US Pat. No. 9,268,120

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power which moves during zooming; and
an N-th lens unit having a positive refractive power which does not move for zooming and is arranged closest to the image
side,

wherein the N-th lens unit comprises, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first sub-lens unit; and
a second sub-lens unit configured to be able to move in an optical axis direction, and
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
?2.70
0 where ?nw represents a lateral magnification at a wide angle end of the N-th lens unit and ?n2 represents a lateral magnification
at a wide angle end of the second sub-lens unit when an axial ray enters from infinity in a state in which focus is at the
infinity.

US Pat. No. 9,264,641

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

the feedback input unit outputs a current derived by adding the photocurrent to the amplified current.
US Pat. No. 9,261,806

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,261,809

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus in which a plurality of light beams are deflected such that the plurality of light beams scan
a photosensitive member, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a light source including a plurality of light emitting elements that each emit a light beam;
a light power control unit configured to control a light power of light beam that are to be emitted from each of the plurality
of light emitting elements;

a detection unit, that is provided on a scanning path of the plurality of light beams have been deflected, configured to output
a detection signal indicating that a light beam has been detected due to the light beam being incident on the detection unit;

a measuring unit configured to control the light source such that first and second light beams emitted from first and second
light emitting elements among the plurality of light emitting elements are sequentially incident on the detection unit, and
to measure a time interval between detection signals that correspond to the first and second light beams and are output from
the detection unit; and

a timing control unit configured to control relative emission timings of light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitting
elements, according to the time interval measured by the measuring unit,

wherein the light power control unit is configured to control light powers of the first and second light beams that are to
be incident on the detection unit, so as to be a pre-determined light power,

the image forming apparatus further comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a reference value that is to be a reference for control performed by the timing control
unit, and timing values that are determined in association with the reference value and indicate respective emission timings
for the plurality of light emitting elements, and

a setting unit configured to set a target light power for the plurality of light beams at a time of scanning an image region
on the photosensitive member in which an electrostatic latent image is to be formed,

wherein the timing control unit is configured to control the relative emission timings for the plurality of light emitting
elements using a value obtained by correcting the timing values according to a difference between the time interval measured
by the measuring unit and the reference value,

the pre-determined light power is set to a light power that is equal to the target light power set by the setting unit,
the reference value and the timing values are generated in advance in correspondence with each of a plurality of levels that
can be set as the target light power by the setting unit, and are stored in the storage unit, and

the timing control unit is configured to use the reference value and the timing values corresponding to the target light power
set by the setting unit to control the relative emission timings for the plurality of light emitting elements.

US Pat. No. 9,261,846

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING POWER FEEDING MEMBERS CONFIGURED TO HOLD A CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of process units to which voltages are applied to perform image forming processes;
a circuit board configured to generate the voltages to be applied to the plurality of process units, respectively; and
a plurality of separate power feeding members configured to supply the voltages generated by the circuit board to the plurality
of process units, respectively,

wherein the plurality of separate power feeding members are configured to hold the circuit board,
wherein the circuit board comprises:
a plurality of voltage output portions configured to output the voltages to be applied to the plurality of process units,
respectively, the plurality of voltage output portions being arranged at different positions in a direction along an outer
edge of the circuit board; and

a plurality of positioning holes configured to position the plurality of separate power feeding members, respectively, and
wherein the plurality of separate power feeding members each comprises:
a connecting portion to be connected to a corresponding one of the plurality of voltage output portions of the circuit board;
a positioning portion to be fitted into a corresponding one of the plurality of positioning holes of the circuit board, the
positioning portion being arranged at a position closer to the outer edge of the circuit board than a position of the connecting
portion; and

a latching portion configured to latch the circuit board, the latching portion being arranged at a different position from
the position of the positioning portion in the direction along the outer edge.

US Pat. No. 9,262,672

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,231

DEVICE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,561

COMMUNICATION CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,819

DEVICE CAUSING A PRINTING APPARATUS TO EXECUTE PRINTING ACCORDING TO A SELECTED PRINT MEDIUM ATTRIBUTE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, the at least one processor configured to control:
a storage unit configured to store a last printing medium attribute, wherein the last printing medium attribute used in the
last printing;

an erasing unit configured to erase the last printing medium attribute stored in the storage unit in a case where a screen
for confirming a printing medium attribute used in printing a predetermined data type is displayed;

a receiving unit configured to receive a print job, wherein the print job specifies a printing medium attribute and a data
type;

a determination unit configured to determine whether any of a first condition, a second condition, and a third condition is
satisfied, wherein the first condition is that the last printing medium attribute stored in the storage unit is erased, the
second condition is that the specified data type of the received print job does not match a predetermined data type, and the
third condition is that the specified printing medium attribute of the received print job and the last printing medium attribute
are the same; and

a control unit configured, if the determination unit determines that none of the first condition, the second condition, and
the third condition is satisfied, to restrict an execution of the received print job, and if the determination unit determines
that the at least one of the first condition, the second condition, and the third condition is satisfied, to execute the received
print job without the restriction.

US Pat. No. 9,257,114

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS,AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:
a display unit configured to display text on a screen;
a voice outputting unit configured to output the text as voice;
a sight-line detection unit configured to detect a sight-line direction of a user; and
a control unit configured, assuming that a position of a character that the voice outputting unit is currently outputting
as voice is defined as a position of a current output character, and a position of a character in the text that is present
in the sight-line direction of the user detected by the sight-line detection unit is defined as a position of a current gazed
character, to change a starting position at which the voice outputting unit starts voice output depending on a distance between
the position of the current output character and the position of the current gazed character,

the control unit including:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the distance between the position of the current output character
and the position of the current gazed character is equal to a preset threshold or more; and

a setting unit configured, if the determination unit determined that the distance is equal to the preset threshold or more,
to set the position of the current gazed character to the starting position at which the voice outputting unit starts voice
output.

