US Pat. No. 9,588,465

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING A POWER SUPPLY COMMON TO PRIMARY TRANSFER AND SECONDARY TRANSFER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image bearing members configured to bear a toner image;
a rotatable endless intermediate transfer member provided with electrical conductivity;
a current supply member in contact with an outer circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer member;
a supporting member configured to support the intermediate transfer member by contacting with an inner periphery of the intermediate
transfer member;

a Zener diode connected, on a cathode side, to the supporting member; and
a power supply configured to apply a voltage to the current supply member,
wherein, by applying a voltage from the power supply through the current supply member to the intermediate transfer member,
a toner image is primary transferred from the plurality of image bearing members to the intermediate transfer member and the
toner image is secondary transferred to a recording material from the intermediate transfer member.

US Pat. No. 9,588,475

SHEET TRANSPORT APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet transport apparatus comprising:
a first guide portion that is included in a first transport path along which a sheet is to be transported;
a movable guide portion that is capable of moving to a first position at which the movable guide portion guides the sheet
from the first transport path to a second transport path and to a second position at which the movable guide portion guides
the sheet from the first transport path to a third transport path; and

an air-blowing unit that blows air into the first transport path from outside the first transport path,
wherein the first guide portion has a ventilation portion that is positioned further upstream than the movable guide portion
in a sheet transport direction in which the sheet is to be transported, and the air-blowing unit blows the air into the first
transport path from outside the first transport path via the ventilation portion,

wherein an order of arrangement for components, in a direction relative to the air blown by the air-blowing unit is the air-blowing
unit, the ventilation portion, the movable guide portion, and the second transport path or the third transport, path

wherein the air blown by the air-blowing unit is selectively guided to the second transport path and the third transport path
as a result of switching a position of the movable guide portion between the first position and the second position, and

wherein the movable guide portion and the first guide portion are arranged in such a manner that the movable guide portion
and the first guide portion are capable of coming into surface contact with each other when the movable guide portion is at
the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,582,868

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT APPROPRIATELY PERFORMS TONE CORRECTION IN LOW-ILLUMINANCE ENVIRONMENT, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a histogram detecting unit configured detect a luminance histogram from an input image;
a determination unit configured to determine control points for use in generation of a tone curve based on such a luminance
that a percentage from a low-luminance side in the luminance histogram detected by said histogram detecting unit is equal
to a first value, and such a luminance that a percentage from a high-luminance side in the luminance histogram detected by
said histogram detecting unit is equal to a second value;

a tone curve generating unit configured to generate a tone curve based on the control points calculated by said determination
unit;

an image processing unit configured to perform image processing based on the tone curve generated by said tone curve generating
unit;

a judgment unit configured to judge whether illuminance of a shooting environment is low; and
a point light source detecting unit configured to detect a component originating from a point light source from the luminance
histogram,

wherein, when said judgment unit judges that illuminance of the shooting environment is low in determining the control points
for use in generation of the tone curve, said determination unit makes the second value greater than in a case when said judgment
unit does not judge that illuminance of the shooting environment is low,

wherein, when said point light source detecting unit detects a component originating from a point light source, said determination
unit changes a luminance, which is a starting point in determining a percentage from the high-luminance side, to a lower luminance
side than in a case when said point light source detecting unit detects no component originating from a point light source,
and

wherein said histogram detecting unit, said determination unit, said tone curve generating unit, said image processing unit,
said judgment unit, and said point light source detecting unit are implemented by at least one processor executing at least
one program recorded on a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,569,576

MASK PATTERN GENERATING METHOD, STORAGE MEDIUM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EXECUTION OF THE SAME, MASK MANUFACTURING METHOD AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mask pattern generating method for generating patterns of a plurality of masks used for a mask manufacturing method for
manufacturing the plurality of masks using data of the generated patterns of the plurality of masks used in a plurality of
exposures in which exposure light is irradiated onto a substrate using a mask, and then exposure light is irradiated onto
the substrate using another mask, the mask pattern generating method comprising the following steps executed by a computer:
obtaining data for a pattern including a plurality of pattern elements,
determining formulation of a disposition limitation condition for the pattern elements,
analyzing the distance between the pattern elements,
determining formulation of the distance limitation condition, and
applying a first variable configured to express a number of pattern divisions and a second variable configured to express
a distance related to all pattern elements in a cost function and thereby dividing the pattern,

wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the plurality of masks including the divided pattern
using data of the divided pattern.

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. 9,555,651

METHOD OF CONTROLLING DISCHARGE OF PRINTED SHEETS AS SHEET BUNDLE, SHEET DISCHARGE CONTROL APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of controlling discharge of printed sheets, which is applied in performing printing, based on a print job including
print processing on sheets of a desired sheet count set by a user, on a plurality of sheets, by a printing apparatus, conveying
the plurality of sheets on which the printing has been performed from the printing apparatus to a sheet discharge unit, and
storing the printed sheets in the sheet discharge unit, the method comprising:
determining whether or not printed sheets are stored in the sheet discharge unit;
detecting the number of printed sheets stored in the sheet discharge unit; and
discharging the stored printed sheets from the sheet discharge unit as a sheet bundle when the number of printed sheets stored
in the sheet discharge unit is equal to the desired sheet count,

wherein said discharging includes discharging the printed sheets stored in the sheet discharge unit from the sheet discharge
unit, when it is determined, in a case where the set desired sheet count has been changed, that the printed sheets are stored
in the sheet discharge unit.

US Pat. No. 9,557,703

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a recording medium;
a feeding unit configured to feed the recording medium stored in the storing unit;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the fed recording medium;
a first motor configured to drive the feeding unit;
a second motor configured to drive the conveyance unit;
a photoreceptor;
an exposure unit configured to expose the photoreceptor;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image formed on the photoreceptor to the recording medium conveyed by the conveyance
unit;

a fixing unit configured to fix the transferred toner image to the recording medium;
a power source board configured to supply power for use in the image forming apparatus from a commercial power supply; and
a control board configured to control the first and second motor, the control board being connected to the first and second
motor through a signal line, the control board comprising (i) a first connector for a wiring that connects the control board
and the power source board, said first connector being arranged at a lower side of the control board, and (ii) a second connector
for a wiring that connects the control board and the second motor, said second connector being arranged at the first side
of the control board in the horizontal direction when viewed from the back side of the image forming apparatus, wherein

the photoreceptor is arranged at the upper side of the storage unit in a vertical direction;
the control board and the power source board are arranged on the back side of the image forming apparatus in different positions
in a vertical direction such that the control board does not overlap with the power source board when viewed from the back
side of the image forming apparatus;

the control board is arranged above the power source board in a vertical direction;
the fixing unit is arranged at an upper side of the first and second motor in a vertical direction; and
the first and second motors do not overlap with the control board and the power source board when viewed from the back side
of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,555,997

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS, BINDING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for controlling a binding unit that performs an adhesiveless binding processing for binding
a plurality of sheets without using a staple, the printing control apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing on a sheet; and
a control unit configured to control the binding unit to perform a first adhesiveless binding processing at a first position
for binding a plurality of sheets printed by the printing unit, and, after the first adhesiveless binding processing, control
the binding unit to perform a second adhesiveless binding processing at a second position for binding the plurality of sheets
bound by the first adhesiveless binding processing and a sheet different from the plurality of sheets,

wherein the sheet different from the plurality of sheets is not bound in the first adhesiveless binding processing, and
wherein the second position is different from the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,557,576

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a shake detector detecting a shake of the image pickup apparatus;
a first optical correcting unit and a second optical correcting unit configured to move in a direction different from an optical
axis so as to correct optically an image shake;

a first position detecting unit configured to detect a position of the first optical correcting unit and output a first position
detection signal;

a second position detecting unit configured to detect a position of the second optical correcting unit and output a second
position detection signal; and

a processor controlling the first optical correcting unit based on a shake signal output from the shake detector and the first
position detection signal, and controlling the second optical correcting unit based on the shake signal output from the shake
detector and the second position detection signal,

wherein the first position detecting unit detects the position of a first direction of the first optical correcting unit and
the second position detecting unit detects the position of the first direction of the second optical correcting unit, and

wherein a range for detecting a position of the first position detecting unit is different from that of the second position
detecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,557,659

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, DETERMINATION METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus which forms a pattern on a substrate, comprising:
a stage configured to hold the substrate;
a substrate transport system configured to transfer the substrate to the stage;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information about a holding state of the substrate on the stage; and
a processor configured to perform processing of determining a transport position on the stage when the substrate transport
system transfers the substrate to the stage,

wherein based on information obtained by the obtaining unit when the stage holds the substrate at each of a plurality of positions
on the stage, the processor determines the transport position at which the substrate transport system transfers the substrate
to the stage.

US Pat. No. 9,552,984

PROCESSING METHOD OF SUBSTRATE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A processing method of a substrate comprising the steps of:
repeating sequentially a plurality of cycles, each cycle including:
a trench forming step of forming a trench on the substrate by etching;
a first protection layer forming step of forming, inside the trench, a first protection layer; and
a first protection layer removing step of removing a portion of the first protection layer covering a position at which the
trench is further excavated; and

performing a second protection layer forming step and a second protection layer removing step between a first cycle in which
one cycle from the trench forming step through the first protection layer removing step is repeated a plurality of times and
a second cycle which is performed subsequently to the first cycle and in which one cycle from the trench forming step through
the first protection layer removing step is repeated a plurality of times, in the second protection layer forming step, a
second protection layer being formed inside the trench formed in the first cycle, and in the second protection layer removing
step, a portion of the second protection layer covering a position at which the trench is further excavated being removed,

wherein a trench forming step of forming the trench on the substrate by etching is not performed between the first cycle and
the second cycle.

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. 9,535,346

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support, the undercoat layer having a surface roughness of 0.5 to 2.5 ?m in terms of ten-point
average roughness Rzjis measured at a reference length of 0.8 mm, and comprising resin particles and a polymerized product
of a composition comprising a crosslinking agent and an electron transporting substance having a polymerizable functional
group;

a charge generating layer formed directly on the undercoat layer; and
a hole transporting layer formed on the charge generating layer, wherein
the content of the electron transporting substance is 30% by mass or more and 70% by mass or less based on the total mass
of the composition,

the resin particles comprise 5 to 20% by mass based on the total mass of the composition, and
a plurality of protrusions derived from the resin particles in the undercoat layer is formed at an interface between the undercoat
layer and the charge generating layer.

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. 9,531,939

DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE DETECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus configured to detect a focus state based on an output signal from an image pickup element capable
of outputting an image pickup signal and a phase-difference detection signal, wherein the image pickup element includes a
plurality of first lines which do not include a plurality of second pixel portions and a plurality of second lines which include
a plurality of first pixel portions and the plurality of second pixel portions, wherein each of the plurality of first pixel
portions and each of the plurality of second pixel portions are located adjacent to each other and are arranged alternately
with respect to each other, and wherein each of the plurality of second pixel portions of the plurality of second lines has
an opening which is smaller than an opening of each respective one of the plurality of first pixel portions, the detection
apparatus comprising:
a first calculation unit configured to calculate a first phase difference between phase-difference detection signals read
out from the second pixel portions of at least two second lines between which the first lines are sandwiched, wherein the
openings of one second line of the at least two second lines are located at different sides from the openings of another second
line of the at least two second lines;

a second calculation unit configured to calculate a second phase difference between the image pickup signals which are obtained
from the plurality of first pixel portions each of which is located adjacent to each of the plurality of the second pixel
portions; and

a detection unit configured to detect the focus state based on the first phase difference and the second phase difference.

US Pat. No. 9,532,070

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING A VIDEO SEQUENCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of processing a video sequence in which the video sequence comprises a series of digital images including a) a
current image and b) a first image prior to the current image, the method comprising:
1) generating a first reconstruction of the first image and a second reconstruction of the first image, the second reconstruction
being different from the first reconstruction,

wherein the first reconstruction is generated so as to obtain a first reference image, and
wherein the second reconstruction is generated so as to obtain a second reference image;
2) selecting at least one reference image from the first reference image and the second reference image; and
3) predicting at least part of the current image from the selected at least one reference image,
wherein the images are defined by a plurality of data blocks, and wherein the second reconstruction of the first image comprises
a reconstruction solely of blocks of the first image that are used during a prediction of at least part of the current image.

US Pat. No. 9,525,801

IMAGE READING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING IMAGE READING PROCESSING BASED ON A READING INSTRUCTION AND INHIBITING A READING APPARATUS FROM ACCEPTING NEW TASKS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading control apparatus that is connected to one or more reading devices for reading an image, the apparatus
comprising:
a memory configured to store at least one program, and
a processor configured to execute the at least one program stored in the memory,
wherein the processor detects a first instruction provided by a user to a reading device, and requests the reading device
to perform a first reading of an original and to inhibit executing another reading,

wherein the processor receives image data obtained by the first reading by the reading device, from the reading device,
wherein the processor performs processing for the received image data obtained by the first reading,
wherein the processor request the reading device to unlock the inhibiting of another reading, in response to completion of
reception of the image data, even before the processing is completed,

wherein, in a case where the processor further detects a second instruction for a second reading, the processor determines
whether or not the second instruction is provided to the same reading device to which the first instruction has been provided,

wherein in a case where the processor detects the second instruction in a state where the processor is performing the processing
for the received image data obtained by the first reading after the unlocking of the inhibiting of another reading is requested,
and determines that the second instruction is provided to the same reading device, the processor does not request the same
reading device to perform the second reading until the processing is completed, requests the same reading device to inhibit
executing another reading even before the second reading is requested, and requests the same reading device to perform the
second reading after the processing is completed,

wherein, in a case where the processor determines that the second instruction detected in the state is not provided to the
same reading device, the processor cancels the second instruction, and

wherein, in a case where the processor detects the second instruction after the processing for the received image data obtained
by the first reading is completed, the processor does not request a reading device to which the second instruction has been
provided, to inhibit executing another reading, and requests the reading device to perform the second reading, regardless
of whether the second instruction is provided to the same reading device or not.

US Pat. No. 9,519,256

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure a density of an image that an image forming unit forms;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an image processing parameter serving as a correction value used to correct the
density of the image measured by the measurement unit;

a generation unit configured to generate a cleaning patch image using the image processing parameter acquired by the acquisition
unit; and

a cleaning patch image forming unit configured to form the cleaning patch image generated by the generation unit on an image
bearing member,

wherein the cleaning patch image is formed during an interval after a first image is formed by the image forming unit on the
image bearing member but before a second image having a printing instruction issued subsequent to a printing instruction issued
for the first image is formed by the image forming unit on the image bearing member, and

wherein if a result of measurement obtained by the measurement unit measuring the density of the image indicates an error,
the generation unit interrupts generation of the cleaning patch image.

US Pat. No. 9,517,628

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead configured to discharge ink;
a carriage on which the printhead is mounted and configured to be capable of moving;
a sub-tank configured to be mounted on the carriage and contain ink to be supplied to the printhead;
an ink tank configured to be detachably mounted on the carriage and contain ink to be supplied to the sub-tank;
a detection unit configured to perform a detection operation of detecting an ink remaining amount in the sub-tank;
a suction unit configured to perform a suction operation of sucking ink from the printhead; and
a control unit configured to, after the detection unit detects that the ink remaining amount becomes smaller than a predetermined
residual amount after the suction operation by the suction unit starts, stop the suction unit from performing the suction
operation even if the suction operation has not been completed.

US Pat. No. 9,505,209

IMAGE-RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-recording method comprising:
a liquid composition applying process for applying a liquid composition to an intermediate transfer member;
an intermediate image forming process for forming an intermediate image by applying an ink to the intermediate transfer member
to which the liquid composition has been applied; and

a transferring process for transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium,
wherein the ink contains a coloring material and first polymer particles,
the liquid composition contains a reaction agent and second polymer particles that satisfy storage elastic modulus relationships
represented by the following formula (1), and

the amount of the second polymer particles applied to the intermediate transfer member in the intermediate image forming process
is 0.5 g/m2 or more and 5.0 g/m2 or less:

E1??0.1 MPa, E2??1.0 MPa  Formula (1):
wherein E1? denotes a storage elastic modulus at Ta, and E2? denotes a storage elastic modulus at ((Ta+Tb)*0.5), Ta denotes
the temperature of the intermediate image before transfer in the transferring process, and Tb denotes the temperature of the
recording medium before transfer in the transferring process.

