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. 9,165,965

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus including:
an imaging optical system;
an image sensor configured to include a plurality of pixels and photoelectrically convert a light beam having passed through
the imaging optical system; and

an array of microlenses configured to form, on the respective pixels of the image sensor, images of light beams different
in a combination of a pupil region of the imaging optical system through which the light beam has passed, and an incident
direction,

wherein the microlens has a distortion aberration characteristic in which aberration becomes stronger as an image height in
the microlens becomes higher.

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. 9,164,419

DEVELOPING CONTAINER, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, DEVELOPING DEVICE USING THE SAME, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing container configured to contain developer, the developing container comprising:
a filter member covering a communicating hole through which an inside and an outside of the developing container are communicated
with each other;

a fixing area where the filter member is fixed to the developing container; and
a vibration regulating portion configured to regulate vibrations of the filter member on an inner side of the fixing area,
the vibration regulating portion being positioned within a cross section of the communication hole,

wherein the filter member is configured to allow passage of air and regulate passage of the developer, and
wherein the vibration regulating portion is provided to regulate the vibrations of the filter member when the filter member
is vibrated from a position where the filter member is separated from the vibration regulating portion to a position where
the filter member contacts the vibration regulating portion.

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. 9,162,250

METHOD FOR FORMING COATING FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIXING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for forming a coating film on a peripheral surface of a cylindrical or columnar substrate, comprising:
a first liquid coating film forming step comprising:
supplying a first liquid from a nozzle to the peripheral surface of the substrate that relatively rotates against the nozzle,
while relatively moving the nozzle and the substrate in an axial direction of the substrate, and forming a first liquid coating
film on the peripheral surface of the substrate; and

a step of forming a liquid film of a second liquid on the peripheral surface of the substrate, prior to supplying the first
liquid to the peripheral surface of the substrate, by pressing a member comprising the second liquid, on the peripheral surface
of the substrate, while relatively rotating the member and the substrate, and relatively moving the member and the substrate
in an axial direction of the substrate, and forming a liquid film of the second liquid on the peripheral surface of the substrate,
the second liquid being the same as the first liquid or having a difference in solubility parameter from the first liquid
of 6.0 or less,

wherein, in the first liquid coating film forming step, the first liquid is supplied onto the liquid film of the second liquid
before drying the liquid film of the second liquid, and

wherein the first liquid coating film forming step further comprises the steps of:
forming a bead of the first liquid between the nozzle and the liquid film of the second liquid, and
extending the bead in a circumferential direction of the substrate.

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. 9,158,402

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AND INTERPRETING PATH OF DESIGNATED POSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a display control unit configured to cause a touch screen display to display an image;
a detection unit configured to detect a plurality of touched positions which are multi-touched in the image displayed on the
touch screen display by the display control unit; and

an interpreting unit configured to,
in a case where it is detected that the plurality of touched positions detected by the detection unit remain stationary during
a predetermined period, interpret a designation based on the touched positions as a first operation for determining a touched
area enclosed by the plurality of touched positions within the image, and

in a case where it is detected that the plurality of touched positions move, interpret the designation based on the touched
positions as a second operation different from the first operation according to the movement of the plurality of touched positions.

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. 9,156,645

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. 9,158,214

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,223

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. 9,159,525

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. 9,152,848

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING A FACE DICTIONARY, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

28. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit configured to implement the functions of a generation unit, a determining unit, and a transmission
unit;

the generation unit configured to generate, for each person, a piece of face dictionary information storing face data concerning
a face of the person included in an image;

the determining unit determines if the piece of face dictionary information to be transmitted includes at least one piece
of face data of an image which was captured outside of a specified period; and

the transmission unit configured to transmit the piece of face dictionary information to an imaging apparatus if the piece
of face dictionary information does not include a piece of face data of an image which was captured outside of the specified
period, wherein the piece of face dictionary information is used by the imaging apparatus when the imaging apparatus performs
capturing process,

wherein said transmission unit does not transmit the piece of face dictionary information to the imaging apparatus if the
piece of face dictionary information includes at least one piece of face data of an image which was captured outside of the
specified period.

US Pat. No. 9,151,594

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,153,931

LASER APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A laser apparatus capable of selecting a wavelength of light to be outputted from a plurality of wavelengths, comprising:
an output mirror;
a reflecting unit having at least a first reflecting plane and a second reflecting plane, each of said first and second reflecting
planes forming one of two resonators with said output mirror;

a branching unit comprising a polarizer, said branching unit being configured to form a common optical path common to two
optical paths in said two resonators which has an end defined by said output mirror, wherein a first optical path has an end
defined by said first reflecting plane and a second optical path has an end defined by said second reflecting plane and is
different from said first optical path;

a laser medium disposed in said common optical path;
a selecting unit configured to select, from said first and second optical paths, an optical path which corresponds to a wavelength
of light to be outputted; and

shielding that has a first shield member in said first optical path and a second shield member in said second optical path,
said first and second shield members shielding said first and second optical paths independently;

wherein, in a first case in which a laser oscillation of a first wavelength is generated using said common optical path and
said first optical path, said selecting unit selects said second optical path until a time at which an emission output of
the laser oscillation is maximized with said first shield member open and said second shield member closed and selects said
first optical path after the time at which the emission output of the laser oscillation is maximized with said first shield
member open and said second shield member closed.

US Pat. No. 9,153,030

POSITION AND ORIENTATION ESTIMATION METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,147,708

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,461

METHOD OF MAKING NOZZLE CHIP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of making a nozzle chip, the method comprising:
a step of reduction-projection-exposing a photosensitive resin material to exposure light through a mask by using a reduction-projection-exposure
apparatus, the mask having a light-transmitting pattern formed thereon; and

a step of forming an ejection orifice pattern corresponding to the light-transmitting pattern on the photosensitive resin
material by performing a developing operation,

wherein the exposure light in the step of reduction-projection-exposing is passed through a correction mechanism before the
exposure light reaches the photosensitive resin material, the correction mechanism being configured to suppress an inclination
of a chief ray due to off-axis telecentricity that occurs in the reduction-projection-exposure apparatus so the exposure light
can be perpendicularly incident on the entire exposure area to form ejection orifices by patterning.

US Pat. No. 9,148,540

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a power supply unit configured to supply power from an AC power source to function units in the image forming apparatus;
a power detection unit a detect a value of the power supplied by said power supply unit from the AC power source to the function
units in the image forming apparatus; and

a first control unit configured to acquire the value detected by said power detection unit to control the power supply by
said power supply unit based on the acquired value, wherein

said first control unit is configured to execute:
a specification task for specifying a state of the image forming apparatus;
a failure determination task for determining, based on the state of the image forming apparatus specified in said specification
task and the value detected by said power detection unit, whether or not there is an electrical failure;

a self-diagnostic task for separately supplying, by said power supply unit, the power from the AC power source to the function
units in the image forming apparatus and specifying an electrically failed part based on a state of the image forming apparatus
estimated at the separate supply and the value detected by said power detection unit, if it is determined in said failure
determination task that there is an electrical failure; and

a first notification task for notifying a user or an administrator of the failed part specified in said self-diagnostic task.

US Pat. No. 9,146,515

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,305

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,145,022

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
an intermediate image-recording step of recording an intermediate image by applying ink to an intermediate transfer body;
and

a transfer step of transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium by heating the intermediate image to a transfer
temperature,

wherein the ink contains polymer particles having a softening point not higher than the transfer temperature and at least
one of a compound represented by the following formula (1) and a compound represented by the following formula (2):

where R is an alkyl group containing one to 22 carbon atoms, n is 3.0 to 27.0, m is 2.0 to 15.0, the sum of p and r is 3.0
to 27.0, and q is 16.0 to 31.0,
wherein the sum of the content of the compound represented by Formula (1) in the ink and the content of the compound represented
by Formula (2) in the ink is preferably 0.15 to 10.00 times the content of the polymer particles in the ink on a mass basis.

US Pat. No. 9,147,140

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,038

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an apparatus main body;
an image bearing member which is capable of bearing a toner image;
a current supply member; and
an intermediate transfer unit which is removably mounted to the apparatus main body, wherein the intermediate transfer unit
includes:

an endless belt, in a condition where the intermediate transfer unit is attached to the apparatus main body, whose outer peripheral
surface is configured to contact the current supply member, onto which the toner image is transferred from the image bearing
member by current supplied from the current supply member;

a contact member, in a condition where the intermediate transfer unit is attached to the apparatus main body, configured to
contact an inner peripheral surface of the endless belt at a position opposed to the image bearing member through the endless
belt;

an opposing member, in a condition where the intermediate transfer unit is attached to the apparatus main body, configured
to contact the inner peripheral surface of the endless belt at a position opposed to the current supply member through the
endless belt; and

a voltage maintaining element which is connected to the opposing member and the contact member.

US Pat. No. 9,142,587

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE, MEMBERS FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising:
a first substrate provided with photoelectric conversion elements;
a first wiring layer including wirings made mainly of copper;
a second substrate provided with at least a part of peripheral circuits; and
a second wiring layer including wirings made mainly of copper,
wherein the first substrate, the first wiring layer, the second wiring layer, and the second substrate are provided in this
order,

wherein a wiring made mainly of copper in the first wiring layer is bonded with a wiring made mainly of copper in the second
wiring layer, and

wherein the solid-state imaging device includes a pad for outputting a signal based on electric charges of the photoelectric
conversion elements, the pad being formed of a conductive element made mainly of aluminum, and

wherein the pad is provided in the same layer as a wiring layer disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,138,992

RECEPTION DEVICE AND APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording element substrate for performing recording, the recording element substrate comprising:
a first shift register to which a data signal including first information consisting of multiple bits and second information
consisting of a smaller number of bits than a number of the multiple bits is input based on a clock signal;

a first latch circuit configured to latch the first information based on a trigger signal;
a second shift register to which the second information inputted to the first shift register is input based on a pulse signal;
and

a second latch circuit configured to latch the second information inputted to the second shift register,
wherein the data signal is received from the first shift register upon input of the trigger signal.

US Pat. No. 9,141,058

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CHANGING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER SPEED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member on which a latent image is formed;
a development unit configured to develop the latent image formed on the photosensitive member as a toner image;
a rotating member on which the toner image formed on the photosensitive member is transferred, wherein the toner image is
transferred on the rotating member at a nip portion where the rotating member contacts the photosensitive member; and

a control unit configured to control speeds of the photosensitive member and the rotating member,
wherein the control unit changes the speeds of the photosensitive member and the rotating member in a state where toner exists
at the nip portion, and

wherein, for changing the control speed from a first speed to a second speed, the control unit makes a toner to exist on the
nip portion by providing the toner from the developing unit to the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,141,324

OUTPUTTING SELECTIVE ELEMENTS OF A STRUCTURED DOCUMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

26. A method comprising:
obtaining information for specifying a size of an area corresponding to each of a first element corresponding to a first layer
and a second element corresponding to a second layer lower than the first layer, the first element and the second element
being included in a plurality of elements which are defined as a layer structure based on a structured document;

in a case where a first size of a first area corresponding to the first element and a second size of a second area, included
in the first area, corresponding to the second element are specified by the obtained information, selecting an output candidate
element from the first element and the second element in accordance with a ratio of the first size and the second size, using
at least one processor, in response to input of an instruction by a user for executing selection of the output candidate element;
and

outputting the selected output candidate element.

