US Pat. No. 9,450,002

DETECTING APPARATUS AND DETECTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A detecting apparatus formed on a substrate, the detecting apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix; and
a signal line electrically connected to the pixels, wherein
each of the pixels includes:
a sensing element that converts radiant ray or light to electric charges,
an amplification thin film transistor that outputs an electric signal based on an amount of the electric charges,
a capacitor that holds an electric signal output by the amplification thin film transistor, and
a transfer thin film transistor that transfers an electric signal held in the capacitor to the signal line.

US Pat. No. 9,442,399

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

wherein
the content of the compound represented by the formula (1) in the phthalocyanine crystal is 0.1% by mass or more and 3.0%
by mass or less;

R1 to R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a formyl group, an acetyl group, an alkenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group, and at least
one of R1 to R4 is the substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or the substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group;

the substituent of the substituted alkyl group is an alkoxy group, a morpholinoalkoxy group, a dialkylamino group, an alkoxycarbonyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, an aryloxy group, a heterocyclic group, a halogen atom, a cyano group or
a morpholino group;

the substituent of the substituted aryl group is a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a dialkylamino
group, an alkoxycarbonyl group, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, a nitro group, a cyano group, a formyl group or a morpholino
group; and

the substituent of the substituted heterocyclic group is an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a dialkylamino group, an alkoxycarbonyl
group, a halogen atom, a hydroxy group, a nitro group, a cyano group, a formyl group or a morpholino group,

provided that both of the R1 and R2 are not a hydrogen atom at the same time, and

provided that the substituent of the substituted aryl group is not an acetyl group or a benzoyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,444,972

IMAGE FORMING AND PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING IMAGE DATA BASED ON AN ESTIMATED INTENSITY OF GHOST LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an exposure unit, including a plurality of light-emitting units that correspond to a respective plurality of pixels and a
lens array optical system, for emitting exposure light;

a photosensitive member exposed by the exposure light from the exposure unit;
a storage unit configured to hold information indicating a relationship between (i) light from a light-emitting unit corresponding
to a predetermined pixel that is different from a pixel of interest and (ii) ghost light produced at a position of the pixel
of interest on the photosensitive member by the light exposure; and

a correcting unit configured to estimate an intensity of ghost light at a position of each pixel on the photosensitive member
in a case when the photosensitive member is exposed by the exposure light from the exposure unit, using image data and the
information in the storage unit, and to correct the image data by subtracting, from a tone value of each pixel in the image
data, a value corresponding to the estimated intensity of the ghost light at a position of a corresponding pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,442,419

DEVELOPING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING METHOD, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a toner,
a developing container accommodating the toner,
a developing carrying member rotatably held, the developing carrying member carrying the toner fed from the developing container
on the surface of the developing carrying member to form a toner layer, and conveying the toner, and

a toner layer thickness controlling member controlling the thickness of the toner layer,
wherein:
the toner comprises:
toner particles containing a binder resin and a colorant, and
silica fine particles,
a covering rate X1 of the surface of each of the toner particles covered with the silica fine particles determined by an X-ray
electron spectroscope for chemical analysis (ESCA) is 40.0 area % or more and 75.0 area % or less,

a diffusion index represented by Expression 1 satisfies Expression 2,
diffusion index=X1/X2  (Expression 1)

diffusion index??0.0042×X1+0.62,  (Expression 2)

where a theoretical covering rate with the silica fine particles is defined as X2; and
wherein:
the developing carrying member comprises:
an electrically conductive substrate,
an elastic layer, and
a surface layer containing a urethane resin, and
the urethane resin has a partial structure derived from a reaction of a polyisocyanate with a compound represented by Formula
(1):


wherein
n is an integer of 1 or more and 4 or less, and
R1 is each independently any one selected from the group consisting of (a) to (c):
(a) a hydroxyalkyl group having 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms,
(b) an aminoalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, and
(c) a group represented by Formula (2):

wherein m represents an integer of 2 or more and 3 or less, and R3 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 5 or
less carbon atoms, and

R2 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,440,265

CONVEYING CONTROLLING APPARATUS, CONVEYING CONTROLLING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A conveying system which comprises a conveying apparatus conveying an object container and a conveying controlling apparatus
controlling the conveying apparatus, wherein:
the conveying controlling apparatus comprises,
a shape measuring unit configured to measure a 3D shape of the object container,
a state measuring unit configured to measure a state of a content of the object container,
a determining unit configured to determine a conveying method for the object container by the conveying apparatus based on
the 3D shape measured by the shape measuring unit and the state measured by the state measuring unit, and

a controlling unit configured to control an action of the conveying apparatus based on the conveying method determined by
the determining unit; and

the conveying apparatus conveys the object container by the conveying method determined by the determining unit, under the
control of the controlling unit.

US Pat. No. 9,434,194

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,434,561

SHEET STACKING DEVICE, SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a body;
a storage portion configured to be drawn out from the body;
a supporting portion provided on the storage portion and configured to support sheets;
a feed portion configure to feed a sheet supported by the supporting portion;
a driving mechanism which is able to lift the supporting portion such that an uppermost sheet of the sheets supported on the
supporting portion is kept at a position where the uppermost sheet can be fed by the feed portion;

a sheet stacking portion, provided on the supporting portion, on which a sheet is stacked, the sheet stacking portion being
swingable in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet feeding direction in which the feed portion feeds the sheet; and

a pair of widthwise restricting portions restricting both ends, in a width direction, of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking
portion on the supporting portion,

wherein the sheet stacking portion on the supporting portion is swingable in the width direction while the supporting portion
is lifted by the driving mechanism, and an uppermost surface of the sheets stacked on the sheet stacking portion is changed
from an inclined state to a substantially horizontal state according to a lifting of the sheet stacking portion.

US Pat. No. 9,436,112

TONER AND TWO-COMPONENT DEVELOPER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising:
toner particles each containing a binder resin, a wax, and a coloring agent; and
silica fine particles A and strontium titanate fine particles B present on surfaces of the toner particles,
wherein:
the silica fine particles A have a number-average particle diameter (D1) of 60 nm or more and 300 nm or less;
when
a coverage rate of the surfaces of the toner particles with the silica fine particles A is defined as a coverage rate X (%)
and

a coverage rate with the silica fine particles A fixed to the surfaces of the toner particles is defined as a coverage rate
Y (%),

the coverage rate X is 20% or more and 95% or less, and
a ratio [coverage rate Y/coverage rate X] of the coverage rate Y to the coverage rate X is 0.75 or more;
the strontium titanate fine particles B have a fixing rate, measured as indicated in the description, of 0.10 or more and
0.60 or less;

the silica fine particles A are negatively chargeable;
the strontium titanate fine particles B are positively chargeable;
an amount of the silica fine particles A is 2.0 parts by mass or more and 10.0 parts by mass or less when an amount of the
toner particles is set to 100 parts by mass; and

an amount of the strontium titanate fine particles B is 0.2 part by mass or more and 1.0 part by mass or less when an amount
of the toner particles is set to 100 parts by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,436,138

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING FIXING MEMBER, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAID FIXING MEMBER, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing device configured to fix an unfixed toner image formed on a recording medium to the recording medium by heating and
pressing, the fixing device including a fixing member,

wherein the fixing member includes a substrate, and an elastic layer on the substrate, the elastic layer comprising a cured
product of a silicone rubber composition containing an anatase titanium oxide particle and an addition-curable silicone rubber,

wherein the elastic layer undergoes cohesive failure in 90° peel test specified in JIS K6854-1:1999, and
wherein an allyl group bound to a silicon atom is present at the interface between the substrate and the elastic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,436,419

SELECTIVELY PRINTING PORTIONS OF A WEB PAGE BASED ON USER SELECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,435,667

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,429,868

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image by transferring developer of regular polarity onto a transfer material,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charging member that is provided in contact with the image bearing member and charges the image bearing member;
a developer bearing member that supplies developer to the image bearing member charged by the charging member; and
a controller that executes a collection sequence in which the developer bearing member collects developer of opposite polarity
adhering to the charging member, the opposite polarity being opposite to the regular polarity,

wherein the controller executes the collection sequence by:
setting a first potential difference to allow the developer of opposite polarity to move from the charging member to the surface
of the image bearing member;

setting a second potential difference to allow the developer of opposite polarity to move from the surface of the image bearing
member to the developer bearing member and to allow the developer of regular polarity to move from the developer bearing member
to the surface of the image bearing member when the surface of the image bearing member reaches a position facing the developer
bearing member as a result of rotation of the image bearing member;

setting a third potential difference to not allow the developer of regular polarity to move from the surface of the image
bearing member to the charging member when the surface of the image bearing member reaches again a position facing the charging
member as a result of rotation of the image bearing member; and

setting a fourth potential difference to allow the developer of regular polarity to move from the surface of the image bearing
member to the developer bearing member when the surface of the image bearing member reaches again the position facing the
developer bearing member as a result of rotation of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,429,884

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,427,985

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding roller;
a printing unit configured to perform printing on a first surface and a second surface of the printing sheet conveyed by the
conveyance roller;

a reverse conveyance guide configured to reverse the printing sheet having been printed on the first surface by the printing
unit and convey the printing sheet to the conveyance roller;

a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so that an overlap state, in which a trailing
edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed by the feeding roller and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet
as a printing sheet succeedingly fed by the feeding roller overlap each other, is formed between the feeding roller and the
conveyance roller, wherein when continuously performing printing on the first surface of the succeeding sheet after printing
on the first surface of the preceding sheet, the conveyance control unit forms the overlap state, and when continuously performing
printing on the first surface of the succeeding sheet after printing on the second surface of the preceding sheet, the conveyance
control unit does not form the overlap state; and

a determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the overlap state is formed, whether to convey the succeeding
sheet to a position facing the printing unit while keeping the overlap state or to convey the succeeding sheet to the position
after the overlap state has been cancelled.

US Pat. No. 9,423,740

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,416,022

METHOD FOR PREPARING BISMUTH IODIDE ARTICLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RADIATION DETECTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A bismuth iodide article comprising bismuth iodide having a hole mobility higher than 1/10 of the electron mobility thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,420,162

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that has pixels arranged in a two-dimensional array, and is configured to receive object image light and perform
a photoelectric conversion of the object image;

a detection unit configured to detect an object region based on first image signals that are sequentially read out from the
image sensor in a horizontal direction or in a vertical direction;

a storage unit configured to sequentially store second image signals, wherein the second image signal is a portion of image
signals that are generated by performing thinning processing on the image signals corresponding to the object region among
the first image signals in a readout direction in which the first image signals are read out from the image sensor;

a first calculation unit configured to filter the second image signals sequentially in a different direction from the readout
direction to calculate a first focusing signal; and

a focus adjustment unit configured to perform focus adjustment operation based on the first focusing signal,
wherein a thinning rate of the thinning processing when a size of the object region is a first size is greater than a thinning
rate of the thinning processing when a size of the object region is a second size being smaller than the first size.

US Pat. No. 9,417,576

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,168

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,420,179

OPTICAL DEVICE FOR PERFORMING IMAGE BLUR COMPENSATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,594

VOLTAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,414,795

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
a radiation generating unit configured to generate radiation;
an arm configured to support the radiation generating unit; and
a support pillar configured to support the arm and rotate the arm,
wherein the support pillar comprises a housing portion that has a space for housing at least a part of the radiation generating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,420,211

IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging system comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed in a row direction and column direction,
a connecting unit configured to connect column signals lines of two or more columns of the pixel array with each other,
a plurality of A/D converting units provided according to respective columns of the pixel array,
a transfer unit configured to transfer pixel signals outputted to the column signal lines which are connected by the connecting
unit to at least one of the plurality of A/D converting units;

a supply unit configured to supply an electric power to the plurality of A/D converting units; and
a controller configured to control such that the at least one of the A/D converting units to which pixel signals are transferred
by the transfer unit changed for each framed period, and to control such that A/D converting units to which the pixel signals
are not transferred by the transfer unit are not supplied with the electric power by said supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,420,225

COMMUNICATION OF VIDEO INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of transmitting a video frame from a transmitting device to a receiving device, the method comprising the following
steps executed in the following order:
selecting a number of communication channels available between the transmitting and the receiving devices;
partitioning spatially correlated pixels of the video frame into a number of different partitions equal to the number of selected
communication channels by defining linear blocks of pixels for partitioning the pixels of the video frame, wherein the number
of pixels per block equals the selected number of available communication channels and wherein the linear blocks are staggered
by shifting by at least one pixel from one row to another; and

assigning each pixel of a block to a distinct partition; and
transmitting the different partitions, where each partition is transmitted on a distinct communication channel among the selected
communication channels.

US Pat. No. 9,418,417

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,179

ACOUSTIC WAVE ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acoustic wave acquisition apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to generate light;
a detector including a plurality of elements configured to receive an acoustic wave generated from inside a subject when the
subject is irradiated with the light;

a rotation driving unit configured to rotate the detector; and
a plurality of light irradiation portions configured to irradiate the subject with the light from the light source,
wherein the plurality of light irradiation portions are provided at least at positions other than a rotation axis of the detector,
wherein, when the plurality of light irradiation portions is seen from a rotation axis direction, a density of the plurality
of light irradiation portions provided at a center area of the detector is different from a density of the plurality of light
irradiation portions provided at a peripheral area of the detector.