US Pat. No. 9,507,286

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CHARGING MEMBER FOR CHARGING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to charge said photosensitive member;
an applying unit configured to apply a charging bias to said charging member, the charging bias composed of a direct voltage
superimposed with an alternating voltage, wherein a peak-to-peak voltage of the alternating voltage of the charging bias is
a voltage where a discharge is generated between said charging member and said photosensitive member;

a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on a charged surface charged by said charging member;
a current detection unit configured to detect a current flowing through said charging member applied with the charging bias
from said applying unit;

an extraction portion configured to extract a plurality of outputs regarding a plurality of currents from the current detected,
the plurality of currents having different frequency components;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of discharge current based on the plurality of outputs extracted by said
extraction portion; and

an adjustment unit configured to adjust the alternating voltage of the charging bias such that the amount of discharge current
calculated by said calculation unit is equal to a predetermined amount of discharge current.

US Pat. No. 9,507,302

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus for fixing a toner image on the recording medium while conveying and heating the recording medium bearing
the toner image at a nip portion, the fixing apparatus comprising:
a tubular film;
a plate-like heater contacting an inner surface of the film;
a heat conducting member contacting a surface of the heater opposite to a surface of the heater contacting the film; and
a supporter configured to support the heater via the heat conducting member, the supporter including a groove in which the
heater and the heat conducting member are accommodated,

wherein a surface of the groove facing an end surface of the heater on a downstream side in a conveyance direction of the
recording medium includes a first protrusion, a second protrusion, and a third protrusion that are disposed with gaps between
each other in a direction orthogonal to the conveyance direction of the recording medium, the third protrusion being disposed
between the first protrusion and the second protrusion, the third protrusion having a smaller protruding amount in a direction
opposite to the conveyance direction than protruding amounts of the first protrusion and the second protrusion, and

wherein a portion of the heat conducting member facing the third protrusion is recessed more than portions of the heat conducting
member facing the first protrusion and the second protrusion.

US Pat. No. 9,505,581

POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE POST-PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. A post-processing apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus, the post-processing apparatus comprising:
a post-processing unit configured to perform predetermined post-processing on a sheet;
a control unit configured to switch between a first control mode and a second control mode, the first control mode being a
mode for allowing the predetermined post-processing on a sheet which is conveyed from the image forming apparatus, and the
second control mode being a mode for allowing the predetermined post-processing on a sheet which is manually inserted into
the post-processing apparatus; and

a detection unit configured to detect the sheet which is manually inserted,
wherein the control unit is further configured to change, when in the second control mode, a standby time from completion
of a latest post-processing until a start of next post-processing, in accordance with a detection result of the detection
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,507,119

VIBRATOR OF VIBRATORY DRIVE UNIT, VIBRATORY DRIVE UNIT, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, IMAGING DEVICE, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibrator, comprising:
an electro-mechanical transducer; and
an elastic body that is fixed to the electro-mechanical transducer and that is provided with a projection having a hollow
structure,

wherein the projection includes:
a contact portion having a contact surface at a tip;
a wall portion projecting towards an opposite side with respect to the electro-mechanical transducer; and
a connection portion connecting the wall portion and the contact portion to each other, the connection portion having a spring
property, and

wherein a cross-sectional area of a root portion of the contact portion is larger than a cross-sectional area of the contact
surface.

US Pat. No. 9,501,002

REPLACEMENT ENDLESS BELT WITH LUBRICATION LAYERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An endless belt exchangeably usable with an image forming apparatus, the endless belt comprising:
a first lubrication layer applied on an inner surface of the endless belt, the first lubrication layer including lubrication
particles and lubricant oil;

a second lubrication layer provided on the first lubrication layer and including lubrication particles and lubricant oil;
wherein a lubricant oil content of the first lubrication layer is not less than 3 wt %, and
wherein a lubricant oil content of the second lubrication layer is less than 3 wt %.

US Pat. No. 9,501,003

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an unfixed toner image on a recording material;
a fixing unit configured to heat and fix the unfixed toner image onto the recording material, the fixing unit including a
heater;

a necessary integral power calculation unit configured to calculate a necessary integral power required for the fixing unit
to reach a predetermined fixable temperature;

a suppliable integral power calculation unit configured to calculate a suppliable integral power being supplied to the heater
in a necessary time until the recording material reaches the fixing unit; and

a controller configured to control a timing to start conveyance of the recording material by comparing the necessary integral
power and the suppliable integral power.

US Pat. No. 9,498,993

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which examines an image printed, by printing heads having a plurality of nozzles which eject
ink and which are arranged in a first direction, on a printing medium which is conveyed in a second direction which intersects
with the first direction, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate judgment image data including R, G, and B elements, used for inspection of a printed
image printed with a first resolution in the second direction, the judgment image data having a second resolution in the second
direction which is lower than the first resolution, based on data on the image, wherein the generation unit is configured
to generate the judgment image data by performing a resolution lowering process on the data on the image; and

an inspection unit configured to inspect the image by comparing, with the second resolution, each of R, G, and B elements
of the judgment image data with R, G, and B elements of read data respectively, the read data being obtained by reading the
image printed with the first resolution in the second direction based on the data on the image, and to detect an error in
a nozzle for ink having complementary color of one element of the R, G, and B elements based on a difference between a value
of the one element of the judgment image data and a value of the one element of the read data.

US Pat. No. 9,500,964

LITHOGRAPHY APPARATUS, POWER SUPPLYING METHOD, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lithography apparatus that includes a plurality of driving units which include a first driving unit and a second driving
unit different from the first driving unit, driving in synchronization to each other within a synchronization period and driving
in asynchronization to each other within an asynchronization period, the lithography apparatus comprising:
a plurality of capacitors which include a first capacitor capable of charging power to drive the first driving unit and a
second capacitor capable of charging power to drive the second driving unit;

a power source configured to supply power required for driving to each of the plurality of driving units and for charging
power to each of the plurality of capacitors;

a plurality of switching units respectively switching whether or not the power is supplied from the power source to each of
the plurality of driving units and each of the plurality of capacitors; and

a controller configured to control switching of the plurality of switching units,
wherein the controller is configured to control the switching to cause the power source to stop supplying the power to the
first driving unit and the first capacitor, and to cause the first driving unit to drive with the power charged in the first
capacitor, in at least a part of the synchronization period and to control the switching to cause the power source to stop
supplying the power to the second driving unit and the second capacitor and to cause the second driving unit to drive with
the power charged in the second capacitor, in at least a part of the asynchronization period.

US Pat. No. 9,497,403

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixel units are arranged to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns;
a plurality of column signal lines, arranged to respectively correspond to the plurality of columns, each configured to read
out a signal from each pixel unit in the corresponding column;

a plurality of current sources, arranged to respectively correspond to the plurality of column signal lines, including a plurality
of controlling terminals and being configured to supply currents corresponding to potentials of the plurality of controlling
terminals to the plurality of column signal lines, respectively;

a control signal line is commonly connected to the plurality of controlling terminals;
a first potential generation unit configured to generate a first potential;
a second potential generation unit configured to generate a second potential different from the first potential;
a first switch unit configured to, in a first mode in which a signal readout operation from the pixel array is performed,
connect an output of the first potential generation unit to the control signal line and to set the plurality of controlling
terminals to the first potential; and

a second switch unit configured to, in a second mode in which the signal readout operation is paused, connect an output of
the second potential generation unit to the control signal line and to set the plurality of controlling terminals to the second
potential,

wherein, before the potential of the plurality of controlling terminals reaches the first potential, the first potential generation
unit supplies, to the control signal line via the first switch unit, a current larger than a current supplied after the potential
reaches the first potential, and

wherein, before the potential of the plurality of controlling terminals reaches the second potential, the second potential
generation unit supplies, to the control signal line via the second switch unit, a current larger than a current supplied
after the potential reaches the second potential.

US Pat. No. 9,494,890

DEVELOPING CARTRIDGE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing cartridge comprising:
a flexible developer bag, provided with an opening and provided in a frame, for accommodating developer; and
an acting member contactable to said developer bag,
wherein said developer bag is fixed to said frame at its upper portion, and
wherein said developer bag is swingable in a direction of the opening by contact with said acting member.

US Pat. No. 9,497,552

CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER, CAPACITIVE TRANSDUCER MANUFACTURING METHOD, AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A capacitive transducer, comprising an element which has multiple types of cells, including cells of a first cell type
and cells of a second cell type, each cell comprising:
a first electrode; and
a vibrating film comprising a second electrode, the second electrode being opposed to the first electrode with a gap therebetween,
and

the capacitive transducer having a common voltage applying unit for applying a voltage between the first electrode and the
second electrode of cells of the first cell type and cells of the second cell type;

wherein each type of cell has a different ratio of an area of the first electrode or the second electrode to an area of the
gap when viewed from a normal direction of the vibrating film,

wherein the first electrodes or the second electrodes in each type of cell are electrically connected together,
wherein vibrating films of cells of the first cell type each have a larger spring constant than vibrating films of cells of
the second cell type, and

wherein the ratio of the area of the first electrode or the second electrode to the area of the gap in cells of the first
cell type is larger than the ratio of the area of the first electrode or the second electrode to the area of the gap in cells
of the second cell type;

wherein the common voltage applying unit applies a common voltage to cells of the first cell type and cells of the second
cell type, and the common voltage is smaller by 10% to 20% than a pull-in voltage of cells of the second cell type.

US Pat. No. 9,493,014

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THREE-POSITION SUPPORT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light scanning apparatus including:
a deflector configured to deflect a light beam so that the light beam scans a surface of the photosensitive member; and
an optical box configured to contain the deflector, the optical box being inserted through an insertion portion formed in
a side wall of a main body of the image forming apparatus so that the light scanning apparatus is mounted to the main body
of the image forming apparatus;

a supporting unit including a first supporting portion, a second supporting portion, and a third supporting portion, the supporting
unit being configured to support the optical box, the first supporting portion and the second supporting portion being configured
to support, in a direction intersecting an inserting direction of inserting the optical box into the main body of the image
forming apparatus, the optical box in a vicinity of a side wall of the optical box on a downstream side in the inserting direction,
the third supporting portion being configured to support the optical box in a vicinity of a side wall of the optical box on
an upstream side in the inserting direction, the third supporting portion being positioned between the first supporting portion
and the second supporting portion in the direction intersecting the inserting direction;

a first connecting portion configured to connect the optical box supported by the supporting unit and the main body of the
image forming apparatus in the vicinity of the side wall of the optical box on the upstream side in the inserting direction
and on one side of the third supporting portion in the direction intersecting the inserting direction of the optical box;
and

a second connecting portion configured to connect the optical box supported by the supporting unit and the main body of the
image forming apparatus in the vicinity of the side wall of the optical box on the upstream side in the inserting direction
and on at least another side of the third supporting portion in the direction intersecting the inserting direction of the
optical box.

US Pat. No. 9,485,409

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to perform photoelectric conversion on light that enters via an imaging optical system and output
an image signal;

a focus detection unit configured to detect an in-focus position based on the image signal output from the image sensor;
an edge detection unit configured to detect an edge angle and a number of edges of a subject included in an image based on
the image signal output from the image sensor; and

a correction unit configured to obtain a correction amount for the in-focus position based on the detected edge angle and
the number of edges and correct the in-focus position detected by the focus detection unit based on the obtained correction
amount.

US Pat. No. 9,485,411

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a specific operation unit configured to display a specific menu from a plurality of menus that are hierarchically structured
and configured to make a setting or an operation instruction about the display control apparatus, wherein the specific menu
is a menu other than a first level menu; and

a memory and at least one processor which function as:
a display control unit configured to perform control,
wherein, in a case where the specific operation unit is operated when it is determined that none of the plurality of menus
is displayed on a display unit, the display control unit is configured to perform control to display the specific menu,

wherein, in a case where the specific operation unit is operated when it is determined that the specific menu is displayed
on the display unit, the display control unit is configured to perform control to clear display of the specific menu,

wherein, in a case where the specific operation unit is operated when it is determined that a different menu that is different
from the specific menu is displayed and an above menu, positioned one hierarchical level above the specific menu, is not displayed,
the display control unit is configured to perform control to display the specific menu, and

wherein, in a case where the specific operation unit is operated to display the specific menu on the display unit and it is
determined that the specific menu is disabled, the display control unit is configured to display the above menu and recognizably
display that a menu item for entering the specific menu is disabled.

US Pat. No. 9,482,852

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING 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
that does not move for zooming; a second lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during zooming; at least
one lens unit that moves during zooming; and a rear lens group including an aperture stop, wherein
the rear lens group includes a zooming rear lens unit that moves during zooming, and
the following conditional expressions are satisfied,
|?rz/?r_W|<0.90, and

?rzb_W|<2.00,
where ?r_W represents a refractive power of the rear lens group at a wide-angle end, ?rz represents a refractive power of
the zooming rear lens unit, and ?rzb_W represents a lateral magnification of a lens unit in the image side from the zooming
rear lens unit, which is set at the wide-angle end and focuses on infinity.

US Pat. No. 9,485,434

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus having a processor executing instructions stored in a memory and an image capturing unit configured
to capture an image of an object and to output an image, wherein the instructions comprise:
a switching unit configured to switch modes between a first mode in which the image capturing unit outputs a first image and
then outputs a second image having an exposure value different from the first image, and a second mode in which the image
capturing unit continuously outputs an image not used for compositing;

an exposure control unit configured to control an exposure value for capturing an image of an object, following change in
object luminance, when a parameter related to change in object luminance exceeds a predetermined range; and

a setting unit configured to set the predetermined range,
wherein the first image and the second image are used for compositing,
wherein the predetermined range is a range in which an exposure value is not controlled to follow the change in the object
luminance for capturing an image of the object,

wherein the setting unit sets a first range as the predetermined range in the first mode, and
wherein the setting unit sets a second range which is narrower than the first range as the predetermined range in the second
mode.

US Pat. No. 9,481,114

IMPRINT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of forming a pattern of a resin on a substrate using a mold, the imprint method comprising:
a preparing step of preparing a resin composed of a mixture of an ultraviolet curable resin that becomes cured by receiving
ultraviolet light and a luminescent material that undergoes fluorescence or phosphorescence upon receiving ultraviolet light;

an applying step of applying the resin prepared in the preparing step on the substrate;
an imprinting step of imprinting the mold into the resin after the applying step;
a curing step of curing the resin imprinted with the mold in the imprinting step using ultraviolet light;
a releasing step of releasing the mold from the substrate that has been imprinted with the pattern after the curing step;
and

a detecting step of detecting fluorescence or phosphorescence emitted from the cured resin that remains on the mold, based
on the received ultraviolet light, after the releasing step.