US Pat. No. 9,139,025

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A measuring method comprising:
measuring a target with a sensor by effecting relative movement between the target and the sensor;
storing, at a predetermined timing interval, a measurement value of the target in a first area allocated in a memory;
changing an area in which the measurement value of the target is to be stored from the first area to a second area different
from the first area, in a case where an event that the measurement value substantially varies occurs;

continuing, for a predetermined number of times, storing the measurement value in the first area even after an area in which
the measurement value of the target is to be stored is changed, wherein the predetermined number of times is less than a maximum
number of sub-areas of the first area in which the measurement value can be stored; and

determining a status of the target based on the measurement value stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,141,890

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, DATA PROCESSING PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising: a communication unit configured to communicate with a computer; a printer configured
to print an image based on print data received from the computer by the communication unit;
a connection unit configured to connect an optional device to the image processing apparatus to perform a function which is
added to the image processing apparatus; and

a controller configured to:
determine whether or not the optional device is connected to the image processing apparatus; and
control the communication unit to transmit, in a case where the optional device is determined to be connected to the image
processing apparatus, a character string, indicating the function, to be displayed as one of a plurality of candidates which
are to be subjected to a user's selection through the computer, in response to a request received from the computer by the
communication unit,

wherein each of said units is implemented at least by computer hardware.

US Pat. No. 9,142,173

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid crystal display apparatus, comprising:
a liquid crystal modulation element including a transparent electrode, a reflective electrode, a liquid crystal layer disposed
between the transparent electrode and the reflective electrode, a first alignment film disposed between the transparent electrode
and the liquid crystal layer, and a second alignment film disposed between the reflective electrode and the liquid crystal
layer; and

a controller that controls an electric potential provided to the transparent electrode and the reflective electrode such that
a sign of an electric field generated in the liquid crystal layer is cyclically inverted in a modulation operation state of
the liquid crystal modulation element,

wherein the controller performs, in a state other than the modulation operation state,
a first control in which the electric potentials provided to the transparent and reflective electrodes are controlled such
that the electric field generated in the liquid crystal layer is fixed in an in-plane direction of the liquid crystal layer,
and

a second control in which the electric potentials provided to the transparent and reflective electrodes are controlled such
that the electric field generated in the liquid crystal layer changes in the in-plane direction of the liquid crystal layer,
the second control being different from the first control, and

wherein, in the first control, the controller controls the electric potentials provided to the transparent and reflective
electrodes such that a relative electric potential provided to the reflective electrode relative to the electric potential
provided to the transparent electrode has a same sign as that of charged particles which accumulate at an interface between
the second alignment film and the liquid crystal layer, and

in the second control, the controller controls the electric potentials provided to the transparent and reflective electrodes
such that the relative electric potential provided to the reflective electrode has a different sign as that of the charged
particles relative to the electric potential provided to the transparent electrode,

wherein the controller performs the second control after the first control.

US Pat. No. 9,142,027

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,012

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which contains a polyester resin A, a polyester resin B and a colorant, wherein:
the polyester resin A has
a polyester portion including a segment capable of forming a crystal structure and
a crystal nucleating agent segment, which is bonded to an end of the polyester portion,
the polyester resin A is a crystalline polyester resin,
the crystal nucleating agent segment is formed by reacting (i) a compound having a hydrocarbon segment as a principal chain
and having one functional group reactive with the end of the polyester portion, with (ii) the end of the polyester portion,
and

the polyester resin B is a resin which is free of any segments capable of forming a crystal structure,
a THF soluble matter of the polyester resin B has a weight average molecular weight Mwb of 3000 or more and 100000 or less,
and wherein:

when an SP value of the polyester portion of the polyester resin A is represented by Sa ((cal/cm3)1/2), an SP value of the polyester resin B is represented by Sb ((cal/cm3)1/2), the SP values Sa and Sb satisfy the following relationships:

9.00?Sa?10.50

?0.40?Sb?Sa?0.80.

US Pat. No. 9,134,933

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PRINTING FILE ATTACHED TO ELECTRONIC MAIL, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communicating with each of plural printing apparatuses, comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an electronic mail with a file attached thereto, the electronic mail having at least
one of respective identifiers of the plural printing apparatuses entered therein;

a storage unit configured to store a corresponding table in which the identifiers of the plural printing apparatuses are included,
each of the identifiers of the plural printing apparatuses in the corresponding table being usable for identifying each of
printer drivers for the plural printing apparatuses;

an identifying unit configured to, based on both the corresponding table stored in the storage unit and the identifier entered
in the received electronic mail, identify a printer driver to be used;

a generation unit configured to generate print data from a file attached to the received electronic mail using the printer
driver identified by the identifying unit;

a sending unit configured to send the print data generated by the generation unit to the printing apparatus identified based
on the identifier entered in the received electronic mail; and

an additional unit configured to obtain an identifier of a new printing apparatus different from the plural printing apparatuses
and add the obtained identifier to the corresponding table for enabling the new printing apparatus to print a file attached
to an electronic mail.

US Pat. No. 9,131,841

IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,136,750

MOTOR CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING PHASE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUTPUT SIGNALS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor comprising:
a rotor configured to be rotatable about a shaft and including a magnet having an axial end surface and an outer peripheral
surface, on each of which different poles are alternately arranged in a circumferential direction thereof;

a stator formed of a soft magnetic material and including magnetic pole portions opposed to the outer peripheral surface of
the magnet;

a plurality of coils configured to be energized to thereby excite the magnetic pole portions of the stator;
a magnetic detection unit which has a first magnetosensitive portion and a second magnetosensitive portion for detecting a
magnetic field change caused by rotation of the magnet; and

a holding member configured to hold the magnetic detection unit,
wherein the holding member holds the magnetic detection unit such that the first magnetosensitive portion and the second magnetosensitive
portion are opposed to the axial end surface of the magnet,

wherein the holding member holds the magnetic detection unit such that a midpoint line between the first magnetosensitive
portion and the second magnetosensitive portion of the magnet detection unit extends through a center of the shaft of the
rotor,

wherein the holding member holds the magnetic detection unit such that the magnetic detection unit is adjustable in a diametrical
direction of the magnet without changing a space between the first magnetosensitive portion and the second magnetosensitive
portion of the magnet detection unit,

wherein the first magnetosensitive portion and the second magnetosensitive portion are provided in a single unit, and
wherein the single unit is disposed in a single opening of the holding member.

US Pat. No. 9,131,851

BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus that detects ultrasound comprising:
a light source configured to irradiate a subject with light;
an ultrasound transmission unit configured to transmit a first focused ultrasound to a specific region in the subject while
the subject is not irradiated with the light from said light source and a second focused ultrasound to the specific region
while the subject is irradiated with the light from said light source;

an ultrasound detection unit configured to detect a reflection ultrasound or a transmission ultrasound of the first focused
ultrasound and to output a signal in response to said detection, wherein said ultrasound detection unit is further configured
to detect an overlapped ultrasound in which a photoacoustic wave generated by irradiating the subject with the light and a
reflection ultrasound or a transmission ultrasound of the second focused ultrasound are overlapped and to further output an
overlapped ultrasound signal in response to said detection of said overlapped ultrasound; and

a signal processing unit configured to obtain a difference signal corresponding to an intensity difference between intensity
of the overlapped ultrasound signal and intensity of the signal.

US Pat. No. 9,134,432

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,137,021

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, SECURE NETWORK SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR UPDATING CERTIFICATE INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A secure network system configured by connecting an image forming apparatus, a printer server, and an authentication server,
wherein the authentication server registers the certificate information acquired from the image forming apparatus in a storage,
and in response to a request, transmits the registered certificate information to a device that has requested the certification
information,

the printer server authenticates the image forming apparatus by comparing certificate information of the image forming apparatus
that is acquired from the authentication server with certificate information of the image forming apparatus that is acquired
from the image forming apparatus,

when the certificate information has been updated, the image forming apparatus sends a notification that the certificate information
has been updated to the printer server after a registration of the updated certificate information in the authentication server
has been finished, and

the printer server further caches the acquired certificate information, and
the printer server, when acquiring the certificate information from the authentication server in response to a notification
that the certificate information has been updated, compares certificate information that has already been cached with the
acquired certification information, and if the cached certificate information is different from the acquired certification
information, caches the acquired certificate information, and if the cached certificate information matches the acquired certification
information, re-acquires the certificate information from the authentication server.

US Pat. No. 9,134,182

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD, TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,722

ROBOT CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot controlling apparatus for controlling a robot body which runs on power supplied from an auxiliary power supply
when a main power supply fails, the robot controlling apparatus comprising:
an operation controlling unit constructed to divide a series of operations of the robot body into a plurality of operation
blocks in advance and cause the robot body to perform operations sequentially from one operation block to another using power
supplied from the main power supply;

an operation identifying unit constructed to identify an operation block being processed at a time of a failure of the main
power supply from the plurality of operation blocks when the main power supply fails;

an operation continuing unit constructed to cause the robot body to continue operation using the power supplied from the auxiliary
power supply, until the operation corresponding to the operation block being processed at the time of the failure of the main
power supply is finished; and

an operation stopping unit constructed to cause the robot body to stop operation, when the operation block being processed
at the time of the failure of the main power supply is finished, until the main power supply is restored from the failure,
wherein

when the main power supply is restored from the failure, the operation controlling unit causes the robot body to resume operation
beginning with a start point of an operation block next to the operation block being processed at the time of the failure
of the main power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,135,537

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. An information processing method comprising:
an acquisition step of acquiring header/footer information including at least one of header information and footer information
for a document, which is set to an application that creates the document;

a calculation step of calculating a margin area of the document based on the header/footer information acquired in the acquisition
step; and

a setting step of performing a setting for skipping printing of the margin area so that a printing apparatus skips printing
of the margin area calculated in the calculation step.

