US Pat. No. 9,121,805

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS, RADIOGRAPHING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
an arm configured to support a radiation generating unit that generates radiation;
a pillar configured to rotatably support the arm; and
a movable base configured to support the pillar and move on a floor surface,
wherein the arm includes an expandable mechanism configured to expand and contract in a longitudinal direction of the arm,
and

wherein the arm includes a biasing mechanism configured to reduce an operating force required by an operator for expanding
and contracting the arm.

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. 9,116,448

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising toner particles, each of which contains a polyester resin A, a polyester resin B, a coloring agent,
and a resin composition C, wherein:
(1) the polyester resin A comprises a polyester part including a moiety capable of forming a crystalline structure and a crystal
nucleating agent part, the crystal nucleating agent part being bonded to an end of the polyester part;

(2) the polyester resin B comprises a resin free of a moiety capable of forming a crystalline structure; and
(3) the resin composition C comprises a resin composition including a vinyl-based resin component and a polyolefin resin component
bonded to each other, and

wherein Sa, Sb, Sc, Sd, and Se satisfy the following relationships:
9.0
0<|Sc?Sd|<1.8

2.6
?2.0
where the Sa ((cal/cm3)1/2) represents an SP value of the polyester part in the polyester resin A,

the Sb ((cal/cm3)1/2) represents an SP value of the polyester resin B,

the Sc ((cal/cm3)1/2) represents an SP value of the crystal nucleating agent part in the polyester resin A,

the Sd ((cal/cm3)1/2) represents an SP value of the polyolefin resin component, and

the Se ((cal/cm3)1/2) represents an SP value of the vinyl-based resin component.

US Pat. No. 9,115,971

MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,118,834

IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,118,857

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,107,582

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, which is to be controlled by a separable control device, the ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an optical head unit portion for photographing an image of an eye to be inspected in accordance with a command from the control
device;

an optical head unit drive portion for driving the optical head unit portion with respect to the eye to be inspected;
a chin rest unit portion for defining a height of the eye to be inspected in accordance with a command from the control device;
a chin rest unit drive portion for driving the chin rest unit portion with respect to the optical head unit portion;
a sub control apparatus different from the control device; and
a status determination unit for determining a status of the ophthalmologic apparatus,
wherein the sub control apparatus controls, in accordance with a result of the determination by the status determination unit,
the optical head unit drive portion and the chin rest unit drive portion to drive the optical head unit portion and the chin
rest unit portion to one of a first predetermined position and a second predetermined position different from the first predetermined
position.

US Pat. No. 9,110,431

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,110,176

RADIATION DETECTING ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,069

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING AN ATTACHED INTERCHANGEABLE LENS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,109,954

OPTICAL MICROSCOPE AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,107,637

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS AND WAVEFRONT MEASURING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,108,425

RECORDING APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate having an element that generates energy utilized for ejecting liquid and having a lead-in port that is a through-hole
and a lead-out port that is a through-hole; and

a member having an ejection orifice that ejects the liquid,
wherein the liquid that is supplied from the lead-in port to the lead-out port through a flow path portion where the element
is arranged flows through a flow path from an opening of the ejection orifice on the side of the substrate to an opening of
the ejection orifice on an outer side.

US Pat. No. 9,113,123

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,811

PIGMENT DISPERSION, INK COMPOSITION INCLUDING PIGMENT DISPERSION, AND COLOR FILTER YELLOW RESIST COMPOSITION INCLUDING PIGMENT DISPERSION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A pigment dispersion comprising a compound represented by General formula (1) and a yellow pigment represented by General
formula (2) in a dispersion medium

wherein in General formula (1), R1, R2, R3, R?1, R?2, and R?3 represent independently a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an aralkyl group, wherein

the alkyl group, the aryl group and the aralkyl group may have a substituent;

wherein in General formula (2), R4 to R7 represent independently a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a sulfonic acid, a sulfonic acid ester group, a sulfonic acid amide
group, a sulfonate, a carboxylic acid, a carboxylic acid ester group, a carboxylic acid amide group, or a carboxylate, R8 and R9 represent independently a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carboxylic acid, a carboxylic acid ester group, a carboxylic acid
amide group, a carboxylate, or a heterocyclic group, and R7 and R8 may be bonded to each other to form a ring or R8 and R9 may be bonded to each other to form a ring.

US Pat. No. 9,104,348

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a user device;
a data management device that receives a printing instruction from the user device;
an image forming device;
a printing service device that enables communication with the image forming device; and
an information processing device that enables communication with the data management device and the printing service device
through a network,

wherein the data management device comprises a first sending unit configured to send data in response to receipt of the printing
instruction of the data from the user device,

wherein the information processing device comprises:
an acquiring unit configured to acquire the data sent from the data management device;
a second sending unit configured to send the data or printing data which is generated based on the data to the printing service
device;

a receiving unit configured to receive printing identification information, which is required to print the data, generated
by the printing service device from the printing service device;

a creating unit configured to create a printing notification email for notifying the printing identification information received
by the receiving unit to a user; and

a third sending unit configured to send the printing notification email to a destination email address,
wherein the printing service device comprises:
a generating unit configured to generate the printing identification information which is required to print the data when
the data received from the information processing device; and

a fourth sending unit configured to send printing data corresponding to the data to the image forming device in response to
the receipt of the printing identification information input through a printing execution screen by the user that has received
the printing notification email, and

wherein the image forming device comprises a printing unit configured to print the printing data received from the printing
service device.

US Pat. No. 9,105,222

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,160

INK FILLING APPARATUS AND INK FILLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink filling apparatus, for supplying ink to fill an ink tank that includes an ink storage chamber having a negative-pressure
generation member, an ink supply port used to supply ink in the ink storage chamber to an outside, and a communication port
through which the ink storage chamber is in fluid communication with the atmosphere, comprising:
a pressure reduction unit configured to reduce pressure in the ink storage chamber to a predetermined pressure through the
communication port;

a filling unit configured to supply ink via the ink supply port to fill the ink storage chamber; and
a cooling unit configured to cool down the ink present in a space in fluid communication with the ink storage chamber, wherein
pressure in the space is reduced by the pressure reduction unit together with pressure in the ink storage chamber, the cooling
unit cooling down the ink such that a saturation vapor pressure of the ink is lower than the predetermined pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,104,727

SEARCH APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SEARCH APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,106,097

CONNECTION DEVICE FOR CONNECTING BETWEEN ELECTRICAL DEVICES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A connection device for connecting between a first electrical device and at least one second electrical device, comprising:
a first connection section connected to the first electrical device via a first interface for performing data communication
with the first electrical device and for enabling power supply from the first electrical device to the connection device;

a second connection section disconnectably connected to the at least one second electrical device via a second interface for
performing data communication with the at least one second electrical device and for enabling power supply from the connection
device to the at least one second electrical device;

a third connection section connected to the first electrical device via wiring for enabling power supply generated by a power
supply section provided in the first electrical device to the connection device;

a relay circuit configured to relay data between said first connection section and said second connection section;
a first power path configured to supply power via the first interface to said relay circuit; and
a second power path configured to supply power via the wiring to the second electrical device via the second interface,
wherein the power via the first interface is not supplied to the second electrical device via the second interface.

US Pat. No. 9,100,559

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,002

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles, each of which contains a charging component and a colorant, wherein:
the toner contains a polymer having a partial structure represented by a following formula (1) as a side chain:

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

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

m represents an integer of not less than 0 and not more than 3; if m is 2 or 3, R1 can be each independently selected; n represents an integer of not less than 1 and not more than 3; and

* represents a coupling site in the polymer).

US Pat. No. 9,098,225

PRINT PROCESSING METHOD AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,782

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a first measurement result by using a color measuring unit to measure a region of a
subject print medium at which printing materials are not applied; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not a second measurement result should be obtained, based on the first
measurement result obtained by the obtaining unit,

wherein a correction data corresponding to the subject print medium is generated based on the second measurement result which
is obtained after the first measurement result is obtained by using the measuring unit to measure a region of the subject
medium at which the printing materials are applied, and based on a target value corresponding to the region at which the printing
materials are applied.

US Pat. No. 9,098,032

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,060

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,100,499

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH OFF-HOOK DETECTION AND POWER SUPPLY CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a telephone control unit configured to control a telephone apparatus and having an off-hook detection function operable in
a first power mode;

a first power supply unit configured to supply electric power to the telephone control unit;
an off-hook detection unit configured to detect an off-hook of the telephone apparatus in a second power mode for which electric
power consumption is less than the first power mode;

a second power supply unit configured to supply electric power to the off-hook detection unit; and
a control unit configured to control so that when the communication apparatus operates in the first power mode, the telephone
control unit detects an off-hook of the telephone apparatus, and when the communication apparatus operates in the second power
mode, the off-hook detection unit, instead of the telephone control unit, detects the off-hook of the telephone apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,097,960

LENS BARREL AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,093,346

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,951

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

Ar3 represents an unsubstituted or substituted phenylene group,

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,544

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a first analysis unit configured to detect reference instruction of reusable data by analyzing a print job generated based
on a plurality of records, wherein the reusable data is commonly used for the plurality of records;

a first determination unit configured to provisionally determine breakpoints of the records based on repetition cycles of
the reference instruction of the reusable data detected by the first analysis unit;

a second analysis unit configured to detect type and drawing position of variable data;
a second determination unit configured to determine boundaries of the records based on the breakpoints provisionally determined
by the first determination unit and the type and drawing position of the variable data detected by the second analysis unit;

a storing unit configured to store the boundaries of the records determined by the second determination unit;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the print job to an image forming apparatus that performs print processing based
on the print job;

a status acquisition unit configured to acquire a state of the print job from the image forming apparatus; and
a display control unit configured to cause a display device to display a progress status of the print job on a record-by-record
basis based on the boundaries of the records stored by the storing unit and the state of the print job acquired by the status
acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,091,954

IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming device comprising:
a photosensitive body;
a charging unit configured to charge the photosensitive body;
an exposure unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on a surface of the photosensitive body;
a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image as a toner image;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image to a transfer target member; and
a fixing unit configured to fix the transferred toner image to the transfer target member,
wherein the exposure unit includes a lens group having a plurality of lenses arrayed in a first direction and an element array
which is arranged to face the lens group and includes a plurality of organic EL elements arrayed in parallel with the first
direction on a substrate,

a drive circuit including a plurality of transistor circuits configured to control luminance per unit time of each of the
plurality of organic EL elements is arranged on the substrate of the element array, and

the transistor circuit controls the luminance of the organic EL element based on a signal created by an area gray scale method.

US Pat. No. 9,094,620

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,093,578

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a solid-state image sensor including an image sensing region and a pad region, the method comprising
the steps of:
preparing a structure including a photoelectric converter formed in the image sensing region and a pad electrode formed in
the pad region;

forming a first organic film including a first organic portion arranged in the image sensing region of the structure in the
image sensing region and the pad region;

forming a color filter layer on the first organic portion;
forming a second organic film in the image sensing region and the pad region so as to cover the color filter layer;
forming an inorganic film in the image sensing region and the pad region so as to cover the second organic film; and
etching the inorganic film, the second organic film, and the first organic film so as to form an opening which communicates
with the pad electrode,

wherein, in the step of etching the inorganic film, the second organic film, and the first organic film, at least the inorganic
film is etched by plasma etching,

wherein the second organic film includes a second organic portion arranged in the image sensing region to cover the color
filter layer, a microlens arranged on the second organic portion, and a portion arranged in the pad region, and

wherein a distance from an upper face of the second organic film to an upper face of the pad electrode in the pad region is
larger than a total of a thickness of the first organic portion and a thickness of the second organic portion.

US Pat. No. 9,089,295

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to capture an anterior eye part image of an eye to be examined;
a measuring unit configured to measure unique information of the eye;
a calculation unit configured to calculate variations of a plurality of pieces of unique information measured by said measuring
unit; and

a display control unit configured to cause a display unit to display a plurality of anterior eye part images respectively
corresponding to the plurality of pieces of unique information when variations calculated by said calculation unit satisfy
a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 9,086,645

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,464

NETWORK DEVICE, NETWORK DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network device configured to communicate with a DNS server, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a plurality of types of IPv6 addresses to the network device for communicating with another
network device in a different network;

a display unit configured to display a list of at least some of the plurality of types of IPv6 addresses as available for
user designation to be registered to the DNS server;

a selection unit configured to select IPv6 addresses of at least some of the plurality of types of IPv6 addresses as IPv6
addresses to be registered to the DNS server, wherein the selected IPv6 addresses correspond to types of IPv6 addresses designated
by a user via the list displayed by the display unit; and

a registration unit configured to register, to the DNS server, the selected IPv6 addresses with a host name of the network
device,

wherein the registration unit is configured to register all of the plurality of types IPv6 addresses set by the setting unit
to the DNS server with the host name of the network device if all of the plurality of types of IPv6 addresses are designated
by the user via the list displayed by the display unit, and to register less than all of the plurality of types of IPv6 addresses
set by the setting unit to the DNS server if less than all of the plurality of types of IPv6 addresses is or are designated
by the user via the list displayed by the display unit, and

wherein said units are implemented at least in part by a processing device of the network device.

US Pat. No. 9,086,664

FIXING DEVICE WITH A HEAT GENERATING LAYER CONTAINING A HIGH MOLECULAR COMPOUND AND A CARBON FIBER, AND AN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONTAINING THE FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device, comprising:
a heating member;
a pressurizing member; and
a microwave generating unit,
the fixing device being configured to fix an unfixed toner on a recording material by passing the recording material through
a nip formed by the heating member and the pressurizing member, wherein:

the heating member comprises a heat generating layer for generating heat with a microwave generated by the microwave generating
unit;

the heat generating layer contains a high molecular compound and a carbon fiber; and wherein:
the carbon fiber
has an average fiber diameter of 80 nm or more and 150 nm or less,
has an average fiber length of 6 ?m or more and 10 ?m or less, and
has, in a Raman spectrum, an absorption peak resulting from a graphite structure.