US Pat. No. 9,254,570

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,255,879

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,913

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,141

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,154

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,257,459

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,257,472

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,184

BELT CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING AN ENDLESS BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,256,200

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,251,977

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,247,881

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MOVEMENT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit pulsed light;
an acoustic wave receiver configured to receive an acoustic wave produced by irradiating a subject being examined with the
pulsed light and to convert the acoustic wave into an electrical signal;

a positional information detection unit configured to detect information on a position of the acoustic wave receiver; and
a movement control unit configured to cause the acoustic wave receiver to move relatively to the subject being examined, a
moving speed of the acoustic wave receiver being set based on the information on the position of the acoustic wave receiver,

wherein the acoustic wave receiver includes a plurality of conversion elements configured to convert an acoustic wave into
an electrical signal, and

wherein the movement control unit is configured to cause the acoustic wave receiver to move so that a position where one of
the conversion elements is positioned when one pulsed light is emitted coincides with a position where another of the conversion
elements is positioned when another pulsed light is emitted.

US Pat. No. 9,252,847

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SHORT RANGE COMMUNICATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a short-range wireless communication unit configured to perform short-range wireless communication, wherein the short-range
wireless communication unit has a plurality of operation modes, one of which is a card emulation mode for allowing an external
apparatus to read information held by the short-range wireless communication unit;

a selecting unit configured to select, in accordance with a user's instruction, a piece of data that is to be held by the
short-range wireless communication unit from among a plurality of pieces of candidate data;

a detecting unit configured to detect that the communication apparatus shifts to a powered-off state; and
a controlling unit configured to, when the detection unit detects that the communication apparatus shifts to the powered-off
state, cause the short-range wireless communication unit to hold the piece of data selected by the selecting unit and set
the card emulation mode as an operation mode of the short-range wireless communication unit;

wherein in a case where an error has occurred in the communication apparatus, the controlling unit causes the short-range
wireless communication unit to hold error information about the error instead of the piece of data selected by the selecting
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,253,403

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a shake detection unit configured to detect a shake amount of an image pickup apparatus;
an image stabilization unit configured to correct an image blur using an output signal outputted from said shake detection
unit;

a selection unit configured to select one image stabilization mode from among at least three image stabilization modes including
a first image stabilization mode, a second image stabilization mode, and a third image stabilization mode; and

a control unit configured to control said image stabilization unit according to the image stabilization mode selected by said
selection unit,

wherein an image stabilization effect of the second image stabilization mode is larger than an image stabilization effect
of the first image stabilization mode, and the image stabilization effect of the first image stabilization mode is larger
than an image stabilization effect of the third image stabilization mode,

wherein a first determination mode that determines whether a state, where the shake amount is not higher than a first threshold,
is maintained beyond first determination time is provided,

wherein a second determination mode that determines whether a state, where the shake amount is not higher than a second threshold
that is smaller than the first threshold, is maintained beyond second determination time that is shorter than the first determination
time is provided,

wherein said selection unit transfers the first image stabilization mode to the second image stabilization mode when the determination
by the first determination mode is maintained beyond the first determination time,

wherein said selection unit transfers the first image stabilization mode to the third image stabilization mode when the determination
by the second determination mode is maintained beyond the second determination time, and

wherein said selection unit does not transfer the first image stabilization mode to the second image stabilization mode while
the determination by the second determination mode is maintained beyond third determination time that is shorter than the
second determination time even when the determination by the first determination mode is maintained beyond the first determination
time.

US Pat. No. 9,253,425

PHOTO-ELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE FOR CURRENT FLUCTUATION SUPPRESSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,253,427

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,250,845

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,244,635

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to enable or disable a setting that execution of a print job is permitted without input of a job
password, which has been added to the print job, from a user authenticated by an authentication unit;

a storage unit configured to store a print job to which a job password has been added;
a determination unit configured to determine whether a user has been authenticated by the authentication unit; and
a print control unit configured to, if the setting is enabled and the user has been authenticated, execute the print job stored
in the storage unit without input of the job password from the user,

wherein the print control unit is configured to, if the setting is enabled and the user has not been authenticated, execute
the print job stored in the storage unit after input of the job password from the user, and

wherein the print control unit is configured to, if the setting is disabled, execute the print job stored in the storage unit
after input of the job password from the user.

US Pat. No. 9,244,382

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a bottle which is detachably attached to an apparatus main body and which stores toner, the bottle having a discharge port
from which the toner stored is discharged;

a shutter which is disposed on the bottle to open and close the discharge port; and
an engaging member which is movably disposed on the apparatus main body and configured to engage the shutter,
wherein in a case that the engaging member is in an operating position, the engaging member engages with the shutter so as
to open the discharge port by an attaching operation of the bottle into a set position, and

wherein in a case that the engaging portion is in a non-operating position where the engaging member is retracted from the
operating position, the shutter maintains a closed status of the discharge port when the bottle is attached at the set position.

US Pat. No. 9,244,675

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,244,420

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING RECORDING MEDIUM CONVEYANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,245,715

DRAWING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,247,347

NOISE SUPPRESSION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,247,091

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,247,099

IMAGE FILE EDITING APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,247,155

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ROBUST SCENE MODELLING IN AN IMAGE SEQUENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of storing a scene model used for foreground/background separation of a scene captured in an image sequence by
a camera, said method comprising the steps of:
creating a background image based on the scene model;
determining whether a change in the scene is greater than a pre-determined foreground threshold;
matching an input image captured by the camera and the background image, when the change in the scene satisfies the pre-determined
foreground threshold, to determine a similarity score and comparing the determined similarity score to a pre-determined similarity
threshold; and

updating the scene model when the similarity score is greater than the pre-determined similarity threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,245,357

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
memory,
wherein the one or more processors are configured to:
perform character recognition of a character region where characters exist in a digital image to generate character code;
extract a placement region where the characters are placed from the digital image;
detect a region of the digital image where a feature change in the digital image is small;
determine an expansion direction in which the placement region is to be expanded, based on a position of the detected region
on a periphery of the placement region; and

expand the placement region in the determined expansion direction, and place data obtained from the character code in the
expanded placement region.

