresponds to an edge in the first image or not;

a second determination unit configured to determine a motion vector corresponding to the edge feature point, by using a first
temporal motion vector determined for the edge feature point by the first determination unit and a second temporal motion
vector determined by the first determination unit, in accordance with the highest degree of similarity and to determine a
motion vector corresponding to the set feature point set on the corner by the setting unit, using a temporal motion vector
corresponding to a neighboring edge feature point and without using a temporal motion vector corresponding to the set feature
point; and

at least one processor configured to function as at least one of the extraction unit, the first determination unit, the setting
unit, and the second determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,195,035

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side toward an image forming side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power that does not move during zooming;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power that moves during zooming;
a third lens unit that moves during zooming;
an aperture stop; and
a fourth lens unit having positive refractive power that does not move during zooming,
wherein the first lens unit includes, in order from the object side toward the image forming side:
a front first lens unit having negative refractive power that does not move;
a middle first lens unit having positive refractive power that moves during focus adjustment; and
a rear first lens unit having positive refractive power that does not move;
wherein each of the front first lens unit and the second lens unit includes at least one positive lens and at least two negative
lenses, and

wherein the following expressions are satisfied:

where v11p and ?11p respectively represent an average value of Abbe constants and an average value of partial dispersion ratios
of lenses having positive refractive power in the front first lens unit, v11n and ?11n respectively represent an average value
of Abbe constants and an average value of partial dispersion ratios of lenses having negative refractive power in the front
first lens unit, f11cp represents a combined focal length of the lenses having positive refractive power in the front first
lens unit, and f11 represents a focal length of the front first lens unit, and

wherein an Abbe constant vd and a partial dispersion ratio ?gF are defined a follows:
vd=(Nd?1)/(NF?NC); and

?gF=(Ng?NF)/(NF?NC),

 where Ng, NF, Nd, and NC represent refractive indices for g-line, F-line, d-line, and C-line, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,195,915

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CHANGING LAYOUT, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a multipage printing condition in which a plurality of logical pages are printed on a physical
page corresponding to a sheet on which printing is performed;

a display unit configured to display a layout screen indicating a layout in which the plurality of logical pages are laid
out on the physical page based on the multipage printing condition set by the setting unit;

an acceptance unit configured to accept a drag operation for a specific logical page among the plurality of logical pages,
on the layout screen;

a selecting unit configured to, in a case where the specific logical page is moved by the drag operation, select a layout-changing
process among a plurality of layout-changing processes, based on a destination area to which the specific logical page is
moved; and

a processing unit configured to perform a layout-changing process selected by the selecting unit,
wherein the plurality of layout-changing processes include a first layout-changing process for inserting the specific logical
page into a physical page corresponding to a destination area to which the specific logical page is moved, and a second layout-changing
process for generating a new physical page in a destination area to which the specific logical page is moved and laying out
the specific logical page on the new physical page.

US Pat. No. 9,195,920

SWATHING PARALLEL PIPELINE ARCHITECTURE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering a print job using a plurality of print heads, said method comprising:
inputting the print job in a page description language format to render multiple pages in a row on a web;
processing the print job to produce a plurality of intermediate jobs in an intermediate graphical format based on the plurality
of print heads across the web, the intermediate jobs having the intermediate graphical format between the page description
language format and a rasterized image format; and

rendering, independently of one another, each of the plurality of intermediate jobs to a rasterized image in a renderer associated
with each of the print heads to be printed by a corresponding one of the print heads.

US Pat. No. 9,195,921

CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for printing images sequentially on a continuous sheet, the method comprising:
printing a first image; and
halting print processing of the first image in a case when a part of the first image has been printed on the continuous sheet
and it is determined that a disabled area containing a unique portion unsuitable for printing that exists on the continuous
sheet overlaps a trail end of an area for a part of the first image which has not yet been printed.

US Pat. No. 9,195,162

COVER MEMBER, LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus capable of operating with an image forming apparatus that includes a first photosensitive member,
a second photosensitive member, a third photosensitive member, and a fourth photosensitive member, which are arranged side
by side in order of the first photosensitive member, the second photosensitive member, the third photosensitive member, and
the fourth photosensitive member, the light scanning apparatus comprising:
a first light source configured to emit a first light beam to expose the first photosensitive member;
a second light source configured to emit a second light beam to expose the second photosensitive member;
a third light source configured to emit a third light beam to expose the third photosensitive member;
a fourth light source configured to emit a fourth light beam to expose the fourth photosensitive member;
a deflection unit configured to deflect the first light beam, the second light beam, the third light beam, and the fourth
light beam to scan the first photosensitive member, the second photosensitive member, the third photosensitive member, and
the fourth photosensitive member, respectively;

a housing to which the deflection unit is attached, the deflection unit being attached inside of the housing; and
a cover member attached to the housing and configured to cover a space of the inside of the housing to which the deflection
unit is attached, the cover member including:

a first opening through which the first light beam deflected by the deflection unit passes;
a second opening through which the second light beam deflected by the deflection unit passes;
a third opening through which the third light beam deflected by the deflection unit passes;
a fourth opening through which the fourth light beam deflected by the deflection unit passes; and
at least three protruding portions protruding toward the space of the inside of the housing,
wherein the first opening, the second opening, the third opening, and the fourth opening are arranged side by side in order
of the first opening, the second opening, the third opening, and the fourth opening corresponding to the order of the first
photosensitive member, the second photosensitive member, the third photosensitive member, and the fourth photosensitive member,
and

wherein the at least three protruding portions are provided to cause the cover member to stand on a lower cover member in
order to stack a plurality of cover members, at least one protruding portion of the at least three protruding portions protruding
from between the first opening and the second opening in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the first
opening and the second opening, and at least two protruding portions of the at least three protruding portions protruding
from between the third opening and the fourth opening in a direction perpendicular to a longitudinal direction of the third
opening and the fourth opening.

