US Pat. No. 9,144,308

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first unit including an image forming unit for forming an image on a recording material;
a first supporting portion for supporting said first unit substantially at three points, wherein said first supporting portion
includes a first foot portion which is in a neighborhood of a first side of a bottom of said first unit and which is provided
in a first region provided in one end area of the first side, a second foot portion which is in the neighborhood of the first
side of the bottom of said first unit and which is provided in a second region provided in the other end area of the first
side, and a third foot portion which is in a neighborhood of a second side opposing the first side of the bottom of said first
unit and which is provided in a third region provided between the first foot portion and the second foot portion with respect
to a direction defined by the first side;

a second unit provided below said first unit with respect to a direction of gravitation;
a second supporting portion, provided at a bottom of said second unit, for supporting said second unit by at least four feet;
and

a connecting portion, provided at or in a neighborhood of the third foot portion, for connecting said first unit and said
second unit so that said first unit is movable relative to said second unit in a horizontal in-plane direction with first
predetermined play and so that said first unit is movable relative to said second unit in a vertical direction with second
predetermined play.

US Pat. No. 9,142,575

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus having a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged so as to constitute a
plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, comprising
one or more ground lines and one or more power supply lines for supplying power to the plurality of pixels, wherein
each of the plurality of pixels includes a photoelectric conversion element and an A/D converter for converting an analog
signal corresponding to a charge generated by the photoelectric conversion element into a digital signal,

at least one of the plurality of pixels includes at least a portion of a capacitance element having a first electrode connected
to one of the one or more power supply lines, and a second electrode connected to one of the one or more ground lines,

the one or more power supply lines include a first power supply line and a second power supply line,
the one or more ground lines include a first ground line and a second ground line,
the A/D converters are supplied with power through the first power supply line and the first ground line, and
the photoelectric conversion elements are supplied with power through the second ground line.

US Pat. No. 9,143,877

ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCER DEVICE AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electromechanical transducer device comprising:
a substrate that is conductive; and
a plurality of electromechanical transducer elements disposed on a first surface of the substrate, each of the plurality of
electromechanical transducer elements comprising:

a supporting unit provided on the first surface of the substrate;
a membrane provided on the supporting unit so as to interpose a cavity between the substrate and the membrane;
a first electrode provided on the first surface of the substrate; and
a second electrode formed over the membrane,
wherein a groove that electrically isolates the plurality of electromechanical transducer elements from each other is formed
in the substrate, the groove extending from a second surface of the substrate toward the first surface of the substrate and
extending directly and entirely onto the first electrode, the second surface being opposite the first surface,

wherein an opening of the groove formed on the first surface of the substrate and the supporting unit overlap with each other,
wherein the opening of the groove formed on the first surface of the substrate and the cavity do not overlap with each other,
and
wherein a width of the groove on the first surface of the substrate is smaller than a width of the groove on the second surface
of the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,138,989

PRINTING CONTROL APPARATUS AND PRINTING CONTROL METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING QUANTIZED IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing control apparatus for controlling a printing apparatus which can print the same pixel by using a plurality of
print elements arrayed in a predetermined direction on a print head, the plurality of print elements being arranged in different
print element arrays extending in a direction crossing the predetermined direction, relative movement between the print head
and a print medium being effected along the predetermined direction, a unit area on the print medium being printed by one
relative movement between the print head and printing medium, the printing control apparatus comprising:
a quantizing unit configured to quantize input image data by dithering;
a distributing unit configured to create image data to be distributed to each of the plurality of print elements from the
quantized image data by using a plurality of distribution patterns which have a complementary relation to each other, the
plurality of distribution patterns corresponding to the plurality of print elements and determining a portion to be printed
by each of the plurality of print elements, the distributing unit being able to switch, in a moving period corresponding to
the one relative movement, a correspondence relation between the plurality of print elements and the plurality of distribution
patterns, the number of which is the same as that of the plurality of print elements, while keeping the complementary relation
between the plurality of distribution patterns; and

a control unit configured to control the print elements based on the image data to be distributed to the print elements.

US Pat. No. 9,138,991

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing images, comprising
a print head having a substrate, a plurality of heaters which are driven by supplying a driving pulse to discharge ink and
arranged on the substrate, and a temperature sensor which is arranged on the substrate;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain first information regarding a temperature detected by the temperature sensor at
a first timing;

a first printing control unit configured to control printing of a test pattern which is used for correcting input image data
for printing an image based on a predetermined driving pulse at a timing near the first timing;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain second information regarding a temperature detected by the temperature sensor
at a second timing after the first timing;

a third obtaining unit configured to obtain third information regarding a temperature difference between the temperature indicated
by the first information obtained by the first obtaining unit and the temperature indicated by the second information obtained
by the second obtaining unit;

a determining unit configured to determine a first driving pulse to be supplied to the plurality of heaters based on the temperature
difference indicated by the third information obtained by the third obtaining unit; and

a second printing control unit configured to control printing of the image by supplying the first driving pulse determined
by the determining unit to the plurality of heaters at a timing near the second timing.

US Pat. No. 9,143,893

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a reception unit which receives a predetermined signal from another communication apparatus;
a storage unit which stores a current position of said communication apparatus and apparatus information specific to the other
communication apparatus in association with each other in response to receiving the predetermined signal from the other communication
apparatus; and

a display unit which displays, for each of plural pieces of apparatus information stored in the storage unit, (i) an indication
at a map position, on a map displayed on a display screen, corresponding to the position of said communication apparatus stored
in the storage unit in association with the stored apparatus information and (ii) the stored apparatus information of the
other communication apparatus, according to a user operation for said communication apparatus,

wherein if a first position of the communication apparatus stored in the storage unit in association with the apparatus information
of a first other communication apparatus is different from a second position of the communication apparatus stored in the
storage unit in association with the apparatus information of a second other communication apparatus, the map position corresponding
to the first position is different from the map position corresponding to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,141,326

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a direct wireless communication unit configured to execute direct wireless communication between an external apparatus and
the printing apparatus;

a display unit configured to display a connection screen allowing a user to input both a specification of a print setting
and an instruction for causing the direct wireless communication unit to execute the direct wireless communication;

a controlling unit configured to control the direct wireless communication unit to establish the direct wireless communication
between the external apparatus and the printing apparatus in a case where the instruction for causing the direct wireless
communication unit to execute the direct wireless communication is input by a user via the connection screen; and

a printing unit configured to execute, in a case where the printing apparatus receives print data from the external apparatus
via the direct wireless communication, printing processing based on the print setting specified by the user via the connection
screen.

US Pat. No. 9,138,492

PARTICLE CONTAINING HYDROPHOBIC DYE HAVING CYANINE STRUCTURE, AND CONTRAST AGENT CONTAINING THE PARTICLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A particle encapsulating a hydrophobic dye having a cyanine structure, the particle further comprising surfactants,
wherein the surfactants are a polyoxyethylene sorbitan-based fatty acid ester and a phospholipid,
wherein a size of the particle is from 1 nm to 200 nm, and
wherein the hydrophobic dye is selected from the group consisting of 1,1?,3,3,3?,3?-hexamethylindotricarbocyanine iodide (chemical
formula (A1)); 3H-indolium, 1-ethyl-2-[7-(1-ethyl-1,3-dihydro-3,3-dimethyl-2H-indol-2-ylidene)-1,3,5-heptatrien-1-yl]-3,3-dimethyl-,
iodide (chemical formula (A2)); 2-[2-[2-chloro-3-[2-(1,3-dihydro-1,1,3-trimethyl-2H-benzo[e]-indol-2-ylidene)-ethylidene]-1-cyclohexen-1-yl]-ethenyl]-1,1,3-trimethyl-1H-benzo[e]indoliumperchlorate
(chemical formula (A3)); 1,1?,3,3,3?,3?-hexamethylindotricarbocyanine perchlorate (chemical formula (C1)); and 1,1?,3,3,3?,3?-hexamethyl-4,4?,5,5?-dibenzo-2,2?-indotricarbocyanine
perchlorate (chemical formula (C2)):


US Pat. No. 9,143,654

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to accept input data;
a detecting unit configured to detect line information from the input data, the line information indicating color information
about a line included in the input data, color information about a background of the line, a width of the line; and

a converting unit configured to convert the line information based on a contrast integrated value and a difference between
the color information about the background and the color information about the line, the contrast integrated value being determined
by the color information about the background, the color information about the line, and the width of the line,

wherein the contrast integrated value is calculated based on the product of a difference between the color information about
the line and the color information about the background of the line, and the width of the line.

US Pat. No. 9,143,688

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus having a plurality of image blurring correction modes which have correction effects that are
different from each other, comprising:
a selection unit configured to select an image blurring correction mode for execution from amongst the plurality of image
blurring correction modes; and

a display control unit configured to display, on a display screen, a display item corresponding to the image blurring correction
mode selected by said selection unit while said image capturing apparatus is operating in an image capturing mode, wherein
the selection unit is configured to automatically select an image blurring correction mode from amongst the plurality of image
blurring correction modes for execution, in accordance with an image capturing situation.

US Pat. No. 9,142,177

ELECTROOPTICAL DISPLAY APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS VOLTAGE SAMPLING OUTSIDE OF A NOISE SETTLING PERIOD, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrooptical display apparatus including a plurality of pixels, the apparatus comprising:
scan lines and data lines arranged in a matrix;
pixel switching elements each configured to enable, in response to application of a selection voltage to one of the scan lines,
application of a pixel voltage to one pixel included in a pixel row corresponding to the one scan line through one of the
data lines;

a voltage producing part configured to produce a sampling voltage that is allowed to be supplied to the data lines and that
monotonously changes in a period of time where the selection voltage is applied to the scan line;

a voltage sampling part configured to sample the pixel voltage from the sampling voltage with a configuration including (a)
a scan line drive circuit to apply the selection voltage to a sequentially selected one of the scan lines and (b) data line
switches to switch on and off of supply of the sampling voltage to the data lines;

a sampling number detecting part configured to detect a same voltage sampling number that is a number of pixels, in one pixel
line, for which a same voltage is sampled as the pixel voltage by the voltage sampling part; and

a controller configured to lower a frequency of sampling of the pixel voltage in a case where the same voltage sampling number
detected by the sampling number detecting part is greater than or equal to a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 9,139,387

SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding apparatus, comprising:
a feeding roller which feeds a sheet;
a separation roller which is pressed against the feeding roller and rotates in a reverse direction to a direction of feeding
by the feeding roller to separate sheets, fed by the sheet feeding roller, one by one;

a feeding rotational shaft which rotatably supports the feeding roller and to which is transmitted a rotational driving force
from a driving motor; and

a vibration absorbing portion which includes an elastic member formed of a rubber material and formed in a plate shape, wherein
one surface of the plate shape of the elastic member has a first connected portion that is connected with a connect portion
provided on the feeding roller and a side surface of the plate shape of the elastic member has a second connected portion
that is connected with a connect portion provided on the feeding rotational shaft, and the vibration absorbing portion transmits
the rotational driving force from the feeding rotational shaft to the feeding roller, while absorbing vibrations of the feeding
roller by an elastic transformation of the rubber material.

US Pat. No. 9,139,396

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus, comprising:
a sheet stacking portion on which a sheet to be processed is stacked;
a first sheet conveying portion configured to convey the sheet toward the sheet stacking portion;
a standby portion branched from a sheet conveying path between the sheet stacking portion and the first sheet conveying portion
and which holds on standby a sheet to be processed next while a sheet bundle on the sheet stacking portion is being processed;

a second sheet conveying portion provided along the sheet conveying path between the sheet stacking portion and the standby
portion, configured to rotate in normal and reverse directions, and conveying the sheet to the sheet stacking portion by rotating
in the normal direction and to the standby portion by rotating in the reverse direction;

a third sheet conveying portion provided in the standby portion so as to rotate in normal and reverse directions, drawing
the sheet conveyed to the standby portion by the second sheet conveying portion into the standby portion by rotating in the
reverse direction to make the sheet stand by, and drawing the standby sheet out of the standby portion by rotating in the
normal direction; and

a control portion that drives the second and third sheet conveying portions such that the sheet conveyed sequentially by the
first sheet conveying portion overlaps sequentially with the standby sheet drawn out of the standby portion while shifting
by a shift length with respect to the standby sheet just preceding to the sheet conveyed by the first sheet conveying portion
in a sheet conveying direction and such that the overlapped sheets are conveyed to and made to stand by at the standby portion,
the control portion setting the shift length according to a number of sheets drawn into the standby portion.

US Pat. No. 9,142,031

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH DETECTION OF MOTION VECTOR BETWEEN IMAGES, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a division unit configured to divide each of inputted images into blocks of a predetermined size;
a first determination unit configured to determine whether contrast in a block is less than a predetermined contrast for each
of the blocks;

a size changing unit configured to change the size of the block concerned when said first determination unit determines that
the contrast in the block concerned is less than the predetermined contrast; and

a motion vector detection unit configured to detect a motion vector by comparing images in each pair of corresponding blocks
between the images, the corresponding blocks each having the changed size.

US Pat. No. 9,135,718

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit that acquires a statistical value of pixel values for each divided region obtained by dividing an input
image;

a determination unit that compares for each divided region the statistical value of the divided region acquired by the acquisition
unit with a first threshold and determines whether the divided region is as color region or a monochrome region; and

a re-determination unit that compares a statistical value of an adjacent divided region, which is a divided region, from among
divided regions determined by the determination unit as monochrome regions, that is adjacent to the divided region determined
by the determination unit as a color region, with a second threshold, by which a divided region is more likely determined
as a color region than by the first threshold, for each adjacent divided region, and re-determines whether the adjacent divided
region is a color region or a monochrome region.

US Pat. No. 9,135,733

IMAGE EDITING METHOD, IMAGE EDITING APPARATUS, PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING IMAGE EDITING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image editing method comprising the steps of:
displaying a frame on an image;
inputting an instruction to move the displayed frame; and
arithmetically operating a movement amount and a magnification/reduction ratio of the frame in accordance with the instruction
input in said input step,

wherein, if the instruction to move the frame excessively over an end of the image is input in said input step, said arithmetic
operation step arithmetically operates the magnification/reduction ratio of the frame in accordance with an excess movement
amount over the edge of the image so as to reduce a size of the frame.

US Pat. No. 9,131,877

LASER APPARATUS AND PHOTOACOUSTIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A laser apparatus that allows selection of a wavelength of output light from a plurality of options, comprising:
a resonator made up from an output mirror and a reflection means having a plurality of reflective surfaces fixed in position;
a laser medium disposed on an optical axis inside the resonator;
a branch means branching an optical path of a light beam formed on the optical axis when light oscillates from the laser medium
into a plurality of optical paths having an end at one reflective surface of the reflection means, the branch means forming
a first optical path coinciding with the optical axis when located out of the optical axis, and forming a branch path by moving
the light of the optical axis parallel when located on the optical axis; and

a moving means moving the branch means between a position on the optical axis and a position out of the optical axis,
wherein the reflective surface determining a wavelength of output light.

US Pat. No. 9,131,905

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiographic imaging apparatus that is connectable to a plurality of wireless radiation sensors, comprising:
an information acquisition unit configured to acquire a radiographing site of a subject radiographed by at least one of the
plurality of wireless radiation sensors;

a sensor drive status management unit configured to manage drive statuses of the plurality of wireless radiation sensors;
a sensor connection status detecting unit configured to detect a sensor connection status of a connection between the radiographic
imaging apparatus and the plurality of wireless radiation sensors; and

a sensor selection unit configured to select a wireless radiation sensor to be used in performing radiographing from the plurality
of wireless radiation sensors connected to the radiographic imaging apparatus by wireless connection, based on the acquired
radiographing site and drive statuses of the plurality of wireless radiation sensors when the sensor connection status is
detected by the sensor connection status detecting unit,

wherein, when there is a plurality of radiographing postures in the same type of wireless radiation sensors, the sensor selection
unit selects the wireless radiation sensor from the same type of wireless radiation sensors by selecting the radiographing
posture from the plurality of radiographing postures.

US Pat. No. 9,135,524

RECOGNITION APPARATUS, RECOGNITION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recognition apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate, for each of a plurality of discriminators, probability density distributions of
correct and non-correct answers with respect a plurality of learning leaning images;

a calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the plurality of discriminators, an evaluation value based on the
probability density distributions;

a selection unit configured to select at least one of the plurality of discriminators based on respective evaluation values;
a correction unit configured, if a ratio of a learning image with respect to a specific feature quantity is equal to or smaller
than a predetermined ratio and a weight for the specific feature quantity is greater than a predetermined value, to correct
a value of likelihood for the selected discriminator associated with the specific feature quantity to lower the value;

a setting unit configured to set for the selected discriminator, a threshold of the value of likelihood corrected by the correction
unit in association with a feature quantity; and

a discrimination unit configured to extract a feature quantity from an input image and discriminate whether the input image
includes a predetermined object by the selected discriminator, based on the likelihood associated with the feature quantity
and the threshold set for the feature quantity.