US Pat. No. 9,481,171

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate, comprising:
a discharge port that discharges a liquid;
an energy-generating element that generates energy for discharging the liquid from the discharge port;
an acting chamber for making the energy of the energy-generating element act on the liquid;
a substrate in which a supply port for supplying the liquid to the acting chamber is formed; and
a heating element that is fixed to a wall of the acting chamber, constitutes a through hole and includes at least two heat
generating surfaces that are exposed to the liquid inside the acting chamber, the at least two heat generating surfaces being
a surface facing the discharge port and a surface facing the substrate, and the heating element being disposed inside the
acting chamber such as not to discharge the liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,481,192

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 a compound represented by General Formula (2), and
the cyan dye containing at least one compound selected from the group consisting of compounds represented by General Formulae
(3) to (5),


wherein, in General Formula (1),
R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group;

R3 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent;

R4 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent; and

R5 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, an aryl group having a substituent, or —N(—R6)R7, R6 and R7 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an acyl group, and R6 and R7 may be bonded to each other to form a ring,


wherein, in General Formula (2),
R8 represents an alkyl group;

R9 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group;

R10 represents an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, an aryl group having a substituent, or an amino group;

R11 represents a hydrogen atom, a cyano group, a carbamoyl group, a carboxylic acid ester group, or a carboxylic acid amide group;

R12 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, an aryl group having a substituent, or —N(—R13)R14, R13 and R14 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, or an acyl group, and R13 and R14 may be bonded to each other to form a ring;

X represents a carbonyl group or a sulfonyl group; and
n is an integer of 1 to 3,

wherein, in General Formula (3), R15 to R19 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent,


wherein, in General Formula (4), R20 and R21 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent,
and


wherein, in General Formula (5), R22 to R26 each independently represent an alkyl group, an aryl group having no substituents, or an aryl group having a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,482,993

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTAINERS FOR TONERS INCLUDING WAX

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming a toner image on a recording material, comprising:
an image forming portion for forming the toner image, formed with toners of a plurality of colors, on an intermediary transfer
member;

a transfer member for forming a transfer nip in contact and cooperation with the intermediary transfer member, said transfer
member transferring the toner image from the intermediary transfer member onto the recording material while feeding the recording
material in the transfer nip;

a fixing portion for fixing the toner image on the recording material by heating the recording material on which the toner
image is transferred while feeding the recording material in a fixing nip, said fixing portion including a heating member
and a pressing member for forming the fixing nip in cooperation with the heating member; and

a cleaning member for cleaning a surface of the intermediary transfer member in contact with the intermediary transfer member,
said cleaning member being provided between said image forming portion and the transfer nip with respect to a movement direction
of the intermediary transfer member,

wherein toner particles of each of the toners contain a binder resin and a wax which is contained in an amount of 3 weight
parts or more per 100 weight parts of the binder resin,

wherein said image forming apparatus at least includes a first toner container containing a first formulation toner in which
the wax is only a hydrocarbon wax or a mixture of the hydrocarbon wax and a wax other than the hydrocarbon wax which is contained
in a larger amount than the wax and includes a second toner container containing a second formulation toner in which the wax
is only an ester wax or a mixture of the ester wax and a wax other than the ester wax which is contained in a larger amount
than the wax,

wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of executing an image forming operation for forming the toner image on the
intermediary transfer member at said image forming portion to form the toner image on the recording material, and is capable
of executing an operation in a toner supplying mode for supplying the toner or the toners to the intermediary transfer member
at said image forming portion to dispose the toner or the toners between said cleaning member and the intermediary transfer
member at predetermined timing when the image forming operation is not performed, and

wherein said image forming apparatus is capable of executing the operation in the toner supplying mode in which only the first
formulation toner is used or a mixture of the first formulation toner and the second formulation toner is used so that the
first formulation toner is used in a larger amount than the second formulation toner.

US Pat. No. 9,477,201

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge comprising:
a developing roller;
a coupling member for receiving a rotational force for rotating the developing roller;
a cylindrical member movably supporting one end portion of the coupling member inside of the cylindrical member, the cylindrical
member being configured to transmit the rotational force from the coupling member to the developing roller; and

a member including (i) a supporting portion configured to support the cylindrical member rotatably and (ii) a regulating portion
capable of regulating movement of the coupling member, wherein the supporting portion encompasses the regulating portion as
seen along a rotational axis of cylindrical member; and

a driving motor; and
a driving shaft engageable with the coupling member of the cartridge.

US Pat. No. 9,475,303

LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE AND LIQUID LEAKAGE SUPPRESSION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection device comprising:
a head having an ejection surface on which an ejection portion for ejecting a liquid is provided;
a liquid containing unit having a sealed housing and a flexible member provided in the sealed housing, the sealed housing
including a first containing space communicating with the head and a second containing space partitioned from the first containing
space by the flexible member, the first containing space containing the liquid, the volume of the first containing space decreasing
along with the ejection of the liquid from the head, the second containing space containing a liquid filler; and

a storage tank which has an air communication portion, which is configured to communicate with the second containing space,
and which contains the liquid filler to be supplied to the second containing space,

wherein a liquid level of the liquid filler contained in the storage tank is positioned below the ejection surface of the
head.

US Pat. No. 9,473,724

IMAGING DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a pixel cell including a first photoelectric conversion unit, a second photoelectric conversion unit, and an output unit;
and

a read-out circuit including an amplification unit and a buffer unit, the amplification unit configured to amplify a signal
based on a signal output from the output unit, and to output an amplified signal to the buffer unit, and the buffer unit configured
to buffer a signal output from the amplification unit, a capacitor element configured to hold a signal output from the buffer
unit, and a switching unit configured to switch a state, between the buffer unit and the capacitor element, between a conductive
state and a non-conductive state, wherein

the output unit outputs a first signal based on electric charges accumulated in the first photoelectric conversion unit, the
amplification unit outputs a first amplified signal obtained by amplifying a signal based on the first signal, and the buffer
unit outputs a first buffer signal obtained by buffering a signal based on the first amplified signal,

the output unit outputs a second signal based on electric charges obtained by adding electric charges accumulated in the first
photoelectric conversion unit and electric charges accumulated in the second photoelectric conversion unit, the amplification
unit outputs a second amplified signal obtained by amplifying a signal based on the second signal, and the buffer unit outputs
a second buffer signal obtained by buffering a signal based on the second amplified signal, and

a period, in which the switching unit keeps a path between the buffer unit and the capacitor element in the conductive state
to cause the capacitor element to hold the first buffer signal, is shorter than a period, in which the switching unit keeps
the electrical path between the buffer unit and the capacitor element in the conductive state to cause the capacitor element
to hold the second buffer signal.

US Pat. No. 9,471,013

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING HEAT GENERATING MEMBER INTO WHICH AN ALTERNATING-CURRENT WAVEFORM CORRESPONDING TO THE SUPPLIED POWER FLOWS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that forms an unfixed toner image on a recording material;
a fixing unit that heats the unfixed toner image formed on the recording material and fixes the unfixed toner image to the
recording material, the fixing unit having a heat generating member that generates heat with power supplied from a commercial
AC power supply;

a control unit that controls the supply of the power to the heat generating member from the commercial AC power supply according
to the temperature of the fixing unit, the control unit performing control so that an alternating-current waveform corresponding
to the supplied power flows into the heat generating member;

a power supply unit that generates a DC voltage from an AC voltage;
a voltage detecting unit that detects a voltage accumulated in a primary smoothing capacitor provided in the power supply
unit, and

an acquiring unit that acquires an output impedance of the commercial AC power supply, the acquiring unit acquires the output
impedance based on the difference between the output voltage of the voltage detecting unit when no power is supplied to the
heat generating member and the output voltage of the voltage detecting unit when power is supplied to the heat generating
member, wherein

the control unit uses a predetermined number of successive half-waves of an alternating current as one control cycle, sets
the supplied power corresponding to the temperature of the fixing unit every one control cycle, and performs control so that
an alternating-current waveform including both a phase control waveform and a wave-number control waveform flows into the
heat generating member during one control cycle,

the control unit is configured to select a first waveform table in which the alternating-current waveforms corresponding to
the supplied powers are set and a second waveform table in which alternating-current waveforms different from the alternating-current
waveforms set in the first waveform table are set,

the alternating-current waveforms set in the second waveform table are alternating-current waveforms in which the proportion
of phase control waveforms in one control cycle is larger than that in the first waveform table,

the control unit selects the first waveform table or the second waveform table according to the output impedance acquired
by the acquiring unit, and

the control unit selects the first waveform table when the output impedance is smaller than a reference value and selects
the second waveform table when the output impedance is larger than the reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,473,649

IMAGE READING APPARATUS WITH PUSH SCANNING, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus for optically reading an image, comprising:
an operation unit configured to cause a user to perform an operation;
a storage unit configured to store a condition, to execute reading of the image, which is set in accordance with the operation
on said operation unit;

a notification unit configured to notify an information processing apparatus, which is a transfer destination of image data
obtained by performing the reading, of an event of image reading in accordance with an instruction of the image reading on
said operation unit;

a reception unit configured to receive a command from an external apparatus;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the command received by said reception unit is an instruction responding
to the event notification by said notification unit from the information processing apparatus; and

a control unit configured to control, in a case where said determining unit determines that the command is the instruction
from the information processing apparatus, to start the image reading based on the condition stored in said storage unit in
advance before the instruction from the information processing apparatus, regardless of a reading condition set in the command.

US Pat. No. 9,470,958

LENS DRIVING APPARATUS, LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens driving apparatus comprising:
a lens holding member that holds a lens and has a first contact part and a second contact part;
a rack provided in the lens holding member and that transmits a motor driving force to the lens holding member;
a first guide part that contacts the first contact part and supports the lens holding member so as to be movable back and
forth in an optical axis direction of the lens;

a second guide part that contacts the second contact part and supports the lens holding member so as to be movable back and
forth in the optical axis direction, the second guide part being farther positioned apart from the rack than the first guide
part in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction; and

an energizing member that generates an energizing force in the direction orthogonal to the optical axis direction at a position
apart from the second contact part in a longitudinal direction of the second guide part,

wherein the energizing force energizes one end of the first contact part with respect to the first guide in a first direction
orthogonal to the optical axis direction and another end of the first contact part with respect to the first guide part in
a second direction opposite to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,465,341

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT DETECTS VARIATION IN ROTATION PERIOD OF ROTATING MEMBER AND PERFORMS MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a rotating member;
a forming unit for each of a plurality of colors used in image formation, configured to form a developer image on a photosensitive
member;

a transfer unit configured to transfer the developer image formed on the photosensitive member onto the rotating member or
a recording medium on the rotating member;

a driving unit configured to rotate the rotating member;
a period detection unit configured to detect a rotation period of the rotating member, the rotation period being a value regarding
a time duration while the rotating member rotates one rotation; and

a control unit configured to, according to a detection result detected by the period detection unit, obtain a variation in
the rotation period of the rotating member due to a change in the driving unit, and perform correction control for misregistration
in the developer image transferred onto the rotating member or onto the recording medium on the rotating member.

US Pat. No. 9,465,605

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS UPDATING OF FIRMWARE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that performs an update of a firmware comprising a plurality of update files and a content list
file that shows a combination of the plurality of files, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a memory device;
a processor;
a first acceptance unit configured to accept a first update instruction to perform an update of a first firmware in which
the plurality of files are respectively encrypted;

a first installation unit configured to, upon condition that the first update instruction is accepted by said first acceptance
unit, download the content list file from an external apparatus, identify at least one difference update file to be installed
in the image forming apparatus by comparing a list of files in the content list file and a list of files in the image forming
apparatus, download the identified difference update file from the external apparatus and decrypt the difference update file,
and install the difference update file in the image forming apparatus, wherein the difference update file includes at least
one package file including at least one file, the package file does not include all files in the content list file, and the
first update instruction is received from an authorized user;

a second acceptance unit configured to accept a second update instruction to perform an update of a second firmware in which
the plurality of update files and the content list file are put together in a single file and encrypted; and

a second installation unit configured to, upon condition that the second update instruction is accepted by said second acceptance
unit, download the second firmware in a single batch from the external apparatus and decrypt the second firmware, and install
a plurality of files included in the decrypted second firmware in the image forming apparatus,

wherein the first acceptance unit, the first installation unit, the second acceptance unit, and the second installation unit
are implemented by the processor executing at least one program stored in the memory device.

US Pat. No. 9,467,682

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an image acquiring unit configured to acquire an image of a measurement target object;
a first position and orientation acquiring unit configured to associate a first geometric feature of a three-dimensional model
with a first image feature corresponding to the first geometric feature within the image based on an approximate position
and orientation of the measurement target object and acquire a first position and orientation of the measurement target object
based on an association result; and

a second position and orientation acquiring unit configured to, based on the first position and orientation, associate a second
geometric feature of the three-dimensional model for determining an orientation component in a rotating direction around a
rotational center axis of the three-dimensional model with a second image feature corresponding to the second geometric feature,
and acquire a second position and orientation of the measurement target object by updating the first position and orientation
so that a distance between the second geometric feature and the second image feature that are associated with each other becomes
small.

US Pat. No. 9,463,618

LIQUID DISCHARGE SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND RECORDING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge substrate comprising:
a plurality of discharge elements;
a first transistor configured to form a common electric path with respect to the plurality of discharge elements; and
a plurality of second transistors configured to be controlled independently from each other, wherein
an electric path is formed from a first power supply node to a second power supply node in an order of the first transistor,
one of the plurality of discharge elements, and one of the plurality of second transistors so that the plurality of discharge
elements are driven by the plurality of second transistors independently from each other, and

the first transistor is disposed between the plurality of discharge elements and the plurality of second transistors.

US Pat. No. 9,463,621

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE AND LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising:
a discharge port from which liquid is discharged;
an energy generating element configured to generate energy for discharging the liquid from the discharge port;
an action chamber in which the energy generating element is provided;
a heating element having a shape with a longitudinal axis, including at least two heating surfaces exposed to the liquid,
and configured to heat the liquid to an extent such as not to discharge the liquid;

a first support portion configured to connect one end portion of the heating element and a wall of the action chamber;
a second support portion configured to support the other end portion of the heating element and the wall of the action chamber;
and

a third support portion configured to connect a portion between the one end portion and the other end portion and the wall
of the action chamber,

wherein a first through hole is formed by the heating element, the first support portion, the third support portion and the
wall of the action chamber, and a second through hole is formed by the heating element, the second support portion, the third
support portion and the wall of the action chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,463,941

SHEET SKEW FEEDING CORRECTION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet skew feeding correction device comprising:
a first sheet conveying portion that conveys a sheet;
a second sheet conveying portion that is disposed on a downstream side of the first sheet conveying portion in a sheet conveying
direction and conveys a sheet while nipping the sheet;

a moving member that includes a sheet stopping portion located at a position on an upstream side of a nip portion of the second
sheet conveying portion in the sheet conveying direction so as to stop a leading end of the sheet and is movable between a
first posture in which the sheet stopping portion stops the leading end of the sheet conveyed by the first sheet conveying
portion and a second posture which allows the passage of the sheet;

an urging portion that urges the moving member so that the sheet stopping portion is in the first posture; and
a controller configured to control the first sheet conveying portion and the second sheet conveying portion, and to perform
a first mode in which the leading end of the sheet conveyed by the first conveying portion abuts the sheet stopping portion
in the first posture and the sheet is nipped by the second conveying portion operating to convey the sheet while the sheet
moves the sheet stopping portion toward the second posture against the urging force of the urging portion, and to perform
a second mode in which the leading end of the sheet conveyed by the first conveying portion abuts the sheet stopping portion
in the first posture, the sheet moves the sheet stopping portion against the urging force of the urging portion, and the leading
end of the sheet abuts the nip portion of the stopped second sheet conveying portion so that a loop is formed in the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,467,586

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which is switchable between a first mode and a second mode, in the first mode, power is supplied
for performing image formation, and in the second mode, less power is consumed as compared to the power consumed in the first
mode, comprising:
a manual feed tray on which a sheet is placed;
a first detection unit configured to detect presence/absence of any sheet on the manual feed tray;
a second detection unit, including light emitting element and light receiving element, configured to detect reflected light
which is irradiated from the light emitting element by the light receiving element and to detect an approximate sheet length
of sheet placed on the manual feed tray in a conveying direction; and

a control unit configured to control not to turn on the light emitting element when the image forming apparatus is switched
to the first mode in a case where a factor to switch the mode to the first mode is a factor other than detection of a newly
placed sheet on the manual feed tray by the first detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,467,594

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS THAT SPECIFIES NETWORK, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, to which a telephone is configured to be hooked up, configured to communicate with a plurality
of networks, comprising:
a dial tone output unit configured to output, when the telephone is hooked up, a dial tone to the telephone in accordance
with dial tone setting information, the dial tone being set based on whether or not a connection to one or more of the plurality
of networks is available;

a detection unit configured to detect, when the dial tone is output to the telephone by the dial tone output unit, content
input by the telephone;

a storage unit configured to store registration information used for identifying each network of the plurality of networks;
and

an identification unit configured to identify a particular network for communication and an associated communication destination
based on the detected content, in accordance with the registration information,

wherein the content detected by the detection unit is a particular dial number,
wherein the registration information includes different dial numbers associated with each network of the plurality of networks,
and

wherein the identification unit is configured to identify, as the particular network for communication, a network which is
associated with the particular dial number in the registration information.