US Pat. No. 9,411,124

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND LENS UNIT AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus that is mountable to a lens unit provided with an imaging optical system including a focus lens, the
imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging sensor configured to generate an imaging signal by photo-electrically converting an object image;
a camera signal processing unit configured to generate an evaluation signal for focus adjustment using the imaging signal;
and

a camera control unit configured to generate drive information about a focus lens based on the evaluation signal and to transmit
the drive information to the mounted lens unit,

wherein, when micro vibration of the focus lens is performed, the camera control unit is configured to transmit to the lens
unit first information about a position of the focus lens to serve as a reference position for the micro vibration and second
information about an amount of movement of the focus lens indicated as a shift amount on an image plane with reference to
the position of the focus lens corresponding to the first information as the drive information,

wherein the second information indicates amplitude of the micro vibration on the image plane and a shift amount of the reference
position on the image plane from the position of the focus lens corresponding to the first information.

US Pat. No. 9,412,777

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR SATISFACTORY PUPIL DIVISION BY A FOCUS DETECTION PIXEL IN WHICH A LIGHT GUIDE IS FORMED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising an image sensor including a plurality of image forming pixels which detect an object
image formed by an imaging optical system and generate a captured image, and a lens which is arranged for the plurality of
image forming pixels and converges incident light to the image forming pixels,
wherein each of the image forming pixels includes a plurality of divided photo-electric conversion units,
the plurality of photo-electric conversion units have a function of photo-electrically converting a plurality of images having
passed through different exit pupils of the imaging optical system, and outputting focus detection signals for performing
focus adjustment by a phase-difference detection method,

each of the image forming pixels includes a first light guide and a second light guide between the lens and the plurality
of divided photo-electric conversion units,

the first light guide is arranged on a side of the lens, and the second light guide is arranged on a side of the photo-electric
conversion unit,

a division count of the second light guide is larger than the division count of the first light guide, and
a distance between a convergence position of the lens and upper ends of the second light guides is set to be equal to or larger
than a one-side focal depth of the lens so that light which passed through the lens enters at the upper ends of the second
light guides while the light is spreading.

US Pat. No. 9,411,293

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,407,787

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to cause a reading unit to read a sheet by an image sensor of the reading unit and to input image
data obtained by the reading, in accordance with a reading instruction received by an operation unit with which a user performs
an operation, wherein the reading unit and the operation unit are included in one device; and

a storage control unit configured to store on a memory a file containing image data of one or more pages input by the input
unit, in accordance with an end instruction for instructing an end of the input by the input unit, the end instruction being
received by the operation unit,

wherein, in a case where a reading instruction for adding a page and the end instruction are received by the operation unit
after an exception instruction is received by the operation unit separately from the reading instruction, the storage control
unit is configured to store, on the memory, a file which contains image data of a page which is not excepted by the exception
instruction and image data of an added page input by the reading instruction for adding a page and does not contain image
data of an excepted page excepted by the exception instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,407,810

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF TO CONTROL ACCUMULATION TIME OF THE FOCUS DETECTION SENSORS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
a sensor unit including a first sensor and a second sensor and configured to output a signal for focus detection using a phase
difference detection method, each of said first sensor and said second sensor being configured to receive light that has passed
through an imaging optical system and accumulate electric charges, wherein a defocus amount is determined based on a first
signal corresponding to the electric charges accumulated in said first sensor and a second signal corresponding to the electric
charges accumulated in said second sensor;

a signal generation unit configured to generate a predetermined signal based on a contrast of a signal input from the sensor
unit; and

a control unit configured to control an accumulation operation of the electric charges in said first sensor and said second
sensor based on a signal level of the predetermined signal,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the accumulation operation of the electric charges in said first sensor
and said second sensor, based on a signal level of the predetermined signal generated based on a contrast of the first signal
and a signal level of the predetermined signal generated based on a contrast of the second signal,

wherein when the signal level of the predetermined signal generated based on the first signal has reached a predetermined
level and the signal level of the predetermined signal generated based on the second signal has reached a predetermined level,
the control unit controls to terminate accumulation of the electric charges in the first sensor and the second sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,405,370

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect a touch operation on an input device, wherein a touch operation is defined as a specific
series of changes of touch state of the input device;

a processing unit configured to perform processing that depends on the touch operation detected by the detecting unit;
a generating unit configured to notify the user of an available touch operation that is detectable by the detecting unit among
a plurality of touch operations that are detectable by the detecting unit, by generating stimulation that is perceivable by
the user who is touching the input device through a portion that is being touched; and

a control unit configured to control the generating unit so as to generate stimulation corresponding to the available touch
operation that is detectable by the detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,401,116

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display apparatus, comprising:
an illumination unit having a light source block including a plurality of light sources;
a display unit which displays an image on the basis of an image signal;
a plurality of measurement units which measure the brightness of light arriving from the light source block, at a plurality
of measurement positions;

a storage unit which stores brightness information relating to an initial brightness of light arriving from the light source
block at, at least, the plurality of measurement positions;

a setting unit which adjusts a light emission amount of the light source block on the basis of the brightness information
stored in the storage unit, and measurement results from the plurality of measurement units when the light source block is
lit; and

a correction unit which corrects the image signal on the basis of the brightness information stored in the storage unit, the
measurement results from the plurality of measurement units, and the adjusted light emission amount of the light source block.

US Pat. No. 9,400,396

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diffractive optical element comprising:
a diffraction grating including a base surface, a plurality of grating surfaces, and a plurality of grating wall surfaces,
the plurality of grating surfaces and the plurality of grating wall surfaces being arranged on the base surface,

wherein the diffraction grating is made from a resin material containing inorganic nanoparticles that are dispersed unevenly
to provide a refractive index distribution,

wherein an inclination of each of the grating surfaces gradually gets smaller as a distance from the center of the base surface
increases,

wherein the refractive index distribution causes a rate of increase of a phase difference of light transmitting through the
diffraction grating to increase as the distance from the center of the base surface increases, and

wherein a height of each of the grating wall surfaces is determined based on the refractive index distribution to reduce the
rate of increase of the phase difference.

US Pat. No. 9,400,948

IMAGE PROCESSING FOR RENDERING AN INDEXED COLOR IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,400,426

IMPRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that molds an imprint material on a substrate using a mold and cures the imprint material to thereby
form a pattern of the imprint material on the substrate, the imprint apparatus comprising:
a mold holding mechanism configured to hold the mold;
a substrate holding unit configured to hold the substrate;
a deforming unit configured to deform the mold held by the mold holding mechanism into a convex shape toward the substrate;
a measuring unit configured to obtain an image of a contact region at which the mold deformed into the convex shape is brought
into contact with the imprint material;

a driving unit configured to change a position of the contact region; and
a control unit configured to calculate a plane coordinate of a centroid of the contact region based on the image and to control
the operation of the driving unit based on the image acquired by the measuring unit during a releasing operation in which
the mold is released from the imprint material such that the plane coordinate position of the centroid is directed toward
a pre-acquired plane coordinate position of the center of a pattern-forming region on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,402,023

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,402,031

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,402,063

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,228

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus on which an interchangeable lens is removably mounted, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to perform a photoelectric conversion of an optical image formed via the interchangeable
lens; and

a controller configured to control a power supply to the interchangeable lens mounted on the image pickup apparatus,
wherein when the mounted interchangeable lens is a first type interchangeable lens and a power is turned off, the controller
performs an aperture control so as to change a first aperture state set in the interchangeable lens to a second aperture state
and then stops the power supply to the interchangeable lens, and

wherein when the mounted interchangeable lens is a second type interchangeable lens which is a different lens type from the
first type interchangeable lens and the power is turned off, the controller maintains the power supply differently from a
case where the mounted interchangeable lens is the first type interchangeable lens.

US Pat. No. 9,394,132

CONVEYING DEVICE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,395,513

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,398,199

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SHIFTING ELECTRICAL SIGNAL WHEN CENTER OF GRAVITY IS SHIFTED DUE TO AN ECLIPSE OF PUPIL AREA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a pupil division unit which divides a light beam entering an imaging optical system into each pixel on the image sensor;
an incident angle determination unit which determines an incident angle to each pixel on the image sensor based on a center
of gravity of a pupil area, in a presence of an eclipse, corresponding to each of the pixel on a two- dimensional pupil plane;

an image shift unit which shifts an electric signal obtained from the image sensor in a direction in which the center of gravity
is shifted by an eclipse on the two-dimensional pupil plane, based on the incident angle determined by the incident angle
determination unit and a position of a plane on which image generation is performed; and

an image generation unit which synthesizes electric signals obtained from the image shift unit.

US Pat. No. 9,398,218

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system; and
an image sensor that acquires an image of light coming from the imaging optical system, wherein
the imaging optical system has an aperture stop including a first aperture and a second aperture;
the image sensor has first pixels and second pixels;
the central axis of the first aperture and the central axis of the second aperture are aligned with each other;
the first aperture has a first optical filter that codes light passing therethrough with a first code;
the first pixels receive first coded light coded with the first code; and
the second pixels do not receive the first coded light and receive light other than the first coded light; and
wherein the following expression is satisfied:

where D1 is the diameter of the second aperture, D2 is the diameter of the first aperture, T11 is the transmittance of the first coded light in the second aperture, T12 is the transmittance of light other than the first coded light in the second aperture, T21 is the transmittance of the first coded light in the first aperture, and T22 is the transmittance of light other than the first coded light in the first aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,389,781

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,533

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING POSITION OF IMAGE TO BE FORMED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that includes a plurality of photosensitive members and an exposure device for exposing each of the
photosensitive members to form an electrostatic latent image thereon, and is configured to form a plurality of toner images
by developing the electrostatic latent images formed on the respective photosensitive members by the exposure device;

an image bearing member onto which the plurality of toner images formed by the image forming unit are transferred;
a sensor configured to sense a temperature of the exposure device;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed on the image bearing member;
a first determination unit configured to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image on the image bearing
member, control the measurement unit to measure the measurement image, and determine a first registration adjustment condition
based on a result of measurement by the measurement unit;

a second determination unit configured to determine a second registration adjustment condition based on a reference temperature
and a first temperature sensed by the sensor;

a controller configured to execute registration adjustment processing for the toner images based on the first registration
adjustment condition determined by the first determination unit in a case where the first temperature is lower than a second
temperature sensed by the sensor, and execute the registration adjustment processing for the toner images based on the first
registration adjustment condition determined by the first determination unit and the second registration adjustment condition
determined by the second determination unit in a case where the first temperature is not lower than the second temperature;
and

an updating unit configured to update the reference temperature in a case where the first temperature is lower than the second
temperature,

wherein the sensor senses the first temperature while the image forming unit is forming the toner images, and
wherein the sensor senses the second temperature before the image forming unit forms the toner images.

US Pat. No. 9,388,000

SPACING MECHANISM FOR SPACING TWO MEMBERS, AND A FIXING DEVICE SHEET FEEDING-CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spacing mechanism comprising:
a first member;
a second member urged toward said first member;
a rotation shaft rotatable by a driving force from a driving source;
an urged member supported by said second member;
an urging member for receiving the driving force from said rotation shaft to rotate, said urging member urging said urged
member, against an urging force, toward said first member to space said second member from said first member, in a state that
said rotation shaft is at a predetermined rotational phase;

a first gear that is rotatable integrally with said urging member;
a load receiving portion that is rotatable integrally with said first gear;
a second gear engaged with said first gear to be driven by said first gear; and
an elastic unit having one end portion fixed to a fixed portion of said second gear and another end portion configured to
contact said load receiving portion,

wherein, when said rotation shaft rotates from the predetermined rotational phase and said urged member is released from said
urging member, said elastic unit applies a load to said first gear in a direction opposite to a direction in which said first
gear rotates by receiving the driving force.

US Pat. No. 9,388,264

METHOD FOR PRODUCING RESIN COMPOSITION AND RESIN COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for producing a resin composition, comprising the steps of:
subjecting a radical copolymerization of
a first radical polymerizable monomer which is free from any crystalline molecular chain, and
a second radical polymerizable monomer having a crystalline molecular chain, in the presence of a radical polymerization initiator,
wherein the second radical polymerizable monomer is the following compound 1,
(wherein R1 denotes a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R2 denotes an alkyl group having at least 17 carbon atoms), and
the first radical polymerizable monomer and the second radical polymerizable monomer are a combination of monomers such that
a precipitate, which is obtained by a method shown below, has a sea-island type phase separation structure,

preparing a first homopolymer by polymerizing the first radical polymerizable monomer,
preparing a second homopolymer by polymerizing the second radical polymerizable monomer,
dissolving the first homopolymer and the second homopolymer in a solvent and obtaining a solution of the homopolymers, and
adding the solution of the homopolymers to a common poor solvent and obtaining the precipitate,
wherein the first radical polymerizable monomer has the following monomer reactivity ratio r1, and the second radical polymerizable monomer has the following monomer reactivity ratio r2, and
r1>1.0 r2<1.0(wherein r1=k11/k12,
wherein k11 denotes a reaction rate constant of an addition reaction in which the first radical polymerizable monomer binds to the first
radical polymerizable monomer, and

k12 denotes a reaction rate constant of an addition reaction in which the second radical polymerizable monomer binds to the first
radical polymerizable monomer, and
r2=k22/k21,
wherein k22 denotes a reaction rate constant of an addition reaction in which the second radical polymerizable monomer binds to the second
radical polymerizable monomer, and

k21 denotes a reaction rate constant of an addition reaction in which the first radical polymerizable monomer binds to the second
radical polymerizable monomer)

the ratio (B/(A+B)) of the second radical polymerizable monomer to the first radical polymerizable monomer is 0.25 or more
and 0.80 or less in the copolymerization, wherein A denotes the amount of first radical polymerizable monomer (parts by mass),
and B denotes the amount of second radical polymerizable monomer (parts by mass),

the resin composition comprises a first unit which is free from any crystalline molecular chain and a second unit having a
crystalline molecular chain, wherein

the unit having a crystalline molecular chain is the following unit 1,

(wherein R1 denotes a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, and R2 denotes an alkyl group having at least 17 carbon atoms),

the ratio (D/(C+D)) of the second unit to the first unit is 0.25 or more and 0.80 or less in the resin composition, wherein
C denotes the amount of first unit (parts by mass), and D denotes the amount of second unit (parts by mass), and

the resin composition has a sea-island type phase separation structure in which a main unit of a resin component forming the
island phase is the first unit, and a main unit of a resin component forming the sea phase is the second unit.