US Pat. No. 9,195,742

REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A reproducing apparatus comprising:
a reproduction unit configured to reproduce a moving image file and a still image file from a recording medium, a file name
including a number being added to each of the moving image file and the still image file; and

a control unit configured to control the reproduction unit such that, in a case where a still image file to which a file name
including a number between numbers included in file names of two moving image files among a plurality of moving image files
for a single scene is added is recorded in the recording medium, the plurality of moving image files for the single scene
are continuously reproduced while the still image file to which the file name including the number between the numbers included
in the file names of the two moving image files is added is not reproduced, during reproduction of the plurality of moving
image files for the single scene.

US Pat. No. 9,191,575

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS COMPRISING THE SAME, AND CONTROLLING METHODS THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus used in an image capture apparatus, comprising:
a control unit which moves, based on a shake detected by a shake detection unit, a correction member movable in a direction
perpendicular to an optical axis of an imaging optical system of the image capture apparatus, and corrects an image blur caused
by the shake, wherein a maximum movable range of the correction member determines a maximum movable distance of the correction
member from the optical axis and determines a correctable maximum camera shake angle,

wherein when the shutter speed in shooting by the image capture apparatus is lower than the first predetermined value and
higher than a second predetermined value which is lower than the first predetermined value, said control unit sets the maximum
movable range of the correction member to be wider than the maximum movable range set when the shutter speed in shooting by
the image capture apparatus is higher than the first predetermined value or lower than the second predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,191,550

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING GRADATION CORRECTION IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet storage unit configured to store sheets;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image, based on image data, onto a sheet from the sheet storage unit;
a fixing unit configured to fix the toner image onto the sheet;
a conveying unit configured to convey sheets, from the sheet storage unit, through the fixing unit;
an outputting unit configured to output the sheet with the image formed thereupon as a first chart;
a creating unit configured to create a conversion table for gradation correction using a value obtained by reading the output
first chart; and

a stabilization control unit configured to perform, in response to instructions from a user to create the conversion table
for gradation correction, stabilization control to stabilize the fixing temperature of the fixing unit by performing control
to cause the conveying unit to convey a number of sheets through the fixing unit,

wherein the stabilization control unit controls to output the number of sheets predetermined by the user to stabilize the
fixing unit,

the outputting unit outputs the first chart after the output of the predetermined number of sheets, and
the stabilization control unit is arranged to perform control of the transfer unit such that an image, determined in advance,
is formed on each of the predetermined number of sheets to form a second chart.

US Pat. No. 9,182,737

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR REPLACING TONER FROM THE MAIN BODY OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body; and
a developing cartridge removable mounted in the apparatus main body,
wherein the developing cartridge comprises:
a main unit, wherein the main unit includes a developer bearing member for forming a toner image, and
a toner storage unit removably mounted in the main unit and being held in the main unit during forming of an image, wherein
the toner storage unit is configured to supply a developer to the developer bearing member,

wherein the apparatus main body comprises:
a guide portion configured to guide a guided portion of the developing cartridge so that the developing cartridge can move
between a mounting position and a replacement position, wherein the mounting position is a position in which the developing
cartridge forms an image, and wherein the replacement position is a position downstream of the mounting position in a direction
the developing cartridge is removed and at which position the toner storage unit can be removed from the main unit,

wherein when the developing cartridge is inserted along the guide portion a predetermined amount, the guide portion changes
in shape from the direction with a falling gradient to a direction similar to the mounting direction for mounting the developing
cartridge in the apparatus main body completely,

wherein the developing cartridge can be removed from the apparatus main body via an opening provided on the apparatus main
body, and

wherein, in a state in which the guided portion is supported by the guide portion in the replacement position, the toner storage
unit can be removed from the developing cartridge in a direction the toner storage unit is removed, which is different from
the direction the developing cartridge is removed, wherein the toner storage unit can be removed from the apparatus main body
via the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,180,680

WATER-BASED INK, INK JET RECORDING METHOD, INK CARTRIDGE, RECORDING UNIT, INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:
an ejecting step of ejecting a black ink and at least one water-based color ink from a recording head to a plain paper provided
as a recording medium,

wherein the black ink comprises water, water-soluble organic mediums, and a water-insoluble coloring material,
wherein the water-soluble organic mediums comprise at least one good medium to the water-insoluble coloring material and a
plurality of poor mediums to the water-insoluble coloring material,

wherein the total amount A (% by mass) of the good medium or good mediums in the black ink and the total amount B (% by mass)
of the poor mediums in the black ink are in a ratio A:B of from 10:5 to 7:9 both inclusive,

wherein at least one of the plurality of poor mediums is selected from the group consisting of diethylene glycol, polyethylene
glycol, and 2-pyrrolidone,

wherein the water-insoluble coloring material is a self-dispersing pigment having at least one hydrophilic group attached
onto a surface of a pigment particle via another group of atoms,

wherein the black ink contains no resin dispersant,
wherein one of the plurality of poor mediums shows a Ka value determined by the Bristow method which is the largest among
the Ka values of all the water-soluble organic mediums in the ink,

wherein the recording head comprises an ejection port for the black ink and an ejection port for the at least one water-based
color ink, and

wherein the ejecting step comprises the steps, in the following order, of:
(a) forming a black image in a predetermined region of the recording medium by ejecting the black ink from the ejection port
for the black ink, while scanning the recording head in a direction that is perpendicular to a direction of conveying the
recording medium;