US Pat. No. 9,465,562

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
an image forming system;
a printing service system that enables communication with the image forming system; and
an information processing system that enables communication with the printing service system through a network,
wherein the information processing system includes at least a first processor and at least a first memory coupled to the at
least the first processor and having stored thereon first instructions which, when executed by the at least the first processor,
cause the information processing system to:

acquire data;
send the acquired data or printing data which is generated based on the acquired data to the printing service system;
receive printing identification information, which is required to print the acquired data, generated by the printing service
system from the printing service system;

create a printing notification, which includes the received printing identification information; and
send the printing notification to a communication device,
wherein the printing service system includes at least a second processor and at least a second memory coupled to the at least
the second processor and having stored thereon second instructions which, when executed by the at least the second processor,
cause the printing service system to:

send the printing data received from the information processing system, or printing data generated by the printing service
system based on the acquired data received from the information processing system, to the image forming system in response
to a receipt of the printing identification information input through a printing execution screen of the image forming system
by a user of the communication device that has received the printing notification,

wherein the image forming system includes at least a third processor and at least a third memory coupled to the at least the
third processor and having stored thereon third instructions which, when executed by the at least the third processor, cause
the image forming system to:

print the printing data received from the printing service system.

US Pat. No. 9,465,308

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus that performs imprint process for forming a pattern on a substrate using a mold, the imprint apparatus
comprising:
a mold stage configured to hold the mold;
a substrate stage, on which a reference mark is provided, configured to hold the substrate;
a detection optical system configured to detect a mold-side mark provided on the mold, the reference mark, and an alignment
mark provided on the substrate; and

a control unit configured to control a detection process including positioning of the mold stage and the substrate stage and
detection performed by the detection optical system for alignment of the mold and the substrate,

wherein the detection process
causes the detection optical system to detect the mold-side mark and the alignment mark in a first state in which the mold-side
mark and the alignment mark are spaced apart from each other and are in focus with respect to the detection optical system,
and

includes a process of detecting the mold-side mark and the reference mark, the process including a first detection process
in which the detection optical system is caused to detect the mold-side mark in a second state in which the substrate stage
is positioned such that the reference mark is located outside a field of view of the detection optical system and the mold
stage is positioned such that the mold-side mark is located in a focal plane of the detection optical system, and a second
detection process in which the detection optical system is caused to detect the reference mark in a third state in which the
mold stage is at a position where the mold-side mark is spaced apart from the focal plane of the detection optical system
and is out of focus with respect to the detection optical system, and the substrate stage is positioned such that the reference
mark is located inside the field of view of the detection optical system.

US Pat. No. 9,467,613

FOCUSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING FOCUSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focus detection apparatus comprising:
an image pickup element configured to generate a pair of image signals for focus detection by phase difference detection method,
wherein a plurality of focus detection regions are provided in a region on the image pickup element;

a detector configured to sequentially perform the focus detection for each focus detection region using the pair of image
signals corresponding to each focus detection region; and

an exposure controller configured to control an exposure value,
wherein the detector performs the focus detection based on a phase difference of the pair of image signals generated by sequentially
switching the plurality of focus detection regions, and

wherein the exposure controller fixes the exposure value, in response to an operation that instructs the focus detection,
while the detector performs the focus detection for the plurality of focus detection regions.

US Pat. No. 9,465,318

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER WITH TONER SEAL MEMBER, UNSEALING MEMBER, AND AUXILIARY UNSEALING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer container for accommodating developer, said developer container comprising:
a seal member for unsealably sealing an opening of said developer container;
an unsealing member, connected to an end portion of said seal member, for unsealing the opening; and
an auxiliary unsealing member for assisting unsealing by changing a pulling direction of said seal member by said unsealing
member,

wherein said auxiliary unsealing member includes a shaft portion or a projected portion,
wherein said shaft portion or said projected portion extends in a longitudinal direction of said developer container, and
wherein a feeding sheet is fixed on said unsealing member, and said seal member is fixed between said feeding sheet and said
unsealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,467,635

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that processes image data that is output from an image sensing device including a plurality
of pixels, comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether correction on image data that is output from each defective pixel is
necessary or not, based on lens aperture information of an image taking lens and defect grade information of each defective
pixel; and

a correction unit configured to perform the correction on the image data that is output from a defective pixel for which said
determination unit determines that correction is necessary,

wherein the determination unit determines whether correction on the image data that is output from the defective pixel is
necessary or not by referring to a table in which the lens aperture information and the defect grade information of each defective
pixel are associated with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,467,636

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device, comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a plurality of columns;
a plurality of comparators provided correspondingly to the respective columns, each receiving a reference signal;
a counter configured to generate a count signal that includes a plurality of bits, in synchronization with a first clock signal;
a synchronizer connected to a plurality of bit lines carrying the plurality of bits of the count signal, and configured to
synchronize the plurality of bits with a second clock signal to generate a synchronized count signal and to output the generated
synchronized count signal; and

a plurality of memories provided correspondingly to the respective comparators, the memories each being configured to store
the synchronized count signal from the synchronizer in response to a change in an output of the corresponding one of the comparators.

US Pat. No. 9,453,138

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink for ink jet, the ink comprising:
a coloring material; and
a water-soluble organic solvent,
wherein the coloring material includes a compound represented by the following general formula (III),
wherein the water-soluble organic solvent includes bis(2-hydroxyethyl)sulfone and 1,5-pentanediol,
wherein a content A (mass %) of the bis(2-hydroxyethyl)sulfone based on the total mass of the ink is 8.0 mass % or more and
12.0 mass % or less,

wherein a content B (mass %) of the 1,5-pentanediol based on the total mass of the ink is 1.0 mass % or more and 5.0 mass
% or less,

wherein a content C (mass %) of the compound represented by the general formula (III) based on the total mass of the ink is
0.1 mass % or more and 10.0 mass % or less, and

wherein a mass ratio (AB) of the content A (mass %) to the content B (mass %) is 2.5 times or more and 4.0 times or less:
in the general formula (III):
M's each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkali metal, ammonium, or an organic ammonium.

US Pat. No. 9,454,801

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR PROCESSING IMAGE, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that outputs a transformed image obtained by performing geometric transformation on an input
image, the image processing apparatus comprising:
an identification unit configured to identify, on the basis of inverse parameters of the geometric transformation, a plurality
of second sets of coordinates in the input image corresponding to a plurality of first sets of coordinates in the transformed
image located within a certain distance from a first set of coordinates;

a control unit configured to specify, among a plurality of third sets of coordinates located within the certain distance from
a second set of coordinates in the transformed image, one or more sets of coordinates that overlap the plurality of first
sets of coordinates in the transformed image located within the certain distance from the first set of coordinates, and to
determine, among the plurality of second sets of coordinates identified by the identification unit, one or more sets of coordinates
in the input image corresponding to the specified one or more sets of coordinates, and to cause a memory to store the specified
one or more sets of coordinates and the determined one or more sets of coordinates associated with each other; and

a generation unit configured to generate the transformed image by determining pixel values corresponding to the first set
of coordinates in the transformed image based on pixel values corresponding to the plurality of second sets of coordinates
identified by the identification unit, and pixel values corresponding to the second set of coordinates in the transformed
image based on pixel values corresponding to the sets of coordinates including the determined one or more sets of coordinates
in the input image stored in the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,450,002

DETECTING APPARATUS AND DETECTING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,399

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,443,173

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a feeding roller configured to feed a printing sheet;
a conveyance roller configured to convey the printing sheet fed by the feeding roller;
a printing unit configured to print the printing sheet conveyed by the conveyance roller;
a contact member arranged between the feeding roller and the conveyance roller, wherein a state of the contact member is changeable
by swinging when the contact member contacts the printing sheet;

a conveyance control unit configured to control conveyance of printing sheets so as to form an overlap state where a trailing
edge of a preceding sheet as a printing sheet precedingly fed and a leading edge of a succeeding sheet as a printing sheet
succeedingly fed overlap each other between the feeding roller and the conveyance roller; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether to convey the succeeding sheet to a position facing the printing unit
while keeping the overlap state or to convey the succeeding sheet to the position after canceling the overlap state based
on a state change of the contact member.

US Pat. No. 9,442,682

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

9. A method of an image processing apparatus, the method comprising:
accepting a request from a computer over a network;
processing an image processing job in response to the request;
generating session identification information for the computer which transmitted the request corresponding to the image processing
job;

transmitting to the computer a response on which the session identification information is set;
controlling, when the image processing apparatus has accepted a second request on which the session identification information
is set, the image processing job during processing in accordance with the accepted second request, and

inhibiting, when the image processing apparatus has accepted a third request on which the session identification information
is not set, a control of the image processing job during processing in accordance with the accepted third request, generating
new session identification information and transmitting the generated session identification information to the computer.

US Pat. No. 9,442,443

ROLLER HAVING CORE WITH AN ELASTIC LAYER INCLUDING TAPERED PORTION AND FIXING APPARATUS WITH SUCH ROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A roller used for a fixing apparatus, comprising:
a core;
a first elastic layer that is formed outside the core and includes a first tapered portion on an edge of the first elastic
layer in an axis direction; and

a second elastic layer that is formed outside the first elastic layer and includes a second tapered portion on an edge of
the second elastic layer in the axis direction on the same side as the first elastic layer, the second elastic layer having
hardness that is higher than hardness of the first elastic layer, wherein

a second start point, which is a start point of the second tapered portion, is set in a position closer to the center of the
roller in the axis direction than a first start point which is a start point of the first tapered portion.

US Pat. No. 9,442,551

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a wide IO memory device stacked on an SoC die that includes a CPU, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a temperature detection unit configured to detect temperatures of a plurality of memories that are included in the wide IO
memory device;

a specification unit configured to, at least in one case that the information processing apparatus transitions to a power
saving state, specify a memory to save information to be used after the information processing apparatus recovers from the
power saving state, wherein the memory having a lower temperature among the plurality of memories is specified based on the
temperatures detected by the temperature detection unit; and

a storage control unit configured to save the information to be used after the information processing apparatus recovers from
the power saving state in the memory specified by the specification unit, wherein the information is saved in the specified
memory before transition of the information processing apparatus to the power saving state.

US Pat. No. 9,438,764

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS WHICH EXTRACTS A CHARACTER STRING FROM A FILE NAME AND COLLATES IT WITH ADDRESS BOOK INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire a file from a file generation apparatus;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire address book information including a facsimile number from an apparatus having
a facsimile function;

an extraction unit configured to extract a character string from a filename of the file acquired by the first acquisition
unit; and

a collation unit configured to collate the character string extracted by the extraction unit with the address book information
acquired by the second acquisition unit to identify a facsimile number of a transmission destination of the acquired file,

wherein the extraction unit uses a naming rule file containing a plurality of different naming rules where each naming rule
is specified as enabled or disabled for identifying a predetermined position to extract the character string from the filename.

US Pat. No. 9,436,978

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for reducing line noise in an image, the apparatus comprising:
a processing unit configured to perform frequency decomposition processing on an input image to obtain frequency components
of the input image, and to perform weighted average processing in a direction along the line noise on the frequency components;

an extraction unit configured to extract line noise data of frequency components based on the weighted average processed frequency
components;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain noise-reduced frequency components by reducing line noise in the frequency components
based on the extracted line noise data; and

a reconstruction unit configured to reconstruct the noise-reduced frequency components obtained by the obtaining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,433,394

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A base apparatus comprising:
an accommodation unit configured to accommodate a radiation detection unit;
an obtainment unit configured to obtain temperature information of the radiation detection unit;
a restriction unit configured to restrict removal of the radiation detection unit from said accommodation unit in a case where
temperature of the radiation detection unit is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold, based on the temperature
information; and

a release unit configured to release a restriction on removal in a case where temperature of the radiation detection unit
is less than the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,436,138

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,437,684

METHOD OF PRODUCING MICROSTRUCTURE OF NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR AND PHOTONIC CRYSTAL PREPARED ACCORDING TO THE METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A structure comprising a substrate and a semiconductor layer including a nitride semiconductor,
wherein a hole is formed in the semiconductor layer,
wherein the hole comprises a first portion having a substantial prism shape formed of a plurality of faces substantially perpendicular
to an in-plane direction of the substrate and a second portion adjacently connected to the first portion and having a pyramid
or truncated pyramid shape formed of a plurality of faces being not perpendicular to the in-plane direction of the substrate
and inclined with respect to the in-plane direction of the substrate, and

wherein a crystallographic face of the nitride semiconductor is formed on at least a part of the plurality of faces constituting
the first portion of the hole and at least a part of the plurality of faces constituting the second portion of the hole.

US Pat. No. 9,436,419

SELECTIVELY PRINTING PORTIONS OF A WEB PAGE BASED ON USER SELECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,430,175

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a central processing unit and memory that stores instructions, wherein when instructions are executed by the central processing
unit, the central processing unit controls,

a first wireless communication unit having a memory, the first wireless communication unit configured to
communicate with an external communication apparatus by near field wireless communication;
store, in the memory, first information for establishing longer field wireless communication having a communication range
longer than a range of the near field wireless communication and which is read by the external communication apparatus; and

store, in the memory, second information for activating an access point included in the communication apparatus, wherein the
second information is stored to the memory of the first wireless communication unit by changing the stored first information
to the second information by the external apparatus;

a second wireless communication unit configured to communicate with the external apparatus which read the first information
by the longer field wireless communication if the access point is activated;

a setting unit configured to activate the access point included in the communication apparatus when the first information
stored in the memory is changed to the second information by the external apparatus; and

an update unit configured to update the memory of the first wireless communication unit from a state where the second information
is stored in the memory of the first wireless communication unit back to a state where the first information, which had been
changed to the second information, is stored in the memory of the first wireless communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,430,446

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM INCLUDING A FUNCTION FOR ESTABLISHING EXCEPTIONS APPLIED TO PRINT SETTINGS WHEN SPECIFIED CONDITIONS ARE MET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acceptance unit configured to accept selection of a page contained in a document file;
an extraction unit configured to extract, in a case where a selected page includes a print setting value different from a
print setting value included in another page, the print setting value from the document file;

a display unit configured to display a setting screen for registering content of an exception setting and application conditions
of the content of the exception setting as a template, wherein the setting screen is capable of setting the print setting
value extracted by the extraction unit as the application conditions; and

an application unit configured to apply, in a case where the template is selected to be applied to a loaded document file,
the exception setting to a page which satisfies the application conditions.

US Pat. No. 9,430,009

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING POWER USAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to, in a case where the electronic apparatus is requested to execute a process, determine
whether power consumption for executing the requested process is greater than a predetermined amount of power;

a notification unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the power consumption for executing
the requested process is greater than the predetermined amount of power, notify another electronic apparatus that the power
consumption for executing the requested process is greater than the predetermined amount of power by transmitting a power
reallocation notification; and

an execution unit configured to, after the notification unit notifies the other electronic apparatus that the power consumption
for executing the requested process is greater than the predetermined amount of power, execute the requested process,

wherein the other electronic apparatus, which has received the power reallocation notification from the notification unit
and has reallocated power to the electronic apparatus in response to the power reallocation notification, is limited from
sending a power reallocation notification in a case that the other electronic apparatus determines that the power consumption
for executing a requested another process is greater than a reduced amount of available power.