US Pat. No. 9,135,540

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR PROCESSING BLACK CHARACTERS AT HIGH RESOLUTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
a dividing step of dividing input image data including a character portion and an image portion into first image data representing
gradation of the character portion and second image data representing gradation of the image portion;

a reducing step of reducing a resolution of a non-character image represented by the second image data obtained by the dividing
step and obtaining low resolution second image data;

an acquiring step of acquiring the first image data and the low resolution second image data, wherein the resolution of the
image represented by the low resolution second image data is lower than the resolution of the image represented by the first
image data;

a first generating step of generating first dot data indicating whether to form a dot for forming an image of the characters,
from the character portion, on a recording medium, in accordance with a gradation value of each pixel in the first image data
acquired in the acquiring step;

a second generating step of generating second dot data indicating whether to form a dot for forming an image of the non-character
image on the recording medium, in accordance with a gradation value of each pixel in the second image data acquired by the
acquiring unit; and

a third generating step of generating, on the basis of the first dot data generated in the first generating step and the second
dot data generated in the second generating step, image formation data for forming an image on the recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,135,553

CONVOLUTION OPERATION CIRCUIT AND OBJECT RECOGNITION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A convolution operation circuit comprising:
a plurality of multipliers each of which configured to multiply data received from a first input and a second input of respective
multipliers;

a first providing unit configured to provide respective data to the first input of the plurality of multipliers;
a second providing unit configured to provide common data to the second input of the plurality of multipliers;
a plurality of cumulative adders configured to accumulate output from the plurality of multipliers;
a memory configured to store data to be provided by the first providing unit and the second providing storage unit and data
output from the plurality of cumulative adders; and

a control unit configured to control operations of the first providing unit, the second providing unit, the memory, and the
plurality of cumulative adders, so that the first providing unit and the second providing unit to provide data to the first
input and the second input of each of the multipliers, respectively, in synchronization with operations of the cumulative
adders, and the control unit transfers, during multiplications by the multipliers, data stored in the memory to the first
providing unit and the second providing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,137,419

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CAPABLE OF EXECUTING A DIRECT WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of executing a direct wireless communication, the communication apparatus comprising:
an identification unit configured to identify one external device as a communication partner of the direct wireless communication,
by performing search processing;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the external device identified by the identification unit is a permitted
device that is permitted as a communication partner of the direct wireless communication;

a display unit configured to display a confirmation screen to prompt a user to ascertain whether to establish the direct wireless
communication between the communication apparatus and the external device when the determination unit has determined that
the external device is not the permitted device; and

a connection unit configured to execute connection processing for establishing the direct wireless communication between the
communication apparatus and the external device when the determination unit has determined that the external device is the
permitted device or when the user has given an instruction to establish the direct wireless communication via the confirmation
screen.

US Pat. No. 9,137,436

IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH FOCUS DETECTION AND ADJUSTMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

2. The imaging apparatus comprising:
an image sensor;
a focus detection unit configured to perform a focus detecting operation according to a phase difference detection method
using a pair of light fluxes having passed though different exit pupils of a photographic optical system and detected by the
image sensor;

an addition unit configured to add outputs of a plurality of pixels positioned in a focus detection area selected in the image
sensor;

an addition range setting unit configured to set an addition range of the plurality of pixels positioned in the focus detection
area;

a defocus amount calculation unit configured to calculate a defocus amount based on an image shift amount obtained by the
addition unit; and

a focus adjustment unit configured to perform a focus adjusting operation using the defocus amount,
wherein the addition range setting unit is configured to change the addition range based on an exposure setting value of the
photographic optical system or the image sensor, wherein the exposure setting value is a storage time of the image sensor,
and

wherein the addition range setting unit is configured to set the addition range larger than a threshold when the storage time
of the image sensor is shorter than a predetermined value and to set the addition range smaller than the threshold when the
storage time of the image sensor is longer than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,134,588

STOP APPARATUS, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stop apparatus comprising:
a stop operation member;
a plurality of stop blades each provided with a pivot and a driving pin;
a blade supporter that supports the stop blades so that the stop blades are rotatable about the pivots of the respective stop
blades;

a first cam member provided with a first cam groove that engage the driving pins of the respective stop blades;
a second cam member provided with a second cam groove having a shape different from the first cam groove; and
a driving force transmission member that transmits rotational driving force of the stop operation member to the second cam
member,

wherein at least one of the driving pins engages with both the first cam groove and the second cam groove, and
wherein part of the rotational driving force transmitted from the driving force transmission member to the second cam member
is transmitted to the first cam member through the second cam member to rotationally drive the first cam member.

US Pat. No. 9,136,403

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH WIRINGS OF DIFFERING YOUNG'S MODULUS AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a plurality of unit cells aligned in a first direction and including one unit cell disposed closest to one side of the semiconductor
device among the plurality of the unit cells, the one side extending in a second direction which intersects with the first
direction;

a first wiring electrically connected to the plurality of the unit cells; and
a second wiring electrically connected to the first wiring and disposed between the one side and the one unit cell,
wherein the second wiring has a Young's modulus higher than a Young's modulus of the first wiring.

US Pat. No. 9,137,468

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units including a first photoelectric conversion unit and a second photoelectric conversion
unit adjacent to the first photoelectric conversion unit;

a first transfer transistor configured to transfer charge of the first photoelectric conversion unit;
a second transfer transistor configured to transfer charge of the second photoelectric conversion unit;
a first drive line that supplies a drive pulse to the first transfer transistor;
a second drive line that supplies a drive pulse to the second transfer transistor;
a first drive unit configured to drive the first drive line; and
a second drive unit configured to drive the second drive line,
wherein an output impedance of the second drive unit during a period in which the first drive unit supplies the first transfer
transistor with a drive pulse for setting the first transfer transistor to be in a conductive state and also the second drive
unit supplies the second transfer transistor with a drive pulse for setting the second transfer transistor to be in a non-conductive
state is higher than an output impedance of the second drive unit during a period in which the first drive line supplies the
first transfer transistor with the drive pulse for setting the first transfer transistor to be in the conductive state and
also the second drive line supplies the second transfer transistor with a drive pulse for setting the second transfer transistor
to be in the conductive state.

US Pat. No. 9,134,105

CONTOUR SHAPE MEASUREMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A contour shape measurement method for measuring a contour shape of a surface to be measured, by moving a probe with respect
to the surface in a probe scan direction to obtain measured data of the surface, the contour shape measurement method comprising:
obtaining a spatial position of an axis for rotating the surface with respect to the probe, as a rotation axis vector relative
to the probe measurement axis;

obtaining alignment data which is the measured data of the surface in at least two different alignment directions;
coordinate-transforming each set of alignment data around the rotation axis vector by a directional difference between a measurement
direction and a corresponding alignment direction, and synthesizing the coordinate-transformed sets of alignment data to constitute
synthesized alignment data;

calculating a spatial position of the synthesized alignment data, by adapting the synthesized alignment data to a function
corresponding to a design shape of the surface or shape generated by changing the design shape;

calculating a difference between a spatial position of the surface in which the probe scan axis passes at a predetermined
position of the surface and the spatial position of the synthesized alignment data, as a setting error;

moving an article to be measured, to a spatial position that reduces the setting error; and
obtaining the measured data of the surface after moving the article.

US Pat. No. 9,135,407

LICENSE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, LICENSE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A license management system including a license management apparatus, a transfer source device, and a transfer destination
device, the license management apparatus having a processor, which is configured to transfer license information used for
enabling a plurality of functions included in a program package into which a plurality of programs is packaged from the transfer
source device to the transfer destination device, wherein the license management apparatus comprises:
a management unit configured to manage parts of the plurality of functions included in the program package as belonging to
one group, wherein each of the plurality of functions corresponds to a different one of programs included in the program package;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire license information, using the processor, of functions installed on the transfer
source device;

a determination unit configured to determine whether license information corresponding to all of functions supported by the
transfer source device, among license information of functions managed as belonging to a same group, has been acquired; and

a transfer unit configured to transfer, after license information of functions included in the program package and managed
by the management unit as belonging to the same group is acquired from the transfer source device by the acquisition unit,
license information of the functions managed as belonging to the same group to the transfer destination device,

wherein the transfer source device comprises an execution disabling unit configured to disable execution of functions installed
on the transfer source device, and a transmission unit configured to transmit license information of the functions installed
on the transfer source device,

wherein the transfer destination device comprises a reception unit configured to receive license information, an execution
enabling unit configured to enable execution of functions corresponding to the license information received by the reception
unit, and a performing unit configured to perform the functions corresponding to the transferred license information, and

wherein, even if the acquisition unit acquires license information of only parts of the functions managed as belonging to
the same group from the transfer source device, but if the determination unit determines that the license information corresponding
to all of the functions supported by the transfer source device has been acquired, the transfer unit transfers the license
information of the functions managed as belonging to the same group to the transfer destination device, the transferred license
information including license information which has not been acquired from the transfer source device.

US Pat. No. 9,135,677

APPARATUS WHICH LAYOUT ONE OR MORE IMAGES AND PRODUCE OUTPUT, AND THE METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether an object image satisfies a predetermined standard, if the object image
is changed to a standard image size predetermined;

a changing unit configured to change the standard image size predetermined, in a case that the object image does not satisfy
a predetermined standard by the determination unit;

a generation unit configured to change the image to the standard image size predetermined set or the standard image size changed
by the changing unit, and to generate the layout image.

US Pat. No. 9,134,647

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT CORRECTS DEVELOPING BIAS VOLTAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive drum configured to be driven for rotation;
a developing roller configured to carry toner for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive drum,
said developing roller being disposed in a manner opposed to said photosensitive drum and driven for rotation;

an application unit configured to apply a developing bias voltage to said developing roller for forming a developing electric
field between said photosensitive drum and said developing roller, to said developing roller, wherein formation of the developing
electric field causing the electrostatic latent image to be developed with toner carried by said developing roller;

a current value detection unit configured to detect a current value corresponding to an electrostatic capacitance between
said photosensitive drum and said developing roller;

a phase detection unit configured to detect a rotation phase of said photosensitive drum;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire current values detected by said current value detection unit for each of a plurality
of blocks of a period of one rotation of said photosensitive drum in synchronism with the rotation phase detected by said
phase detection unit during rotation of said photosensitive drum and said developing roller, wherein a sum of the blocks equals
one complete rotation of said photosensitive drum;

a storage unit configured to store an average value of the current values acquired by said acquisition unit for each of the
plurality of blocks, for each of a predetermined number of times of rotation, until said photosensitive drum is rotated the
predetermined number of times;

a calculation unit configured to calculate a moving average value, in each of the plurality of blocks, of the average values
stored in the storage section, after said photosensitive drum is rotated the predetermined number of times;

a creation unit configured to create a correction table for correcting the developing bias voltage to be applied by said application
unit, for each of the plurality of blocks, using the moving average value for each block, calculated by said calculation unit;
and

an image forming unit configured to control the developing bias voltage based on the correction table created by said creation
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,136,460

PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric element comprising:
a first electrode;
a piezoelectric material portion; and
a second electrode,
wherein the piezoelectric material portion is made of a piezoelectric ceramic that includes a perovskite-type metal oxide
including barium titanate and Mn and that has residual polarization,

wherein the piezoelectric material portion has a measurement surface extending in a direction that crosses a direction of
the residual polarization of the piezoelectric ceramic, and, after the measurement surface has been polished to have a surface
roughness of 200 nm or less, the measurement surface has a (002)/(200) X-ray diffraction intensity ratio of 1.0 or more at
room temperature,

wherein a ratio c/a of a c-axis lattice constant c to an a-axis lattice constant a of the piezoelectric ceramic at room temperature
satisfies 1.004?c/a?1.010, and

wherein a half-width of a (002) diffraction peak of the measurement surface at room temperature is 1.2° or less.

US Pat. No. 9,134,652

DEVELOPING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member, rotatable while carrying a developer, for supplying developer to an image bearing member;
a developer supplying member, which is provided with a foam layer at its surface and is rotatably in contact with said developer
carrying member, for supplying the developer to said developer carrying member;

a first gear for transmitting a driving force to said developer supplying member; and
a second gear for transmitting the driving force to said first gear; and
an elastic member for pressing said first gear,
wherein said first gear is movable between a first position where said first gear is positioned outside said second gear and
is in non-contact with said second gear in a longitudinal direction of said developer supply member and a second position
where said first gear engages with said second gear and receives the driving force from said second gear,

wherein said developer supplying member includes a shaft provided with an engaging portion, and said first gear is provided
with a hole engageable with said engaging portion,

wherein before initial drive of said developer carrying member, said developer supplying member is disposed at an angle, where
said engaging portion is prevented from entering the hole, to prevent movement of said first gear from the first position
to the second position, and

wherein during the initial drive of said developer carrying member, when said developer supplying member is rotated by a frictional
force generated between said developer supplying member and said developer carrying member to assume a predetermined angle,
said engaging portion is changed from a state in which said engaging portion cannot enter the hole to a state in which said
engaging portion can enter the hole, and said first gear is moved from the first position to the second position by a pressing
force of said elastic member while causing the engaging portion to enter the hole.

US Pat. No. 9,131,197

IMAGING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING EXPOSURE INCLUDING FLASH AMOUNT CONTROL OF FLASH APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a generation unit configured to generate image data including a plurality of color components from output of the imaging unit;
a brightness calculating unit configured to calculate, for a plurality of light measuring blocks into which the image data
is separated, an average value of brightness value of small blocks including a plurality of color components whose pixel output
is included within a predetermined range, wherein each light measurement block includes a plurality of small blocks;

a specification unit configured to specify a specific light measurement block including a predetermined number or more of
the small blocks; and

an exposure-amount calculation unit configured to calculate an amount of exposure when the imaging unit captures an image
using the average value as a brightness value of the specific light measurement block.

US Pat. No. 9,128,400

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particles each of which contains a binder resin and a colorant; wherein
the binder resin comprises a resin formed by the reaction of a resin (A) and a resin (B):
i) the resin (A) having a softening point TA (° C.) of from 70° C. to 105° C. and having a peak top of endothermic peaks at
from 55° C. to 120° C. in a DSC curve as measured with a differential scanning calorimeter,

ii) the resin (B) having a softening point TB (° C.) of from 120° C. to 160° C. and having a peak top of endothermic peaks
at from 55° C. to 120° C. in a DSC curve as measured with the differential scanning calorimeter;

wherein each of the resin (A) and the resin (B) is a crystalline polyester;
and wherein
in viscoelasticity characteristics of the toner measured at a frequency of 6.28 rad/sec;
I) the toner has a storage elastic modulus at temperature 180° C. (G?180) of from 3.0×103 Pa to 3.0×104 Pa, where;

II) in a chart taking temperature as x-axis and loss tangent tan ? as y-axis;
a) the loss tangent tan ? has at least one peak having a peak top within the range of from 50° C. to 70° C. and;
b) when peak top temperature affording the peak top of the peak is represented by T(° C.), the loss tangent at T+10(° C.)
[tan ?(T+10)] is from 1.0 to 1.5 and;

c) the ratio of the tan ?(T+10) to the loss tangent at 110° C. [tan ?(110)], tan ?(T+10)/tan ?(110), is from 0.8 to 1.5.

US Pat. No. 9,128,642

SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system for processing an imaging job by connecting a plurality of tasks, wherein each task performs a specified process,
and by sequentially executing each task, the system comprising:
a processor coupled to a memory;
a transmission unit configured to transmit, to a device and in a case where an instruction to generate a specific job requiring
connection of a specific task that accesses a third party system providing a third party service is issued by the system,
a redirect instruction to access the third party system;

a storing unit configured to store an access token issued in response to an instruction received by the system from a user
to permit access by the device to the third party system specified in the redirect instruction;

an execution unit configured to execute a scanning process specified in the specific task by accessing the third party system
using the stored access token and using the third party service and to determine an expiration date of the access token after
verifying an authorization code embedded in the redirect instruction, wherein, in a case where the expiration date of the
access token is passed when the specific job is processed, the execution unit is configured to permit a user to extend the
expiration date of the access token and restart the execution of each task for processing the specific job connected before
the specific task is started and wherein the specific task requires the access token as a key stored in parameters as a group
that identifies the access token associated with a ticket;

a confirmation unit configured to confirm whether the expiration date of the stored access token has passed in a case where
a job selection screen for instructing start of the specific job is transmitted after the access token is stored in the storing
unit; and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit, in response to the confirmation that the expiration date of the access
token has passed, the job selection screen on which a symbol indicating that the access token has expired is displayed with
respect to a job requiring connection of the specific task using the access token, wherein at least one of the transmission
unit, the storing unit, and execution unit are implemented by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,128,657

PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION FUNCTION, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
an instruction unit configured to input an instruction to start setting of wireless communication with use of a personal identification
number (PIN) code method;

a generation unit configured to generate a PIN code in response to the input of the instructions;
a printing unit configured to print the generated PIN code;
a determination unit determines whether an error has occurred when the PIN code is printed, and whether the printing of the
generated PIN code is properly completed;

a transmission unit configured to transmit information including the generated PIN code to outside, after the determination
unit determines printing of the generated PIN code by the printing unit is properly completed; and

a setting unit configured to perform the setting of the wireless communication, as a response to the information transmitted
by the transmission unit, based on a security parameter received from an access point within a predetermined period of time,

wherein the setting unit cancels the performance of the setting of the wireless communication in a case where a security parameter
has not been received within the predetermined period of time, and

wherein measurement of the predetermined period of time is not started unless the printing unit properly completes the printing
of the generated PIN code.