US Pat. No. 9,239,548

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,237,845

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,239,972

RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,240,037

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,235,787

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,236,833

ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVE GENERATION DEVICE AND DETECTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,234,791

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,236,406

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS WITH GATE CONTROL LINES AND WIRING AT SAME HEIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array region in which a plurality of pixels are arranged;
a read out circuit region arranged in an outside of the pixel array region;
a surrounding circuit;
a metal wiring layer;
a plurality of gate control lines; and
a metal wiring, wherein
each of the plurality of pixels includes:
a photoelectric conversion element configured to generate an electric charge by a photoelectric conversion;
an impurity diffusion region; and
a gate electrode configured to transfer the electric charge from the photoelectric conversion element to the impurity diffusion
region, wherein

each of the plurality of gate control lines is formed from metal and being connected electrically to the gate electrode of
each of the plurality of pixels, and

two or more of the impurity diffusion regions of the plurality of pixels are electrically connected mutually,
the read out circuit region includes:
an amplifier unit connected to the two or more of the impurity diffusion regions, and connected to the surrounding circuit
via the metal wiring; and

a reset unit connected to the two or more of the impurity diffusion regions, wherein
each of the plurality of gate control lines has a portion extending in the in-plane direction of a substrate of the photoelectric
conversion apparatus, and the metal wiring has a portion extending in the in-plane direction of the substrate so as to be
connected to a peripheral circuit, the portion of the plurality of gate control line and the portion of the metal wiring are
arranged in the same height in the metal wiring layer.

US Pat. No. 9,232,165

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,229,345

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles prepared by forming particles of a polymerizable monomer composition comprising a polymerizable
monomer, a pigment, a pigment dispersant and a crystalline polyester resin in an aqueous medium, and polymerizing the polymerizable
monomer contained in the particles,
wherein the polymerizable monomer is a polymerizable monomer for preparing a vinyl copolymer,
the pigment dispersant satisfies (i) to (v):
(i) a difference (A?B) between an SP value (A) of the pigment dispersant and an SP value (B) of the crystalline polyester
resin is ?1.5 or more and +0.8 or less,

(ii) a difference (A?C) between the SP value (A) of the pigment dispersant and an SP value (C) of the vinyl copolymer is ?1.1
or more and +1.2 or less,

(iii) the pigment dispersant contains a polymer component and an adsorbable component adsorbed to the pigment, and the polymer
component is a vinyl polymer,

(iv) the polymer component of the pigment dispersant has a number average molecular weight (Mn) of 3,000 or more and 20,000
or less, and

(v) a rate of adsorption of the pigment dispersant to the pigment is 30% or more.

US Pat. No. 9,227,809

CONVEYANCE APPARATUS AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,229,673

PRINTING APPARATUS WHICH PRINTS ON A SHEET CONVEYED FROM ONE OF SHEET STORAGE UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus which prints on a sheet conveyed from one of sheet storage units, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a plurality of jobs containing attributes of sheets to be used for printing;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether an attribute of the sheet of a job stored in said storage unit
is different from an attribute of a sheet in a sheet storage unit designated by the job;

a second determination unit configured to, in a case where said first determination unit determines that the attribute of
the sheet of the job stored in said storage unit is different from the attribute of the sheet in the sheet storage unit, determine
whether the sheet storage unit is designated by another job different from the job out of the plurality of jobs; and

a notification unit configured to, in a case where said second determination unit determines that the sheet storage unit is
designated by the another job, notify that the sheet storage unit is designated by the another job.

US Pat. No. 9,229,422

DEVELOPER SUPPLYING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer receiving apparatus for receiving a developer supplied from a developer supply container which is detachably
mountable to said developer receiving apparatus, said developer receiving apparatus comprising:
a receiving portion displacably provided in said receiving apparatus and configured to receive the developer supplied from
the supply container, said receiving portion including a receiving port configured to receive the developer and a first engaging
portion engageable with the supply container to displace said receiving portion toward the supply container so as to connect
said receiving portion with the supply container in a mounting operation of the supply container; and

a covering member displacably provided in said receiving apparatus and covering an upper part of the receiving port, said
covering member taking a closing position closing the upper part of said receiving port when the supply container is not mounted,
and said covering member including a second engaging portion engageable with said receiving portion to displace said covering
member to a retracted position retracted from the closing position to permit said receiving portion to connect with the supply
container in the mounting operation of the supply container.

US Pat. No. 9,227,892

ORGANIC COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by general formula 1:

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

US Pat. No. 9,227,401

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,228,952

HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL IDENTIFICATION PROBE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A collection method for hematopoietic stem cells, the method comprising:
contacting a hematopoietic stem cell identification probe with a cell population;
and
removing hematopoietic stem cells from the cell population based on incorporation of the hematopoietic stem cell identification
probe into cells in the cell population, thereby collecting hematopoietic stem cells from the cell population,
wherein the hematopoietic stem cell identification probe comprises at least one compound represented by general formula (1):
wherein the hematopoietic stem cell identification probe comprises at least one compound represented by general formula (1):

wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aralkyl group, an alkenyl group, an aryl group or a hetero ring group; each
of R2 to R5 independently represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, with R2 and R4 optionally bound to each other for forming a ring; R6 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an alkoxy group, or a halogen atom; R7 represents an alkyl group or a carboxyalkyl group in which —CH2—CH2— of a carbon chain of the carboxy alkyl group is optionally substituted with —CONH—; and R8 represents a sulfur atom or a group represented by general formula (4):


wherein * represents a binding site to the general formula (1) and R13 represents an alkyl group, an aralkyl group, an allyl group, or a carboxyalkyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,227,442

PRINTING APPARATUS AND REGISTRATION ADJUSTMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,230,073

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a user management unit configured to manage a plurality of destinations respectively corresponding to a plurality of users
and information defining a group to which each of the plurality of users belongs, the group corresponding to the plurality
of destinations;

a user designation unit configured to allow a user of the plurality of users to designate at least one particular group from
among a plurality of groups based on attributes of the user's designation as configured by the user management unit, wherein
each group of the plurality of groups corresponds to a respective set of destinations, and the particular group corresponds
to a particular set of destinations; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit, in response to the user's designation of image data to the particular set of destinations
according to the user's designation.

