US Pat. No. 10,026,764

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,027,844

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,021,004

COMMUNICATION DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION DEVICE, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,019,212

PRINTING APPARATUS THAT DECOMPRESSES AND UPDATES SOFTWARE INSTALLED THEREIN, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a printer engine configured to perform print processing based on a print job;
at least one processor connected to at least one memory, the at least one processor and at least one memory configured to:
acquire update firmware for updating firmware of the printing apparatus by downloading the update firmware;
execute decompression processing of decompressing, after reception of the update firmware by downloading the update firmware is completed, the acquired update firmware; and
update the firmware of the printing apparatus using the decompressed update firmware,
wherein upon condition that a new print job causing the printer engine to print occurs after having started execution of the decompression processing and before finishing the decompression processing, the decompression processing is suspended from being executed, and
wherein in a case where the decompression processing is completed, said printing apparatus is shifted to an update mode in which the print job cannot be executed, and the firmware of the printing apparatus is updated using the decompressed update firmware after the printing apparatus has been shifted to the update mode.

US Pat. No. 10,015,406

ZOOM CONTROL DEVICE, IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF ZOOM CONTROL DEVICE, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom control device comprising:a memory holding a program;
at least one processor and/or at least one circuitry which executes the program held in the memory so as to function as:
a subject detection unit configured to detect a subject image from an image;
a designation unit configured to designate a photographing target subject from the subject image detected by the subject detection unit and to cancel the designation;
a scene composition selection unit configured to automatically select a specific scene composition from among a plurality of scene composition candidates;
a setting unit configured to set a reference size of the subject image used to control a zoom magnification based on the specific scene composition selected by the scene composition selection unit; and
a control unit configured to control the zoom magnification based on the reference size set by the setting unit and a size of the subject image sequentially detected by the subject detection unit,
wherein when a plurality of subject images is detected from the image by the subject detection unit, the scene composition selection unit changes at least one of the plurality of scene composition candidates according to whether the photographing target subject is or is not designated by the designation unit, and
wherein the zoom magnification based on the scene composition is automatically changed to compensate for the subject image falling outside of a frame of the image.

US Pat. No. 10,015,430

SOLID STATE IMAGE DEVICE AND IMAGE SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid state image device comprising:a pixel unit including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix;
an analog-to-digital conversion unit that converts a signal from the pixel unit into a digital signal;
a digital circuit unit that processes the digital signal from the analog-to-digital conversion unit; and
a wiring that supplies a voltage to the pixel unit,
wherein the wiring includes a first wiring section facing the pixel unit, a second wiring section facing at least one of the analog-to-digital conversion unit and the digital circuit unit, and a third wiring section connected to an electrode pad and between the second wiring section and the electrode pad, and
wherein a width of the second wiring section is smaller than respective widths of the first wiring section and the third wiring section.

US Pat. No. 10,013,147

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus that displays a first page containing a plurality of objects and a second page containing a plurality of objects, the display apparatus comprising:a memory; and
a processor configured to execute instructions stored in the memory, to act as units comprising:
(a) a setting unit configured to set one or more non-display objects among the objects contained in the first page;
(b) a first control display unit configured to carry out control to enlarge and display, on a screen, the objects contained in the first page, except the one or more non-display objects set by the setting unit;
(c) a receiving unit configured to receive an instruction to switch from display of the first page to display of the second page;
(d) a comparing unit configured to, in response to the received instruction, perform a comparison between the objects contained in the second page and the one or more non-display objects, wherein an object, of the objects contained in the second page, is determined to be equivalent to a non-display object, of the one or more non-display objects, if the object and the non-display object have in common at least one of: a position and a size; and
(e) a second control display unit configured to, in response to the comparison, carry out control to enlarge and display, on the screen, the objects contained in the second page, except one or more objects determined from the comparison to be equivalent to any one of the one or more non-display objects set by the setting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,983,523

FIXING DEVICE FOR SUPPRESSING REDUCED DURABILITY OF A FLEXIBLE ROTARY MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device that fixes an image formed on a recording material to the recording material, the fixing device comprising:a flexible cylindrical rotary member that rotates while contacting the recording material on which the image has been formed;
a roller that forms a fixing nip portion that nips and conveys the recording material together with the rotary member;
a first end-surface opposing portion that opposes one end surface of the rotary member in a generatrix direction of the rotary member;
a first inner-surface opposing portion that opposes an inner surface of the rotary member at one end portion of the rotary member in the generatrix direction of the rotary member;
a second end-surface opposing portion that opposes the other end surface of the rotary member in the generatrix direction of the rotary member,
a second inner-surface opposing portion that opposes an inner surface of the rotary member at the other end portion of the rotary member in the generatrix direction of the rotary member, the second inner-surface opposing portion being provided at a part different from a part at which the first inner-surface opposing portion is provided, and
wherein, when the rotary member is laterally shifted in the generatrix direction and pushes the first end-surface opposing portion, the first inner-surface opposing portion moves upstream in a recording material conveying direction at the fixing nip portion by a force for pushing the first end-surface opposing portion by the rotary member, and the first inner-surface opposing portion pushes the inner surface of the rotary member to upstream in the recording material conveying direction, and
wherein, when the rotary member is laterally shifted in the generatrix direction and pushes the second end-surface opposing portion, the second inner-surface opposing portion moves upstream in a recording material conveying direction at the fixing nip portion by a force for pushing the second end-surface opposing portion by the rotary member, and the second inner-surface opposing portion pushes the inner surface of the rotary member to upstream in the recording material conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 9,983,841

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,981,464

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,948,804

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD CONTROLLING PRINTING FOR SEPARATING PRINTING PRODUCTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image forming member that forms an image on a sheet;
a plurality of sheet discharge trays to which a sheet on which an image has been formed by the image forming unit is discharged;
a receiving interface that receives print information from an external apparatus, the print information including first image data, second image data, first discharge destination information that indicates a discharge destination of a first sheet for a printed product, and second discharge destination information that indicates a discharge destination of a second sheet for separating the printed product; and
a processor that controls the image forming member to form a first image on the first sheet based on the first image data, which is included in the print information received by the receiving interface, and to form a second image, including information about the printed product comprising the first sheet, on the second sheet based on the second image data, which is included in the print information received by the receiving interface,
wherein the processor obtains the first discharge destination information from the print information received by the receiving interface, and rewrites the second discharge destination information into the obtained first discharge destination information, and
wherein the first sheet for the printed product and the second sheet on which the second image including the information about the printed product comprising the first sheet is formed are discharged to one of the plurality of sheet discharge trays that corresponds to the first discharge destination.

US Pat. No. 9,948,584

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,940,438

MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS AND MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical diagnosis support apparatus which provides information for supporting medical diagnosis, comprising:an input obtaining unit configured to obtain, for a target case, a value corresponding to a type of medical information as a piece of already input information, wherein the type of medical information is a type of patient observation or patient measurement;
a non-input obtaining unit configured to obtain pieces of non-input information, based on the already input information, the pieces of non-input information being values which have not been input for the target case, the values corresponding to one or more types of medical information, wherein at least one of the one or more types of medical information is a type of patient observation or patient measurement;
an occurrence probability obtaining unit configured to obtain respective occurrence probabilities of each of the pieces of non-input information based on a co-occurrence frequency between the already input information and each of the pieces of non-input information wherein the occurrence probability increases with an increase in the co-occurrence frequency;
a result obtaining unit configured to obtain a first inference result based on the piece of already input information, and second inference results each based on the piece of already input information and a respective different one of the pieces of non-input information;
an influence degree calculation unit configured to calculate, for each of the pieces of non-input information, based on the first inference result and one of the second inference results, an inference-influence degree;
an evaluation unit configured to determine an evaluation value for each of the pieces of non-input information by using the occurrence probability for that piece of non-input information and the influence degree for that piece of non-input information, wherein the evaluation value increases with an increase in the co-occurrence frequency and the inference-influence degree; and
a selection unit configured to select a piece of non-input information to be presented from the pieces of non-input information based on the evaluation values for the pieces of non-input information, wherein the evaluation value for the selected piece of non-input information is larger than the evaluation value for the non-selected piece of non-input information.

US Pat. No. 9,930,022

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing system including an information processing apparatus having a web browser, and a web server,wherein the information processing apparatus comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to:
receive an encrypted software module and encrypted license information of the encrypted software module;
decrypt the received encrypted license information and decrypt the encrypted software module using a decryption key contained in the decrypted license information;
in response to a determination that the decrypted software module is a web application, extract a uniform resource locator (URL) of the web application from the decrypted license information and register the URL and the decrypted license information in association with an ID of the web application;
display items each corresponding to an application installed in the information processing apparatus or the web application in a menu screen;
upon an instruction for calling the software module being made by designating an item on the menu screen, determine whether or not the designated item corresponds to the web application;
in response to a determination that the designated item corresponds to the web application, determine whether or not the calling of the web application is enabled based on the registered license information corresponding to the web application; and
in accordance with having determined that the calling of the web application is enabled, set the URL contained in the registered license information corresponding to the web application in the web browser and make a request for the web application to the web server, and
wherein the web server comprises:
a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes the instructions to transmit a screen of a web application corresponding to the URL to the information processing apparatus as a response to the request from the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,925,805

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CREATION METHOD OF PRINTED PRODUCT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,876,926

SERVER THAT SYNCHRONIZES INFORMATION BETWEEN INFORMATION PROCESSORS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR SERVER, CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR I

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A server configured to communicate with a plurality of information processing apparatuses and measures time, the server
including at least one processor and at least one memory coupled to the at least one processor which act as:
a storage control unit configured to store, in a storage unit, information changed in one of the information processing apparatuses;
a first writing unit configured to write a first time that the server measures in response to the storing of the changed information;
a reception unit configured to receive, from another of the information processing apparatuses, an inquiry on whether or not
the storage control unit has stored the changed information;

a transmission unit configured to transmit information indicating a content of the changed information to the other of the
information processing apparatuses in a case where the written first time is the time between a second time when the reception
unit received a previous inquiry and a third time when the reception unit received the current inquiry;

a second writing unit configured to calculate and write, in response to the time that the server measures being changed by
a user, a time difference between the time before the change and the time after the change; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a modified first time by applying the written time difference to the written first
time when the time that the server measures is changed by the user after the first time has been written,

wherein, in a case where the modified first time is a time between the time when the previous inquiry was received and the
time when the current inquiry is received, the transmission unit transmits the information indicating the content of the changed
information to the other of the information processing apparatuses.

US Pat. No. 9,864,899

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image data acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of image data items each containing one or more objects;
a position acquisition unit configured to acquire respective positions, in a depth direction, of a plurality of objects contained
in the plurality of image data items; and

an object recognition unit configured to perform, with respect to each of the plurality of objects, object recognition processing
of detecting a corresponding object candidate from among a plurality of object candidates,

wherein the object recognition unit performs the object recognition processing, based on the respective positions of the plurality
of objects in the depth direction, in such a manner that the closer to a front side an object is located, the more preferentially
the object recognition processing of that object is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,862,214

RECORDING APPARATUS FOR REDUCING DISCHARGE POSITION DEVIATION OF DISCHARGED INK, AND RECORDING METHOD FOR THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head including recording element rows corresponding to ink of a plurality of types which are different from each
other, a plurality of recording elements configured to generate energy to discharge ink of a same type being arrayed in a
predetermined direction in each of the recording element rows;

a scanning unit configured to execute (i) a first scan of the recording head over a unit region on a recording medium, a predetermined
number of times in a first direction following an intersecting direction intersecting the predetermined direction, and (ii)
a second scan of the recording head over the unit region, the predetermined number of times in a second direction opposite
to the first direction;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain first image data determining the number of times of discharge of ink to each of a plurality
of pixel regions within the unit region for each pixel;

a generating unit configured to generate a plurality of sets of recording data determining discharge or non-discharge of the
ink to each of the plurality of pixel regions in each of the predetermined number of first and second scans for each pixel,
based on the image data and mask patterns corresponding to the first and second scans, each of the mask patterns determining
the number of times permitted for discharge of ink to each of the plurality of pixel regions for each pixel;

a driving unit configured to, (i) drive a plurality of first recording elements such that the first recording elements belonging
to different first driving blocks are driven at different timings from each other, the plurality of first recording elements
corresponding to the unit region in the predetermined number of times of the first scan of the plurality of recording elements,
and the first driving blocks being obtained by the plurality of first recording elements being divided, and (ii) drive a plurality
of second recording elements such that the second recording elements belonging to different second driving blocks are driven
at different timings from each other, the plurality of second recording elements corresponding to the unit region in the predetermined
number of times of the second scan of the plurality of recording elements, and the second driving blocks being obtained by
the plurality of second recording elements being divided; and

a control unit configured to, in each of the predetermined number of times of the first and second scans by the scanning unit,
discharge ink to the unit region by driving the plurality of recording elements with the driving unit, based on the plurality
of sets of recording data generated by the generating unit,

wherein (i) driving orders of the first driving blocks are different from each other as between the ink of different types,
(ii) the driving orders of the second driving blocks are different from each other as between the ink of different types,
and (iii) the driving order of the second driving blocks is different from an opposite order of the driving order of the first
driving blocks with regard to ink of a same type, and

wherein with regard to each pixel, the number of times permitted for discharge of ink indicated by a first logical sum pattern
and the number of times permitted for discharge of ink indicated by a second logical sum pattern are larger than zero and
are different from each other, (i) the first logical sum pattern being obtained by the logical sum of the number of times
permitted for discharge of ink to each of the pixels in the mask patterns corresponding to the predetermined number of times
of the first scan and ink of a same type, and (ii) the second logical sum pattern being obtained by the logical sum of the
number of times permitted for discharge of ink to each of the pixels in the mask patterns corresponding to the predetermined
number of times of the second scan and ink of a same type.