US Pat. No. 9,134,515

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system comprising:
a first lens unit and a second lens unit that are arranged in order from an object side to an image side, the first lens unit
having a positive refractive power and the second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and

an aperture stop disposed further on the image side than the second lens unit,
wherein during focusing, the first lens unit is not moved with respect to an image plane in an optical axis direction and
the second lens unit is moved with respect to the image plane in the optical axis direction,

wherein none of lenses included in the first lens unit are moved with respect to each other during the focusing, and
wherein the first lens unit includes at least one first optical element satisfying the following conditions:
?GH>0.0;
?dGH<39.5; and
ndGH>1.70, and
wherein the optical system satisfies the following conditions:
?max>0.5;
0.65<|?2/?1|<1.8;
0.45<|??GH×?2/?12|<4.00; and

0.28<|??GH/?1/?max|<3.0,

where ?GH represents a refractive power of the first optical element when a light-entrance surface and a light-exit surface
of the first optical element are in contact with air, ?dGH and ndGH respectively represent an Abbe number and a refractive
index of a material forming the first optical element for a d-line, ?max represents a maximum image-forming magnification
of the optical system, ?1 and ?2 respectively represent the refractive powers of the first lens unit and the second lens unit, and ??GH represents a sum total
of the refractive power ?GH of the at least one first optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,137,393

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING WORKFLOW USING PRIORITY INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for executing a job in cooperation with an external apparatus, according to a job flow in
which a plurality of processes have been defined, the image processing apparatus comprising a processor that implements:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the image processing apparatus can execute a process, among the
processes defined in the job flow to be executed, which is designated to be executed by the external apparatus;

an execution unit configured to execute the process which is designated to be executed by the external apparatus in response
to determining that the image processing apparatus can execute the process;

a generation unit configured to generate a job flow changed so that the external apparatus does not execute processes, among
the processes defined in the job flow to be executed, which have been executed by the execution unit;

a log management unit configured to manage an execution result by the execution unit as log information;
a confirm unit configured to confirm whether or not the external apparatus can manage the log information managed by the log
management unit, as an execution result of a process executed by the external apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control the image processing apparatus to not execute the process even if the determination unit
has determined that the image processing apparatus can execute the process in a case where the confirm unit has confirmed
that the external apparatus cannot manage the log information managed by the log management unit, as an execution result of
a process executed by the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,137,399

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,137,407

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLY METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a wireless power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to a device located within a power supply area;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire device information from a device located within a communication area; and
a display unit configured to display, based on the device information acquired by the acquiring unit, a status screen indicating
a status of the device located within the communication area,

wherein a changing object for changing the power supply area is displayed on the status screen.

US Pat. No. 9,135,866

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus that displays an image by causing a light-emitting unit to emit light at an emission brightness value
in accordance with brightness of the image,
the display apparatus comprising:
an input unit that inputs image data;
a division unit that divides one frame period into a plurality of sub-frame periods when one frame of the image data includes
a plurality of images having different brightness; and

a display controlling unit that performs control of switching between the plurality of images for each sub-frame period and
displaying the images, wherein

the division unit classifies the plurality of images into image groups based on a distance between the images, when one frame
of the image data includes the plurality of images having different brightness, and divides one frame period into sub-frame
periods of the number of image groups, and

in the control, the image groups are switched therebetween to be displayed for each sub-frame period.

US Pat. No. 9,137,435

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus for performing phase difference detection type focus detection, comprising:
a plurality of sensor units each including a plurality of pixels, each sensor unit being configured to generate a plurality
of signals from the plurality of pixels to be used for detecting a phase difference;

a setting unit configured to set, from among the plurality of sensor units, one or more sensor units as determination targets,
the setting unit including a control line to convey a selection signal for selecting a sensor unit from the determination
targets that outputs a signal; and

a determination unit including a comparator configured to compare a peak value of the plurality of signals with a first threshold,
the determination unit being configured to, using the comparator, determine repeatedly whether a signal generated by the sensor
unit selected by the setting unit satisfies a termination condition at which the peak value is greater than the first threshold,

wherein the focus detection apparatus is configured to operate in a first mode and then shift to a second mode, and
the setting unit is configured to include, in the determination targets in the second mode, a sensor unit that is not included
in the determination targets in the first mode, but not to include, in the determination targets in the second mode, a sensor
unit whose peak value has been determined to be greater than the first threshold in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,134,645

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charger for electrically charging said photosensitive member when an image is formed on said photosensitive member;
a bias applying device for applying, to said charger, a charging bias including a DC voltage and an AC voltage which are superimposed;
a detector for detecting a current passing through said charger;
a regulator for regulating a peak-to-peak voltage of the charging bias on the basis of a current detected by said detector
when a plurality of test biases, different in peak-to-peak voltage from each other, are applied in a test mode in which the
plurality of test biases are applied to said charger; and

a selector for selecting one from a plurality of modes including a first mode, in which the charging bias is set by executing
the test mode, and including a second mode, in which the charging bias regulated through a last test mode without executing
the test mode is set, on the basis of the current detected by said detector when at least one check bias smaller in number
than a number of kinds of the test biases is applied in a check mode, in which the check bias is applied after a power source
of said image forming apparatus is turned on and before an image formation start signal is inputted.

US Pat. No. 9,129,405

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a CPU configured to carry out functions of a pixel appending unit, a first generating unit, and a second generating unit:
said pixel appending unit configured to generate first image data by executing appending processing for appending pixels required
to extend effective image data, which is outputted from effective pixels included in an image sensor, in a scanning direction
using pixels at an end portion of the effective image data in the scanning direction;

said first generating unit configured to generate second image data obtained by reducing the first image data by applying
filtering to the first image data; and

said second generating unit configured to generate third image data obtained by reducing the second image data by applying
filtering to the second image data,

wherein the second image data includes a second effective pixel whose centroid matches that of a first effective pixel at
a terminal end of the effective image data in the scanning direction, and

the third image data includes a third effective pixel whose centroid matches that of the second effective pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,126,860

OPTICAL MEMBER AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical member comprising:
a glass substrate; and
an antireflection film disposed on a surface of the glass substrate,
the antireflection film including
an oxide layer mainly composed of aluminum oxide and having a textured shape in a surface, and
an intermediate layer disposed between the glass substrate and the oxide layer,
the intermediate layer including
a plurality of sheet-like crystals arranged in a direction of the surface of the glass substrate with a surface of the sheet-like
crystals extending parallel to the surface of the glass substrate,

wherein the sheet-like crystals have a polygonal shape, a circular shape, or an elliptical shape, with a longest side of the
surface of the sheet-like crystals being 10 nm or more and 500 nm or less, and having a thickness of 0.5 nm to 25 nm,

wherein the plurality of sheet-like crystals are stacked so that a surface of at least one sheet-like crystal is positioned
above an interface between two adjacent sheet-like crystals.

US Pat. No. 9,128,432

FIXING DEVICE FOR FIXING TONER ON SHEET BY HEATING TONER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a rotatable heating element which comprises a heat generation layer and a receiving coil required to generate a current to
be supplied to the heat generation layer by electromagnetic induction, the heat generation layer being electrically connected
to the receiving coil and generating heat by passage of the current;

a transmitting coil configured to generate a magnetic field required for the receiving coil to generate the current by electromagnetic
induction; and

a core member around which the transmitting coil is wound,
wherein the receiving coil is mounted to an end portion of the rotatable heating element, and
the transmitting coil and the receiving coil are arranged in a space formed inside the core member.

US Pat. No. 9,128,650

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system in which at least an information processing apparatus, a data processing server, and a
storage server are connected via a network, the information processing system comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to, based on a job execution instruction from the information processing apparatus, acquire
an environment variable that is instructed in the job execution instruction;

a search unit configured to search, in an environment variable management table, for an environment variable definition that
corresponds to the environment variable acquired by the acquisition unit;

a selection unit configured to, based on an environment variable definition searched by the search unit, select an apparatus
that is in the network and holds a value that is to replace the environment variable; and

a replacement unit configured to acquire the value that is to replace the environment variable from the apparatus selected
by the selection unit, and replace the environment variable with the value,

wherein the environment variable definition includes information that indicates a sorting method to be used when a plurality
of values that are to replace the environment variable exist, and indicates a criterion to be used when sorting is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,123,451

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. The Talbot interferometer according to claim 8, wherein the diffraction grating and the absorption grating are configured integrally with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,122,659

LAYOUT PROCESSING METHOD FOR DOCUMENT EDITING BY REDUCING BLANK AREAS IN A DOCUMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document editing apparatus comprising a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as:
a first display unit configured to display a plurality of blank areas between objects included in a document;
a prohibition unit configured to receive a user's designation of a deletion-prohibited blank area arbitrarily selected from
among the plurality of blank areas displayed by the first display unit to prohibit deleting of the deletion-prohibted blank
area;

a first setting unit configured to set a target number of pages which is obtained by executing processing for reducing a number
of sheets;

a second setting unit configured to set a minimum value to the deletion-prohibited blank area;
an editing unit configured to, in a case where the processing for reducing the number of sheets is started, delete a blank
area for which deleting has not been prohibited and to reduce the deletion-prohibited blank area to the minimum value;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a number of pages of an editing result by the editing unit reaches the
target number of pages; and

a second display unit configured to display the editing result by the editing unit when the number of pages of the editing
result is determined to reach the target number of pages.

US Pat. No. 9,124,790

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens apparatus comprising:
a first lens barrel holding a lens;
a second lens barrel disposed on an image side further than an object side end portion of the first lens barrel in an optical
axis direction and assembled to the first lens barrel so as to allow a movement of the first lens barrel in the optical axis
direction;

a driving member that moves the first and second lens barrels in the optical axis direction;
a positioning member fixed to one of the first or second lens barrel; and
an elastic member disposed between the first and second lens barrels and that generates a biasing force to bias the first
lens barrel toward an object side from the second lens barrel,

wherein the biasing force brings the other of the first or second lens barrel in contact with the positioning member to position
the first lens barrel at a predetermined object side position with respect to the second lens barrel in a state where a movement
of the first lens barrel on the image side due to an external force is allowed.

US Pat. No. 9,120,304

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS, AND INKJET PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates print data for performing printing by using a print unit that is provided
with a plurality of nozzles for ejecting colored ink and a plurality of nozzles for ejecting image quality improving liquid,
the image quality improving liquid including two or more types of resins having different permeability into the print medium,
to eject the colored ink and the print quality improving liquid to a print medium conveyed in a predetermined direction, said
apparatus comprising:
a converting unit configured to convert image data into use amount data of the colored ink and the print quality improving
liquid; and

a print data generating unit configured to generate print data for each of a plurality of print modes, based on the use amount
data, wherein

said converting unit performs conversions that differ in a use amount of the print quality improving liquid from one print
mode to another, and

said print data generating unit generates print data for executing a printing procedure that uses the nozzles of colored ink
and the nozzles of image quality improving liquid, the nozzles of the colored ink and the nozzles of the image quality improving
liquid having the same range as each other in the predetermined direction so that the printing procedure starts printing with
the image quality improving liquid before completing printing with colored ink or a printing procedure that uses a part of
the nozzles of colored ink and a part of the nozzles of image quality improving liquid, the part of the nozzles of the colored
ink being located downstream in the predetermined direction and the part of the nozzles of the image quality improving liquid
being located upstream in the predetermined direction so that the printing procedure starts printing with the image quality
improving liquid after completing printing with colored ink, for each of the plurality of print modes.