US Pat. No. 9,222,899

X-RAY TALBOT INTERFEROMETER AND X-RAY IMAGING SYSTEM INCLUDING TALBOT INTERFEROMETER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:
a first grating configured to diffract X-rays from an X-ray source and to form an interference pattern;
a second grating configured to block a portion of X-rays that form the interference pattern; and
a detector configured to detect X-rays from the second grating, wherein a property of an inspection object disposed between
the X-ray source and the second grating is measured,

wherein the second grating includes
a first shield grating portion in which a shield portion and a transmissive portion are arranged periodically at a first period
and

a second shield grating portion in which a shield portion and a transmissive portion are arranged periodically at a second
period, and

the first period is expressed as follows:

where ps denotes a size of pixels that the detector has, n denotes a positive integer, Ls denotes a distance from the X-ray
source to the first shield grating portion, and Lf denotes a distance from the first shield grating portion to the detector.

US Pat. No. 9,224,774

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,242

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,252

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,266

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,524

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,526

APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,282

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,225,352

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,221,257

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,225,873

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,225,878

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,223,059

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A benzocyclobutene compound represented by Formula (1)

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

US Pat. No. 9,217,937

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,217,987

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,218,549

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,218,552

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,217,863

SCANNING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A scanning optical system, comprising:
a light source comprising a plurality of light emission points;
a light deflector for deflecting a light beam in a main scanning direction;
an optical element for guiding the light beam emitted from the light source to the light deflector; and
a stop for blocking a part of the light beam emitted from the optical element,
the following expression being satisfied:
where Lx is a distance (mm) from the light source to the stop, fcol is a focal length (mm) of the optical element, and yLD is a distance (mm) in the main scanning direction between an optical axis of the optical element and a light emission point
among the plurality of light emission points, which is farthest from the optical axis of the optical element in the main scanning
direction,
the following expression being satisfied:
where Dy is a diameter (mm) of an aperture of the stop in the main scanning direction, and FFPy is a total angle at half maximum (degree) of a far-field pattern of light emitted from the light source,
the light emission point which is farthest from the optical axis of the optical element in the main scanning direction satisfying:
when an angle (degree) ?y between a marginal ray within a main scanning section of the light beam emitted from the light source and a ray of light of
a maximum intensity is defined as follows

US Pat. No. 9,214,491

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

a Bayer array color filter.

US Pat. No. 9,215,292

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,211,719

INK TANK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,215,365

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to capture an object image;
an evaluation value calculation unit configured to calculate a focus evaluation value indicating a contrast of an object image
included in a focus detection area, using an image signal output from the image sensor;

a first focus detection unit configured to move a focus lens by a unit driving amount smaller than a predetermined threshold
to detect a focus state based on a change in the focus evaluation value;

a second focus detection unit configured to move the focus lens by a unit driving amount equal to or larger than the predetermined
threshold to detect the focus state based on a change in the focus evaluation value; and

an object detection unit configured to detect the object using the image signal,
wherein, if the focus evaluation value is smaller than a predetermined evaluation value and the object has been detected,
the focus state is detected using the first focus detection unit without using the second focus detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,215,748

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,209,215

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,208,700

STICKER RECORDING SHEET

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sticker recording sheet comprising:
an image-receiving paper portion having a receiving layer, an image-receiving base material, and an adhesive layer laminated
on each other; and

a release coated paper portion provided on a back surface side of the adhesive layer in a peelable manner,
wherein the image-receiving paper portion is provided with:
a first half-cut portion cut in an approximately rectangular shape, having at least one uncut bridge portion formed on at
least one side of the rectangular shape; and

a second half-cut portion, cut from the at least one side of the rectangular shape having the bridge portion, to an exterior
side edge of the image-receiving paper portion,

wherein the second half-cut portion is oriented in an approximately perpendicular direction with respect to the at least one
side having the bridge portion and the exterior side edge of the image-receiving paper portion, and

wherein the second half-cut portion also includes at least one uncut bridge portion.

US Pat. No. 9,210,279

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,210,284

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,208,720

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,210,305

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,210,315

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,205,646

LIQUID DISCHARGING SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD, AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,205,656

INKJET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,207,575

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,033

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,204,034

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data;
a detection unit configured to detect objects from the image data;
a selection unit configured to select a main object from the detected objects;
an object distance information acquisition unit configured to acquire information regarding distance to the detected objects;
a distance information acquisition unit configured to divide the image data into small areas, and acquire object distance
information for each of the small areas;

a distance grouping unit configured to, based on the distance information, group the small areas into distance groups defined
by different distance ranges;

a determination unit configured to determine a blurring level for each of the distance groups; and
a blurring processing unit configured to perform blurring processing on the image data based on the blurring level,
wherein the determination unit identifies an object located within a predetermined distance from the main object, based on
the distance information acquired by the object distance information acquisition unit, and determines areas corresponding
to a distance group of the identified object as a same blurring level as an area corresponding to the main object.

US Pat. No. 9,204,067

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,201,323

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles and an external additive, wherein:
each of the toner particles contains:
a binder resin, and
organic-inorganic composite fine particles each of which contains a resin particle and inorganic fine particles, the organic-inorganic
composite fine particles being dispersed in the binder resin, and

the organic-inorganic composite fine particles
(1) have a number-average particle diameter of 70 nm or more and 500 nm or less,
(2) have a structure of which the inorganic fine particles are embedded in the resin particle, and have convexes derived from
the inorganic fine particles on surfaces of the respective organic-inorganic composite fine particles,

(3) have a shape factor SF-2 of 103 or more and 120 or less, and
(4) contain a resin component in which a proportion of THF-insoluble matter based on a mass of the resin component is 95%
by mass or more.