US Pat. No. 9,857,711

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner, comprising a toner particle comprising:
a binder resin selected from the group consisting of a styrene vinyl resin, a maleic acid copolymer, a polyester resin, an
epoxy resin, or polyurethane resin, and having a solubility parameter SP1 according to the equation of Fedors;

a crystalline polyester having a crystalline polyester moiety and an amorphous moiety, said crystalline polyester having a
solubility parameter SP2 according to the equation of Fedors; and

a colorant, wherein
?SP=|SP1?SP2|?0.43, and
the colorant comprises a compound represented by formula (1)

where R1, R2, and R3 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms, and Ar represents a substituted
or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl group.

US Pat. No. 9,853,419

OPTICAL AMPLIFYING ELEMENT, LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE, AND IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A light source device comprising:
a wavelength tunable laser; and
an optical amplifying element;
the optical amplifying element comprising:
a pair of reflectors that constitutes a cavity;
an active layer disposed between the pair of reflectors; and
an excitation unit configured to excite the active layer, wherein the active layer excited by the excitation unit amplifies
the intensity of a laser beam that enters the optical amplifying element, and

an optical element configured to cause the laser beam emitted from the wavelength tunable laser to enter the optical amplifying
element,

wherein the pair of reflectors is configured to change a length of the cavity according to a wavelength of the laser beam,
and

wherein a light-emitting region of the optical amplifying element is larger than a light-emitting region of the wavelength
tunable laser.

US Pat. No. 9,854,195

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a unit pixel including a plurality of light receiving elements;
a plurality of column output lines provided, for each column, at a number greater than or equal to at least a number of the
light receiving elements of each unit pixel; and

a processor or a circuit that performs the functions of a switching unit that switches between a first readout mode for reading
out signals from the plurality of light receiving elements via respectively different column output lines and a second readout
mode for reading out signals from the plurality of light receiving elements via the same column output line for each unit
pixel,

wherein the switching unit switches between the first readout mode and the second readout mode on a row-by-row basis in each
region of one or more unit pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,844,132

PRINTED BOARD AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus on which a printed board having an opening is mounted, comprising:
a fixing member configured to fix the printed board onto the apparatus; and
a first conductive member bridged over the opening and connected to the printed board; and
a coiled spring member whose one end portion is connected to the apparatus,
wherein in a state in which the printed board is fixed with the fixing member onto the apparatus, the first conductive member
comes into contact with another end portion of the coiled spring member, a part of the another end portion of the coiled spring
member passes through the opening, and the part of the end portion of the coiled spring member extends beyond a contact position
at which the first conductive member comes into contact with the another end portion of the coiled spring member.

US Pat. No. 9,835,972

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, AND INCLUDING A PLURALITY OF IMAGE FORMATION MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member configured to be rotated;
a light source including a plurality of light-emitting points including at least three light-emitting points which output
light beams exposing the photosensitive member so as to form an electronic latent image on the photosensitive member, the
plurality of light-emitting points being arranged such that a plurality of light beams output from the plurality of light-emitting
points expose different areas in a rotating direction of the photosensitive member;

a deflection unit configured to deflect the plurality of light beams so that the plurality of light beams scans the photosensitive
member;

a lens configured to guide the plurality of light beams deflected by the deflection unit onto the photosensitive member; a
control unit configured to control the light source based on an image formation mode selected from a plurality of image formation
modes; and

a storage unit configured to store information on an aberration of the lens caused by the plurality of light beams output
from the plurality of light-emitting points and information on the selection modes,

wherein the plurality of image formation modes include a first image formation mode in which among the plurality of light-emitting
points, light-emitting points which output light beams exposing both ends of the photosensitive member in the rotating direction
and at least a part of light-emitting points exposing an area between exposure positions of the light-emitting points which
output the light beams exposing the both ends are used to form the electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member,
and a second image formation mode in which among the plurality of light-emitting points, the light-emitting points which output
the light beams exposing the both ends are not used and at least a part of light-emitting point exposing an area between exposure
positions of the light-emitting points which output the light beams exposing the both ends are used to form the electrostatic
latent image on the photosensitive member,

the second image formation mode is classified into a plurality of selection modes based on placement positions and number
of light-emitting points that are not used as light-emitting points outputting the light beams,

the control unit controls the light-emitting points, corresponding to the first image formation mode or the second image formation
mode, based on image data, and

in a case where the user has selected the selection mode, the control unit generates a laser selection signal for the selected
selection mode based on each of the information stored in the storage unit, and causes a plurality of light beams output from
the plurality of light-emitting points based on the laser selection signal to scan the photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 9,833,967

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a first stacking portion on which a sheet conveyed by a conveying portion is stacked;
a binding portion which forms, in a sheet bundle stacked on the first stacking portion, a tongue cut out from the sheet, with
a part of the tongue attached to the sheet, and a slit, and which binds the sheet bundle by inserting a tip of the tongue
of the sheet bundle in the slit of the sheet bundle;

a guide face configured to guide the sheet bundle bound by the binding portion; and
a second stacking portion on which the sheet bundle bound by the binding portion is stacked,
wherein the sheet processing apparatus is configured to perform:
automatic binding in which the sheet bundle stacked on the first stacking portion is bound by the binding portion, the sheet
bundle including the sheet conveyed by a conveying portion, and the sheet bundle to be stacked on the second stacking portion
is discharged in a first direction, and

manual binding in which a sheet bundle inserted manually in the binding portion, in a second direction different from the
first direction, is bound by the binding portion, and

wherein recessed parts are formed on the guide face, one of the recessed parts extending in the first direction from the binding
portion and other of the recessed parts extending in the second direction from the binding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,815,274

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to record an image by discharging ink onto a recording medium;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information concerning a discharging state of ink on the recording head;
a first processing unit configured to perform processing of generating recording image data of a first area to be recorded
by the recording head;

a second processing unit configured to perform processing of generating recording image data of a second area to be recorded
by the recording head, the second processing unit being configured to operate concurrently with the first processing unit;

a dividing unit configured to generate, from input data, divided data corresponding to the first area and the second area
and supply the divided data corresponding to the first area to the first processing unit and supply the divided data corresponding
to the second area to the second processing unit, and

a control unit configured to perform driving control on the recording head based on the input data,
wherein each of the first processing unit and the second processing unit includes a receiving unit configured to receive information
concerning the discharging state of ink on the recording head corresponding to the first area and information concerning the
discharging state of ink on the recording head corresponding to the second area acquired by the acquisition unit, and a generation
unit configured to generate the recording image data from the divided data based on the received information concerning the
discharging state of ink on the recording head corresponding to the first area and the received information concerning the
discharging state of ink on the recording head corresponding to the second area, and

wherein the generation unit of the first processing unit generates the recording image data for the first area from the divided
data for the first area and the generation unit of the second processing unit generates the recording image data for the second
area from the divided data for the second area.

US Pat. No. 9,817,342

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS USING STRETCH MEMBER AND CONTACT MEMBER TO MAINTAIN POTENTIAL WITH A CURRENT FLOWING TO INTERMEDIATE TRANSER BELT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of image carriers configured to carry toner images;
an electrically conductive intermediate transfer belt movable in an endless manner to which toner images are primarily transferred
from the plurality of image carriers;

a secondary transfer member that contacts with an outer circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer belt, configured
to secondarily transfer the toner images from the intermediate transfer belt to recording materials;

a transfer power source configured to apply a voltage to the secondary transfer member;
an opposed member that is opposed to the secondary transfer member via the intermediate transfer belt;
at least one contact member that is provided between, among the plurality of image carriers, a most upstream image carrier
that is provided at a most upstream position in a movement direction of the intermediate transfer belt and a most downstream
image carrier that is provided at a most downstream position in the movement direction of the intermediate transfer belt,
the at least one contact member being in contact with an inner circumferential surface of the intermediate transfer belt;
and

a voltage maintenance element that is connected to the at least one contact member and the opposed member,
wherein the transfer power source supplies a current to the voltage maintenance element by applying a voltage to the secondary
transfer member to maintain the at least one contact member and the opposed member at a predetermined potential or higher.

US Pat. No. 9,817,349

PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE PRINTING SYSTEM, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

5. A control method for controlling a printing apparatus, the control method comprising:
printing, via a printer of the printing apparatus, an image on a first sheet;
conveying, via a conveyance path of the printing apparatus, the first sheet on which the image has been printed;
stapling, via a stapler of the printing apparatus, the first sheet conveyed via the conveyance path;
feeding, via an inserter of the printing apparatus where the inserter is located between the printer and the stapler, a second
sheet via the conveyance path into the stapler;

receiving, via a receiver of the printing apparatus, an offline job for stapling the second sheet without printing and then
receive an inline job for printing the image on the first sheet and stapling the first sheet; and

via a controller of the printing apparatus, in a case where the receiver has received the inline job before the stapling of
the second sheet for the received offline job is completed:

(i) restricting the printing of the image on the first sheet for the received inline job;
(ii) determining whether the inserter has, in a case where the stapling for the received offline job is completed, another
sheet on a sheet tray of the inserter that the inserter can feed via the conveyance path into the stapler;

(iii) continue restricting the printing for the received inline job in a case where the stapling for the received offline
job has been completed and the inserter has the another sheet on the sheet tray of the inserter that the inserter can feed
via the conveyance path into the stapler; and

(iv) releasing the restriction of the printing for the received inline job to cause the printer to start the printing for
the received inline job in a case where the stapling for the received offline job has been completed and the inserter has
no sheet that the inserter can feed via the conveyance path into the stapler.

US Pat. No. 9,817,357

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF FORMING FOLDING STRIPE ON SHEETS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a creaser configured to form a folding stripe on a sheet so as to facilitate folding of the sheet;
a receiver configured to receive information related to thickness of the sheet; and
a controller configured to:
determine, for a sheet representing a cover sheet among a plurality of sheets to be folded and overlaid, to form a folding
stripe thereon by the creaser, regardless of the information related to the thickness of the sheet received by the receiver,
and

determine, for each sheet among the plurality of sheets other than the sheet representing the cover sheet, whether or not
to form a folding stripe thereon, according to the information related to the thickness of the sheet received by the receiver.

US Pat. No. 9,816,932

PULSED LIGHT SYNCHRONIZER AND MICROSCOPE SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A pulsed light synchronizer configured to synchronize a first pulsed light produced on a first period and a second pulsed
light produced on the first period with each other, the pulsed light synchronizer comprising:
a first delay multiplexer configured to produce a third pulsed light by providing a first delay time between two pulsed lights
acquired by dividing the first pulsed light, and by multiplexing the pulsed lights acquired from the first pulsed light;

a second delay multiplexer configured to produce a fourth pulsed light by providing a second delay time between two pulsed
lights acquired by dividing the second pulsed light, and by multiplexing the pulsed lights acquired from the second pulsed
light;

a detector configured to detect a pulsed light acquired by multiplexing the third pulsed light and the fourth pulsed light;
an information acquirer configured to acquire information of a timing difference between the third pulsed light and the fourth
pulsed light based on an output from the detector; and

a period adjuster configured to adjust at least one of the first and second periods based on the information acquired by the
information acquirer.