US Pat. No. 9,116,467

DEVELOPING APPARATUS HAVING A CUTTING SURFACE AT AN END PORTION AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing apparatus used in an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a developer carrying member configured to carry a developer; and
a control member configured to control an amount of a developer carried on the developer carrying member,wherein
the control member is manufactured by cutting a supporting member covered with a covering member in a cutting direction intersecting
a surface of the supporting member to be a predetermined length in the longitudinal direction thereof,

the control member has a free end,
the covering member is provided near the free end of the control member and covers a part of an opposed surface facing the
developer carrying member, a part of a non-opposed surface located opposite to the opposed surface and an end surface located
at the free end,

the opposed surface of the supporting member is a surface located at an upstream side, in the cutting direction, of the supporting
member and the covering member provided on the opposed surface comes into contact with the developer carrying member,

in a cutting surface formed by cutting the supporting member, an upstream side in the cutting direction of the cutting surface
is covered with the covering member extending from the opposed surface to downstream in the cutting direction,

a downstream side in the cutting direction of the cutting surface is exposed from the covering member, andthe covering member provided on the non-opposed surface protrudes toward downstream in the cutting direction at a longitudinal
end of the control member.

US Pat. No. 9,115,971

MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus comprising:
an optical frequency comb source configured to emit an optical frequency comb in which a plurality of frequency components
are arranged at equal frequency intervals;

a beam splitter configured to split a beam emitted from the optical frequency comb source into a test beam to be irradiated
onto a test surface and a reference beam to be irradiated onto a reference surface;

an optical path difference changing element configured to change an optical path difference between the reference beam and
the test beam;

an image sensor configured to capture an interference pattern formed by interference between the test beam and the reference
beam; and

an analyzer configured to calculate a position of the test surface based upon a signal of the interference pattern captured
while the optical path difference is being changed by the optical path difference changing element,

wherein the analyzer calculates the position of the test surface by utilizing the following expression:

where H(x,y) is the position of the test surface, ? is a synthetic wavelength obtained by dividing a light speed by the frequency
interval of the optical frequency comb source, N(x,y) is an interference order, and ?(x,y) is a fraction phase corresponding
to a phase difference of the signal of the interference pattern for each frequency interval, and

wherein the analyzer determines the interference order by a phase connection of the fraction phase.

US Pat. No. 9,118,834

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to capture an image of an object;
a display unit configured to display the captured image; and
a control unit having two display modes in a zoom state where an image of a part of an imaging area of the imaging unit is
recorded, wherein a first display mode in which a first image is displayed and a second image is not displayed on the display
unit and a second display mode in which the second image is displayed and the first image is not displayed on the display
unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to switch to the first display mode when the control unit determines that a zoom magnification
is less than a predetermined zoom magnification and switch to the second display mode when the control unit determines that
the zoom magnification is equal to or greater than the predetermined zoom magnification, and

wherein the first image is an image of a recording area, of which an image is to be recorded, in the captured image and the
second image is an image of an area wider than the recording area in the captured image.

US Pat. No. 9,118,857

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS IN WHICH PLURAL TRANSISTORS ARE CONNECTED TO A SINGLE INITIALIZING SWITCH

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of first unit pixels configured to generate a signal by a photoelectric conversion;
a first output line connected to the plurality of first unit pixels; and
a first amplifier configured to amplify a signal from the first output line, the first amplifier comprising an operational
amplifier, an initializing switch having one terminal and another terminal, the one terminal being connected to an output
terminal of the operational amplifier, and a plurality of transistors connected between the another terminal of the initializing
switch and an input terminal of the operational amplifier, each of the plurality of transistors having a source and a drain
connected to each other, wherein

the plurality of transistors are collectively connected to the another terminal of the initializing switch.

US Pat. No. 9,118,887

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,148

THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,111,827

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a solid-state imaging device including a light receiving region in a main face of the solid-state imaging device;
a light transmitting member provided at a position apart from the light receiving region and including an extending portion
which is at least a part of the light transmitting member and is extended from the solid-state imaging device; and

a holding member for holding the light transmitting member and including a space where the solid-state imaging device is arranged,
wherein

a lower face of the extending portion of the light transmitting member is fixed to an upper face of a portion surrounding
the space of the holding member,

the portion surrounding the space of the holding member includes a positioning portion projected into the space, and
a side of the solid-state imaging device is in contact with the positioning portion.

US Pat. No. 9,110,416

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE AND PRESSING ROLLER FOR USE WITH THE IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating device for heating a toner image while nip conveying a recording material, in a nip, on which the toner
image is carried, said image heating device comprising:
a heating member; and
a pressing roller, including an elastic layer, configured to form the nip in contact with said heating member,
wherein the elastic layer of said pressing roller includes a thermosetting silicone rubber containing a thermal conductive
filler,

wherein the thermosetting silicone rubber includes pore portions formed with resin microballoons and pore connecting portions
configured to connect the pore portions,

wherein the thermosetting silicone rubber is prepared by heat-curing a liquid silicone rubber obtained by adding 1-10 weight
parts of the resin microballoons and 1-60 weight parts of the thermal conductive filler in 100 weight parts of the liquid
silicone rubber,

wherein the elastic layer has a thermal conductivity of 0.15 W/mK to 0.5 W/mK and a rubber hardness of 15-50 degrees as measured
by an Asker C hardness meter, and

wherein a density of the pore portions formed with the resin microballoons and an amount of addition of the thermal conductive
filler in the thermosetting silicone rubber are different between a surface side portion and a center side portion in the
thermosetting silicone rubber with respect to a radial direction of said pressing roller.

US Pat. No. 9,113,069

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING AN ATTACHED INTERCHANGEABLE LENS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,109,954

OPTICAL MICROSCOPE AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,107,637

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND WAVEFRONT MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus which images a specimen, comprising:
an X-ray source;
a diffraction grating configured to diffract X-rays from said X-ray source;
an X-ray detector configured to detect the X-rays diffracted by said diffraction grating; and
a calculator configured to calculate phase information of the specimen on the basis of an intensity distribution of the X-rays
detected by said X-ray detector,

wherein said X-ray detector detects a first intensity distribution and a second intensity distribution different from the
first intensity distribution by a half period, and

said calculator obtains a spatial frequency spectrum of a difference between the first intensity distribution and the second
intensity distribution, and calculates the phase information from the obtained spatial frequency spectrum.

US Pat. No. 9,113,101

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,108,428

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,287

CATADIOPTRIC SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,104,098

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,104,108

HOLDER, LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A method of manufacturing an article, the method comprising:
forming a pattern on a substrate using a lithography apparatus; and
processing the substrate on which the pattern has been formed to manufacture the article,
wherein the lithograph apparatus includes a holder configured to hold the substrate, and
wherein the holder includes:
a base including a first surface arranged to receive the substrate to be held by the holder, a second surface opposite to
the first surface, and a through hole;

a first support disposed on the second surface and arranged to surround the through hole and configured to contact a table;
a second support having a continuously circumferential shape disposed on the second surface and arranged to surround the first
support and to contact the table; and

a plurality of first pins disposed in a region of the second surface between the second support and an outer edge of the base
and arranged to contact the table.

US Pat. No. 9,104,350

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,104,352

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING AN OBJECT ON A PAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of rendering graphical objects on a page, the method comprising:
marking a region of the page containing a graphical object as output incompatible based on the graphical object being output
incompatible;

determining a bounding box comprising the marked region and at least one output compatible region, the output compatible region
containing at least a portion of an output compatible graphical object;

determining a proportion of a number of the regions marked as output incompatible to a total number of regions in the bounding
box;

marking said at least one output compatible region within the bounding box as output incompatible if the determined proportion
is above a threshold;

converting the graphical objects in the marked output incompatible region into an output compatible graphical object; and
rendering the output compatible graphical object.

US Pat. No. 9,104,147

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROLLED FIXING TEMPERATURE, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material based on input image data;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire power price information from an external apparatus via a network;
a fixing control unit configured to control, based on the power price information acquired by the acquisition unit, a fixing
temperature corresponding to a temperature of a fixing unit included in the image forming unit when the fixing unit fixes
the image on the recording material;

a decision unit configured to decide an amount of applied toner which is on the recording material when the image forming
unit performs image formation and with which the fixing unit is capable of fixing the image on the recording material at the
fixing temperature controlled by the fixing control unit;

an image processing unit configured to generate image data corresponding to the amount of applied toner decided by the decision
unit from the input image data; and

a control unit configured to control the image forming unit to form the image on the recording material based on the image
data generated by the image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,104,362

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,104,912

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A terahertz electromagnetic wave measuring apparatus for measuring a measured terahertz electromagnetic wave, comprising:
a generating unit configured to generate a reference terahertz electromagnetic wave;
a waveform obtaining unit configured to obtain a first reference time waveform from the reference terahertz electromagnetic
wave received in dependence of plural delay times;

a forming unit configured to perform a wavelet transform on the first reference time waveform to obtain reference expansion
coefficients based on a mother wavelet, wherein the reference expansion coefficients include at least one expansion coefficient
whose absolute value is greater than a threshold, and to perform an inverse wavelet transform by using only the at least one
expansion coefficient so as to form a second reference time waveform in dependence of the delay times,

wherein
the forming unit is configured to calculate respective ratios of the second reference time waveform and the first reference
time waveform for each of the delay times;

the generating unit is configured to generate the measured terahertz electromagnetic wave, wherein, for each of the plural
delay times, the measured terahertz electromagnetic wave corresponds to the reference terahertz electromagnetic wave multiplied
by the respective ratio;

the waveform obtaining unit is configured to obtain a first measured time waveform of the measured electromagnetic wave in
dependence of the delay times;

the forming unit is configured to perform the wavelet transform on the first measured time waveform to obtain measured expansion
coefficients based on the mother wavelet, to perform an inverse wavelet transform by using only those of the measured expansion
coefficients corresponding to the at least one expansion coefficient so as to form a second measured time waveform in dependence
of the delay times.