US Pat. No. 9,427,985

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,422,128

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a first rotator pair conveying a sheet;
a second rotator pair provided downstream, in a sheet conveying direction, of the first rotator pair; and
a sheet detecting portion detecting the sheet being conveyed in a sheet conveying path between the first and second rotator
pairs, the sheet detecting portion including:

a moving member configured to turn to a standby state in which at least part of the moving member protrudes into the sheet
conveying path and turn to a detection state in which the entire moving member retracts from the sheet conveying path;

a stopper against which the moving member abuts, the moving member being held in the standby state by abutting against the
stopper; and

a sensor configured to detect the turn of the moving member from the standby state to the detection state,
wherein the moving member turns from the standby state to the detection state by being pushed by a front end of the sheet
conveyed by the first rotator pair,

wherein the stopper is disposed to be closer to a nip portion of the second rotator pair than the sensor,
wherein the moving member returns from the detection state to the standby state in which the moving member is held by the
stopper before a rear end of the sheet reaches to the nip portion of the second rotator pair, and

wherein the second rotator pair is arranged such that a nip line of the second rotator pair, which is a tangential line of
the nip portion of the second rotator pair, does not intersect with the moving member in the standby state when viewed from
a direction of a rotation axis of the second rotator pair.

US Pat. No. 9,423,740

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,512

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed, each of the plurality of pixels including a converter configured
to accumulate charges corresponding to radiation;

a bias line configured to apply a bias potential to the converters of the plurality of pixels;
a detection circuit configured to detect a current flowing to the bias line; and
a control unit configured to detect a start of radiation irradiation to the pixel array based on an output from the detection
circuit and configured to control a charge accumulation operation of the plurality of pixels in accordance with the detection
of the start of radiation irradiation,

wherein the detection circuit includes a differential amplifier circuit and a feedback path and is configured to apply a potential
corresponding to a reference bias potential to the bias line,

the differential amplifier circuit includes a first input terminal to which the reference bias potential is applied, a second
input terminal to which the bias line is connected, and an output terminal, and the feedback path connects the output terminal
and the second input terminal, and

an impedance of the feedback path in a detection operation of detecting radiation irradiation is higher than the impedance
of the feedback path in a readout operation of a signal from the pixel array.

US Pat. No. 9,423,530

OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical element having an anti-reflection film formed on a substrate,
wherein the anti-reflection film comprises a concave-convex layer consisting of a concave-convex structure of which a space
filling factor is changed in a thickness direction, and

wherein the concave-convex layer comprises, in order from the substrate side:
a first region that has a thickness in the range of from 15 to 45 nm and a refractive index changing at a rate in the range
of from 4.4 to 12×10?3 nm?1;

a second region that has a thickness in the range of from 25 to 75 nm and a refractive index changing at a rate in the range
of from 1.9 to 4.3×10?3 nm?1; and

a third region that has a thickness in the range of from 120 to 200 nm and a refractive index changing at a rate in the range
of from 0.9 to 1.8×10?3 nm?1.

US Pat. No. 9,418,278

IMAGE ANALYSIS METHOD, CAMERA APPARATUS, CONTROL APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image analysis method for analyzing images captured by a plurality of cameras, the method comprising:
detecting a state of an object independently of results of analysis of images captured by the plurality of cameras; and
controlling analysis of images captured by the plurality of cameras concurrently capturing the object whose state has been
detected, according to the state of the object.

US Pat. No. 9,417,580

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of units configured to be controlled by a control unit;
a storage unit configured to store information indicating a unit requiring maintenance; and
a power supply unit configured to stop supplying power to the plurality of units in a case where a condition for shifting
the image forming apparatus to a power saving state is satisfied,

wherein the power supply unit is configured to supply power to the unit requiring maintenance indicated by the information
stored in the storage unit in a case where a condition for shifting the image forming apparatus to a standby state is satisfied.

US Pat. No. 9,420,179

OPTICAL DEVICE FOR PERFORMING IMAGE BLUR COMPENSATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,417,338

RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation image pickup apparatus comprising:
an image pickup panel in which a plurality of image pickup substrates are fixed onto a base, each of the image pickup substrates
including a plurality of photoelectric-conversion elements;

a scintillator portion which includes a scintillator layer of alkali halide-based columnar crystal and is overlaid on the
image pickup panel; and

a moisture-proof layer provided between the base and the scintillator layer, at least between the plurality of image pickup
substrates,

wherein water vapor permeability of the moisture-proof layer is 10 g/m2/day or less, and

the scintillator portion further includes a scintillator protection layer to cover the scintillator layer together with the
moisture-proof layer.

US Pat. No. 9,418,630

IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A system comprising:
a display apparatus; and
an image processing apparatus which connects with the display apparatus via a first wireless access point, wherein the display
apparatus comprises:

an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of physical space; and
a first transmitter configured to transmit the image of physical space to the image processing apparatus via the first wireless
access point,

wherein the image processing apparatus comprises:
a first receiver configured to receive the image of physical space from the display apparatus via the first wireless access
point;

a computer that functions as:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a position and an orientation of the display apparatus;
a generation unit configured to generate a virtual image based on the obtained position and orientation of the display apparatus;
and

a synthesizing unit configured to generate a synthesized image by synthesizing the image of physical space with the virtual
image; and

a second transmitter configured to transmit the synthesized image to the display apparatus via the first wireless access point,
and

wherein the display apparatus further comprises:
a second receiver configured to receive the synthesized image from the image processing apparatus via the first wireless access
point; and

a display configured to, when the display apparatus moves in a communication area of the first wireless access point, display
the synthesized image, and when the display apparatus goes out of the communication area of the first wireless access point,
display the image of physical space captured by the image capturing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,411,123

OPTICAL APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical apparatus comprising:
a base member including a first rotation limiting end and a second rotation limiting end;
a cylindrical member rotatable relative to the base member in a circumferential direction;
an abutting member fixed on the cylindrical member, capable of abutting on each of the first and second rotation limiting
ends, and rotatable, along with the cylindrical member, between the first and second rotation limiting ends;

a first rolling support member supported on the base member to support the cylindrical member, rollable around an axis parallel
to a rotation center axis of the cylindrical member, and movable in a direction orthogonal to the rotation center axis;

a biasing member configured to bias the first rolling support member from the base member toward the cylindrical member; and
second rolling support members fixed on the base member to support the cylindrical member, rollable around axes parallel to
the rotation center axis, and fixed in directions orthogonal to the rotation center axis,

wherein the first rolling support member is disposed in a third region where a first region and a second region in a region
around the rotation center axis overlap each other, the first region is closer to the abutting member with reference to a
line connecting the rotation center axis with a first abutting portion where the abutting member abuts on the first rotation
limiting end, and the second region is closer to the abutting member with reference to a line connecting the rotation center
axis with a second abutting portion where the abutting member abuts on the second rotation limiting end, and

wherein at least one of the second rolling support members is disposed in a fourth region, at least another of the second
rolling support members is disposed in a fifth region, the fourth region is closer to the first rotation limiting end with
reference to the line connecting the rotation center axis with the first abutting portion where the abutting member abuts
on the first rotation limiting end, and the fifth region is closer to the second rotation limiting end with reference to the
line connecting the rotation center axis with the second abutting portion where the abutting member abuts on the second rotation
limiting end.

US Pat. No. 9,411,124

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,260

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPING BIAS AND SUPPLY BIAS APPLICATION UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming an image on a recording material, comprising:
a developer bearing member, located in a developing chamber, that bears developer and develops an electrostatic latent image
formed on an image bearing member;

a developing bias application unit that applies a developing bias to the developer bearing member;
a developer supply member that makes contact with the developer bearing member in a contact region and supplies the developer
to the developer bearing member in the developing chamber;

a developer accommodating chamber which is located below the developing chamber and has a developer conveying member for conveying
the developer to the developing chamber; and

a supply bias application unit that applies a supply bias to the developer supply member,
wherein the developer bearing member and the developer supply member move in the same direction in the contact region,
wherein during an image formation period from a start of image formation until an end of image formation in an image forming
operation for forming an image on one recording material,

the developing bias application unit applies a developing bias to the developer bearing member and the supply bias application
unit applies a supply bias to the developer supply member so that, at the start of image formation, an absolute value of the
developing bias is greater than an absolute value of the supply bias, and in a center or latter half of the image formation
period, the developing bias and the supply bias have equal potential, and then the absolute value of the developing bias becomes
smaller than the absolute value of the supply bias, until the end of image formation.

US Pat. No. 9,409,735

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a sheet conveying portion configured to convey a sheet;
a sheet stacking portion on which the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying portion is stacked;
an endless belt configured to convey the sheet by coming in contact with an upper surface of the sheet stacked on the sheet
stacking portion;

an aligning portion configured to align a position of the sheet in a sheet conveying direction of the sheet by abutting against
an end of the sheet conveyed by the endless belt;

a drive rotating member configured to rotate the endless belt while being in contact with the endless belt;
a shaft extending in a direction orthogonal to the sheet conveying direction;
a supporting portion configured to be swingable about the shaft, rotatably supporting the drive rotating member, and supporting
the endless belt through the drive rotating member; and

a lifting portion configured to raise and lower the endless belt by swinging the supporting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,413,841

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An image processing method in an image processing system for performing image processing on an input image, the method
comprising:
analyzing input image data and determining a device that has input the input image data;
selectively performing image processing on the input image data based on a result of the determining;
classifying the input image data by using image data on which image processing is selectively performed; and
determining a URL destination at the time of an access by a user in accordance with a result of the classifying,
wherein the image data on which the image processing is selectively performed is subjected to processing in accordance with
instructions from a display screen of the determined URL destination and a result of the processing is saved.

US Pat. No. 9,412,055

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT SELECTIVELY STORES PRINT DATA IN A CACHE MEMORY TO A SECONDARY MEMORY DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
at least one controller;
a cache memory configured to store print data;
a secondary storage device configured to store the print data stored in the cache memory;
a storage instruction transmission unit configured to transmit an instruction for storing the print data stored in the cache
memory into the secondary storage device;

a storage processing execution unit configured to, upon receipt of the instruction transmitted by said storage instruction
transmission unit, execute storage processing for storing the print data stored in the cache memory into the secondary storage
device; and

a disabling unit configured to disable execution of the storage processing by said storage processing execution unit, in response
to the instruction transmitted by said storage instruction transmission unit being received after printing of the print data
has been normally terminated, and to notify completion of storing the print data stored in the cache memory into the secondary
storage device even though the print data stored in the cache memory is not stored into the secondary storage device due to
the disabled execution of the storage processing,

wherein the storage instruction transmission unit, the storage processing execution unit, and the disabling unit are implemented
by the at least one controller.

US Pat. No. 9,405,938

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR RELEASING RESTRICTION ON USE OF STORAGE DEVICE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a data storage hardware device configured to store data, the data storage hardware device having a lock function with which
access to the data is restricted unless a password previously set is input, the password being a password generated according
to a first password generation algorithm, based on identification information of the data storage hardware device;

a password storage hardware unit configured to store the password;
a program storage hardware unit configured to store a program; and
a controller configured to release the lock function, using the password which has been stored in the password storage hardware
unit,

wherein the controller is configured to newly generate a password based on the identification information of the data storage
hardware device, and after releasing the lock function using the password which has been stored in the password storage hardware
unit, replace a previous password with the newly generated password and control the password storage hardware unit to store
the newly generated password,

wherein the controller is configured to newly generate the password by executing the program in the program storage hardware
unit, and

wherein the program is rewritable and the controller is configured to execute a re-written program to newly generate the password.

US Pat. No. 9,403,653

CONVEYING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND SHEET FEEDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying apparatus comprising:
a supporting unit configured to rotatably support a roll around which a sheet is wound;
a conveying unit configured to convey the sheet pulled out from the roll supported by the supporting unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a rotation amount of the roll supported by the supporting unit;
a driving unit configured to give a rotational driving force to the roll supported by the supporting unit, the driving unit
comprising a motor and a transfer mechanism configured to transfer an output from the motor to the roll; and

a control unit configured to control the driving unit based on a detection result of the detection unit,
wherein the control unit sets a control amount for the driving unit in accordance with a rotation phase of the roll in order
to adjust a tension of the sheet between the roll and the conveying unit, and

the control unit sets the control amount for each of a plurality of rotation phase areas obtained by dividing an angle range
of one rotation of the roll.

US Pat. No. 9,407,784

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a reconfigurable circuit in which functional blocks that perform image processing
can be reconfigured, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a memory device configured to store in advance configuration data, for each plurality of the functional blocks, for configuring
the functional blocks in the reconfigurable circuit; and

a CPU coupled to the memory device, wherein the CPU is programmed to function as:
a first receiving unit configured to receive a designation of a job to be executed;
a first reconfiguration unit configured to read out, from the memory device, necessary configuration data for executing the
designated job before receiving a start instruction of the job, and reconfigure the reconfigurable circuit;

a second receiving unit configured to receive a setting value designated for executing the designated job;
a second reconfiguration unit configured to read out, from the memory device, necessary configuration data for executing the
designated job using the designated setting value before receiving a start instruction of the job, and reconfigure the reconfigurable
circuit by updating the reconfigurable circuit reconfigured by the first reconfiguration unit; and

a job execution unit configured to execute the job by executing a processing using the reconfigurable circuit reconfigured
by the second reconfiguration unit when accepting the start instruction of the job.

US Pat. No. 9,405,224

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER WITH FLEXIBLE MEMBERS FORMING INJECTION OPENING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating developer for image formation, said developer accommodating container
comprising:
a first flexible member having a folded shape; and
a second flexible member bonded to said first flexible member,
wherein an injection opening is formed between bonded portions of said first flexible member and said second flexible member
for permitting a developer injecting nozzle to be inserted between said first flexible member and said second flexible member
in a vertical direction, and

wherein said folded shape does not cross a plane that extends in the vertical direction through said bonded portions of said
first flexible member and said second flexible member and a plane that extends in a horizontal direction through said bonded
portions of said first flexible member and said second flexible member.

US Pat. No. 9,407,810

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,407,822

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF REDUCING TIME TAKEN TO DISPLAY IMAGE ON DISPLAY AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having photoelectric conversion elements as pixels and a lens array in which a plurality of lenses are two-dimensionally
arrayed in a matrix pattern on the photoelectric conversion elements, which is arranged to make light transmitted through
each lens of said lens array be incident on a plurality of pixels;

a display unit configured to display video data read out from said image sensor;
a recording unit configured to record the video data read out from said image sensor;
a readout control unit which has a first readout mode of reading out video data of pixels in first regions coinciding with
a position relative to each lens of said lens array from said image sensor and a second readout mode of reading out video
data of pixels in second regions other than the first regions from said image sensor; and

a control unit configured to perform control, after reading out video data from said image sensor in the first readout mode,
to read out video data from said image sensor in the second readout mode and display, on said display unit, a video obtained
from the video data read out in the first readout mode, and to record the video data read out in the first and the second
readout modes on said recording unit.

US Pat. No. 9,407,611

NETWORK SYSTEM, MANAGEMENT SERVER SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR TENANT TRANSITION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising:
a management server system that manages a plurality of network devices; and
an agent device that is provided in a site network including the plurality of network devices and communicates with the management
server system,

wherein the management server system comprises:
a first processor; and
a first memory including first instructions that, when executed by the first processor, cause the first processor to:
manage identification information about the agent device and current authentication information for communication between
the management server system and the agent device by associating the identification information and the current authentication
information with a first tenant;

accept a transition instruction for transition from the first tenant to a second tenant of the agent device;
generate symmetric keys including a first key and a second key in accordance with the accepted transition instruction, wherein
information, including the generated first key and the identification information about the agent device, is managed in association
with the second tenant serving as a transition destination;

transmit, in response to a query from the agent device, a response including information about the second tenant serving as
the transition destination and the generated second key;

upon reception of a transition request for transition to the second tenant, verify first signature information included in
the transition request using the first key which is managed in association with the second tenant;

upon successful verification of the first signature information, transmit, to the agent device, new authentication information
for communication between the management server system and the agent device;

delete the identification information about the agent device and the current authentication information associated with the
first tenant in response to receipt of a successful transition notification from the agent device, and

wherein the agent device comprises:
a second processor; and
a second memory including second instructions that, when executed by the second processor, cause the second processor to:
send the query to the management server system;
receive the response based on the query; and
transmit, to the management server system, a transition request for transition to the second tenant, the transition request
including second signature information using the second key included in the response.