US Pat. No. 9,087,243

ANALYSIS APPARATUS, ANALYSIS METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An analysis apparatus for analyzing an image captured by a capturing unit and performing counting of object passages, comprising:
an execution unit configured to execute the counting of object passages;
a control unit configured to control at least one of a direction and a magnification of the capturing unit;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not at least one of a current direction and a current magnification
of the capturing unit controlled by the control unit matches respective predetermined values to cover a capturing range of
the capturing unit within which the counting of object passages is executed;

an updating unit configured to update an execution status of the counting of object passages based on a result of the determination
unit; and

an output unit configured to output the execution status of the counting of object passages by said execution unit,
wherein at least one of the execution unit, the determination unit, the updating unit and the output unit is implemented by
a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,083,924

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,921

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,689

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,387

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,072,424

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
an optical system tor scanning illumination light on an eye to be inspected in an up and down direction;
a fixation target indicating unit for indicating a fixation target to the eye to be inspected at a selected position;
a deflecting unit for changing an angle of a center position of the scanning for the illumination light on the eye to be inspected;
and

a fixation position shifting unit for shifting an indication position of the fixation target in accordance with the changed
angle.

US Pat. No. 9,073,715

SHEET FEEDING MECHANISM AND RECORDING APPARATUS HAVING THE SHEET FEEDING MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding mechanism comprising:
a sheet feeding roller configured to feed an uppermost recording medium from stacked recording mediums;
an inclined portion located at a downstream position of the sheet feeding roller in a conveyance direction of the recording
medium and having a surface inclined with respect to the conveyance direction; and

a pair of restriction members configured not to contact the recording medium before the sheet feeding roller feeds the recording
medium and configured to contact the recording medium in a state where the recording medium is fed by the sheet feeding roller
and conveyed along the inclined portion, wherein one of the pair of restriction members is disposed on one side of the sheet
feeding roller in a crossing direction crossing the conveyance direction and another of the pair of restriction members is
disposed on another side of the sheet feeding roller in a crossing direction crossing the conveyance direction.

US Pat. No. 9,075,334

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS DETERMINING CHARGED POTENTIAL FLUCTUATION OF PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,335

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,077,830

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,310

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an exciting coil;
a current applying device configured to apply a high-frequency current to said exciting coil;
a rotatable heating member configured to heat a toner image on a recording material at a nip, said rotatable heating member
including an electroconductive base layer for generating heat by electromagnetic induction of magnetic flux from said exciting
coil and an insulating surface layer provided on the electroconductive base layer;

a rotatable pressing member configured to press-contact said rotatable heating member to form the nip, said rotatable pressing
member including an electroconductive surface layer having (i) a volume resistivity of 103 to 1013 ?·cm and (ii) a width so as to be electrically insulated from the electroconductive base layer by the insulating surface layer;
and

a rectifying element configured to be connected between the electroconductive surface layer and the ground in a direction
in which a surface potential of said rotatable pressing member has an opposite polarity to a normal charge polarity of a toner.

US Pat. No. 9,071,173

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, AND OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING DEVICE AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control device comprising:
a motor configured to rotate a mirror for deflecting light emitted from a light source;
a first detector element configured to detect the light deflected by the mirror and to output a first detection signal;
a second detector element configured to output a second detection signal by the motor rotating; and
a rotation direction determination unit configured to determine a rotation direction of the motor in a state of the motor
rotating at a speed lower than a target speed, wherein the rotation direction determination unit determines that the motor
is undergoing a forward rotation when a time difference between an output timing of the first detection signal and an output
timing of the second detection signal falls within a predetermined range, and determines that the motor is undergoing a reverse
rotation when the time difference does not fall within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 9,071,712

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a sheet feed portion configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming portion configured to form an image on the sheet;
a first conveying path configured to guide the sheet fed by the sheet feed portion to the image forming portion;
a second conveying path configured to guide the sheet on which the image has been formed on one surface thereof by the image
forming portion to the first conveying path again;

a document feed portion configured to feed a document to the second conveying path;
an image reading portion configured to read an image of the document fed by the document feed portion; and
a control portion configured to control a conveyance operation of the sheet and the document,
wherein the control portion is configured to control the conveyance operation of the sheet and the document such that at least
part of the document and at least part of the sheet are existing on the second conveying path at the same time in a case where
an operation of forming images respectively on both surfaces for a plurality of sheets and an operation of reading images
for a plurality of documents are executed in series.

US Pat. No. 9,071,779

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels provided in a plurality of columns;
a reference signal generating unit configured to generate a first reference signal and a second reference signal, the first
reference signal having a first changing rate with respect to time, and the second reference signal having a second changing
rate with respect to time, wherein the first changing rate is smaller than the second changing rate;

a plurality of analog-to-digital conversion units each provided for a corresponding one of the plurality of columns, each
of the plurality of analog-to-digital conversion units being configured to convert a signal output from a corresponding pixel
of the plurality of pixels into a digital signal by comparing the signal and one of the first reference signal and the second
reference signal; and

a correction unit configured to correct the digital signal based on an error in comparison to an ideal ratio of the first
changing rate and the second changing rate.

US Pat. No. 9,067,447

INK RIBBON CASSETTE AND PRINTER APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,491

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine an image attribute of image data in accordance with a color pixel ratio in the
image data; and

a display control unit configured to control a display unit to display the determined image attribute and the color pixel
ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,069,274

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group or an acyl group, or R1 and R2 may be bonded to each other, so as to form a cyclic organic functional group containing, as a hetero atom, a nitrogen atom
to which R1 and R2 are bonded;

R3 and R4 each independently represent an alkyl group;

R5 and R6 each independently represent an alkyl group or an alkoxy group;

R7 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group or an alkoxy group; and

R8 represents an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,070,073

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PAGE CLASSIFICATION THEREIN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether an output sheet size is in a first category or in a second category having
a size larger than that of the first category;

a unit configured to obtain a color surface area in a printing target page; and
a deciding unit configured to decide a charge classification of the page from among a monochrome charge classification and
a plurality of color charge classification based on the determined category and the obtained color surface area, wherein

the determining unit, in a case where the output sheet size is unknown, is configured to determine that the output sheet size
is in the second category.

US Pat. No. 9,069,301

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus, comprising:
a rotary member;
a heating member configured to heat the rotary member, the heating member being held in contact with the rotary member;
a temperature detecting element configured to detect the temperature of the rotary member or the heating member;
a protection element configured to interrupt power supply to the heating member, the protection element being activated when
sensing an abnormal rise in temperature of the heating member; and

a control portion configured to control the image heating apparatus,
wherein, when the temperature detected by the temperature detecting element exceeds a threshold value, the control portion
stops rotation of the rotary member to shorten a time required to activate the protection element.

US Pat. No. 9,061,499

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,736

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a diffraction grating that forms an interference pattern by diffracting X-rays emitted from an X-ray source;
an absorption grating that shields a portion of the interference pattern;
a detector that detects the X-rays emitted from the absorption grating; and
a moving unit that changes relative positions of a sample object and the absorption grating,
wherein the sample object is positioned between the X-ray source and the diffraction grating or between the diffraction grating
and the absorption grating,

wherein the moving unit changes the relative positions of the sample object and the absorption grating from first relative
positions to second relative positions,

wherein the detector detects the X-rays at least when the sample object and the absorption grating are at the first relative
positions and when the sample object and the absorption grating are at the second relative positions, and

wherein the second relative positions correspond to relative positions of the sample object and the absorption grating in
at least one of a state where the sample object and the absorption grating have been moved relative to each other from the
first relative positions in a periodic direction of the absorption grating by a length corresponding to an integral multiple
of a period of the absorption grating and a state where the sample object and the absorption grating have been rotated relative
to each other from the first relative positions in a plane perpendicular to an X-ray axis by an angle corresponding to an
integral multiple of 180/n degrees, where n denotes the number of periodic directions of the absorption grating.

US Pat. No. 9,065,989

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

wherein the adhesive is provided in the space.

US Pat. No. 9,063,451

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first photosensitive member configured to have a toner image formed on a surface thereof;
a first exposure device configured to form an electrostatic image which becomes the toner image by being developed on the
first photosensitive member and to form a first electrostatic image index formed by a linear electrostatic image that is inclined
by a first angle in a main scanning direction orthogonal to a sub scanning direction, which corresponds to the direction of
rotation of the first photosensitive member, on the first photosensitive member;

a conveying member;
a first transfer portion configured to transfer the first electrostatic image index formed on the first photosensitive member
to the conveying member together with the toner image;

a second photosensitive member disposed downstream of the first photosensitive member in a direction of movement of the conveying
member;

a second exposure device configured to form a linear second electrostatic image index that is inclined by a second angle different
from the first angle in the main scanning direction of the second photosensitive member on the second photosensitive member;

a second transfer portion configured to transfer the second electrostatic image index formed on the second photosensitive
member so as to overlap with the first electrostatic image index that is transferred to the conveying member;

a first detecting portion having a linear conductive member inclined by the first angle in the main scanning direction with
respect to the conveying member and configured to detect an induced current generated in the linear conductive member inclined
by the first angle by passage of the first electrostatic image index transferred to the conveying member; and

a second detecting portion having a linear conductive member inclined by the second angle in the main scanning direction with
respect to the conveying member and configured to detect an induced current generated in the linear conductive member inclined
by the second angle by passage of the second electrostatic image index transferred to the conveying member.

US Pat. No. 9,065,828

SYSTEM FOR DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY, ACCESS MANAGEMENT SERVICE SYSTEM, MEDIUM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM FOR DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system for delegation of authority, comprising: a first service system configured to provide a first online service;
a second service system configured to provide a second online service and configured to communicate with the first service
system;

an access management service system configured to manage authentication information and approval tokens that are required
to use a plurality of service systems including the second service system; and

wherein the system for delegation of authority is configured to receive information from a client configured to be operated
by a user who has registered authentication information required to use online services that are provided by the first service
system and the second service system,

wherein the first service system includes a first redirect instruction unit configured to transmit scope information to the
client to identify the second online service, if it is necessary to use the second online service provided by the second service
system in a process of responding to a processing request from the client operated by the user, and configured to transmit
a message causing the client to access the access management service system,

wherein the access management service system includes an approval screen transmission unit configured to confirm whether the
user has an authority to use the second online service and, if it is confirmed that the user has the authority, configured
to transmit an approval screen to the client to enable the user to confirm whether to approve that the first service system
uses the second online service;

the access management service system further includes a management unit configured to issue a code required to issue an approval
token if it is confirmed that the user has approved via the approval screen, and manage the issued code in such a way as to
be linked with the scope information acquired when accessed by the client;

the access management service system further includes a second redirect instruction unit configured to transmit the code to
the client causing the client to access the first service system;

the first service system further includes a transmission unit configured to transmit authentication information that is unique
to the first service system and the code acquired when accessed by the client to the access management service system;

the access management service system further includes a confirmation unit configured to identify an online service that the
first service system wants to use based on the scope information linked with the received code, and confirm whether the identified
online service is included in online services that can be used by the first service system based on the received authentication
information that is unique to the first service system; and

the access management service system further includes an issuance unit configured to issue an approval token if it is confirmed
that the identified online service is included in the online services that can be used by the first service system,

wherein the first service system can use the second online service with the issued approval token,
wherein the first service system is configured to transmit another scope information to identify whether the user has an authority
to approve that the first service system uses the second online service in addition to the scope information required to identify
the second online service that the first service system wants to use, which has been transmitted to the client from the first
service system, and

when the access management service system confirms whether the user operating the currently accessing client has the authority
to use the second online service, the access management service system is configured to confirm an authority to use an online
service linked with the received another scope information and confirm the authority to use the online service allocated to
the user, which can be identified based on the authentication information having been input by the user, and

if it is confirmed that the authority to use the online service linked with the received another scope information is allocated
to the user, the access management service system is configured to determine that the user operating the currently accessing
client has the authority to use the second online service.

US Pat. No. 9,057,995

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,112

IMAGING APPARATUS, LIGHT EMITTING APPARATUS, AND CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,130

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, USING A FAN TO COOL AN INSIDE OF THE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure an internal temperature of the apparatus;
a fan configured to cool an inside of the apparatus;
a fan control unit configured to control to rotate the fan in case where the internal temperature measured by the measurement
unit becomes not lower than a start threshold, and to stop the fan in case where the internal temperature measured by the
measurement unit becomes lower than a stop threshold lower than the start threshold while the fan rotates; and

a display control unit configured to
control, while the fan does not rotate, to display first temperature information in case where the internal temperature measured
by the measurement unit becomes not lower than a first threshold, and to display second temperature information in place of
the first temperature information in case where the internal temperature measured by the measurement unit becomes higher than
the first threshold and not lower than a second threshold higher than the stop threshold, and

control, while the fan rotates, to continue display of the second temperature information even where the internal temperature
measured by the measurement unit becomes lower than the second threshold, and to set the second temperature information in
a non-display state in case where the fan control unit stops the fan.

US Pat. No. 9,058,847

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,261

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,052,989

STORAGE CONTROL APPARATUS AND STORAGE METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A storage control apparatus for storing content data acquired from a portable storage medium in a storage unit, comprising:
a communication unit which communicates with another apparatus to set a correspondence between a storage location within the
portable storage medium and a storage location within the storage unit;

a connection unit which connects the portable storage medium; and
a change unit which changes a structure of the storage unit for storing data in accordance with a change history which is
stored in the portable storage medium and indicates changes in the portable storage medium.

US Pat. No. 9,052,499

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,055,218

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR COMBINING THE MULTI-VIEWPOINT IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that generates composite image data by combining multi-viewpoint image data corresponding
to a plurality of viewpoints, the device comprising:
a first input unit configured to input a virtual focus distance of the composite image data;
a second input unit configured to input distance information indicative of a distance of a subject in the composite image
data from a viewpoint included in the plurality of viewpoints;

a determination unit configured to input information indicative of a positional relationship of the plurality of viewpoints
and determine, based on the virtual focus distance, the distance information and the positional relationship, a size of a
blurring filter, to be applied to the multi-viewpoint image data, which blurs an image;

a filter processing unit configured to perform filter processing on the multi-viewpoint image data using the blurring filter
of the size determined by the determination unit; and

a generation unit configured to generate composite image data by combining the multi-viewpoint image data on which the filter
processing has been performed.