US Pat. No. 9,105,222

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,143

METHOD OF SETTING MAINTENANCE REGIONS POSTERIOR TO UNAVAILABLE PRINTING REGIONS IN DUPLEX PRINTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An apparatus for printing a plurality of images on a first surface and a second surface of a continuous sheet, the apparatus
comprising:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire information regarding on which of the first and second surfaces and where on the surface
of the continuous sheet a unique portion exist, the unique portion being unsuitable for image printing that exist on the continuous
sheet; and

a print control unit configured to cause a print unit to print images on the first surface of the continuous sheet and then
print images on the second surface of the continuous sheet, based on the acquired information, so as not to print images on
a print unsuitable region including the unique portion,

wherein in a case where the unique portion is located on the first surface, the print control unit causes the print unit to
print a maintenance pattern on the first surface in a region posterior to the print unsuitable region on the first surface
of the continuous sheet and causes the print unit to print a maintenance pattern on the second surface so as to overlap at
least a portion of a region corresponding to the print unsuitable region, and

in case where the unique portion is located on the second surface, the print control unit causes the print unit to print the
maintenance pattern on the first surface so as to overlap at least a portion of a region corresponding to the print unsuitable
region on the first surface of the continuous sheet, and causes the print unit to print the maintenance pattern on the second
surface in a region posterior to the print unsuitable region on the second surface of the continuous sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,102,150

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,106,834

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,103,726

STIMULATED RAMAN SCATTERING DETECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

where ?S represents the first pulse period.

US Pat. No. 9,100,559

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM USING COMPOUND KERNEL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that blurs a picked-up image based on distance information on a subject, comprising:
a restoration kernel acquisition section that acquires a restoration kernel as a kernel for eliminating degradation of an
image, wherein the restoration kernel acquisition section acquires the restoration kernel associated with a distance and an
angle of view corresponding to an area to be processed on the picked-up image;

a blur kernel acquisition section that acquires a blur kernel as a kernel for blurring the image;
a compound kernel acquisition section that acquires a compound kernel obtained by merging the restoration kernel with the
blur kernel; and

an image processing section that eliminates the degradation of the picked-up image and blurs the picked-up image by using
the compound kernel.

US Pat. No. 9,100,578

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors implementing the functions of an acquisition unit, a setting unit, a dividing unit, a determination
unit, a plurality of calculation units, a plurality of image processing units and a coupling unit, wherein:

the acquisition unit is configured to acquire an image signal;
the setting unit is configured to set, in an image expressed by the image signal, a plurality of evaluation areas to be targets
of evaluation value calculation;

the dividing unit is configured to divide the image expressed by the image signal into a plurality of divided image areas;
the determination unit is configured to determine whether or not there exist, among the plurality of evaluation areas, one
or more evaluation areas that span two or more of the plurality of divided image areas;

each of the plurality of calculation units is configured to:
acquire, from the dividing unit, each divided image signal corresponding to each of the plurality of divided image areas;
if it is determined by the determination unit that there do not exist said one or more evaluation areas that span two or more
of the plurality of divided image areas, calculate evaluation values for the plurality of evaluation areas in each of the
plurality of divided image areas; and

if it is determined by the determination unit that there exist said one or more evaluation areas that span two or more of
the plurality of divided image areas, calculate evaluation values for the plurality of evaluation areas in each of the plurality
of divided image areas except for said one or more evaluation areas that span two or more of the plurality of divided image
areas;

each of the plurality of image processing units is configured to perform image processing on each of the plurality of divided
image areas based on the evaluation values of the plurality of divided image areas calculated by the plurality of calculation
units; and

the coupling unit is configured to couple the image signals of the divided image areas each of which is output from each of
the plurality of image processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,097,991

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,776

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,003

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which contains a binder resin, a colorant and a charge controlling agent, wherein:
the charge controlling agent is a polymer A having a structure “a” represented by formula (1), and the polymer A has a weight
average molecular weight (Mw) of not less than 1,000 and not more than 100,000:


wherein R1 represents a hydroxyl group, a carboxyl group, an alkyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms, or
an alkoxyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms,

R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a hydroxyl group, an alkyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms, or
an alkoxyl group having not less than 1 and not more than 18 carbon atoms,

g represents an integer of not less than 1 and not more than 3 and h represents an integer of not less than 0 and not more
than 3, wherein when h is 2 or 3, R1 can be each independently selected, and

* represents a binding site in the polymer A.

US Pat. No. 9,098,032

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,096,059

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,092,175

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,951

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support,
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises a polymer obtained by polymerization of
a composition comprising:

a compound represented by the following formula (1); and
a compound represented by formula (A);

wherein, in the formula (1),
Ar1 and Ar2 each independently represents a substituted phenyl group,

Ar3 represents an unsubstituted or substituted phenylene group,

M is a group represented by formula (M) above and, in the formula (M), n represents 3 or 4, and
a substituent group of the substituted phenyl group and a substituent group of the substituted phenylene group are each independently
an unsubstituted methyl group, an unsubstituted ethyl group, an unsubstituted n-propyl group, an unsubstituted methoxy group,
an unsubstituted ethoxy group, or an unsubstituted propoxy group,


wherein in the formula (A),
R11 to R16 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, an ethyl group, a n-propyl group, a trifluoromethyl group,
a hydroxy group, a methoxy group, an ethoxy group, an amino group, a dimethylamino group, a trimethylsilyl group, a fluorine
atom, a chlorine atom, or a bromine atom,

X11 to X20 each independently represents a single bond or an alkylene group,

P1 to P10 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, an ethyl group, a n-propyl group, a trifluoromethyl group,
a hydroxy group, a methoxy group, an ethoxy group, an amino group, a dimethylamino group, a trimethylsilyl group, a fluorine
atom, a chlorine atom, a bromine atom, or a methacryloyloxy group,

at least two of P1 to P10 are a methacryloyloxy group,

however, when X11 is a single bond, P1 and R11 may combine to form an oxo group (?O), when X12 is a single bond, P2 and R12 may combine to form an oxo group (?O), when X13 is a single bond, P3 and R13 may combine to form an oxo group (?O), when X14 is a single bond, P4 and R14 may combine to form an oxo group (?O), when X15 is a single bond, P5 and R15 may combine to form an oxo group (?O), and, when X16 is a single bond, P6 and R16 may combine to form an oxo group (?O), and

R11 is a hydrogen atom when P1 is a methacryloyloxy group, R12 is a hydrogen atom when P2 is a methacryloyloxy group, R13 is a hydrogen atom when P3 is a methacryloyloxy group, R14 is a hydrogen atom when P4 is a methacryloyloxy group, R15 is a hydrogen atom when P5 is a methacryloyloxy group, and R16 is a hydrogen atom when P6 is a methacryloyloxy group, and

wherein the surface layer further comprises a quinone derivative, the quinone derivative being at least one compound selected
from the group consisting of:

a compound represented by the following formula (G), and
a compound represented by the following formula (H),
wherein the content of the quinone derivative in the surface layer is not less than 5 ppm and not more than 1500 ppm relative
to the total mass of the polymer;


wherein, in the formulae (G) and (H),
R71 to R74, R76, R77 , R79, and R80 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group, an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group, an unsubstituted
or substituted aryl group, or an unsubstituted or substituted alkoxy group,

at least one of R71 and R74 is a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or a hydroxy group,

at least one of R72 and R73 is a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or a hydroxy group,

at least one of R76 and R80 is a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or a hydroxy group,

at least one of R77 and R79 is a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or a hydroxy group,

R75 and R78 each independently represents a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted or substituted alkyl group, or an unsubstituted or substituted
aryl group, and

at least one of R75 and R78 is a hydrogen atom.

US Pat. No. 9,091,958

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS WITH REDUCED THERMAL STRESS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a light deflector; and
a housing;
wherein the light deflector comprises:
a rotary shaft;
a bearing portion configured to support the rotary shaft;
a rotor fixed to the rotary shaft;
a stator fixed to the bearing portion;
a drive circuit board configured to support the bearing portion and to drive the stator to rotate the rotor; and
a mirror portion fixed to the rotor, the light deflector being configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light
source by the mirror portion; and

wherein the housing comprises:
a bearing inserting portion into which the bearing portion is inserted;
a fixing portion configured to fix the drive circuit board to the housing; and
first and second recessed portions defining a thin wall therebetween, the thin wall being provided between the bearing inserting
portion and the fixing portion, and the thin wall surrounding the bearing inserting portion, as seen from a direction perpendicular
to a bottom plate of the housing,

wherein the first and second recessed portions extend from mutually opposite directions from the bottom plate of the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,091,988

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF IMAGE CALIBRATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image, said first toner image forming unit including a first rotatable
photosensitive member, a corona charger configured to charge said first rotatable photosensitive member, a first exposing
portion configured to form an electrostatic image on a surface of said first rotatable photosensitive member by exposing said
first rotatable photosensitive member charged by said corona charger, a first developing device configured to develop with
toner the electrostatic image formed on said first rotatable photosensitive member, and a surface potential sensor for detecting
a surface potential of said first rotatable photosensitive member, for a part of a longitudinal range of said first rotatable
photosensitive member;

a second toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image, said second toner image forming unit including a second
rotatable photosensitive member, a charging roller configured to charge said second rotatable photosensitive member, a second
exposing portion configured to form an electrostatic image on a surface of said second rotatable photosensitive member by
exposing said second rotatable photosensitive member charged by said charging roller, and a second developing device configured
to develop with toner the electrostatic image formed on said second rotatable photosensitive member;

a transferring device configured to transfer onto a sheet the toner image formed on said first rotatable photosensitive member
by said first toner image forming unit and the toner image formed on said second rotatable photosensitive member by said second
toner image forming unit;

a tone gradation pattern forming unit configured to form a first tone gradation pattern having a plurality of different tone
gradations by said first toner forming unit, form a second tone gradation pattern having a plurality of different tone gradations
by said second toner forming unit, and to transfer the first tone gradation pattern and the second tone gradation pattern
onto the same sheet by said transferring device;

a density detecting unit configured to detect a density of the first and second tone gradation patterns formed on the sheet;
and

a correcting unit configured to correct an image forming condition of said first toner image forming unit on the basis of
outputs of said density detecting unit and said surface potential sensor, and to correct an image forming condition of said
second toner image forming unit on the basis of an output of said density detecting unit without taking a surface potential
of said second photosensitive member into account,

wherein said tone gradation pattern forming unit forms the first tone gradation pattern having a longitudinal direction which
is along a circumferential direction of said first photosensitive member so that at least a part, in an axial direction of
said first photosensitive member, of the first tone gradation pattern overlaps a potential detecting region of said surface
potential sensor and that the tone gradations change in the circumferential direction of said first rotatable photosensitive
member, and said tone gradation pattern forming unit forms the second tone gradation pattern having a longitudinal direction
which is along an axial direction of said charging roller so as to have the tone gradations change in the axial direction
of said charging roller.