(b) conveying the recording medium; and
(c) forming a color image in the predetermined region of the recording medium by ejecting the at least one water-based color
ink from the ejection port for the color ink, while scanning the recording head in the direction that is perpendicular to
the direction of conveying the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,179,090

MOVING IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A moving image recording device comprising:
an instruction unit configured to receive an instruction from a user to superimpose an item on a moving image during taking
or playing back of the moving image;

an item superimposition unit configured to superimpose the item over a portion of the moving image which is taken or played
back after the reception of the instruction by the instruction unit; and

a control unit configured to determine a representative image in the moving image and perform control to store information
indicating the representative image in association with the moving image,

wherein the control unit determines the representative image of the moving image based on a change in a superimposed state
of the item superimposed over the taken or played back moving image so that an image over which the item has been superimposed
is determined as the representative image.

US Pat. No. 9,174,436

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROCESSING PRINTING DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a driving unit configured to drive a printhead including a plurality of nozzles formed into an array in a predetermined direction
such that each nozzle of the printhead forms a dot on a printing medium, while scanning the printhead in a first direction
intersecting the predetermined direction with respect to the printing medium,

wherein the plurality of nozzles are arranged such that nozzles for printing dots of the same color form two or more nozzle
arrays adjacent to each other in the first direction;

a memory configured to store printing data;
a data processing unit configured to perform
a first operation for developing printing data column by column on the memory, and
a second operation for assigning the printing data on the memory to each nozzle array; and
a controlling unit configured to control the driving unit to print dots on the printing medium by using the nozzles of each
nozzle array, based on the assigned printing data, wherein

the data processing unit further performs, after the first operation and before the second operation,
an operation for specifying, in a case where printing is performed by assigning, to each nozzle array, the printing data of
each column developed on the memory in the first operation, a portion of the printing data, which corresponds to a dot whose
printing position is deviated from a region corresponding to the column of the printing data due to a tilt of the two or more
nozzle arrays with respect to a direction perpendicular to the first direction, based on the tilt of the two or more nozzle
arrays, and

an operation for changing, on the memory, the printing data developed on the memory, such that the specified portion is shifted
by a column corresponding to the tilt of the two or more nozzle arrays.

US Pat. No. 9,179,106

MEASUREMENT SYSTEM, IMAGE CORRECTION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measurement system comprising:
an illumination unit configured to irradiate a measurement target with illumination light;
an illumination control unit configured to control an operation of the illumination unit;
a first robot hand configured to calibrate a position of the illumination unit;
an imaging unit configured to capture an image of the irradiated measurement target;
a second robot hand configured to calibrate the position of the imaging unit;
an imaging control unit configured to control an operation of the imaging unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire positional relationship information representing a positional relationship between
the illumination unit and the measurement target and a positional relationship between the imaging unit and the measurement
target after calibration of the first robot hand and the second robot hand; and

a correction unit configured to correct a luminance intensity of the irradiated measurement target image captured by the imaging
unit by changing a luminance of the illumination light emitted by the illumination unit based on the positional relationship
information and reflectance of the irradiated measurement target and correct a luminance distribution of the image captured
by the imaging unit based on the positional relationship information; and

a measurement unit configured to measure a position and an orientation of the measurement object, based on the image of the
irradiated measurement target.

US Pat. No. 9,170,556

CLEANING BLADE, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING CLEANING BLADE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A urethane rubber cleaning blade configured to come into contact with a member to be cleaned and clean a surface of the
member to be cleaned, wherein
a surface C of a contact portion of the cleaning blade that comes into contact with the member to be cleaned has a Young's
modulus (Y0) of 10 mgf/?m2 or more and 400 mgf/?m2 or less,

the ratio (Y50/Y0) of the Young's modulus (Y50) of an internal portion of the cleaning blade 50 ?m spaced apart from the surface C to the Young's modulus (Y0) is 0.5 or less,

the Young's modulus decreases from the surface of the contact portion to an interior of the cleaning blade, and
the average rate of change in Young's modulus [{(Y0?Y20)/Y0}/(20?0)] from the surface C to an internal portion of the cleaning blade 20 ?m spaced apart from the surface C is greater
than or equal to the average rate of change in Young's modulus [{(Y20?Y50)/Y0}/(50?20)] from the internal portion of the cleaning blade 20 ?m spaced apart from the surface C to the internal portion of
the cleaning blade 50 ?m spaced apart from the surface C, wherein Y0 denotes the Young's modulus of the surface C, and Y20 and Y50 denote the Young's modulus of the internal portion of the cleaning blade 20 and 50 ?m spaced apart from the surface C, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,171,874

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE INCLUDING AN IMAGING ELEMENT AND A COVER MEMBER HAVING A QUARTZ PLATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a package base having a frame portion and a recessed portion;
an imaging element having a light receiving surface, the imaging element being fixed to the recessed portion; and
a cover member disposed over the imaging element, wherein the cover member has a quartz plate directly fixed to the frame
portion with an adhesive,

wherein an inclination of an optical axis of a crystal of the quartz plate to the light receiving surface is within a range
of ±3°, and

wherein the quartz plate is the only quartz plate that the cover member has.