US Pat. No. 9,405,370

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,401,116

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,400,396

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT AND IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,400,458

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member that bears a toner image;
a transfer member that forms a transfer portion between the image bearing member and the transfer member and transfers the
toner image from the image bearing member to a recording material at the transfer portion;

a transfer power supply that applies a transfer voltage to the transfer member;
a neutralization member that is disposed further toward a downstream side than the transfer member in a direction of conveying
the recording material so as to neutralize the recording material;

a neutralization power supply that applies a neutralization voltage to the neutralization member;
a first detection device that detects a current flowing in the neutralization member; and
a control unit that controls at least the neutralization power supply, wherein
the control unit changes a current value detected by the first detection device by changing a potential difference between
the transfer voltage and the neutralization voltage and stores as a first potential difference the potential difference when
the value detected by the first detection device exceeds a threshold, and

the control unit executes neutralization control of controlling the neutralization voltage applied when neutralizing the recording
material, based on the stored first potential difference and the transfer voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,402,063

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,402,069

DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DEPTH MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A depth measurement apparatus, comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup device which includes pixels each having a photoelectric conversion unit for receiving a light flux that has
passed through a first pupil region of the imaging optical system and a photoelectric conversion unit for receiving a light
flux that has passed through a second pupil region, that is different from the first pupil region, of the imaging optical
system;

a reading unit that is shared by a plurality of photoelectric conversion units in the pixels; and
a control unit configured to control a ranging operation,
wherein the control unit is configured such that:
a signal charge accumulated in a first photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units
is transferred to the reading unit, and a first signal corresponding to the signal charge accumulated in the first photoelectric
conversion unit is output,

a signal charge accumulated in a second photoelectric conversion unit among the plurality of photoelectric conversion units
that is different from the first photoelectric conversion unit is transferred to the reading unit, and a second signal corresponding
to a sum of the signal charges accumulated in the first and second photoelectric conversion units is output,

the first photoelectric conversion unit is, out of the photoelectric conversion units of a pixel including the photoelectric
conversion unit for receiving the light flux that has passed through the first pupil region and the photoelectric conversion
unit for receiving the light flux that has passed through the second pupil region, the photoelectric conversion unit which
receives light flux with a relatively higher transmittance in a travel path from an object to the pixel,

a first image signal is obtained by performing noise reduction processing to an image signal based on the first signal,
a second image signal is obtained by performing noise reduction processing to an image signal based on the second signal,
and

a third image signal corresponding to the signal charge accumulated in the second photoelectric conversion unit is obtained
by subtracting the first image signal from the second image signal, and a distance to the object is measured based on an image
shift amount of parallax images respectively obtained from the first image signal and the third image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,394,132

CONVEYING DEVICE AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,395,470

MOLDED-ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD, MOLD, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT INCLUDING FRESNEL LENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A molded-article manufacturing method that transfers shapes of a center-portion transfer shape surface, a side wall surface,
and a frame-portion transfer shape surface provided in a cavity onto resin by injecting gas and the resin into the cavity,
the method comprising:
inserting and fitting a center-portion molding member having the center-portion transfer shape surface and the side wall surface
in a frame-portion molding member, the center-portion molding member or the frame-portion molding member having the frame-portion
transfer shape surface to form a part of the cavity,

wherein the center-portion molding member has a groove portion on the side wall surface, the groove portion extending from
the center-portion transfer shape surface and protruding from the frame-portion transfer shape surface; and

sealing a portion, of the side wall surface, from the groove portion to the frame-portion transfer shape surface, with the
resin before the shape of the center-portion transfer shape surface is transferred onto the resin, to form, between the center-portion
transfer shape surface and the resin, a space in which the gas is confined.

US Pat. No. 9,397,298

ORGANIC COMPOUND, ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic compound represented by the following general formula (1);

wherein in the formula (1), R1 to R20 are each independently a hydrogen atom or a substituent selected from, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl
group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted
aryl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group.

US Pat. No. 9,395,648

TONER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner accommodating container attachable to and detachable from an image forming apparatus, the toner accommodating container
comprising:
an accommodation portion that contains toner;
an opening portion;
an opening-closing member movable to open and close the opening portion; and
an urging member that urges the opening-closing member so that the opening-closing member closes the opening portion in a
state in which the toner accommodating container is detached from the image forming apparatus,

wherein the toner accommodating container is pulled into a main body of the image forming apparatus by using the urging force
of the urging member in a case where the detached toner accommodating container from the image forming apparatus is attached
to the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,389,514

DRAWING METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of determining a layout of a plurality of cut patterns used for a drawing method of drawing the plurality of cut
patterns based on the determined layout using a charged particle beam drawing apparatus, the determining method comprising
the steps of:
determining a layout of the plurality of cut patterns based on a plurality of first linear patterns arranged to extend in
a first direction and aligned at a predetermined pitch P in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction so that
the plurality of cut patterns satisfy Ai

=m1X (m1 =1, 2, 3,. . . ),

wherein the plurality of cut patterns include plural pairs each having cut patterns adjacent to each other in the second direction,
wherein Ai is an interval in the second direction between the centers of each pair i of cut patterns adjacent to each other
in the second direction, i is a number that identifies the pair, and X is a dimension defined by the pitch P, and

wherein the interval of one pair, among the plural pairs, in the second direction, is different from the interval of another
pair, among the plural pairs, in the second direction,

wherein the drawing method comprises a step of drawing the plurality of cut patterns on the plurality of first linear patterns
based on the determined layout using the charged particle beam drawing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,388,264

METHOD FOR PRODUCING RESIN COMPOSITION AND RESIN COMPOSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,578

IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording medium, the image-forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a cartridge to which a protection member is detachably attached,
wherein the protection member protects the cartridge in a state being attached to the cartridge,
a movable member, including an attachment portion for attachment of the cartridge, configured to be movable relative to the
apparatus main body in a state such that the cartridge is attached to the attachment portion, the movable member being able
to be in an inside position located inside the apparatus main body where the cartridge is in a state such that image forming
is executable, and in an outside position located outside the apparatus main body where the cartridge is in a state of being
attachable to and detachable from the attachment portion;

an engagement member, provided in the cartridge, configured to be movable to an engagement position where an engagement state
of the protection member with the cartridge is secured by the engagement member engaging with the protection member, and to
a release position where engagement between the protection member and the engagement member is released and removal of the
protection member from the cartridge is allowed; and

a release member configured to move the engagement member from the engagement position to the release position by abutting
the engagement member, when the cartridge is attached to the attachment portion,

wherein the image forming apparatus is capable of executing an image forming in a state that the cartridge removed with the
protection member is mounted on the movable member and the movable member is located at the inside position.

US Pat. No. 9,387,607

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for forming a pattern of an imprint material on a substrate using a mold, the apparatus comprising:
a substrate holding mechanism configured to be divided into a plurality of areas, capable of varying an attracting force for
attracting the substrate in each of the plurality of the areas and holding the substrate; and

a control unit;
wherein the control unit is configured to perform contacting and separating operations forming patterns not adjacent to one
another in a first area of the plurality of the areas, and then perform reducing the attracting force in the first area to
a level below the attracting force at the time of the separating operations while holding the substrate in at least one other
area of the plurality of the areas, and then increasing the attracting force in the first area.

US Pat. No. 9,387,615

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,392,244

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,389,427

OPTICAL SYSTEM AND PROJECTION DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,386,251

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE IN WHICH COMPARISON START TIMES ARE CONTROLLED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
a plurality of pixels that each includes
a photoelectric conversion unit that generates signal charges,
an analog signal output unit that outputs an analog signal based on the signal charges, and
an analog-digital conversion unit, that includes a comparison unit for outputting a comparison result signal obtained by comparing
the analog signal with a reference signal, and converts the analog signal into a digital signal based on the comparison result
signal; and

a control unit that controls timings of starting operations of comparing the analog signal with the reference signal to be
different among the plurality of comparison units to which power supply voltage is applied through a common line,

wherein a part of a period in which a part of the plurality of comparison units each compares the analog signal with the reference
signal overlaps with a part of a period in which another part of the plurality of comparison units each compares the analog
signal with the reference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,377,984

PREVIEW SCREEN FOR PROCESSING AND MANIPULATING DOCUMENT DATA FOR WHICH PRINT PROCESSING HAS ALREADY BEEN PERFORMED AND DOCUMENT DATA FOR WHICH PRINT PROCESSING IS TO BE NEWLY PERFORMED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing method executed by an information processing apparatus, the information processing method comprising:
displaying a preview screen; and
selecting a storing function in accordance with an instruction input in the preview screen,
wherein information of document data and a preview image of the document data are displayed in the preview screen,
wherein if the storing function is selected, the information of the document data is displayed in the preview screen after
printing for the document data, and if the storing function is not selected, the information of the document data is not displayed
in the preview screen after printing for the document data, and

wherein if first information of first document data for which print processing has already been performed or second information
of second document data for which print processing is to be newly performed is selected in accordance with an instruction
input via the preview screen and print setting information is changed, print setting information of document data corresponding
to the selected information is changed and print setting information of document data corresponding to information not selected
is not changed.

US Pat. No. 9,377,738

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,380,577

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COLLABORATIVE DATA COMMUNICATION IN A RADIO NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,379,310

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,376,553

ORGANIC-INORGANIC COMPOSITE MOLDED PRODUCT AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic-inorganic composite molded product comprising:
inorganic fine particles having hydrophilic surfaces, which are surface-modified with a functional group at least having an
amino group; and

a poly(methyl methacrylate),
wherein the molded product has a coefficient of linear expansion in a range of 20 to 60 degrees Celsius of 20*10?6 to ?80*10?6/degree Celsius; and

wherein the average primary particle diameter of the inorganic fine particles is 1to 15 nm, and the content of the inorganic
fine particles is 35 to 80 vol %.

US Pat. No. 9,379,665

OSCILLATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A terahertz wave oscillator comprising:
a negative resistance element;
a resonator including a first conductor, a second conductor, and a dielectric; and
a transmission line configured to supply a bias voltage to the negative resistance element, wherein
the negative resistance element and the dielectric are disposed between the first conductor and the second conductor,
wherein the first conductor and the transmission line are connected at a node of an electric field of terahertz waves having
oscillation frequency fosc and standing in the resonator, and

wherein the node of the electric field of the terahertz waves is a region where intensity of the electric field of the terahertz
waves standing in the resonator is equal to or lower than 1/e2 of a maximum field intensity, “e ” representing a base of a natural logarithm.

US Pat. No. 9,377,677

GENERATING METHOD, CREATING METHOD, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a plurality of originals for use in multiple exposures, in which a single-layer pattern is formed
on a substrate by exposing the substrate a plurality of times, in an exposure apparatus including an illumination optical
system which illuminates an original, and a projection optical system which projects a pattern of the original onto a substrate,
the method comprising:
generating data of patterns of the plurality of originals by a computer, and
forming a pattern on the plurality of originals based on the generated data,
wherein the generating comprising:
a first step of generating a map by sequentially defining as a pattern element of interest a plurality of pattern elements
of a temporary target pattern corresponding to a pattern to be formed on the substrate, and mapping positions of pattern elements
other than the pattern element of interest relative to the pattern element of interest using a position of the pattern element
of interest as an origin;

a second step of selecting pattern elements with a periodicity from the map generated in the first step, and determining an
effective source in a pupil plane of the projection optical system corresponding to an array pattern of the selected pattern
elements among a plurality of predetermined effective sources;

a third step of postulating a pupil filter which transmits light in a region with an intensity value larger than a predetermined
value in the effective source determined in the second step, on a pupil plane of the projection optical system;

a fourth step of calculating an intensity distribution formed on an image plane of the projection optical system by the light
having passed through the pupil filter, postulated in the third step, when the effective source determined in the second step
illuminates the plurality of pattern elements of the temporary target pattern in the first step placed on an object plane
of the projection optical system;

a fifth step of specifying a peak position where an intensity has a peak in the intensity distribution calculated in the fourth
step;

a sixth step of extracting a first pattern element corresponding to the peak position, specified in the fifth step, from the
plurality of pattern elements of the temporary target pattern in the fourth step; and

a seventh step of generating data on a pattern including the first pattern element extracted in the sixth step as data on
a pattern of one original of the plurality of originals,

wherein a cycle including the first step to the seventh step is repeated using a pattern including a second pattern element
obtained by excluding the first pattern element extracted in the sixth step from the plurality of pattern elements of the
temporary target pattern in the fourth step as a new temporary target pattern, and the repetition is ended in a round of the
cycle, in which a number of the second pattern element becomes zero.

US Pat. No. 9,370,307

SUBJECT INFORMATION ACQUISITION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoacoustic imaging device comprising:
a patient support member having an upper support surface and configured to support a patient in a prone position;
a pair of holding plates, each plate having a holding surface so as to sandwich a breast of the patient therebetween;
a movable probe located on one plate of the pair of holding plates in opposition to a corresponding holding surface of an
other plate of the pair of holding plates, the movable probe being configured to be movable along the one plate of the pair
of holding plates and configured to detect an acoustic wave generated at a first region of the breast and propagated through
the one plate of the pair of holding plates;

a scanning mechanism configured to move the movable probe along the one plate of the pair of holding plates so as to change
a distance between the patient and the movable probe;

a holding plate support located beneath the patient support member and configured to support the one plate of the pair of
holding plates; and

a stationary probe provided to detect an acoustic wave generated at a second region of the breast,
wherein the holding plate support is located closer to the patient support member than the movable probe so as to restrict
an upper scanning region of the movable probe, and

wherein the stationary probe is located between the patient support member and the holding plate support such that the second
region of the breast is located closer to the patient support member than the first region.

US Pat. No. 9,373,658

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a solid-state image pickup apparatus including a photoelectric conversion portion, a first transistor
and a second transistor, comprising:
forming a first insulating film on the photoelectric conversion portion, the first transistor, and the second transistor;
removing the first insulating film on the second transistor while leaving the first insulating film on the photoelectric conversion
portion and the first transistor;

forming a protection film on the photoelectric conversion portion, the first transistor, and the second transistor so as to
cover the first insulating film;

removing the protection film on the second transistor while leaving the protection film on the photoelectric conversion portion
and the first transistor;

forming a silicide region on the second transistor after the removing the protection film;
forming a second insulating film on the photoelectric conversion portion, the first transistor, and the second transistor
having the silicide region so as to cover the protection film;

removing the second insulating film on the first transistor while leaving the second insulating film on the second transistor;
forming a third insulating film on the photoelectric conversion portion, the first transistor, and the second transistor so
as to cover the first insulating film and the second insulating film;

forming a first contact hole, in the third insulating film, corresponding to a first contact plug configured to electrically
connect with the first transistor; and

forming a second contact hole, in the third insulating film, corresponding to a second contact plug configured to electrically
connect with the second transistor,

wherein the first insulating film functions as an etching stop film in the forming the first contact hole and the second insulating
film functions as an etching stop film in the forming the second contact hole.