US Pat. No. 9,089,280

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate a new two dimensional tomographic image based on a first plurality of two-dimensional
tomographic images of an object, the first plurality of two dimensional tomographic images acquired before acquisition of
a second plurality of two-dimensional tomographic images of the object, wherein a three-dimensional image of the object is
generated based on the second plurality of two-dimensional tomographic images, and wherein the first plurality of two-dimensional
tomographic images is acquired while adjusting a position in a depth direction of the object; and

a display control unit configured to display at least one of the new two-dimensional tomographic image and the three-dimensional
image on a display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,093,340

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,645

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,085,142

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,792

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on a display unit;
a storing unit configured to temporarily store data of a plurality of images; and
a display control unit configured to perform, in response to the detection unit detecting a touch operation of a first type
including a movement for a first distance or longer with a touch kept on the display unit, a scrolling process for scrolling
an image displayed on the display unit to display another image temporarily stored in the storing unit, and to perform, in
response to the detection unit detecting a touch operation of a second type including a movement for a predetermined distance
or longer with a touch kept on the display unit, an updating process for updating the data of the plurality of images temporarily
stored in the storing unit with data of another plurality of images to display the images included in the other plurality
of images on the display unit,

wherein the predetermined distance is longer than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 9,080,858

WAVEFRONT MEASURING APPARATUS, WAVEFRONT MEASURING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wavefront information obtaining method comprising:
receiving intensity information of a first periodic pattern and intensity information of a second periodic pattern having
a phase shifted with respect to a phase of the first periodic pattern; and

obtaining wavefront information,
wherein the obtaining of the wavefront information obtains the wavefront information for one pixel by using:
intensity information at a first pixel of the first periodic pattern;
intensity information at a second pixel of the first periodic pattern, the second pixel being positioned within three pixels
from the first pixel; and

intensity information at the first pixel of the second periodic pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,081,593

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,364

SUSPENDED PARTICLE COLLECTING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,921

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,689

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,627

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,387

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,328

HEAT TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,335

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,830

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PRINTING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, IMAGE FORMING PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a plurality of image processing functions and being configured to perform image formation
using the plurality of image processing functions, the image forming apparatus being connectable to an information processing
apparatus having a plurality of image processing functions via a network, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, implement:
a first selection unit configured to select a first image processing function from the plurality of image processing functions
of the image forming apparatus;

a second selection unit configured to select a second image processing function from the plurality of image processing functions
of the information processing apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit information indicative of at least the first image processing function selected
by the first selection unit and the second image processing function selected by the second selection unit to the information
processing apparatus,

wherein the information processing apparatus has a storage unit configured to store, in advance, determination condition information,
wherein the information processing apparatus has a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the first image
processing function is to be performed by the information processing apparatus on behalf of the image forming apparatus, based
on the information transmitted by the transmission unit and the determination condition information stored in the storage
unit,

wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises a control unit configured to be operable, when information indicative
of the first image processing function is to be performed by the information processing apparatus on behalf of the image forming
apparatus is received in a case where the first image processing function is to be performed by the information processing
apparatus on behalf of the image forming apparatus, to control the image forming apparatus such that the image forming apparatus
does not perform the first image processing function, and

wherein the determination unit determines whether or not the information processing apparatus should execute the selected
first image processing function on behalf of the image forming apparatus, while executing the selected second image processing
function, based on a combination condition between the selected first image processing function and the selected second image
processing function.

US Pat. No. 9,071,156

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,173

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light scanning apparatus configured to irradiate a surface to be scanned with a light beam, the light scanning apparatus
comprising:
a light source configured to emit the light beam;
a deflector configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source so that the light beam scans the surface to
be scanned;

an optical element configured to lead the light beam deflected by the deflector to the surface to be scanned;
a housing configured to hold the light source, the deflector, and the optical element, the housing including fibers; and
a rib formed integrally with a bottom portion of the housing on which the deflector and the optical element are disposed,
the rib being provided to stand on the bottom portion between the deflector and the optical element in order to suppress a
deformation of the housing in a scanning direction in which the light beam scans the surface to be scanned,

wherein the fibers of the rib are oriented along the scanning direction, and the fibers of the bottom portion are oriented
along the bottom portion and in a direction perpendicular to the scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,069,407

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a display unit;
a proximity detection unit configured to detect that an object has come close to the apparatus;
a touch detection unit configured to be able to detect that an object has come close to said display unit and to detect a
touch operation on said display unit; and

a control unit configured to, when said proximity detection unit detects approach of the object and said touch detection unit
detects the approach of the object in a region of not smaller than a predetermined range on said display unit, control not
to perform a display on said display unit, to reduce a luminance of said display unit, or to turn off said display unit, and
when said proximity detection unit detects the approach of the object and said touch detection unit does not detect the approach
of the object in the region of not smaller than the predetermined range on said display unit, control to carry on the display
on said display unit and to accept a touch operation on said display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,067,411

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,067,447

INK RIBBON CASSETTE AND PRINTER APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink ribbon cassette comprising:
a supply bobbin around which an ink ribbon is wound;
a winding bobbin configured to wind the ink ribbon supplied by the supply bobbin;
a housing configured to support the supply bobbin and the winding bobbin in such a manner that the supply bobbin and the winding
are substantially parallel to each other and are rotatable; and

an engaging member configured to engage with a rotation regulating portion of the supply bobbin or a rotation regulating portion
of the winding bobbin to regulate rotation of the supply bobbin or the winding bobbin, and to be elastically deformable in
a direction of rotation axes of the supply bobbin and the winding bobbin.

US Pat. No. 9,067,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING TIME AND EFFORT FOR USER IN SETTING SIZE OF IRREGULAR-SIZE SHEET, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet holding unit configured to hold a sheet;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a width of the sheet held on said sheet holding unit;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, size information indicating a size of a sheet;
a storage unit configured to store at least the size information received by said receiving unit; and
a selecting unit configured to select a size of the sheet held by said sheet holding unit based on the width obtained by the
obtaining unit and the size information stored in said storage unit,

wherein said sheet holding unit is a manual feeding tray.

US Pat. No. 9,067,753

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,061,517

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,065,989

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

wherein the adhesive is provided in the space.

US Pat. No. 9,066,033

DEFECTIVE PIXEL DATA CORRECTING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING DEFECTIVE PIXEL DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A defective pixel data correcting apparatus for correcting defective pixel data output from a defective pixel of an image
sensor, the defective pixel data contained in image data captured using the image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels,
the defective pixel data correcting apparatus comprising:
a first storage unit adapted to store defective pixel information containing a type and a defective output level of a defective
pixel, for each defective pixel included in the plurality of pixels;

a second storage unit adapted to store at least one correction table in which types of the defective pixels, image capturing
conditions, and defective output levels to be subjected to correction are associated with each other;

a determination unit adapted to determine whether or not the defective pixel data is to be corrected, based on the defective
pixel information and the correction table; and

a correction unit adapted to correct the defective pixel data that is determined, by the determination unit, to be corrected.

US Pat. No. 9,063,687

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus capable of communication with an external apparatus through a network, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive from the external apparatus information indicating that the external apparatus is to
automatically enter a power-off state, wherein the external apparatus transmits the information in a case where a preset time
has come or printing has not been performed for a preset period of time in the external apparatus;

a storage unit configured to store the information received by the reception unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the communication with the external apparatus is disabled; and
a display unit configured, if the information is stored in the storage unit when the determination unit determines that the
communication with the external apparatus is disabled, to display information indicating that the external apparatus has automatically
entered the power-off state, and if the information is not stored in the storage unit when the determination unit determines
that the communication with the external apparatus is disabled, to display information indicating that the communication with
the external apparatus is disabled,

wherein the display unit removes the information indicating that the external apparatus has entered the power-off state if
the determination unit determines that the communication with the external apparatus is able after the determination unit
determines that the communication with the external apparatus is disabled.

US Pat. No. 9,062,957

MULTI-WAVELENGTH INTERFEROMETER, MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,488

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,064,540

RECORDING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain moving image data;
a recording unit configured to record a moving image file including the moving image data obtained by the obtaining unit onto
a plurality of recording media, wherein the recording unit is arranged to simultaneously record moving image files onto the
plurality of recording media;

a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction from a user;
a control unit configured to control the recording unit in such a manner that the recording unit simultaneously records moving
image files each including moving image data obtained by the obtaining unit onto the plurality of recording media,

wherein the control unit controls the recording unit, in accordance with a recording stop instruction, which is received by
the receiving unit, for stopping recording moving image data onto one recording medium of the plurality of recording media
onto which moving image files are simultaneously recorded, so as to stop recording moving image data onto the one recording
medium, to simultaneously close moving image files which are being recorded onto each of the one recording medium and another
recording medium than the one recording medium, and to continue recording a new moving image file onto said another recording
medium.

US Pat. No. 9,057,995

PRINTING SYSTEM, JOB PROCESSING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus that has a plurality of sheet feeding units, comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing on a sheet fed from the plurality of sheet feeding units;
a selecting unit configured to select a first setting or a second setting independently for each of the plurality of sheet
feeding units, wherein the first setting is for changing a feeding source of the sheet to another feeding unit when an amount
of sheets in a feeding unit being used reaches a predetermined non-zero amount while the printing unit performs the printing,
and the second setting is for not changing a feeding source of the sheet to another feeding unit even when an amount of sheets
in a feeding unit being used reaches the predetermined non-zero amount while the printing unit performs the printing; and

a storing unit configured to store the first setting or the second setting selected by the selecting unit in association with
each of the plurality of sheet feeding units.

US Pat. No. 9,058,010

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO PERFORM A PRIMARY TRANSFER OF A TONER IMAGE FROM A PLURALITY OF IMAGE BEARING MEMBERS TO AN INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT BY FOLLOWING A CURRENT IN CIRCUMFERENTIAL DIRECTION WITH RESPECT TO THE I

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members configured to bear toner images;
a rotatable endless intermediate transfer belt configured to secondarily transfer onto a transfer material the toner images
primarily transferred from the plurality of image bearing members;

a current supply member contacting an outer surface of an outer side of the intermediate transfer belt, configured to supply
a current to the intermediate transfer belt;

a power supply configured to apply a voltage to the current supply member,
wherein, by being applied with a voltage from the power supply, the current supply member performs a primary transfer of a
toner image from the plurality of image bearing members to the intermediate transfer belt by following a current in circumferential
direction with respect to the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,060,080

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,089

POWER CONTROL FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a power button for shifting the image forming apparatus to either a power shutoff state
where power supply is shut off or a power-saving state where power supply is limited, a first depression time period of the
power button for the power-saving state being different from a second depression time period of the power button for the power
shutoff state, the apparatus comprising:
a first accepting unit constructed to accept a first instruction with the power button depressed;
a determination unit constructed to determine whether a depression time period of the power button accepted by said first
accepting unit is shorter than a threshold which is specified between the first depression time period and the second depression
time period;

a display control unit constructed to, in a case where said determination unit determines that the depression time period
is shorter than the threshold, control a display unit to display a screen for notifying to a user a shift to the power-saving
state;

a second accepting unit constructed to accept a second instruction regarding whether to execute the shift to the power-saving
state via the screen displayed by said display unit; and

a power control unit constructed to shift the image forming apparatus to the power-saving state in a case where said second
accepting unit accepts the second instruction to execute the shift the power-saving state, and to stop shifting the image
forming apparatus to power-saving state in a case where said second accepting unit accepts the second instruction not to execute
the shift to the power-saving state.