US Pat. No. 9,813,576

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A control method of controlling a communication apparatus, wherein the communication apparatus includes:
a predetermined memory configured to operate in one of states including a normal refresh state in which a memory keeping process
to keep information stored in the predetermined memory is executed in response to accepting an instruction from an outside,
and a self-refresh state in which the memory keeping process is executed without accepting an instruction from the outside,

a power source configured to supply power, and
a plurality of processors including
a first processor configured to perform a first process based on information received via a network and the information stored
in the predetermined memory by accessing the predetermined memory, and

a second processor configured to perform a second process, different from the first process performed by the first processor
and based on the information stored in the predetermined memory, by accessing the predetermined memory,

wherein the first processor and the second processor are in one of a plurality of states including a first state of accepting
power supply from the power source and accessing the predetermined memory to execute at least one process, a second state
of accepting power supply from the power source but not accessing the predetermined memory and executing no process, and a
third state of not accepting power supply from the power source,

the control method comprising:
causing, in a case where the communication apparatus is connected to the network, the first processor not to be in the third
state but in one of plural states including the first state and the second state and the second processor not to be in the
third state but is in one of the plural states including the first state and the second state and causing, in a case where
the communication apparatus is not connected to the network, the first processor to be in one of a plurality of states including
the first state, the second state and the third state and the second processor to be in one of the plurality of states :including
the first state, the second state and the third state; and

causing, in the case where the communication apparatus is connected to the network, the predetermined memory to operate in
the self-refresh state in a state that the first processor and the second processor are in the second state and causing, in
the case where the communication apparatus is not connected to the network, the predetermined memory to operate in the self-refresh
state in a state that the first processor is in the third state and the second processor is in the second state,

wherein consumption power consumed by the communication apparatus when the predetermined memory is operating in the normal
refresh state is larger than consumption power consumed by the communication apparatus when the predetermined memory is operating
in the self-refresh state.

US Pat. No. 9,811,770

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING POWER SAVING EFFECT, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus having a first power state and a second power state in which less power is used than in the
first power state, and having a plurality of functions that periodically communicate with an external apparatus, the image
forming apparatus comprising:
a communication interface configured to perform communications with the external apparatus; and
processing circuitry configured to:
calculate a remaining time before the image forming apparatus next communicates with the external apparatus, for each of the
plurality of functions that periodically communicate with the external apparatus via the communication interface;

set, in a timer, the shortest one from among the plurality of calculated remaining times; and
cause a power state of the image forming apparatus to transit from the second power state to the first power state according
to the remaining time set in the timer.

US Pat. No. 9,811,004

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A device fabrication method comprising the steps of:
applying a photoresist on a substrate;
conveying the substrate using a convey method; and
exposing the substrate,
wherein the convey method comprises the steps of:
holding the substrate by chucking a lower surface of the substrate to a convey unit;
moving the convey unit to convey the substrate, while the substrate is chucked to the convey unit, in a downward direction;
and

moving the convey unit to convey the substrate, while the substrate is chucked to the convey unit, in an upward direction,
wherein a maximum of an absolute value of acceleration of the convey unit during the conveying of the substrate in the downward
direction is smaller than a maximum of an absolute value of acceleration of the convey unit during conveying of the substrate
in the upward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,811,009

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member comprising an electro-conductive mandrel and an electro-conductive layer, the electro-conductive
layer comprising:
an ion-conductive agent containing at least one anion selected from the group consisting of a fluorinated sulfonylimide anion,
a fluorinated sulfonylmethide anion, a fluorinated sulfonate anion, a fluorinated carboxylate anion, a fluorinated borate
anion, a fluorinated phosphate anion, a fluorinated arsenate anion, a fluorinated antimonate anion, a dicyanamide anion and
a bis(oxalato)borate anion; and

a urethane resin to which a cation of the ion conductive agent is chemically bonded, wherein
the urethane resin has, between two adjacent urethane bonds, (i) a structure represented by structure (1)
—CH2—CH2—CH2—CH2—O—(1)

and (ii) at least one structure of structure (2) or structure (3)

US Pat. No. 9,811,012

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer on the support; and
a photosensitive layer on the undercoat layer, wherein
the undercoat layer comprises:
(?) a metal oxide particle;
(?) a compound represented by formula (1):

wherein R1 to R5 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms,
an alkoxy group having 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, or an amino group, and R6 to R10 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 6 or less
carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, or an amino group, provided that 1 or 2 of R6 to R10 are hydroxy groups and there is not a case where 3 or more of R6 to R10 are hydroxy groups; and

(?) a compound represented by formula (2):

wherein R1 to R5 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 6 or less carbon atoms,
an alkoxy group having 1 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, or an amino group, and A1 represents an alkenyl group having 2 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,811,016

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

10.0?TB2 ?TA?30.0  (4)

?5.0?TA?TB1?5.0  (5)

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

US Pat. No. 9,811,022

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPMENT CONTRAST CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to carry an image;
a developing device configured to develop a latent image formed on said image bearing member with a developer including toner
and carrier;

a toner content sensor configured to detect a ratio of the toner to the developer in said developing device;
a toner container configured to contain the toner to be supplied to said developing device;
an executing portion configured to execute an operation in a first toner supplying mode for supplying the toner from said
toner container into said developing device when the ratio indicated by an output of said toner content sensor is in a predetermined
range and to execute an operation in a second toner supplying mode for interrupting an image forming operation and for supplying
the toner from said toner container into said developing device when the ratio indicated by the output of said toner content
sensor is lower than the predetermined range;

a notifying portion configured to notify necessity for exchange of said toner container when the ratio indicated by the output
of said toner content sensor reaches a set level lower than the predetermined range; and

a controller configured to control an image forming condition so as to change, on the basis of the output of said toner content
sensor, a development contrast which is a potential difference between an image portion potential of a maximum image density
in the latent image and a development DC bias potential applied to said developing device,

wherein said controller sets the development contrast at a level higher than that when the ratio is in the predetermined range,
at least in part of a period from when the ratio indicated by the output of said toner content sensor becomes lower than the
predetermined range to when the ratio indicated by the output of said toner content sensor reaches the set level.

US Pat. No. 9,811,024

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating portion capable of accommodating developer;
a discharge opening configured and positioned to discharge the developer accommodated in said developer accommodating portion
from said developer supply container;

a storing portion configured to store the developer to be discharged through said discharge opening, said storing portion
being in fluid communication with an inside of said developer accommodating portion and said discharge opening;

a pump portion configured to feed air at least into said storing portion to discharge the developer from said storing portion;
an operating portion including a feeding portion configured to supply the developer into said storing portion;
a scraping portion configured to scrape developer stagnating adjacent to an entrance of said storing portion while regulating
flow of the developer into said storing portion, wherein developer feeding by said feeding portion and scraping by said scraping
portion are carried out alternately; and

an air flow path provided inside said scraping portion and configured to establish fluid communication between said storing
portion and said pump portion to discharge the developer from the discharge opening.

US Pat. No. 9,811,035

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RECORDING MATERIAL DISCRIMINATION UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for forming an image on a recording material, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a sensor configured to detect grammage of the recording material or surface property of the recording material, and output
an output value according to a detection result; and

a processor configured to control an image forming condition based on the output value output by the sensor,
wherein, after the sensor detects a first recording material and outputs a first output value, the sensor detects a second
recording material which is different from the first recording material and outputs a second output value,

wherein the processor obtains a differential value between the first output value and the second output value, and
in a case where the differential value is smaller than a predetermined threshold value, the processor controls the image forming
condition with respect to the second recording material based on the first output value and the second output value, and

in a case where the differential value is larger than the predetermined threshold value, the processor controls the image
forming condition with respect to the second recording material based on the second output value without using the first output
value.

US Pat. No. 9,811,038

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING A DISCRIMINATING PORTION FOR DISCRIMINATING WHETHER AN ENDLESS BELT IS BROKEN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to heat a toner image on a sheet;
a temperature raising portion configured to raise a temperature of said endless belt;
a first detector configured to detect the temperature of said endless belt at a widthwise central portion of said endless
belt;

a controller configured to control energization to said temperature raising portion depending on an output of said first detector;
a second detector configured to detect the temperature of said endless belt at one widthwise end portion of said endless belt;
an air blower configured to blow air depending on an output of said second detector to cool the one widthwise end portion
of said endless belt; and

a discriminating portion configured to discriminate whether or not said endless belt is broken on the basis of the output
of said second detector when said air blower is operated while effecting the energization to said temperature raising portion,

wherein said discriminating portion determines that said endless belt is broken when a detected temperature of said second
detector is less than a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,811,041

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMATION ON A SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a print unit configured to print an image on a sheet;
a user interface configured to receive a user instruction for outputting a book-bound product having a front cover, body pages,
and a back cover, the user interface further receiving a user instruction for selecting a sheet type for the front cover and
the back cover;

an image input unit configured to input first image data for the front cover, second image data for the body pages, and third
image data for the back cover; and

a control unit configured to
in a case where the selected sheet type for the front cover and the back cover corresponds to a non-transparent sheet type,
control the print unit to print images on non-transparent sheets based on the first image data for the front cover, the second
image data for the body pages, and the third image data for the back cover, and

in a case where the selected sheet type for the front cover and the back cover corresponds to a transparent sheet type and
the back cover, execute the following steps:

(a) convert the first image data for the front cover into mirror image data and control the print unit to print an image on
a transparent sheet based on the mirror image data for the front cover;

(b) control the print unit to print images on non-transparent sheets based on the second image data for the body pages; and
(c) convert the third image data for the back cover into mirror image data and control the print unit to print an image on
a transparent sheet based on the mirror image data for the back cover;

a binding unit configured to bind a sheet bundle of sheets discharged from the print unit under control of the control unit;
and

a tray on which the sheet bundle bound by the binding unit is discharged as the book-bound product;
wherein in a case where the selected sheet type for the front cover and the back cover corresponds to the non-transparent
sheet type, the image for the front cover is printed on an outer surface of the front cover in the book-bound product and
the image for the back cover is printed on an outer surface of the back cover in the book-bound product, and

wherein in a case where the selected sheet type for the front cover and the back cover corresponds to the transparent sheet
type, the image for the front cover is printed on an inner surface of the front cover in the book-bound product and the image
for the back cover is printed on an inner surface of the back cover in the book-bound product.

US Pat. No. 9,811,049

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing a cartridge including a rotating body, a blade that extends in an axial direction of the rotating
body and is contacted to the rotating body, a supporting member that is fixed to the blade and configured to support the blade
in such a manner that the blade protrudes toward the rotating body in a shorter direction crossing the axial direction, and
a frame that is configured to support the supporting member, the method comprising:
a first step of disposing the supporting member onto the frame; and
a second step of forming a deformed portion by irradiating laser beam to the frame after the first step, so that the frame
is deformed, and engaging the deformed portion with the supporting member so that movement of the supporting member with respect
to the frame is restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,748,303

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICK-UP SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pick-up apparatus, comprising:
a pixel including a photoelectric conversion portion and a transfer transistor configured to transfer a charge in the photoelectric
conversion portion; and

a signal output circuit configured to supply selectively a first voltage to turn on the transfer transistor and a second voltage
to turn off the transfer transistor to the transfer transistor,

wherein the signal output circuit is configured to supply the second voltage having a voltage value selected from two or more
different voltage values based on an output signal from the pixel,

the signal output circuit is configured to supply the second voltage having a first voltage value in a case where the output
signal from the pixel is smaller than a threshold and supply the second voltage having a second voltage value different from
the first voltage value in a case where the output signal from the pixel is larger than the threshold, and

the second voltage value is a voltage value between a voltage value of the first voltage and the first voltage value.