US Pat. No. 9,052,676

HIGH-VOLTAGE POWER SOURCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A high-voltage power source comprising:
a switching unit;
an inductor connected to the switching unit and to which a voltage is applied according to driving of the switching unit;
a rectification unit connected to the inductor and includes a plurality of rectification elements each configured to rectify
the voltage generated in the inductor and a plurality of capacitors each configured to hold the voltage rectified by the rectification
element; and

a separation capacitor connected between the inductor and the rectification unit and configured to separate an alternating
current flowing through the inductor and a direct current flowing through the plurality of rectification elements in the rectification
unit from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,052,678

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device for use with an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a fixing portion provided on a frame;
a cleaning member, to be fixed at said fixing portion, for removing a developer from an image bearing member, wherein said
cleaning member includes:

a blade portion contacted to the image bearing member with respect to a counter direction that is counter to a movement direction
of the image bearing member; and

a flexible supporting member for supporting said blade portion, said supporting member including one end portion where said
blade portion is provided, another end portion including a portion to be fixed for being fixed at said fixing portion, and
a bent portion between said one end portion and said other end portion in a side remote from a surface of the image bearing
member toward an outside with respect to a line connecting said portion to be fixed and a contact portion where said blade
portion is contacted to the image bearing member, wherein said portion to be fixed is provided downstream of said contact
portion with respect to the movement direction of the image bearing member; and

an accommodating portion, defined by the frame, for accommodating the developer removed from the image bearing member,
wherein between the frame and said other end portion, a gap for permitting elastic deformation of said other end portion is
provided, and

wherein said bent portion is positioned downstream of said one end portion and upstream of said other end portion with respect
to the movement direction of the image bearing member.

US Pat. No. 9,044,858

TARGET OBJECT GRIPPING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A target object holding apparatus comprising:
an image obtaining unit configured to obtain an image including a target object;
a storing unit configured to store a dictionary for estimating an orientation of the target object;
an estimation unit configured to estimate an orientation of the target object included in the image by referring to the dictionary;
a controlling unit configured to cause a holding unit to hold the target object based on the orientation of the target object
estimated by said estimation unit;

a detection unit configured to detect a failure of holding by said holding unit; and
a modifying unit configured to modify the dictionary based on the orientation of the target object when said detection unit
detects a holding failure.

US Pat. No. 9,048,760

DRIVING UNIT OF VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving unit of a vibration-type actuator, wherein the vibration-type actuator is configured to generate a driving force
by exciting a vibrating body, having at least an electro-mechanical energy conversion element, in a predetermined vibration
mode by applying an alternating current (AC) signal to the electro-mechanical energy conversion element, the driving unit
comprising:
a command unit configured to output a command signal that directs at least one of a frequency, an amplitude, and a phase difference
of an AC signal;

a change making unit configured to make a change to the command signal and output a changed command signal;
an AC signal generating unit configured to generate a generated AC signal in which at least one of a frequency, an amplitude,
and a phase difference of the generated AC signal is modulated in accordance with the output of the change making unit; and

a filter unit configured to damp a first frequency component and a second frequency component of output signals of the AC
signal generating unit,

wherein a frequency of vibration in the predetermined vibration mode is between a first frequency of the first frequency component
and a second frequency of the second frequency component.

US Pat. No. 9,044,932

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
a liquid composition-applying step in which a liquid composition is applied onto an intermediate transfer body;
an intermediate-image-forming step in which an ink containing a colorant is applied onto the intermediate transfer body to
form an intermediate image; and

a transferring step in which the intermediate image is heated to a transfer temperature Tt and transferred onto a recording medium,

wherein the liquid composition includes first polymer particles,
wherein the ink includes second polymer particles, and
wherein, in the transferring step, Tg2

US Pat. No. 9,049,356

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,044,952

RECORDING APPARATUS AND RECORDING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus which records an image on a recording medium using a recording unit including recording element arrays,
wherein each recording element array has a plurality of recording elements which is arranged, the recording apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, in a case where the recording apparatus performs a maintenance operation of the recording
unit before recording an image based on a recording job, a first result of reading a first inspection pattern for detecting
a defective recording element with a first resolution, and to obtain, in a case where a number of recording mediums, which
have a recorded image, is larger than a predetermined number in recording the image based on the recording job, a second result
of reading a second inspection pattern for detecting a recording element group including the defective recording element with
a second resolution which is lower than the first resolution;

a determination unit configured to determine the defective recording element from among the plurality of recording elements
based on the obtained first result, and to determine a defective recording element group from among a plurality of recording
element groups based on the obtained second result; and

an assigning unit configured to assign data for recording image to be assigned to the defective recording element determined
by the determination unit to at least one of the plurality of recording elements other than the defective recording element,
and to assign data for recording image to be assigned to the defective recording element group determined by the determination
unit to the recording elements other than the recording elements included in the defective recording element group.

US Pat. No. 9,046,809

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,244,563

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an information processing apparatus that connects to and communicates with a communication apparatus by a first wireless communication method, and that connects to and communicates with an access point by a second wireless communication method that is able to realize faster communication than the first wireless communication method, the control method comprising:receiving, from the communication apparatus, a signal containing connection information for communicating with the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method;
transmitting, to the communication apparatus, a request for starting communication by the first wireless communication method based on the signal;
establishing a connection between the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method;
receiving, from the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method, information concerning one or more access points to which the communication apparatus is able to connect, after the connection between the information processing apparatus and the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method is established;
displaying a list including the one or more access points on a display, based on the received information concerning the one or more access points;
accepting a selection of one access point from among the one or more access points included in the list; and
transmitting information concerning the selected access point to the communication apparatus by the first wireless communication method,
wherein, in a case where the information concerning the selected access point is received, the communication apparatus establishes a connection between the selected access point and the communication apparatus by the second wireless communication method.

US Pat. No. 10,149,233

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus having a direct wireless communication function, the communication apparatus comprising:A memory storing instructions; and
At least one processor that executes the instructions and is configured to
generate a first two-dimensional code including an address of the communication apparatus and a service set identifier (SSID) corresponding to the direct wireless communication function, and a second two-dimensional code including the address of the communication apparatus and not including the SSID corresponding to the direct wireless communication function;
output the first two-dimensional code or the second two-dimensional code, and
set whether to use the direct wireless communication function,
wherein, in a case where the direct wireless communication function is set not to be used, the first two-dimensional code is not output.

US Pat. No. 10,139,768

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:a supporting portion configured to support sheets on which an image is respectively formed;
a pair of tooth members configured to bite the sheets which are supported by the supporting portion to bind the sheets;
a cam configured to rotate around a rotation axis line to move at least one of the pair of tooth members with respect to another one of the pair of tooth members so that the sheets are bitten by the pair of tooth members;
a motor;
a transfer mechanism having a first gear and a second gear and configured to transfer rotation of the motor to the cam via the first and second gears so as to rotate the cam around the rotation axis line; and
a wall perpendicular to the rotation axis line,
wherein, when viewed in a direction parallel to the rotation axis line, at least a part of the first gear, at least a part of the second gear, and at least a part of the cam respectively overlap with the wall,
the pair of tooth members, the motor, and the cam are arranged so as to face one side of the wall, and
the first gear and the second gear are arranged so as to face another side of the wall opposite to the one side.

US Pat. No. 10,140,560

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a feed tray on which a sheet is to be placed;
a printer configured to print an image on the sheet fed from the feed tray;
a memory device configured to store a sheet size and a sheet type, which are selected by a user and set to the feed tray, and to store information indicating whether setting a sheet size and/or a sheet type is omitted; and
a controller configured to receive a print job,
wherein a first print job designates the feed tray as a sheet supply source and designates a sheet size and a sheet type of a sheet to be printed,
wherein a second print job designates the feed tray as a sheet supply source but does not designate a sheet size and a sheet type of a sheet to be printed,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and a sheet size and a sheet type are set to the feed tray, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job if the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job corresponds to the sheet size and the sheet type set to the feed tray,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and a sheet size is set to the feed tray but setting of a sheet type is omitted, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job if the sheet size in the first print job corresponds to the sheet size set to the feed tray,
wherein, in a case where the first print job is received and setting a sheet size and a sheet type is omitted, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to the sheet size and the sheet type in the first print job, and
wherein, in a case where the second print job is received, the controller controls the printer to execute a printing operation according to a sheet size and a sheet type for the feed tray even when the setting a sheet size and a sheet type is omitted.

US Pat. No. 10,139,753

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROLLED DRIVING FORCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner supply unit for use in an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material with toner, said toner supply unit comprising:a main body including a mounting portion for mounting a toner bottle;
a driving device supplying a driving force;
a controller to control the driving force;
a toner bottle containing toner, dismountably mounted to said mounting portion and including a discharging portion for discharging the toner contained therein, said toner bottle being rotatable by a driving force supplied from said driving device;
a detector configured to detect information relating to a number of rotations of said toner bottle;
a movable shutter member provided on said toner bottle and movable between a closing position for closing said discharging portion and an opening position for opening said discharging portion;
a bottle gear provided on said toner bottle and configured to receive the driving force in a state that said toner bottle is mounted to said mounting portion;
a moving mechanism provided in said main body and configured to move said shutter member from the closing position to the opening position with rotation of said bottle gear in the state that said toner bottle is mounted to said mounting portion; and
a discharging mechanism provided on said toner bottle and configured to discharge a predetermined amount of toner from said discharging portion with the rotation of said bottle gear, in the state that said toner bottle is mounted to said mounting portion,
wherein by control of said controller,
the driving force inputted to said bottle gear in a period from input of the driving force to said bottle gear to a predetermined number of detections of the information by said detector is smaller than the driving force inputted to said bottle gear at a time when said discharging mechanism first discharges the predetermined amount of toner from the discharging portion after the predetermined number of detections of the information.

US Pat. No. 10,134,138

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
a memory that stores a program,
wherein the at least one processor executes the program to perform:
setting a search region in a recognition target image;
setting cut regions at a plurality of different positions in the set search region;
obtaining candidate character information by extracting images respectively corresponding to the set cut regions and comparing each of the extracted images with dictionary data; and
outputting, as a recognition result of the set search region, the candidate character information that has a highest evaluation value from the obtained candidate character information,
wherein a next search region for a next character is set based on position information about the cut region corresponding to the outputted recognition result, wherein next cut regions are set at a plurality of positions in the set next search region, wherein next candidate character information of a next character is obtained by extracting images respectively corresponding to the set next cut regions and comparing each of the extracted images with the dictionary data, and wherein the next candidate character information that has a highest evaluation value from the obtained next candidate character information is outputted as a recognition result of the next character.

US Pat. No. 10,130,249

INSPECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF OPERATING INSPECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inspection apparatus comprising:a measurement optics system configured to scan an object to be inspected with measuring light from a light source;
a dividing unit, which is arranged at a position conjugate with the object to be inspected, and which is configured to divide return light, being the measuring light returning from the object to be inspected, into a plurality of light beams;
a photo-receiving unit configured to receive the plurality of light beams obtained by the division;
a recording unit configured to record (a) image data of the object to be inspected, the image data being obtained by using a plurality of intensity signals output by the photo-receiving unit, and (b) a division direction in which the return light is divided, the image data being associated with the division direction; and
an analysis unit configured to analyze the image data using the associated division direction.

US Pat. No. 10,116,320

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:a pixel configured to output a pixel signal;
and
an analog-to-digital (AD) converter configured to perform AD conversion by comparing a ramp signal with the pixel signal, wherein
the photoelectric conversion apparatus has a first operation mode where an imaging sensitivity level is a first sensitivity level and a second operation mode where the imaging sensitivity level is a second sensitivity level different from the first sensitivity level,
in the first operation mode, the AD converter performs, in a case where the pixel signal is in a first signal level, AD conversion on the pixel signal using a first ramp signal having a first slope, and
the AD converter performs, in a case where the pixel signal is in a second signal level having an amplitude greater than an amplitude of the first signal level, AD conversion on the pixel signal using a second ramp signal having a second slope greater than the first slope,
in the second operation mode,
the AD converter performs, in a case where the pixel signal is in a third signal level, AD conversion on the pixel signal using a third ramp signal having a third slope, and
the AD converter performs, in a case where the pixel signal is in a fourth signal level having an amplitude greater than an amplitude of the third signal level, AD conversion on the pixel signal using a fourth ramp signal having a fourth slope greater than the third slope, and
the fourth slope differs from the first slope and the second slope.

US Pat. No. 10,108,106

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH TONER DISCHARGE OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear an image;
a developing device configured to develop a latent image formed on the image bearing member with a toner;
a supplying device configured to supply toner to the developing device; and
a control unit configured to execute a first discharge operation to discharge toner from the developing device to the image bearing member without transferring the toner onto a recording medium in a case of reaching a first threshold and a second discharge operation to discharge toner from the developing device to the image bearing member without transferring the toner onto a recording medium in a case of reaching a second threshold,
wherein the control unit is capable of executing the first discharge operation after forming a plurality of images and is capable of executing the second discharge operation after forming a plurality of images,
wherein the first threshold and the second threshold are set so that a frequency of first discharge operation becomes higher than a frequency of second discharge operation, and
wherein an amount of toner on the image bearing member transferred from the developing device during the second discharge operation is larger than an amount of toner on the image bearing member transferred from the developing device during the first discharge operation executed.

US Pat. No. 10,108,110

DEVELOPING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

7. A developing device comprising:a developer bearing member rotatably arranged and configured to bear developer including toner and carrier to convey the developer to a developing area opposing an image bearing member;
a first chamber arranged below a rotation axis of the developer bearing member and configured to supply the developer to the developer bearing member, in a state that the developing device is located at a development position at which an electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member is to be developed;
a second chamber opposing the developer bearing member and configured to collect the developer passing through the developing area from the developer bearing member, in a state that the developing device is located at the development position;
a first communication portion configured to permit the developer in the first chamber to be communicated from the first chamber to the second chamber;
a second communication portion configured to permit the developer in the second chamber to be communicated from the second chamber to the first chamber;
a first conveyance screw arranged in the first chamber and configured to convey the developer in the first chamber in a first direction;
a second conveyance screw arranged in the second chamber and configured to convey the developer in the second chamber in a second direction opposite to the first direction;
a magnet fixedly arranged inside the developer bearing member, including a first magnetic pole and a second magnetic pole arranged on a downstream side of a local maximum peak position of a magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole in a rotation direction of the developer bearing member and adjacent to the first magnetic pole and having a same polarity as the first magnetic pole, and configured to generate a magnetic field for stripping the developer passing through the developing area off a surface of the developer bearing member; and
a partition configured to separate the first chamber and the second chamber, the partition including a guide portion arranged opposing the developer bearing member and configured to guide the developer that has passed through the developing area from the developer bearing member to the second chamber for collection, a position at which the guide portion is closest to the developer bearing member is on a downstream side of the local maximum peak position of the magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole and on an upstream side of a local maximum peak position of a magnetic flux density of the second magnetic pole in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member,
wherein the partition extends from a bottom portion of the first chamber to at least a position opposing a second portion of an outer periphery of the first conveyance screw so that a clearance between the outer periphery of the first conveyance screw and the partition is within a range of 50% to 150% of a clearance, in size, between the outer periphery of the first conveyance screw and the bottom portion of the first chamber across an entire area of the outer periphery of the first conveyance screw on an upstream side of a first portion of the outer periphery of the first conveyance screw, the first portion opposing the bottom portion of the first chamber, and on a downstream side of the second portion of the outer periphery of the first conveyance screw, the second portion opposing a position at which a normal direction component of the magnetic density is zero on the downstream side of the local maximum peak position of the magnetic flux density of the first magnetic pole and on the upstream side of the local maximum peak position of a magnetic flux density of the second magnetic pole, in the rotation direction of the developer bearing member.