US Pat. No. 9,372,651

PROCESSING DOCUMENTS IN A HOT FOLDER FOR PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a creating unit configured to create a folder by designating on whether a print setting file is associated with the folder
or not;

a detection unit configured to detect a file stored in the folder created by the creating unit;
a processing unit configured to process the file detected by the detection unit; and
a control unit configured to control, in a case where said detection unit detects the file stored in the folder, the processing
unit to suspend operation for a predetermined period of time without processing the file,

wherein the control unit controls the processing unit to process the file in a case where the file is not in a locked state
and the predetermined period of time has elapsed, and

wherein, in a case where the folder is created by designating that the print setting file is associated with the folder, the
processing unit processes data to be printed which is stored in the folder, as the file to be processed by the processing
unit, and in a case where the folder is created by designating that the print setting file is not associated with the folder,
the processing unit processes the print setting file and corresponding data to be printed that are stored in the folder, as
the file to be processed by the processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,372,419

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
a conductive layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the conductive layer,
wherein:
the conductive layer comprises:
a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus,
a tin oxide particle doped with phosphorus, and
a binding material; and
when a total volume of the conductive layer is represented by VT, a total volume of the titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus in the conductive layer is represented
by V1P, and a total volume of the tin oxide particle doped with phosphorus in the conductive layer is represented by V2P, the VT, the V1P, and the V2P satisfy the following expressions (1) and (2)

2?{(V2P/VT)/(V1P/VT)}×100?25  (1)

15?{(V1P/VT)+(V2P/VT)}×100?45  (2).

US Pat. No. 9,372,424

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising:
magnetic toner particles, each of which contains
a binder resin,
a magnetic material and
a release agent; and
silica fine particles,
wherein the magnetic toner has a thermal conductivity in the range of 0.230 to 0.270 W/(m·K),
primary particles of the silica fine particles have a number-average particle diameter (D1) in the range of 5 to 20 nm,
the coverage X1 of the magnetic toner surface by the silica fine particles ranges from 40% to 75% by area, as determined using
an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (ESCA), and

the diffusion index represented by the following formula 1 satisfies the following formula 2:
Diffusion index=X1/X2  (1)

Diffusion index??0.0042×X1+0.62  (2)

wherein X2 denotes the theoretical coverage of the magnetic toner surface by the silica fine particles.

US Pat. No. 9,372,456

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, the roller having a region where a diameter
of the roller gradually increases in a direction from a central portion to each of end portions of the roller with respect
to a generatrix direction of 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 the generatrix direction,
that is provided on at least one of an upstream side and a downstream side in the nip portion in a conveying direction of
the recording material, and

wherein end portions of the protruding portion in the generatrix direction are positioned at a larger distance from a center
of the nip portion in the conveying direction than a central portion of the protruding portion in the generatrix direction.

US Pat. No. 9,372,462

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
a transfer member for forming a transfer portion for transferring the toner image from said image bearing member onto a recording
material;

a constant voltage source for applying, to said transfer member, a transfer voltage for transferring the toner image onto
the recording material and a returning voltage, opposite in polarity to the transfer voltage, for returning the toner image
from said transfer member to said image bearing member;

an executing portion capable of executing continuous image formation in a continuous image forming period in which the transfer
voltage is applied to said transfer member when an image region of said image bearing member where the toner image is to be
transferred onto the recording material passes through the transfer portion and in which the returning voltage is applied
to said transfer member at a part of a time when an inter-image region of said image bearing member between an image and a
subsequent image passes through the transfer portion, said executing portion being capable of selectively executing an operation
in a first mode in which image formation is executed at a first speed and an operation in a second mode in which the image
formation is effected at a speed slower than the first speed; and

a setting portion for setting a falling time from transfer voltage falling start timing toward the returning voltage until
a current flowing through said transfer member is zero, wherein said setting portion sets the falling time in the operation
in the second mode so as to be longer than the falling time in the operation in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,372,292

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,369,623

REMOTE-CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A remote-control apparatus which remotely controls an image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with the image capturing apparatus;
a reception unit configured to receive video data and a parameter obtained at the time of shooting of video from the image
capturing apparatus via the communication unit;

a display unit configured to display the video data;
a designation unit configured to designate an area of the video displayed by the display unit;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire predetermined information from video data of the area designated by the designation
unit; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the predetermined information and the parameter to the image capturing apparatus
via the communication unit.

US Pat. No. 9,367,901

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD TO GENERATE IMAGES BASED ON ADJUSTED GAIN COEFFICIENTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a frequency component generation unit configured to generate a plurality of frequency component images based on an original
image;

a coefficient acquisition unit configured to acquire gain coefficients for applying gain correction to at least one of the
plurality of frequency component images;

a detection unit configured to detect edge information of the plurality of frequency component images based on the gain coefficients
acquired by the coefficient acquisition unit for the plurality of frequency component images;

a gain adjustment unit configured to adjust gain coefficients of the plurality of frequency component images based on the
acquired gain coefficients and the edge information; and

a processed image generation unit configured to generate a processed image based on the plurality of frequency component images
with the gain coefficients adjusted by the gain adjustment unit.

US Pat. No. 9,361,050

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND MANAGEMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A management system that collects operation information of a network device, the system comprising a memory and a processor
in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a management unit configured to manage a condition and a period for distributing a setting value to the network device;
a reception unit configured to receive the operation information of the network device;
a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the operation information of the network device meets the condition;
a decision unit configured to decide the setting value to be applied to the network device when the operation information
meets the condition; and

a response unit configured to return the decided setting value to the network device when the acquisition of the setting value
is requested from the network device via a network within the period,

wherein the response unit does not return the decided setting value to the network device when the acquisition of the setting
value is requested outside of the period, and

wherein the decision unit decides, as the setting value to be applied to the network device, a setting value in relation to
the detection of a delayed jam sensor when a consumption degree of a feeding roller satisfies the condition or a setting value
in relation to writing coordinates on a paper during printing when a consumption degree of a photoreceptor unit satisfies
the condition.

US Pat. No. 9,361,056

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A CONFLICT CONFIRMATION PRINT JOB

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that transmits a print job to which print settings have been added to a printing device
to cause the printing device to execute print processing corresponding to the print settings, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a print setting unit configured to set a global setting, which is a common print setting to all pages to be subjected to print
processing, and an exception setting, which is a print setting different from the global setting for a specified page range;

a generating unit configured to generate a conflict confirmation job used for conflict processing that is processing for detecting
combinations of print settings by which the printing device is incapable of executing print processing, when a page range
of a first exception setting overlaps a page range of a second exception setting, wherein the first exception setting and
the second exception setting are set by the print setting unit;

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the generated conflict confirmation job to the printing device to cause the printing
device to execute the conflict confirmation job;

a receiving unit configured to receive an execution result of the conflict confirmation job from the printing device; and
a conflict processing executing unit configured to execute the conflict processing based on the execution result of the conflict
confirmation job received by the receiving unit,

wherein the generating unit generates the conflict confirmation job except for a page which is set to the same print setting
as the print setting of a previous or a next page.

US Pat. No. 9,360,817

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to perform image formation using a recording material;
a notification unit configured to notify a user when a remaining amount of the recording material has reached a threshold
value;

a change unit configured to change the threshold value according to an instruction from a user; and
a control unit configured to permit the change unit to change the threshold value if a container containing the recording
material is a predetermined container, and to restrict the change unit from changing the threshold value if a container containing
the recording material is not the predetermined container.

US Pat. No. 9,358,786

RECORDING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,358,812

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AND AVOIDING UNPRINTABLE REGIONS ON RECORDING MEDIUMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a determining unit configured to determine an unsuitable area that is not suitable for printing of a print medium; and
a print control unit configured to cause a print unit to print an image on the print medium and to cause the print unit to
skip printing of the image so as not to print the image on the unsuitable area in accordance with the unsuitable area determined
by the determining unit,

wherein the print control unit varies an amount for causing the print unit to skip the printing of the image, according to
the unsuitable area, and

wherein the print control unit causes the print unit to skip the printing of the image by inserting a blank-margin job into
a queue of a print job table.

US Pat. No. 9,360,666

PLASTICS OPTICAL COMPONENT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A plastic optical component comprising:
a base member made of a first plastic;
a covering member disposed on a surface of the base member, the covering member made of a second plastic,
wherein a water absorption of the first plastic is lower than a water absorption of the second plastic, and a hardness of
the second plastic is higher than a hardness of the first plastic,

wherein the water absorption of the first plastic is in a range of 0.01% to 0.2% and
wherein the difference in water absorption between the first plastic and the second plastic is 0.3% or less,
wherein the second plastic is a resin containing poly(methyl methacrylate) or hard silicone resin,
wherein the base member is formed by covering a lens made of the first plastic with the first plastic;
wherein the base member has a first surface and a second surface, and the covering member includes a first covering portion
disposed on the first surface, a second covering portion disposed on the second surface, or the first covering portion and
the second covering portion; and

wherein the first covering portion or the second covering portion is made of a third plastic, and wherein the water absorption
of the first plastic is lower than the water absorption of the third plastic.

US Pat. No. 9,354,487

IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-pickup apparatus comprising:
an image-pickup element photoelectrically converting an object image;
a light-receiving sensor outputting a signal in accordance with a phase difference between a pair of object images; and
a controller performing first focus control of controlling drive of a focus adjusting member based on a sharpness signal representing
a contrast state of a video signal produced with the image-pickup element and second focus control of controlling drive of
the focus adjusting member based on the signal in accordance with the phase difference,

wherein the controller stops the second focus control or switches focus control from the second focus control to the first
focus control in response to a predetermined change found in the sharpness signal during the second focus control.

US Pat. No. 9,357,093

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY TO A DEVICE OF THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus on which a plurality of applications are installed and which includes a device, the
information processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display a screen for selecting an application to execute from among the plurality of applications;
an acquisition unit configured to obtain attribute information about the application selected on the screen displayed on the
display unit, wherein the attribute information includes application information indicating whether the selected application
is a specific application, and device information indicating whether to supply power to the device when executing the selected
application;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the selected application is the specific application based on the application
information obtained by the acquisition unit; and

a control unit configured to, if the determination unit determines that the selected application is the specific application,
control power supply to the device based on the device information obtained by the acquisition unit, and if the determination
unit determines that the selected application is not the specific application and that the selected application is not an
authentication application configured to perform authentication of a user, perform control so that power is supplied to the
device.

US Pat. No. 9,354,540

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH USES ELECTROSTATIC LATENT IMAGE FOR COLOR MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member to be rotated;
a light irradiation unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member by irradiating with
light;

a process unit configured to form an image;
a voltage or current detection unit configured to detect a voltage or current output value generated via the process unit
when an electrostatic latent image for correction formed by the light irradiation unit passes through a position facing the
process unit; and

a control unit configured to correct a condition for forming an electrostatic latent image in image formation based on a detection
result by the voltage or current detection unit,

wherein a first output value and a second output value less than the first output value of detection results by the voltage
or current detection unit are adjusted such that the first output value is greater than a threshold for detecting the electrostatic
latent image for correction, and the second output value is less than the threshold, and

wherein the first output value and the second output value are detected by the voltage or current detection unit while the
output values vary in a formation period Tp of the electrostatic latent image for correction.

US Pat. No. 9,357,122

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, FOCUS DETECTING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND DRIVING METHOD OF PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus formed in a semiconductor substrate comprising:
a first photoelectric conversion unit formed as a first conductivity type;
a second photoelectric conversion unit formed as a second conductivity type at a position deeper, in a depth direction of
the substrate, than the first photoelectric conversion unit;

a third photoelectric conversion unit formed as the first conductivity type at a position deeper, in a depth direction of
the substrate, than the second photoelectric conversion unit; and

a monitor unit configured to monitor a signal of the second photoelectric conversion unit, during charge accumulation periods
of the first and third photoelectric conversion units.

US Pat. No. 9,354,056

DISTANCE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, DISTANCE MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distance measurement apparatus comprising:
an imaging lens configured to form an image of an object;
a solid-state image sensor configured to acquire an image based on light flux passing through a plurality of areas different
from each other in an exit pupil of the imaging lens; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a distance based on a signal acquired from the solid-state image sensor,
wherein the calculation unit comprises:
a processing unit configured to acquire a first signal in a first imaging condition by using the solid-state image sensor;
a processing unit configured to acquire a second signal in a second imaging condition different from the first imaging condition
by using the solid-state image sensor; and

a processing unit configured to calculate a base length which is an interval between the plurality of areas in the exit pupil
and a distance based on the first signal and the second signal.

US Pat. No. 9,348,264

UNIT, CLEANING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning unit usable with an image forming apparatus, said cleaning unit comprising:
a frame;
a developer accommodating portion for accommodating a developer;
a cleaning blade, supported by said frame and including a free end contactable to an image bearing member, for removing a
developer from the image bearing member;

a first sealing member provided between said frame and said cleaning blade by injection molding into said frame adjacent to
a longitudinal end portion of said cleaning blade, said first sealing member being effective to prevent leakage of the developer
from said developer accommodating portion; and

a second sealing member provided between the image bearing member and said frame in contact with the free end of said cleaning
blade adjacent to the longitudinal end portion,

wherein said first sealing member includes:
(i) a seal portion contacting said cleaning blade, and
(ii) a seat portion to which at least a part of said second sealing member is mounted such that said second sealing member
and said seat portion are overlapped with each other in a direction in which said first sealing member and said cleaning blade
are arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,348,285

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conveyance path of a recording material provided in an inside of the image forming apparatus;
a door which is provided such that the inside of the apparatus including the conveyance path is exposed,
a door opening/closing detection unit configured to detect opening or closing of the door;
a pair of rotation members which forms a nip portion for holding and conveying the recording material on the conveyance path;
a driving unit configured to separate one rotation member of the pair of rotation members from the other rotation member;
a power unit configured to supply power to the driving unit, wherein the power unit is configured to supply power to the driving
unit even in a case where the door is opened;

a decision unit configured to decide whether or not the recording material exists at the nip portion; and
a control unit configured to control a pressurized state and a pressure releasing state of the nip portion of the pair of
rotation members;

wherein the control unit is configured to control to release pressure at the nip portion in a case where the door opening
is detected and the recording material exists at the nip portion.

US Pat. No. 9,348,543

NETWORK SYSTEM, DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR MANAGING FIRMWARE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A network system comprising a plurality of image forming apparatuses and a distribution system that manages firmware of
the plurality of image forming apparatuses,
wherein the plurality of image forming apparatuses comprises:
a requesting unit configured to request the distribution system for firmware;
an acquiring unit configured to acquire the firmware from the distribution system that responds to the request;
an applying unit configured to apply the acquired firmware; and
a notifying unit configured to notify the distribution system of a notice including version information for specific firmware
and flag information relating to a function that performs time designation that the applying unit applies,

wherein the distribution system comprises:
a managing unit configured to manage the version information for the specific firmware of each of the plurality of image forming
apparatuses based on version information and flag information included in a notice by the notifying unit of each of the plurality
of image forming apparatuses; and

a providing unit configured to provide a screen for performing a distribution setting of the firmware with any one of the
plurality of image forming apparatuses,

wherein the providing unit provides a first screen on which the time designation for applying the firmware is enabled, or
a second screen on which the time designation is disabled by switching the screens for each of the plurality of image forming
apparatuses based on the version information for the specific firmware managed by the managing unit, and

wherein at least one of the requesting unit, the acquiring unit, the applying unit, the notifying unit, the managing unit,
and the providing unit is implemented by a processor and a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,348,308

PROCESS CARTRIDGE HAVING FORCE RECEIVING PORTION AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge detachably attachable to an image forming apparatus main body, the process cartridge comprising:
an image bearing member;
a developer bearing member configured to abut on the image bearing member to thereby develop an electrostatic latent image
formed on the image bearing member;

a developing frame member configured to support the developer bearing member and to be capable of assuming an abutting state
in which the developer bearing member abuts on the image bearing member and a separating state in which the developer bearing
member separates from the image bearing member; and

a force receiving portion provided on the developing frame member and configured to allow the developing frame member to enter
the separating state by being pressed by a pressing portion provided in the image forming apparatus main body,

wherein the process cartridge is configured to be inserted in an inserting direction from an exterior of the image forming
apparatus main body into a first attachment position in the image forming apparatus main body, and to be movable, in the image
forming apparatus main body, in a direction crossing through the inserting direction from the first attachment position to
a second attachment position,

wherein the force receiving portion includes a first portion extending along the inserting direction, and second portions
provided on each of an upstream side and a downstream side of the first portion in the inserting direction, wherein the second
portions protrude from the first portion in the direction crossing through the inserting direction,

wherein a portion of the first portion disposed between the second portions in the inserting direction remains abutting on
the pressing portion while the process cartridge moves between the exterior of the image forming apparatus main body and the
first attachment position and, due to the pressing portion remaining abutting on the portion of the first portion disposed
between the second portions, the developing frame member remains in the separating state while the process cartridge moves
between the exterior of the image forming apparatus main body and the first attachment position, and

wherein the second portions move to abut on the pressing portion when the process cartridge moves between the first attachment
position and the second attachment position.