US Pat. No. 9,172,689

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that communicates with a server that has a microblogging function, the image processing apparatus
comprising:
an authentication unit configured to perform user authentication processing;
a follow unit configured to follow, in response to the user authentication processing by the authentication unit succeeding,
a user authenticated by the user authentication processing;

a message acquisition unit configured to acquire a message registered to the server by the user followed by the follow unit;
an analysis unit configured to analyze the message acquired by the message acquisition unit; and
a file acquisition unit configured to acquire a file specified by the message from the server based on a result of analyzing
by the analysis unit.

US Pat. No. 9,164,416

CONDUCTIVE MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conductive member which is used for electrophotography, the conductive member comprising:
a conductive shaft core;
a conductive elastic layer on the conductive shaft core; and
a conductive surface layer on the conductive elastic layer, wherein:
the conductive elastic layer contains silicone rubber, and a basic carbon black dispersed in the silicone rubber, and
the conductive surface layer contains a urethane resin having a carboxyl group in its molecule and an acidic carbon black
dispersed in the urethane resin.

US Pat. No. 9,162,357

CONTROL METHOD FOR ROBOT SYSTEM AND ROBOT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control method for a robot system including: a plurality of working units that is placed at different positions in a
work area and performs predetermined work; and a robot to which a plurality of unit related processes is set, the unit related
processes including moving between respective two of the plurality of working units and executing work corresponding to each
of the plurality of working units, the control method comprising:
determining, in a case of detecting a first working unit that has come into a work required condition in which work by a worker
is required, whether or not an operation of the robot is stopped on a way from a current position of the robot to a position
of a second working unit corresponding to a unit related process to be next executed by the robot;

stopping the operation of the robot on the way from the current position of the robot to the position of the second working
unit, if determining that the operation of the robot is stopped on the way from the current position of the robot to the position
of the second working unit; and

selecting a unit related process corresponding to a working unit other than the first working unit, from among the plurality
of unit related processes, moving the robot until the robot arrives at a position of the working unit corresponding to the
selected unit related process, and stopping the operation of the robot at the position of the working unit, if determining
that the operation of the robot is not stopped on the way from the current position of the robot to the position of the second
working unit.

US Pat. No. 9,164,717

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINTING CONTROL METHOD, AND PRINTING CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for printing an image on a continuous sheet, the printing control apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input a print job;
a determination unit configured to determine whether at least one of a size in a length direction and a size in a width direction
of a sheet to be used for a target print job matches a width of the continuous sheet being used in printing;

a decision unit configured to decide an execution order of a plurality of print jobs based on a determination result, and
a print control unit configured to cause a print unit to print images based on the plurality of print jobs on the continuous
sheet, based on the execution order decided by the decision unit,

wherein the decision unit decides, if one of the size in the length direction and the size in the width direction of the sheet
to be used for the target print job matches the width of the continuous sheet being used in the printing and the other one
of the sizes does not match the width of the continuous sheet being used in the printing, the execution order so that the
target print job gets ahead of a print job for which both of the size in the length direction and the size in the width direction
of the sheet do not match the width of the continuous sheet being used in the printing, and a plurality of print jobs for
which at least one of the size in the length direction and the size in the width direction matches the width of the continuous
sheet being used in the printing are consecutively printed on the continuous sheet, and

wherein the print control unit causes the print unit to print by rotating an image based on the target print job if a size
in a direction of the sheet to be used for the target job, along the width of the continuous sheet being used in the printing
does not match the width of the continuous sheet being used in the printing.

US Pat. No. 9,164,476

TONER CARTRIDGE HAVING STRUCTURE FOR MINIMIZING DEFORMATION WHEN GRIPPED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber for accommodating a developer;
a developing chamber, for accommodating the developer, having a developer carrying member and having a recess provided in
an outer wall thereof; and

a sheet member provided so as to form a closed space between said recess and said sheet member,
wherein an end part of a bottom of said sheet member, in a direction crossing a longitudinal direction of said sheet member,
is at least partially fixed to the outer wall by adhesive, and

wherein said sheet member and said recess are configured so that an amount of flexure of said sheet member is larger than
that of a portion of the outer wall within said recess when said cartridge is gripped at said sheet member.

US Pat. No. 9,162,459

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate which has an energy-generating element that generates energy to be utilized for ejecting a liquid, and a supply
orifice for supplying the liquid to the energy-generating element; and

an ejection orifice forming member that has a plurality of ejection orifices through which the liquid is ejected, and at least
one beam-like projection which projects toward the substrate and extends along an array direction of the ejection orifices
at a position corresponding to the supply orifice,

wherein a sectional area perpendicular to the array direction of the ejection orifices at the central part of the beam-like
projection in the array direction of the ejection orifices is larger than a sectional area in the direction perpendicular
to the array direction of the ejection orifices at both ends of the beam-like projection in the array direction.

US Pat. No. 9,156,252

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND SENSOR UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus, comprising:
a movable carriage including an ejection head mounted thereon for ejecting a liquid onto a medium; and
a sensor unit accommodating an optical element, the sensor unit being attached to the carriage,
wherein the sensor unit has a first opening and a second opening which is communicated with the first opening and forms a
light path between the optical element and the medium, and

wherein the sensor unit includes a first part and a second part, the first part accommodates the optical element, the second
part accommodates at least a part of the first part, and the first opening is formed in a clearance between an outer surface
of the first part and an inner surface of the second part.