US Pat. No. 9,389,321

CRYSTALLINE SCINTILLATOR BODY AND RADIATION DETECTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A crystalline scintillator body comprising:
a plurality of first crystalline phases, each being a columnar crystal made of a material containing at least one of cesium
iodide and rubidium iodide; and

a second crystalline phase in which the plurality of first crystalline phases are present, the second crystalline phase being
made of a material containing sodium nitrate.

US Pat. No. 9,391,116

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. A manufacturing method of an imaging apparatus including a junction type field effect transistor provided in a semiconductor
substrate, the manufacturing method comprising:
forming a gate region of the junction type field effect transistor by doping the semiconductor substrate with a first impurity
using a first mask which defines a first opening; and

doping a region at a same depth as at least a part of the gate region with a second impurity having a same conductivity type
as the first impurity, using a second mask which defines a second opening,

wherein
the first opening includes a plurality of sub-openings divided by the first mask,
an orthogonal projection of the second opening onto a plane parallel to a surface of the semiconductor substrate at least
partially overlaps with an orthogonal projection of a part, which is disposed between the sub-openings, of the first mask
onto the plane.

US Pat. No. 9,387,615

INJECTION MOLDING APPARATUS, INJECTION MOLDING METHOD, AND MOLDED-PRODUCT MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An injection molding apparatus comprising:
a stationary mold; and
a movable mold,
wherein at least one of the stationary mold and the movable mold is separable into a first mold member at a platen side and
a second mold member at a cavity side,

wherein when the first mold member and the second mold member are separated from each other, the first mold member and the
second mold member are capable of forming, between the first mold member and the second mold member, a space into which thermal
fluid is able to be injected,

wherein the first mold member is composed of a material with thermal conductivity higher than that of the second mold member,
and

wherein a portion of the second mold member that is in contact with the cavity has a thickness ranging between 1 mm and 20
mm.

US Pat. No. 9,392,244

TRANSMITTING APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING IMAGE DATA WITH ID INFORMATION AND TIME CODE INFORMATION AND RECEIVING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmitting apparatus comprising:
a moving image data generating unit that generates moving image data including a plurality of image data;
a determination unit that determines first image data from the plurality of image data included in the moving image data to
satisfy a first condition, and determines second image data from the plurality of image data included in the moving image
data to satisfy a second condition;

an identification (ID) information generating unit that generates ID information indicating that the plurality of image data
included in the moving image data belongs to the moving image data;

a time code information generating unit that generates first time code information corresponding to the first image data and
second time code information corresponding to the second image data;

a first transmitting unit that transmits, to an external apparatus, the first image data with the ID information and the first
time code information, wherein the ID information indicates that the first image data included in the moving image data belongs
to the moving image data; and

a second transmitting unit that transmits, to the external apparatus, the second image data with the ID information and the
second time code information, wherein the ID information indicates that the second image data included in the moving image
data belongs to the moving image data,

wherein predetermined information is transmitted with the first image data or the second image data if the first image data
and the second image data are the same, and the predetermined information indicates that one of the first image data and the
second image data is used for recording or displaying, and

wherein the moving image data generating unit, the determination unit, the ID information generating unit, the time code information
generating unit, the first transmitting unit, and the second transmitting unit are implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,389,427

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,386,917

LIGHT INTENSITY CONTROL APPARATUS, LIGHT INTENSITY CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit for acquiring a moving image of an eye to be inspected, which moving image is acquired based on a return
light from the eye to be inspected illuminated by an observation light from an observation light source;

a receiving unit for receiving an instruction relating to an intensity of image in accordance with inputting by an operator;
a determination unit for determining a light intensity of the observation light source and a light intensity of a photographing
light source, based on (1) a value corresponding to the instruction, (2) an intensity of relating to the moving image, and
(3) a light intensity of the observation light source at a time of acquiring the moving image; and

a control unit for controlling the observation light source and the photographing light source, based on the determined light
intensities.

US Pat. No. 9,389,746

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,386,186

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD PERFORMING DETECTION OF INCLINATION OF ORIGINAL IN READ IMAGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH DIRECTION OF FIBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

6. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a storage medium configured to store program codes; and
one or more processors configured to execute the program codes stored in the storage medium,
wherein the one or more processors function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a read image acquired by a reading device reading an original;
a specifying unit configured to specify a region in which the luminance is higher than a predetermined luminance, which corresponds
to a frequency component equal to or greater than a predetermined frequency, and in which the flatness of a power spectrum
existent region is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold value, from the read image acquired by the acquisition
unit, and to specify a direction of fiber in the specified region, and

a performing unit configured to perform predetermined processing on the read image based on the specified direction of the
fiber in the region specified by the specifying unit.

US Pat. No. 9,384,434

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF MAKING USER AWARE OF SECURITY POLICY VIOLATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory being configured to:
store user information including user names and passwords;
receive data from an external apparatus, the data having a user name and not having a password;
execute, if the user name of the received data corresponds to one of the user names which are included in the stored user
information and if a password of the corresponding stored user name has not expired, a print process on the basis of the received
data; and

if the user name of the received data corresponds to one of the user names which are included in the stored user information
and, if a password of the corresponding user name expired, restrict the print process on the basis of the received data, cause
a password change screen to be displayed at at least one of the image forming apparatus and the external apparatus, the password
change screen being configured to allow a user to change a password.

US Pat. No. 9,384,559

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,738

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,377,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,380,577

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COLLABORATIVE DATA COMMUNICATION IN A RADIO NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for data communication between active nodes of a set of collaborative nodes configured to collaboratively communicate
in a radio network, the method comprising:
sending, by each active node of the set of collaborative nodes, a medium access request for a same transmission slot, over
the radio network;

sending, by one of the active nodes, referred to as coordinator node, a medium access response to acknowledge reservation
of said same transmission slot on behalf of all the active nodes, upon receiving the sent medium access requests, wherein
the same transmission slot is divided, based on the sent medium access requests, into a plurality of sub-slots for respective
active nodes to transmit data packets;

wherein each collaborative node has an associated backoff counter to implement a Collision Avoidance mechanism, the backoff
counter being counted-down as along as the associated collaborative node detects the radio network as idle,

wherein each collaborative node knows a current value of each backoff counter of the other collaborative nodes,
sending the medium access requests by the active nodes starts from an expiry of a first backoff counter of a first active
node among all backoff counters, wherein at least one active node different from the first active node sends its medium access
request while its own associated backoff counter has not expired due to different backoff values.

US Pat. No. 9,375,960

SPRING FIXING MEMBER AND INK JET RECORDING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,379,310

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1)
(NaxBa1-y)(NbyTi1-y)O3  (1)

(where 0.80?x?0.95 and 0.85?y?0.95); and
an auxiliary component containing at least one selected from the group consisting of Si and B,
wherein a content of the auxiliary component on a metal basis is 0.001 parts by weight or more and 4.000 parts by weight or
less relative to 100 parts by weight of the perovskite-type metal oxide.

US Pat. No. 9,380,131

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus configured to act as both a client and a server for different respective communication sessions
based on negotiated parameters, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a communication request from a communication partner, the communication request including
a proposed parameter to be used by the communication partner in a communication session between the communication apparatus
and the communication partner,

a determination unit configured to:
determine, for the proposed parameter included in the communication request, whether the communication apparatus supports
a first parameter which is used by the communication apparatus functioning as a server and is corresponding to the proposed
parameter used by the communication partner functioning as a client;

determine based on a determination that the communication apparatus supports the first parameter corresponding to the proposed
parameter used by the communication partner functioning as a client, that the communication apparatus is to function as a
server for the communication session; and

determine based on a determination that the communication apparatus does not support the first parameter corresponding to
the proposed parameter used by the communication partner functioning as a client, that the communication apparatus is to function
as a client for the communication session; and

a transmission unit configured to:
based on a determination that the communication apparatus is to function as the server for the communication session, transmit
to the communication partner, a response including the first parameter supported by the communication apparatus to accept
the proposed parameter; and

based on a determination that the communication apparatus is to function as the client for the communication session, transmit
to the communication partner a response including a new first parameter supported by the communication apparatus functioning
as a client to propose to use instead of the first parameter for the communication session, wherein the response does not
include all possible parameters of the communication apparatus for the communication session to prevent the communication
partner from knowing all of the possible parameters of the communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,377,348

MEASURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,428

CHARGING MEMBER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A charging member comprising a supporting member, an elastic layer and a surface layer, wherein
the surface layer comprises a polymer compound having a Si—O-M bond, the polymer compound has at least one structural unit
selected from structural units represented by a general formula (1) and a general formula (2) below, and the polymer compound
has a structural unit represented by a general formula (3) below; and wherein

the charging member has a crack extending from the surface thereof into the elastic layer, and the crack has a convexly raised
edge by which the surface of the charging member is roughened:

MO4/2  General formula (1)

wherein, M represents an element selected from the group consisting of Ti, Zr and Hf;
MO5/2  General formula (2)

wherein, M represents an element Ta;

wherein, R1 and R2 each independently represent a general formula (5) below:


wherein, R10 to R14, each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a hydroxy group, a carboxyl group
or an amino group; R15 to R18, each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; m and l each independently represent
an integer of 1 to 8; y represents 0 or 1; a reference symbol “*” represents a binding site to a silicon atom of the SiO3/2 units in the general formula (3); and a reference symbol “**” represents an oxygen atom in the chain of R1—O—R2—O in the general formula (3),

wherein the polymer compound is a cross-linked product of a hydrolyzed condensate of a hydrolyzable compound having a structure
represented by a general formula (12) below, and a general formula (13) below:

R33—Si(OR34)(OR35)(OR36)  General formula (12):

Ti(OR37)(OR38)(OR39)(OR40)  General formula (13):

wherein, R33 represents a general formula (18) below; R34 to R36 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; and R37 to R40 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 9 carbon atoms;


wherein, R59 to R65 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a hydroxy group, a carboxyl group
or an amino group; R62 to R65 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; m? and l? each independently represent
an integer of 1 to 8; and a reference symbol “*” indicates a binding site with a silicon atom of the general formula (12),
and

wherein the raised edge crack is a cure shrinkage contraction force crack of the hydrolyzed condensate while on the elastic
layer, whereby the crack extends into the elastic layer as a result of the contraction force of cure shrinkage cross-linking.

US Pat. No. 9,372,292

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,369,629

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus that performs wireless communication with a different communication apparatus, comprising:
a processor and memory;
a first notification unit configured to notify the different communication apparatus of first information that enables the
different communication apparatus to decide whether the communication apparatus has a function to disconnect a power source
according to an instruction from the different communication apparatus;

a second notification unit configured to notify the different communication apparatus of second information that shows an
operation mode of the communication apparatus;

a reception unit configured to receive a disconnection instruction of communication between the communication apparatus and
the different communication apparatus, and a power disconnection instruction of the communication apparatus, from the different
communication apparatus; and

a control unit configured to disconnect the communication with the different communication apparatus and disconnect the power
source of the communication apparatus in a case where the reception unit receives the disconnection instruction and the power
disconnection instruction,

wherein the units are implemented upon execution of instructions stored in the memory by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,360,798

DEVELOPER REPLENISHING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ROTATIONAL VELOCITY CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer replenishing apparatus comprising:
a rotatable developer supply container configured to supply developer, said container having an opening provided in an axial
end portion thereof and configured to permit discharging of the developer therein;

a scoop portion provided in said container and configured to scoop the developer in said container with a rotation of said
container;

a guide portion provided in said container and configured to guide the developer scooped by said scoop portion toward said
opening;

a driving portion configured to rotationally drive said container;
a developer receiving portion configured to receive the developer discharged through said opening from said container;
a detecting portion configured to detect a developer amount in said developer receiving portion; and
a control portion configured to control said driving portion based on an output of said detecting portion,
wherein when the developer amount detected by said detecting portion is smaller than a predetermined amount even if said control
portion rotates said container continuously in a first driving condition in a first predetermined time period, said control
portion rotates said container intermittently in a second driving condition in which a quantity of rotation of the container
per unit time is less than the first driving condition,

and then when the developer amount detected by said detecting portion is smaller than the predetermined amount even if said
control portion rotates said container intermittently in the second driving condition in a second predetermined time period,
said control portion indicates an exchange of said container.