US Pat. No. 9,742,967

IMAGE CAPTURE APPARATUS CAPABLE OF CORRECTING EFFECTS OF OPTICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF A LENS UNIT ON AN IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND LENS UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus, which a lens unit can be attached to and detached from, comprising:
a memory adapted to store optical correction data including an optical correction value for correcting, through image processing,
image deterioration caused by optical characteristics of an attached lens unit; and

a microprocessor that executes a program that causes the microprocessor to function as:
an obtaining unit adapted to obtain, from an attached lens unit, first optical parameters without second optical parameters
in the case where the attached lens unit is a first lens unit, and to obtain the first optical parameters, the second optical
parameters, and optical correction data in the case where the attached lens unit is a second lens unit, wherein the first
optical parameters are corresponding to focal distance information and the second optical parameters are corresponding to
positional information of a magnification changing mechanism included in the second lens unit; and

a processing unit adapted to:
apply image processing to an image using an optical correction value, which is included in the optical correction data initially
stored in the memory and is associated with the first optical parameters in the case where the attached lens unit is the first
lens unit; and

apply the image processing to an image using an optical correction value which is included in the optical correction data
stored in the memory and is associated with the second optical parameters in the case where the attached lens unit is the
second lens unit,

wherein, in the case where the attached lens unit is the second lens unit, the obtaining unit obtains the optical correction
data from the attached lens unit before obtaining any of the first optical parameters and the second optical parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,773,532

UPDATING A REFRESH PERIOD AND AN UPDATE PERIOD IN A WIDEIO DEVICE STACKED ON A SYSTEM ON A CHIP

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus equipped with a WideIO memory device stacked on an SOC die including a CPU, comprising:
a temperature obtaining unit configured to obtain temperature information of each of a plurality of memories of the WideIO
memory device;

a plurality of functional modules, included in the SOC die, for executing respective functions;
a generation unit configured to generate temperature distribution information of the WideIO memory device in accordance with
respective execution of the plurality of functional modules;

a determination unit configured to obtain a maximum temperature of the WideIO memory device based on the temperature distribution
information and determine a refresh rate of the WideIO memory device based on the maximum temperature;

an updating period decision unit configured to decide a period, at which the determination unit determines the refresh rate
of the WideIO memory device, based on an operation mode of the information processing apparatus and a change rate of the maximum
temperature for a predetermined time interval; and

a memory control unit configured to refresh the WideIO memory device in accordance with the refresh rate determined by the
determination unit at the period determined by the updating period decision unit.

US Pat. No. 9,766,839

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus executing a plurality of filters for processing print data, comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
an accepting unit, implemented by displaying a print setting screen on a display, configured to accept setting of whether
to perform imaging processing of converting each page of first print data into a raster image or not,

wherein the plurality of filters include a first filter, a second filter, and a third filter, the first filter converts the
each page of first print data into the raster image, the second filter performing converting processing for converting first
print data into second print data of a predetermined page description language, the third filter acquires the second print
data from the second filter,

wherein, in a case where the accepting unit accepts setting of performing the imaging processing, the first filter converts
the each page of the first print data into a raster image and stores the raster image as third print data in a storage area,
and the third filter acquires, from the storage area, the third print data not converted through the converting processing
by the second filter, and

wherein, in a case where the accepting unit accepts setting of not performing the imaging processing, the first filter transmits
the first print data to the second filter, and the third filter acquires the second print data after the first print data
is converted by the second filter.

US Pat. No. 9,760,049

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,753,278

ACTUATOR AND MOVABLE MIRROR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An actuator comprising:
a movable portion having a first surface;
a plurality of movable comb electrodes that are supported by a second surface of the movable portion, and extends in a direction
parallel to the first surface, wherein the second surface is different from the first surface;

a supporting portion;
a plurality of stationary comb electrodes that are supported by the supporting portion, extends in the direction parallel
to the first surface, and are disposed alternately with the plurality of movable comb electrodes;

a spring that connects the movable portion and the supporting portion; and
a voltage controller that applies a voltage to the plurality of movable comb electrodes and the plurality of stationary comb
electrodes to displace the plurality of movable comb electrodes and the movable portion in a direction intersecting with the
first surface,

wherein the second surface of the movable portion that supports the plurality of movable comb electrodes and a surface of
the supporting portion that supports the plurality of stationary comb electrodes are parallel to the direction intersecting
with the first surface and face each other,

wherein the voltage controller applies different voltages to the plurality of movable comb electrodes and the plurality of
stationary comb electrodes, and

wherein the plurality of movable comb electrodes and the plurality of stationary comb electrodes are disposed to have portions
that do not overlap each other in a direction intersecting with the first surface when the voltage controller does not apply
a voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,756,205

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SHIFTING TO POWER SAVING MODE, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a storage device which stores documents;
an interface which sends an e-mail;
a controller which determines whether or not a document of which sending of an email including information indicative of a
storage location has not been completed has been stored in the storage device, and controls the interface to send an email
including information indicative of a storage location of the stored document on the basis of determination that the document
has been stored in the storage device, and

wherein, in a case where a document has been stored in the storage device and an email including information indicative of
a storage location of the document has not been sent, the controller is not shifted to a power saving mode, which is a mode
of reducing power supplied to the controller, on the basis that an instruction for shifting to the power saving mode is received.

US Pat. No. 9,753,393

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS POTENTIAL SURFACE DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member;
a charge unit configured to charge the image bearing member;
an exposure unit configured to expose the image bearing member by emitting light thereto;
a transfer unit configured to transfer an image formed on the image bearing member;
an application unit configured to apply a voltage to the transfer unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a current flowing between the transfer unit and the image bearing member when the voltage
is applied to the transfer unit; and

a control unit configured to cause the charge unit to charge the image bearing member through application of a DC voltage,
and to calculate a surface potential of the image bearing member based on a detection result of the current flowing to the
image bearing member detected by the detection unit when the voltage is applied to the transfer unit after the exposure unit
emits a light, whose light amount value is higher than a light amount value of a light emitted to the image bearing member
in an image formation, to the image bearing member,

wherein the control unit (i) calculates a first voltage with positive polarity applied from the application unit to the transfer
unit in the case where the control unit controls the application unit to apply a voltage with a positive polarity from the
application unit to the transfer unit and the detection unit detects a current with a predetermined current value, (ii) calculates
a second voltage with negative polarity applied from the application unit to the transfer unit in the case where the control
unit controls the application unit to apply a voltage with a negative polarity from the application unit to the transfer unit
and the detection unit detects a current with a predetermined current value, and (iii) determines a surface voltage of the
image bearing member by the calculated first and second voltages.

US Pat. No. 9,753,398

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS TO REPLENISHMENT CONTROL OF TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on an image carrier based on image data;
a development unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image using a developer including a toner;
a measurement unit configured to measure a toner density of the developer in the development unit;
a portion to which a container is mountable, the container containing a toner;
a replenishment unit configured to replenish toner in the development unit from the container mounted to the portion; and
a controller configured to determine a first value corresponding to an amount of toner consumed from the development unit
based on the image data, determine a second value corresponding to a difference between the toner density measured by the
measurement unit and a target toner density, determine a third value by accumulating the second value, determine an amount
of toner to be replenished in the development unit based on the first value, the second value and the third value, determine
a cumulative value by accumulating the amount of toner, and control the replenishment unit based on the cumulative value,
wherein in a case where the container is exchanged with another container, the controller changes the third value into a predetermined
value without changing the cumulative value into the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,753,402

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:
a developer accommodating body configured to contain developer, wherein a surface is provided inside of the developer accommodating
body, with the surface being configured to move the developer;

a developer discharging body in fluid communication with the developer accommodating body such that the developer can flow
from the developer accommodating body to the developer discharging body, the developer discharging body including a discharge
opening through which the developer can be discharged from the developer discharging body;

a gear configured and positioned to receive a rotational force;
a pump having a variable volume, the pump being configured and positioned to force developer out of the developer discharging
body through the discharge opening when the volume of the pump is reduced; and

a cam projection and a cam groove operatively connected to the gear and the pump, the cam projection and the cam groove being
configured and positioned to convert the rotational force received by the gear to a force for changing the volume of the pump.

US Pat. No. 9,751,880

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND IMIDE COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising in the following order:
a support member;
an undercoat layer adjacent to the support member; and
a photosensitive layer adjacent to the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer contains a polymer produced by polymerizing a composition containing a crosslinking agent and
the compound expressed by general formula (1):


wherein R1 represents one selected from the group consisting of formula (2) and formula (3):


wherein R101 represents one selected from the group consisting of O, S, SO2, NR104 where R104 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atom, alkyl group and aryl group, carbonyl group, alkylene group, and arylene
group, and the alkylene group and the arylene group each may have a substituent selected from the group consisting of alkyl
group having a carbon number in the range of 1 to 5, phenyl group, and halogen atoms, and wherein R102 and R103 each represent one selected from the group consisting of alkyl group having a carbon number in the range of 1 to 3, alkoxy
group, alkoxycarbonyl group, cyano group, nitro group, and halogen atoms, and m being the number of R102 and n being the number of R103 each represent an integer of 0 to 4 and may be the same as or different from each other;


wherein R201 represent one selected from the group consisting of O, S, SO2, NR204 where R204 is selected from hydrogen atom, alkyl group and aryl group, carbonyl group, alkylene group, and arylene group, and the alkylene
group and the arylene group each may have a substituent selected from the group consisting of alkyl group having a carbon
number in the range of 1 to 5, phenyl group, and halogen atoms, and wherein R202 and R203 each represent one selected from the group consisting of alkyl group having a carbon number of 1 or 2, alkoxy group, alkoxycarbonyl
group, and halogen atoms, and s being the number of R202 and p being the number of R203 each represent an integer of 1 to 4 and may be the same as or different from each other,

wherein R2 and R3 each independently represent one selected from the group consisting of alkyl group, aryl group, and alkyl-derived groups having
a main chain in which one of the carbon atoms is replaced with a species selected from the group consisting of O, S, and NR13 where R13 is selected from hydrogen atom and alkyl group, and

R2 and R3 has a polymerizable functional group selected from the group consisting of hydroxy group, thiol group, amino group and carboxy
group, and

wherein R4 to R11 each independently represent one selected from the group consisting of hydrogen atom, halogen atoms, cyano group, nitro group,
alkyl group, and aryl group, and

the alkyl group and the aryl group each may have a substituent selected from the group consisting of alky group, acyl group,
alkoxy group, alkoxycarbonyl group, cyano group, nitro group, and halogen atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,756,267

IMAGE SENSOR DRIVING APPARATUS, METHOD AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,709,705

ANTI-REFLECTION FILM AND OPTICAL ELEMENT HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An anti-reflection film formed on a substrate, the anti-reflection film comprising:
a first layer, a second layer, a third layer, a fourth layer, a fifth layer, a sixth layer, a seventh layer, an eighth layer,
and a ninth layer disposed in order from the substrate,

wherein regarding light having a wavelength of 550 nm, assuming that
a refractive index of the first layer is designated as n1 and an optical film thickness of the first layer is designated as d1 (nm),

a refractive index of the second layer is designated as n2 and an optical film thickness of the second layer is designated as d2 (nm),

a refractive index of the third layer is designated as n3 and an optical film thickness of the third layer is designated as d3 (nm),

a refractive index of the fourth layer is designated as n4 and an optical film thickness of the fourth layer is designated as d4 (nm),

a refractive index of the fifth layer is designated as n5 and an optical film thickness of the fifth layer is designated as d5 (nm),

a refractive index of the sixth layer is designated as n6 and an optical film thickness of the sixth layer is designated as d6 (nm),

a refractive index of the seventh layer is designated as n7 and an optical film thickness of the seventh layer is designated as d7 (nm),

a refractive index of the eighth layer is designated as n8 and an optical film thickness of the eighth layer is designated as d8 (nm),

a refractive index of the ninth layer is designated as n9 and an optical film thickness of the ninth layer is designated as d9 (nm), and

a maximum value of a difference in the refractive index between adjoining layers for layers 1 through 8 is designated as ?n,

the following conditions are satisfied,
1.60?n1?1.70, 15 nm?d1?140 nm,
2.00?n2?2.40, 20 nm?d2?120 nm,
1.60?n3?1.70, 11 nm?d3?70 nm,
2.00?n4?2.40, 20 nm?d4?165 nm,
1.60?n5?1.70, 15 nm?d5?45 nm,
2.00?n6?2.40, 90 nm?d6?175 nm,
1.60?n7?1.70, 50 nm?d7?110 nm,
2.00?n8?2.40, 20 nm?d8?50 nm,
1.20?n9?1.28, 140 nm?d9?160 nm, and
0.40??n?0.67.

US Pat. No. 9,710,494

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING LIST OF IMAGES CORRESPONDING TO CONTENTS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A display control apparatus capable of causing a list of images corresponding to a plurality of respective contents to
be displayed on a display unit, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory having stored thereon instructions that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
acquire attributes of the respective contents and, after acquisition of the attributes of the respective contents, receive
thumbnail images corresponding to the respective contents; and

generate a list screen using the received thumbnail images; and
determine whether or not a time period required to receive the thumbnail images corresponding to the respective contents exceeds
a predetermined time period,

wherein the list screen is generated before the reception of thumbnail images by using temporary display objects and by replacing
the temporary display objects in the list screen using the received thumbnail images, in a case where said processor determines
that the time period required to receive the thumbnail images exceeds the predetermined time period, whereas said processor
generates the list screen using the received thumbnail images, without using the temporary display objects, in a case where
said processor determines that the time period required to receive the thumbnail images does not exceed the predetermined
time period.