US Pat. No. 9,160,138

LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT ARRAY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light-emitting element array comprising a plurality of light-emitting elements configured to emit light in a direction
perpendicular to the surface of a substrate, each of the light-emitting elements including:
the substrate;
a first nitride semiconductor layer on the substrate, having a mesa portion;
an active layer made of a nitride semiconductor disposed on the mesa portion of the first semiconductor layer opposite the
substrate, the active layer having a light-emitting region;

a second nitride semiconductor layer on the active layer; and
a heat radiation layer disposed in such a manner that the surface formed by projecting the heat radiation layer on a plane
perpendicular to the optical axis of the light-emitting element does not overlap with the surface formed by projecting the
mesa portion on the same plane when viewed in the optical axis direction,

wherein when the light-emitting element is projected on a plane perpendicular to the optical axis, the surface of the projection
of the heat radiation layer has an area ST satisfying the inequality: 0
wherein SM represents the area of the surface of the projection of the mesa portion on the plane, SO represents the area of the surface of the projection of the light-emitting region of the active layer on the plane.

US Pat. No. 9,159,903

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,156,639

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a conveying roller configured to be rotated by a driving force;
a driven roller disposed facing the conveying roller and configured to be rotatably driven by the conveying roller;
a conveying guide configured to guide a sheet which is conveyed by the conveying roller and the driven roller;
a pressing spring configured to press the driven roller toward the conveying roller;
a holding portion configured to be rotatable about a shaft center of the driven roller and to receive a pressing force of
the pressing spring; and

a supporting portion configured to support the driven roller so as to abut on or be separated from the conveying roller,
wherein the holding portion includes a facing portion which is disposed to face the conveying guide, the facing portion is
separated from the conveying guide in a state where the driven roller abuts on the conveying roller, and the facing portion
abuts on the conveying guide in a state that the driven roller is separated from the conveying roller.

US Pat. No. 9,156,644

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of stacking units each configured to be used as a discharge destination of a remaining sheet which remains on
a conveyance path when a sheet jam occurs on the conveyance path, the plurality of stacking units including at least a first
stacking unit and a second stacking unit;

a discharge control unit configured to perform a control to, when the sheet jam occurs on the conveyance path, discharge the
remaining sheet to one of the plurality of stacking units; and

a detection unit configured to detect a stacked state of sheets of each of the plurality of stacking units,
wherein the discharge control unit is configured to perform the control to discharge the remaining sheet to the first stacking
unit which is closest to the remaining sheet among stacking units positioned on a downstream side of the remaining sheet in
a case where the stacked state of the first stacking unit detected by the detection unit does not indicate a full state, and
to perform the control to discharge the remaining sheet to the second stacking unit which is closest to the first stacking
unit among stacking units positioned on a downstream side of the first stacking unit in a case where the stacked state of
the first stacking unit detected by the detection unit indicates a full state.

US Pat. No. 9,156,645

SHEET STORAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet storage apparatus for storing sheets, comprising:
a sheet storage unit configured to store a sheet conveyed by a sheet conveyance unit, the sheet storage unit comprising:
a lower guide configured to guide a lower surface of the conveyed sheet;
an upper guide configured to guide an upper surface of the conveyed sheet; and
a shutting-off unit provided in one of the lower guide and the upper guide, configured to be movable around a rotational axis
extending in a direction orthogonal to a conveying direction of the sheet between a shutting-off position at which a downstream
end of the conveying direction of the sheet stored in the sheet storage unit is shut off and a retracting position for retracting
from the shutting-off position,

wherein a plurality of sheet storage units are vertically stacked, and
wherein at least a part of the shutting-off unit overlaps with at least part of a rotational axis of a shutting-off unit of
an adjacent sheet storage unit in a vertical direction at the shutting-off position.

US Pat. No. 9,158,223

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a sub-scanning direction;
first and second light sources configured to emit first and second light beams with which different positions on the photosensitive
member in the sub-scanning direction are irradiated and with which the photosensitive member is scanned in a main scanning
direction intersecting the sub-scanning direction;

a developing device configured to develop a latent image formed on the photosensitive member with the first and second light
beams;

a transfer member configured to transfer the image developed on the photosensitive member onto a recording medium;
a shift unit configured to shift image data in the sub-scanning direction so that the deviation in sub-scanning direction
is corrected with respect to one line generated by the first or the second light source; and

a driving unit configured to drive the first and second light sources based on the image data corrected corresponding to the
first and second light sources by the shift unit,

wherein the shift unit is configured to shift image data corresponding to the first light source in the sub-scanning direction
based on a divided-position common to the first and second light sources in the main-scanning direction and a first shift
amount corresponding to a distortion characteristic of the first light source, a plurality of pieces of image data is included
between two of the adjacent divided positions and the shift unit shifts the image data with respect to the plurality of pieces
of image data by using same shift amounts which correspond to the two of the divided positions, and

wherein the shift unit is configured to shift image data corresponding to the second light source in the sub-scanning direction
based on the divided-position and a second shift amount corresponding to a distortion characteristic of the second light source,
a plurality of pieces of image data are included between two of the adjacent divided positions and the shift unit shifts the
image data with respect to the plurality of pieces of image data by using same shift amounts which correspond to the two of
the divided positions.