US Pat. No. 9,195,027

ZOOM LENS BARREL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens control apparatus having a zoom lens comprising:
a first operation member that gives a zoom instruction by an operator for moving the zoom lens;
a second operation member that gives a zoom instruction by the operator for moving the zoom lens, wherein the second operation
member is different from the first operation member and is able to be turned for moving the zoom lens, wherein the second
operation member is arranged in the left side of the first operation member as seen from the operator; and

a controller that changes a speed of changing a zoom position, wherein a speed of changing a zoom position according to the
first operation member is slower than a speed of changing a zoom position according to the second operation member.

US Pat. No. 9,195,287

POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM HAS RELAXATION CIRCUIT WHICH IS ENABLED SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE OUTPUTTING OF RESET SIGNAL TO RELAX AN OUTPUT VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a monitor unit configured to monitor an input voltage of a DC power supply;
a reset signal circuit configured to output a reset signal to an integrated circuit to which an electric power is supplied
when the input voltage monitored by said monitor unit falls below a predetermined threshold value;

a power supply circuit configured to stop supply of the electric power to the integrated circuit in synchronism with outputting
of the reset signal; and

a dummy element, connected to a line between said power supply circuit and the integrated circuit,
wherein said dummy element is enabled based on reception of the reset signal, and
a value of an electric current from said power supply circuit caused by enablement of said dummy element decreases from a
first value to a second value, and the value decreases from the second value to a third value after an elapse of a predetermined
time.

US Pat. No. 9,197,447

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM FOR CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that extracts a Web-based e-mail transmitted from a client apparatus to a Web-based
e-mail server, for a Web-based e-mail site that provides a service for transmitting/receiving HTTP Web-based e-mails, the
information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory device that stores definition information, which includes a request URL included in a request concerning the Web-based
e-mail generated by the client apparatus and transmitted from the client apparatus to the Web-based e-mail server on the Web-based
e-mail site, and an action to be performed to store an input content of the Web-based e-mail of the request in a management
table such that the definition information and the obtained input content are correlated with each other and defined; and

a CPU coupled to the memory device and programmed to provide:
an obtaining unit that obtains a request concerning the Web-based e-mail generated by the client apparatus and transmitted
to the Web-based e-mail server, the request including a request URL;

a control unit that performs control to store the input content of the Web-based e-mail of the request in the management table
by performing an action defined in definition information that includes a request URL that is same as the request URL included
in the request obtained by the obtaining unit from among the definition information stored in the memory device;

an accepting unit that accepts an input of an extraction condition corresponding to the Web-based e-mail stored in the management
table; and

an extraction unit that extracts, from the management table, the Web-based e-mail which satisfies the extraction condition
for which the input is accepted by the accepting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,195,921

CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,414

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FUNCTIONING AS A PRINT SERVER CHANGING PRINT SETTINGS OF SAVED JOB ON DEMAND FROM AN EXTERNAL TERMINAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus providing functions as a printer server for receiving and storing a print job composed of
PDL (Page Description Language) data and print settings from a client apparatus until a printing request is received from
an external terminal, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit print settings of a specified print job among stored print jobs in response to
an access from the external terminal;

a receiving unit configured to receive from the external terminal a changing demand to change a print setting of the specified
print job among the print settings transmitted by the transmitting unit; and

a changing unit configured to change the print setting in response to the changing demand so that the changed print setting
is reflected in a printing operation performed in accordance with the PDL data in the specified print job,

wherein, in forming an image by using the PDL data, an image to be formed by applying the print setting prior to the change
in response to the changing demand is different from an image to be formed by applying the print setting prior to the change
in response to the changing demand, and

wherein, in a case where an image generated by using the PDL data is previewed on the external terminal, the changing demand
received by the receiving unit is reflected in the previewed image.

US Pat. No. 9,195,162

COVER MEMBER, LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,195,174

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CONTROL OF POTENTIAL AT TRANSFER PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotatable photosensitive member;
a charging device that charges the photosensitive member;
an exposure device that exposes the charged photosensitive member to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
member;

a developing device that supplies toner to the photosensitive member to develop an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive
member as a toner image;

a common power supply that applies voltage to the charging device and the developing device;
a movable rotary member that forms a transfer portion with the photosensitive member to receive the toner image from the photosensitive
member or to convey a recording material that receives the toner image;

a moving unit that effects relative movement between the developing device and the photosensitive member between a first position
for developing the electrostatic latent image and a second position in which the developing device is further away from the
photosensitive member than in the first position;

a determination unit that determines whether a relative position when the photosensitive member starts rotating is the first
position or the second position;

and
a control unit configured to perform a control of potential at the transfer portion,
wherein in a case where the determination unit determines that the relative position when the photosensitive member starts
rotating is the first position, during a period after the common power supply starts outputting and before a charge area charged
by the charging device on the photosensitive member reaches the transfer portion, the control unit controls the potential
at the transfer portion to be a potential of a same polarity as a charged polarity of the toner.

US Pat. No. 9,191,550

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,186,906

RECORDING-MEDIUM IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording-medium detecting device comprising:
a reference plate configured to reflect light;
an emission unit configured to emit light onto a recording medium and the reference plate; and
a receiving unit configured to receive reflected light from the recording medium at a first receiving portion and to receive
reflected light from the reference plate at a second receiving portion,

wherein the reference plate is provided closer to the receiving unit than the recording medium onto which the emission unit
emits the light, and

wherein the reference plate is provided so that a part of the reference plate is positioned between both ends of the recording
medium onto which the emission unit emits the light, in a direction perpendicular to a conveying direction of the recording
medium, and a region where the emission unit emits light onto the recording medium and a region where the emission unit emits
light onto the reference plate are arranged side by side in the direction perpendicular to the conveyance direction of the
recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,180,680

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,176,684

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A peripheral apparatus comprising:
a first reception unit configured to receive a first request from an information processing apparatus;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit, to the information processing apparatus as a reply to the first request,
a negative reply indicating that a print job is unable to be accepted;

a second reception unit configured to receive a second request from the information processing apparatus which received the
negative reply; and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit, to the information processing apparatus, a reservation identification (ID)
as a reply to the second request.