US Pat. No. 9,658,550

TONER FOR USE IN ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC SYSTEMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. Toner, comprising:
toner particles containing a resin component, wherein
the resin component has an olefin-based copolymer and a crystalline polyester resin,
the olefin-based copolymer has:
a unit Y1 represented by Formula (1) shown below; and
at least one kind of unit Y2 selected from the group consisting of a unit represented by Formula (2) shown below; and a unit
represented by Formula (3) shown below,

a content of the olefin-based copolymer contained in the resin component is 50% by mass or more based on a total mass of the
resin component,

a content of the unit Y2 is 3% by mass or more and 35% by mass or less based on a total mass of the olefin-based copolymer,
and

a melt flow rate of the olefin-based copolymer is 30 g/10 min or less,

wherein, in Formulae (1) to (3), R1 is H or CH3, R2 is H or CH3, R3 is CH3 or C2H5, R4 is H or CH3, and R5 is CH3 or C2H5.

US Pat. No. 9,660,174

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL AND PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT USING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS USING THE PIEZOELECTRONIC ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite-type metal oxide represented by general formula (1):
(KvBiwBa1-v-w)1-yNax(NbyTi1-y)O3  (1),

where relationships of 0 0.04 mol % to 2.00 mol % of Cu with respect to 1 mol of the perovskite-type metal oxide.

US Pat. No. 9,690,430

TOUCH DETECTION APPARATUS, TOUCH DETECTION METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A touch detection apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of lighting units configured to emit light including invisible wavelength components onto a screen;
a control unit configured to control the emission of light from the plurality of lighting units according to a plurality of
lighting patterns including:

a first lighting pattern to cause one or more of the plurality of lighting units associated with a first group to emit light
such that a shadow of an object is formed at a first position on the screen; and

a second lighting pattern to cause one or more of the plurality of lighting units associated with a second group to emit light
such that the shadow of the object is formed at a second position on the screen, the second position being different from
the first position,

wherein at least one of the plurality of lighting units associated with the second group is different from the plurality of
lighting units associated with the first group;

an image sensing unit configured to obtain, according to control by the control unit, a plurality of captured images of the
screen including:

a first captured image of the screen, where the shadow of the object is formed at the first position, being lighted by the
one or more of the plurality of lighting units associated with the first group; and

a second captured image of the screen, where the shadow of the object is formed at the second position, being lighted by the
one or more of the plurality of lighting units associated with the second group,

wherein the image sensing unit is configured to have a sensitivity to the invisible wavelength components of the light emitted
from the plurality of lighting units; and

a detection unit configured to detect a touch to the screen by the object based on the plurality of captured images including
the first captured image of the screen, where the shadow of the object is formed at the first position, being lighted by the
one or more of the plurality of lighting units associated with the first group and the second captured image of the screen,
where the shadow of the object is formed at the second position, being lighted by the one or more of the plurality of lighting
units associated with the second group.

US Pat. No. 9,653,622

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units each including a first-conductivity-type first semiconductor region configured
to accumulate a signal charge and disposed in contact with a second-conductivity-type semiconductor region;

a potential barrier formed between photoelectric conversion units included in the plurality of photoelectric conversion units;
and

a plurality of contact plugs which are disposed in an image sensing area and configured to supply a voltage to the second-conductivity-type
semiconductor region, the plurality of photoelectric conversion units being disposed in the image sensing area, wherein

a number of contact plugs is smaller than a number of photoelectric conversion units included in the plurality of photoelectric
conversion units,

the plurality of photoelectric conversion units include a first photoelectric conversion unit (PCU) and a second PCU, both
configured to receive light of a first color and a third PCU configured to receive light of a second color,

the first, second, and third PCUs are arranged respectively in a line in a first direction,
the first and second PCUs are adjacent to each other in a first direction,
the second and third PCUs are adjacent to each other in the first direction,
the potential barrier includes a first part formed between the first and second PCUs and the potential barrier includes a
second part formed between the second and third PCUs, and

a distance from a contact plug of the plurality of contact plugs to the first part of the potential barrier is smaller than
a distance from the contact plug to the second part of the potential barrier.

US Pat. No. 9,649,392

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM LABELLING COMPOSITION FOR INTRANASAL ADMINISTRATION AND LABELLING METHOD AND SCREENING METHOD USING CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM LABELLING COMPOSITION FOR INTRANASAL ADMINISTRATION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of labeling and obtaining a fluorescent image of a central nervous system of a living body by dyeing from an olfactory
epithelium by way of an olfactory bulb, the method comprising:
intranasally administering a central nervous system labeling composition such that the composition temporarily remains in
a nasal cavity; and

obtaining a fluorescent image of the central nervous of the living body,
wherein the composition comprises a compound of formula (7):

US Pat. No. 9,654,659

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,686,436

DATA RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data recording apparatus in which a recording medium is attachable, comprising:
an interface configured to access a recording medium;
a controller configured to execute a detection function, a determination function and a control function by controlling the
interface to access the recording medium, wherein:

the detection function is configured to detect whether or not an attached recording medium is a predetermined recording medium
having a wireless communications function;

the determination function is configured to determine whether or not, when the attached recording medium is the predetermined
recording medium, there is a settings information file where predetermined settings information is written in the predetermined
recording medium; and

the control function is configured to generate, when determined that the settings information file is not present, a predetermined
settings information file in the predetermined recording medium,

wherein the predetermined recording medium has a function of generating a settings information file in response to an instruction
received wirelessly from an external apparatus, and when generating a settings information file in response to an instruction
from the external apparatus, the predetermined recording medium is in a write protect state where writing from the data recording
apparatus is inhibited.

US Pat. No. 9,682,564

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead;
a storage chamber configured to store ink to be supplied to the printhead;
a first communicating portion through which an ink tank attached to the printing apparatus is capable of communicating with
the storage chamber;

a second communicating portion through which the printhead is capable of communicating with the storage chamber; and
a first side wall and a second side wall arranged facing each other so as to form a channel in which ink flows in an ink supplying
direction from a side of the first communicating portion to a side of the second communicating portion in the storage chamber,

wherein the storage chamber includes
a first space, and
a second space located closer to the side of the second communicating portion than the first space, in which a distance between
the first side wall and the second side wall in a horizontal direction intersecting with the ink supplying direction is set
larger than in the first space, and

the printing apparatus further comprises a detecting unit arranged in the second space and capable of detecting a liquid surface
of ink in the storage chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,650,367

COMPOUND, AND INK, COLOR FILTER RESIST COMPOSITION, THERMAL TRANSFER RECORDING SHEET AND TONER CONTAINING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A compound having represented by formula (1):

wherein R1 represents a group selected from the group consisting of alkyl group, aryl group, aryl group having a substituent, acyl group,
carboxy group, alkoxycarbonyl group, carboxamide group, and cyano group; R2 represents a group selected from the group consisting of alkyl group, aryl group, and aryl group having a substituent; R3 represents alkyl group group; and R4 and R5 each independently represent alkyl group, and

wherein the substituents of R1 to R2 are each one selected from the group consisting of alkyl group, alkoxy group, and sulfonic acid salt group.

US Pat. No. 9,654,182

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

wherein the number of times of communication per unit time is set higher as the set power is larger.
US Pat. No. 9,684,255

COATING AGENT AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coating agent comprising:
a polymerizable compound having a hydroxyl group in a molecule thereof,
a conductive inorganic particle coated with a dispersant having a nitrogen atom in a molecule thereof, and
a solvent,wherein,
when an interatomic distance between an oxygen atom in the hydroxyl group and an atom farthest away from the oxygen atom in
the molecule of the polymerizable compound is represented by D1

and an interatomic distance between the nitrogen atom and an atom farthest away from the nitrogen atom in the molecule of
the dispersant is represented by D2, wherein

D1 and D2 satisfy a relationship represented by the following formula (1):
(|D1?D2|)/D2]?0.30  (1).

US Pat. No. 9,684,272

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a photosensitive member;
an exposure device configured to expose said photosensitive member to light to form an electrostatic image;
a developing device configured to develop the electrostatic image on said photosensitive member with a developer containing
a toner and a carrier;

wherein each of said photosensitive member and said developing device is configured to be independently exchangeable,
a sensor configured to detect a toner image to output density information depending on a toner amount per unit area;
a supply device configured to supply the developer to said developing device;
a controller configured to control a supplying operation of said supply device on the basis of a detection result, detected
by said sensor, of a supply control toner image, the supply control toner image being formed by exposing said photosensitive
member to light by said exposure device to form a latent image and then by developing the latent image by said developing
device;

a storing portion configured to store the detection result detected by said sensor; and
an acquiring portion configured to acquire information on exchange of said photosensitive member and said developing device,
wherein when said developing device is not exchanged but said photosensitive member is exchanged on the basis of a detection
result of said acquiring portion, said controller is configured to execute an operation in a mode in which said controller
adjusts an exposure condition for forming the supply control toner image by said exposure device after exchange of said photosensitive
member on the basis of first information and second information, and

wherein the first information is stored in said storing device and is a detection result when a first control toner image,
formed before the exchange of said photosensitive member, is detected by said sensor, and the second information is a detection
result when a second control toner image, formed after the exchange of said photosensitive member, is detected by said sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,651,762

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens, comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power;
an aperture stop;
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power;
a fourth lens unit having a positive refractive power; and
a fifth lens unit having one of a positive refractive power and a negative refractive power,
wherein the first lens unit is configured not to move for zooming, and the second lens unit, the third lens unit, and the
fourth lens unit are configured to move during zooming to change intervals between adjacent lens units,

wherein the second lens unit is positioned closer to the image side and the third lens unit is positioned closer to the object
side at a telephoto end than at a wide angle end, and

wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
4.7
1.2
and
1.2 where fw represents a focal length of an entire system of the zoom lens at the wide angle end, f3 represents a focal length
of the third lens unit, f4 represents a focal length of the fourth lens unit, ?34w represents a lateral magnification of a
lens group consisting of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at the wide angle end, and ?34t represents a lateral
magnification of the lens group consisting of the third lens unit and the fourth lens unit at the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,639,009

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic member, comprising an electro-conductive mandrel and an electro-conductive layer, the electro-conductive
layer comprising an anion and a resin having a structure represented by Formula (1)

wherein Z represents a cationic skeleton comprising a cationic nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle,
A1 and A2 independently represent a linking group and are bonded to a nitrogen atom of the cationic nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle
in Z, with the proviso that (i) one of A1 and A2 bonds to the nitrogen atom, and the other of A1 and A2 bonds to a carbon atom in the cationic nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle when the cationic nitrogen-containing aromatic
heterocycle has only one nitrogen atom and (ii) A1 and A2 bond to two nitrogen atoms in the cationic nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle when the cationic nitrogen-containing
aromatic heterocycle has two or more nitrogen atoms, and

B1 and B2 independently represent a residue of a reaction of the hydrogen atom of a hydroxyl group with a compound capable of reacting
with the hydrogen atom of the hydroxyl group, and at least one of B1 or B2 comprises a residue of a reaction of the hydrogen atom of a hydroxyl group with at least one compound selected from the group
consisting of an isocyanate compound, an epoxide compound and a melamine compound.