US Pat. No. 9,360,831

DEVELOPING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing unit comprising:
a frame;
a flexible container, provided inside said frame, for accommodating developer, wherein said flexible container includes an
opening for permitting discharge of the developer;

an urging member, provided inside said frame, for urging said flexible container to deform said flexible container; and
a developer carrying member for carrying the developer discharged from the opening of said flexible container,
wherein said flexible container includes a projected portion projecting toward an outside of said flexible container, and
wherein said projected portion is moved depending on deformation of said flexible container, by urging of said flexible container,
to stir the developer discharged through the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,358,786

RECORDING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording head comprising:
a substrate and a channel forming member configured to form a flow channel;
a supply port formed at the substrate so as to penetrate through the substrate and the flow channel communicates with the
supply port;

an interconnecting member formed of an organic material and configured to connect two surfaces forming the supply port and
opposing each other with the supply port interposed therebetween, wherein the two surfaces oppose each other in a transverse
direction of the supply port when viewed from above in a direction in which the supply port penetrates through the substrate;
and

a rigid bridge structure configured to also interconnect the two surfaces forming the supply port, while also providing an
upper support surface to provide structural support for a bottom surface of the interconnecting member, so that the upper
support surface of the bridge structure is in direct contact with the bottom surface of the interconnecting member,

wherein the interconnecting member formed of the organic material does not connect the two surfaces opposing each other in
a longitudinal direction of the supply port when viewed from above in a direction in which the supply port penetrates through
the substrate,

wherein the substrate is arranged in a depressed portion of a supporting member.

US Pat. No. 9,363,757

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,361,449

PLATFORM INTEGRITY VERIFICATION SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A platform integrity verification system having an information processing device and an integrity verification computer
that are is communicably connected to each other, wherein
said information processing device comprises:
an acquisition unit configured to perform acquisition processing including acquiring a plurality of unique values from a plurality
of programs executed by said information processing device when said information processing device is shut down, each respective
unique value of the plurality of unique values acquired from a respective program of the plurality of programs, wherein said
information processing device is configured, after said acquisition unit finishes the acquisition processing, to report to
said integrity verification computer that said information processing device is shut down; and

a storage unit configured to store the plurality of unique values acquired by said acquisition unit in a storage device, and
said integrity verification computer comprises a comparison unit configured to retrieve each respective unique value of the
plurality of unique values stored in the storage device through communication with said information processing device and
to compare the respective unique value with a respective predetermined value held in advance for the respective program from
which the respective unique value was acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,360,779

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOCONDUCTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photoconductor comprising:
a support medium;
an undercoat layer formed immediately on the support medium; and
a photosensitive layer formed immediately on the undercoat layer
wherein the undercoat layer contains
a binding resin, and
composite particles,
the composite particles each containing
a core material particle and
tin oxide covering the core material particle and doped with aluminum, and
a doping amount of the aluminum based on the tin oxide is 1% by mass or more and 4% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 9,361,551

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,357,097

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning optical device comprising:
a light source for emitting laser light;
a rotatable polygonal mirror for deflecting the laser light emitted from said light source;
a detecting portion for outputting a detection signal on the basis of incidence of the laser light deflected by said rotatable
polygonal mirror on a light receiving surface; and

an outputting portion for outputting a driving signal for driving said light source on the basis of output timing of the detection
signal and an output period in which the detection signal is outputted, wherein the laser light is emitted depending on an
image signal inputted at timing based on output timing of the driving signal,

wherein when the output period is longer than a first period, said outputting portion outputs the driving signal on the basis
of the output timing of the detection signal and a fixed second period.

US Pat. No. 9,354,587

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member provided in a rotatable manner;
a developing unit configured to supply a developer of a first polarity onto the image bearing member;
a voltage applying unit configured to apply a transfer voltage;
a cleaning unit configured to remove the developer on the image bearing member; and
a collecting unit,
wherein when the image forming apparatus stops an image forming operation halfway, the image forming apparatus executes a
recovery operation so that a part of the developer remaining on the image bearing member is (i) once transferred from the
image bearing member to the collecting unit, (ii) transferred again from the collecting unit to the image bearing member,
and (iii) then removed by the cleaning unit, and

wherein by a first time at which rotation of the image bearing member causes a portion of the image bearing member, which
contacted the developing unit when the image forming operation was stopped halfway, to reach a contact area between the image
bearing member and the collecting unit in the recovery operation for the first time after stopping the image forming operation
halfway, the voltage applying unit applies a voltage having a second polarity opposite to the first polarity to transfer the
part of the developer of the first polarity which remains on the image bearing member to the collecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,354,089

ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,357,194

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR MINIMIZING REPETITIVE RECORDING OF MOVING IMAGE DATA OF A SIMILAR SCENE ON A RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging pickup unit that captures an image of a subject;
a still image generator that generates still image data based on an image captured by the imaging pickup unit;
a moving image generator that generates moving image data based on an image captured by the imaging pickup unit; and
a control unit that performs control, in response to a recording instruction of a still image, to record, on a recording medium,
still image data generated by the still image generator, and to record, on the recording medium, moving image data of a predetermined
time length, wherein the moving image data is generated by the moving image generator,

wherein the control unit performs control, in a case where a predetermined condition is satisfied, in response to the recording
instruction of the still image, not to record, on the recording medium, the moving image data of the predetermined time length
and to record the still image data on the recording medium, and

wherein the control unit performs control to record, in [[a]] one moving image file, a plurality of moving image data pieces
each having a predetermined time length and corresponding to respective recording instructions of still images, the plurality
of moving image data pieces to be recorded on one moving image file each correspond to a different recording instruction of
a still image.

US Pat. No. 9,356,428

NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:
a first reflector;
a plurality of active layers on the first reflector;
a second reflector on the plurality of active layers;
an n-type spacer layer formed between the first reflector and an active layer closest to the first reflector in the plurality
of active layers;

a p-type spacer layer formed between the second reflector and an active layer closest to the second reflector in the plurality
of active layers; and

an intermediate layer arranged between the plurality of active layers,
wherein the intermediate layer comprises an Mg-doped layer including Mg and a nitride semiconductor layer including In, and
the Mg-doped layer and the nitride semiconductor layer are provided in order from a side of the n-type spacer layer.
US Pat. No. 9,348,247

TONER AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a binder resin and a thermoplastic elastomer, wherein,
the thermoplastic elastomer has a glass transition temperature (Tg) which does not exceed room temperature,
the thermoplastic elastomer comprises a portion which is compatible with the binder resin,
the toner comprises a crystalline part originating from the thermoplastic elastomer,
the binder resin has a glass transition temperature of at least 60° C. and the softening point of the thermoplastic elastomer
is less than or equal to the softening point of the binder resin, and

the thermoplastic elastomer is an ester-type urethane thermoplastic elastomer.

US Pat. No. 9,348,255

LAYER THICKNESS REGULATING MEMBER, DEVELOPING DEVICE AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A layer thickness regulating member for regulating an amount of a developer carried on a surface of a developer carrying
member for developing a latent image, said layer thickness regulating member comprising:
a base portion;
a layer thickness regulating portion configured to regulate the amount of developer carried on the surface of the developer
carrying member, said layer thickness regulating portion projecting from said base portion along a rotational axis direction
of the developer carrying member in a front side of said base portion;

wherein said base portion includes an upstream base portion provided upstream of said layer thickness regulating portion with
respect to the rotational direction of the developer carrying member and a downstream base portion provided downstream of
said layer thickness regulating portion with respect to the rotational direction of the developer carrying member,

wherein a cross-section of said base portion perpendicular to an axial direction of the developer carrying member is extended
along a tangential direction of the developer carrying member at a position where said regulating portion and the developer
carrying member are closest to each other; and

a reinforcing rib portion provided on a rear side of said base portion and projecting from said base portion, said reinforcing
rib portion including a first reinforcing rib which is continuously disposed with respect to a rotational axis direction of
the developer carrying member and a second reinforcing rib which is disposed in a direction crossing said first reinforcing
rib,

wherein said base portion, said layer thickness regulating portion, and said reinforcing rib portion are integrally molded,
and

wherein said layer thickness regulating portion and said first reinforcing rib are provided at positions spaced from each
other with respect to the tangential direction.

US Pat. No. 9,350,883

COLOR/MONOCHROMATIC DETERMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a compression unit configured to compress an image by performing quantization processing using a quantization table and encoding
processing on the image, and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the image before the compression is color or monochromatic based on a
data size of the image after the compression and a mean color difference value of the image before the compression,

wherein the determination unit determines the image before the compression is color if the mean color difference value of
the image before the compression is equal to or less than a predetermined value and the data size of the image after the compression
is equal to or more than a predetermined data amount.

US Pat. No. 9,350,885

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD UTILIZING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which can communicate with a computer, the printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit;
a display unit;
a connecting unit configured to establish a connection with the computer via a network;
a display control unit configured to control to display, on the display unit, a screen for inputting specifying information
for specifying a file managed by the computer;

a requesting unit configured to issue a request to the computer, for causing the computer to transmit file information of
the file specified by the specifying information inputted through the screen displayed on the display unit;

a receiving unit configured to receive the file information transmitted according to the request; and
a printing control unit configured to control the printing unit to print an image based on the file information received by
the receiving unit,

wherein the connecting unit disconnects, by issuing an instruction of network disconnection from the printing apparatus to
the computer, the connection which has been established with the computer without affecting a power supply of the printing
unit according to a user not operating the printing apparatus for a predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,350,901

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IS CAPABLE OF TWO-COLOR PRINTING, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive data and attribute information of the data, the attribute information including at
least first information indicating whether the data should be printed as an output image or stored, and second information
indicating that the data is printed as an output image in a “two-color” mode;

a raster conversion unit configured to convert the data into raster image data;
a storage unit;
a printing unit; and
a control unit configured to determine, according to the attribute information, whether the data should be printed as an output
image or stored,

wherein in a case where it is determined that the data should be printed as an output image, said control unit executes a
color conversion process in which the raster image data is converted, according to the attribute information, to two color
image data, and subsequently executes a print process in which said printing unit outputs the two color image data, and

in a case where it is determined that the data should be stored, said control unit controls said storage unit to store the
raster image data together with the attribute information, without the raster image data converted to the two color image
data.

US Pat. No. 9,340,051

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,343,985

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a transformer having a primary side and a secondary side insulated from the primary side;
a switch element for switching current flowing in the primary side of the transformer;
a control part configured to control an operation of the switch element so as to control an output voltage of the secondary
side of the transformer; and

a first detection part configured to detect the output voltage from the secondary side of the transformer and to supply the
control part a first signal in accordance with the detected output voltage,

a second detection part configured to compare an output value according to the output voltage on the secondary side of the
transformer and a threshold value and supply a second signal based on a result of the comparison to the control part, the
second detection part configured to switch an output condition of the secondary signal according to an external signal;

wherein in a case where a target value of the output voltage on the secondary side of the transformer is a first target voltage,
the control part controls the switching of the switch element according to the first signal detected by the first detection
part, and in the case where a target value of the output voltage on the secondary side of the transformer is lower than a
second target voltage lower than the first target voltage, the control part controls the switching of the switch element according
to the second signal detected by the second detection part.

US Pat. No. 9,341,468

MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measuring apparatus that includes a light projecting and receiving device configured to project and receive light, and
measures an object based on the projected and received light, the measuring apparatus comprising:
a chamber configured to enclose a first space for accommodating the object;
a partition configured to separate the first space from a second space that accommodates the light projecting and receiving
device, and configured to transmit light;

a first regulator configured to regulate a temperature of the first space to a first temperature by flowing gas through the
first space; and

a second regulator configured to regulate a temperature of the second space to a second temperature different from the first
temperature by flowing gas through the second space,

wherein the partition includes a plurality of partition walls disposed with a gap therebetween to reduce heat transfer between
the first space and the second space.

US Pat. No. 9,342,000

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD WHICH STARTS SUPPLY OF RECORDING MATERIAL OR ALLOWS RECORDING MATERIAL SUPPLY TO IMAGE FORMING UNIT AT TIMING DEPENDENT ON DUTY RATIO OF HEATER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that forms a toner image on a recording material;
a fixing unit that has a heater, the resistance value of which changes with an increase in temperature, and heats and fixes
the toner image formed on the recording material to the recording material;

a control unit that controls the apparatus;
an inlet current detecting unit that detects current flowing into the entire apparatus; and
a heater current detecting unit that detects current flowing into the heater, wherein
when warming up the fixing unit to a fixable temperature, the control unit supplies power to the heater with the smaller duty
ratio of:

an upper-limit duty ratio D15a of power supplied to the heater, the ratio being determined so that the current detected by
the inlet current detecting unit does not exceed a predetermined current; and

a duty ratio Dn which is determined based on the resistance value of the heater corresponding to the temperature of the heater
and the current detected by the heater current detecting unit, and which is continuously corrected according to a change in
the resistance value and is required for supplying predetermined target power,

wherein when a determination is made that power is supplied continuously at the duty ratio Dn in a period in which the fixing
unit is warmed up to the fixable temperature, the control unit allows a recording material to be supplied to the image forming
unit at the time when a period in which power is supplied at the duty ratio Dn has reached a predetermined period, and

wherein when a determination is made that a duty ratio of the power supplied to the heater reaches the upper-limit duty ratio
D15a in the period in which the fixing unit is warmed up to the fixable temperature, the control unit allows the recording
material to be supplied at a time later than the predetermined period.

US Pat. No. 9,339,185

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,690

PRESSING ROLLER AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,709

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SETTING A CONTROL TARGET TEMPERATURE OF A FIXING PORTION, FIXING AN IMAGE ON RECORDING MATERIAL, DEPENDING ON A CALCULATED SUPPLIABLE ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLIABLE TO A HEATER OF THE FIXING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a fixing portion configured to fix an image, formed on a recording material, on the recording material, wherein said fixing
portion includes a heater configured to generate heat by electric power supplied from a commercial power source;

a power source portion configured to supply the electric power to a load except the heater, wherein said power source and
the heater are connected with the commercial power source in parallel;

a suppliable electric power calculating portion configured to calculate suppliable electric power suppliable to the heater;
and

a temperature setting portion configured to set, depending on the suppliable electric power calculated by said calculating
portion, a control target temperature of said fixing portion in an operation in a stand-by mode in which said image forming
apparatus awaits a print instruction,

wherein said temperature setting portion sets the control target temperature at a lower value with a larger value of the suppliable
electric power.