US Pat. No. 9,177,979

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE HAVING REFERENCE VOLTAGE SUPPLY LINE ON A FIRST SUBSTRATE AND POWER SUPPLY LINES TO SUPPLY VOLTAGES TO THE REFERENCE VOLTAGE SUPPLY LINE ON A SECOND SUBSTRATE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device having a plurality of pixels, each including a photoelectric conversion unit, a floating
diffusion, and a transfer transistor which transfers charges of the photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion,
a reset transistor which supplies a reset potential to the floating diffusion, an amplifier transistor which amplifies a signal
obtained in accordance with potential changes of the floating diffusion and outputs a signal, a reference voltage supply line
which supplies reference voltages to the photoelectric conversion unit, a first substrate including a pixel region including
the photoelectric conversion unit, the floating diffusion and the transfer transistor, and the reference voltage supply line,
and a second substrate including a pixel region including at least the reset transistor or the amplifier transistor, the solid-state
image pickup device comprising:
power supply lines configured to supply voltages to the reference voltage supply line and disposed on the second substrate;
a plurality of first electric connection units configured to electrically connect the floating diffusions to the reset transistors
and the amplifier transistors which are disposed on the second substrate; and

a plurality of second electric connection units configured to electrically connect the reference voltage supply line to the
power supply lines,

wherein the first electric connection units are disposed in the pixel region of the first substrate and the second electric
connection units are disposed outside the pixel region of the first substrate, and

wherein a plurality of contact plugs configured to supply reference voltages from the power supply lines to wells included
in the pixel region of the second substrate are disposed in the pixel region of the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,170,506

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
a photosensitive layer formed on the support;
wherein a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises:
(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin not having a siloxane structure at the
end, and a polyester resin not having a siloxane structure at the end;

(?) at least one resin selected from the group consisting of a polycarbonate resin having a siloxane structure at the end,
a polyester resin having a siloxane structure at the end, and an acrylic resin having a siloxane structure at the end; and

(?) at least one compound selected from the group consisting of propylene carbonate, ?-butyrolactone, ?-valerolactone and
?-caprolactone.

US Pat. No. 9,170,765

PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND METHOD TO BE USED THEREIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing system including a management apparatus, a printer and an information processing apparatus:
a display unit configured to display a screen for edit of information by a user, the information being related to a setup
program related to a printer driver; and

an upload unit configured to upload to the printer the setup program with which an installer serving as an application for
installing the printer driver into the information processing apparatus is combined, according to an instruction of the user
via the displayed screen;

wherein a storage unit of the printer stores the setup program uploaded by the upload unit;
wherein the printer includes:
a monitoring unit configured to monitor a change of configuration information of the printer within the printer; and
a program update unit configured to update, without an instruction of the user, information related to a port in a file in
which information for the installer combined with the setup program is described, based on a command for updating the setup
program according to the change of the configuration information from the monitoring unit; and

wherein the information processing apparatus includes:
a storing unit configured to acquire the setup program from the printer and to store the setup program in a storage unit of
the information processing apparatus;

a separation unit configured to separate the file from the stored setup program after starting up the stored setup program;
an identification unit configured to identify an attribute of an operating system (OS) running on the information processing
apparatus after starting up the stored setup program;

a determination unit configured to determine a format of a port name of a port to be created for the printer driver to be
installed, according to the attribute of the OS identified by the identification unit; and

a control unit configured to create the port having the port name according to the information related to the port included
in the separated file and the format determined by the determination unit and to install the printer driver using the installer
combined with the setup program.

US Pat. No. 9,170,514

POLYMERIZABLE MONOMER, POLYMERIC COMPOUND, CHARGE CONTROL AGENT CONTAINING THE POLYMERIC COMPOUND, AND DEVELOPER BEARING MEMBER AND TONER WHICH CONTAIN THE CHARGE CONTROL AGENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a binder resin, a colorant and a charge control agent, wherein
the charge control agent comprises a polymeric compound containing at least one unit represented by the following formula
(3):


wherein R6 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group; A represents —CO— or —SO2—; and the moiety represented by the formula (3) is, at the part shown by an asterisk *, linked to a moiety represented by
the following formula (2), at any position of a, b, c or d thereof;


wherein the sites among a, b, c and d at which the moiety represented by the formula (2) is not linked to the moiety represented
by the formula (3) each has a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from the group consisting of an alkyl group, an alkoxy
group and a sulfonic acid group, or any of which may connect at mutually adjoining positions to form a ring.

US Pat. No. 9,168,749

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A manufacturing method of a liquid discharge head which comprises discharge ports for discharging a liquid, discharge energy
generating elements for discharging the liquid, and liquid flow paths which incorporate the discharge energy generating elements
and communicate with the discharge ports, the manufacturing method comprising:
(A) forming an active energy ray-curable resin layer on a surface of a substrate on which the discharge energy generating
elements are formed,

(B) attaching a material permeable to active energy rays onto a surface of the active energy ray-curable resin layer,
(C) pressing a master mold against the material permeable to active energy rays, the master mold including a material that
is transparent to the active energy rays and having protrusions corresponding to a pattern of the discharge ports so as to
impart impressions of the protrusions to the material permeable to active energy rays,

(D) selectively irradiating the active energy ray-curable resin layer with active energy rays according to a pattern of the
liquid flow paths so as to cure the active energy ray-curable resin layer,

(E) removing the master mold, and
(F) removing uncured portions of the active energy ray-curable resin layer.