US Pat. No. 9,126,437

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet recording apparatus comprising:
a carriage that moves in a first direction and on which a recording head that performs recording by discharging ink is mounted;
a transport unit that transports a recording medium in a second direction that crosses the first direction;
a preliminary discharge unit configured to cause the recording head to perform a preliminary discharge operation; and
a platen that supports the recording medium at a position facing the recording head,
wherein the preliminary discharge unit executes a first preliminary discharge operation at a first position which is apart
from a side end of the recording medium when a leading end or a trailing end of the recording medium is not located on the
platen, and a second preliminary discharge operation at a second position which is further apart from the side end of the
recording medium than the first position in the first direction when the leading end or the trailing end of the recording
medium is located on the platen.

US Pat. No. 9,126,441

SHEET CONVEYANCE APPARATUS, SHEET CUTTING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveyance apparatus comprising a conveyance unit configured to convey a sheet, wherein
the conveyance unit:
includes a slanting surface having an inclination with respect to a horizontal surface and a conveyance surface that forms,
together with the slanting surface, a space that becomes narrower downward in the vertical direction and which moves in a
predetermined direction; and

conveys the sheet in the predetermined direction by the movement of the conveyance surface.

US Pat. No. 9,124,759

REPRODUCTION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a reproduction unit configured to reproduce a moving image signal from a recording medium, the reproduction unit having a
normal reproduction mode in which the reproduction unit performs normal reproduction of the moving image signal recorded in
the recording medium and a highlight reproduction mode in which the reproduction unit reproduces a plurality of highlight
reproduction periods in the moving image signal recorded in the recording medium;

a reception unit configured to receive a switching instruction for switching from the highlight reproduction mode to the normal
reproduction mode, the reception unit receiving the switching instruction from a user in the highlight reproduction mode;
and

a control unit configured to switch from the highlight reproduction mode to the normal reproduction mode if the reception
unit receives the switching instruction from the user in the highlight reproduction mode,

wherein the control unit automatically determines, based on a reproduction position of the image signal of when the receiving
unit receives the switching instruction in the highlight reproduction mode, as a reproduction start position from which the
normal reproduction of the moving image signal is started in the normal reproduction mode to be switched from the highlight
reproduction mode, a head position of the highlight reproduction period including the reproduction position of the moving
image signal of when the reception unit receives the switching instruction from the user in the highlight reproduction mode.

US Pat. No. 9,122,190

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADJUSTING LASER BEAMS EMITTED FROM A PLURALITY OF LIGHT SOURCES, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member that is driven for rotation;
an exposure device that includes a plurality of light sources for emitting a plurality of laser beams, respectively, said
plurality of light sources being arranged to expose respective different positions in a sub scanning direction which is a
rotational direction of said photosensitive member;

an image formation unit configured to form an image by developing an electrostatic latent image formed on said photosensitive
member;

a first adjustment unit configured to adjust, by changing a phase setting value, a phase relationship between exposure positions
of the plurality of laser beams on said photosensitive member, which is a relative positional relationship between an exposure
position of a laser beam irradiated from a reference light source of the plurality of light sources in a main scanning direction
of the laser beam perpendicular to the sub scanning direction, and an exposure position of a laser beam irradiated from an
adjustment target light source other than the reference light source;

a second adjustment unit configured to adjust a scanning magnification of the laser beam irradiated from each of the plurality
of light sources, by changing a magnification setting value;

a first control unit configured to control said exposure device and said image formation unit, such that a plurality of phase
adjustment pattern images for adjusting the phase relationship are each formed, using the laser beam irradiated from the reference
light source and the laser beam irradiated from the adjustment target light source for which each of phase values different
from each other is set as the phase setting value, according to each of the phase values different from each other; and

a second control unit configured to control said exposure device and said image formation unit, such that a plurality of magnification
adjustment pattern images are each formed, using the laser beam irradiated from the adjustment target light source for which
each of magnification values different from each other is set as the magnification setting value, according to each of the
magnification values different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,122,974

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CAUSING A PRINTING APPARATUS TO EXECUTE PRINTING BY CONTROLLING THE PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control apparatus for causing a printing apparatus to execute printing by controlling the printing apparatus, the
print control apparatus comprising:
a storage unit configured to store sheet information;
a registration unit configured to register in a list, when the printing apparatus is in a power saving state, sheet information
in association with a sheet feeder of the printing apparatus, in response to an instruction for registering in the printing
apparatus the sheet information in association with the sheet feeder of the printing apparatus;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the sheet feeder has a mechanism capable of setting a sheet while
the printing apparatus is in the power saving state; and

a control unit configured to control such that, if the determination unit determines that a sheet feeder used for printing
has not the mechanism capable of setting a sheet while the printing apparatus is in the power saving state, then after a swapping
instruction of a sheet for the sheet feeder is performed, when the printing apparatus returns from the power saving state,
the sheet information registered in the list by the registration unit is transmitted to the printing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,122,435

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINT CONTROL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control system comprising a host computer and a printing apparatus, wherein
the host computer comprises:
an acceptance unit configured to accept an instruction to print data generated by an application; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit to the printing apparatus a plurality of print data pieces to which an identical
password is added based on the instruction accepted by the acceptance unit, and

the printing apparatus comprises:
a reception unit configured to receive at least one of the plurality of print data pieces transmitted by the transmission
unit;

a storage unit configured to store the print data received by the reception unit;
an operation unit configured to accept input of a password from a user;
an image formation unit configured to perform image formation based on the print data in the storage unit, in response to
matching between the password input from the user and the password added to the print data stored in the storage unit; and

a control unit configured to cause, once the identical password is input via the operation unit, the image formation unit
to perform, if the reception unit receives another print data of the plurality of print data pieces to which the identical
password is added, image formation based on the other print data without making the user input the password again via the
operation unit,

wherein the control unit determines whether an elapsed time after the identical password is input via the operation unit exceeds
a predetermined time and when the elapsed time exceeds the predetermined time the control unit deletes the print data.

US Pat. No. 9,124,807

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit employing a rolling shutter method; and
a correction unit configured to perform correction processing for reducing a rolling shutter distortion on image data captured
by the imaging unit, the correction processing being performed by adjusting readout positions of other lines relative to a
readout position of a reference line in the image data,

wherein the correction unit sets the reference line so as to reduce a deviation amount between the readout position of the
reference line and the readout positions of the other lines when performing the correction processing.

US Pat. No. 9,124,779

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND TRANSMISSION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus configured to transmit an image captured by an imaging unit, the transmission apparatus comprising:
a first control unit configured to control a first direction change mechanism for changing a first moving direction of the
imaging unit, a second direction change mechanism for changing a second moving direction of the imaging unit, and a rotation
mechanism for rotating the imaging unit, according to an instruction to change an imaging direction of the imaging unit; and

a second control unit configured to restrict transmitting, to a transmission destination apparatus, an image captured by the
imaging unit during rotation of the imaging direction if the first control unit makes the first and second direction change
mechanisms change the imaging direction of the imaging unit and makes the rotation mechanism rotate the imaging unit according
to the instruction, and to transmit the image captured by the imaging unit during changing the imaging direction of the imaging
unit if the first control unit makes the first direction change mechanism change the first moving direction but does not make
the second direction change mechanism change the second moving direction and the rotation mechanism rotate the imaging unit
according to the instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,120,305

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus which records images, comprising:
a recording head configured including at least one discharge orifice row in which a plurality of discharge orifices for discharging
ink of a predetermined color are arrayed in an array direction;

a scanning unit configured to cause the recording head and a unit region on a recording medium to be scanned a plurality of
times in a scanning direction which intersects the array direction;

a conveying unit configured to convey the recording medium a distance corresponding to a length in the array direction of
each of a plurality of discharge orifice groups of a predetermined number of discharge orifices continuously arrayed in the
array direction, configured as divisions of the plurality of discharge orifices in a conveying direction which intersects
the scanning direction, the conveying being performed in between the plurality of scans of the recording head;

a generating unit configured to generate recording data so as to discharge ink to the unit region from the plurality of discharge
orifice groups, in each of the plurality of scans of image data corresponding to the unit region performed as to the unit
region, based on a plurality of mask patterns corresponding to each of the plurality of discharge orifice groups, in each
of which mask patterns recording-permitted pixels determining permission of recording to the unit region and recording-not-permitted
pixel determining non-permission of recording thereto have been laid out; and

a recording control unit configured to discharge ink from each of the plurality of discharge orifice groups to the unit region
in each of the plurality of scans, based on the recording data;

wherein, with regard to a first mask pattern group made up of at least two mask patterns out of the plurality of mask patterns,
each mask pattern in the first mask pattern group includes a plurality of first pixel regions where a plurality of the recording-permitted
pixels and a plurality of the recording-not-permitted pixels have been laid out, and a plurality of second pixel regions where
only a plurality of recording-not-permitted pixels have been laid out,

the plurality of first pixel regions in each of the mask patterns in the first mask pattern group are configured at mutually
corresponding positions,

an average number of the recording-permitted pixels in an increment in each mask pattern of the first mask pattern groups
is a predetermined value or less, both a recording-permitted pixel group configured including a plurality of the recording-permitted
pixels adjacent to each other in the array direction or the scanning direction and a recording-permitted pixel not adjacent
to other recording-permitted pixels being counted as an increment, and

an average number of the recording-permitted pixels in the increments in a first logical sum pattern, obtained as a logical
sum of the plurality of the recording-permitted pixels laid out in each of the mask patterns within the first mask pattern
group, is greater than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,116,448

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,113,507

LIGHT SOURCE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. Alight source apparatus configured to emit first light and second light, the light source apparatus comprising:
a wavelength reference device that the first light and the second light are incident on configured to change intensities of
the respective beams of light according to a wavelength deviation of the respective beams of light from a first reference
wavelength and a wavelength deviation of the respective beams of light from a second reference wavelength;

a splitter configured to split light containing the first light and light containing the second light from the wavelength
reference device from each other;

a first detector configured to detect an intensity of the light containing the first light from the splitter;
a second detector configured to detect an intensity of the light containing the second light from the splitter; and
a control unit configured to control a wavelength of the first light using a detection signal detected by the first detector,
such that the wavelength of the first light is the first reference wavelength, and configured to control a wavelength of the
second light using a detection signal detected by the second detector, such that the wavelength of the second light is the
second reference wavelength,

wherein the control unit includes a correction unit configured to reduce from the detection signal detected by the first detector
a portion included in the detected signal and related to the intensity of the second light incident on the first detector
from the splitter, and configured to reduce from the detection signal detected by the second detector a portion included in
the detected signal and related to the intensity of the first light incident on the second detector from the splitter, and

wherein the control unit controls the wavelength of the first light and the wavelength of the second light based on signals
from the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,113,018

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROLLING METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which forms an image on a sheet conveyed from a sheet holding unit, comprising:
a storing unit configured to store first information indicating a depository of the sheet to be supplied to a first sheet
holding unit, and store second information indicating a depository of the sheet to be supplied to a second sheet holding unit
different from the first sheet holding unit; and

a notification unit configured to perform a notification based on the first information stored in the storing unit in a case
where an amount of sheets stored in the first sheet holding unit becomes a predetermined amount, and perform a notification
based on the second information stored in the storing unit in a case where an amount of sheets stored in the second sheet
holding unit becomes the predetermined amount,

wherein at least one of the units is implemented by a CPU executing computer-executable code stored in a non-transitory computer-readable
memory.

US Pat. No. 9,110,275

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising in an order from an object side to an image side;
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a negative refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit comprises a negative lens, a positive lens, and a positive lens in the order from the object side
to the image side,

wherein the second lens unit comprises a negative lens, a negative lens, and a positive lens in the order from the object
side to the image side,

wherein each lens unit moves during zooming so that a distance between the first lens unit and the second lens unit at a telephoto
end is longer than the distance at a wide-angle end, a distance between the second lens unit and the third lens unit at the
telephoto end is shorter than the distance at the wide-angle end, a distance between the third lens unit and the fourth lens
unit at the telephoto end is longer than the distance at the wide-angle end, and a distance between the fourth lens unit and
the fifth lens unit at the telephoto end is longer than the distance at the wide-angle end, and

wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
?16.0
0.2<(?2t/?2w)/(ft/fw)<0.5,

where M2 and M4 respectively represent movement amounts of the second lens unit and the fourth lens unit during the zooming
from the wide-angle end to the telephoto end, ?2w and ?2t respectively represent lateral magnifications of the second lens
unit at the wide-angle end and the telephoto end, and fw and ft respectively represent focal lengths of an entire system at
the wide-angle end and the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,106,931

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING COMPENSATION OFFSETS FOR A SET OF RECONSTRUCTED SAMPLES OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of providing compensation offsets for use in performing sample adaptive offset loop filtering on a set of reconstructed
samples of an image, each sample having a sample value, the method comprising:
selecting, based on a rate distortion criterion, a classification from among a plurality of predetermined classifications,
each said predetermined classification having a classification range equal to one-eighth of a full range of the sample values
and being made up of four classes, each defining a range of sample values within said classification range, into which class
a sample is put if its sample value is within the range of the class concerned; and

associating with each class of the selected classification a compensation offset for application to the sample value of each
sample of the class concerned.

US Pat. No. 9,102,811

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,104,348

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,101,331

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND CALIBRATION DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus that receives an acoustic wave generated from an object, on which light is irradiated,
and generates property information of an inside of the object, the object information acquiring apparatus comprising:
a housing including an aperture into which, when the acoustic wave is received, the object, which is a part of an examinee,
is inserted and, when performance evaluation for the object information acquiring apparatus is performed, a calibration device
corresponding to a type of the performance evaluation is inserted, the housing being capable of holding the examinee;

a holding unit configured to hold the object;
a positioning unit configured to specify an attachment position of the calibration device correspondingly to a position specifying
member provided in the calibration device inserted into the aperture; and

a detecting unit configured to detect the type of the performance evaluation performed using the calibration device inserted
into the aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,102,151

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate having an ejection-energy-generating element for generating energy for ejecting a liquid;
an orifice plate including at least an ejection-orifice-forming wall that constitutes an ejection orifice for ejecting the
liquid and an upper wall of a liquid chamber communicating with the ejection orifice, and a liquid chamber side wall that
constitutes a side wall of the liquid chamber, wherein

the orifice plate is formed of an inorganic material,
the liquid ejection head comprises:
a plurality of liquid chambers; and
an elastic member filled into a depressed portion formed between the liquid chamber side wall of one liquid chamber of the
liquid chambers adjacent to each other and the liquid chamber side wall of the other liquid chamber, and

an upper end of the elastic member is arranged in a position higher than an upper face of the ejection-orifice-forming wall.

US Pat. No. 9,106,832

STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM AND LENS DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stereoscopic lens system comprising:
a plurality of lens devices, wherein each lens device includes an optical element;
a vibration detection unit configured to detect a vibration;
a control unit configured to calculate a drive signal to drive the optical element for correcting image blurring based on
an output from the vibration detection unit; and

a driving unit configured to drive the optical element in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis based on the drive signal,
wherein the control unit controls the driving unit to change a drive center position, which is a position of the optical element
when the vibration is not detected by the vibration detection unit, in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis,

wherein the control unit controls, if an amplitude of the optical element driven by the drive signal is larger than the distance
between the nearest drive limit position and the drive center position, the driving unit to limit the amplitude, and

wherein the nearest drive limit position is one of a plurality of drive limit positions to which the optical elements is movable
and nearest to the drive center position.