US Pat. No. 9,336,744

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for determining whether a vertical synchronizing signal included in a video signal
is active low or active high, comprising:
an obtainment unit configured to obtain a polarity of the vertical synchronizing signal;
a change determination unit configured to determine at a predetermined time interval whether a change of polarity of the vertical
synchronizing signal has occurred;

a measurement unit configured to set an initial value in a counter when the polarity of the vertical synchronizing signal
changes, and increment or decrement the value in the counter according to a detection of a horizontal synchronizing signal
while the change of the polarity of the vertical synchronizing signal does not occur;

a count determination unit configured to determine whether the value in the counter reaches a predetermined value; and
a polarity determination unit configured to determine whether the vertical synchronizing signal is active low or active high
based on the polarity of the vertical synchronizing signal obtained by the obtainment unit when the count determination unit
determines that the value in the counter reaches the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,338,339

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an area dividing part configured to divide an input image produced by an image pickup system into plural provisional areas,
to obtain in each provisional area an evaluation value by using a response function of the image pickup system, and to determine
whether or not a difference between the evaluation values of two provisional areas adjacent to each other is not less than
a threshold to set the provisional areas whose obtained evaluation values are mutually different as divided image areas; and

a processing part configured to perform image processing on the divided image areas by using response functions different
for the respective divided image areas to produce an output image whose definition is higher than that of the input image,

wherein area dividing part is configured to repeatedly divide the input image and determine whether or not the difference
between the evaluation values of two provisional areas adjacent to each other is not less than a threshold until the input
image is divided into provisional areas where the difference between the evaluation values is less than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,333,746

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,131

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,335,908

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for causing a display device to display an image, the apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from a server connected with the apparatus via a network, first image data representing
a first image to be displayed on the display device and to which first time data representing a first time is added, and second
image data representing a second image to be displayed on the display device and to which second time data representing a
second time is added;

a selection unit configured to select a time period according to a difference between the first time and the second time in
a case where the difference between the first time and the second time is smaller than a predetermined time, and to select
a predetermined time period in a case where the difference is not smaller than the predetermined time; and

a processing unit configured to perform a display processing operation to display on the display device the second image after
the first image is displayed for one of the time periods selected by the selection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,332,141

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus capable of communicating with a server that provides a microblogging function, the image
processing apparatus comprising:
a detecting unit configured to detect a registration of a first message to the server;
a processor configured to perform as:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire image data indicated by the first message whose registration is detected by the detecting
unit;

an output unit configured to output the image data acquired by the acquiring unit;
a determining unit configured to determine whether or not a predetermined time has elapsed without the output unit having
output the image data since the detecting unit detected the registration of the first message; and

a registration unit configured to register to the server a second message in association with the first message in response
to a third message being registered and the determining unit having determined that the predetermined time has elapsed without
the output unit having output the image data.

US Pat. No. 9,326,370

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board, comprising:
a printed wiring board including:
a power layer having a wiring-shaped power pattern formed therein; and
a ground layer having a plane-shaped ground pattern formed therein, the ground layer being opposed to the power layer across
a dielectric layer;

a semiconductor device mounted on the printed wiring board, the semiconductor device having a power terminal connected to
the power pattern and a ground terminal connected to the ground pattern; and

a power supply member mounted on the printed wiring board, the power supply member supplying DC power to the semiconductor
device via the power pattern and the ground pattern, so that the wiring-shaped power pattern is a wiring connecting the power
supply member to the semiconductor device,

wherein the ground pattern has a overlapping region overlapping the wiring-shaped power pattern as viewed from a direction
perpendicular to a surface of the printed wiring board,

wherein at least one defect portion is formed on the ground pattern, the defect portion overlapping the wiring-shaped power
pattern as viewed from a direction perpendicular to a surface of the printed wiring board, so that the overlapping region
is defined as a wiring-shaped ground pattern region, the wiring-shaped ground pattern region connecting the power supply member
and the semiconductor device,

wherein a wiring-width of a part of the wiring-shaped ground pattern region beside the defect portion, which is perpendicular
to a wiring direction of the wiring-shaped power pattern, is narrower than a wiring-width of the wiring-shaped power pattern,
and

wherein the defect portion does not cross a power pass transmitting a power from a power supply member to the semiconductor
device on the wiring-shaped power pattern as viewed from a direction perpendicular to a surface of the printed wiring board.

US Pat. No. 9,325,901

IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, IMAGE OUTPUT METHOD, AND CONTROL PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image output apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store setting information for index outputting, the setting information being applied to a first-type
image the including a plurality of pieces of image data among a plurality of image files as a target of the index outputting,
wherein the plurality of pieces of image data included in the first-type image file includes an initial piece of image data
and representative image data, the initial piece of image data being specified by an initial flag and the representative image
data being specified by a representative flag included in the first-type image file;

a setting unit configured to set a priority setting for preferentially selecting image data provided with a representative
flag as target image data for the index outputting;

a selecting unit configured to select a piece of image data specified by the representative flag among the plurality pieces
of image data included in the first-type image file in a case where an image file as a target of the index outputting is the
first-type image file and the setting unit sets the priority setting; and

an output unit configured to perform the index outputting based on a plurality of pieces of image data including the selected
piece of image data,

wherein, in a case where the representative flag is not added to any of the pieces of image data included in the first-type
image file or the setting unit dose not set the priority setting, the selecting unit selects an initial piece of image data
from the first-type image file.

US Pat. No. 9,325,172

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply control apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive data sent from an external device via a network;
a control unit configured to process the data received by the receiving unit;
a first power supply unit configured to supply power to the receiving unit and to the control unit;
a second power supply unit configured to supply power to the control unit, wherein a voltage supplied by the second power
supply unit is a higher voltage than a voltage supplied by the first power supply unit;

a switching unit configured to switch between supply and disconnection of power from the first power supply unit to the control
unit;

a mechanical switch configured to switch between supply and disconnection of power from the second power supply unit to the
control unit; and

a power supply control unit configured to, in a case where the receiving unit received the data from the external device in
a power state in which power is supplied from the first power supply unit to the receiving unit and power to the control unit
is stopped, control the switching unit so that power is supplied from the first power supply unit to the control unit without
turning on the mechanical switch, and further control to turn on the mechanical switch if the control unit has determined
that a power supply from the second power unit is necessary for processing the data.

US Pat. No. 9,317,231

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system comprising:
a printing apparatus;
a file server which stores a file; and
a job server,
wherein the printing apparatus includes
a token acquisition unit configured to acquire a token for indicating the printing apparatus and a connection port of the
printing apparatus from the job server, and

a print request transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the file server, a print request for the file stored by the file
server and the token acquired by the token acquisition unit,

wherein the file server includes
a print request receiving unit configured to receive, from the printing apparatus, the print request and the token which are
transmitted by the print request transmitting unit, and

a file transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the job server, the file corresponding to the print request which is received
by the print request receiving unit and the token which is received by the print request receiving unit,

wherein the job server includes
a file receiving unit configured to receive, from the file server, the file and the token which are transmitted by the file
transmitting unit,

a determining unit configured to determine whether the token is valid,
a converting unit configured to convert the file to print data which is able to be processed by the printing apparatus, and
a print data transmitting unit configured to transmit, to the printing apparatus, the print data converted by the converting
unit in a case where the determining unit determines that the token is valid,

wherein the printing apparatus further includes
a print data receiving unit configured to receive, from the job server, the print data via the connection port indicated by
the token, and

a print unit configured to perform printing based on the print data received by the print data receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,317,791

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a control unit that outputs a pattern signal for driving an electric part;
a monitoring unit that monitors a state of the control unit and outputs, based on the state of the control unit, a reset signal
for stopping the pattern signal from being output to the electric part; and

a control circuit that receives the pattern signal from the control unit and outputs the pattern signal to the electric part,
wherein the control unit outputs an enable signal for preventing the monitoring unit from outputting the reset signal, and
wherein the control circuit stops outputting the pattern signal to the electric part in a case where the reset signal is input
to the control circuit and in a case where the enable signal is input to the control circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,318,712

XANTHONE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting device comprising:
a pair of electrodes; and
an organic compound layer disposed between the pair of electrodes, wherein the organic compound layer contains a xanthone
compound represented by general formula [1]


where R1 to R8 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, a substituted or unsubstituted
phenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted naphthyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted phenanthryl group, a substituted
or unsubstituted fluorenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted triphenylenyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted chrysenyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzofuranyl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted dibenzothienyl group; and

L represents a single bond, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent benzene, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent biphenyl,
a substituted or unsubstituted divalent terphenyl, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent naphthalene, a substituted or unsubstituted
divalent phenanthrene, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent fluorene, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent triphenylene,
a substituted or unsubstituted divalent chrysene, a substituted or unsubstituted divalent dibenzofuran, or a substituted or
unsubstituted divalent dibenzothiophene,

wherein the benzene, the biphenyl, the terphenyl, the naphthalene, the phenanthrene, the fluorene, the triphenylene, the chrysene,
the dibenzofuran, and the dibenzothiophene may have an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms as a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,310,660

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ELECTROCHROMIC ELEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by Formula [1]:

wherein, A1 to A6 each independently represent a substituent selected from a hydrogen atom, alkyl groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, alkoxy
groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and optionally substituted aryl groups, wherein a substituent of the optionally substituted
aryl group is selected from halogen atoms, alkyl groups having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, alkoxy groups having 1 to 4 carbon atoms,
aryl groups, aralkyl groups, substituted amino groups, and substituted silyl groups;

n is an integer of 1 to 4;
B's each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent represented by Formula [2], provided that at least one of
four B's represents a substituent represented by Formula [2]:


wherein X? represents an anion, and R2 represents an optionally substituted alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms or an optionally substituted aryl group;

Y represents a structure represented by any one of Formulae [3] to [6], provided that when n represents a number of 2 or more,
Y's are each independently selected from Formulae [3] to [6]:


wherein R3 represents an alkylene group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and R4 to R9 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, halogen atoms, alkyl groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, alkoxy groups
having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, optionally substituted aryl groups, alkyl ester groups having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, optionally
substituted amino groups, and a cyano group.

US Pat. No. 9,311,469

AUTHORIZATION SERVER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An authorization server system that manages authorization information configured to enable providing of a service without
requiring input of authentication information, comprising:
a memory storing instructions;
a processor executing said instructions to implement;
a management unit configured to manage authorization information;
a providing unit configured to provide a deletion screen that includes authorization information generated when an authorization
operation of a user is performed but not authorization information generated without performing the authorization operation
of the user, in accordance with reception of a request of the deletion screen configured to delete the authorization information
managed by the management unit; and

a deletion unit configured to delete the authorization information managed by the management unit, in accordance with reception
of a deletion instruction via the deletion screen,

wherein the authorization information generated when the authorization operation of the user is performed is information that,
when the authorization server system performs authentication processing based on user information, issues an authorization
code depending on execution of an authorization operation on an authorization confirmation screen provided to a user depending
on a success of the authentication processing, and performs verification of the authorization code when receiving a request
of authorization information, is issued depending on a success of the verification of the authorization code, and

wherein the authorization information generated without performing the authorization operation of the user is information
that, when the authorization server system performs authentication processing based on user information, issues an authentication
token depending on a success of the authentication processing without providing the authorization confirmation screen to the
user, and performs verification of the authentication token when receiving a request of authorization information, is issued
depending on a success of the verification of the authentication token.

US Pat. No. 9,312,494

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting device comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer being placed between the anode and the cathode and including at least a hole transport layer and
an emission layer,

wherein the emission layer contains a blue light emitting material;
wherein the hole transport layer contains a plurality of kinds of organic compounds;
wherein an organic compound having the smallest ionization potential among the organic compounds includes a compound having
no absorption spectrum peak in a blue color wavelength region in a radical cation state;

wherein concentration of the organic compound having the smallest ionization potential is 5% by weight or more to 30% by weight
or less of the hole transport layer; and

wherein the organic compound having the smallest ionization potential is uniformly contained throughout the hole transport
layer.

US Pat. No. 9,310,704

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printer having a full color print process and a monochrome print process, comprising:
a color and monochrome discrimination unit configured to, when processing print data of a plurality of pages including a page
having a color attribute and a page having a monochrome attribute, discriminate whether an attribute of a page included in
the plurality of pages is color or monochrome, and

a print process decision unit configured to decide either the full-color print process or the monochrome print process as
a print process for a target page to be printed,

wherein the print process decision unit decides the full-color print process as the print process for the target page discriminated
to be a color attribute by the color and monochrome discrimination unit,

wherein the print process decision unit decides the monochrome print process as the print process for the target page discriminated
to be a monochrome attribute by the color and monochrome discrimination unit when the color and monochrome discrimination
unit has not discriminated an attribute of subsequent page of the target page, and

wherein the print data of the plurality of pages including the page having the color attribute and the page having the monochrome
attribute is printed in an order according to the page numbers included in the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,313,524

MOVING IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, MOVING IMAGE CODING METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A moving image coding apparatus for prediction-coding input moving image data by using at least intra-picture prediction,
the moving image coding apparatus being arranged to deal with moving image data having a plurality of different bit depths,
the moving image coding apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire moving image data represented by at least one of the plurality of different bit
depths;

a conversion unit configured to convert the moving image data acquired by the acquisition unit to moving image data having
a lowest bit depth among the plurality of different bit depths;

a determination unit configured to determine a prediction mode relating to the intra-picture prediction on the basis of the
moving image data of the bit depth converted by the conversion unit; and

a coding unit configured to prediction-code the moving image data represented by the one of the plurality of different bit
depths, which is acquired by the acquisition unit, in accordance with the prediction mode determined by the determination
unit,

wherein the determination unit determines the prediction mode of the moving image data represented by the lowest bit depth
on the basis of evaluation values of a plurality of prediction modes, and

wherein in a case where the bit depth of the moving image data acquired by the acquisition unit is the lowest bit depth, the
conversion unit outputs the acquired moving image data.