US Pat. No. 9,350,882

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL REMOVAL OF PRINT PRODUCTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing system comprising:
an output unit configured to output, to a monitoring tray, a print product based on a print job to which a monitoring attribute
is allocated, and output, to an output tray different from the monitoring tray, a print product based on a print job to which
a monitoring attribute is not allocated;

an imaging unit configured to capture a video of the monitoring tray;
a detection unit having structure configured to detect motion in a print product region of the monitoring tray, based on the
video captured by the imaging unit; and

a warning information output unit having structure configured to output warning information according to the detection unit
detecting motion in the print product region.

US Pat. No. 9,350,883

COLOR/MONOCHROMATIC DETERMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,346,274

METHOD FOR CLEANING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for cleaning a liquid ejection head that includes a plurality of liquid chambers, a heat generating resistive
element configured to generate energy for ejecting a liquid in the plurality of liquid chambers, and a coating layer configured
to coat the heat generating resistive element, the method including:
applying a voltage to the coating layer to provoke an electrochemical reaction between the coating layer and the liquid, and
causing the coating layer to be eluted into the liquid, thereby removing kogation deposited on the coating layer,
wherein, when removing kogation deposited on the coating layer, temperatures of liquids in the plurality of liquid chambers
are selectively changed among the plurality of liquid chambers depending on a deposition condition of the kogation on the
coating layer.

US Pat. No. 9,350,885

IMAGE READING DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD UTILIZING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,000

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,342,015

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an optical detecting device mounted in a main assembly of said image forming apparatus;
a movable unit, detachably mountable to the main assembly, including a rotatable member having a first light-blocking surface
for blocking light and a second light-blocking surface different from the first light-blocking surface in length of a light-blocking
region of said rotatable member with respect to a rotational direction of said rotatable member; and

a control unit,
wherein said movable unit rotates with rotation of said rotatable member so that the second light-blocking surface is movable
to a first position where said optical detecting device is light-blocked and a second position where said optical detecting
device is not light-blocked, and includes a locking member for locking the second light-blocking surface so that the second
light-blocking surface moved to the second position is maintained in the second position, and

wherein when the first light-blocking surface and the second light-blocking surface pass through a detecting portion of said
optical detecting device by the rotation of said rotatable member, said control unit discriminates a state of said movable
unit on the basis of a detection result of said optical detecting device.

US Pat. No. 9,339,970

IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imprint apparatus which forms a resin pattern on a substrate by curing the resin in a state where the resin on the substrate
is in contact with a patterned portion of a mold, comprising:
a gas supply unit which supplies gas to a space between the mold and the substrate;
a measuring unit which is configured so that measuring light transits the space or a space that communicates with the space,
and which measures a prescribed distance between two objects using the measuring light; and

a controller which obtains information concerning the prescribed distance, and which outputs a signal representing a state
of concentration of the gas in the space based on the information and a measurement result of the measuring unit in a state
where the gas is supplied from the gas supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,342,047

MOVEMENT LIMITING APPARATUS FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus having a main assembly electric contact,
the main assembly electric contact being non-detachably attached to the main assembly, said cartridge comprising:
a contact member for receiving pressure by the main assembly electric contact, wherein said contact member has a first surface
as a contact portion for receiving the pressure by the main assembly electric contact, a second surface bent from the first
surface toward a first side opposite from a second side, the second side being where the main assembly electric contact is
provided, and a bent portion which is a boundary between the first surface and the second surface;

a holding member for holding said contact member;
a portion to be limited provided at an end of the second surface; and
a limiting portion, provided on said holding member, for limiting movement of said portion to be limited, wherein the first
surface is not supported by said holding member from the first side, and

wherein a cut-away portion is formed in the bent portion, a part of the first surface, and a part of the second surface, and
a cut and erected portion is formed in the second surface by cutting and erecting an end portion of the cut-away portion,
at the second surface, toward said portion to be limited.

US Pat. No. 9,344,634

IMAGING APPARATUS HAVING SUBJECT DETECTION FUNCTION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject detection apparatus, comprising:
a subject detection unit configured to detect a subject included in an image;
an orientation detection unit configured to detect an orientation of the subject detection apparatus, and
a control unit configured to control a zoom magnification according to an area of the subject detected by the subject detection
unit,

wherein the control unit is configured to control the zoom magnification so as to become a zoom magnification in a wide angle
direction if the area of the subject detected by the subject detection unit enters a designated area of the image, and

wherein the designated area is set according to a detection result obtained by the orientation detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,335,709

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,332,906

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic imaging apparatus that captures an image of a subject's eye, the apparatus comprising:
a focusing unit configured to focus a first return light returned from the subject's eye that is illuminated by an observation
light of a first wavelength, onto an imaging unit;

a moving unit configured to move the focusing unit along an optical path;
an optical member that is insertable into and removable from the optical path; and
a control unit configured to control, when an image of the subject's eye is captured by the imaging unit using a second return
light returned from the subject's eye that is illuminated by photographing light of a second wavelength that is different
from the first wavelength, the moving unit based on an optical path length difference between a wavelength of the first return
light and a wavelength of the second return light, wherein the optical path length difference is caused by inserting the optical
member into or removing the optical member from the optical path.

US Pat. No. 9,338,339

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,333,746

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,327,528

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform a printing operation of printing an image on a printing medium;
a conveying unit arranged upstream of said printing unit in a conveyance direction of a printing medium, and configured to
convey a printing medium;

a driving source configured to drive said conveying unit, said conveying unit conveying a printing medium in the conveyance
direction when said driving source rotates in a first direction, and said conveying unit conveying a printing medium in a
direction opposite to the conveyance direction when said driving source rotates in a second direction;

a feeding unit arranged upstream of said conveying unit in the conveyance direction and configured to perform a feeding operation
for a printing medium by transmission of a driving of said driving source, the driving of said driving source not transmitted
to said feeding unit when said driving source rotates in the first direction, and the driving of said driving source transmitted
to said feeding unit when said driving source rotates in the second direction;

a discharging unit arranged downstream of said printing unit in the conveyance direction and configured to perform a discharging
operation for a printing medium by transmission of the driving of said driving source, the driving of said driving source
being transmitted to said discharging unit when said driving source rotates in the first direction, and the driving of said
driving source not transmitted to said discharging unit when said driving source rotates in the second direction; and

a control unit configured to perform a control in which:
after the printing operation for a first printing medium is completed, the first printing medium is conveyed by a conveyance
amount by the driving source rotating in the first direction, the conveyance amount being calculated based on a printing start
position on a second printing medium which is subsequent to the first printing medium, and

after the first printing medium is conveyed by the conveyance amount, the feeding operation for the second printing medium
is started by changing a rotation direction of said driving source from the first direction to the second direction before
the discharging operation for the first printing medium is completed.

US Pat. No. 9,330,351

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH RECURSIVE MEMORY CONFIGURED FOR SELECTIVELY STORING PRINT ERROR LOGS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a processor configured to generate a plurality of print logs from events of a print job processed by the image forming apparatus,
wherein each print log includes a log acquisition level associated with a predetermined print job event;

a first determining unit, implemented by the processor, configured to determine, in response to a predefined error event occurring
at print job processing, whether the error event is an overwrite suppression error event;

a recursive memory configured to store print logs and overwrite a first print log with a second print log, wherein, in response
to determining that the occurred error event is an overwrite suppression error event, the processor changes a mode of the
recursive memory from a normal transfer mode to an overwrite suppression transfer mode;

a setting unit, implemented by the processor, configured to set a log acquisition level based on a remaining memory capacity
of the recursive memory, wherein, in response to a generated print log having a log acquisition level that is equal to or
greater than the set log acquisition level, the processor transmits, to the recursive memory, the generated print log having
the log acquisition level that is equal to or greater than the set log acquisition level; and

a notifying unit configured to notify a print log from the recursive memory to an external apparatus,
wherein, in a case where the mode of the recursive memory is the overwrite suppression transfer mode and the recursive memory
stores, as an overwrite suppression print log, a print log of an error event that is an overwrite suppression error event,
the recursive memory further is configured to overwrite the overwrite suppression print log only after the notifying unit
notifies the overwrite suppression print log to the external apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,326,674

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus configured to obtain a tomographic image of an object based on light into which
return light from the object irradiated with measurement light and reference light corresponding to the measurement light
are combined, the optical tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
a scanning unit configured to scan the measurement light in the object;
a measurement light optical path length changing unit configured to change an optical path length of the measurement light;
a selection unit configured to select an imaging region of the object;
an instruction unit configured to input an instruction on a size of an imaging range of the tomographic image according to
the selected imaging region; and

a control unit configured to control the measurement light optical path length changing unit and the scanning unit according
to the instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,326,678

EYEGROUND IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an eyeground-image pickup unit configured to take a two-dimensional image of an eyeground of a subject;
a tomographic-image pickup unit configured to take a tomographic image of the eyeground, the tomographic-image pickup unit
including an optical system which is used in common with the eyeground-image pickup unit;

an output unit configured to output a signal relating to the tomographic image so as to display the tomographic image by a
display unit;

a control unit configured to control the eyeground-image pickup unit, the tomographic-image pickup unit, and the output unit;
a signal input unit configured to input a signal relating to the control of the control unit; and
a selection input unit configured to select a retake of a tomographic image by inputting a signal,
wherein the control unit controls, in response to the signal input from the signal input unit, the tomographic-image pickup
unit so as to take the tomographic image, controls the output unit so as to output the signal relating to the tomographic
image to the display unit, and controls, in a case where the signal relating to the tomographic image is output from the output
unit, the eyeground-image pickup unit so as to take the two-dimensional image in response to the signal input from the signal
input unit and the tomographic-image pickup unit so as to retake the tomographic image in response to the signal input from
the selection input unit.

US Pat. No. 9,325,172

POWER SUPPLY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,317,788

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING IMAGE PROCESSING FOR RECORDING TEXT AND IMAGES, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR PERFORMING IMAGE PROCESSING FOR RECORDING TEXT AND IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method to record images on a recording medium using a recording head that ejects ink, the image processing
method comprising:
generating N-value (N is an integer of 3 or more) text data and M-value (M is an integer of 3 or more) image data on the basis
of input data;

generating text record data of L values (L is an integer of 2 or more that is less than N) representing the ejection or absence
of ejection of ink by quantizing the N-value text data; and

generating image record data of K values (K is an integer of 2 or more that is less than M) representing the ejection or absence
of ejection of ink by quantizing the M-value image data;

wherein the text record data and the image record data are generated so that the image record data indicates no ejection of
ink for pixels corresponding to pixels for which the text record data indicates an ejection of ink.

US Pat. No. 9,305,175

DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, DEVICE, AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data communication device for storing, in an external storage device, image data input by scanning an original document,
the data communication device comprising:
a scanner configured to scan an original document to input image data;
an inputting unit configured to input identification information;
a log-in processing unit configured to cause a user, who is authenticated based on the input identification information, to
log into the data communication device;

a user interface configured to input an instruction, from the user who logs into the data communication device, to store image
data input by the scanner in the external storage device;

an accessing unit configured to access the external storage device using the input identification information which has been
used to authenticate the user; and

a processing unit configured to perform data processing to store, according to the instruction input by the user interface,
the image data input by the scanner in the external storage device which is accessed by the accessing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,304,191

SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS, SUBJECT INFORMATION OBTAINING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A subject information obtaining apparatus that obtains information of a subject based on an elastic wave received from
the subject, the subject information obtaining apparatus comprising:
a plurality of conversion elements configured to convert the elastic wave into a plurality of reception signals;
a delay and sum unit configured to perform a delay and sum process by using the plurality of reception signals output from
the plurality of conversion elements and generate a first plurality of scanning line signals;

a scanning line synthesis unit;
an FDI (frequency domain interferometry) adaptive processing unit configured to perform a frequency domain interferometry
and an adaptive signal processing by using the first plurality of scanning line signals and obtain a first power intensity
distribution; and

a shift amount calculation unit configured to calculate a shift amount at a target position for each scanning line with the
use of the first power intensity distribution,

wherein the scanning line synthesis unit shifts the first plurality of scanning line signals by using the shift amount and
generates a second plurality of scanning line signals,

wherein the scanning line synthesis unit adds spatially adjacent two or more scanning line signals from the second plurality
of scanning line signals and generates a plurality of synthesis scanning line signals, and

wherein the FDI adaptive processing unit performs the frequency domain interferometry and the adaptive signal processing by
using the plurality of synthesis scanning line signals and generates a second power intensity distribution.

US Pat. No. 9,304,975

GLUING LAYOUT CONTAINERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of automatically laying out a plurality of containers in a page layout to generate, with
a processor, one or more documents upon insertion of content in the containers, said method comprising:
(a) creating a plurality of containers, each said container having edges whose position in the page layout is independent
of the content inserted in said containers and having at least one edge whose position is constrained by setting to be either
content-independent or content-dependent in at least one direction, wherein a first container of said plurality of containers
has an edge glued to a guide of the page layout and a second container of said plurality of containers also has an edge glued
to the guide, and the guide is displayed as part of a graphical user interface representation of the page layout, and the
edge of the first container and the edge of the second container are each associated with the guide;

(b) setting the guide to be movable in the page layout, if the glued edges of the first container and the second container
are opposed to each other with respect to the guide, to establish the opposed glued edges to be content-dependent; and

(c) setting the guide to be fixed in the page layout, if the glued edges of the first container and the second container are
positioned on the same side with respect to the guide, to establish the glued edges to be content-independent.

US Pat. No. 9,304,490

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IRRADIATING A MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for irradiating a medium with an electromagnetic wave which is designed to focus on a particular portion in the
medium, the method comprising:
irradiating the medium with a first electromagnetic wave which is scattered in the medium, and is not designed to focus on
the particular portion in the medium;

detecting using at least one ultrasound detector a first photoacoustic signal caused by irradiating the medium with the first
electromagnetic wave, the first photoacoustic signal being sound of ultrasonic frequency;

irradiating the medium with a second electromagnetic wave which is designed to focus on the particular portion in the medium;
detecting using the at least one ultrasound detector a second photoacoustic signal caused by irradiating the medium with the
second electromagnetic wave, the second photoacoustic signal being sound of ultrasonic frequency; and

monitoring a light distribution of the particular portion, which is irradiated by the second electromagnetic wave, based on
a ratio of the second photoacoustic signal to the first photoacoustic signal.

US Pat. No. 9,307,387

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,307,150

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR DISPLAY ANGLE DETERMINATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. An image processing method comprising the steps of:
acquiring image data captured by an image capturing device, the image capturing device capturing a plurality of images corresponding
to different viewpoints;

acquiring rotation information representing rotation instructions of the plurality of images input by a user, the instructions
including a degree of rotation of the plurality of images of the captured image data, or a degree of inclination of the image
capturing device in capturing the plurality of images; and

displaying the plurality of images of the captured image data in a side-by-side arrangement, wherein in a case where a degree
of rotation of the plurality of images in displaying the plurality of images or a degree of inclination of the image capturing
device in capturing the plurality of images is changed, both an orientation and an arrangement of the plurality of images
are changed in conjunction therewith in the displaying in the display unit,

wherein an arrangement of image capturing units agrees with the arrangement of captured images that are displayed.