US Pat. No. 9,159,001

DEVICE, METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device for controlling an image forming apparatus having a function to execute a first calibration and a second calibration
different from the first calibration, the device comprising:
an execution instruction unit configured to give instructions to continuously execute the first calibration and the second
calibration; and

an abort instruction unit configured to give instructions, after the execution instruction unit has given instructions for
continuous execution of the first calibration and the second calibration, to abort execution of the second calibration which
is yet to be executed in response to the instructions for continuous execution given by the execution instruction unit during
execution of the first calibration,

wherein,
the first calibration is a single color calibration to correct a single color,
the second calibration is a multi-color calibration to correct a multi-color,
the single color calibration, which is the first calibration, further includes a calibration for low line number to correct
an output characteristic in a case where an image with a low number of lines is output, and

the abort instruction unit is further configured to give instructions to abort execution of the first calibration in a case
where the abort instruction unit gives instructions to abort execution of the calibration for low line number, and the abort
instruction unit also gives instructions to abort execution of the multi-color calibration, which is the second calibration,

wherein a processor and a memory implement at least one of the execution instruction unit and the abort instruction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,159,525

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray generating tube comprising:
a hollow insulating tube having an inner wall;
a cathode and an anode respectively bonded to first and second ends of said insulating tube; and
an electron emission source provided on said cathode, said X-ray generating tube having a vacuum interior space that is enclosed
by said insulating tube, said cathode, and said anode,

wherein
said electron emission source includes an electron emitting portion in said interior space and has a tip, and
said insulating tube includes a protrusion that protrudes into said interior space,
wherein
when a distance in an axial direction from said cathode to said tip of said electron emission source is denoted by L1 and a distance in a radial direction between said electron emission source and said inner wall of said insulating tube at
said tip of said electron emission source is denoted by D,

a distance of closest approach R (L) between said electron emission source and said protrusion arranged at a position at a
distance of L in the axial direction from said cathode satisfies the following relationship:

R(L)?D×L/L1, and

wherein
said inner wall of said insulating tube is formed of a cylindrical surface, said protrusion is a protruding portion that protrudes
inward in the radial direction from said inner wall of said insulating tube, and

an amount of protrusion H (L) of said protruding portion from said inner wall satisfies the following relationships:
where L?L1:

H(L)?(1?L/L1)×D, and

where L>L1:

(D?H(L))2+(L?L1)2?(D×L/L1)2.

US Pat. No. 9,158,240

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PREVENTS SURFACE SPEED DIFFERENCE FROM BEING GENERATED BETWEEN PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM AND INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to be rotatable;
an intermediate transfer member configured to be rotatable in contact with said image bearing member;
a first drive unit configured to drive said image bearing member for rotation;
a second drive unit configured to drive said intermediate transfer member for rotation; and
a control unit configured to control said first drive unit and said second drive unit,
wherein said control unit performs control so that said first drive unit is caused to apply torque to said image bearing member,
for offsetting load torque acting on said image bearing member, to thereby cause said image bearing member to be friction-driven
by said intermediate transfer member, and

wherein said control unit controls said first drive unit to apply an assist torque to said image bearing member, for setting
a friction state between said image bearing member and said intermediate transfer member when said image bearing member is
friction-driven by said intermediate transfer member to a static friction state.

US Pat. No. 9,160,875

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING TECHNIQUE FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conversion circuit configured to convert an analog signal into a digital signal;
a first power supply configured to supply first DC power to said conversion circuit; and
a second power supply configured to supply second DC power to said conversion circuit using a method different from a method
used by said first power supply;

an integrated circuit in which said conversion circuit and other circuits different from said conversion circuit are incorporated;
a switching circuit configured to switch power to said conversion circuit between the first DC power and the second DC power;
and

a control unit configured to, when said conversion circuit is in use, control said switching circuit such that the first DC
power is supplied from said first power supply to said conversion circuit, and when said conversion circuit is not in use,
control said switching circuit such that the second DC power is supplied from said second power supply to said conversion
circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,153,127

VIDEO TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, VIDEO RECEIVING APPARATUS, AND VIDEO TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A video receiving apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive location information corresponding to video information, and to receive the video information
transmitted from a video transmitting apparatus;

an error detecting unit configured to detect an error in the video information received by the receiving unit; and
a transmitting unit configured to transmit a request for a specific part of the video information corresponding to the error
detected by the error detecting unit on the basis of the location information.

US Pat. No. 9,154,504

DEVICE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RELATING STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A image forming apparatus that communicates via a network with a server system that provides a print service to an external
apparatus and an approval server system and installs a print application that uses the print service, the image forming apparatus
comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first authority information to be issued by the approval server system in response
to an approval operation that permits delegating user authority required to use the print service to the image forming apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive identification information required to identify a user who uses the print service from
the print application that starts batch processing at a predetermined time having been set beforehand;

an identifying unit configured to identify the first authority information based on the received identification information;
and

a second acquisition unit configured to transmit a request to delegate authority, if the request is delegated from the user,
to the print application, together with the identified first authority information, to the approval server system and acquire
second authority information, which has been issued based on the first authority information, from the approval server system

wherein the second acquisition unit is configured to acquire an application ID of the print application, transmit the request
to delegate the authority delegated from the user to the print application, together with the first authority information
and the application ID, to the approval server system, and acquire the second authority information managed in association
with the application ID from the approval server system, and

wherein the print application is configured to acquire the second authority information from the second acquisition unit and
receive the print service based on the acquired second authority information.