US Pat. No. 9,310,723

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,310,725

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,310,731

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus configured to heat an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical rotatable member including a conductive layer;
a coil including a helically shaped portion which is helically wound in a generatrix direction of the rotatable member inside
the rotatable member, wherein the coil includes a number of turns and is configured to produce an alternating magnetic field
for causing the conductive layer to generate heat by electromagnetic induction; and

a magnetic core disposed inside the helically shaped portion,
wherein the magnetic core includes a plurality of divided cores into which the magnetic core is divided in the generatrix
direction, and

wherein the number of turns of the coil per unit length, at a region that corresponds to a boundary between the plurality
of divided cores, is larger than the number of turns of the coil at a region that corresponds to the plurality of divided
cores.

US Pat. No. 9,310,742

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT UPDATES PROCESS CONDITION OF IMAGE FORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image according to a process condition;
a measurement unit configured to measure a measurement image formed by the image forming unit;
an update unit configured to cause the image forming unit to form a first measurement image, to cause the measurement unit
to measure the first measurement image, and to update the process condition based on a result of the measurement of the first
measurement image by the measurement unit;

a first determination unit configured to cause the image forming unit to form a plurality of second measurement images, to
cause the measurement unit to measure the plurality of second measurement images, and to determine the process condition based
on a result of the measurement of the plurality of second measurement images by the measurement unit, the plurality of second
measurement images being formed according to a plurality of test process conditions;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain environment information; and
a second determination unit configured to determine the plurality of test process conditions, based on the environment information
obtained by the obtaining unit and the process condition updated by the update unit,

wherein the image forming unit includes:
a photosensitive member;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photosensitive member charged by the charging unit, to form an electrostatic latent
image; and

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image to form the image,
wherein the process condition is the light intensity of light irradiating the photosensitive member by the exposure unit,
and

wherein the test process conditions are the light intensities of light irradiating the photosensitive member by the exposure
unit,

wherein the second determination unit is configured to determine a first range of the light intensity based on the environment
information obtained by the obtaining unit and, in the case where the light intensity updated by the update unit is higher
than an upper limit of the first range, the second determination unit determines a plurality of light intensities based on
a second range, each of the plurality of light intensities is included in the second range, and the upper limit of the second
range is higher than the upper limit of the first range.

US Pat. No. 9,313,346

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,308,741

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print head for applying ink on a print medium;
a print control unit configured to control the print head to perform printing onto the print medium while moving the print
head in a predetermined direction relative to the print medium;

a conveying unit configured to convey the print medium in a conveying direction crossing the predetermined direction;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding a plurality of conveyance errors of conveyance of the print medium
in the conveying direction by the conveying unit, the information regarding the plurality of conveyance errors being obtained
with respect to a plurality of areas of the print medium, respectively, that are in positions different from each other in
the predetermined direction; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust an amount of ink to be applied onto each of a plurality of correction areas aligned
in the predetermined direction in accordance with the plurality of conveyance errors for each of the plurality of areas indicated
by the information obtained by the obtaining unit, the plurality of correction areas corresponding to the plurality of areas,
respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,305,946

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS THAT MAINTAINS IMAGE QUALITY AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of signal processing units each corresponding to a column of the matrix; and
a signal line,
wherein each of the plurality of signal processing units includes
a first capacitance and a second capacitance that hold a signal based on the pixel of the corresponding column,
a switch electrically connecting the first capacitance and the signal line,
a capacitance adjustment unit electrically connected to the second capacitance, and
a connection unit configured to electrically connect the first capacitance of one of the signal processing units to the second
capacitance of another one of the signal processing units mutually in parallel,

the capacitance adjustment unit includes a MOS transistor,
one of main electrodes of the MOS transistor is electrically connected to the second capacitance, and
another one of the main electrodes of the MOS transistor is electrically connected to a power supply node or the one of the
main electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,304,444

CLEANING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,304,483

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,304,487

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,307,387

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a search unit configured to execute a first search process for searching another communication apparatus on a plurality of
communication channels and to execute, after the execution of the first search process, a second search process for searching
another communication apparatus by sending a probe request on a specified part of the plurality of communication channels;

a display device to provide a display for causing a user to select whether or not to connect to a searched another communication
apparatus on a control channel

a connection circuit to establish a connection with the searched another communication apparatus in response to the user selecting
to connect to the searched another communication apparatus; provided in the transmission

a decision unit to decide a role of the communication apparatus during a communication parameter setting process performed
between the communication apparatus and the searched another communication apparatus;

a providing unit to provide, in a case where the role decided by the decision unit is a role as a provider for providing a
communication parameter for a wireless network, the searched another communication apparatus with the communication parameter
and

at least one processor that comprises the search unit, the display device, the connection circuit, the decision unit, and
the providing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,306,150

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a piezoelectric material, the method comprising:
preparing raw material that contains at least each of Ba, Ca, Ti, Zr, Mn, and Bi, the raw material being selected from among
Ba compound, Ca compound, Ti compound, Zr compound, Sn compound, Mn compound, Li compound, Bi compound, Si compound, and B
compound;

fabricating a compact from the raw material; and
sintering the compact at a temperature not lower than 1100° C. and not higher than 1550° C. to obtain a piezoelectric material,wherein the piezoelectric material includes:
a main component containing a perovskite-type metal oxide expressed by the following general formula (1);
a first subcomponent containing Mn;
a second subcomponent containing Li; and
a third subcomponent containing Bi,
wherein the content of Mn on a metal basis is not less than 0.04 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.36 parts by weight
when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, the content ? of Li on a metal basis is equal to or less than 0.0012 parts by
weight (including 0 parts by weight) when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight, and content ? of Bi on a metal basis is
not less than 0.042 parts by weight and is not greater than 0.850 parts by weight when the metal oxide is 100 parts by weight

(Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zZrySnz)O3  (1)
(in the formula (1), 0.09?x?0.30, 0.025?y?0.085, 0?z?0.02, and 0.986?a?1.02).

US Pat. No. 9,300,867

IMAGING APPARATUS, ITS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a focus detection unit configured to set a plurality of focus detection areas in an image pickup plane and perform a focus
detection in each of the focus detection areas;

a selection unit configured to select a first area and a second area from among the plurality of focus detection areas based
on a result of the focus detection;

an imaging unit configured to pick up a first optical image which is formed by a photographing optical system at a first focus
position at which the selected first area is in focus to generate first image data and pick up a second optical image which
is formed by the photographing optical system at a second focus position at which the selected second area is in focus to
generate second image data;

a determination unit configured to determine an area to be processed based on the first image data and the second image data;
and

a processing unit configured to execute a predetermined processing to at least the first image data based on a result of the
determination,

wherein the selection unit selects the second area based on a number of focus detection areas in which the focus detection
result satisfies a predetermined condition, from among the focus detection areas each having a depth difference from the first
area in a predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,298,139

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING TONER FROM A ROTATABLE TRANSFER BELT THROUGH USE OF A MOVABLE BLADE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a transfer unit including a stretching roller and a rotatable transfer belt stretched by the stretching roller;
a cleaning unit, including a blade movable toward and away from the transfer belt, for collecting a toner removed from the
transfer belt by the blade;

a moving member for moving the blade between a contact position where the blade is contacted to the transfer belt and a retracted
position where the blade is moved away from the transfer belt; and

a drive transmission device for permitting transmission of a driving force between the stretching roller and the moving member,
wherein the drive transmission device has an idling region where the drive transmission device is rotatable by a predetermined
amount without transmitting the driving force to the stretching roller when the driving force is transmitted from the moving
member to the drive transmission device.

US Pat. No. 9,298,141

IMAGE HEATING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,298,716

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR DISPLAYING A TAG ADDED TO A CONTENT FILE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of tag information which are associated with content files;
a selection unit configured to select at least one of the content files;
a counting unit configured to count the number of the selected content files which are associated with each piece of the tag
information stored by the storing unit;

a display control unit configured to display each piece of the tag information in different display modes whether the number
of the selected content files associated with the piece of the tag information indicates all of the selected content files,
some of the selected content files, or none of the selected content files;

a designation unit configured to designate at least one of the pieces of the displayed tag information; and
a tag deletion unit configured to delete an association between the designated piece of the tag information and the selected
content files to which the designated piece of the tag information is added,

wherein the information processing apparatus comprises a processor executing a program stored in a memory to implement at
least a part of a function of at least one of the units.

US Pat. No. 9,297,985

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a rear lens group having a positive total refractive power and comprising at least one lens unit configured to have an interval
between the first lens unit and the rear lens group at a telephoto end of the zoom lens smaller than another interval between
the first lens unit and the rear lens group at a wide angle end of the zoom lens,

wherein the first lens unit comprises three negative meniscus lenses consecutively arranged in order from a position closest
to the object side to the image side, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
0.50
0.30 where when a lens located closest to the object side of the first lens unit and having an aspheric surface with a positive
aspheric amount is defined as a first aspheric lens and a lens located on the image side of the first aspheric lens and having
an aspheric surface with a negative aspheric amount is defined as a second aspheric lens, R1 denotes, in a case that a lens
surface on the object side of the first aspheric lens is a spherical shape, a radius of curvature of the lens surface and
in a case that a lens surface on the object side of the first aspheric lens is an aspheric shape, a radius of curvature of
a radius of a reference spherical surface D12 denotes an interval along an optical axis from an object-side lens surface of
the first aspheric lens to an object-side lens surface of the second aspheric lens, and BLD1 denotes the length of the first
lens unit.

US Pat. No. 9,292,928

DEPTH CONSTRAINED SUPERPIXEL-BASED DEPTH MAP REFINEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. An apparatus for forming a refined depth map of a high-resolution image using a low-resolution depth map of the image,
said apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a software executable program configured to direct the processor to execute a method comprising the steps of:
segmenting the high-resolution image into a plurality of superpixels to form a superpixel segmented image, said superpixels
being connected sets of pixels of the high-resolution image;

defining a foreground region and a background region in the superpixel segmented image, to form a superpixel depth map, based
on at least one depth measure associated with the superpixels in the superpixel segmented image;

intersecting the respective foreground regions and the background regions of the superpixel depth map with the low-resolution
depth map, to define a trimap consisting of a foreground region, a background region and an unknown region, said low-resolution
depth map being determined independently of the superpixel segmented image; and

forming a refined binary depth map of the image from the trimap by reclassifying pixels in the unknown region as either foreground
or background based on a comparison of pixel values in the unknown region with pixel values in at least one of the foreground
region of the trimap and the background region of the trimap.

US Pat. No. 9,292,947

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR GENERATING MOSAIC IMAGE(S)

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. An image processing method for controlling an imaging apparatus having at least one processor, the method comprising:
extracting, via the at least one processor, feature points of a target image;
dividing, via the at least one processor, the target image into regions on a basis of the feature points;
changing, via the at least one processor, a size of at least one material image in accordance with an area of a corresponding
one of the regions obtained in the dividing step;

placing, via the at least one processor, the at least one material image whose size has been changed in the region, obtained
in the dividing step, on a basis of a chromatic component of the region;

determining, via the at least one processor, in a case where the at least one placed material image comprises a plurality
of placed material images and where there is an overlap between the placed material images, an overlap order for outputting
the overlapping material images, based on an area of each of the overlapping material images; and

performing, via the at least one processor, control processing so that the at least one material image is displayed while
being moved within a predetermined range from a barycenter of the at least one material image and so that at least two of
the overlapping material images move in different directions from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,291,960

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPLYING OR SHUTTING OFF AC VOLTAGE TO HEAT GENERATING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a voltage generation unit configured to convert an input AC voltage to generate a DC voltage;
a first control unit configured to control the voltage generation unit;
a heat generation member configured to generate heat by being supplied with the AC voltage;
a switch configured to supply or shut off the AC voltage to the heat generation member; and
a second control unit configured to control the switch,
wherein the first control unit acquires information for controlling the switch, and transmits the information to the second
control unit, and

wherein the second control unit controls the switch based on the information the second control unit has received from the
first control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,291,990

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,292,773

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,293,292

DRAWING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,289,996

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head having a discharge port surface in which discharge ports for discharging ink are formed;
a counter counts an amount of ink used by the recording head;
a cleaning web performs a wiping operation of wiping the discharge port surface on the basis of a value obtained from the
counter;

a detection unit detects a temperature of the recording head; and
a control unit causing the cleaning web to be in contact with the discharge port surface to suppress temperature rising of
the recording head without performing the wiping operation, based on the temperature detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,290,012

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DUPLEX PRINTING ON A CONTINUOUS SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