US Pat. No. 10,108,131

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a belt formed in an endless shape, detachably provided, and configured to rotate;
an image bearing member that is rotatable and configured to bear an electrostatic latent image formed thereon;
a developing device configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed on the image bearing member as a toner image with developer comprising toner;
a primary transfer member configured to be applied a voltage and transfer the toner image formed on the image bearing member onto the belt;
a stretching roller configured to stretch the belt and be tilted to move the belt in a width direction of the belt intersecting with a rotation direction of the belt;
a detection member configured to detect a position of an edge portion of the belt in the width direction;
a cleaning blade configured to contact the belt at a contact position to remove toner with rotation of the belt;
a secondary transfer member configured to transfer the toner image transferred onto the belt onto a recording material;
a control portion configured to control, in a period of image formation, an amount of tilting of the stretching roller on a basis of the position in the width direction detected by the detection member; and
an instruction input portion through which input related to replacement of the belt is performed by an operator,
wherein, in a case where the input has been performed through the instruction input portion, the control portion executes, before starting image formation for the first time after replacement of the belt, an initial mode and a toner supplying operation,
wherein the initial mode is a mode of rotating the belt in a state that the cleaning blade is contacting the belt, and of tilting the stretching roller to a plurality of predetermined positions while rotating the belt, and
wherein the toner supplying operation is an operation of forming a predetermined toner image, for supplying toner, on the image bearing member, of transferring the predetermined toner image to the belt, and of supplying the predetermined toner image to the contact position, at least at one of periods before and after the initial mode is executed.

US Pat. No. 10,104,702

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

13. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute a control method of a digital camera capable of communicating with an external device via a wireless network, the program including codes for:performing discovery of a device that can provide a predetermined service;
transmitting, to the external device, relevant information regarding data to be transmitted to the external device, wherein the external device is a mobile device that is discovered by performing the discovery, before connecting to a wireless network that is formed by the external device;
receiving, from the external device, a response to the transmitted relevant information;
connecting to the wireless network, in a case where the response is received;
establishing communication with the external device and transmitting the data that is used in the predetermined service provided by the external device, after connecting to the wireless network; and
before converting the data, predicting the relevant information regarding data to be converted including a predicted file attribute after the conversion, wherein in a case of converting the data to be transmitted to the external device, the relevant information regarding the data to be converted that was predicted as the relevant information in the predicting is transmitted.

US Pat. No. 10,095,179

CARTRIDGE, MOUNTING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER, AND DISASSEMBLING METHOD FOR COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge comprising:a rotatable member rotatable about an axis thereof;
a coupling member for receiving a rotational force for rotating the rotatable member;
a cylindrical member movably supporting one end portion of the coupling member inside of the cylindrical member;
a cylindrical member side force receiving portion, provided inside the cylindrical member, for receiving the rotational force received by the coupling member;
a first regulating portion, provided inside of the cylindrical member, for preventing the one end portion of the coupling member from disengaging in an axial direction of the cylindrical member, wherein the first regulating portion is deformable outwardly in a radial direction of the cylindrical member to allow the one end portion of the coupling member to disengage in the axial direction of the cylindrical member; and
a second regulating portion for regulating deformation of the first regulating portion outward of the cylindrical member in the radial direction in a state in which one end portion of the coupling member is mounted to the inside of the cylindrical member.

US Pat. No. 10,095,181

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A drum supporting member that is usable with an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material and to which a developing cartridge is detachably mountable, the drum supporting member comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a frame for rotatably supporting the photosensitive drum;
a mounting portion provided in the frame for detachably mounting the developing cartridge, the developing cartridge including a developing roller for developing a latent image;
a contacting member contactable with the developing cartridge, the contacting member being movable between a first position and a second position, wherein (i) when the developing cartridge is in a third position, the contacting member is in the first position and contacts the developing cartridge with the developing roller contacting the photosensitive drum, and (ii) when the developing cartridge is in a fourth position, which is different from the third position and is a position in which the developing cartridge is dismountable from the drum supporting member, the contacting member is in the second position and a contact surface of the contacting member contacts the developing cartridge; and
an elastic member configured to urge the contacting member, wherein the elastic member is disposed below the contact surface when the developing cartridge is in the fourth position.

US Pat. No. 10,093,497

FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device that feeds a sheet, the feeding device comprising:a feeding cassette including a stack member on which the sheet is stacked, the feeding cassette being detachable from a main body of an apparatus;
a driving unit configured to generate a driving force of forward rotation and a driving force of reverse rotation;
a feeding member configured to feed the sheet stacked on the stack member by rotating in contact with the sheet and provided to be rotated by the driving force of forward rotation from the driving unit;
a holding member configured to hold the feeding member;
a first lever configured to move the feeding member via the holding member, wherein the first lever moves said feeding member between a contact position in contact with the sheet stacked on the stack member and a retracted position retracted upward from the contact position;
a second lever configured to move said holding member by acting on the first lever, wherein the second lever positions the feeding member at the contact position in a case where the feeding cassette is attached to the main body and positions the feeding member at the retracted position in a case where the feeding cassette is pulled out from the main body; and
a moving unit configured to move the feeding member located at the contact position to the retracted position by the driving force of reverse rotation from the driving unit and to move the feeding member located at the retracted position to the contact position by the driving force of forward rotation from the driving unit, the moving unit acting on the first lever at a position different from the second lever.

US Pat. No. 10,074,039

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,074,045

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROL BASED ON TONER DENSITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of performing an image forming operation in which an image is formed on a recording material using toner, comprising:an image bearing member;
a developing device having a developer container configured to contain developer including the toner and magnetic carrier, a developer feeding portion configured to feed the developer contained in the developer container and a developer bearing member configured to bear the developer for developing an electrostatic image formed on the image bearing member with the developer;
a toner container provided detachably mountable to a mount portion of the image forming apparatus and configured to supply toner to the developer container;
a drive motor driven to rotate to supply the developer contained in the toner container to the developer container;
a detection unit configured to detect toner density as a ratio of toner and magnetic carrier of the developer contained in the developer container; and
a controller configured to interrupt the image forming operation and to perform a toner supply operation in which the drive motor is driven to rotate in a state in which the image forming operation is interrupted,
wherein the controller performs the toner supply operation when a predetermined condition is met, the predetermined condition including a condition that a first detected toner density, which is the toner density detected by the detection unit while the image forming operation is being performed, is less than a predetermined value, and
wherein each time the controller performs the toner supply operation once, the controller is configured to select and perform the following operations (i), (ii) and (iii) based on a second detected toner density which is the toner density detected by the detection unit accompanied by performing the toner supply operation once:
(i) placing the image forming apparatus in a state in which an interrupted image forming operation can be resumed when the second detected toner density is greater than a first threshold value,
(ii) repeatedly performing the toner supply operation once when the second detected toner density is less than the first threshold value and greater than a second threshold value which is less than the first threshold value, and
(iii) notifying that the toner container mounted on the mount portion should be exchanged when the second detected toner density is less than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,075,603

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,051,090

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR ENCODING AND DECODING MESSAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding HTTP messages into a bitstream, an HTTP message including an initial list of HTTP headers, the method comprising:receiving a plurality of HTTP messages in serial;
comparing a subsequent HTTP message to a local indexing table generated from a prior HTTP message to determine a first group of indexes representing HTTP headers of the initial list of the HTTP message that are already indexed in the local indexing table and a second group of literal values forming other HTTP headers of the initial list of the HTTP message not yet indexed in said local indexing table, wherein the first group of indexes represents HTTP headers of the subsequent HTTP message that are similar to HTTP headers of the prior HTTP message and the second group of literal values represents HTTP headers of the subsequent HTTP message that are different than the HTTP headers of the prior HTTP message;
encoding the indexes of the first group to obtain a binary representation of the indexes representing the HTTP headers already indexed;
binary compressing at least a serialized binary representation of the literal values of the second group;
updating the local indexing table by adding indexes corresponding to the second group in parallel to the binary compressing of the serialized binary representation of the literal values of the second group; and
concatenating the binary representation of the indexed of the first group with the compressed binary representation of the second group to obtain a binary representation of the initial list of the HTTP message as an encoded bitstream of the HTTP headers.

US Pat. No. 10,042,316

CLEANING BLADE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A cleaning blade configured to be in contact with a cleaning target member and clean a surface of the cleaning target member, the cleaning blade comprising a contact surface configured to be in contact with the cleaning target member,wherein the cleaning blade is formed such that:
(i) Young's modulus of the cleaning blade reaches a peak value at a peak position inside of the contact surface in a thickness direction of the cleaning blade, and
(ii) Ym>Yc>Yb, where Yc is a value of Young's modulus at the contact surface, Ym is the peak value of Young's modulus at the peak position, and Yb is a value of Young's modulus at a position separated from the contact surface more than the peak position in the thickness direction.

US Pat. No. 10,031,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH VOLTAGE CONTROL TO SUPPRESS TRANSFER OF ADJUSTING TONER IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a movable endless belt;
a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on said belt;
a movable transfer member, provided in contact with a surface of said belt, configured to form a transfer portion for transferring the toner image carried on said belt onto the recording material;
a guiding member provided downstream of the transfer portion with respect to a feeding direction of the recording material and capable of guiding the recording material;
a voltage source configured to apply a voltage to said transfer member; and
a setting portion configured to set the voltage applied to said transfer member in a period in which a toner image which is to be transferred onto the recording material passes through the transfer portion at a first voltage and configured to set the voltage applied to said transfer member in a period in which a predetermined toner image which is not to be transferred onto the recording material passes through the transfer portion at a second voltage of an opposite polarity to a polarity of the first voltage,
wherein an absolute value of the second voltage is a first predetermined value when the predetermined toner image is a first predetermined toner image and is a second predetermined value smaller than the first predetermined value when the predetermined toner image is a second predetermined toner image, and a toner amount per unit area of the second predetermined toner image is larger than a toner amount per unit area of the first predetermined toner image.

US Pat. No. 10,031,473

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING A CONTROLLER THAT CONTROLS A RUBBING TREATMENT FOR A FIXING ROLLER OF A REPLACEABLE FIXING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:(a) an image forming station configured to form an unfixed toner image on a recording material;
(b) a mounting portion configured to selectively mount one of a plurality of detachably mountable fixing portions;
(c) a fixing portion, of the plurality of detachably mountable fixing portions, mounted in said mounting portion so as to be replaceable with another fixing portion, of the plurality of detachably mountable fixing portions, each of said fixing portions including:
(i) a first rotatable member;
(ii) a second rotatable member that cooperates with said first rotatable member to form a nip for fixing the unfixed toner image on the recording material fed from said image forming station;
(iii) a rubbing rotatable member configured to rub a surface of said first rotatable member during a rubbing treatment; and
(iv) a storing portion capable of storing information;
(d) a counter configured to count a number corresponding to a number of the recording materials fed to said mounted fixing portion;
(e) a writing portion configured to write number information indicative of the number of recording materials fed to said mounted fixing portion in said storing portion of said mounted fixing portion; and
(f) a controlling portion configured to acquire the number information stored in said storing portion of said mounted fixing portion, to determine whether to execute the rubbing treatment of said rubbing rotatable member to said first rotatable member of said mounted fixing portion, and to execute the rubbing treatment depending on the determination, wherein, in a case in which, in sequence, (1) the recording material is fed to said mounted fixing portion, (2) said mounted fixing portion is removed from said mounting portion and is replaced with said another fixing portion, and (3) said removed fixing portion is remounted to said mounting portion, said controlling portion determines whether to execute the rubbing treatment on the basis of both the number information acquired from said storing portion of said remounted fixing portion and the number of recording materials fed to said remounted fixing portion counted by said counter.

US Pat. No. 10,032,420

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a display unit including a liquid crystal panel having a red pixel, a green pixel, a blue pixel, and a white pixel, and a backlight;
a control unit configured to control displaying an image on the display unit; and
an input terminal configured to receive electric power supply from an outside power source,
wherein the control unit controls the transmissivity of the red pixel, the green pixel, the blue pixel, and the white pixel of the liquid crystal panel based on the image displayed on the display unit,
the control unit controls to increase transmissivity of the white pixel of the display panel and decrease a light quantity of the backlight in a case where the display apparatus receives electric power supply from a battery as compared with a case where the display apparatus receives electric power supply from the outside power source via the input terminal, and
the control unit controls the light quantity of the backlight such that a change of a display brightness of the image displayed on the display unit is suppressed when the display apparatus receives electric power supply from the battery and when the display apparatus receives electric power supply from the outside power source via the input terminal.