US Pat. No. 9,639,303

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,674,680

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
one or more processor(s);
wherein the one or more processor(s) are configured as a search unit configured to search for another communication apparatus
identified by information obtained from a captured image;

wherein the one or more processor(s) are configured as a communication parameter control unit configured to provide another
communication apparatus with a communication parameter for performing wireless communication with an access point; and

wherein the one or more processor(s) are configured as a control unit configured to, in a case where the information obtained
from the captured image conforms to a predetermined format, perform control based on the information obtained from the captured
image, such that the search unit searches for another communication apparatus identified by the information, and the communication
parameter control unit provides the another communication apparatus detected by the search with the communication parameter,
and in a case where the information obtained from the captured image does not conform to the predetermined format, perform
control such that the search unit does not search for another communication apparatus, and the communication parameter control
unit does not provide another communication apparatus with the communication parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,641,816

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,665,168

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a pickup image obtaining unit configured to obtain a pickup image on a stage through an imaging unit;
a distance image obtaining unit configured to obtain a distance image on the stage through a solid measuring unit;
a solid information obtaining unit configured to obtain solid information of a solid object put on the stage on a basis of
the pickup image of the solid object obtained by the pickup image obtaining unit and the distance image of the solid object
obtained by the distance image obtaining unit;

a projecting unit configured to project a projection image showing a contents area onto the solid object through a projector
on a basis of the solid information obtained by the solid information obtaining unit; and

a playing unit configured to play a content corresponding to the contents area in accordance with a gesture of a user to the
projection image projected by the projecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,665,015

ORIGINAL HOLDING APPARATUS, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE AND ORIGINAL HOLDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An original holding apparatus which holds an original, comprising:
a first holding unit configured to hold the original;
a second holding unit, being movable with respect to the first holding unit, configured to hold the original;
a fixing unit configured to fix the second holding unit with respect to the first holding unit; and
an adjustment unit configured to perform adjustment of at least one of an original holding force of the first holding unit
and an original holding force of the second holding unit,

wherein the adjustment unit performs the adjustment such that the original holding force of the second holding unit before
fixing the second holding unit by the fixing unit is smaller than the original holding force of the first holding unit before
fixing the second holding unit by the fixing unit, and performs the adjustment such that the original holding force of the
second holding unit after fixing the second holding unit by the fixing unit is larger than the original holding force of the
second holding unit before fixing the second holding unit by the fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,665,031

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS LATENT IMAGE BY IRRADIATING PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER WITH LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

17. The image forming apparatus claimed in claim 1,
wherein the luminance correction unit is further configured to correct the luminance of the laser beam for forming latent
images such that the exposure amount per latent image is adjusted according to an exposure time for individual latent images
corrected by the width correction unit, and

wherein the density correction unit is further configured to correct the density value of each of the pixels of the image
data such that level differences in an image density caused by correction of the luminance of the laser beam by the luminance
correction unit are reduced.

US Pat. No. 9,665,361

SELECTIVE SOFTWARE DISTRIBUTION FOR AN INDUSTRIAL PLANT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for controlling a production system having a plurality of production lines, the method comprising:
storing, by each of a plurality of controllers that controls one of a plurality of pieces of production equipment in one of
the plurality of production lines, an action description relating to an action of production equipment to operate the production
equipment corresponding to said each controller, the action description including at least one of a robot language or a sequencer
program;

storing, by a controller management apparatus in each of the plurality of production lines, each controller management apparatus
managing the plurality of controllers in the one of the plurality of production lines, the action description stored by each
of the controllers;

acquiring, by the controller management apparatus, a new version of software relating to a specific command, transmitted externally;
selecting, by a version change determination unit in each controller management apparatus, a controller storing the specific
command based on the action descriptions stored by the controller management apparatus and whether the controller includes
a predetermined action description described in version information; and

transmitting the new version of software to the controller selected.

US Pat. No. 9,613,057

DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document management apparatus comprising a memory and a processor cooperating to function as units comprising:
an image data reception unit configured to receive image data generated in an image processing apparatus which is operated
by a first user;

a first obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount of the image data by analyzing the image data received by the
image data reception unit;

a first search unit configured to, when the image data reception unit receives the image data, search for a document file
corresponding to the obtained feature amount of the image data;

a storage unit configured to, when the image data reception unit receives the image data, (a) store information of the image
data as waiting data if the document file corresponding to the obtained feature amount of the image data is not found by the
first search unit, and (b) not store the information of the image data as the waiting data if the document file corresponding
to the image data is found by the first search unit, wherein the information of the image data includes the obtained feature
amount and identification information for identifying the first user;

a first notification unit configured to, when the image data reception unit receives the image data, notify the first user
of (i) the information of the image data and (ii) a search result from the first search unit;

a document file reception unit configured to receive a new document file transmitted from a user terminal which is operated
by a second user;

a second obtaining unit configured to obtain a feature amount of the new document file received by the document file reception
unit;

a second search unit configured to, when the document file reception unit receives the new document file, search the storage
unit for the waiting data corresponding to the obtained feature amount of the new document file received by the document file
reception unit;

a determination unit configured to, if the waiting data corresponding to the obtained feature amount of the new document file
is found by the second search unit when the document file reception unit receives the new document file, determine, based
on an operation on the user terminal, whether or not information corresponding to the new document file received by the document
file reception unit is to be transmitted to the first user; and

a second notification unit configured to, when the document file reception unit receives the new document file, notify the
first user, who is identified by the identification information corresponding to the waiting data that was searched for by
the second search unit, of the information corresponding to the new document file received by the document file reception
unit, if the determination unit determines that the information corresponding to the new document file is to be transmitted,

wherein the second notification unit does not notify the first user of the information corresponding to the new document file
if the determination unit determines that the information corresponding to the new document file is not to be transmitted.

US Pat. No. 9,615,406

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION HEATING TYPE FIXING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for setting different current shut-off thresholds for temperatures of a magnetic material thereof
above and below the Curie temperature, comprising:
a magnetic flux generating device configured to generate a magnetic flux;
a fixing unit configured to generate heat in accordance with the magnetic flux from the magnetic flux generating device, the
fixing unit having a heating element including the magnetic material heated by the magnetic flux from the magnetic flux generating
device;

a power source configured to supply a current to the magnetic flux generating device;
a current detection unit configured to detect a value of the current supplied to the magnetic flux generating device;
a temperature sensor configured to detect a temperature of the heating element;
an output overcurrent detection unit that receives the output of the temperature sensor and the output of the current detection
unit,

wherein the output overcurrent detection unit generates a first threshold value for comparing to a value representing the
current value supplied to the magnetic flux generating device if the heating element is below the Curie temperature, and generates
a second threshold value for comparing to a value representing the current value supplied to the magnetic flux generating
device if the heating element is above the Curie temperature,

wherein the output overcurrent detection unit outputs an abnormal status signal, instructing stopping current supply from
the power source to the magnetic flux generating device, i) when the value representing the current value detected by the
current detection unit is above the first threshold value and the temperature of the heating element detected by the temperature
sensor is below the Curie temperature, and ii) when the value representing the current value detected by the current detection
unit is above the second threshold value, and the temperature of the heating element detected by the temperature sensor is
above the Curie temperature; and

a control unit receiving the abnormal status signal from the output overcurrent detection unit and stopping the supply of
the current to the magnetic flux generating device from the power source in response to receiving the abnormal status signal
from the output overcurrent detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,608,025

IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate a signal charge by photoelectric conversion;
a contact wiring of a conductor electrically connected to the photoelectric conversion unit;
a transistor including a control electrode, a first main electrode electrically connected to the contact wiring, and a second
main electrode;

a charge accumulating unit provided in the substrate and electrically connected to the second main electrode of the transistor;
and

a first switching unit configured to switch connection and disconnection between the control electrode and the first main
electrode of the transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,606,472

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING LIGHT EMISSION LUMINANCE BASED ON SCANNING SPEED

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a photosensitive member irradiated based on image data by a light source configured
to emit laser light, and a deflector configured to deflect the laser light so that the laser light moves over a surface of
the photosensitive member in a main scanning direction, wherein a scanning speed at which the laser light moves over the surface
of the photosensitive member in the main scanning direction is not constant, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a pixel distance corrector configured to correct a pixel distance in the main scanning direction so that latent images corresponding
to each pixel of the image data are formed on the surface of the photosensitive member at substantially equal intervals in
the main scanning direction; and

a controller configured to control the light source emit laser light with a first light emission luminance with respect to
an image part of the photosensitive member, and a second light emission luminance which is lower than the first light emission
luminance, with respect to a non-image part of the photosensitive member,

wherein the controller is configured to correct light emission luminance so that the second light emission luminance decreases
as the scanning speed decreases.

US Pat. No. 9,606,761

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN OUTPUT PROCESS AND METHOD FOR THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that can execute an operating system that incorporates first output control software,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
a processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control
a first control unit configured to perform control to write data requested to be output by a user to a predetermined file
with a file name using an extension via a port monitor as a function of the first output control software, wherein the extension
is designated by the vendor of the first output control software as setting in a setting file of the first output control
software;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the data written to the predetermined file as a function of second output control
software downloaded from an application management server and installed; and

a second control unit configured to perform output control on the acquired data to an external system on a network as a function
of the second output control software,

wherein the second output control software is downloaded from the application management server on the basis of the extension
in accordance with control to write the data to the file via the port monitor and the downloaded second output control software
is installed in the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,604,453

ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An element substrate comprising a plurality of heater arrays arranged in parallel and each formed by arranging a plurality
of heaters, a plurality of transistors corresponding to the plurality of heaters included in the plurality of heater arrays
and configured to drive the plurality of heaters, a first electrode pad configured to supply a voltage to be applied to the
plurality of heaters, a second electrode pad configured to ground the plurality of heaters, a first wiring configured to connect
the first electrode pad to the plurality of heaters, and a second wiring configured to connect the plurality of heaters to
the second electrode pad, wherein
sizes of the plurality of transistors included in the heater array, of the plurality of heater arrays, provided at a position
where intervals with respect to the first electrode pad and the second electrode pad are relatively large are set to be larger
than sizes of the plurality of transistors included in the heater array provided at a position where the intervals with respect
to the first electrode pad and the second electrode pad are relatively small.

US Pat. No. 9,609,203

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an editing unit configured to execute a trimming edit on an image recorded in a storage medium, wherein information indicating
a position of a face detected in the image and classification information of the face are associated with the image on which
the trimming edit has not been executed yet; and

a control unit configured to perform control in a manner such that, in a case where the face does not exist in the image on
which the trimming edit has been executed, the classification information to be added in a case where at least one face exists
in the image is invalidated, and in a case where the face exists in the image on which the trimming edit has been executed,
the information indicating the position of the face is changed and the classification information is associated with the image.

US Pat. No. 9,607,218

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a program;
at least one processor to execute the program;
wherein the at least one processor, while executing the program:
detects a plurality of regions corresponding to respective attributes in a predetermined image, by analyzing predetermined
image data of the predetermined image;

determines one or more regions included in a target region serving as a thumbnail image, out of the detected plurality of
regions; and

generates thumbnail image data corresponding to the target region including the one or more determined regions,
wherein the at least one processor determines, based on a first attribute obtained by the analysis of predetermined image
data of a first region out of the plurality of regions and a second attribute, different from the first attribute, obtained
by the analysis of predetermined image data of a second region out of the plurality of regions, whether both of the first
region and the second region are included in the target region or only one of the first region and the second region is included
in the target region.

US Pat. No. 9,600,057

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information terminal comprising:
a reading unit configured to read tag data from an RFID tag of a printing apparatus;
a first transmission unit configured to transmit a return command to the printing apparatus based on address information included
in the tag data, the return command instructing the printing apparatus to return from a power-saving mode to a normal power
mode;

a determination unit configured to, after the first transmission unit transmits the return command, determine whether the
printing apparatus has succeeded or failed to return from the power-saving mode to the normal power mode;

a notification unit configured to notify, in the case where the determination unit determines that the printing apparatus
has failed to return from the power-saving mode to the normal power mode, a user that the printing apparatus has failed to
return from the power-saving mode to the normal power mode; and

a second transmission unit configured to transmit authentication data to the printing apparatus in a case where the determination
unit determines that the printing apparatus has succeeded to return from the power-saving mode to the normal power mode,

wherein the second transmission unit is configured to not transmit the authentication data to the printing apparatus in a
case where the determination unit determines that the printing apparatus has failed to return from the power-saving mode to
the normal power mode.

US Pat. No. 9,602,690

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND POST PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming apparatus including a first control unit configured to control an image forming operation with respect to
a recording material; and

a post processing apparatus including a second control unit configured to control a post processing operation with respect
to the recording material on which an image has been formed as a result of the image forming operation,

wherein the second control unit notifies the first control unit of a plurality of time periods from a time when the post processing
apparatus receives a first recording material to a time when the post processing apparatus receives a second recording material
conveyed next after the first recording material, each of the plurality of time periods defined based on different conditions
with respect to the image forming operation, and

wherein before the image forming apparatus performs the image forming operation with respect to the second recording material,
the first control unit selects a time period which corresponds to a condition for performing the image forming operation with
respect to the second recording material from among the plurality of time periods, of which the first control unit has been
notified by the second control unit, and determines a timing to start the image forming operation based on the selected time
period.