US Pat. No. 9,151,935

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising:
an imaging lens unit having a positive refractive power and provided nearest to an image-side end; and
a focusing lens unit having a positive refractive power and provided on an object side of the imaging lens unit,
wherein a distance between the imaging lens unit and the focusing lens unit changes during zooming,
wherein the focusing lens unit moves during focusing, and
wherein the imaging lens unit includes, at a position thereof nearest to an object-side end, a negative meniscus lens component
whose concave surface faces the object side,

wherein there are air gaps on both sides of the negative meniscus lens component, between the negative meniscus lens component
and neighboring lens components of the zoom lens.

US Pat. No. 9,154,056

ROTARY TYPE VIBRATION WAVE DRIVING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rotary type vibration wave driving apparatus comprising:
an electro-mechanical energy conversion element;
a vibration member which is fixed to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element; and
a driven member which is configured to be brought into contact with the vibration member and adapted to be driven to rotate
about a rotation axis by the vibration member,

wherein the driven member comprises:
a main body portion;
a first supporting portion extending directly from the main body portion in a radial direction toward a rotation axis of the
driven member;

a second supporting portion extending directly from the first supporting portion in a rotation axis direction toward the vibration
member; and

a contacting portion extending directly from the second supporting portion in a direction parallel to and opposite to the
radial direction, away from the rotation axis of the driven member, a surface of the contacting portion being in contact with
a surface of the vibration member,

wherein a dimension of the second supporting portion in the radial direction is smaller than a dimension of the contacting
portion in the radial direction,

wherein the vibration member and the driven member are configured such that, when the driven member is driven by the vibration
member, a positional relationship between the vibration member and the contacting portion of the driven member changes, and

wherein each of the first supporting portion and the contacting portion is configured to have an elastically deformable structure
adapted to be displaced in the rotation axis direction and the radial direction such that, when the surface of the contacting
portion is in press-contact with the surface of the vibration member by the vibration of the vibration member, (1) the surface
of the contacting portion and the surface of the vibration member are in parallel, and (2) a direction of displacement of
the surface of the contacting portion coincides with a direction of a vibration trajectory of the vibration member.

US Pat. No. 9,153,030

POSITION AND ORIENTATION ESTIMATION METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,387

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the fourth lens unit move during a zooming operation to change an interval
between adjacent lens units, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
4.6
0.4
where M2 represents a moving amount of the second lens unit during a zooming operation from a wide angle end to a telephoto end, f2 represents a focal length of the second lens unit, and ?3w and ?3t represent transverse magnification of the third lens unit at the wide angle end and the telephoto end, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,147,709

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,699

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING TOTAL POWER CONSUMPTION OF PLURAL APPARATUSES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system for controlling total power consumption of a plurality of apparatuses, the system comprising a server and the
plurality of apparatuses each incorporating a device, in which the plurality of apparatuses control power supply ON and OFF
states of the devices in accordance with an instruction from the server, the server comprising:
a collecting unit that collects pieces of operation state information indicating operation states of the plurality of apparatuses
and pieces of information indicating durations of the operation states from the plurality of apparatuses;

a grouping unit that groups, with reference to the pieces of operation state information collected by said collecting unit,
the plurality of apparatuses into groups which respectively correspond to different operation states and respectively have
different group priorities to be used when the server gives a device power supply allowance; and

a notification unit that sends an allowance notification indicating the device power supply allowance to one or more apparatuses
which belong to one or more of the groups in descending order of the group priorities within a range in which a parameter
associated with power consumption values of the one or more apparatuses does not exceed an upper limit value which is predetermined
in correspondence with a total power consumption amount of the plurality of apparatuses, wherein said notification unit sends
the allowance notification to the one or more apparatuses in descending order of the group priorities within a range in which
a number of the one or more apparatuses does not exceed the predetermined upper limit value, and when said notification unit
gives the device power supply allowance to the one or more apparatuses in descending order of the group priorities, said notification
unit gives the device power supply allowance in turn from the apparatuses which have longer durations included in the pieces
of operation state information collected by said collecting unit and which belong to a group in which the parameter associated
with the power consumption values exceeds the upper limit value first, and

each of the plurality of apparatuses comprising:
a control unit that sets the device in a power supply ON state when the allowance notification is received from the server,
and sets the device in a power supply OFF state when the allowance notification is not received from the server.

US Pat. No. 9,146,485

MAGENTA TONER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,486

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner base particles, each of which contains a binder resin, a wax and a coloring agent, wherein a coloring
matter compound represented by the general formula (1) is contained as the coloring agent:

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms,

R3 to R5 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,

R6 represents an alkyl group, and

R7 and R8 each independently represent an alkyl group or an acyl group, or R7 and R8 are bonded to each other, so as to form a cyclic organic functional group containing R7, R8 and a nitrogen atom bonded to R7 and R8.

US Pat. No. 9,148,076

METHOD FOR DRIVING ULTRASONIC MOTOR, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND ROBOT ARM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for driving an ultrasonic motor that is driven by applying an alternating-current driving voltage, the method
comprising:
setting, in a memory, an upper limit rotation speed that is lower than a rotation speed at a resonance frequency at a lowest
temperature of a predetermined operating temperature range and a lower limit frequency that is more than or equal to a resonance
frequency at a highest temperature of the operating temperature range;

wherein when the ultrasonic motor drives, a rotation speed of the ultrasonic motor detected by a rotation detection device
becomes lower than the upper limit rotation speed and a frequency control circuit outputs a driving frequency which is higher
than the lower limit frequency, and

wherein the upper limit rotation speed is set to a speed between the rotation speed at the resonance frequency at the lowest
temperature of the operating temperature range and a maximum value of a target rotation speed given when the ultrasonic motor
is driven.