US Pat. No. 9,171,874

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,172,689

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,165,965

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,164,416

CONDUCTIVE MEMBER, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,164,717

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,164,476

TONER CARTRIDGE HAVING STRUCTURE FOR MINIMIZING DEFORMATION WHEN GRIPPED

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,162,250

METHOD FOR FORMING COATING FILM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING FIXING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,160,138

LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT ARRAY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,159,903

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,402

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AND INTERPRETING PATH OF DESIGNATED POSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,156,645

SHEET STORAGE APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,214

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,158,223

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,159,001

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,159,525

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

R(L)?D×L/L1, and

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

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

H(L)?(1?L/L1)×D, and

where L>L1:

(D?H(L))2+(L?L1)2?(D×L/L1)2.

US Pat. No. 9,158,240

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,152,848

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,151,594

POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,153,931

LASER APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,153,030

POSITION AND ORIENTATION ESTIMATION METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,147,708

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,146,461

METHOD OF MAKING NOZZLE CHIP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,148,540

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,148,578

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capture apparatus for generating a dynamic range-extended image by compositing a plurality of images to be composited,
comprising:
an image capture unit configured to output an image obtained by capturing a subject;
a determination unit configured to determine a number of images to be composited used to generate a dynamic range-extended
image, and exposure conditions for the respective images to be composited from a distribution of pixel values of the subject;

a first specifying unit configured to specify a moving object region for a plurality of pre-shot images output from the image
capture unit;

a change unit configured to determine a proper exposure condition for a subject corresponding to the moving object region
specified by the first specifying unit, and to change one exposure condition of the exposure conditions of the images to be
composited determined by the determination unit to the proper exposure condition;

a second specifying unit configured to specify a moving object region for the plurality of images to be composited, which
are captured by the image capture unit under the exposure conditions of the images to be composited including the proper exposure
condition; and

a generation unit configured to generate the dynamic range-extended image by compositing the plurality of images to be composited,
the generation unit using pixels of the image to be composited captured under the proper exposure condition as pixels of the
moving object region specified by the second specifying unit.

US Pat. No. 9,146,305

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,147,140

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,017

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,142,587

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,138,992

RECEPTION DEVICE AND APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,324

OUTPUTTING SELECTIVE ELEMENTS OF A STRUCTURED DOCUMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

outputting the selected output candidate element.

US Pat. No. 9,139,025

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,890

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,142,173

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,142,027

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,141,012

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

9.00?Sa?10.50

?0.40?Sb?Sa?0.80.

US Pat. No. 9,134,933

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,131,841

IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,136,750

MOTOR CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING PHASE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUTPUT SIGNALS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,131,851

BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,137,021

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,176

DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING OPTICAL INFORMATION OF OBJECT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information acquiring device that acquires information of an object, comprising:
a light source configured to emit pulsed light having a center wavelength ?c;
a dividing section configured to divide the pulsed light having center wavelength ?c into lights for a plurality of optical
paths;

a plurality of waveguides each provided in each of the optical paths, wherein each waveguide is configured to receive from
the dividing section a pulsed light having the center wavelength ?c and output a pulsed light having a center wavelength different
from the center wavelength ?c;

a multiplexing section configured to multiplex lights output from the waveguides;
an optical system configured to irradiate the object with the lights multiplexed by the multiplexing section; and
an information acquiring section configured to acquire information of the object through detection of a light generated by
applying the lights multiplexed by the multiplexing section to the object, wherein

each of the waveguides provided in each of the optical paths has different zero dispersion wavelengths,
each of the waveguides provided in each of the optical paths converts the pulsed light which is divided by the dividing section
and has the center wavelength ?c into light having a center wavelength different from the center wavelength ?c, by a nonlinear
effect on the waveguide, and

each of the waveguides satisfies ?2>0 and ?4<0 at the center wavelength ?c, where ?2 is group velocity dispersion for the
waveguides and ?4 is a second derivative of the group velocity dispersion ?2.

US Pat. No. 9,134,182

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD, TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,722

ROBOT CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND ROBOT CONTROLLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,135,537

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,134,515

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,137,393

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,137,399

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,137,407

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,135,866

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,137,435

FOCUS DETECTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,137,464

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for suppressing a pseudo color and color noise of an image sensed by using a single board
color image sensor, comprising:
a resolution reduction unit configured to generate, from a first image sensed by using the image sensor, a second image having
a resolution and a frequency band lower than those of the first image;

a suppressing unit configured to suppress a pseudo color and color noise of each of the first and second images;
a resolution increase unit configured to restore the resolution of the second image processed by said suppressing unit;
a calculating unit configured to calculate a ratio coefficient for performing weighted combination on a pixel of the first
image processed by said suppressing unit, and on a pixel, which corresponds to the former pixel, of the second image having
the restored resolution; and

a combining unit configured to perform weighted combination on a color signal of the pixel of the first image processed by
said suppressing unit, and on a color signal of the pixel, which corresponds to the former pixel, of the second image having
the restored resolution, in accordance with the ratio coefficient,

wherein if it is determined that a pixel of interest of the first image belongs to a region where a pseudo color is generated,
said calculating unit calculates a first ratio coefficient based on a luminance of the pixel of interest belonging the first
image, and a second ratio coefficient based on a color of the pixel of interest belonging the first image, and selects one
of the first coefficient and the second coefficient, which further increases a weight of the pixel of the second image having
the restored resolution, as the ratio coefficient for use in the combination.