US Pat. No. 9,102,160

INK FILLING APPARATUS AND INK FILLING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,102,164

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR EFFECTING RECORDING ON A RECORDING MEDIUM BY APPLYING A PLURALITY OF RECORDING AGENTS WITH RELATIVE SCANNING BETWEEN A RECORDING UNIT FOR APPLYING THE RECOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for effecting recording on a recording medium by applying a plurality of recording agents including a first-type
recording agents and a second-type recording agent with relative scanning between a recording unit for applying the recording
agents and the recording medium, the apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain relative information indicating a relative relation between amounts of the first-type
recording agents, without amount of the second-type recording agent, corresponding to each of plural colors to be applied
in a neighborhood of a boundary between adjacent bands in the relative scanning of the recording unit and the recording medium;
and

a determining unit configured to determine, for the second-type recording agent, a reduction rate of an amount of the second-type
recording agent to be applied to the neighborhood of the boundary based on the relative information obtained by the obtaining
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,104,727

SEARCH APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SEARCH APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,106,306

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communicating unit configured to communicate with a first external device through wireless communication;
a receiving unit configured to receive wirelessly a control signal transmitted from a second external device;
a setting unit configured to set, based on a user operation, a predetermined control setting which enables or disables an
operation by the second external device;

a determining unit configured to make a determination as to whether a positional relation of the communication apparatus and
the first external device is in a predetermined relation; and

a control unit configured to perform control such that, in a case that the determining unit determines that the positional
relation of the communication apparatus and the first external device is in the predetermined relation, an operation corresponding
to the control signal received by the receiving unit is performed regardless of the predetermined control setting set by the
setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,098,782

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,098,034

HEATER AND IMAGE HEATING DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater for an image heating device that heats a recording material on which an image is carried while sandwiching and
conveying the recording material at a nip portion, comprising:
a substrate having lengthwise and widthwise dimensions;
a first heat-generation line provided on the substrate along a lengthwise direction of the substrate; and
a second heat-generation line provided along the lengthwise direction at a position different from the first heat-generation
line in a widthwise direction of the substrate and configured to have a heat-generation distribution different from that of
the first heat-generation line;

wherein the first heat-generation line and the second heat-generation line are controllable independently,
wherein at least the first heat-generation line out of the first heat-generation line and the second heat-generation line
includes,

a first electro-conductive element provided on the substrate along the lengthwise direction,
a second electro-conductive element provided along the lengthwise direction at a position different from the first electro-conductive
element in the widthwise direction on the substrate,

a plurality of heat-generation resistors having positive resistance-temperature characteristics and electrically connected
in parallel to each other between the first electro-conductive element and the second electro-conductive element,

wherein the plurality of heat-generation resistors are configured so that a heat-generation amount per unit length in the
lengthwise direction decreases from recording material conveyance reference for determining a position of the recording material
in the lengthwise direction towards an end portion in the lengthwise direction, and

wherein a first total heat-generation distribution combined the heat-generation distribution of the first heat-generation
line with the heat-generation distribution of the second heat-generation line in a first case where the first heat-generation
line and the second heat-generation line are controlled based on a first power ratio and the recording material is not fed
in the nip portion, a second total heat-generation distribution in a second case where the first heat-generation line and
the second heat-generation line are controlled based on a second power ratio and the recording material is not fed in the
nip portion, a third total heat-generation distribution in a third case where the first heat-generation line and the second
heat-generation line are controlled based on a first power ratio and a small-size recording material is fed in the nip portion,
a fourth total heat -generation distribution in a fourth case where the first heat-generation line and the second heat-generation
line are controlled based on a second power ratio and the small-size recording material is fed in the nip portion, are all
different.

US Pat. No. 9,098,909

THREE-DIMENSIONAL DISTANCE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL DISTANCE MEASUREMENT METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three-dimensional distance measurement apparatus comprising:
a pattern light generation unit configured to generate pattern light;
a position and orientation recognition unit configured to recognize coarse position and orientation of a measurement object;
a model storage unit configured to store, as model information of the measurement object, a spatial resolution of distance
information for each local region to be measured in the measurement object;

a distance information calculation unit configured to calculate distance information of local regions of the measurement object
based on a captured image of the measurement object on which the pattern light is projected; and

a local pattern setting unit configured to adaptively set a spatial resolution of measurement points of the pattern light
for each local region,

wherein said local pattern setting unit sets the spatial resolution of the measurement points of the pattern light to substantially
uniform arithmetic amounts for the respective local regions executed by said distance information calculation unit and based
on a coarse position and orientation recognition result of the measurement object recognized in advance and the model information
stored in said model storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,098,920

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire images that are successively captured with an image sensor;
a first detection unit configured to detect a predetermined object in the images acquired by the acquisition unit;
a second detection unit configured to detect a region including at least a part of the object detected by the first detection
unit in the images acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a control unit configured to determine, based on detection results of the first detection unit for a predetermined plural
number of images, whether or not to track the predetermined object using the region detected by the second detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,090,110

SETTING APPARATUS, SETTING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A setting apparatus for setting a length of a margin for a recording medium on which an image is recorded by a recording
unit, the setting apparatus comprising:
a confirmation unit configured to confirm information about a length of an outer periphery when the recording medium is rolled
in a roll shape; and

a setting unit configured to set the length of the margin based on the information about the length of the outer periphery
confirmed by the confirmation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,090,112

LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE AND CLEANING METHOD FOR LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge device comprising:
a liquid discharge head including a discharge port surface on which discharge ports for discharging liquid are formed, an
electrothermal conversion element configured to generate energy for discharging liquid from the discharge ports, and a protection
film configured to cover at least the electrothermal conversion element; and

a cap configured to cover the discharge port surface, wherein the cap is arranged along the discharge port surface at a position
opposite to the protection film via the discharge ports in a state where the cap covers the discharge port surface, and wherein
the cap includes an electrode configured to be used to apply voltage between the protection film and the electrode,

wherein the liquid discharge device applies voltage between the protection film and the electrode to cause the protection
film to be eluted into the liquid in a state where the discharge port surface is covered by the cap and electrical conduction
is made between the protection film and the electrode via the liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,092,700

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A SUBJECT AND A DISTRACTOR IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A processor-implemented method of identifying a subject and a distractor in a target image, said method comprising:
receiving at least one reference image comprising image content corresponding to image content of the target image;
determining a first saliency map for the target image, said first saliency map defining a distribution of visual attraction
values identifying salient regions within the target image;

determining a second saliency map for the reference image, said second saliency map defining a distribution of visual attraction
values identifying salient regions within the reference image;

comparing image content in at least one salient region identified in the first saliency map with image content of at least
one salient region identified in the second saliency map; and

identifying the subject and the distractor in the target image based on the comparison, wherein the subject is identified
by a salient region of the target image sharing image content with at least one salient region of the reference image, and
wherein the distractor is identified based on at least one remaining salient region of the target image.

US Pat. No. 9,091,956

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING EXPOSURE A PLURALITY OF TIMES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image based on image data, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an exposure unit configured to perform, based on the image data, first exposure for said photosensitive member and second
exposure for said photosensitive member exposed by the first exposure, one pixel included in an image being formed by the
first exposure and the second exposure;

a determination unit configured to determine whether an image to be formed is a first type or a second type based on the image
data, a pixel included in an image of the first type being sharper than a pixel included in an image of the second type; and

a control unit configured to control said exposure unit such that a difference in an exposure amount between the first exposure
and the second exposure when forming the image of the first type is larger than a difference in an exposure amount between
the first exposure and the second exposure when forming the image of the second type.

US Pat. No. 9,091,965

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable intermediary transfer member;
a first photosensitive member contacting an outer surface of said intermediary transfer member to form a first nip:
a second photosensitive member provided in a downstream direction of said first photosensitive member with respect to a moving
direction of said intermediary transfer member and contacting the outer surface of said intermediary transfer member to form
a second nip:

a first transfer roller contacting an inner surface of said intermediary transfer member to form a first contact portion at
a position away from the first nip in the downstream direction to transfer a toner image from said first photosensitive member
onto said intermediary transfer member in the first nip;

a second transfer roller contacting the inner surface of said intermediary transfer member to form a second contact portion
at a position away from the second nip in the downstream direction to transfer a toner image from said second photosensitive
member onto said intermediary transfer member in the second nip,

wherein said first transfer roller is disposed at such a position that a peripheral surface thereof adjacent to said first
and second photosensitive members is located a first amount from a common tangent line, adjacent to said intermediary transfer
member, of said first and second photosensitive members, toward said first and second photosensitive members, and said second
transfer roller is disposed at such a position that a peripheral surface thereof adjacent to said first and second photosensitive
members is located a second amount from the common tangent line toward said first and second photosensitive members, with
the second amount being smaller than the first amount, and wherein a length of the second contact portion is longer than a
length of the first contact portion, measured in the moving direction, and

a supporting roller disposed at a position which is adjacent to and downstream of said second transfer roller and which is
disposed such that a peripheral surface thereof is spaced from the common tangent line away from said first and second photosensitive
members.

US Pat. No. 9,094,560

FACSIMILE SYSTEM THAT PACKETIZES AND TRANSMITS CODED IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A facsimile system comprising a gateway apparatus, and a transmission-side facsimile apparatus capable of performing facsimile
communication via the gateway apparatus,
wherein the gateway apparatus includes:
a receiving unit configured to receive a packet transmitted from the transmission-side facsimile apparatus;
an insertion unit configured to insert predetermined data into image data included in the packet received by the receiving
unit; and

a first transmission unit configured to transmit image data into which the predetermined data is inserted by the insertion
unit to a receiving-side facsimile apparatus, and

wherein the transmission-side facsimile apparatus includes:
a coding unit configured to code image data; and
a second transmission unit configured to packetize image data coded by the coding unit so that one line is included in one
packet, and to transmit the packetized image data to the gateway apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,094,620

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,975

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

15. A fixing apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip portion, in which a toner image on a sheet is fixed by heat and
pressure, therebetween;

a reducing rotatable member configured to reduce the temperature difference of said first rotatable member in a longitudinal
direction thereof by contacting said first rotatable member;

a moving mechanism configured to move said reducing rotatable member between a contact position where said reducing rotatable
member is contacted to said first rotatable member and a separate position where said reducing rotatable member is separated
from said first rotatable member;

a cleaner configured to clean said reducing rotatable member in the contact position;
a counter configured to count the number of sheets, each having width smaller than a maximum width for which said apparatus
is operable, passed through the nip portion; and

a controller configured to control an operation of said moving mechanism based on an output of said counter,
wherein when the value counted by said counter reaches a first value during an execution of a job, said controller causes
said reducing rotatable member to move from the separate position to the contact position for reducing the temperature difference,
and

wherein when the value counted by said counter is larger than a second value, which is larger than the first value, during
an execution of a plurality of the jobs with said reducing rotatable member being kept in the separate position, said controller
causes said reducing rotatable member to move from the separate position to the contact position for cleaning said first rotatable
member via said reducing rotatable member by said cleaner.

US Pat. No. 9,094,642

COLOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING COLOR IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A color image processing apparatus comprising:
a first obtaining unit configured to obtain, using results of measurement of colors of single-color patch images formed by
an image forming unit using single-color recording materials, single-color correction data used for causing reproduction characteristics
of single colors formed by the image forming unit to be close to target values;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain, using results of measurement of colors of multi-color patch images formed by
the image forming unit using a plurality of recording materials, multi-color correction data used for causing reproduction
characteristics of multi-colors formed by the image forming unit to be close to target values;

a first processing unit configured to, in a case that the image forming unit forms a color image, execute a correction process
using the single-color correction data obtained by the first obtaining unit and the multi-color correction data obtained by
the second obtaining unit;

a second processing unit configured to, in a case that the image forming unit forms the color image, execute a correction
process using the single-color correction data obtained by the first obtaining unit without using the multi-color correction
data obtained by the second obtaining unit; and

a control unit configured to perform processing of selectively causing the first processing unit and the second processing
unit to operate.

US Pat. No. 9,094,587

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first correction unit configured to perform first correction, based on a first image captured at a first exposure amount
and a second image captured at a second exposure amount, on the first image, using a gain for at least one of regions of the
first image, the gain being different from gains for other regions of the first image;

a second correction unit configured to perform second correction on the first image, using a same gain for all of the regions
of the first image;

an image processing unit configured to perform image processing; and
a detection unit configured to perform moving object region detection based on a corrected first image, on which the first
correction and the second correction are performed, and the second image,

wherein the image processing unit performs the image processing after the first correction and the second correction are performed,
and

wherein the detection unit performs the moving object region detection after the image processing is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,092,880

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a first interpolating image generating unit configured to interpolate a first image acquired from a plurality of first pixels
of a same color having a same sensitivity characteristic based on a signal of the first image, to generate a first interpolating
image;

a second interpolating image generating unit configured to interpolate a second image acquired from a plurality of second
pixels for the same color as the color of the first pixels, having the same sensitivity characteristic as the sensitivity
characteristic of the first pixels, by the same exposure as the first pixels based on a signal of the second image, to generate
a second interpolating image;

a sensitivity characteristic converting unit configured to convert the first and second interpolating images to have a same
sensitivity characteristic; and

an image synthesizing unit configured to synthesize a synthesized image from the first and second interpolating images converted
to have the same sensitivity characteristic by the sensitivity characteristic converting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,093,913

SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY WITH DETECTION OF THE AC INPUT VOLTAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A switching power supply comprising:
a transformer provided with a primary winding and a secondary winding;
a secondary side-detection unit connected to the secondary winding of the transformer, configured to output a first pulse
signal in a state that an alternating voltage is input to the transformer; and

a primary side-detection unit connected to the primary winding of the transformer, configured to output a second pulse signal
according to the first pulse signal;

wherein the primary side-detection unit comprises:
two resistive elements configured to divide an alternating voltage input to the primary winding of the transformer;
a rectifying unit configured to rectify a voltage divided by the two resistive elements;
a capacitor configured to store the voltage rectified by the rectifying unit; and
a pulse signal output unit connected to the rectifying unit and the capacitor, configured to output the second pulse signal
by receiving the first pulse signal and according to a voltage stored in the capacitor being thereby supplied,

wherein, in a case where the alternating voltage is not input, a voltage of the capacitor of the primary side-detection unit
is lowered, and the pulse signal output unit thereby stops outputting the second pulse signal.

US Pat. No. 9,089,281

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical tomographic imaging apparatus for obtaining at least a tomographic image of an object based on a plurality of
interference lights obtained by interfering (a) a plurality of return lights from the object irradiated with a plurality of
measurement lights and (b) a plurality of reference lights corresponding to the plurality of measurement lights, the apparatus
comprising:
an irradiation unit for irradiating the object with the plurality of measurement lights; and
an optical property adjusting unit for adjusting an optical property of at least one of (a) the plurality of measurement lights,
(b) the plurality of reference lights, and (c) the plurality of interference lights,

wherein the plurality of measurement lights are divided into a plurality of groups, each group including measurement lights
having substantially the same distance between an optical axis of the irradiation unit and that of each measurement light,
and

wherein the optical property adjusting unit applies the same adjusting method for at least one of (a) the measurement lights,
(b) reference lights corresponding to the measurement lights, and (c) interference lights obtained by interfering (i) return
lights from the object irradiated with the measurement lights and (ii) the reference lights, in a group of the plurality of
groups, and applies a different adjusting method for a different group of the plurality of groups.

US Pat. No. 9,089,295

OPHTHALMIC APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,614

WAVEFRONT OPTICAL MEASURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for measuring a wavefront of light traveling through test optics, comprising:
a light source configured to irradiate test optics with light;
a lenslet array including a plurality of lenslets, the lenslet array configured to divide light from the light source that
travels through the test optics into a plurality beamlets;

a detector array configured to acquire light intensity distribution based on the plurality of beamlets incident on the detector
array; and

a processing unit configured to execute data processing with the acquired light intensity distribution, the data processing
comprising a wavefront estimation process using a ray-based forward propagation model and/or a beamlet-based forward propagation
model,

wherein, in the ray-based forward propagation model, the processing unit calculates a position of each beamlet incident on
the detector array, and

wherein, in the beamlet-based forward propagation model, the processing unit calculates an amount of light intensity of each
beamlet incident on the detector array.