25. A print control apparatus configured to cause a printing unit to print page images on a continuous sheet, the print control
apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine, for a plurality of page images, whether a sheet type to be used for a preceding
page image can be used for a subsequent page image;

a print control unit configured to cause the printing unit to continuously print page images on the continuous sheet based
on the determination result by the determination unit;

a cutting control unit configured to cause a cutting unit to cut the continuous sheet,
wherein, in response to the determination unit determining that the sheet type to be used for the preceding page image can
be used for the subsequent page image, the print control unit causes the printing unit to continuously print the subsequent
page image on a first surface of the continuous sheet adjacent to the preceding page image already printed on the first surface
of the continuous sheet without cutting, and

wherein, in response to the determination unit determining that the sheet type to be used for the preceding page image cannot
be used for the subsequent page image, the cutting control unit causes the cutting unit to cut the continuous sheet after
the preceding page image has been printed on the first surface of the continuous sheet before printing the subsequent page
image; and

at least one processing unit, wherein at least one of the determination unit and the print control unit is implemented by
the at least one processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,290,023

PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a conveying unit configured to convey a printing medium;
a printing unit configured to print an image on the printing medium;
a cutting unit configured to cut the printing medium in a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction of the printing
medium; and

a control unit configured to control said conveying unit, said printing unit, and said cutting unit,
wherein said control unit is configured to execute a test operation,
conveyance of the printing medium by said conveying unit is stopped during the test operation, and
the test operation includes printing a mark on the printing medium by using said printing unit and cutting the printing medium
by using said cutting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,292,078

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that executes automatic shutdown when an automatic shutdown time period has elapsed since a
start of a sleep mode in which power-saving control is executed, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store the number of extensions, which is the number of times the automatic shutdown time period
can be extended, and an extension time period by which the automatic shutdown time period can be extended;

a reception unit configured to receive a set request for requesting extension of the automatic shutdown from an external apparatus
communicably connected to the image forming apparatus; and

a control unit configured to enable settings of the set request received by the reception unit when the set request satisfies
conditions regarding the number of extensions and the extension time period stored in the storage unit, and to disable the
settings of the set request when the set request does not satisfy the conditions regarding the number of extensions and the
extension time period stored in the storage unit and to respond the set request using an error code indicating that the settings
could not be performed.

US Pat. No. 9,288,346

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR READING AND PROCESSING A DOCUMENT IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a plurality of functions which include a first function and a second function, comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an original to generate image data;
a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, an orientation of the original to be read by the reading unit when the
first function, which requires the orientation of the original, is selected;

a storage unit configured to store the orientation received by the receiving unit; and
a control unit configured to set, in a case where the second function, which requires the orientation of the original, is
selected after the first function is canceled, the orientation stored in the storage unit for the second function.

US Pat. No. 9,288,378

AUTOFOCUS APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An autofocus apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a lens controller, which includes a processor, configured to execute:
a target position calculating task that calculates a target position of a focus lens based on a defocus amount obtained based
on a signal from a focus detector of a phase difference detecting type and a position of the focus lens obtained by a position
detector;

a target position storing task that stores in the memory the calculated target position;
an object speed calculating task that calculates an object speed in an optical axis direction based on a present target position,
a target position calculated prior to calculating of the present target position, and one of a target position calculation
time consumed from a time at which the target position calculating task calculates the target position calculated prior to
calculating of the present target position to a time at which the target position calculating task calculates the present
target position or a time regarded as equivalent to the target position calculation time;

a first drive speed setting task that sets a drive speed of the focus lens based on the present target position, the position
of the focus lens, and the object speed;

a second drive speed setting task that sets the drive speed of the focus lens based on a present drive speed of the focus
lens, a present defocus amount, and the defocus amount obtained prior to obtaining of the present defocus amount;

an object speed change determining task that determines whether or not the object speed changes;
a first driving task that drives the focus lens based on the drive speed set by the first drive speed setting task in a case
where the object speed has been determined to change; and

a second driving task that drives the focus lens based on the drive speed set by the second drive speed setting task in a
case where the object speed has been determined to not change.

US Pat. No. 9,287,099

IONIZATION METHOD, MASS SPECTROMETRY METHOD, EXTRACTION METHOD, AND PURIFICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ionization method for a substance comprising steps of:
(i) supplying a liquid onto a substrate from a probe such that a liquid comprising the substance bridge is formed with the
liquid between the probe and the substrate, the probe having an end in-line with a longitudinal axis of the probe;

(ii) oscillating the end of the probe in a direction that intersects with the longitudinal axis of the probe; and
(iii) generating an electric field between an electrically conductive portion of the probe in contact with the liquid and
an ion extraction electrode, to thereby ionize the substance contained in the liquid between the end of the probe and the
ion extraction electrode.

US Pat. No. 9,285,659

OPTICAL ACCESSORY ADAPTER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adapter for coupling an optical accessory to an object side portion of the lens apparatus, where a fitting attachment
diameter of the optical accessory is larger than a fitting attachment diameter of the lens apparatus, the adapter comprising:
an inner diameter portion that fits the object side portion of the lens apparatus;
an outer diameter portion that fits the optical accessory; and
recessed areas that are separated from each other along a circumferential direction of the inner diameter portion,
wherein a diameter of the outer diameter portion is larger than a diameter of the inner diameter portion, and
wherein each of the recessed areas extends in an axial direction toward a side from which the lens apparatus is fit so that
a width of a part of the inner diameter portion in the axial direction is smaller than a width in the axial direction in other
part of the inner diameter portion.

US Pat. No. 9,278,447

CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to control a plurality of fixed stations, which transmit same data to a single movable station via
wireless communication; and

a selection unit configured to select, from the plurality of fixed stations, a fixed station that repeatedly transmits said
same data a plurality of times to the single movable station in accordance with movement of the movable station,

wherein the controller controls the plurality of fixed stations in accordance with the selection by the selection unit, and
wherein the selection unit selects the fixed station that repeatedly transmits the same data a plurality of times, based on
communication qualities in communications between the single movable station and each of the plurality of fixed stations in
accordance with movement of the movable station.

US Pat. No. 9,282,104

ACCESS MANAGEMENT SERVICE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SAME, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a resource service system configured to provide a service; and
an access management service system configured to manage use of the service,
wherein the access management service system includes:
a holding unit configured to hold information of a user and information of a multi-tenant client system in a storage unit;
a registration unit configured to grant a first authority or a second authority to information of the client system and to
register the same in the holding unit, the first authority being an authority permitting access not only to a specific tenant
but also to another tenant, and the second authority being an authority permitting access to the specific tenant,

wherein when granting an authority to information of the client system, if a certificate is received, the registration unit
grants the first authority to the information of the client system, and if authentication information is received, the registration
unit confirms a tenant based on the authentication information and grants the second authority permitting access of the confirmed
tenant as the specific tenant to the information of the client system;

the access management system further including:
a determination unit configured to, if the second authority is granted to the client system when an authorization request
for use of the service is received from the client system due to an instruction from a user having authority to use the service,
determine whether a group to which the user belongs and a group to which the client system belongs match; and

a presentation unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the groups match or if the first authority is
granted to the client system, present a screen to the user, the screen for instructing whether or not to permit delegation
of the authority of the user to the client system, and

wherein the resource service system includes a provision unit configured to, if access control information that is issued
in response to an instruction given via the screen to permit delegation of the authority of the user is received from the
client system, provide a service in response to confirmation of legitimacy of the access control information.

US Pat. No. 9,280,072

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member including an electrically conductive support, an undercoat
layer formed on the support, a charge generating layer formed on the undercoat layer, and a hole transporting layer formed
on the charge generating layer, the process comprising:
preparing one of dispersion liquids described in the following (i) and the following (ii), for the undercoat layer:
(i) a dispersion liquid obtained by dispersing particles each containing an electron transporting substance, and particles
each containing at least one of a resin or a crosslinking agent in the aqueous dispersion medium, and

(ii) a dispersion liquid obtained by dispersing particles each containing the electron transporting substance and at least
one of the resin or the crosslinking agent in the aqueous dispersion medium;

forming a coat of the dispersion liquid on the support; and
forming the undercoat layer by heating the coat at a temperature equal to or more than a melting point of the electron transporting
substance,

wherein at least one of the resin or the crosslinking agent is soluble in a molten product of the electron transporting substance
at the temperature at which the coat is heated.

US Pat. No. 9,278,561

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which prints while reciprocating, by a motor in a predetermined direction, a carriage on which a printhead
is mounted, comprising:
a gear member configured to be attached to a rotor of the motor;
a belt configured to be attached to the carriage, to include unevenness corresponding to teeth of said gear member, and to
be suspended to be engaged with said gear member;

a storage unit configured to store data of a plurality of signals having different periods, respectively, for suppressing
a velocity fluctuation of the carriage when no tooth jumping occurs between said gear member and said belt;

a detection unit configured to detect generation of the tooth jumping from the velocity fluctuation of the carriage during
movement of the carriage; and

a correction unit configured to correct the velocity fluctuation of the carriage by using a signal obtained by shifting phases
of the respective signals in the stored data by an amount corresponding to the tooth jumping and combining the signals whose
phases are shifted respectively when the tooth jumping occurs.

US Pat. No. 9,275,709

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,102

AUDIO PROCESSING APPARATUS, AUDIO PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,272,546

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus comprising:
a tray storing a sheet and detachably mounted on an apparatus body;
a rotatable arm;
a roller, provided on the arm, configured to pick up the sheet on the tray;
a sensor, provided on the arm, configured to detect a physical property of a surface of the sheet; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on detection by the sensor, at least any of a mounting state of the tray
on the apparatus body and at least one of states of the sheet on the tray selected from the group consisting of the presence
or absence of the sheet, a remaining amount of the sheet, a type of the sheet, front and back sides of the sheet, and a size
of the sheet stored on the tray.

US Pat. No. 9,277,113

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND DRIVING METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit in which a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements are provided correspondingly to each of microlenses
arranged two-dimensionally;

a read-out unit configured to read out a first signal through addition from the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements
corresponding to the microlense, and read out a second signal from one of the plurality of photoelectric conversion elements
corresponding to the microlense; and

a setting unit configured to set one of a first read-out mode and a second read-out mode in order for the read-out unit to
read signals from the image pickup unit in accordance with a photographing condition,

wherein the first read-out mode and the second read-out mode differ in read-out density of the second signal in a read-out
area in accordance with one of a thinning-out rate and an addition rate of an area from which the second signal is read out
being different as compared to an area from which the first signal is read out, and wherein the setting unit sets the read-out
mode according to a defocus amount.

US Pat. No. 9,275,466

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR SEGMENTING IMAGE INTO REGIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
calculating a partial distance between a pixel of interest in an image and each of a plurality of reference pixels;
sequentially calculating a total distance between the pixel of interest and each of the plurality of the reference pixels
based on the partial distance;

determining a shortest total distance among the total distances that have been already calculated, in the sequential calculation
of the total distance; and

categorizing the pixel of interest based on the reference pixel corresponding to the shortest total distance,
wherein, if the partial distance between the pixel of interest and a specific one of the reference pixels to be calculated
is equal to or greater than the shortest total distance in the sequential calculation of the total distance, the calculation
of the total distance between the pixel of interest and the specific one of the reference pixels to be calculated is omitted.

US Pat. No. 9,272,862

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked;
a sheet feeding portion which abuts and feeds an uppermost sheet stacked in the sheet stacking portion;
a support member which supports the sheet feeding portion and is rotatable in a vertical direction;
a cam which holds the sheet feeding portion at a standby position separated from the uppermost sheet by upwardly rotating
the support member and moves the sheet feeding portion to a feeding position abutting the uppermost sheet by downwardly rotating
the support member;

a motor which rotates the cam;
a first detection portion which detects that the cam is located at an initial position holding the sheet feeding portion at
the standby position;

a registration portion which is arranged downstream of the sheet feeding portion in a sheet feeding direction, abuts a downstream
end of the sheet fed by the sheet feeding portion in the sheet feeding direction in a stopped state, and feeds the sheet by
being rotated at predetermined timing;

a drive transfer portion which is set such that the sheet fed by the sheet feeding portion at the feeding position arrives
at the registration portion by lifting and lowering the sheet feeding portion between the standby position and the feeding
position in accordance with one rotation of the cam by the motor;

a second detection portion which is disposed on an upstream side of the registration portion in the sheet feeding direction
and detects when the sheet fed by the sheet feeding portion arrives at the registration portion; and

a controller which stops the motor according to a detection result by the second detection portion and then performs a rotation
control so as to rotate the motor again and to stop the motor according to a detection by the first detection portion,

wherein when the rotation control is performed, the controller changes a rotating speed of the motor to a first speed or to
a second speed which is smaller than the first speed according to a rotation angle ?, the rotation angle ? being a rotation
angle of the cam formed in relation to the initial position when the controller stops the motor according to the detection
result by the second detection portion, and

wherein a rotation angle when the rotation control is performed at the first speed is larger than a rotation angle when the
rotation control is performed at the second speed.