US Pat. No. 10,027,851

COLOR PATCH GENERATION FOR VISUAL SELECTION IN THE COLOR ADJUSTMENT OF A COLOR PRINT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories storing instructions; and
one or more processors that, when executing the instructions, causes the image processing apparatus to implement:
performing first selection for selecting an adjustment color;
performing print control for causing a printer to print a chart including a patch corresponding to the adjustment color selected by the first selection and patches corresponding to respective neighboring colors of the adjustment color;
performing second selection for selecting a target color from the colors corresponding to the respective patches on the chart;
generating a color conversion table to be used for converting a color to be printed by the printer, by using the adjustment color selected in the first selection and the target color selected by the second selection; and
determining arrangement of the patches included in the chart printed by the printer based on a Lab value of the adjustment color selected by the first selection,
wherein, in the determining, the arrangement of the patches is determined by
in a case where an L value of the Lab value of the adjustment color is greater than a threshold, placing a patch that has a changed Lab value, in which at least one of the L value and an a value of the Lab value of the adjustment color is changed or a patch that has a changed Lab value, in which at least one of the L value and a b value of the Lab value of the adjustment color is changed, as a patch that is adjacent to the patch corresponding to the adjustment color among the patches corresponding to respective neighboring colors of the adjustment color, and by
in a case where the L value of the Lab value of the adjustment color is less than the threshold, placing a patch that has a changed Lab value, in which at least one of the a value and the b value of the Lab value of the adjustment color is changed, as a patch that is adjacent to the patch corresponding to the adjustment color among the patches corresponding to respective neighboring colors of the adjustment color.

US Pat. No. 10,026,764

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM HAVING LIGHT SHIELDING PORTION WITH FIRST AND SECOND FILMS ON RESPECTIVE UNDER FACE AND UPPER FACE SIDES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device, comprising:an image pickup pixel having a first photoelectric conversion portion and a first transistor for reading out a signal based on a charge generated in the photoelectric conversion portion;
a focus detection pixel having a second photoelectric conversion portion, a second transistor for reading out a signal based on a charge generated in the second photoelectric conversion portion, and a light shielding portion formed in a first wiring layer and having an opening, the second photoelectric conversion portion having a light receiving face that receives light through the opening;
a first film containing titanium and being provided on an under face side of the light shielding portion and not extending through the opening;
a second film containing titanium nitride and being provided on an upper face side of the light shielding portion and not extending through the opening and below a first insulating film, the upper face side being positioned farther apart from the light receiving face than from the under face side;
a third film containing titanium and being provided between the first film and the second photoelectric conversion portion; and
a wiring line for the first transistor and the second transistor provided above the first transistor and the second transistor,
wherein a thickness of the second film is larger than that of the first film in height direction,
wherein the wiring line and a structure having the light shielding portion, the first film, the second film, and the third film are provided in the same layer, and
wherein the second film is formed between the light shielding portion and a second wiring layer above the first wiring layer.

US Pat. No. 10,027,844

CONTROL METHOD FOR AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH PERFORMS TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control method for an image forming apparatus configured to perform transmission of information, the control method comprising:performing, by a network interface, retransmission of the information a predetermined number of times based on an entry about retransmission of the information in a case where the transmission of the information fails, wherein the entry about the retransmission of the information is added to a notification table managed by the image forming apparatus;
clearing, by a controller, the entry from the notification table, in a case where the retransmission of the information is completed the predetermined number of times or a case where the image forming apparatus receives a response to the retransmission of the information; and
clearing, by the controller, the entry from the notification table in a case where user information necessary for the retransmission of the information is changed.

US Pat. No. 10,018,934

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising:an electroconductive substrate; and
an electroconductive resin layer on the electroconductive substrate,
wherein the electroconductive resin layer contains:
a resin having, in a molecule, at least one cation structure selected from the group consisting of the following formulae (1) to (13) and (29); and
an anion, and
wherein the anion comprises at least one selected from the group consisting of a fluorinated sulfonylimide anion, a fluorinated alkylsulfonylimide anion, a fluorinated sulfonyl methide anion, a fluorinated alkylsulfonyl methide anion, a fluorinated sulfonate anion, a fluorinated alkylsulfonate anion, a fluorinated carboxylate anion, a fluorinated borate anion, a fluorinated phosphate anion, a fluorinated arsenate anion, a fluorinated antimonate anion, a dicyanamide anion, and a bis(oxalato)borate anion:
in the formulae (1) to (4):R1 to R8 each independently represent a hydrocarbon group needed for a nitrogen-containing heterocycle in each of the formulae (1) to (4) to form a five-membered ring, a six-membered ring, or a seven-membered ring;
R9 and R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms; and
one of two N's represents N+;
in the formulae (5) to (9):R11 to R15 each independently represent a hydrocarbon group needed for a nitrogen-containing heterocycle in each of the formulae (5) to (9) to form a five-membered ring, a six-membered ring, or a seven-membered ring; and
R16 represents a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms;
in the formulae (10) to (13) and (29):R17 to R20 and R47 each independently represent a hydrocarbon group needed for a nitrogen-containing heterocycle in each of the formulae (10) to (13) and (29) to form a five-membered ring, a six-membered ring, or a seven-membered ring;
R21, R22, and R48 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms; and
in the formulae (10) to (13), one of two N's represents N+;in the formulae (1) to (13) and (29):X1 to X34 each independently represent a structure represented by the following formula (A), (b), or (c):
in the formula (A), (b), or (c):symbol “*” represents a bonding site with a nitrogen atom in the nitrogen-containing heterocycle or a carbon atom in the nitrogen-containing heterocycle in the formulae (1) to (13) and (29);
symbol “**” represents a bonding site with a carbon atom in a polymer chain of the resin; and
n1, n2, and n3 each independently represent an integer of 1 or more and 4 or less.

US Pat. No. 10,018,943

DEVELOPING SLEEVE AND DEVELOPING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing sleeve for carrying a developer containing toner and a carrier, comprising:a plurality of first groove portions provided in a region for carrying the developer, said first groove portions extending in an axial direction of said developing sleeve,
wherein each of said first groove portions satisfies D1?2R and W1?2R, where 2R is a volume-average particle size of the carrier, D1 is a maximum depth of each of said first groove portions and W1 is a width of an opening of each of said first groove portions with respect to a circumferential direction of said developing sleeve, and
a plurality of second groove portions provided in a region for carrying the developer, said second groove portions extending in the axial direction of said developing sleeve,
wherein each of said second groove portions satisfies D2<2R, where 2R is the volume-average particle size of the carrier and D2 is a maximum depth of each of said second groove portions, and
wherein each or a plurality of said second groove portions are disposed between associated first groove portions with respect to the circumferential direction of said developing sleeve.

US Pat. No. 10,021,004

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication device comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory storing code to be executed by the at least one processor, wherein the at least one processor executes the code to function as:
a receiving unit configured to receive a service search signal indicating a particular service to be executed from another communication device with which the communication device does not establish a wireless connection;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether the particular service indicated by the received service search signal is being executed with a device different from the other communication device;
a second determination unit configured to determine, in a case where the first determination unit determines that the particular service is being executed with the device different from the other communication device, whether the particular service is executable with the other communication device; and
a transmission unit configured to
transmit, in response to the received service search signal, a response indicating that the particular service is executable in a case where the first determination unit determines that the particular service is not being executed or in a case where the first determination unit determines that the particular service is being executed and the second determination unit determines that the particular service is executable with the other communication device, and
omit to transmit, in response to the received service search signal, a response indicating that the particular service is executable in a case where the first determination unit determines that the particular service is being executed and the second determination unit determines that the particular service is not executable with the other communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,021,316

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE HAVING A PLURALITY OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION UNITS AND A PLURALITY OF CHARGE HOLDING UNITS, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:a unit pixel cell having a plurality of photoelectric conversion units and a plurality of charge holding units; and
an output line connected to the unit pixel cell,
wherein the unit pixel cell includes:
a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion unit, each of which is part of the plurality of photoelectric conversion units;
a first charge holding unit, a second charge holding unit, and a third charge holding unit, each of which is part of the plurality of charge holding units;
a first transfer unit provided in an electric path between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the first charge holding unit;
a second transfer unit provided in an electric path between the first photoelectric conversion unit and the third charge holding unit;
a third transfer unit provided in an electric path between the second photoelectric conversion unit and the second charge holding unit;
a fourth transfer unit provided in an electric path between the second photoelectric conversion unit and the third charge holding unit;
a first signal output unit for outputting an electric signal according to a signal charge transferred to the first charge holding unit;
a second signal output unit for outputting an electric signal according to a second charge transferred to the second charge holding unit; and
a third signal output unit for outputting an electric signal according to a signal charge transferred to the third charge holding unit,
wherein the first signal output unit, the second signal output unit, and the third signal output unit are connected to the same output line, and
wherein a number of all photoelectric conversion units connected to the first charge holding unit, the second charge holding unit, and the third charge holding unit is smaller than three as a total number of the first charge holding unit, the second charge holding unit, and the third charge holding unit.

US Pat. No. 10,021,325

IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:an imaging unit including a plurality of photoelectric converters;
an input unit, including a terminal, to which compressed image data is input from outside of the image sensor;
an image processor that applies image processing to image pickup data obtained from the imaging unit; and
a decompressor for extracting metadata attached to the compressed image data by analyzing a data structure of the compressed image data, decompressing the compressed image data input from the input unit, and supplying the decompressed image data and the extracted metadata to the image processor,
wherein the image processor applies the image processing to the decompressed image data using the metadata.

US Pat. No. 10,021,358

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:a first pixel, a second pixel, a third pixel, a fourth pixel, a fifth pixel, a sixth pixel, and a seventh pixel, each of the pixels having a photoelectric converting unit, and a signal processing unit,
wherein the first pixel is a pixel for receiving a light corresponding to any one of colors of green, blue, and red, on the photoelectric converting unit;
each of the second to seventh pixels is a pixel for receiving a light corresponding to white color on the photoelectric converting unit
the second to seventh pixels are adjacent to the first pixel;
the first pixel is present between the second pixel and the third pixel in a first direction;
the first pixel is present between the fourth pixel and the fifth pixel in a second direction different from the first direction;
the first pixel is present between the sixth pixel and the seventh pixel in a third direction different from the first and second directions;
the fourth pixel and the seventh pixel are provided adjacently along a direction parallel with the first direction;
the second pixel and the sixth pixel are provided adjacently along a direction parallel with the second direction;
the signal processing unit acquires a first correlation value being a correlation value in the first direction from signals of the fourth pixel and the seventh pixel and acquires a second correlation value being a correlation value in the second direction from signals of the second pixel and the sixth pixel;
the signal processing unit acquires one with higher correlation between the first direction and the second direction by comparing the first correlation value and the second correlation value; and
the signal processing unit further interpolates a signal corresponding to a light of white color at a position of the first pixel by using signals of two pixels provided along the direction with higher correlation among the second to seventh pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,015,431

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD INCLUDING CONTROL WHETHER OR NOT TO PERMIT A READOUT REQUEST

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a writing unit configured to write image data to a memory, wherein a plurality of first blocks are included in one frame of image data written by the writing unit to the memory;
a reading unit configured to output a readout request for image data written by the writing unit to the memory and reads out the image data from the memory in response to the readout request being permitted, wherein, while image data of one frame is being written to the memory by the writing unit, the reading unit outputs a readout request for the image data of one frame written in the memory, and wherein a plurality of second blocks each having a different size from each of the first blocks are included in one frame of image data read out by the reading unit from the memory;
a first acquisition unit configured to, in response to writing of a pixel at a predetermined position of the plurality of first blocks included in the one frame of image data being performed to the memory by the writing unit, acquire write coordinates corresponding to the position of the pixel up to which the writing is completed;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire readout coordinates corresponding to a position of the second block where readout is to be performed of the plurality of second blocks included in the image data written in the memory; and
a controller configured to control whether or not to permit the readout request from the reading unit based on a positional relationship between the write coordinates acquired by the first acquisition unit and the readout coordinates acquired by the second acquisition unit, wherein the controller performs control so as not to permit the readout request from the reading unit if the positional relationship between the write coordinates and the readout coordinates does not satisfy a predetermined condition.

US Pat. No. 10,003,715

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:an imaging portion that photoelectrically converts incident light;
a plurality of analog to digital converters that convert analog image signals output from the imaging portion to digital image data;
a memory that stores digital image data of at least one frame converted by the plurality of analog to digital converters;
a processor that changes a data size of the digital image data converted by the plurality of analog to digital converters; and
an output portion that outputs the digital image data,
wherein the processor generates second digital image data from first digital image data, a data size of the second image data is smaller than that of the first digital image data, and wherein the first digital image data is stored in the memory, and the second digital image data is possible to be output from the image sensor via the output portion in priority to the first digital image data in a case where the output portion outputs the first digital image data and the second digital image data from the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,998,520

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing terminal comprising:a memory storing instructions for operation of a web browser, the web browser having a function to save data relating to a web site into a storage area of the information processing terminal for the web browser; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
control display of a first confirmation screen, the first confirmation screen being for confirming whether to permit securing of an area of a particular size for saving data therein, according to a request from the web site;
secure, in a case where permitting is confirmed via the first confirmation screen, the area of the particular size using a FileSystem Application Programming Interface (API) supported by the web browser;
save the data relating to the web site into the secured area, wherein the saved data in the area secured using the FileSystem API is different from cookie data, WebStorage data and IndexedDataBase (indexedDB) data;
detect a movement from the web site on the web browser;
control, on the web browser, display of a second confirmation screen for confirming whether to delete the data relating to the web site, in a case where a movement from the web site is detected;
delete, in a case where deleting is confirmed via the second confirmation screen, data which has been saved for the web site into the area secured using the FileSystem API, wherein the deleted data is data for which a persistent type is specified as a storage type; and
release the secured area for the web site,
wherein at least in one of cases where a uniform resource locator (URL) of a web site different from the web site is specified, where a tab of the web site is closed on the web browser, and where the web browser is closed, a movement from the web site is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,983,841

PROJECTION TYPE IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM IN WHICH CHANGES IN LUMINANCE BETWEEN AN IMAGE OVERLAP AREA AND AN AREA OUTSIDE THE IMAGE OVERLAP AREA ARE LESS VISIBLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing one or more programs configured to be executed by the processor, the one or more programs including instructions for:
projection controlling to cause a projector to project an image based on an input image signal;
receiving a designation of an offset correction value corresponding to a smallest gradation value;
determining a gradation threshold value based on the received offset correction value,
wherein the gradation threshold value is determined by multiplying the offset correction value with a predetermined coefficient value A (A?1), and
wherein the predetermined coefficient value A is approximately 1.7; and
controlling to add, to a gradation value which is lower than the gradation threshold value, which is determined based on the offset correction value corresponding to the smallest gradation value, among an input image signal corresponding to a non-overlap area in which a first projection area displaying a first image projected from the projector does not overlap a second projection area displaying a second image projected from another projector, an offset correction value which is determined according to the gradation value, wherein the controlling does not add the offset correction value to a gradation value which is higher than the gradation threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,981,464

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus that uses a liquid ejection head including an ejection opening ejecting a liquid, a print element generating energy for ejecting a liquid, and a pressure chamber having the print element provided therein, the printing apparatus comprising:a circulator configured to circulate the liquid so that the liquid passes through the pressure chamber; and
a concentration adjustment unit configured to adjust a concentration of a liquid inside a liquid circulation system by discharging the liquid from the inside of the liquid circulation system and replenishing the liquid into the liquid circulation system from the outside of the liquid circulation system in response to the amount of the discharged liquid,
wherein the concentration adjustment unit includes a concentration derivation unit configured to derive the concentration of the liquid inside the liquid circulation system,
wherein the concentration adjustment unit further includes a total discharge amount derivation unit configured to derive a total discharge amount from the inside of the liquid circulation system and a total evaporation amount derivation unit configured to derive a total evaporation amount from the inside of the liquid circulation system, and
wherein the concentration adjustment unit derives the concentration of the liquid inside the liquid circulation system on the basis of the total discharge amount and the total evaporation amount.