US Pat. No. 9,092,118

DISPLAY CONTROLLER, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to execute display control of an electronic book having a plurality of pages,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a display unit configured to display double pages of the electronic book in a double-page spread state together with first
and second fore edge areas of the electronic book while displaying a cursor capable of moving according to a user instruction,
the first fore edge area representing a thickness corresponding to a first number of pages from a front cover of the electronic
book to the displayed double pages, and the second fore edge area representing a thickness corresponding to a second number
of pages from the displayed double pages to a back cover of the electronic book;

a detection unit configured to detect a cursor position when the cursor overlaps one of the first and second fore edge areas
displayed by said display unit;

a calculating unit configured to calculate a number of pages from the displayed double pages to a page corresponding to the
detected cursor position;

a comparing unit configured to compare the calculated number of pages with a predetermined number; and
a page turning unit configured to perform a plural page-continuously-turning process in which a plurality of pages are sequentially
and continuously turned if the calculated number of pages is not larger than the predetermined number, as compared by the
comparing unit, and a plural page-collectively-turning process in which a plurality of pages are collectively turned if the
calculated number of pages is larger than the predetermined number, as compared by the comparing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,090,086

INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK-JET RECORDING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data generating method for generating data for recording an image on a recording medium by using a recording head having
a first discharge port group, a second discharge port group, a third discharge port group and a fourth discharge port group,
wherein each of the first discharge port group and the third discharge port group includes a plurality of discharge ports
for discharging a first ink, and each of the second discharge port group and the fourth discharge port group includes a plurality
of discharge ports for discharging a second ink,

wherein the recording head has a first discharge port array and a second discharge port array being arranged to be shifted
from each other in the first direction and the first discharge port array and the second discharge port array form overlapping
regions by overlapping an end region of the first discharge port array and an end region of the second discharge port array
in a second direction crossing the first direction, and the recording head has a third discharge port array and a fourth discharge
port array being arranged to be shifted from each other in the first direction and the third discharge port array and the
fourth discharge port array form overlapping regions by overlapping an end region of the third discharge port array and an
end region of the fourth discharge port array in the second direction crossing the first direction,

wherein the overlapping regions formed by the first discharge port array and the second discharge port array and the overlapping
regions formed by the third discharge port array and the fourth discharge port array being arranged to be shifted from each
other in the first direction,

the data generating method comprising:
obtaining first measurement results by measuring a first test pattern which has been recorded on a first part of the recording
medium by discharging the first ink from

the first discharge port group and by discharging the second ink from the second discharge port group, wherein the first discharge
port group is included in the first discharge port array and not included in the overlapping region on the first discharge
port array, and the second discharge port group is included in the third discharge port array and not included in the overlapping
region on the third discharge port array;

obtaining second measurement results by measuring a second test pattern which has been recorded on a second part, different
from the first part, of the recording medium by discharging the first ink from the third discharge port group and by discharging
the second ink from the fourth discharge port group, and wherein the third discharge port group is included in the overlap
region on the second discharge port array and the fourth discharge port group is included in the third discharge port array
and not included in the overlapping region of the third discharge port array; and

generating first correction data for correcting image data of an image to be recorded by the first discharge port group and
the second discharge port group and second correction data for correcting image data of image to be recorded by the third
discharge port group and the fourth discharge port group on the second part, based on the first measurement results and the
second measurement results respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,088,473

DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, DATA CARRIER DRIVING APPARATUS, AND DATA CARRIER APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data communication system including a data carrier driving apparatus and a data carrier apparatus that perform data communication
via a first contact and a second contact,
the data carrier apparatus comprising:
a rectification smoothing circuit configured to include a rectification element and a capacitance element, and to rectify
and smooth a pulse voltage input from the data carrier driving apparatus via the first contact, and outputs the rectified
and smoothed pulse voltage, the rectification element and the capacitance element being connected in series between the first
contact and the second contact;

a pulse detection unit configured to detect the pulse voltage that is input from the data carrier driving apparatus and applied
to the rectification smoothing circuit; and

a first control unit, that is connected to the rectification smoothing circuit, configured to operate using a voltage output
from the rectification smoothing circuit as a power supply voltage, and to identify downlink transmission data from the data
carrier driving apparatus to the data carrier apparatus based on a pulse width of the pulse voltage detected by the pulse
detection unit,

the data carrier driving apparatus comprising:
a current detection element configured to detect a current flowing from the data carrier driving apparatus to the data carrier
apparatus via the first contact as an output current corresponding to uplink transmission data from the data carrier apparatus
to the data carrier apparatus;

a pulse generation circuit configured to generate a pulse voltage that periodically alternates between a high-level voltage
and a low-level voltage using a voltage output to the data carrier apparatus via the second contact as a reference voltage,
and to output the generated pulse voltage to the data carrier apparatus via the current detection element and the first contact;
and

a second control unit configured to control the pulse generation circuit to set a per-period pulse width of the pulse voltage
accordance with the downlink transmission data,

wherein the second control unit
when transmitting first data to the data carrier apparatus as the downlink transmission data, controls the pulse generation
circuit to set the per-period pulse width to a first pulse width with which a time frame of the high-level voltage is longer
than or equal to a time frame of the low-level voltage, and

when transmitting second data to the data carrier apparatus as the downlink transmission data, controls the pulse generation
circuit to set the per-period pulse width to a second pulse width with which a time frame of the high-level voltage is longer
than or equal to a time frame of the low-level voltage, the second pulse width being larger than the first pulse width Wherein
the first data corresponds to a bit one and the second data corresponds to a bit zero or the first data corresponds to a bit
zero and the second data corresponds to a bit one.

US Pat. No. 9,088,717

VIBRATION CORRECTING DEVICE, LENS BARREL, AND OPTICAL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. An optical device with an imaging device for imaging a subject image formed by a lens device, the optical device comprising:
a lens unit which is disposed inside the lens device and which has an optical axis;
a movable member configured to hold the lens unit, which makes the lens unit movable within a plane orthogonal to the optical
axis;

a fixed member limiting the movement of the movable member in the optical axis direction;
a ball disposed between the movable member and fixed member, which can roll between the movable member and fixed member and
make relative movements of the movable member and fixed member possible;

a vibration detecting unit, which outputs vibration information corresponding to vibration; and
a limiting portion limiting the movement of the ball,
wherein the size of the limiting portion in a driving direction of the movable member is set so that the ball does not contact
the limiting portion even when the ball rolls from the center of the limiting portion by half of a maximum movement amount
of the movable member, the maximum movement amount being (a) the maximum movement amount when the movable member is mechanically
moved or (b) the maximum movement amount when the movable member is moved to correct an image vibration.

US Pat. No. 9,086,642

CHARGING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A blade-like charging member for charging a surface of an image bearing member by contacting thereto and by being supplied
with a voltage, said blade-like charging member comprising:
a charging portion for effecting electric discharge to the surface of the image bearing member; and
a non-charging portion not effecting the electric discharge to the surface of the image bearing member,
wherein said non-charging portion is capable of contacting the image bearing member while maintaining an electrically dischargeable
gap between said charging portion and the image bearing member,

wherein at least a part of said non-charging portion is made of a material having a higher resistance than that of said charging
portion so as to prevent electric discharge between said non-charging portion and the surface of the image bearing member,

wherein said non-charging portion is capable of sliding contact with the surface of the image bearing member over the entirety
of an image forming region width of the surface of the image bearing member,

wherein said charge charging portion and said non-charging portion are bonded to each other by adhesive material at a connection
interface, and

wherein said non-charging portion is provided with a projection and said charging portion is provided with a recess engaged
with said projection.

US Pat. No. 9,086,663

HEATER, IMAGE HEATING DEVICE WITH THE HEATER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THEREIN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater comprising:
an elongated substrate having longitudinal and lateral dimensions; and
first and second heat generation lines configured to generate heat, the first and second heat generation lines being provided
on the substrate along the longitudinal direction thereof, each of the first and second heat generation lines including a
plurality of heat blocks which are electrically connected in series,

wherein each of the heat blocks includes first and second conductive members provided on the substrate along the longitudinal
direction of the substrate and a plurality of heat generating resistors connected in parallel between the first conductive
member and the second conductive member,

wherein each of the plurality of heat generating resistors in each of the heat blocks is arranged at an angle to the longitudinal
direction of the substrate and at an angle to the lateral direction of the substrate, and

wherein the longitudinal direction of each of the plurality of heat generating resistors in the first heat generation line
is different from the longitudinal direction of each of the plurality of heat generating resistors in the second heat generation
line.

US Pat. No. 9,088,464

NETWORK DEVICE, NETWORK DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,664

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,087,243

ANALYSIS APPARATUS, ANALYSIS METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,860

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION PARAMETERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising a computer configured to:
execute, in a switched manner, a first search process for searching another communication apparatus on a plurality of communication
channels and a second search process for searching another communication apparatus by sending, on a specified part of the
plurality of communication channels, a probe request that contains an information element indicating that the communication
apparatus has a communication parameter automatic setting processing function;

decide a role of the communication apparatus during the communication parameter automatic setting processing performed between
the communication apparatus and a searched another communication apparatus; and

provide, if the decided role is a role as a provider for providing a communication parameter for wireless network, the communication
parameter to the searched another communication apparatus, wherein the communication parameter is a parameter necessary for
wireless communication, which includes at least one of SSID, an encryption method, an encryption key, an authentication method,
and an authentication key.

US Pat. No. 9,079,417

COLOR MIXING CHECKING METHOD FOR INKJET PRINT HEAD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color mixing checking method of a print head provided with ejection-port groups of different types of ink, each of which
is constituted by a plurality of ejection ports, said method comprising:
a pattern printing step of using the print head to print a check pattern with the ink by ejecting the ink from the ejection
ports of the ejection-port group for one type of the ink among the different types of ink;

a density value obtaining step of obtaining a density value of the printed check pattern in correspondence to the plurality
of ejection ports of the ejection-port group; and

a determining step of determining a color mixing of the print head by comparing the obtained density value with a first threshold
value having a density value smaller than a predetermined reference value and a second threshold value having a density value
larger than the predetermined reference value, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,079,425

PRINT CONTROL METHOD, PRINTING METHOD, AND CONTINUOUS SHEET TO BE PRINTED USED IN THE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print control method for printing a plurality of images on a continuous sheet, the method comprising:
obtaining information about the continuous sheet to be used, the information representing a location of a unique portion unsuitable
for image printing that exists on the continuous sheet and a degree of influence of the unique portion in printing, the degree
of influence of the unique portion which the obtained information represents being one of a plurality of degrees;

determining, if the unique portion exists on an opposite sheet surface to a first sheet surface in which the plurality of
images is printed, whether the degree of influence of the unique portion which the obtained information represents is a degree
to which performing of printing is affected in the first sheet surface of the continuous sheet;

causing a print unit not to perform printing in an area of the first sheet surface corresponding to the unique portion in
the opposite sheet surface in a case where it is determined that the degree of influence of the unique portion which the obtained
information represents is the degree to which performing printing is affected in the first sheet surface of the continuous
sheet; and

causing the print unit to perform printing in the area of the first sheet surface corresponding to the unique portion in the
opposite sheet surface in a case where it is determined that the degree of influence of the unique portion which the obtained
information represents is a degree to which performing of printing is not affected in the first sheet surface of the continuous
sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,083,924

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,079,727

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device, comprising:
a sheet feeding unit configured to feed a sheet;
a sheet containing unit configured to contain the sheet;
a sheet stacking unit configured to stack the sheet and provided in the sheet containing unit so as to be capable of being
raised and lowered;

a pair of side edge regulating portions provided to be opposed to each other in the sheet containing unit so as to regulate
side edge positions of the stacked sheet in a width direction orthogonal to a sheet feeding direction, at least one of the
pair of side edge regulating portions being movable in the width direction;

auxiliary side edge regulating portions provided downstream of the pair of side edge regulating portions in the sheet feeding
direction so as to be moved with the pair of side edge regulating portions in the width direction, and configured to form
flush surfaces along the sheet feeding direction together with the pair of side edge regulating portions so as to regulate
the side edge positions of the stacked sheet at retreat positions, the auxiliary side edge regulating portions being movable
to the retreat positions and protruding positions, at which the auxiliary side edge regulating portions protrude in the width
direction with respect to the pair of side edge regulating portions; and

support units configured to support the auxiliary side edge regulating portions so that abutment surfaces of the auxiliary
side edge regulating portions, which abut against the sheet, are movable in the width direction with respect to the pair of
side edge regulating portions in a state of being parallel to the sheet feeding direction,

wherein a distance between the abutment surfaces of the auxiliary side edge regulating portions at the protruding positions
is narrower than a distance between the pair of side edge regulating portions in a state in which movement of the pair of
side edge regulating portions in the width direction is regulated by the sheet stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 9,082,071

MATERIAL CLASSIFICATION USING OBJECT/MATERIAL INTERDEPENDENCE WITH FEEDBACK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of classifying an object, comprising:
a first phase comprising application of an object classifier to the object to obtain first object class probabilities of the
object belonging to respective different object classes, and application of a material classifier to the object to obtain
first material class probabilities of a material type of the object belonging to respective different material classes; and

a second phase comprising application of an interdependent object/material classifier to the first object probabilities to
obtain further object class probabilities, and to the first material class probabilities to obtain further material class
probabilities, so as to classify the object class and to classify the material type of the object,

wherein, the interdependent object/material classifier performs multiple iterations of calculating the further object class
probabilities and multiple iterations of calculating the further material class probabilities, and

wherein, an immediately preceding calculated prior further object class probability is included in a next iteration of calculating
a further material class probability, and an immediately preceding calculated prior further material class probability is
included in a next iteration of calculating a further object class probability.

US Pat. No. 9,082,330

PROJECTION SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit that transmits information indicating a number of pixels of a predetermined image to an external image
supply apparatus, wherein the predetermined image corresponds to an image to be displayed on a screen by overlapping a portion
of a first image displayed by a first display apparatus and a portion of a second image displayed by a second display apparatus;

a first transmitting unit that transmits at least a portion of an image that includes the first image, to the first display
apparatus, after the information is transmitted to the external image supply apparatus, wherein the at least a portion of
an image that includes the first image is generated based on a received image, and the received image is received from the
external image supply apparatus after the information is transmitted to the external image supply apparatus; and

a second transmitting unit that transmits at least a portion of an image that includes the second image, to the second display
apparatus, after the information is transmitted to the external image supply apparatus, wherein the at least a portion of
an image that includes the second image is generated based on the received image.

US Pat. No. 9,083,928

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING SENSITIVITY TO IMPROVE IMAGE QUALITY UNDER LOW LUMINANCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit;
a memory;
a processor coupled to the memory which executes the following:
adjusting a white balance of image data output from the imaging unit;
determining brightness of the image data;
determining a current position of the imaging apparatus;
controlling a filter in order not to cause light including a predetermined wavelength component to be incident on the imaging
unit;

if the brightness of the image data is darker than a predetermined value, execute both of a first mode for increasing a gain
of each color of the image data so that a sensitivity becomes higher and a second mode for controlling the filter so as to
cause the light including the predetermined wavelength component to be incident on the imaging unit; and

setting an operating of the imaging apparatus to at least one of the first mode and the second mode according to a mode previously
controlled in the position determined.

US Pat. No. 9,075,371

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable belt member;
a cleaning blade contacted to said belt member;
a plurality of image forming stations including a first image forming station and a second image forming station configured
to form first and second adjustment toner images, respectively, on said belt member in a transfer portion, said second image
forming station being disposed in a downstreammost position among said plurality of image forming stations, and said first
image forming station being disposed upstream of said second image forming station and downstream of said cleaning blade with
respect to a moving direction of said belt member;

a detecting member configured to detect the first adjustment toner image and the second adjustment toner image, at a position
opposing said belt member;

a changing portion configured to change image forming conditions of said image forming stations on the basis of a result of
detection of said detecting member, and

a controller configured to control said first image forming station and said second image forming station such that both the
first adjustment toner image and the second adjustment toner image are formed on said belt member within an area between toner
images which are sequentially transferred onto recording materials, and the first adjustment toner image overlaps the second
adjustment toner image with respect to a width direction of said belt member transverse to the moving direction of said belt
member, and the second adjustment toner image in the area reaches said cleaning blade before the first adjustment toner image
in the area reaches said cleaning blade.

US Pat. No. 9,077,957

VIDEO REPRODUCING APPARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A video reproducing apparatus comprising:
a reproduction unit configured to reproduce a video image in which video components taken at different frame rates are mixed
and to display the video image on a display unit; and

a display control unit configured to display a single sequence bar for the video image on the display unit,
wherein said display control unit controls the display of the sequence bar so that a ratio of the length of a second section
to time required to take a second video component is larger than a ratio of the length of a first section to time required
to take a first video component, when the video image includes the first video component taken at a first frame rate and the
second video component taken at a second frame rate higher than the first frame rate, and when the first section indicating
the first video component and the second section indicating the second video component are indicated on the sequence bar.

US Pat. No. 9,073,318

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a liquid discharge head, the method comprising:
forming a heating element on a substrate in which a semiconductor element is arranged; and
after the forming of the heating element, forming a protection layer being in contact with an upper surface of the heating
element,

wherein annealing is performed in a hydrogen-containing atmosphere before the forming of the protection layer.