US Pat. No. 9,277,261

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus which has a communication unit configured to communicate with an image capturing apparatus,
and which reproduces video data obtained by sequentially acquiring segments each of which is a portion of the video data obtained
by image capturing of the image capturing apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising at least one processor
configured to function as:
a list requesting unit configured to request, via the communication unit, a segment list in which information of segments
indicating at least one segment which the image capturing apparatus has not yet sent to the information processing apparatus
among segments of video data being captured by the image capturing apparatus is written, from the image capturing apparatus;

a list acquiring unit configured to acquire the segment list requested by the list requesting unit;
a determination unit configured to determine which segment, from the segments in the segment list acquired by the list acquiring
unit, to be played;

a segment requesting unit configured to request, via the communication unit, the segment determined by the determination unit,
from the image capturing apparatus; and

a segment acquiring unit configured to acquire the segment requested by the segment requesting unit,
wherein in the case where a number of segments in the segment list acquired by the list acquiring unit is greater than a first
threshold, the segment requesting unit requests a predetermined segment from the segments in the segment list; and

wherein the predetermined segment among segments which has not been sent yet is neither the latest segment nor the earliest
segment in the segment list.

US Pat. No. 9,274,455

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS SUPPLYING TONER FROM CONTAINER TO ACCUMULATING UNIT BASED ON TOWER DENSITY DEVELOPER IN THE ACCUMULATING UNIT, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit including an accumulating unit for accumulating developer containing toner and configured to form an
image by using the toner in the accumulating unit based on an image data;

a first sensor configured to measure a toner density of the developer in the accumulating unit;
a portion to which a container is mountable, the container containing toner;
a second sensor configured to detect absence or presence of the container at the portion;
a driving unit configured to rotate the container mounted on the portion to supply the toner from the rotating container to
the accumulating unit;

a difference computing section configured to determine first information corresponding to a difference between the toner density
and a target toner density of the developer in the accumulating unit;

an accumulated value computing section configured to accumulate the difference determined by the difference computing section
and determine second information corresponding to an accumulated value of difference; and

a controller configured to control the driving unit based on the first information and the second information, and determine
whether the container is exchanged with another container based on a detection result by the second sensor,

wherein the second information does not change in a period from a timing that the controller determines that the container
is exchanged with the other container until the controller performs a predetermined times of supplement from the other container
to the accumulating unit.

US Pat. No. 9,274,981

FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESSING METHOD TO REQUEST CONFIGURATION DATA FROM A MANAGEMENT APPARATUS IN PREDETERMINED TRANSITION STATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a unit that requests, if one of a plurality of load conditions is satisfied by the image forming apparatus, a cluster of configuration
data from a management apparatus which manages configuration data of the image forming apparatus, the one of the plurality
of load conditions being satisfied if a trigger of a predetermined state transition is occurred on the image forming apparatus;

a network communication device that receives from the management apparatus a cluster of configuration data of a plurality
of clusters of configuration data managed by the management apparatus, the received cluster of configuration data being associated
with the predetermined state transition of which trigger is occurred; and

an overwrite unit that updates configuration data of the image forming apparatus with the cluster of configuration data received
by the network communication device, wherein the overwrite unit overwrites a corresponding cluster of configuration data of
a plurality of clusters of configuration data of the image forming apparatus by overwriting with the received cluster of the
configuration data, the overwritten configuration data being used as configuration data of the image forming apparatus to
execute the predetermined state transition of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,274,466

IMAGE FIXING APPARATUS HAVING END REGION TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image fixing apparatus comprising:
a fixing unit configured to fix by heat, onto a recording material, an unfixed image formed on the recording material;
a first temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature of one end region in the fixing unit where a standard
recording material does not pass that has a smallest width and is available for the apparatus;

a second temperature detection element configured to detect a temperature of another end region in the fixing unit;
a first fan configured to flow the air to the one end region;
a second fan configured to flow the air to the another end region;
a controller configured to control the first fan and the second fan in accordance with the temperature detected by the first
temperature detection element and the temperature detected by the second temperature detection element,

wherein when the temperature detected by the second temperature detection element is within a temperature range lower than
a threshold temperature and if the temperature detected by the first temperature detection element reaches the threshold temperature,
the controller controls the first and second fans so that the first fan starts driving so as to flow the air at a first force
and the second fan starts driving so as to flow the air at a second force lower than the first force.

US Pat. No. 9,275,770

X-RAY RADIATION GENERATION APPARATUS WITH ARM ANGLE RESTRICTION UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An x-ray radiation generation apparatus which includes an x-ray radiation generator configured to generate x-ray radiation,
an arm configured to support said x-ray radiation generator, said arm having an adjustable length, and a column configured
to support said arm, said arm being configured to open and close with respect to said column by changing an angle of said
arm with respect to said column, the apparatus comprising
a restriction unit configured to restrict the angle of said arm based on an adjusted length of said arm.

US Pat. No. 9,274,473

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
(i) an image forming station configured to form a toner image on a sheet;
(ii) a fixing device configured and positioned to fix the toner image formed on the sheet by said image forming station at
a fixing nip, said fixing device comprising:

(ii-i) a fixing unit including a pair of rotatable members configured to form the fixing nip therebetween,
(ii-ii) a supporting mechanism configured and positioned to movably support said fixing unit,
(ii-iii) a reciprocating mechanism configured and positioned to reciprocate said fixing unit relative to said supporting mechanism
in a longitudinal direction of said fixing unit,

(ii-iv) an electric energy supply connector provided on said supporting mechanism and configured and positioned to supply
electric energy to said fixing unit, and

(ii-v) an electric energy supply wire connecting between said electric energy supply connector and said fixing unit and having
enough length to permit reciprocation of said fixing unit by said reciprocating mechanism;

(iii) a drawing mechanism configured to permit drawing said fixing device out of said image forming apparatus while supporting
said fixing device;

(iv) an apparatus connector connectable to said electric energy supply connector by insertion of said drawing mechanism into
said image forming apparatus; and

(v) a spring configured and positioned to urge said apparatus connector toward said electric energy supply connector along
a direction substantially parallel to an inserting direction of said drawing mechanism, in a state that said electric energy
supply connector is connected to said apparatus connector by the insertion of said drawing mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,276,028

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,076

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING CALIBRATION FOR PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive spectral reflection factor information measured by reading a patch image for calibration
printed on a recorded medium by using a measurement device capable of measuring a spectral reflection factor at every predetermined
wavelengths;

a generating unit configured to generate a look-up table based on reference sensor light reception characteristic information,
light reception characteristic information of a real machine sensor and the spectral reflection factor information; and

a correction unit configured to correct a density characteristic of the real machine sensor into a density characteristic
of a reference sensor corresponding to the reference sensor light reception characteristic information based on the generated
look-up table.

US Pat. No. 9,277,077

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,274,788

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,277,099

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information corresponding to a degree of compression of lossy-compressed image data
to be printed; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit, a providing method
of a recording agent when the image data to be printed is expanded and an image based on the expanded image data is printed,

wherein the determination unit determines the providing method in such a manner that a spatial frequency of the image in a
case where the image is printed in accordance with a first providing method when the degree of compression of the image data
is more than a predetermined threshold value is higher than a spatial frequency in a case where the image is printed in accordance
with a second providing method when the degree of compression of the image data is less than or equal to the predetermined
threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,268,196

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE, AND AND LIGHT EMISSION AMOUNT CALCULATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
a photometry unit which acquires photometric values of a plurality of photometry areas;
an acquisition unit which acquires information associated with an object distance;
a determination unit which determines weighting coefficients for the plurality of photometry areas; and
a calculation unit which calculates a main light emission amount of a light-emitting device by weighting the photometric values
of the plurality of photometry areas according to the weighting coefficients determined by said determination unit,

wherein said determination unit determines a reference area, used to determine the weighting coefficients, from areas where
values based on the photometric values obtained by controlling the light-emitting device to preliminarily emit light are not
more than a reference value, and

wherein when said acquisition unit cannot acquire the information, said determination unit changes the reference value such
that when an average value of a predetermined number of top larger values of the values based on the photometric values of
the plurality of photometry areas obtained by controlling the light-emitting device to preliminarily emit light is larger
than a threshold based on the reference value, the reference value is set to be larger than the reference value to be set
when the average value is not more than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,269,738

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,269,744

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. A manufacturing method of a solid-state imaging apparatus having a semiconductor substrate having a plurality of light
receiving portions, the method comprising forming a first color filter layer above the semiconductor substrate and above a
first light receiving portion;
forming a sacrificial layer on a side surface of the first color filter layer;
forming a second color filter layer contacting the sacrificial layer above a second light receiving portion adjacent to the
first light receiving portion above the semiconductor substrate;

forming, on the first and second color filter layers, a sealable layer having an aperture exposing the sacrificial layer formed
on an upper surface of the first color filter layer;

forming an air gap portion between the first and second color filter layers, by etching to remove the sacrificial layer through
the aperture of the sealable layer; and

heating the sealable layer, to form a sealing layer sealing an upper portion of the air gap portion with a material of the
sealable layer without filling the air gap portion with the material of the sealable layer.

US Pat. No. 9,268,265

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,269

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,273

PRESSURE APPLYING ROTATABLE MEMBER, HAVING A POROUS ELASTIC LAYER WITH GREATER THERMAL CONDUCTIVITIES IN THE AXIAL AND CIRCUMFERENTIAL DIRECTIONS THAN IN THE THICKNESS DIRECTION, AND IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A pressing rotatable member for use with an image heating apparatus, said pressing rotatable member comprising:
a base layer; and
a porous elastic layer provided on said base layer,
wherein said elastic layer has a thermal conductivity in an axial direction thereof and a thermal conductivity in a circumferential
direction thereof which are not less than 6-times and not more than 900-times a thermal conductivity in a thickness direction
thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,268,290

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,853

EXPORTING AND IMPORTING FOR DISPLAY ON AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS ENVIRONMENT SETTING INFORMATION OF AN APPLICATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an identification unit configured to identify environment setting information in which setting contents of an application
is described;

a determination unit configured to determine whether information indicating a creator of the environment setting information
described in the environment setting information is the same as information indicating a user of the application;

an import unit configured to import, in a case where the determination unit determines that the information indicating a creator
of the environment setting information is not the same as the information indicating a user of the application, the environment
setting information so that a path to a folder to be used by the creator included in the environment setting information is
not applied to the application; and

a display control unit configured to display a selection screen including at least export of the environment setting information
and import of the environment setting information as items to be selected,

wherein the display control unit displays, in a case where the import of the environment setting information has been selected,
a screen that receives input of information for identifying the environment setting information, and displays, in a case where
the export of the environment setting information has been selected, a screen that receives a selection of whether the environment
setting information to be exported is prioritized.

US Pat. No. 9,269,853

LUMINESCENT DEVICE, OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH THE LUMINESCENT DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE LUMINESCENT DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A luminescent device comprising an upper electrode layer, a lower electrode layer and an active layer provided between
these electrode layers, the device having such a structure that at least one electrode layer of the upper electrode layer
and the lower electrode layer is provided in an in-plane direction of the active layer being divided into plural electrodes,
currents are injected into plural different regions of the active layer by the plural electrodes to cause emission in plural
luminescent regions, and light emitted from one luminescent region of the plural luminescent regions enters in another luminescent
region and exits,
wherein the device further comprises plural light receiving portions for detecting light that is emitted from each of the
plural luminescent regions and does not go through another luminescent region, and

wherein the device further comprises a control portion which controls a current injected into the active layer according to
the intensity of the light detected by the plural light receiving portions.

US Pat. No. 9,268,842

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,270,640

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:
a first constructing unit that executes, between the communication device and a first other communication device on each of
which a predetermined operation has been performed by a user, a sharing process for sharing a first communication parameter,
and constructs a first wireless network for communication using the first communication parameter, wherein the first communication
parameter includes at least one of a first network identifier, a first encryption key, and a first authentication key;

a determining unit that determines that the first other communication device in the first wireless network is a device with
which communication is to be denied;

a notifying unit that notifies another device other than the first other communication device in the first wireless network
of identifying information of the first other communication device, in a case where the determining unit determines that the
first other communication device is a device with which communication is to be denied;

a receiving unit configured to receive a confirmation, from the another device, indicating that the another device has received
the identifying information of the first other communication device;

a second constructing unit that executes, in response to the receiving unit receiving the confirmation, a sharing process
for sharing a second communication parameter between the communication device and the another device, which has transmitted
the confirmation, without requiring the user to perform the predetermined operation, and constructs a second wireless network
for communication using the second communication parameter, wherein the second communication parameter includes at least one
of a second network identifier, a second encryption key, and a second authentication key; and

a restriction unit that restricts the execution of the sharing process for sharing the second communication parameter between
the communication device and the first other communication device even if the user performs the predetermined operation on
the communication device and on the first other communication device.

US Pat. No. 9,270,907

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an accumulation unit adapted to accumulate electrical charge in accordance with exposure to generated radiation in each pixel
circuit of a plurality of pixel circuits;

an output unit adapted to output an analog signal for each pixel circuit by sampling and holding an electrical signal in accordance
with a voltage of an accumulation unit for each pixel circuit, wherein the output unit stops the output during a reset operation
of the accumulation unit;

a selection unit adapted to select pixel circuits that output the analog signals, wherein the selection unit stops the selection
during a reset operation of the accumulation unit;

a detection unit adapted to detect a synchronization signal representing a radiation generation timing; and
a determination unit adapted to determine whether a total time of an exposure time and an output time required to output the
analog signals corresponding to all of the pixel circuits is longer than an imaging interval that is based on the synchronization
signal,

wherein, when the determination unit determines that the total time is longer than the imaging interval, the selection unit
stops the selection and the output unit stops the output, in accordance with the stoppage of the selection, after the output
unit outputs the electrical signals corresponding to a predetermined number of pixel circuits as analog signals.

US Pat. No. 9,268,869

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,268,874

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing a program which, when executed by the processor, causes the information processing apparatus to:
receive first screen information and first setting information for determining a display specification of a web browser, from
a web server;

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

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

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

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