US Pat. No. 9,602,741

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:
an image pickup unit including:
a plurality of microlenses arrayed in a row direction and a column direction; and
a pixel region including a plurality of unit pixels arrayed in the row direction and the column direction so as to correspond
to the plurality of microlenses, respectively,

the plurality of unit pixels each including a first photoelectric converter and a second photoelectric converter,
the image pickup unit being configured to employ at least:
a first mode that is a mode in which signal corresponding to charges generated in the first photoelectric converter and the
second photoelectric converter is subjected to synthesis processing, and the signal subjected to the synthesis processing
is read out; and

a second mode that is a mode in which a signal corresponding to the charges generated in the first photoelectric converter
is read out without the synthesis processing; and

a controller configured to read out, in the first mode, a first row positioned in a first region of the pixel region, and
read out, in the second mode and the first mode, a second row positioned in a second region of the pixel region, which is
different from the first region,

the second row positioned in the second region being read out in the second mode during a first read-out period,
the second row positioned in the second region being read out in the first mode during a second read-out period different
from the first read-out period,

the first read-out period and the second read-out period having the same length when an image is acquired.

US Pat. No. 9,602,751

IMAGING APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR REDUCING A DIFFERENCE IN RESOLUTIONS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate an electric charge by photoelectric conversion;
a selecting circuit configured to select a reference signal, according to a level of a signal based on the electric charge,
from a plurality of reference signals including a first reference signal having a first time-changing ratio and a second reference
signal having a second time-changing ratio larger than the first time-changing ratio;

a comparator configured to perform a first comparison operation of comparing a base signal and the first reference signal,
and configured to perform a second comparison operation of comparing a signal based on the electric charge and the first or
second reference signal output from the selecting circuit;

a counter configured to count a first count value until an inversion of a magnitude relation in the first comparison operation,
and configured to count a second count value until an inversion of a magnitude relation in the second comparison operation;
and

a correcting unit configured to perform a correction of at least one of the first and second count values, so as to reduce
a difference between a resolution of the first count value and a resolution of the second count value, when the second comparison
operation is performed by comparing the signal based on the electric charge and the second reference signal.

US Pat. No. 9,600,210

SETTING VALUE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND MANAGEMENT METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A setting value management apparatus, comprising:
a memory storing a program; and
a processor connected to the memory, and when performing the program the processor is:
configured to receive, from an image forming apparatus, device configuration information indicating a device configuration
of the image forming apparatus, wherein the device configuration information includes at least model information in accordance
with a model thereof and option information in accordance with whether the model of the image forming apparatus includes a
unit which is an option;

configured to store a plurality of model-dependent setting value schema for different models;
configured to select a model-dependent setting value schema matching the model information of the image forming apparatus,
the selected model-dependent setting value schema including a setting value that is valid when the option information, received
from the image forming apparatus as part of the configuration information, indicates that the model of the image forming apparatus
includes the unit which is an option;

configured to generate setting values for the image forming apparatus based on the selected model-dependent setting value
schema, using the received model information in accordance with the model thereof, and the received option information in
accordance with whether the model of the image forming apparatus includes a unit which is an option;

configured to hold and manage the generated setting values for the image forming apparatus; and
configured to transmit, to the image forming apparatus, the setting values for the image forming apparatus managed by the
processor,

wherein the setting values for an image forming apparatus are managed for each image forming apparatus by the processor.

US Pat. No. 9,602,033

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,594,192

OPTICAL ELEMENT, OPTICAL SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An optical system, comprising:
a plurality of optical elements arranged in an optical axis direction; and
an optical surface and a non-optical surface, the optical surface and the non-optical surface containing optical glass as
a base material,

wherein the optical glass has a Knoop hardness of 600 N/mm2 or more,

wherein the non-optical surface has a coating film layer formed thereon, the coating film layer containing a pigment as a
color material and having a refractive index of 1.65 or more, and

wherein the optical system satisfies any one of the following conditions:
Am
Am m=1; or

m=N,
where N represents a number of the plurality of optical elements, m represents an order from an object side of an optical
element having the non-optical surface among the plurality of optical elements and Ai (i=1, . . . , N) represents a smallest diameter of the optical surface of the i-th optical element from the object side.

US Pat. No. 9,596,326

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate a first header compression table for compressing a header portion of a message to
be communicated based on a first communication connection established with another communication apparatus;

a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the other communication apparatus based on the first communication connection
established with the other communication apparatus, the message whose header portion has been compressed based on the first
header compression table generated by the generation unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the first header compression table is used as a second header compression
table for compressing a header portion of a message to be communicated based on a second communication connection which is
different from the first communication connection and has been established with the other communication apparatus; and

a compression unit configured to compress the header portion of the message to be communicated based on the second communication
connection using the first header compression table corresponding to the first communication connection as the second header
compression table corresponding to the second communication connection in accordance with determination by the determination
unit,

wherein at least one of the generation unit, the transmission unit, the determination unit, or the compression unit is implemented
using a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,595,113

IMAGE TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE STORAGE APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image transmission system comprising:
a transmission device comprising:
one or more first processors, and
at least one first memory coupled to the one or more first processors, the at least one first memory having instructions stored
thereon which, when executed by the one or more first processors, cause the transmission device to:

divide image data into a plurality of regions on the basis of a similarity of pixels, and
transmit the image data and region representative points of the plurality of regions; and
a reception device comprising:
one or more second processors, and
at least one second memory coupled to the one or more second processors, the at least one second memory having instructions
stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more second processors, cause the reception device to:

receive the image data and the region representative points transmitted from the transmission device,
assign, for each pixel in the image data, one of the region representative points based on distances between respective region
representative points and the pixel in a feature space,

update a location and a pixel value of the region representative point in the image data on the basis of locations and pixel
values of pixels assigned to the region representative point, and

generate region labels used for identifying the plurality of regions, using the image data and the region representative points
whose location and pixel value have been updated.

US Pat. No. 9,591,383

METHOD, DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR ENCAPSULATING PARTITIONED TIMED MEDIA DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encapsulating tiled timed media data in a server, the tiled timed media data comprising timed samples, each
timed sample comprising a plurality of spatial subsamples, the method comprises:
for each of one or more spatial subsamples, creating one the track comprising the spatial subsample, and one corresponding
spatial subsample of each of the other timed samples;

creating at least one composite track comprising identification information for identifying at least one of the created tile
tracks; and

independently encapsulating each of the created tracks in at least one media segment.

US Pat. No. 9,591,152

DATA OUTPUT APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME AND OUTPUT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:
a wireless communication unit;
a reception unit configured to receive image data;
an output unit configured to output image data; and
a control unit configured to automatically perform, with an establishment of a wireless connection between the communication
apparatus and another communication apparatus via the wireless communication unit as a trigger, a predetermined processing
for outputting image data, which is received from the other communication apparatus by the reception unit prior to the establishment
of the wireless connection, by the output unit.

US Pat. No. 9,591,243

FOCUS DETECTING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. An image-pickup apparatus comprising:
a controller configured to obtain information of an optical system;
and a focus detecting apparatus which is capable of operating in a still image mode,
wherein the focus detecting apparatus includes:
a first image sensor configured to receive a light beam that has passed through the optical system and to output a first signal
pair having parallax to be used for a focus detection by a phase difference detection method;

a second image sensor configured to receive, by a masking device, a light beam narrower than that received by the first image
sensor, which has passed through the optical system and to output a second signal pair having parallax to be used for the
focus detection by the phase difference detection method;

and at least one processor or circuitry which functions as:
a calculating unit configured to calculate the focus detection by the phase difference detection method,
wherein, in the focus detection calculation of the still image mode, a range used to detect a shift amount corresponding to
a high matching degree between image signals consisting of the first signal pair is wider than a range used to detect a shift
amount corresponding to a high matching degree between image signals consisting of the second signal pair.

US Pat. No. 9,591,279

LIGHT SOURCE UNIT, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND PROJECTION-TYPE DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light source unit comprising:
a light source configured to emit excitation light having a first wavelength;
a fluorescent member configured to emit, when irradiated with the excitation light from the light source, fluorescence light
having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength; and

an adjuster configured to adjust a conversion efficiency from the excitation light to the fluorescence light of the fluorescent
member so that a gradient, denoted by T, satisfies:

0.35G?T?0.8Gin a fluorescence characteristic of the fluorescent member when a horizontal axis represents a normalized light intensity
of the excitation light so that a maximum light intensity of the excitation light incident on the fluorescent member is normalized
to 1, and a vertical axis represents the light intensity of the fluorescence light emitted from the fluorescence member that
is irradiated with the normalized light intensity of the excitation light, where G represents a gradient in the fluorescence
characteristic when the normalized light intensity of the excitation light is 0.3.

US Pat. No. 9,582,790

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,563,139

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising:
a support; and
a charge generating layer and a charge transporting layer on the support;
wherein the charge generating layer comprises
a gallium phthalocyanine crystal in which an organic compound is contained,
wherein the organic compound is at least one compound selected from the group consisting of dimethylsulfoxide, N,N-dimethylformamide,
N-methylformamide, N-propylformamide, N-vinylformamide and N-methylpyrrolidone,

the content of the organic compound is 0.1% by mass or more and 2.0% by mass or less based on a gallium phthalocyanine in
the gallium phthalocyanine crystal, and

the charge transporting layer comprises a polycarbonate resin having structural units represented by the following formulae
(1) and (2):


wherein R11 to R18 in the formula (1) and R21 to R28 in the formula (2) each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, an aryl group, a halogen atom or an alkoxy
group; and X in the formula (2) represents any of


wherein R31 and R32 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or
unsubstituted aryl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl group, or a group required to form a carbocyclic ring or
a heterocyclic ring by bonding of R31 and R32, and a represents an integer of 1 to 20.

US Pat. No. 9,563,163

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion configured to form an image on a sheet;
a fixing portion configured to fix the image formed by said image forming portion on the sheet;
an operating portion including a display portion and configured to receive a selection of choices from an operator;
a display controller configured to control said display portion to display the choices indicative of a plurality of widths
of the sheet, one of which is selectable by the operator; and

an operation controller configured to determine whether to permit or prevent an execution of an image forming operation using
said fixing portion,

wherein, when one of the choices is selected, said operation controller permits the image forming operation on the sheet having
the selected width on said display portion, using said fixing portion, and prevents the image forming operation on the sheet
having a width different from the selected width, using said fixing portion, and

wherein, when none of the choices is selected, said operation controller permits the image forming operation on the sheet
for which said image forming apparatus is operable using said fixing portion, irrespective of the width of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,560,758

UNIFORM IMPEDANCE CIRCUIT BOARD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printed wiring board comprising:
a first via conductor and a second via conductor arranged relative to, and adjacent to, each other;
a first conductive layer on which a first signal wiring pattern having a first connecting conductor pattern is arranged;
a second conductive layer on which a second signal wiring pattern having a second connecting conductor pattern is arranged,
wherein the first via conductor and the second via conductor connect the first signal wiring pattern to the second signal
wiring pattern;

a third conductive layer on which a third signal wiring pattern having a third connecting conductor pattern is arranged, wherein
the third connecting conductor pattern is connected to the first via conductor and the second via conductor, and wherein the
third conductive layer is arranged between the first conductive layer and the second conductive layer via an insulating layer;
and

a signal transmission line that includes the first via conductor, the second via conductor, the first signal wiring pattern,
the second signal wiring pattern, and the third signal wiring pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,557,945

INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, PRINT SYSTEM, SERVER APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a request for data processing;
a generation unit configured to generate, in a sequential manner, a file list in which reference information about a processed
file as a result of the data processing is written; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the file list and the processed file based on a written content in the file list,
wherein, in a case where the data processing is not fully completed when the file list is generated, the generation unit is
configured to generate another file list in which reference information about a next processed file is written, and write
reference information about the another file list in the file list,

wherein, in a case where a newly processed file is generated, the generation unit is configured to overwrite the another file
list with reference information about the newly processed file, and

wherein, in a case where the file list includes the reference information about the another file list, the acquisition unit
is configured to continue to acquire the another file list until the another file list is overwritten with the reference information
about the newly processed file.

US Pat. No. 9,558,580

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for generating light-field data of a scene using a ray tracing method, comprising:
one or more hardware processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more hardware processors and storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more hardware
processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:

set a first surface, a second surface, and a third surface in order in a direction of a scene, wherein the first surface has
a plurality of cells and a plurality of sub-cells divided from each of the plurality of cells, the second surface has a plurality
of segments, and the plurality of cells and the plurality of segments are associated respectively;

determine a trace direction of a ray passing through each sub-cell based on a segment associated with a cell including the
sub-cell; and

perform ray tracing on the determined trace direction for each sub-cell so as to generate light-field data of the scene between
the second and third surfaces.