US Pat. No. 9,077,967

IMAGE REPRODUCTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reproduction apparatus comprising:
a reproduction unit that reproduces a stereo image including an image for left eye and an image for right eye having a disparity
which is a shift value of an object in an eye width direction between the image for left eye and the image for right eye;

an acquisition unit that acquires a disparity between the image for left eye and the image for right eye for each of objects
included in the stereo image;

a determination unit that determines a representative value of disparities acquired by the acquisition unit;
a mode setting unit that sets one mode from a plurality of modes which include a first mode in which the reproduction unit
reproduces the stereo image at a first reproduction speed that is higher than a normal reproduction speed and a second mode
in which the reproduction unit reproduces the stereo image at a second reproduction speed that is higher than the first reproduction
speed, the normal reproduction speed being a reproduction speed during a normal reproduction;

an adjustment unit that adjusts a maximum value of the disparity between the image for left eye and the image for right eye
of the stereo image on the basis of the representative value determined by the determination unit and the mode that has been
set by the mode setting unit; and

a generation unit that generates a stereo image from the image for left eye and the image for right eye for which the disparity
has been adjusted by the adjustment unit and outputs the generated stereo image, wherein

the adjustment unit makes a maximum value of the disparity in the first mode less than a maximum value of the disparity in
the normal reproduction and makes a maximum value of the disparity in the second mode less than a maximum value of the disparity
in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 9,077,708

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A service server to provide a service and communicate with an identity server and a client computer operated by a first
user, the service server comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a reception unit configured to receive, from the client computer as provided by and associated with the first user, a service
user identification (ID) and a service user password for the service server, an identity user ID and an identity user password
for the identity server, a request for collective users setting of single sign-on, and an access request to receive a service
of the service server;

an acceptance unit configured to receive, from the client computer, single sign-on (SSO) mapping setting information, wherein
the SSO mapping setting information includes at least two combinations of a service user ID and an identity user ID, wherein
a service user ID and an identity user ID in a combination are related to each other;

an acquisition unit configured to use the identity user ID, the identity user password, and authority associated with the
identity user ID to acquire an identity user ID list from the identity server, and configured to use the service user ID and
authority associated with the service user ID to acquire a service user ID list,

wherein the identity user ID list includes a list of user IDs recognized by the identity server, including the identity user
ID and a second identity user ID that is associated with a second user, and belonging to the same identity tenant, and wherein
the service user ID list includes a list of user IDs recognized by the service server, including the service user ID and a
second service user ID that is associated with the second user, and belonging to the same service tenant; and

a setting unit configured to use the service user ID list, the identity user ID list, and the SSO mapping setting information
to perform SSO mapping processing to determine whether to set a combination of service user ID and identity user ID in the
SSO mapping setting information as single sign-on setting information, wherein, for each combination of a service user ID
and an identity user ID in the SSO mapping setting information set as part of the single sign-on setting information, the
service server provides a user, in the identity tenant and the service tenant and associated with a combination set by the
setting unit as part of the single sign-on setting information, to receive access to the service of the service server, even
users other than the user associated with the service user ID and the identity user ID who requested the collective users
setting of single sign-on, and

wherein at least one of the reception unit, the acceptance unit, the acquisition unit, and the setting unit are implemented
by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,072,424

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,073,715

SHEET FEEDING MECHANISM AND RECORDING APPARATUS HAVING THE SHEET FEEDING MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,329

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of forming a color image on a recording material, comprising:
a movable member, movable between a first inside position and a second inside position and between the second inside position
and an outside position, supporting a plurality of cartridges which contribute to image formation and which are arranged in
an arranging direction, wherein the outside position is a position where the cartridges are detachably mountable outside a
main assembly of said image forming apparatus in a direction crossing with the arranging direction and with a longitudinal
direction of each of the cartridges, the first inside position is a position where the cartridges are positioned inside the
main assembly at a mounting position where the cartridges are capable of performing an image forming operation, and the second
inside position is inside the main assembly partway of a movement path between the outside position and the first inside position,

wherein said movable member supports the cartridges so that a distance between two adjacent cartridges of the cartridges is
increased with respect to the arranging direction in interrelation with movement of said movable member from the first inside
position to the second inside position.

US Pat. No. 9,068,048

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER FOR TRANSFER INK JET RECORDING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transfer ink jet recording method comprising:
an intermediate image forming process of applying ink to an image-forming surface of an intermediate transfer member with
an ink jet device to form an intermediate image, and

a transfer process of transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium by pressing,
wherein an outer portion of the intermediate transfer member contains a component produced by condensing at least an organosilicon
compound having the following general formula (1):

X—Si(OR1)a(R2)b  (1)

wherein X denotes a substituent having a vinyl group or a cyclic ether group, R1 denotes a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R2 denotes an alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, a is a natural number in the range of 1 to 3, b is an integer in the range
of 0 to 2, and a+b=3.

US Pat. No. 9,067,414

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a plurality of ejection orifices, wherein each ejection orifice is configured to eject liquid through the ejection orifice;
a plurality of liquid chambers, wherein each liquid chamber is configured to communicate liquid individually with a corresponding
ejection orifice;

a plurality of piezoelectric actuators, wherein a piezoelectric actuator is disposed individually for a corresponding liquid
chamber and configured to generate energy to eject liquid through the corresponding ejection orifice;

a plurality of driving units, wherein a driving unit is configured to individually drive a corresponding piezoelectric actuator;
and

a control unit configured to control the plurality of driving units so that a driving unit outputs, to a corresponding piezoelectric
actuator, a first voltage pulse or a second voltage pulse, wherein the first voltage pulse drives a corresponding piezoelectric
actuator to eject liquid through the corresponding ejection orifice and the second voltage pulse drives a corresponding piezoelectric
actuator to vibrate a corresponding meniscus of liquid such that the meniscus vibrates within the corresponding liquid chamber
in a state in which the meniscus is held within the liquid chamber and causes the meniscus to protrude out of the ejection
orifice without ejecting liquid after the vibrating of the meniscus has stopped,

wherein the control unit selects, from the plurality of ejection orifices, one or more ejection orifices used to eject liquid
and controls driving units corresponding to the selected ejection orifices such that these driving units output the first
voltage pulse to thereby perform a recording operation, and, concurrently, the control unit controls driving units corresponding
to ejection orifices that are not used to eject liquid such that these driving units output the second voltage pulse to thereby
perform a recovery operation concurrently with the recording operation.

US Pat. No. 9,069,734

PROCESSING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONFIGURING AN EXI PROCESSOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for coding/decoding structured documents comprising structural items which include one or more elements, the method
comprising:
generating at least one unified model representative of the structure of a type of element, wherein the unified model is generated
on the basis of at least one structured configuration document, wherein the unified model includes a list of starting items,
following items and transitions between respective starting and following items in a first priority level, and wherein the
unified model comprises statistical information on transitions made in the occurrences of the element type within the at least
one structured configuration document;

modifying the unified model into a modified unified model so as to improve compression efficiency, using the statistical information
on transitions, wherein the modification comprises grouping together at least two of the transitions between a same starting
item and a group of following items into a single transition from the same starting item in the first priority level and assigning
a second priority level for one or more transitions within the grouping;

generating configuration data for configuring a coding/decoding processor, wherein the configuration data includes said modified
unified model; and

generating at least one coding/decoding table using the modified unified model by associating a coding value with each transition
of the modified unified model, wherein the coding values associated with grouped transitions are composite coding values made
of a first priority coding value that is the same for all the grouped transitions combined with a second priority coding value
that is different from one of the grouped transitions to another grouped transition.

US Pat. No. 9,069,491

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,274

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

R3 and R4 each independently represent an alkyl group;

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

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

R8 represents an alkyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,070,051

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR ENABLING PROPER EXECUTION OF SETTING AND POWER-OFF OF THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a first designation unit configured to designate a power-off task of shutting down the image forming apparatus in a designated
period;

a second designation unit configured to designate a setting task of executing a setting process for setting a setting item
of the image forming apparatus in a designated period and a restart process for restarting the image forming apparatus after
the setting process; and

a task control unit configured to control execution of the designated power-off task and the designated setting task,
wherein the task control unit is configured to, if the power-off task is designated, perform control to change processing
of the power-off task and the setting task according to whether an end of the designated period of the power-off task reaches
a period corresponding to the setting process of the setting task or a period corresponding to the restart process of the
setting task, and

wherein the task control unit is configured to, if the end of the designated period of the power-off task is included in a
period between a date and time when the setting process of the setting task is estimated to be completed and a date and time
when the image forming apparatus is estimated to be completely restarted by the restart process of the setting task, perform
control to execute the setting process of the setting task, cancel the restart process of the setting task, and execute the
power-off task.

US Pat. No. 9,069,278

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING NON-IMAGE PORTION EXPOSURE AMOUNT THAT IS LOWER IN MONO MODE THAN IN COLOR MODE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus forming an image on a recording material, the apparatus comprising:
at least one image carrier;
a charging device configured to charge the surface of the image carrier;
an exposure device configured to expose the surface of the image carrier; and
a plurality of developing members configured to form a toner image on the surface of the image carrier by supplying a toner
to a latent image formed on the surface of the image carrier,

wherein the image forming apparatus can switch between a color mode, in which an image is formed by sequentially transferring
respective color toner images formed by the plurality of developing members to the recording material or an intermediate transfer
member from the surface of the image carrier in an overlapping manner, and a mono mode, in which an image is formed with a
monochromatic toner by using one developing member of the plurality of developing members,

the developing member used in the mono mode is a developing member for developing the toner image to be secondly or thereafter
transferred to the recording material or the intermediate transfer member in the color mode,

the exposure device can expose a non-image portion where the toner image is not formed on the surface of the image carrier,
at an exposure amount smaller than an exposure amount for an image portion where the toner image is formed, and

when the developing member used in the mono mode forms the toner image on the surface of the image carrier, the exposure amount
at which the exposure device exposes the non-image portion of the image carrier in the case the image is formed in the mono
mode, is smaller than that in the case the image is formed in the color mode.

US Pat. No. 9,070,073

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PAGE CLASSIFICATION THEREIN

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,069,282

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO DETECT AMOUNT OF REMAINING DEVELOPER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear an electrostatic latent image;
a developing device including a developer bearing member and a supply member, wherein the developer bearing member includes
a first electrode member and is configured to develop the electrostatic latent image, and wherein the supply member includes
a second electrode member and is configured to supply a developer to the developer bearing member at a nip portion between
the supply member and the developer bearing member;

a holding unit configured to hold and change the developing device to a first posture in which the developer is deposited
on the nip portion and to a second posture in which the developer deposited on the nip portion in the first posture falls
off; and

a detection device configured to detect an amount of remaining developer in the developing device based on a first capacitance
C1 between the first electrode member and the second electrode member in the first posture and a second capacitance C2 between the first electrode member and the second electrode member in the second posture.

US Pat. No. 9,070,080

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which comprises an engine unit, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a non-volatile storage unit configured to store information indicating an error in the engine unit;
a power control unit configured to control, in a case where the image forming apparatus starts up, to distribute power to
the engine unit if the information indicating the error is stored in the non-volatile storage unit and to not distribute power
to the engine unit if the information indicating the error is not stored in the non-volatile storage unit;

a detection unit configured to detect, after the power is distributed to the engine unit, the error based on notification
from the engine unit; and

a notification unit configured to notify, in a case where the detection unit detects the error, the error.

US Pat. No. 9,069,301

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,066,100

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CODING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a hardware processor; and
a memory, the memory storing instructions for:
a coding unit configured to encode first blocks obtained from one picture included in moving image data; and
a code amount adjustment unit configured to increase an amount of code allocated to the first block if the first block corresponds
to a luminance change block,

wherein the code amount adjustment unit includes:
a rate control unit; and
a quantization coefficient setting unit configured to set a quantization coefficient per first block according to a target
code amount determined by the rate control unit, and to change a value of the coefficient so that the quantization coefficient
becomes smaller if the first block corresponds to the luminance change block.

US Pat. No. 9,065,956

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of processing units configured to perform different types of processing;
a power supply unit configured to supply power to any of the processing units;
a job storage unit configured to store a first job, a second job, which is received after the first job, and a third job,
which is received after the second job; and

a control unit configured to perform control, when a job waiting to be executed has the same enerigization specification as
a job currently being executed, if the second job is not executable and the third job is executable in a power state to be
shifted for executing the first job, to execute the third job after the first job and to execute the second job after the
third job.

US Pat. No. 9,066,036

DETERMINING TRANSPARENT FILLS BASED ON A REFERENCE BACKGROUND COLOUR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of generating an electronic document having an enclosed region with a fill colour, the method comprising:
(a) receiving a digital representation of a source document, the source document containing an enclosed region and at least
one corresponding background region, the enclosed region overlapping at least a portion of the background region;

(b) determining a fill colour for the enclosed region from the digital representation;
(c) determining a reference background colour for the enclosed region from the corresponding background region of the digital
representation;

(d) assigning a transparent fill colour to the encoded region on a basis of a comparison result indicating that a colour difference
between the determined fill colour and the determined reference background colour is less than a threshold regarding a similarity
of the determined fill colour and the determined reference background colour; and

(e) storing the enclosed region with the transparent fill colour to generate an electronic document.

US Pat. No. 9,063,900

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control method for an information processing apparatus connected to a first storage device and a second storage device
via a storage control device, the control method comprising:
detecting, when the storage control device operates in a mirroring mode, that the second storage device is connected to the
information processing apparatus;

setting authentication information for the second storage device after the detection unit has detected that the second storage
device is connected to the information processing apparatus; and

copy data stored in the first storage device to the second storage device, after the setting unit has set the authentication
information for the second storage device.

US Pat. No. 9,066,011

IMAGE SYNTHESIZING APPARATUS THAT SYNTHESIZES MULTIPLE IMAGES TO OBTAIN MOVING IMAGE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image synthesizing apparatus that synthesizes a plurality of frames to obtain a synthesized image, comprising:
a first synthesizing unit configured to synthesize a preset number of frames to obtain a first synthesized image, wherein
the first synthesized image is stored in a memory; and

a second synthesizing unit configured to, when an image of an alternative frame is to be synthesized with the first synthesized
image, read out the first synthesized image from the memory, subtract an image of a predetermined frame used for the synthesis
obtaining the first synthesized image from the first synthesized image, and add the image of the alternative frame to the
subtracting result to generate a third synthesized image.

US Pat. No. 9,064,206

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PRINTS IMAGE DATA INCLUDING COLOR CODE SYMBOL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an information acquisition unit configured to extract a code symbol from input image data, and acquire code symbol information
from the extracted code symbol;

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not an image to be output after performing image processing on the
input image data is a single-color image;

a code symbol generation unit configured to, when it is determined by said determination unit that the image to be output
is a single-color image, generate a single-color code symbol based on the acquired code symbol information; and

an image synthesis unit configured to synthesize the generated single-color code symbol with the image to be output, and output
the synthesized image,

wherein said image synthesis unit arranges the generated single-color code symbol and the code symbol on the input image side
by side.

US Pat. No. 9,062,663

ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An actuator comprising:
a pair of electrode layers;
an electrolyte layer arranged between the pair of electrode layers, the electrolyte layer containing an electrolyte; and
terminals in contact with the pair of electrode layers, the terminals being configured to apply a voltage between the electrode
layers,

wherein at least one of the pair of electrode layers includes a plurality of linear electrodes in contact with the electrolyte
layer, longitudinal directions of the linear electrodes being arranged parallel to a direction from a terminal portion where
the at least one of the electrode layers is in contact with a corresponding one of the terminals toward an end portion of
the at least one of the electrode layers, and the end portion being remote from the terminal portion, the plurality of linear
electrodes being closely arranged so that parts of the plurality of linear electrodes are in contact with each other, and

wherein the application of a voltage to the terminals allows ions in the electrolyte layer to be transferred, thereby displacing
the end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,063,451

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,464

DEVELOPER CONTAINING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer containing unit configured to contain a developer, the developer containing unit comprising:
a flexible container configured to contain the developer and provided with an opening through which the developer is discharged;
a frame configured to accommodate the flexible container;
a pressure member provided in the frame and configured to deform the flexible container; and
an abutment portion extending in a longitudinal direction of the frame and at which the flexible container and the frame abut
against each other.

US Pat. No. 9,063,501

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT WITH LIGHT GUIDE MEMBER FOR DETECTING REMAINING TONER AMOUNT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit, usable with an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, for accommodating developer
for an electrophotographic image forming process, said developer accommodating unit comprising:
a developer accommodating chamber, formed by a developer accommodating frame, for accommodating the developer; and
a light guide member, provided through said developer accommodating frame, for detecting a remaining toner amount,
wherein said light guide member includes (i) a light-incident-side light guide portion for guiding detection light coming
from a light emitting element provided outside of said developer accommodating chamber to an inside of said developer accommodating
chamber and (ii) a light-emergent-side light guide portion for guiding the detection light passed through the inside of said
developer accommodating chamber to a light receiving element provided outside of said developer accommodating chamber, said
light-incident-side light guide portion and said light-emergent-side light guide portion being integrally formed,

wherein said light-incident-side light guide portion includes an incident portion on which the detection light is incident,
and includes a light-emergent-side window through which the detection light emerges into said developer accommodating chamber,

wherein said light-emergent-side light guide portion includes a light-incident-side window on which the detection light passed
through the inside of said developer accommodating chamber is incident, and includes an emergent portion from which the detection
light emerges toward the light receiving element,

wherein said developer accommodating frame includes a light guide member mounting portion for mounting said light guide member,
said light guide member mounting portion including an incident side opening and an emergent side opening for exposing said
incident portion and said emergent portion, respectively, to the outside of said developer accommodating chamber, said light
guide member mounting portion being provided on an inner side wall of said developer accommodating chamber, and

wherein said light guide member (i) is mounted to said developer accommodating frame in a state in which said incident portion
and said emergent portion are exposed through the incident side opening and the emergent side opening, respectively and (ii)
is connected with said developer accommodating frame in a sealed state so that the outside and inside of said developer accommodating
chamber are prevented from communicating with each other via the incident side opening and the emergent side opening.

US Pat. No. 9,057,986

SHUTTER MECHANISM, DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A shutter mechanism capable of opening and closing an opening through which a developer accommodated in a container is
movable, said shutter mechanism comprising:
a shutter member movable to open and close the opening; and
a limiting member for limiting movement of said shutter member in a direction of opening the opening,
wherein when the container is inclined, said limiting member moves to a position where said limiting member limits the movement
of said shutter member.

US Pat. No. 9,058,004

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS THAT MANAGES A PLURALITY OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUSES, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management apparatus that is connected to a plurality of image forming apparatuses, each of which includes a storage
unit for storing information indicative of wear levels of members for outputting a color image, on a color-by-color basis,
via a network, comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the information from each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses; and
a selection unit configured to select an image forming apparatus for outputting an image, based on the information acquired
by said acquisition unit, such that differences between the wear levels become smaller between the plurality of image forming
apparatuses,

wherein the members are photosensitive drums, and the information is determined according to charging time periods for the
photosensitive drums and an average image ratio.