US Pat. No. 9,146,522

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to operate in a plurality of power states, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive data;
a control unit configured to process data received by the receiving unit;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet using the data processed by the control unit;
a first power supply unit configured to supply power to the control unit and the receiving unit;
a second power supply unit configured to supply power to the image forming unit; and
a power control unit configured, in a first power state in which the first power supply unit supplies power to the receiving
unit but does not supply power to the control unit,

(A) to perform control such that in a case where a received packet received by the receiving unit is a first type packet,
the first power supply unit supplies power to the control unit but the second power supply unit does not supply power to the
image forming unit, and

(B) to perform control such that in a case where a received packet received by the receiving unit is a second type packet,
the first power supply unit supplies power to the control unit and the second power supply unit supplies power to the image
forming unit,

wherein the power control unit is configured to perform control such that the first power supply unit stops power to the control
unit in response to the control unit processing the first type packet in a case where the received packet is the first type
packet and the power control unit is configured to perform control such that the first power supply unit stops power to the
control unit after a predetermined time period elapsed in a case where the received packet is the second type packet.

US Pat. No. 9,144,981

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
a liquid ejection head including an element substrate having a plurality of ejection ports through which liquid is ejected,
and a plurality of energy generating elements that generate energy for ejecting liquid from the plurality of ejection ports,
a supporting member having a fitting surface to which the element substrate is fitted, a first recess having a plurality of
inner walls including a first side surface of the element substrate, a second side surface facing the first side surface,
the second side surface being a surface of the supporting member, and a part of the fitting surface, the first recess being
recessed with respect to an ejection port surface of the element substrate having the plurality of ejection ports, and a second
recess having a plurality of inner walls including a third side surface of the element substrate, which is a rear surface
of the first side surface, a fourth side surface facing the third side surface, the fourth side surface being a surface of
the supporting member, and another part of the fitting surface, the second recess being recessed with respect to the ejection
port surface; and

a wiping member configured to move in a direction from the second recess toward the first recess relative to the ejection
port surface to wipe the ejection port surface, wherein the first recess is provided with a sealing material for preventing
liquid from flowing into the first recess, and the second recess is not provided with a sealing material.

US Pat. No. 9,147,138

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING AN IMAGE BASED ON COST OF TRACKING BAND EDGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering an image as a plurality of bands, the method comprising:
determining a plurality of edge tracking conditions for at least one of said bands, the edge tracking conditions comprising
waiting for at least one other band;

determining a plurality of distinct rendering schedules for the image, each rendering schedule specifying an edge tracking
condition for each of said bands, the edge tracking condition for each band being selected from the corresponding plurality
of edge tracking conditions for said band;

determining a cost for a rendering schedule, the rendering schedule cost being based on an edge tracking condition specified
for each of the bands using a tracking cost of edges associated with the band through at least one intermediate band positioned
between said band and the band specified in the edge tracking condition; and

rendering the image in accordance with a selected rendering schedule, the rendering schedule being selected based on the cost
determined for the rendering schedule.

US Pat. No. 9,141,017

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a conveyance body configured to carry and convey an image or recording medium;
first and second image carriers juxtaposed in a conveying direction of the conveyance body and each carrying and conveying
an image;

a first image forming portion configured to form the image on the first image carrier;
a second image forming portion configured to form the image on the second image carrier;
a first transfer portion configured to transfer the image from the first image carrier to the conveyance body or to the recording
medium conveyed by the conveyance body;

a second transfer portion disposed downstream of the first transfer portion in the conveying direction of the conveyance body
and configured to transfer the image from the second image carrier to the conveyance body or to the recording medium conveyed
by the conveyance body;

a first position information forming portion configured to form first position information concerning a position of the image
formed on the conveyance body by the first image forming portion;

a second position information forming portion configured to form second position information concerning a position of the
image formed on the second image carrier by the second image forming portion;

an information detecting portion configured to detect the first position information formed on the conveyance body and the
second position information formed on the second image carrier;

a control portion configured to control at least one of the second image carrier, the second image forming portion, and the
conveyance body such that the position of the image carried on the second image carrier matches with the position of the image
transferred from the first image carrier to the conveyance body or the position of the image transferred from the first image
carrier to the recording medium conveyed by the conveyance body on a basis of the first and second position information detected
by the information detecting portion in transferring the image from the second image carrier to the conveyance body or to
the recording medium conveyed by the conveyance body; and

a hold member configured to hold and to position the information detecting portion at a transfer region where the image is
transferred from the second image carrier to the conveyance body or to the recording medium,

wherein the information detecting portion includes a first information detecting portion configured to detect the first position
information formed on the conveyance body and a second information detecting portion configured to detect the second position
information formed on the second image carrier,

wherein the hold member integrally holds the first and second information detecting portions,
wherein the second position information forming portion forms the second position information at a position where at least
parts of the second and first position information are overlapped with respect to the width direction intersecting the conveying
direction of the second image carrier on the surface of the second image carrier, and

wherein the first and second information detecting portions are disposed at positions different in a thickness direction orthogonal
to the surface of the conveyance body.

US Pat. No. 9,141,024

EXPOSING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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