US Pat. No. 9,981,470

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head substrate comprising:a heating resistor array including a plurality of heating resistors which generate thermal energy for ejecting a liquid arranged;
a covering film configured to cover at least one of the heating resistors;
a supply opening array including a plurality of supply openings through which a liquid is supplied arranged in a direction along the heating resistor array, the supply openings including a first supply opening and a second supply opening adjacent to the first supply opening; and
an electrode capable of applying a voltage between the covering film and the electrode via a liquid,
wherein the first supply opening, the electrode, and the second supply opening are arranged, in this order, on one side of the heating resistor array in the direction along the heating resistor array.

US Pat. No. 9,948,815

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,948,584

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,925,805

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CREATION METHOD OF PRINTED PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to sequentially form images of an image group including a plurality of images on a continuous sheet while providing a non-image region between the images;
a cutting unit configured to cut the continuous sheet;
a discharge tray to which printed products are discharged; and
a control unit configured to execute
a first control for controlling the cutting unit to create a first printed product by cutting the continuous sheet at a leading end and a trailing end of a first region in which an image is formed by the image forming unit, and discharging the first printed product which includes the first region to the discharge tray, and
a second control for controlling the cutting unit to create a second printed product by cutting the continuous sheet while having a non-image region at at least any one of a leading end and a trailing end of a second region in which at least any one of a first image and a last image of the image group is formed by the image forming unit, and discharging the second printed product which includes the second region and the non-image region to the discharge tray.

US Pat. No. 9,924,046

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, by reading a document comprised of a plurality of pages, page image data of each page;
and

a controller including a memory storing instructions and a processor which executes the instructions, wherein, when the processor
executes the instructions, the controller is configured to function as:

a blank page determination unit configured to determine, by using page image data of each page obtained by reading the document,
whether the each page is a blank page;

a color determination unit configured to determine, by using page image data of each page obtained by reading the document,
whether the each page is color or monochrome; and

a control unit configured to perform control to remove page image data in a case where the page is determined by the blank
page determination unit to be a blank page,

wherein the control unit performs control to not remove the page image data in a case where the page is determined by the
color determination unit to be color, even in case where the page is determined by the blank page determination unit to be
a blank page.

US Pat. No. 9,910,169

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM, AND IRRADIATION START DETECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels to capture a radiation image;
a detector configured to detect radiation irradiation to obtain measured values; and
a controller configured to control a radiation image capturing operation by the pixel array in accordance with a determination
that the radiation irradiation has started, the determination being performed based on a comparison between a measured value
of the measured values obtained by using the detector and a threshold value which is within one range of a positive range
and a negative range with respect to a reference value,

wherein the controller changes the threshold value in accordance with only a selected measured value of the measured values,
the selected measured value being within the other range of the positive range and the negative range.

US Pat. No. 9,892,173

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR SEARCHING IN A SEARCH FOLDER SET WITH A SEARCH CONDITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising one or more processors configured to function as:
a search engine configured to search for a file contained in a search folder, wherein one or a plurality of search conditions
are set in the search folder, and wherein at least one of the one or the plurality of search conditions specifies whether
or not searching for text described in the file is functioning;

a confirmation unit configured to confirm a status of the search engine;
a display unit configured to display, when the confirmation unit confirms that the search engine does not function for the
at least one of the one or the plurality of search conditions set in the search folder, information indicating a malfunction;
and

a communication unit configured to communicate with another apparatus having a search function,
wherein (i) when the confirmation unit confirms that the search engine does not function for the at least one of the one or
the plurality of search conditions set in a first search folder, upon making a list display of folders including the first
search folder and folders other than the first search folder, the display unit displays, together with the list display of
folders, information indicating that the search engine does not function for the at least one of the one or the plurality
of search conditions set in the first search folder on an icon of the first search folder, and (ii) when the confirmation
unit confirms that the search engine functions for all search conditions set in a second search folder, the display unit does
not display information indicating a malfunction on an icon of the second search folder, and

wherein the confirmation unit confirms a status of a search engine of the another apparatus using the communication unit when
the one or the plurality of search conditions set in the search folder include a condition indicating that the search is to
be conducted using a search function of the another apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,866,726

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,854,166

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit that picks up an object to generate moving image data;
a detection unit that detects one of a shooting direction of the image pickup unit and an attitude of the image pickup apparatus;
a storage unit that temporarily stores moving image data generated by the image pickup unit;
an instruction unit that instructs operation to photograph a still image; and
a recording unit that reads out the moving image data traced back by a predetermined time period from a time point when still
image photographing is instructed by the instruction unit, from the storage unit, and records the read-out moving image data
in a recording medium,

wherein the recording unit records, relatedly with the moving image data, information concerning the detected one of the shooting
direction and the attitude of the image pickup apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,836,344

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to record logs, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a log collection unit configured to collect logs recorded according to executed functions and store an audit log file including
the collected logs in a storage unit;

a detection unit configured to detect an error in the collection of logs;
a control unit configured to, when the error is detected, compress the audit log file stored in the storage unit and separately
store the compressed audit log file in the storage unit while continuing to collect logs; and

a deletion unit configured to, when a number of audit log files stored in the storage unit exceeds an upper limit, delete
audit log files,

wherein the control unit reduces the upper limit when the error is detected.

US Pat. No. 9,826,036

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing terminal in which a web browser operates, the web browser having a WebStorage function of storing,
as local storage data, data designated by a website into a storage area for the web browser, in response to calling of the
website, the information processing terminal comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the information processing terminal to:
store, into the storage area, data acquired according to description of a manifest file downloaded to the web browser in response
to an access to a website, wherein the description designates data to be stored as the local storage data into a storage area
for a web browser and the stored data is managed for origin corresponding to each website in the storage area;

set conditions for determining a deletion candidate via a setting screen of the web browser;
extract, from among local storage data stored in the storage area, local storage data as the deletion candidate according
to the conditions set via the setting screen;

present a screen including identification of the local storage data, which has been extracted as the deletion candidate, for
each origin;

delete the local storage data extracted as the deletion candidate from the storage area, in response to an instruction via
the screen; and

in a case where a page is deleted from a bookmark managed by the web browser, delete, from the storage area, local storage
data corresponding to origin of a website providing the deleted page according to the conditions set via the setting screen,
wherein the deleted local storage data is designated to be stored by description of a manifest file of the website providing
the deleted page.

US Pat. No. 9,813,715

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR ENCODING AND DECODING VIDEO DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of decoding a bit-stream of encoded video data in a video decoder using a codec, the method comprising:
determining if the bit-stream of encoded video data has extended precision processing enabled and has a bit-depth greater
than nine bits, when a profile of the bit-stream of the encoded video data is determined to be unsupported by the video decoder
using the codec, the encoded video data being encoded using the codec; and

applying a profile supported by the video decoder to the bit-stream to decode the bit-stream using the codec, the bit-stream
having an unsupported profile of the codec and being decoded using the supported profile of the decoder, if the bit-stream
has extended precision processing enabled and a bit depth greater than nine (9) bits, the decoded video data having differences
to the video data encoded in the bit-stream due to the unsupported profile being different to the supported profile.

US Pat. No. 9,809,714

ANTIREFLECTION COATING FILM AND ANTIREFLECTION COATING MATERIAL FOR OPTICAL ELEMENT AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coating film for an optical element, the optical coating film being formed on the surface of a substrate composed
of an optical material, the optical coating film comprising:
first particles at least having a refractive index (nd) of 2.2 to 3.5 for the d-line and an average particle size of 10 nm
to 70 nm;

second particles composed of at least one of silica and sericite,
a colorant; and
a resin,
wherein a first particle content with respect to the optical coating film is in the range of 10% by weight to 35% by weight,
and a second particle content with respect to the optical coating film is in the range of 1% by weight to 11% by weight,

wherein the optical coating film is a light-shielding coating film, and
wherein a ratio of the minimum absorbance to the maximum absorbance (minimum absorbance/maximum absorbance) of the optical
coating film for the optical element in the wavelength range of 400 nm to 700 nm is 0.7 or more.

US Pat. No. 9,809,721

AQUEOUS INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,811,016

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle having a core-shell structure comprising a core and a shell phase on a surface of the
core;
the core comprising a binder resin, comprising a crystalline resin A; and
the shell phase comprises a resin B comprising in one molecule a segment b1 originating from a crystalline resin B1 and a segment b2 originating from a crystalline resin B2, wherein

the toner satisfies formulae (1) and (2) when measured with a differential scanning (DSC)
50. 0?Tt?80.0   (1)
0. 00??HT?t?3/?H?0.20  (2)

where Tt (° C.) represents a peak temperature of an endothermic peak P1 originating from the crystalline resin A during a first temperature ramp up process,?H (J/g) represents an endothermic quantity
originating from the crystalline resin A from a temperature 20.0° C. lower than T?t to a temperature 10.0° C. higher than
T?t when T?t (° C.) is a peak temperature of an endothermic peak P2 originating from the crystalline resin A during a second temperature ramp up process, and ?HT?t?3(J/g) represents an endothermic quantity originating from the crystalline resin A from a temperature lower 20.0° C. than T?t
to a temperature 3.0° C. lower than T?t , and

the binder resin, the crystalline resin B1. and the crystalline resin B2 satisfy formulae (4) and (5),

10.0?TB2 ?TA?30.0  (4)

?5.0?TA?TB1?5.0  (5)

where TA (° C.) represents a peak temperature of an endothermic peak originating from the crystalline resin A during a first
temperature ramp up process in measurement of the binder resin with a DSC, TB1(° C.) represents a peak temperature of an endothermic peak during a first temperature ramp up process in measurement of the
crystalline resin B1 with a DSC, and TB2 (° C.) represents a peak temperature of an endothermic peak during a first temperature ramp up process in measurement of the
crystalline resin B2 with a DSC).

US Pat. No. 9,811,044

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet on a conveyance path on which the sheet is conveyed;
a first conveyance path opening member configured to open a first portion of the conveyance path by the first conveyance path
opening member being opened to allow a sheet to be removed from the first portion;

a second conveyance path opening member configured to open a second portion downstream of the first portion of the conveyance
path in a sheet conveyance direction by the second conveyance path opening member being opened to allow a sheet to be removed
from the second portion;

a sheet leading edge position detecting unit configured to detect a position of a leading edge of a stopped sheet on the conveyance
path; and

a determination unit configured to determine, based on a detection result of the sheet leading edge position detecting unit,
one of not conveying the stopped sheet, causing the conveyance unit to convey the stopped sheet toward the first portion,
and causing the conveyance unit to convey the stopped sheet toward the second portion,

wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines to cause the conveyance unit to convey the stopped sheet toward
the first portion, the conveyance unit starts to convey the stopped sheet in association with an operation of opening the
first conveyance path opening member, and

wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines to cause the conveyance unit to convey the stopped sheet toward
the second portion, the conveyance unit starts to convey the stopped sheet in association with an operation of opening the
second conveyance path opening member.

US Pat. No. 9,749,479

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO RECOGNIZE A CHANGE OF STATE OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an engine control unit configured to control an image forming operation and to communicate with a controller which controls
image information for performing image forming, wherein a communication between the engine control unit and the controller
is able to be interrupted; and

a storage unit configured to store information relating to a state change of the image forming apparatus during interruption
of the communication between the engine control unit and the controller, wherein the stored information includes first information
which indicates the state change of the image forming apparatus has occurred during the interruption, or second information
which indicates the state change of the image forming apparatus has not occurred during the interruption,

wherein the engine control unit and the storage unit communicate with each other by being coupled,
wherein, in a case where the communication between the controller and the engine control unit is recovered from the interruption,
the engine control unit notifies the controller of the first information or the second information, and

wherein, in a case where the engine control unit notifies the controller of the first information, the controller inquires
the engine control unit about a state of the image forming apparatus after the recovery from the interruption, and in a case
where the engine control unit notifies the controller of the second information, the controller does not inquire the engine
control unit about the state of the image forming apparatus after the recovery from the interruption.

US Pat. No. 9,773,833

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a charge accumulation region of a first conductivity type, the charge accumulation region being arranged in a semiconductor
substrate;

a first semiconductor region of a second conductivity type different from the first conductivity type, the first semiconductor
region being arranged in the semiconductor substrate;

a second semiconductor region of the second conductivity type, the second semiconductor region being arranged in the semiconductor
substrate; and

an element isolation made of an insulator, the element isolation being arranged on the semiconductor substrate,
wherein the first semiconductor region is arranged so as to extend downward from a portion between the charge accumulation
region and the element isolation, and the second semiconductor region includes a portion arranged below the charge accumulation
region, and

wherein an impurity concentration distribution of the charge accumulation region in a depth direction of the semiconductor
substrate has a peak at a depth Rp1, an impurity concentration distribution of the first semiconductor region in the depth
direction has a peak at a depth Rp2, an impurity concentration distribution of the second semiconductor region in the depth
direction has a peak at a depth Rp3, and

Rp1 wherein C1 is an impurity concentration of the first semiconductor region at the depth Rp2, C2 is an impurity concentration
of the second semiconductor region at the depth Rp3, and

C1>C2is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,760,976

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a captured image and distance information of a subject;
a generation unit configured to generate, from the captured image, a plurality of images that respectively correspond to ranges
of individual subject distances, based on the distance information;

an operation unit configured to receive input of an instruction to change a shooting distance and a field angle of the captured
image;

an image processing unit configured to apply image processing to at least one of the plurality of images; and
a combining unit configured to combine the plurality of images that include an image to which the image processing has been
applied, and generate a combined image corresponding to the changed shooting distance and field angle that were instructed
through the operation unit,

wherein a primary image is set from among the plurality of images, and the image processing unit applies image processing
to at least one of the plurality of images, such that a size of the primary image in the combined image before and after changing
the shooting distance and field angle does not change.