US Pat. No. 9,060,112

IMAGING APPARATUS, LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,158

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS THAT CONTINUOUSLY TAKES IMAGES TO OBTAIN MULTIPLE IMAGES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that continuously shoots to generate a plurality of image data, comprising:
a calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the plurality of image data, an evaluation value based on a subject
included in the each of the plurality of image data;

a selection unit configured to select any image data from among the plurality of image data based on the evaluation value
in the each of the plurality of image data and the order of the plurality of image data generated by shooting; and

a storage unit configured to store the image data selected by the selection unit,
wherein the selection unit is configured to select an image data with the highest evaluation value from among the plurality
of image data, and

wherein the selection unit selects, in a case where a difference between an evaluation value in an image data generated by
a first shooting and an evaluation value in an image data generated by a later shooting is a predetermined value or less,
the image data generated by the first shooting from among the plurality of the image data even if the evaluation value in
the image data generated by the later shooting is higher than the evaluation value in the image data generated by the first
shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,060,261

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,052,499

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,051,232

PERYLENE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE USING THE COMPOUND

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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


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


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

wherein the light emission layer emits blue or green light.

US Pat. No. 9,055,211

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of signal lines, to each of which a signal is outputted from one of a plurality of pixels, wherein each pixel
includes a photoelectric conversion element and an amplification element arranged to amplify a signal generated at said photoelectric
conversion element;

a plurality of load transistors, each provided correspondingly to one of the plurality of signal lines, to supply a bias current
to the amplification element;

a plurality of control transistors; and
a common line arranged in common to all the load transistors,
wherein said plurality of load transistors have respective first electrodes connected to said common line and respective second
electrodes arranged at a side of said plurality of signal lines, and the common line has impedance from the respective first
electrodes to an absolute ground, and

wherein said plurality of control transistors are electrically connected in parallel between said second electrodes of the
plurality of load transistors and the plurality of signal lines, and control electrodes of said plurality of control transistors
are adapted to be applied with a common constant first voltage by a drive circuit to determine voltages of the second electrodes
of said plurality of load transistors.

US Pat. No. 9,048,154

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit in which a plurality of pixels are arranged to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, with each
pixel including a conversion element for converting radiation into charges and a transistor having a gate, a source, and a
drain with one of the source and the drain being connected to the conversion element and the other of the source and the drain
being connected to a power source;

a driving unit configured to apply one of a conducting voltage for setting the transistor in a conductive state and a non-conducting
voltage for setting the transistor in a non-conductive state, to the gate of the transistor; and

a control unit configured to control said driving unit so as to perform, a plurality of number of times, first operation of
sequentially performing, for the plurality of rows, application of the conducting voltage to the gates of the transistors
on at least one of the plurality of rows, stop applying the conducting voltage in the first operation in response to irradiation
of the radiation, perform second operation of performing, for the plurality of rows, application of the non-conducting voltage
to the gate of the transistor in response to an end of application of the conducting voltage in the first operation, and perform
third operation of sequentially performing, for the plurality of rows, application of the conducting voltage to the gates
of the transistors on at least one of the plurality of rows in response to an end of the second operation,

wherein said control unit controls said driving unit so as to make a time required for each of the plurality of times of first
operation shorter than a time required for the third operation and make a time during which the conducting voltage is applied
in each of the plurality of times of first operation shorter than a time during which the conducting voltage is applied in
the third operation.

US Pat. No. 9,045,660

INK SET AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink set for an ink jet comprising:
a combination of a first ink and a second ink,
wherein
the first ink comprises a self-dispersible pigment and a particle A, the self-dispersible pigment being a carbon black having
an anionic group bonded to a surface thereof directly or through another atomic group, and the particle A being at least one
selected from the group consisting of a resin particle having an anionic group and a pigment dispersed by a water-soluble
resin having an anionic group;

a content of the particle A in the first ink is 0.05% by mass or more and 0.50% by mass or less, and a mass ratio of the content
of the particle A in % by mass to a content of the self-dispersible pigment in % by mass, in the first ink, is 0.056 times
or more and 0.250 times or less;

the second ink comprises a particle B, the particle B being at least one selected from the group consisting of a resin particle
having an anionic group and a pigment dispersed by a water-soluble resin having an anionic group; and

an acid value a of the particle A and an acid value b of the particle B satisfy a relation of a?b.

US Pat. No. 9,044,165

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING METHOD AND OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging method for picking up an optical coherence tomographic image of an object using combined lights obtained by
combining a plurality of return lights from the object irradiated with the plurality of measurement lights with the plurality
of reference lights corresponding to the plurality of measurement lights, respectively, the method comprising:
a step of irradiating different spot positions in the object with the plurality of measurement lights;
a step of scanning the plurality of measurement lights such that irradiation spots of the plurality of measurement lights
are apart in a direction intersecting with a main scanning direction, by a length not greater than the sum of diameters of
the spots;

a step of forming the optical coherence tomographic image of the object based on the combined lights and a displacement amount
between the different spot positions in a plane scanned with the plurality of measurement lights;

a step of detecting interference signals from the respective combined lights; and
a step of executing an arithmetic process on the detected interference signals based on a displacement amount between different
spot positions, using interference signals corresponding to at least two of the spot positions out of the interference signals
corresponding to the respective spot positions and the displacement amount between the at least two spot positions, to thereby
improve the signal-to-noise ratio as compared to using only one of the interference signals corresponding to the at least
two spot positions.

US Pat. No. 9,044,168

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an aberration measurement unit configured to measure aberration caused by a subject's eye;
a correction unit configured to correct aberration of return light from the subject's eye of measurement light applied to
the subject's eye caused by the subject's eye based on the aberration measured by the aberration measurement unit;

a storage unit configured to store a plurality of combinations of a frame rate for obtaining an image of the subject's eye
with a number of pixels of the image; and

an obtaining unit configured to obtain the image based on the frame rate and the number of pixels in one combination among
the plurality of combinations using aberration-corrected return light from the subject's eye.

US Pat. No. 9,044,174

ADAPTIVE OPTICS APPARATUS, ADAPTIVE OPTICS METHOD, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adaptive optics apparatus comprising:
an aberration measuring unit that measures an aberration of returning light that returns from a subject's eye irradiated with
light;

an aberration correcting unit that corrects at least one of an aberration of light and an aberration of returning light that
returns from the subject's eye irradiated with light on the basis of the measured aberration;

a detecting unit that detects whether or not the subject's eye moves out of a predetermined area; and
a control unit that controls the aberration correcting unit so as to hold a correction characteristic of the aberration correcting
unit at a current correction characteristic, in a case where the detecting unit detects that the subject's eye moves out of
a predetermined area, the current correction characteristic being a characteristic used for correction by the aberration correcting
unit when movement of the subject's eye out of the predetermined area is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,049,319

IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS WIRELESSLY CONNECTABLE TO OTHER APPARATUSES, SYSTEM HAVING THE IMAGE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electric apparatus comprising:
a communication unit that communicates wirelessly with an other apparatus; and
a controller that controls, in a case that a remaining amount of a battery of the electric apparatus is lower than a defined
value in a state that the communication unit is in a second mode of which power consumption is lower than that of a first
mode, the communication unit to transmit, to the other apparatus, a first message for requesting a transition to the first
mode, and controls, in a case that the communication unit has transitioned to the first mode in response to the transmission
of the first message, the communication unit to transmit, to the other apparatus, a second message for requesting the other
apparatus to supply electric power.

US Pat. No. 9,049,356

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
an image acquiring step of acquiring (a) a captured image produced by an image pickup system including an optical system and
an image sensor, (b) an image pickup condition for the captured image, and (c) information for specifying a size of a pixel
of the image sensor;

a coefficient acquiring step of acquiring coefficient data corresponding to the image pickup condition;
a filter producing step of producing an image restoration filter based on the coefficient data and a frequency characteristic
of an alias generated by the image sensor, where the frequency characteristic of the alias is identified according to the
information for specifying the size of the pixel of the image sensor; and

a restoring step of performing an image restoration process on the captured image by using the image restoration filter to
produce a restored image.

US Pat. No. 9,049,389

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,809

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,814

DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,823

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,049,495

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF THESE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising a transmitting apparatus and a receiving apparatus,
wherein the transmitting apparatus comprises:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain image data of a projection pattern to be projected onto an object;
a second obtaining unit configured to obtain control data including control information for controlling processing to be executed
in at least one of a projection unit and an image capturing unit using the image data; and

a data embedding unit configured to generate a video signal by embedding the image data in an effective display portion of
the video signal and embedding the control data in a portion of the video signal in which the image data is not embedded so
that the control data of the video signal itself controls processing to be executed in at least one of the projection unit
and the image capturing unit, and

wherein the receiving apparatus comprises:
a dividing unit configured to receive the video signal from the transmitting apparatus and divide the video signal into the
image data and the control data so that the control data of the received video signal itself controls processing to be executed
in at least one of the projection unit and the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,499

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus, comprising:a sensor configured to convert irradiated radiation into a charge in accordance with a radiation dose;
a switching power supply configured to supply power to at least the sensor;
a readout unit configured to readout a signal corresponding to the charge from the sensor in synchronism with an imaging synchronization signal and a control clock for a switching operation of the switching power supply; and
an adjustment unit configured to adjust a phase of the control clock in each cycle of the imaging synchronization signal so that the timing of the imaging synchronization signal that occurs cyclically is at the same phase with respect to the control clock, wherein
the adjustment unit determines an adjustment amount for the phase based on a difference between an interval of the imaging synchronization signal and an interval of a readout of one line wire by the readout unit.