US Pat. No. 9,134,645

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,131,182

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a size of a region which is specified based on a comparison between
pixel values of adjacent pixels in an input image is larger than a predetermined threshold;

a smoothing unit configured to perform smoothing processing on the input image according to a result of the determination
by the determination unit such that a region having a larger size than the predetermined threshold is smoothed stronger than
a region having a smaller size than the predetermined threshold; and

an image transformation unit configured to perform image transformation processing on the image on which smoothing processing
was performed by the smoothing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,131,130

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that includes an image pickup element that photoelectrically converts an optical image of an
object to be photographed, arriving through a photographing lens, and outputs an image signal of the photographed object,
the apparatus comprising:
a memory unit that stores information of a pixel defect of the image pickup element and information for determining an angle
of incidence of the optical image arriving at each pixel of the image pickup element;

a setting unit that sets an image re-formation plane on which an image is re-formed from the image signal of the photographed
object;

a pupil division unit that restricts light of the optical image of the object arriving at each pixel of the image pickup element
to a light from a specific pupil area of the photographing lens;

an image shift unit that determines a shift amount of the image signal of the photographed object corresponding to the image
re-formation plane for every pupil area, to shift the image signal on the basis of the image re-formation plane set by the
setting unit and the information for determining the angle of the incidence of the optical image arriving at each pixel of
the image pickup element;

a defect correction unit that corrects an image signal of a defective pixel using the shifted image signal of a pixel other
than the defective pixel obtained by the image shift unit, in accordance with the information of the pixel defect; and

an image re-formation unit that re-forms an image corresponding to the image re-formation plane from the image signal that
is corrected by the defect correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,130,335

LIGHT BEAM EMISSION APPARATUS, OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE LIGHT BEAM EMISSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light beam emission apparatus, comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a holding member including an abutting portion and a fitting portion in which the light source is fitted; and
an elastic member configured to fill a clearance between the light source and the holding member by being elastically deformed
when the elastic member contacts both the light source and the abutting portion in a state in which the light source is fitted
into the fitting portion,

wherein the elastic member is elastically deformed by being compressed by the light source and the abutting portion when the
light source is fitted into the fitting portion, and

wherein a length of the elastic member before being elastically deformed in an insertion direction of the light source into
the fitting portion is longer than a length from an insertion port of the fitting portion for the light source to the abutting
portion so that the fitting portion and a fitted portion of the light source come into contact with each other after the elastic
member begins to be elastically deformed or simultaneously when the elastic member begins to be elastically deformed by contacting
both the light source and the abutting portion,

wherein the abutting portion has a recessed groove to receive the elastically deformed elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,130,346

DEVICE, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, AND IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A device comprising:
an optical resonator including an optical gain medium and an optical member which allows light to pass therethrough:
a first Fabry-Pérot resonator constructed by an end and another end of the optical gain medium; and
a second Fabry-Pérot resonator constructed by the another end of the optical gain medium and an end of the optical member
facing the another end of the optical gain medium,

wherein the first Fabry-Pérot resonator provides a first ripple to an oscillation spectrum of the optical resonator,
wherein the second Fabry-Pérot resonator provides a second ripple to the oscillation spectrum of the optical resonator,
wherein a resonator length of the second Fabry-Pérot resonator is set such that an amplitude of a sum of the first ripple
and the second ripple is smaller than an amplitude of the first ripple at least at one of wavelengths in an amplification
frequency band of the optical gain medium, and

wherein another end of the optical member has an anti reflection coating.

US Pat. No. 9,131,139

IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensing apparatus comprising:
a setting unit configured to set one of a plurality of image sensing modes;
an image sensing unit configured to obtain an image of an object;
a processing unit configured to perform image processing on the image obtained by the image sensing unit based on the image
sensing mode set by the setting unit, the image processing including a plurality of processes;

a communication unit configured to communicate with an external apparatus; and
a determination unit configured to determine, based on the image sensing mode set by the setting unit, which of the image
sensing apparatus and the external apparatus is to perform a predetermined process out of the plurality of processes on the
image obtained by the image sensing unit,

wherein in a case that the determination unit determines that the image sensing apparatus is to perform the predetermined
process, the processing unit performs the predetermined process on the image obtained by the image sensing unit, and

wherein in a case that the determination unit determines that the external apparatus is to perform the predetermined process,
the communication unit transmits the image obtained by the image sensing unit to the external apparatus so that the predetermined
process is performed by the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,130,168

PIEZOELECTRIC CERAMIC, METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND ULTRASONIC MOTOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for making a piezoelectric ceramic, comprising:
sintering a mixture at least containing barium titanate particles 1 containing 0.05 mass % or more and 2.0 mass % or less
manganese on a metal basis and barium titanate particles 2 containing less than 0.04 mass % manganese on a metal basis,

wherein the piezoelectric ceramic comprises:
barium titanate; and
0.04 mass % or more and 0.20 mass % or less manganese relative to barium titanate,
wherein the piezoelectric ceramic is composed of crystal grains,
the crystal grains include crystal grains A having an equivalent circular diameter of 30 ?m or more and 300 ?m or less and
crystal grains B having an equivalent circular diameter of 0.5 ?m or more and 3 ?m or less, and

the crystal grains A and the crystal grains B individually form aggregates and the aggregates of the crystal grains A and
the aggregates of the crystal grains B form a sea-island structure.

US Pat. No. 9,126,860

OPTICAL MEMBER AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,128,432

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,128,650

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,123,451

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,122,659

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,124,790

LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,120,221

ROBOT CELL APPARATUS AND PRODUCTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A robot cell apparatus comprising:
a pair of articulated robot arms each having a distal end at which a hand capable of grasping a workpiece is provided, a wrist
portion allowing the hand to rock, a turnable proximal end, a minimum turnable range, and a moveable area of the wrist portion;

a table with a plane having a quadrangular shape in plan view, the proximal ends of the robot arms being respectively fixed
to two corners of the table at diagonal positions among the four corners of the plane of the table, a distance between the
pair of robot arms being set so that (1) the moveable area of the wrist portion of one articulated robot arm and the movable
area of the wrist portion of the other articulated robot arm overlap each other, the overlapping movable area forming a cooperatively
operable area in a space above the plane of the table, and (2) the minimum turnable ranges of the pair of articulated robot
arms do not overlap the cooperatively operable area; and

a control device causing the pair of articulated robot arms to cooperatively perform an assembly operation in the cooperatively
operable area.

US Pat. No. 9,120,304

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,116,467

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,115,971

MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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