US Pat. No. 9,058,011

CLEANING DEVICE, DEVELOPING DEVICE, CARTRIDGE, CLEANING BLADE SECURING METHOD, AND DEVELOPING BLADE SECURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning device comprising:
a cleaning blade for removing toner remaining on a surface of an image bearing member;
a cleaning unit frame for supporting the cleaning blade; and
a plurality of projections provided on the cleaning unit frame,
wherein the projections are bent outwardly to secure the cleaning blade to the cleaning unit frame, and
wherein for each of the projections, resin material is disposed in a region between an outer peripheral surface of each respective
projection and a surface of the cleaning blade, the resin material being disposed along a line, perpendicular to the cleaning
blade, which extends from the outer peripheral surface of the respective projection.

US Pat. No. 9,060,086

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document reading apparatus comprising:
a document conveyance unit configured to convey a document;
a reading unit configured to read the document conveyed by the document conveyance unit;
a sheet storage unit configured to store a sheet;
a first determination unit configured to determine a size of the document based on a size of the sheet stored in the sheet
storage unit;

a control unit configured to cause the document conveyance unit to convey the document and then cause the reading unit to
read the document based on the size determined by the first determination unit;

a second determination unit configured to determine a size of the document which is being conveyed by the document conveyance
unit; and

a third determination unit configured to determine whether the size determined by the first determination unit matches the
size determined by the second determination unit,

wherein, in a case where the third determination unit determines that the size determined by the first determination unit
does not match the size determined by the second determination unit, the control unit causes the document conveyance unit
to convey the document again and then causes the reading unit to read the document again based on the size determined by the
second determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,060,110

IMAGE CAPTURE WITH TUNABLE POLARIZATION AND TUNABLE SPECTRAL SENSITIVITY

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of diffuse spectral imaging for use in an image capture device, wherein the image capture device includes an imaging
assembly having a spectral sensitivity tunable on a region-by-region basis in accordance with a spectral capture mask, and
imaging optics having a polarization filter tunable on a region-by-region basis in accordance with a polarization control
mask for projecting an image of a scene onto the imaging assembly, wherein a region in the image is a pixel or a contiguous
group of pixels, the method comprising:
applying a default polarization control mask to the imaging optics, wherein the default polarization control mask indicates
a setting for each region regarding whether or not to rotate the imaging optics;

applying a default spectral capture mask to the imaging assembly, wherein the default spectral capture mask indicates a setting
for a spectral sensitivity of each region;

capturing an image of the scene using the imaging assembly;
capturing at least one sample image of the scene;
estimating spectral content of the scene based on the captured sample image;
constructing an updated polarization control mask and an updated spectral capture mask based at least in part on calculations
using the estimated spectral content of the scene;

applying the updated polarization control mask to the imaging optics; and
applying the updated spectral capture mask to the imaging assembly,
wherein in the capturing step, the image of the scene is captured with the updated polarization control mask applied to the
imaging optics and with the updated spectral capture mask applied to the imaging assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,059,343

RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation image pickup apparatus comprising:
a base;
at least one image pickup element including a plurality of pixels, each of which has a sensor portion converting light into
a charge;

a scintillator arranged on the image pickup element at a side opposite to the base;
a first heat peelable adhesive layer which is arranged between the base and the image pickup element and which fixes the base
and the image pickup element; and

a second heat peelable adhesive layer which is arranged between the image pickup element and the scintillator and which fixes
the image pickup element and the scintillator,

wherein the first heat peelable adhesive layer contains first heat-expandable microspheres, the second heat peelable adhesive
layer contains second heat-expandable microspheres, and the first heat-expandable microspheres have a different expansion
starting temperature from that of the second heat-expandable microspheres.

US Pat. No. 9,060,119

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus adjustment apparatus comprising:
an imaging element including a first photoelectric conversion cell that outputs a first signal for phase difference detection
obtained by detecting a plurality of light fluxes transmitted through different exit pupils of a photographing optical system
using a plurality of focus detection pixels and a second photoelectric conversion cell that outputs a second signal for image
generation obtained by detecting an object image transmitted through the photographing optical system using an imaging pixel;

a contrast calculating unit for calculating contrast information on the object image based on at least one of the first signal
and the second signal;

a focus detecting unit for performing focus detection using a phase difference method on the basis of the first signal; and
a reliability estimating unit for estimating reliability of a result by the focus detecting unit,
wherein the reliability estimating unit estimates the reliability of the result by the focus detecting unit on the basis of
correlation between information on contrast estimate by the contrast calculating unit and information on a defocus amount
by the focus detecting unit, and

wherein the reliability estimating unit determines that the reliability of the result by the focus detecting unit is low in
a case where the information on the contrast estimate is higher than a first threshold value and the information on the defocus
amount is larger than a second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,060,130

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,058,847

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,059,084

STACKED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A stacked semiconductor device comprising:
a first semiconductor package; and
a second semiconductor package stacked on the first semiconductor package through a solder joint portion,
the first semiconductor package comprising:
a first semiconductor element; and
a first printed wiring board on which the first semiconductor element is mounted,
the first printed wiring board comprising:
a first power supply input land provided in a first surface layer of the first printed wiring board, for establishing connection
to an outside of the stacked semiconductor device;

a first power supply output land provided in a second surface layer of the first printed wiring board on the second semiconductor
package side, for establishing connection to the second semiconductor package, the second surface layer being located on a
rear side of the first surface layer; and

a first power supply pattern provided in a first inner layer between the first surface layer and the second surface layer
and electrically connected to the first power supply input land and the first power supply output land,

the second semiconductor package comprising:
a second semiconductor element; and
a second printed wiring board on which the second semiconductor element is mounted,
the second printed wiring board comprising a second power supply input land provided in a third surface layer of the second
printed wiring board on the first semiconductor package side, for establishing connection to the first power supply output
land through the solder joint portion,

the second power supply input land being connected to a first power supply terminal of the second semiconductor element,
wherein a number of the first power supply output lands connected to the first power supply pattern is larger than a number
of the first power supply input lands connected to the first power supply pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,058,132

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which a preset associated with an installed driver is registered, the apparatus
comprising:
a detection unit that detects an instruction of registration of a new preset;
a preset acquisition unit that acquires information regarding a preset registered in the information processing apparatus
from management information for managing the registered preset and a first print queue associated with the registered preset;

a determination unit that compares information regarding the new preset with the information regarding the registered preset
acquired by the preset acquisition unit and determines whether or not the new preset and the registered preset have the same
parameter for a common setting item; and

a control unit that controls the registration of the new preset in the information processing apparatus according to a result
of the determination,

wherein, if the determination unit determines that the new preset and the registered preset do not have the same parameter
for the common setting item, the control unit registers, in the information processing apparatus, the new preset which is
associated with a second queue, and

wherein, if the determination unit determines that the new preset and the registered preset have the same parameter for the
common setting item, the control unit updates the registered preset by adding, to the registered preset, a setting item that
is a difference included in the new preset and a parameter of the setting item, and the updated preset is also associated
with the second queue in addition to the first print queue, without the registration of the new preset.

US Pat. No. 9,054,309

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, ULTRASONIC MOTOR, AND DUST CLEANING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a tungsten bronze structure metal oxide that includes metal elements which are strontium, calcium, sodium, and niobium; and
tungsten,wherein
the metal elements satisfy following conditions on a molar basis:
when Sr/Nb=a, 0.320?a?0.430,

when Ca/Nb=b, 0.008?b?0.086, and

when Na/Nb=c, 0.180?c?0.200;

a tungsten content on a metal basis is 0.40 to 3.20 parts by weight relative to 100 parts by weight of the tungsten bronze
structure metal oxide; and

the tungsten bronze structure metal oxide has a c-axis orientation.

US Pat. No. 9,055,428

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a sharing unit configured to share an encryption key for encrypted communication with a plurality of other communication apparatuses
belonging to a network which the communication apparatus has joined;

a management unit configured to manage a first number of communication apparatuses to which the communication apparatus is
connected and a second number of other communication apparatuses with which the encryption key has been shared using the sharing
unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether encrypted communication with the plurality of other communication apparatuses
is possible based of the first number of communication apparatuses and the second number of other communication apparatuses
managed by the management unit;

a starting unit configured to start processing for setting an Internet Protocol (IP) address of the communication apparatus
using encrypted communication with the shared key according to a result of the determination by the determination unit that
the encryption key is shared with all of the plurality of the other communication apparatuses; and wherein the sharing unit,
the management unit, the determination unit, and the starting unit are realized by a processor included in the communication
apparatus configured to read a program stored in a memory and execute the program.

US Pat. No. 9,055,218

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,050,794

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for printing an image on a printing medium using a plurality of printing elements for generating energy
used for ejection of ink, the printing apparatus comprising:
a determination unit configured to determine whether a pixel having a ruled-line attribute is included in image data of the
image; and

a printing unit configured to print the image based on a result of the determination performed by the determination unit,
wherein the energy to be applied by the printing elements to the ink for printing a region including the pixel having the
ruled-line attribute is higher than energy to be applied by the printing elements to the ink for printing a region which does
not include the pixel having the ruled-line attribute.

US Pat. No. 9,052,855

SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM IN WHICH CLIENT AND SERVER CUSTOMIZE A PRINTER DRIVER IN COOPERATION WITH EACH OTHER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A system in which a client and a server customize a printer driver in cooperation with each other,
said client comprising
a storage; and
a hardware processor that executes a computer program to control said client to function as:
an accepting unit configured to accept a customization setting for the printer driver,
a generation unit configured to generate customization data based on an input of the customization setting,
a communication unit configured to transmit the customization data and a first catalog file of the printer driver to said
server, and receive a second catalog file as a response, and

a unit configured to generate a customized printer driver by applying the customization data to the printer driver, and attaching
the second catalog file to the printer driver, and

said server comprising
a storage; and
a hardware processor that executes a computer program to control said server to function as:
a reception unit configured to receive the customization data and the first catalog file from said client,
a detection unit configured to detect a corresponding printer driver from a database using the received first catalog file
as a key,

a generation unit configured to generate a customized printer driver by applying the received customization data to the printer
driver detected by said detection unit,

an attachment unit configured to generate a second catalog file for the customized printer driver, and attach an electronic
signature to the second catalog file, and

a unit configured to transmit the second catalog file attached with the electronic signature by said attachment unit to said
client.

US Pat. No. 9,052,664

RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material detection apparatus comprising:
a light emitting unit configured to emit light;
a light receiving unit configured to receive the light emitted from the light emitting unit via a recording material;
an ultrasonic wave transmitting unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave; and
an ultrasonic wave receiving unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the ultrasonic wave transmitting
unit via the recording material, the ultrasonic wave receiving unit being different from the light receiving unit,

wherein the light emitting unit, the light receiving unit, the ultrasonic wave transmitting unit and the ultrasonic wave receiving
unit are located at a downstream side of a feeding unit configured to feed the recording material in a direction of conveying
the recording material, and

wherein the light receiving unit is configured to receive the light emitted from the light emitting unit via the recording
material and the ultrasonic wave receiving unit is configured to receive the ultrasonic wave transmitted from the ultrasonic
wave transmitting unit via the recording material while a contact member is in contact with the recording material.

US Pat. No. 9,052,667

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING AN INTERLOCK SWITCH

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image;
a power supply unit configured to supply electric power to the image forming unit via a power supply line;
a door configured to be opened for accessing the image forming unit;
an output unit configured to output a signal indicating whether the door is open or closed;
a control unit configured to determine the signal output from the output unit at a predetermined sensing cycle period;
an interruption unit configured to interrupt electric power supplied by the power supply unit via the power supply line while
the door is open, the interruption unit comprising a switching contact located on the power supply line, the switching contact
opens to interrupt electric power supplied by the power supply unit when the door is opened; and

a storage unit configured to store information indicating that the interruption unit interrupts electric power supplied by
the power supply unit,

wherein the signal comprises a first signal indicating that the door is open and a second signal indicating that the door
is closed, and

wherein the control unit clears the information after the second signal is output from the output unit,
wherein the switching contact is opened after the first signal is output from the output unit and is closed before the second
signal is output from the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,052,677

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a plurality of supporting members configured to support the intermediate transfer belt;
a current supply member configured to contact the intermediate transfer belt; and
a power supply configured to apply a voltage to the current supply member,
wherein the intermediate transfer belt is provided with electrical conductivity capable of passing a current from a contact
position of the current supply member in the rotational direction of the intermediate transfer belt to the plurality of image
bearing members via the intermediate transfer belt,

wherein the power supply applies a voltage to the current supply member to pass a current from the current supply member to
the plurality of image bearing members via the intermediate transfer belt to generate electric discharge between the intermediate
transfer belt and the image bearing members at a position on the upstream side of the upstream end of a contact region between
the intermediate transfer belt and the image bearing member at each of a plurality of primary transfer sections in the rotational
direction of the intermediate transfer belt,

such that a potential difference between the intermediate transfer belt and the image bearing members at the contact region
is smaller than a Paschen discharge threshold voltage value, and

wherein a constant voltage element for maintaining a surface potential of the intermediate transfer belt to a predetermined
potential or higher is connected to the plurality of supporting members.

US Pat. No. 9,052,678

CLEANING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,054,243

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image sensor including a semiconductor substrate with a photoelectric conversion element, the sensor comprising:
a first portion arranged on the semiconductor substrate and having one opening arranged on the photoelectric conversion element,
the first portion including a first layer and a second layer each of which is an insulating layer, the second layer being
positioned between the semiconductor substrate and the first layer, the first layer having a first opening forming a part
of the one opening, and the second layer having a second opening forming a part of the one opening, the first portion including
one wiring layer disposed between the first layer and the second layer;

an insulator portion arranged in the one opening and having a refractive index higher than a refractive index of the first
and second layers, the insulator portion including a first region and a second region, the first region being positioned in
the first opening and a side face of the first region being surrounded by the first layer, and the second region being positioned
in the second opening and a side face of the second region being surrounded by the second layer;

a second portion having a first part arranged to cover the one opening and having a second part arranged on an upper surface
of the first portion, and the first and second parts being formed from an inorganic material; and

a third portion arranged directly on the second portion without being arranged inside of the one opening, and having a refractive
index lower than a refractive index of the second portion, an interface between the third portion and the second part of the
second portion being planar,

wherein at least the second part of the second portion and at least the first region of the insulator portion are integrally
formed from the same inorganic material, and the first and second openings has a tapered shape in which an area increases
with distance from the semiconductor substrate, and an angle of the side face of the first region and an angle of the side
face of the second region are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,052,688

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a plurality of recording materials, said image forming apparatus comprising:
an accommodating portion for accommodating the plurality of recording materials;
feeding means for feeding the recording materials from an end side of said accommodating portion; and
a cartridge supporting member provided above said accommodating portion with respect to a vertical direction, wherein said
cartridge supporting member is movable, in a direction perpendicular to an axial direction of said feeding means, to a mounting
and demounting position where a plurality of cartridges is detachably mountable outside a main assembly of said image forming
apparatus and to an image forming position where the plurality of cartridges is capable of forming the image inside the main
assembly,

wherein at the image forming position, a side of said cartridge supporting member that opposes another end side of said accommodating
portion with respect to the vertical direction is lower with respect to the vertical direction than that of a side of said
cartridge supporting member that opposes the end side of said accommodating portion, and

wherein when said cartridge supporting member is moved from the image forming position to the mounting and demounting position,
said cartridge supporting member is moved obliquely below with respect to the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,052,189

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS FOR MEASURING SHAPE OF TEST OBJECT AND MEASUREMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A measurement apparatus for measuring a shape of a test surface by detecting a first interference fringe generated by interfering
reference light from a reference surface with measurement light from the test surface, the apparatus comprising:
a vibration detection surface having a set relative position with respect to the test surface, and that receives part of the
measurement light;

an image sensor configured to sense, together with the first interference fringe, a second interference fringe generated by
interference between light from the vibration detection surface and the reference light at a plurality of times; and

a processor configured to:
obtain data of the first interference fringe and the second interference fringe sensed by the image sensor;
calculate a phase difference corresponding to an optical path length difference between the vibration detection surface and
the reference surface from the second interference fringe sensed at each of the plurality of times;

calculate a relative vibration between the reference surface and the test surface from each calculated phase difference; and
calculate the shape of the test surface using the relative vibration and data of the sensed first interference fringe.