US Pat. No. 9,729,778

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment device comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire focus evaluated values of a plurality of color signals obtained from an image signal
generated by an image sensor that light transmitted through a focus lens has entered;

a calculation unit configured to calculate at least one value indicating a difference in magnitude between each pair of the
focus evaluated values of the plurality of color signals; and

a determination unit configured to determine, in a case in which a value calculated by the calculation unit is within a predetermined
range, a drive direction of the focus lens based on the value calculated by the calculation unit, and determine, in a case
in which the value calculated by the calculation unit is outside the predetermined range, a drive direction of the focus lens
based on a luminance signal obtained from the image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,760,049

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus that fixes an image on a recording material, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a tubular film;
a nip forming member that contacts an inner surface of the film; and
a roller that forms a nip portion together with the nip forming member via the film,
wherein the nip portion is an area where the film and the roller are in contact with each other and where the recording material
is conveyed,

wherein the nip forming member has a protruding portion, protruding toward the roller and extending in a generatrix direction
of the film, that is provided on a downstream side in the nip portion in a conveying direction of the recording material,

wherein in the conveying direction of the recording material, an end portion of the protruding portion in the generatrix direction
is arranged at a location different from a central portion of the protruding portion in the generatrix direction, and

wherein the nip forming member includes a nip member and a support member that supports the nip member, and the protruding
portion is disposed in an area of the support member that is located on a downstream side of the nip member in the conveying
direction, and the protruding portion protrudes in a direction in which the protruding portion is closer to the roller than
a surface of the nip member that contacts the inner surface of the film.

US Pat. No. 9,751,317

LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection device, comprising:
a liquid ejection head comprising:
a supply port configured to supply liquid to a pressure chamber, the pressure chamber communicating with an ejection orifice
for ejecting the liquid; and

a recovery port configured to recover the liquid supplied to the pressure chamber;
a first flow path connected to the supply port of the liquid ejection head;
a supply tank configured to store the liquid supplied to the liquid ejection head, the supply tank being connected to the
supply port of the liquid ejection head via the first flow path;

a second flow path connected to the recovery port of the liquid ejection head;
a recovery tank configured to store the liquid recovered from the liquid ejection head, the recovery tank being connected
to the recovery port of the liquid ejection head via the second flow path, and a liquid level of the recovery tank being below
an ejection orifice surface in which the ejection orifice of the liquid ejection head opens in a gravitational direction and
being below a liquid level of the supply tank in the gravitational direction;

a third flow path configured to connect the supply tank and the recovery tank to each other;
a circulation pump configured to return the liquid in the recovery tank to the supply tank, the circulation pump being arranged
in the third flow path;

a fourth flow path configured to connect one of the supply tank and the recovery tank to the liquid ejection head;
a pressure pump configured to pressurize the liquid in the one of the supply tank and the recovery tank and supply the liquid
to the liquid ejection head, the pressure pump being arranged in the fourth flow path; and

a control portion configured to switch between liquid ejection operation in which the liquid is ejected from the liquid ejection
head while the liquid is circulated along the first flow path to the third flow path and pressurizing recovery operation in
which the liquid pressurized by the pressure pump is supplied to the liquid ejection head via the fourth flow path,

wherein the first flow path comprises:
a liquid supply flow path having one end connected to the supply port of the liquid ejection head and another end connected
to a supply switching valve; and

a supply connection flow path having one end connected to the supply switching valve and another end connected to the supply
tank,

wherein the second flow path comprises a liquid recovery flow path configured to connect the recovery port of the liquid ejection
head and the recovery tank to each other,

wherein the third flow path comprises:
a circulation flow path having one end connected to the recovery tank and another end connected to a circulation switching
valve, and comprising the circulation pump; and

a return flow path having one end connected to the circulation switching valve and another end connected to the supply tank,
wherein the fourth flow path comprises:
the circulation flow path;
the liquid supply flow path; and
a pressurized flow path having one end connected to the circulation switching valve and another end connected to the supply
switching valve,

wherein the circulation pump also serves as the pressure pump, and
wherein the control portion is configured to control the supply switching valve and the circulation switching valve to switch
between the liquid ejection operation and the pressurizing recovery operation.

US Pat. No. 9,756,203

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that communicates with an information processing apparatus via a network, the image processing
apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having instructions that, when executed by the processor, perform operations
comprising:

acquiring a display setting of an operation unit in the image processing apparatus having a web site function to provide an
application for accessing or operating from the information processing apparatus, which is associated with a user of the information
processing apparatus having a web browser function connected to an external web service for operating the application, when
the image processing apparatus is accessed from the information processing apparatus; and

performing control so that display of an operation screen for operating the image processing apparatus in the information
processing apparatus becomes display according to the acquired display setting of the operation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,756,225

IMAGE-PROCESSING DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-processing device, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a motion region in which there is motion between an N-th frame image and an (N+1)-th
frame image of an input image;

a generation unit configured to generate an intermediate image from the N-th frame image and the (N+1)-th frame image, on
the basis of a detection result by the detection unit;

a processing unit configured to perform on the intermediate image processing of reducing a high-frequency component of spatial
frequency; and

an output unit configured to output an image resulting from increasing a frame rate of the input image through insertion of
the intermediate image having undergone the image processing, between a display image based on the N-th frame image and a
display image based on the (N+1)-th frame image,

wherein when a target position at which a pixel value of the intermediate image is to be calculated is located within the
motion region, the generation unit calculates a pixel value of the intermediate image at the target position on the basis
of an average value of the pixel value of the N-th frame image and the pixel value of the (N+1)-th frame image at a position
that is within a predefined range centered on the target position and outside the motion region.

US Pat. No. 9,753,411

CONDUCTIVE BELT AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

the thermoplastic polyester resin being polyethylene naphthalate or polyethylene terephthalate.

US Pat. No. 9,756,267

IMAGE SENSOR DRIVING APPARATUS, METHOD AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixel circuits that are two dimensionally arrayed, each of which outputs an analog signal corresponding to
radiation;

a control unit configured to control scanning of the plurality of pixel circuits, to read out the analog signal from each
of the plurality of pixel circuits;

an image-data circuit configured to output image data corresponding to the analog signal read out from each of the plurality
of pixel circuits and to output a reference signal value corresponding to an analog reference signal, in order to obtain a
target value; and

a correction circuit configured to correct the analog signal read out from each of the plurality of pixel circuits,
wherein the correction circuit corrects the signal read out from each of the plurality of pixel circuits by supplying to the
image-data circuit an analog correction value signal to be added to the analog signal, the analog correction value signal
being a variation from the target value obtained based on the reference signal value output from the image-data circuit prior
to execution of the control by the control unit, and

wherein the reference signal value is based on a value of a first pixel in each line of the plurality of pixel circuits.

US Pat. No. 9,710,943

2D REGION RENDERING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of rendering a plurality of graphical objects, said method comprising:
generating a region graph having a plurality of nodes, one for each disjoint region identified using at least a plurality
of intersection points of the graphical objects, each disjoint region representing a particular combination of the graphical
objects, wherein the plurality of nodes are linked by at least one region graph link that encodes a change in an active level
list when traversing between neighboring nodes;

assigning an object level of an associated object and an activating direction to the at least one region graph link, the object
level and the activation direction defining an appearance of the region associated with the at least one region graph link;

determining a plurality of region graph links joining a selected node with further nodes;
determining a contributing level for the selected node using object levels and activating directions assigned to the determined
plurality of region graph links, the contributing level contributing to the appearance of the region including color of pixels
represented by the region; and

rendering the plurality of graphical objects using at least the determined contributing level for a disjoint region corresponding
to the selected node.

US Pat. No. 9,703,232

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS A CONTACTING OPERATION FOR CONTACTING A DEVELOPING MEMBER WITH AN IMAGE BEARING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image forming portions each including an image bearing member to be rotationally driven, charging means for
electrically charging the image bearing member, exposure means for exposing the charged image bearing member to light to form
a latent image including an exposed portion as an image portion, developing means, including a developing member movable toward
and away from the image bearing member, for forming an image with a developer on the image bearing member by contacting the
developing member with the image bearing member, and a cleaning member for removing the developer from the image bearing member
in contact with the image bearing member;

contact-and-separation means for moving the developing member toward and away from an associated one of the image bearing
members of said image forming portions;

a voltage source for applying, to the developing member, a developing voltage for urging the developer toward the image portion
of the latent image on the image bearing member,

wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of executing an operation in a mode in which the image is formed only at a
part of said image forming portions, and the operation in the mode is executed in a state in which the developing member is
contacted to the image bearing member at said part of said image forming portions where the image is formed and the developing
member is separated from the image bearing member at another part of said image forming portions where the image is not formed
and in which the image bearing members of said part of said image forming portions where the image is formed and said another
part of said image forming portions where the image is not formed are driven; and

control means for executing a contacting operation for contacting the developing member to which the developing voltage is
applied with the image bearing member, charged by the charging means, for a predetermined period,

wherein in the contacting operation, said exposure means does not form the latent image on the image bearing member, and
wherein when the operation in the mode is continuously executed, said control means executes the contacting operation at said
another part of said image forming portions where the image is not formed.

US Pat. No. 9,703,256

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion;
a cover that covers the image forming portion and includes a stacking portion disposed in an upper section of the cover and
configured to receive a recording medium thereon, the recording medium having an image formed by the image forming portion
and being discharged outside a main body of the image forming apparatus;

a communication portion arranged inside the cover in the main body of the image forming apparatus and including an antenna
surface for use in establishing a near field communication; and

a mark for indicating the communication portion, the mark being provided in a first area of the upper section, the first area
being located outside the stacking portion in a direction intersecting with a discharging direction in which the recording
medium is discharged,

wherein the antenna surface faces a region of the upper section of the cover, the region being downstream in a direction of
discharging the recording medium,

the antenna surface at least partially facing a region of the upper section of the cover, the region being outside the stacking
portion in a direction perpendicular to the direction of discharging the recording medium, and

the communication portion for communicating with another communication portion using near field communication.

US Pat. No. 9,691,517

HYDROXY COMPOUND, ION CONDUCTING AGENT, AND ELECTROCONDUCTIVE RESIN COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A hydroxy compound having an anion species and a cation species, the anion species having a structure of

wherein each of R1 and R2 is, independently, a fluorine atom or a fluoroalkyl group having 1 to 8 carbon atoms; and

the cation species having a structure of general formula (1):

wherein, in the general formula (1):
r is an integer of 1 to 20,
m is an integer of 0 to 20,
1 is an integer of 0 to 20, with a proviso that, when 1 is 0, m is an integer of 1 to 20, and when 1 is an integer of 1 to
20, m is 1;

X is a nitrogen atom or —N+(—R14)—, wherein R14 is an alkyl group having 1to 4 carbon atoms;

each of R3 and R4 is, independently, a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms;

R5 is a hydroxyl group, an amino group, or a group having a structure of general formula (2):


wherein, in the general formula (2), each of R7, R8, and R9 is, independently, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and * is a bonding site;

R6 is an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms or a group having a structure of general formula (3):


wherein, in the general formula (3), s is an integer of 1 to 20, * is a bonding site, and R10 is a hydroxyl group, an amino group, or a group having a structure of general formula (4):


wherein, in the general formula (4), each of R11 R12, and R13 is,independently, an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and * is a bonding site; and

wherein when X is a nitrogen atom, at least one of condition (i) and condition (ii) is satisfied:
(i) R5 is the group having the structure of the general formula (2); and

(ii) R6 is the group having the structure of the general formula (3), and R10 in the general formula (3) is the group having the structure of the general formula (4).

US Pat. No. 9,658,553

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising:
a binder resin; and
a colorant,
wherein the colorant is a coloring compound represented by Formula (1):

wherein
R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group, or an amino group;

R3 and R4 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carbamoyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group, or a carboxylic
acid amido group;

m and n each independently represent an integer of 0 to 4;
A1, A2, B1 when m is 1 to 4, and B2 when n is 1 to 4 each independently represent a carboxylic acid ester group, a sulfonic acid ester group, a carboxylic acid
amido group, or a sulfonic acid amido group; and

L represents a straight chain alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, a branched alkylene group having 1 to 12 carbon
atoms, or a phenylene group.

US Pat. No. 9,692,926

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical scanning apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to emit a light beam;
a rotary polygon mirror configured to deflects the light beam emitted from the light source such that a photoconductor is
scanned with the light beam;

an optical member configured to guide the light beam deflected by the rotary polygon mirror to the photoconductor;
a housing configured to accommodates the rotary polygon mirror and the optical member therein;
a cover member attached to the housing so as to cover the housing, an opening being formed in the cover member, the opening
passing the light beam from inside of the housing to outside of the housing, an elastic member being molded on the cover member
in such a way as to enclose the opening and protrude from a fluid passage, the elastic member being made of a material that
is different from a material of the cover member, the elastic member being more elastic than the cover member, the fluid passage
being formed in the cover member in such a way as to enclose the opening, a molten material of the elastic member being poured
into the fluid passage so as to mold the elastic member in the cover member in such a way as to enclose the opening; and

a transparent member for covering the opening,
wherein the elastic member elastically deforms due to contact of a protruding portion of the elastic member protruding from
the fluid passage with the transparent member, and the deformed elastic member seals a gap between the cover member and the
transparent member.