US Pat. No. 10,130,263

PHOTOACOUSTIC MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoacoustic measuring apparatus comprising:a holding unit configured to hold an object;
a light emitting unit configured to emit light generated by a light source;
a diffusing plate configured to diffuse the light emitted from the light emitting unit to irradiate the object with the diffused light; and
an acoustic wave obtaining unit configured to obtain an acoustic wave generated from the object by the irradiation,
wherein the holding unit and the diffusing plate are integrated,
wherein the photoacoustic measuring apparatus is configured such that the light entering the diffusing plate from a first principal surface of the diffusing plate exits from a second principal surface of the diffusing plate and irradiates the object,
wherein the second principal surface is opposed to the first principal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,126,914

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,074,039

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,603

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,620

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for performing, by a processor of the information processing apparatus, a program including (1) a first program layer in which an instruction set is described in a first description language and (2) a second program layer in which an instruction set is described in a second description language different from the first description language, wherein the processor, in performing the second program layer, functions as units comprising:(a) an image processing unit configured to perform image processing including color conversion for image data to be processed, the image data being designated in the first program layer;
(b) a conversion unit configured to perform conversion processing in which the image data to which the image processing has been performed is converted into image data in a format usable in the first program layer; and
(c) a transmitting unit configured to perform transmitting processing to transmit, to the first program layer, the converted image data in the format usable in the first program layer,
wherein the second program layer includes the image processing unit, the conversion unit, and the transmitting unit, and
wherein before transmitting a command to a printer, the command being based on the image data in the format usable in the first program layer, the image processing unit performs the image processing, the conversion unit performs the conversion processing, and the transmitting unit performs the transmitting processing.

US Pat. No. 10,073,380

FEEDING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,073,401

POST PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A post processing apparatus attachable to an image forming apparatus, the post processing apparatus comprising:a first placement unit on which a recording material conveyed from the image forming apparatus is placed;
a post processing unit that performs specified post processing on the recording material placed on the first placement unit;
a discharging unit that discharges the recording material placed on the first placement unit after the specified post processing has been performed by the post processing unit;
a second placement unit on which the recording material discharged by the discharging unit is placed; and
a control unit that controls the post processing unit and the discharging unit,
wherein, in a state in which the post processing apparatus is attached to the image forming apparatus and a predetermined recording material which is curled relative to a placement surface of the second placement unit is placed on the second placement unit, when a plurality of the recording materials which are curled in a direction different from a direction in which the predetermined recording material is curled are discharged to the second placement unit, the control unit performs post processing control in which the control unit causes the post processing unit to perform the specified post processing on at least one recording material of the plurality of recording materials, causes the discharging unit to discharge the at least one recording material to the second placement unit, and after the discharge, causes the post processing unit to perform the specified post processing on a recording material or recording materials of the plurality of recording materials other than the at least one recording material, and causes the discharging unit to discharge the recording material or the recording materials of the plurality of recording materials other than the at least one recording material to the second placement unit.

US Pat. No. 10,074,174

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT SETS IMAGING REGION OF OBJECT BEFORE IMAGING THE OBJECT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising at least one processor and memory coupled to each other and cooperating to act as:a first image obtaining unit configured to obtain a first medical image of an object in a first shape state;
an imaging region setting unit configured to set a region to be imaged of the object in a second shape state, before taking a second medical image of the object in the second shape state;
a deformation information obtaining unit configured to obtain deformation information indicating deformation of the object from the second shape state to the first shape state;
a corresponding region calculating unit configured to calculate a corresponding region that corresponds to the region to be imaged in the first shape state based on the deformation information;
a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display the first medical image and the corresponding region; and
an imaging region outputting unit configured to output information of the region to be imaged to a medical imaging apparatus in order to take the second medical image by using the medical imaging apparatus based on the information of the region to be imaged.

US Pat. No. 10,061,931

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions in the memory device to:
execute, in accordance with an activation of the information processing apparatus, a first login process of an unspecified user into the information processing apparatus,
display a menu screen for selecting one of a plurality of applications, in a state in which the first login process is executed,
accept, in a state in which a logged in user is the unspecified user, a selection of one of the plurality of applications,
execute, in a state in which a logged in user is the unspecified user, an application selected by a user using the menu screen, in a state in which the unspecified user is allowed to use the selected application,
display, in a state in which a logged in user is the unspecified user, a login screen, in a state in which the unspecified user is not allowed to use the selected application,
execute, in a state in which a logged in user is the unspecified user, a second login process of a specified user into the information processing apparatus, and
execute the selected application that the unspecified user is not allowed to use, in a state in which the specified user has an authority to use the selected application and a logged in user is the specified user,
wherein, in a state in which the specified user does not have the authority to use the selected application and a logged in user is the specified user, the logged in user is not allowed to use the selected application,
wherein the information processing apparatus allows the specified user to log into the information processing apparatus in a state in which the unspecified user has logged into the information processing apparatus, and
wherein the information processing apparatus does not allow a first specified user to log into the information processing apparatus in a state in which a second specified user has already logged into the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,058,299

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,057,471

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,052,870

LIQUID SUPPLY SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME, AND LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid supply substrate configured to supply a liquid to a chamber in a liquid ejecting head in which the liquid in the chamber is ejected through an ejection port by thermal energy transferred from an electrothermal conversion element to the liquid, the liquid supply substrate comprising:a first substrate having a first surface connected to an ejection port plate including the chamber and the ejection port, the first substrate including a plurality of supply ports through which the liquid is supplied to the chamber;
a second substrate coupled to a second surface of the first substrate opposite the first surface, the second substrate including a common liquid supply chamber from which the liquid is supplied to the plurality of supply ports; and
an intermediate layer disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, the intermediate layer including a first region and a second region, wherein the second region has lower thermal conductivity than the first region.

US Pat. No. 10,031,477

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,032,252

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,033,904

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,033,951

IMAGE SENSOR THAT PERFORMS DIFFERENT READOUT OPERATIONS AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS INCLUDING IMAGE SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:an image sensor including
a pixel region in which a plurality of unit pixels are arranged in a matrix, each unit pixel having a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions,
a readout circuit that performs a first readout operation and a second readout operation, the first readout operation reading out a first signal from at least one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in each unit pixel, and the second readout operation reading out second signals from all of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions in each unit pixel, and
a generation circuit that generates a first luminance signal by combining the first signals of plural different colors at inside of the image sensor;
a signal processor that generates a second luminance signal based on the second signals corresponding to different colors, and generates, based on the first luminance signal and the second luminance signal, a third luminance signal equivalent to signals of photoelectric conversion portions that have not been read out in the first readout operation; and
a focus detection circuit that performs focus detection based on the first luminance signal and the third luminance signal.

US Pat. No. 10,022,047

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus comprising:a deforming unit configured to deform a shape of a boundary that defines a region of a tomographic image of a subject eye by moving the boundary in a depth direction according to layer thickness;
a generation unit configured to generate an en-face image based on the region in the depth direction defined by the shape of the boundary deformed by the deforming unit; and
a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display the tomographic image and the boundary,
wherein the deforming unit increases an amount of movement of the boundary displayed on the display unit as the layer thickness increases.

US Pat. No. 10,028,252

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,025,236

TRANSFER ROLLER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer roller for transferring a developer image formed on a photosensitive drum onto a sheet, the transfer roller comprising:a conductive core portion:
a first layer that covers the core portion; and
a second layer that covers the first layer, wherein
the developer image is transferred onto the sheet at a nip portion between the photosensitive drum and the transfer roller when a voltage is applied to the core portion, and
a relationship 150?Rs (?)/Rm (?)?4000 is established in an environment of a temperature of 15° C. and a humidity of 10% in a case where
a surface resistance of the transfer roller is Rs (?) when a current is fed between a pair of electrodes facing each other in an axial direction of the transfer roller and arranged on a surface of the transfer roller with an interval of 5 mm therebetween, the electrodes having a width of 20 mm in a circumferential direction of the transfer roller in a state of being arranged on the transfer roller, and
in a case where
a combined resistance of the first layer and the second layer is Rm (?) when the current is fed from the core portion to an outer peripheral surface of the second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,021,271

CORRECTION METHOD FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A correction method for an image forming apparatus, wherein the image forming apparatus comprises:a light source comprising a plurality of light emitting points;
a photosensitive member configured to rotate in a first direction so that a latent image is formed on the photosensitive member with light beams emitted from the light source; and
a deflection unit configured to deflect the light beams emitted from the light source to move spots of the light beams radiated to the photosensitive member in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction to form scanning lines,
the correction method comprising:
a storing step of storing, in a storage unit, information on positional deviation of the scanning lines in the first direction;
a conversion step of converting positions of pixels of an input image by performing coordinate transformation based on the information stored in the storage unit so that an interval between the scanning lines on the photosensitive member becomes a predetermined interval; and
a filtering step of determining pixel values of pixels of an output image by subjecting pixel values of the pixels of the input image to a convolution operation based on the positions of the pixels of the input image after the coordinate transformation,
wherein the conversion step comprises determining the positions of the pixels of the input image after the coordinate transformation with use of an inverse function ft?1(n) of a function ft(n) by the following expression:
fs?(n)=ft?(ft?1(fs(n)))
where:
fs(n) represents a function indicating a position of an n-th pixel in the first direction of the input image;
ft(n) represents a function indicating a position of the n-th pixel in the first direction of the output image;
fs?(n) represents a function indicating a position of the n-th pixel in the first direction of the input image after the coordinate transformation; and
ft?(n) represents a function indicating a position of the n-th pixel in the first direction of the output image after the coordinate transformation.

US Pat. No. 10,021,292

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus used in an image capturing apparatus provided with an image sensor including multiple photoelectric converters, the image processing apparatus comprising:an image producer configured to produce a captured image by using outputs from the multiple photoelectric converters;
a phase difference information acquirer configured to acquire phase difference information by using outputs from multiple specific photoelectric converters that are a part of the multiple photoelectric converters;
an object detector configured to detect an object included in the captured image;
a size detector configured to detect an image size of the detected object; and
a selector configured to select the specific photoelectric converters,
wherein the object detector is capable of detecting, as the object, a first object and a second object that is a part of the first object,
the selector is configured (a) to select, when the image size of the first object is smaller than a predetermined size, the specific photoelectric converters depending on a first area including the first object in the captured image and (b) to select, when the image size of the first object is larger than the predetermined size, the specific photoelectric converters depending on a second area including the second object in the captured image.

US Pat. No. 10,011,112

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,011,124

PERFORMING MARGINLESS PRINTING BASED ON IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,002,411

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR ESTIMATING BLUR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute:
a first acquisition task configured to acquire a blurred image;
a second acquisition task configured to acquire a first blur estimation area corresponding to at least a part of the blurred image;
a determination task configured to determine a second blur estimation area based on a signal variation in the first blur estimation area;
a generation task configured to generate an estimated blur by performing iterative calculation processing that repeats correction processing and estimation processing, the correction processing correcting a blur included in information relating to a signal in the second blur estimation area to generate information relating to a corrected signal, and the estimation processing estimating a blur based on the information relating to the signal and the information relating to the corrected signal; and
a correction task configured to correct at least a part of the blurred image based on the estimated blur,
wherein the determination task is configured to determine the second blur estimation area having a signal variation larger than the signal variation in the first blur estimation area when the signal variation in the first blur estimation area is smaller than a first threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,995,994

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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