US Pat. No. 9,044,858

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,044,860

CONTROL METHOD OF ROBOT APPARATUS AND ROBOT APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A control method of a robot apparatus, the robot apparatus comprising: a link pivotally connected to a base body through
a joint; and a pair of actuators that generate driving force for pulling the link in opposite directions relative to the base
body to provide torque to the joint based on a difference in the driving force and to provide stiffness to the joint based
on a sum of the driving force, the robot apparatus obtaining each driving force command value of each of the actuators necessary
for a joint angle of the joint to follow a target trajectory, the robot apparatus controlling each of the actuators so that
the driving force generated in each of the actuators coincides with each of the driving force command values, the control
method comprising:
a torque command value computation step of using the target trajectory, angular velocity of the target trajectory, angular
acceleration of the target trajectory, and a joint stiffness command value indicating a total value of the driving force command
values to calculate a torque command value indicating the torque necessary for the joint based on inverse dynamics of the
link;

a change computation step of computing a difference between the joint stiffness command value and a value, which is obtained
by dividing an absolute value of the torque command value by a moment arm radius of the link, and performing a computation
of subtracting a value, which is obtained by multiplying the difference by a coefficient greater than 0 and equal to or smaller
than 1, from the joint stiffness command value to change the joint stiffness command value;

an iterative step of iterating the computations of the torque command value computation step and the change computation step
until the difference converges to a value equal to or smaller than a predetermined value; and

a driving force command value computation step of using the joint stiffness command value and the torque command value to
compute each of the driving force command values when the difference is converged to a value equal to or smaller than the
predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,048,739

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply device, comprising:
a transformer in which a primary side and a secondary side are insulated with each other;
a switching unit configured to switch the primary side of the transformer;
a detection unit configured to detect a current flowing on the primary side to output a first signal corresponding to the
detected current;

a transmission unit configured to transmit a second signal corresponding to an output voltage from the secondary side to the
primary side; and

a control unit configured to control an operation of the switching unit in accordance with the second signal from the transmission
unit and the first signal output from the detection unit; and

a correction unit configured to correct the first signal output from the detection unit according to a resonance frequency,
wherein, when a switching frequency of the switching unit is reduced, the control unit controls a turn-on time of the switching
unit based on the second signal from the transmission unit and the first signal corrected by the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 9,048,760

DRIVING UNIT OF VIBRATION-TYPE ACTUATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,044,167

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR CAUSING COMPUTER TO PERFORM IMAGE PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing device comprising:
a first identification unit configured to identify the spatial configuration of a vessel in an object to be imaged from a
first SLO image obtained by signal light that has a first focus position; and

a second identification unit configured to identify information on a blood flow in at least a part of the identified vessel
based on a second SLO moving image obtained by the signal light that has a second focus position deeper than the first focus
position,

wherein the identified vessel in the first SLO image is in focus and the identified vessel in the second SLO moving image
is not in focus.

US Pat. No. 9,044,932

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,046,466

X-RAY IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray imaging apparatus comprising:
a diffraction grating which diffracts X-rays emitted from an X-ray source to thereby form an interference pattern having two-dimensionally
arranged bright and dark zones;

a masking grating in which masking portions for masking the X-rays and transmitting portions for transmitting the X-rays are
two-dimensionally arranged to partially mask each of the bright zones of the interference pattern;

a moving device which changes the relative position between said interference pattern and said masking grating;
a detector which detects an intensity distribution of the X-rays transmitted through said masking grating; and
a calculator which calculates a differential phase contrast image or a phase contrast image of a subject on the basis of the
result of detection performed by said detector, said calculator being configured to calculate the differential phase contrast
image or the phase contrast image in each of two mutually crossing directions on the basis of results of detections performed
a plurality of times by said detector

wherein a plurality of the results of detection performed by said detector are used to calculate the differential phase contrast
image or the phase contrast image in each of the two mutually crossing directions.

US Pat. No. 9,049,400

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating an electronic document from an image comprising:
an identification unit configured to identify character areas in the image;
a character recognition unit configured to perform a character recognition process on the identified character areas;
a counting unit configured to count the number of characters in each of the identified character areas;
a selection unit configured to select, from among column arrangements allowed by specifications of the electronic document,
a column arrangement that arranges the greatest number of characters by using the number of characters in each of the identified
character areas; and

a generation unit configured to generate the electronic document based on the selected column arrangement and a result of
the character recognition process.

US Pat. No. 9,044,947

INK JET PRINTING APPARATUS AND INK JET PRINTING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet printing apparatus comprising:
a conveyance unit configured to convey a print medium in a first direction;
a print head unit configured to print on the print medium, the print head unit comprising a first print head chip that includes
a first nozzle array formed by first nozzles, and a second print head chip that includes a second nozzle array formed by second
nozzles, the first print head chip and the second print head chip being arrayed in a second direction crossing the first direction
such that the first nozzles in the first print head chip and the second nozzles in the second print head chip print two adjacent
lines, respectively, each of which is printed in a direction crossing the second direction; and

a controller configured to control ejection of ink by the first nozzles and the second nozzles according to an angle between
a longitudinal direction of the print head unit and the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,048,058

RADIATION GENERATING TUBE AND RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation generating tube, comprising:
a cathode connected to an electron gun including an electron emitting portion;
an anode including a target and configured to generate radiation when irradiated with electrons emitted from the electron
emitting portion;

an insulating tube having a pair of tube ends, one end of which is connected to the cathode and the other end is connected
to the anode to surround the electron gun; and

an electrical potential defining member disposed in a wall of the insulating tube at an intermediate position between the
pair of tube ends of the insulating tube,

wherein:
the electrical potential defining member is electrically connected to an electrical potential defining unit via an electrical
resistance member or an inductor, and

a potential of the electrical potential defining member is higher than that of the cathode and is lower than that of the anode.

US Pat. No. 9,046,840

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING PRESSING MECHANISM CONFIGURED TO PRESS A FIRST UNIT TOWARD A SECOND UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
(i) first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating of a toner image on a sheet;
(ii) a first unit configured to rotatably hold said first rotatable member
(iii) a second unit configured to rotatably hold said second rotatable member; and
(iv) a pressing mechanism configured to press said first unit toward said second unit,
wherein said pressing mechanism comprises:
(iv-i) an abutting member capable of abutting against said first unit;
(iv-ii) an arm member, including a supporting portion configured to be rotatably supported by said abutting member, capable
of abutting against said abutting member; and

(iv-iii) a spring member which is fixed to said second unit at one end portion thereof and which is mounted, at another end
portion thereof, to said arm member at a position closer to a free end of said arm member than said supporting portion of
said arm member.

US Pat. No. 10,133,084

DIFFRACTIVE OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND OPTICAL APPARATUS WHICH REDUCE GENERATION OF UNNECESSARY LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A diffractive optical element comprising:a first diffraction grating including a first grating surface and a first grating wall surface;
a second diffraction grating including a second grating surface and a second grating wall surface; and
a thin film consisting of a single film provided between the first grating wall surface and the second grating wall surface, the thin film being in direct physical contact with both of the first grating wall surface and the second grating wall surface,
wherein an extinction coefficient of the thin film with respect to a wavelength ? in a use wavelength band is not greater than 0.0005, and
wherein the following expressions are satisfied:
n1>n2>n3,
0.005 0.5?W/WC?2.0,
where n1, n2, and n3 are refractive indices of materials of the thin film, the first diffraction grating, and the second diffraction grating, respectively, with respect to the wavelength ?, and W is a width of the thin film between the first grating wall surface and the second grating wall surface, and
where ? and WC are defined as follows:

US Pat. No. 10,105,950

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control apparatus comprising:an application unit configured to apply a recording agent to a recording medium;
a conveyance unit configured to convey a recording medium to which a recording agent is applied by the application unit;
a stacking member configured to stack recording media which are sequentially conveyed by the conveyance unit;
a pressing member configured to press the recording media which are sequentially stacked on the stacking member; and
a control unit configured to control timing at which the pressing member contacts the recording media,
wherein the recording media is stacked on the stacking member with a surface of the recording media to which the recording agent is applied facing up, and the pressing member presses an upper surface of the recording medium stacked on the stacking member, and
wherein the control unit controls the timing at which the pressing member contacts a recording medium when the recording medium has been stacked on the uppermost recording medium, based on data for applying the recording agent to a predetermined area, on the recording medium, including an area which the pressing member can contact.

US Pat. No. 10,110,764

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,104,702

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,095,144

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner comprising toner particle containing:a binder resin, a pigment, a pigment dispersant, and a fixing assistant, wherein
the pigment dispersant comprises:
a structure represented by formula (1) or a tautomer thereof, and
a polymer moiety,

wherein X, Y and Z each independently represent —O—, a methylene group, or —NR4—, and R4 represents a hydrogen atom, or a linear or branched alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms;
R1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, a polycyclic aromatic group, or a heterocyclic group;
R2 represents a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted phenyl group, an aralkyl group, a linear, branched, or cyclic alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or a monovalent group obtained by substituting a methylene group of a main chain of an alkyl group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms by an ether bond, an ester bond, or an amide bond;
R3 represents a substituted or unsubstituted phenylene group, a linear, branched, or cyclic alkylene group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms, or a divalent group obtained by substituting a methylene group of a main chain of an alkylene group having 1 to 18 carbon atoms by an ether bond, an ester bond, or an amide bond;
W represents a linking group to the polymer moiety;
a substituent of the substituted phenyl group and a substituent of the substituted phenylene group are each a methyl group, a methoxy group, a hydroxy group, a nitro group, a chloro group, a carboxy group, an amino group, a dimethylamino group, a carboxylic acid amide group, or a ureido group;
the polycyclic aromatic group is a group obtained by eliminating one hydrogen atom from naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, or anthraquinone; and
the heterocyclic group is a group obtained by eliminating one hydrogen atom from imidazole, oxazole, thiazole, pyridine, indole, benzimidazole, benzimidazolinone, or phthalimide,
the binder resin and the fixing assistant satisfy the following formula (2),
(TgA?TgB)?5.0° C.  (2)
wherein TgA represents a glass transition temperature Tg of the binder resin measured by a differential scanning calorimeter analysis; and
TgB represents a glass transition temperature Tg of a resin mixture measured by a differential scanning calorimeter analysis, the resin mixture consisting of the binder resin and the fixing assistant at a mass ratio of 9:1, and
a hydrophobic parameter HP1 of the pigment dispersant and a hydrophobic parameter HP2 of the fixing assistant satisfy the following formula (3),
?0.26?(HP1?HP2)?0.15  (3)
wherein HP1 represents a volume fraction of heptane at a precipitation point of the pigment dispersant as measured by the addition of heptane to a solution containing 0.01 parts by mass of the pigment dispersant and 1.48 parts by mass of chloroform; and
HP2 represents a volume fraction of heptane at a precipitation point of the fixing assistant as measured by the addition of heptane to a solution containing 0.01 parts by mass of the fixing assistant and 1.48 parts by mass of chloroform.

US Pat. No. 10,095,179

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,093,497

FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,088,560

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus, comprising:a plurality of conversion elements which receive acoustic waves emitted from an object and convert the acoustic waves into electrical signals;
a correlation calculator which calculates correlation data by using the plurality of electrical signals output from said plurality of conversion elements;
an average correlation calculator which calculates an average correlation matrix by extracting a plurality of submatrices from the correlation data and averaging the submatrices; and
an adaptive signal processor which generates power distribution by performing adaptive signal processing by using the average correlation matrix and calculating the power of each target position,
wherein said correlation calculator calculates the correlation data by obtaining the correlation of input signals that are separated by at least one input signal among the input signals input to said correlation calculator and without obtaining the correlation of input signals that are not separated by at least one input signal among the input signals input to said correlation calculator, and
wherein the correlation data calculated with said correlation calculator contains only elements of diagonal components of the correlation matrix, and elements at positions that are separated at intervals of one or more columns from the elements of the diagonal components.

US Pat. No. 10,074,045

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING CONTROL BASED ON TONER DENSITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,075,621

PRINT DATA GENERATING APPARATUS AND PRINT DATA GENERATING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print data generating apparatus, comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain a BRDF model group for each of a plurality of colors and an angle of incident light in an environment where an object to be reproduced is to be viewed;
a calculating unit configured to calculate a reflection distribution of the object to be reproduced for which the angle of the incident light is limited by applying the angle of the incident light, obtained by the obtaining unit, to each of models in the BRDF model group;
a color data outputting unit configured to output color data for each of the models in the BRDF model group based on the reflection distribution calculated by the calculating unit, the color data indicating a color to be formed on a surface of the object to be reproduced; and
a form data outputting unit configured to output form data for each of the models in the BRDF model group based on the reflection distribution calculated by the calculating unit, the form data indicating a form of the object to be reproduced.

US Pat. No. 10,064,042

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:one or more computers that cause the communication apparatus to:
accept a first search instruction at the communication apparatus from a user;
perform, in response to accepting the first search instruction, a first search process for searching a wireless network complying with a Wi-Fi Alliance Neighbor Awareness Networking standard and a first other communication apparatus that is in the wireless network and complies with the Wi-Fi Alliance Neighbor Awareness Networking standard by a first method complying with the Wi-Fi Alliance Neighbor Awareness Networking standard, and a second search process that is performed after the first search process and is for searching, over a plurality of channels, a second other communication apparatus by a second method complying with a communication standard other than the Wi-Fi Alliance Neighbor Awareness Networking standard; and
perform, after performing the second search process, the first search process without further accepting another search instruction from the user.
US Pat. No. 10,048,610

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising:a toner particle containing a binding resin and a colorant; and
an inorganic fine particle, wherein:
the inorganic fine particle is a silica particle containing aluminum,
a content of the aluminum in the silica particle is 0.2 ppm or more and 200 ppm or less,
the silica particle is stuck on a surface of the toner particle with a sticking ratio of 70% by mass or more and 100% by mass or less,
the sticking ratio is represented by the following equation:
sticking ratio={1?(P1?P2)/P1}×100
P1 represents the SiO2 amount (% by mass) of initial toner, and P2 represents the SiO2 amount (% by mass) of the toner after the removal of the silica particle not stuck to the surface of the toner particle, and
the removal of the silica particle not stuck to the surface of the toner particle comprises:
(i) adding 160 g of sucrose to 100 mL of ion exchanged water, and then dissolving with hot water to prepare a sucrose solution;
(ii) charging a solution prepared by adding 23 mL of the sucrose solution and 6.0 mL of nonionic surfactant into a 50 mL polyethylene sealable sample bottle, and adding 1.0 g of a sample of initial toner;
(iii) after adding the sample of initial toner, sealing the sample bottle;
(iv) after sealing the sample bottle, shaking the sample bottle, and then standing the sample bottle still for 1 hour;
(v) after the sample bottle stands still for 1 hour, shaking the sample bottle at 350 spm for 20 minutes with a shaker;
(vi) after shaking the sample bottle with the shaker, transferring the contents of the sample bottle into a vessel;
(vii) centrifuging the contents transferred into the vessel with a high speed cooling centrifuge under the conditions of: a set temperature of 20° C., the shortest acceleration/deceleration time permitted by the high speed cooling centrifuge, a number of rotations of 3,500 rpm, and a rotation time of 30 minutes; and
(viii) after centrifuging the contents, collecting a toner separated at a topmost portion of the centrifuged contents, filtering with a vacuum filter, and then drying with a drier for 1 hour or more.

US Pat. No. 10,031,447

BELT CONVEYING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING STEERING CONTROL MECHANISM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A belt conveying device comprising:an endless belt;
a first roller around which the belt is supported and configured to convey the belt;
a second roller around which the belt is supported, at least one end side of the second roller being supported to be swingable, and capable of changing a position of the belt in a width direction;
a first detection portion configured to detect that the position of the belt in the width direction is in a first area located on the outer side than a predetermined position in the width direction of the belt;
a second detection portion configured to detect that the position of the belt in the width direction is in a second area adjacent to the first area and located on the outer side than the first area in the width direction of the belt;
a motor configured to steer the second roller; and
a control unit configured to control the motor based on a detection result of the first detection portion and the second detection portion,
wherein, when it is detected that an end portion of the belt has moved to the second area from the first area, the control unit increases a steering amount of the second roller intermittently to a predetermined upper limit while the end portion of the belt is located in the second area and, when the end portion of the belt returns to the first area from the second area before the steering amount of the second roller reaches the predetermined upper limit, the control unit stops increasing in the steering amount of the second roller to the predetermined upper limit.

US Pat. No. 10,031,473

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,031,430

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a surface layer containing a polyester resin having structures represented by general formula (I) and a structure represented by general formula (II):
wherein in general formula (I), X1 represents a divalent group; and

wherein in general formula (II), X2 represents one selected from the group consisting of a single bond, an oxygen atom, a divalent alkylene group, and a divalent cycloalkylene group, and R11 to R18 each represent one of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group, and
wherein the structures represented by general formula (I) include the structure represented by formula (I-1) and the structure represented by formula (I-2):

US Pat. No. 10,027,851

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,026,447

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR PRIORITY PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of scheduling processing of a plurality of recorded media content items, each recorded media content item having one or more media segments which each represent a coverage option for a story fragment, said method comprising:receiving a quality measure for each media segment in the plurality of recorded media content items;
determining a fitness score for each of a plurality of candidate sequences formed from the media segments, said fitness score being determined using the corresponding quality measure associated with media segments in the corresponding candidate sequence;
selecting a candidate sequence from the plurality of candidate sequences having a highest fitness score;
assigning a media segment score to each media segment, wherein a media segment score of 1 is assigned to each media segment included in the candidate sequence having the highest fitness score, and a media segment score of 0 is assigned to each media segment not included in the candidate sequence having the highest fitness score; and
scheduling processing of the plurality of recorded media content items in an order determined from the media segment scores of the media segments in the recorded media content items.