US Pat. No. 9,654,659

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM FOR CHANGING A POWER STATE OF AT LEAST ONE OF AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND A POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus to which a post-processing apparatus is connectable, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a printer configured to form an image on a sheet;
a controller configured to execute a first end processing for turning off the image forming apparatus;
a printer controller configured to control an operation of the printer and to notify the post-processing apparatus of a specific
instruction; and

a power supply unit configured to supply power to the printer controller on a basis of a lapse of a predetermined time in
a state in which a power supply to the printer controller is stopped,

wherein the printer controller supplied with the power from the power supply unit notifies the post-processing apparatus of
the specific instruction and then, the post-processing apparatus executes a second end processing for turning off the post-processing
apparatus in accordance with the specific instruction notified from the printer controller and the controller executes the
first end processing for turning off the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,654,707

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,651,909

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,654,182

APPARATUS FOR WIRELESSLY COMMUNICATING WITH AND SUPPLYING POWER TO ANOTHER APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A power supply apparatus comprising:
a power supply unit configured to wirelessly supply power to an electronic apparatus;
a communication unit configured to wirelessly communicate with the electronic apparatus;
a setting unit configured to set, based on data indicating a category of power receivable by the electronic apparatus received
from the electronic apparatus, power to be supplied to the electronic apparatus; and

a control unit configured to perform processing for supplying power set by the setting unit to the electronic apparatus via
the power supply unit,

wherein the setting unit sets, based on a set power, a number of times of communication per unit time between the electronic
apparatus and the communication unit,

wherein the control unit controls, based on the number of times of communication per unit time set by the setting unit, the
communication unit to communicate with the electronic apparatus, and

wherein the number of times of communication per unit time is set higher as the set power is larger.

US Pat. No. 9,641,847

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CLASSIFYING SAMPLES OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of processing samples of an image, each sample having a respective sample value, the method comprising:
repartition of each of the samples into a plurality of index classes, wherein the index class allocated to each sample is
determined:

depending upon the sample value of the sample with respect to the sample values of first neighbouring samples of said sample
according to a given direction and further,

depending upon the sample values of the first neighbouring samples with respect to the sample values of samples neighbouring
the first neighbouring samples according to the given direction; and

processing each sample according to the respective allocated index class, said processing including associating, with each
determined index class, a respective compensation offset for application to the respective sample value of each sample of
the index class;

wherein the index class allocated to a sample is determined in dependence upon a value representative of the third derivative
of the image signal at the position of the sample in the image,

wherein the method of processing samples of the image improves encoding efficiency of an image of a sequence of images by
a computer processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,639,303

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory in communication with the one or more processors, the memory having stored thereon instructions that, when executed
by the one or more processors, cause the information processing apparatus to:

select a file to be printed;
decide a rendering method from two methods: a first method for rendering the file in a server and a second method for rendering
the file in the information processing apparatus;

store the decided rendering method as a previous value;
determine, in a first determination, whether or not the file is in a specific format; and
determine, in a second determination, whether or not there is the previous value stored in the storing if the first determination
determines that the file is in the specific format,

wherein the rendering method for the file is decided to be the first method if the first determination determines that the
file is not in the specific format, and

wherein the rendering method for the file is decided to be the rendering method stored as the previous value if the second
determination determines that there is the previous value.

US Pat. No. 9,672,439

OBJECT DETECTION APPARATUS OBJECT DETECTION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An object detection apparatus comprising:
a circuit which serves as:
a first setting unit configured to set a first partial region in an input image;
a second setting unit configured to set a second partial region in the input image, the second partial region being outside
the first partial region set by the first setting unit;

a third setting unit configured to set a third partial region, the third partial region being inside the second partial region
and containing the first partial region;

a salience degree deriving unit configured to derive a salience degree based on a feature amount in the first partial region
and a feature amount in the second partial region; and

a detection unit configured to detect a main object in the input image based on the salience degree derived by the salience
degree deriving unit and an information amount in the third partial region set by the third setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,641,720

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS SEARCHING OPERATION/JOB LOG INFORMATION BASED ON SELECTION OF DISPLAYED JOB/OPERATION LOG INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a display unit and a storage, comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, wherein the processor controls to execute:
a first storage, configured to store, for each operation in an image processing apparatus, operation log information which
associates an operation ID of the operation, a document ID of document data to be subjected to the operation, and information
on an operator in the storage, wherein the operation log information is history information indicative of each input by the
operator via an operation unit of the image processing apparatus;

a second storage, configured to store, for each job executed in the image processing apparatus, job log information which
associates a job ID of the job, a document ID associated with the job, and information on an operator in the storage, wherein
the job log information is history information different from the operation log information and about each image forming process
to document data by the image processing apparatus, and wherein the job log information does not include the operation log
information;

a controller configured to control the display unit to display a first list window of the operation log information stored
in the first storage and a second list window of the job log information stored in the second storage;

a first selection unit, configured to allow a user to select operation log information via the first list window;
a second selection unit, configured to allow the user to select job log information via the second list window; and
a search unit, configured to search, when job log information is selected by the second selection unit, the first storage
for operation log information which matches at least either of the document ID and the information on the operator that are
contained in the selected job log information,

wherein the controller controls, when the job log information is selected by the second selection unit, the display unit to
display the operation log information found by the search unit,

wherein the search unit further searches, when operation log information is selected by the first selection unit, the second
storage for job log information which matches at least either of the document ID and the information on the operator that
are contained in the selected operation log information, and

wherein the controller further controls, when the operation log information is selected by the first selection unit, the display
unit to display the job log information found by the search unit.

US Pat. No. 9,641,816

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SELECTIVELY PICKING UP A COLOR IMAGE AND A BLACK-AND-WHITE IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
a light control mirror element having a function of splitting an incident light flux into a first light flux derived from
reflection and a second light flux derived from transmission and a function of switching between a semi-transmissive/semi-reflective
state and a totally reflective state;

a light flux splitting unit configured to cause the first light flux to be emitted from a first exit surface, and cause the
second light flux to be emitted from a second exit surface;

an electrochromic element configured to switch between a state of transmitting light having a first wavelength range out of
the first light flux and a state of transmitting light having a second wavelength range out of the first light flux;

a first image pickup element configured to pick up an image of the first light flux emitted from the first exit surface;
a second image pickup element configured to pick up an image of the second light flux emitted from the second exit surface;
and

a control device configured to conduct switching control between a first mode in which the light control mirror element is
in the semi-transmissive/semi-reflective state and the electrochromic element is in the state of transmitting the light having
the first wavelength range and a second mode in which the light control mirror element is in the totally reflective state
and the electrochromic element is in the state of transmitting the light having the second wavelength range.

US Pat. No. 9,627,425

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising a pixel area including an effective pixel row and a reference pixel row, the
reference pixel row including a plurality of reference pixel pairs, each pair including a first reference pixel and a second
reference pixel arranged adjacent to each other, and
a voltage supply unit;
wherein the first reference pixel outputs a first reference signal independent of the quantity of incident light; and
the second reference pixel outputs a second reference signal having a signal level different from a signal level of the first
reference signal, the second reference signal being independent of the quantity of incident light,

wherein each of the first reference pixels includes a transistor that outputs the first reference signal, and each of the
second reference pixels includes a transistor that outputs the second reference signal,

wherein the voltage supply unit supplies a first voltage to a gate of the transistor included in each of the first reference
pixels, and supplies a second voltage to a gate of the transistor included in each of the second reference pixels, the second
voltage has a different voltage from the first voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,606,243

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF DETERMINING RADIATION IRRADIATION, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus which includes a plurality of flat panel detectors configured to output image data based
on an irradiated radiation, the apparatus comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure radiation detection levels in the plurality of flat panel detectors;
an irradiation determination unit configured to determine irradiation or non-irradiation of a radiation based on the radiation
detection levels measured in at least one of the plurality of flat panel detectors; and

an image generating unit configured to combine a plurality of image data output from the plurality of flat panel detectors
to generated one image data,

wherein the plurality of flat panel detectors detect irradiated radiation and output the image data based on the irradiated
radiation in a case that the irradiation determination unit determines the irradiation of the radiation.

US Pat. No. 9,607,555

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,609,251

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit for outputting a electric signal base on a signal charge generated in a photoelectric conversion
element, the photoelectric conversion unit including a first transistor; and

a signal processing unit for processing the electric signal, the signal processing unit including a second transistor and
a third transistor,

wherein a gate insulation film of the second transistor is thinner than a gate insulation film of the first transistor,
wherein the first transistor and the second transistor are first conductive type transistors, and the third transistor is
a second conductive type transistor,

wherein the signal processing unit has an electrode integrally including a first conductive type portion as a gate electrode
of the second transistor and a second conductive type portion as a gate electrode of the third transistor, and

an impurity concentration in the first conductive type portion is higher than an impurity concentration in a gate electrode
of the first transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,600,820

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive authentication information;
a control unit configured to allow use of the image forming apparatus in a case where a user is authenticated based on the
authentication information received by the receiving unit, wherein the control unit is configured to allow use of the image
forming apparatus also in a case where money is inserted in a charging apparatus connected to the image forming apparatus;

an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a detection unit configured to detect sheet jam during forming the image on the sheet; and
a display unit configured to display, in a case where use of the image forming apparatus has been allowed as a result of the
user being authenticated, a first error screen based on the sheet jam detected by the detection unit, and in a case where
use of the image forming apparatus has been allowed as a result of money being inserted in the charging apparatus, display
a second error screen based on the sheet jam detected by the detection unit,

wherein, on the first error screen, a message notifying the user of occurrence of the sheet jam and indicating that removal
of a jammed sheet is necessary is displayed in addition to display of a position of the sheet jam, and

wherein, on the second error screen, a message notifying the user of occurrence of the sheet jam is displayed, without display
of a position of the sheet jam.

US Pat. No. 9,602,033

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,592,695

THERMAL TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A thermal transfer recording sheet comprising a base material and a colorant layer on the base material,
wherein:the colorant layer includes
a yellow dye layer comprising a yellow dye,
a magenta dye layer comprising a magenta dye, and
a cyan dye layer comprising a cyan dye,
the magenta dye containing a compound represented by General Formula (1),
the yellow dye containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by General Formulae
(2) to (5), and

the cyan dye containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by General Formulae
(6) to (8),


wherein, in General Formula (1),
R1 to R6 each independently represent an alkyl group, and R3 to R5 may be bonded to one another to form a polycyclic or monocyclic saturated cyclic hydrocarbon ring; and

R7 and R8 each independently represent an alkyl group or an acyl group or are bonded to each other to form a ring,


wherein, in General Formula (2), R9 to R12 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent,


wherein, in General Formula (3),
R13 and R14 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent;
and

R15 and R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, an aryl group having a
substituent, an alkoxy group, a cyano group, or a halogen atom,


wherein, in General Formula (4), R17 and R18 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent,


wherein, in General Formula (5), R19 and R20 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent,


wherein, in General Formula (6), R21 to R25 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent,


wherein, in General Formula (7), R26 and R27 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent,
and


wherein, in General Formula (8), R28 to R32 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,595,292

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus having a central processing unit (CPU) and a memory which stores instructions for the CPU,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction from a user;
a recording unit configured to record a moving image file including moving image data obtained by an imaging unit on a recording
medium,

wherein the recording unit has a first recording mode and a second recording mode,
wherein, in the first recording mode, the recording unit automatically records the moving image data for a predetermined time
period on the recording medium in accordance with a single recording instruction from the user received by the receiving unit,

wherein, in the first recording mode, the recording unit records the moving image data for the predetermined time period as
one chapter, and connects the moving image data of the chapter automatically recorded on the recording medium in accordance
with the single recording instruction from the user to a predetermined moving image file which has been recorded in the first
recording mode on the recording medium such that the predetermined moving image file has a plurality of chapters recorded
in accordance with a plurality of recording instructions by the user,

wherein, in the first recording mode, the recording unit records control information indicating a connection position of the
plurality of chapters in the predetermined moving image file into the predetermined moving image file, and

wherein, in the second recording mode, the recording unit starts recording the moving image data in response to a recording
instruction from the user and stops recording the moving image data in response to a recording stop instruction from the user;

a selection unit configured to select a target moving image file to be edited from a plurality of moving image files recorded
on the recording medium;

a specifying unit configured to specify an editing position in moving image data contained in the selected target moving image
file,

wherein the specifying unit changes the editing position according to a predetermined instruction for changing the editing
position from a user,

wherein the specifying unit discriminates whether the chapter is included in the target moving image file and determines an
operation of changing the editing position by the predetermined instruction in accordance with a result of the discrimination,
and

wherein the specifying unit changes the editing position to any of positions corresponding to connection positions of the
plurality of chapters in the target moving image file according to the predetermined instruction if it is discriminated that
the chapter is included in the target moving image file, and changes the editing position while using a predetermined number
of frames as a unit according to the predetermined instruction if it is not discriminated that the chapter is included in
the target moving image file; and

a processing unit configured to perform editing processing on the target moving image file according to the editing position
specified by the specifying unit,

wherein at least one of the receiving unit, the recording unit, the selection unit, the specifying unit, and the processing
unit is implemented by the CPU.

US Pat. No. 9,596,400

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,589,215

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,588,448

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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


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


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

US Pat. No. 9,588,450

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,582,790

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions; and
one or more processors which execute the instructions and cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
a white pixel determination unit configured to determine whether each of a plurality of pixels in an input image is a white
pixel;

a gray pixel determination unit configured to determine whether each of the plurality of pixels in the input image is a gray
pixel; and

a gray representation determination unit configured to determine, for each of the plurality of pixels in the input image,
whether a setting in which gray is represented by a single K color has been made; and

a setting unit configured (i) to set a black-and-white printing flag for a pixel which is determined to be a white pixel by
the white pixel determination unit, (ii) to set the black-and-white printing flag for a pixel which is determined to be not
a white pixel by the white pixel determination unit, is determined that the setting in which gray is represented by a single
K color has been made by the gray representation determination unit, and is determined to be a gray pixel by the gray pixel
determination unit, and (iii) to set a color printing flag for a pixel which is determined to be not a white pixel by the
white pixel determination unit and is determined that the setting in which gray is represented by a single K color has not
been made by the gray representation determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,575,391

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;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power; and a rear unit including at least one lens unit, wherein intervals
between the adjacent lens units vary during zooming, and
wherein the rear unit has a positive refractive power over an entire zoom range, the second lens unit includes at least three
negative lenses, and at least two positive lenses, and

all the positive lenses included in the second lens unit satisfy a conditional expression,
1.264+14.3/?d where a refractive index and an Abbe number of a material are Nd and ?d, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,564,685

ANTENNA AND COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,544,929

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION PARAMETER CONFIGURATION METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,541,826

PHOTOCURABLE COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING FILM USING THE COMPOSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,531,900

OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,508,775

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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