US Pat. No. 9,557,575

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image stabilization apparatus comprising:
a correction member that corrects image blur;
a base member;
a movable member that holds the correction member and is relatively movably provided with respect to the base member in a
predetermined direction perpendicular to an optical axis;

a first drive device that moves the movable member in a first direction and includes a first drive coil and a second drive
coil;

a second drive device that moves the movable member in a second direction which is different from the first direction and
includes a third drive coil and a fourth drive coil; and

three supports that are provided between the movable member and the base member,
wherein the first drive coil and the second drive coil are arranged at positions sandwiching the correction member in a direction
perpendicular to the optical axis,

wherein the third drive coil and the fourth drive coil are arranged at positions sandwiching the correction member in a direction
perpendicular to the optical axis,

wherein a first support of the three supports is arranged at a position between the first drive coil and third drive coil
in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis,

wherein a second support of the three supports is arranged at a position between the second drive coil and fourth drive coil
in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis,

wherein a third support of the three supports is arranged at a position between the first drive coil and fourth drive coil
in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis, and

wherein the first support is arranged at a position overlapping a part of the third drive coil when viewed from the direction
of the optical axis and the second support is arranged at a position overlapping a part of the second drive coil when viewed
from the direction of the optical axis so that a centroid of the movable member is included in a triangle formed by connecting
the three supports.

US Pat. No. 9,557,657

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus which exposes each of a first shot region and a second shot region on a substrate, comprising:
a substrate stage configured to be movable while holding the substrate;
a projection optical system configured to project, onto the substrate, a pattern formed on a mask; and
a control unit configured to perform control of driving the substrate stage after exposing the first shot region, and then
exposing the second shot region in a state where an exposure condition for exposing the second shot region is satisfied,

wherein the control unit controls exposing the second shot region while correcting a state of a pattern image, which is projected
on the substrate by the projection optical system, in accordance with a correction value obtained in advance by driving the
substrate stage based on acceleration information of the substrate stage in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of
the projection optical system, cancels exposing the second shot region in a case where the exposure condition is not satisfied
while driving the substrate stage from an end position of exposing the first shot region to a start position of exposing the
second shot region based on the acceleration information, and then performs exposing the second shot region in a state where
the exposure condition is satisfied after driving again the substrate stage from the end position to the start position based
on the acceleration information.

US Pat. No. 9,558,688

IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image display device that displays an image, comprising:
a plurality of light transmitting units having transmission wavelength characteristics respectively corresponding to a plurality
of colors including a green color;

an illuminating unit configured to emit light corresponding to each of the plurality of colors, the illuminating unit being
configured to emit, with respect to at least the green color, light of a plurality of emission spectra including first light
and second light (a) whose emission peak wavelengths are both within a range of the transmission wavelength characteristics
of a light transmitting unit corresponding to the green color and (b) whose emission peak wavelengths differ from one another;
and

a control unit configured to control an intensity of light corresponding to the green color emitted by the illuminating unit
in accordance with color characteristics of the image,

wherein peak wavelengths and intensities of the first light and the second light are determined so as to reduce a fluctuation
in stimulus of the green color when a color matching function corresponding to the green color fluctuates due to individual
variability.

US Pat. No. 9,554,069

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS CHANGING A GATE VOLTAGE OF A TRANSFER TRANSISTOR, DRIVING METHOD FOR THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a photoelectric conversion unit configured to convert light into an electric charge;
a floating diffusion region;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer the electric charge from the photoelectric conversion unit to the floating diffusion
region; and

a transfer transistor driving circuit configured to control a gate voltage of the transfer transistor,
wherein the transfer transistor driving circuit changes the gate voltage of the transfer transistor in a first changing rate
during a first period within a period of transition from an ON state to an OFF state of the transfer transistor, and

the transfer transistor driving circuit changes the gate voltage of the transfer transistor in a second changing rate higher
than the first changing rate during a second period, continuously following the first period, within the period of transition
from the ON state to the OFF state of the transfer transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,554,082

RECORDING APPARATUS, RECORDING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:
an image pickup unit;
a generation unit configured to generate moving image data and still image data by using an image signal obtained by the image
pickup unit;

a recording unit configured to record a moving image file including the moving image data and a still image file including
the still image data into a recording medium, wherein the recording unit records a plurality of moving image files in the
recording medium for a period of time from a recording start instruction by a user to a recording stop instruction by the
user, and records the still image file in the recording medium during the recording of the moving image file in accordance
with a still image recording instruction provided during the recording of the moving image file; and

a control unit configured to automatically change, after a predetermined still image file has been recorded in the recording
medium, a file number of the predetermined still image file which is recorded in the recording medium by the recording unit
during the recording of the moving image file to another file number in accordance with a file number of the moving image
file which is recorded in the recording medium by the recording unit,

wherein the control unit automatically changes, after the predetermined still image file has been recorded in the recording
medium, the file number of the predetermined still image file recorded in the recording medium during the recording of the
moving image file in the period of time from the recording start instruction to the recording stop instruction to a predetermined
file number consecutive to a file number of the moving image file being recorded at a time of the recording stop instruction
in accordance with the file number of the moving image file being recorded at a time of the recording stop instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,542,127

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus including a multi-core CPU and capable of performing a process using multiple threads, comprising:
a memory storing a program which causes, when executed by the multi-core CPU, the image processing apparatus to:
perform an edge extraction process using a thread performed by a separate processor core for each PDL object contained in
a page;

synthesize edge information extracted from the PDL objects; and
generate raster image data of the page based on the synthesized edge information,wherein
the edge extraction
divides the page into at least two regions each of which contains a plurality of PDL objects;
allocates each of different groups each including processor cores included in the multi-core CPU to each of the at least two
regions; and

executes, using threads executed by processor cores of one group which is allocated to one region of the at least two regions,
the edge extraction process for the PDL objects contained in the one region, and executes, using threads executed by processor
cores of another group which is allocated to another region of the at least two regions, the edge extraction process for the
PDL objects contained in the other region.

US Pat. No. 9,533,492

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to record an image by discharging ink onto a recording medium;
a first processing unit configured to perform processing of generating recording image data of a first area to be recorded
by the recording head and processing of performing driving control on a corresponding part of the recording head for recording
on the first area;

a second processing unit configured to perform processing of generating recording image data of a second area to be recorded
by the recording head and processing of performing driving control on a corresponding part of the recording head for recording
on the second area, the second processing unit being configured to operate concurrently with the first processing unit;

a dividing unit configured to generate, from input data, divided data corresponding to the first area and the second area
and partly overlapping each other and supply the respective divided data to the first processing unit and the second processing
unit; and

a detection unit configured to detect a recording characteristic of the recording head,
wherein each of the first processing unit and the second processing unit includes
a generation unit configured to generate the recording image data from the divided data based on a characteristic of the recording
head corresponding to an area for which processing is assigned to one of the processing units and a partial area for which
processing is assigned to the other processing unit, and

a control unit configured to perform driving control on the recording head based on data, in generated recording image data,
which corresponds to an area for which processing is assigned to one of the processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,538,634

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:
a printed wiring board;
a semiconductor element mounted on the printed wiring board and having a ground terminal connected to a ground, and a first
signal output terminal and a second signal output terminal outputting differential signals;

a first differential signal wiring and a second differential signal wiring connected to the first and second signal output
terminals of the semiconductor element, respectively, and transmitting differential signals;

a first capacitor element arranged between the first differential signal wiring and a ground, and having a first terminal
connected to the first differential signal wiring and a second terminal connected to a ground; and

a second capacitor element arranged between the second differential signal wiring and a ground, and having a third terminal
connected to the second differential signal wiring and a fourth terminal connected to a ground,

wherein the first capacitor element and the second capacitor element are arranged side by side such that the first terminal
of the first capacitor element and the fourth terminal of the second capacitor element face each other, and the second terminal
of the first capacitor element and the third terminal of the second capacitor element face each other, and

wherein the first capacitor element and the second capacitor element are arranged so that a first direction of a common mode
current from the first terminal to the second terminal and a second direction of a common mode current from the third terminal
to the fourth terminal are different from each other, and

wherein a planar ground pattern having ground potential is formed in a layer different from a layer on which the semiconductor
element is mounted, and the second terminal of the first capacitor element and the fourth terminal of the second capacitor
element are connected to the planar ground pattern through a via.

US Pat. No. 9,536,182

PRINTING APPARATUS, PRINTING APPARATUS CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO REGISTER ATTRIBUTE INFORMATION ABOUT SHEETS FOR PRINT JOBS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory;
a storing unit configured to store a print job;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain sheet attribute information designated by the print job stored in the storing unit;
a detecting unit configured to detect that a sheet holding unit has been closed, wherein the sheet holding unit is openable
and closable;

a display unit configured to display at least one candidate of sheet attribute information based on the sheet attribute information
obtained by the obtaining unit in a case where the detecting unit detected that the sheet holding unit has been closed;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from a user, an instruction for setting a designated sheet attribute information from
the at least one candidate of sheet attribute information displayed by the displaying unit;

a setting unit configured to set, based on the instruction received by the receiving unit, the designated sheet attribute
information for the sheet holding unit; and

a printing unit configured to print, based on the designated sheet attribute information set by the setting unit, an image
on a sheet which is conveyed from the sheet holding unit,

wherein the obtaining unit, the detecting unit, the receiving unit, and the setting unit are implemented by the at least one
processor.

US Pat. No. 9,527,324

CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A control device comprising:
a moving unit configured to cause a recording unit to move in a reciprocating manner;
a detection unit configured to detect a movement error of the moving unit;
a control unit configured to control the moving unit such that the recording unit is caused to move in a second direction
in a case where the movement error is detected by the detection unit while the recording unit is being caused to move in a
first direction;

a notification unit configured to issue error notification; and
an execution unit configured to execute an operation for identifying a cause of the movement error of the moving unit in a
case where the moving unit has been able to move in the second direction by the controlling of the control unit,

wherein the notification unit issues first error notification, in a case where the moving unit has been able to move in the
second direction by the controlling of the control unit,

wherein the notification unit issues second error notification different from the first error notification, in a case where
the moving unit has not been able to move in the second direction by the controlling of the control unit, and

wherein the execution unit executes the operation after the first error notification has been issued.

US Pat. No. 9,531,946

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that has image forming pixels and focus detection pixels arranged at a portion of the image forming pixels,
and is configured to convert a subject image formed by an imaging lens into an image signal;

a control unit configured to switch between a first mode in which, after the image sensor has been exposed, pixels of the
image sensor are sequentially read out in an order in which the pixels are arranged, and a second mode in which signals from
the focus detection pixels and signals from peripheral pixels in a periphery of the focus detection pixels are read out first,
and signals from remaining pixels that have not been read out are read out thereafter; and

a correction unit configured to correct pixel signals that correspond to positions of the focus detection pixels using the
peripheral pixels.

US Pat. No. 9,525,816

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CAMERA SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A camera control apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory including instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the camera control apparatus to:
store data indicating a display element which is displayed in a first display mode for displaying an image shot by a camera
and is operated for controlling a function of the camera, and

determine whether or not the display element is to be displayed when a display mode is changed from a second display mode
to the first display mode in accordance with whether the function of the camera is turned off or not when the display mode
is changed from the second display mode to the first display mode.

US Pat. No. 9,524,452

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising a processor and a memory, the apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions and at least one processor which executes the stored instructions, the at least one processor
being configured to act as:

a setting unit configured to set characters and an identifying value, which has been selected from different identifying values
by a user, to be used for printing out a copy-forgery-inhibited pattern image; and

a causing unit configured to cause a printing unit to print out, on a first paper, a document image and the copy-forgery-inhibited
pattern image corresponding to the set identifying value and including the set characters,

wherein the causing unit is further configured to cause the printing unit to print out, on a second paper, different images
and the different identifying values including the currently set identifying value, without the document image;

wherein each image of the different images printed out on the second paper includes a first region and a second region having
bigger dots than the first region, and a difference in density of the first and second regions in the each image is different,
and at least one of the first region and the second region in the each image depicts the set characters.

US Pat. No. 9,519,475

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS UPDATE OF SOFTWARE, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that performs printing, comprising:
a memory connected to a processor;
a setting unit configured to set an update schedule for regularly updating firmware for the image forming apparatus using
update firmware based on a user instruction;

an updating unit configured to update the firmware for the image forming apparatus according to the update schedule set by
the setting unit;

an accepting unit configured to accept an instruction to perform an additional update using additional firmware;
a firmware preparation unit configured to prepare firmware to be used for an update in accordance with the additional firmware
and the update firmware which was scheduled to be used in the update schedule set by the setting unit; and

a selecting unit configured to select a timing to perform the update using the firmware prepared by the firmware preparation
unit from the update schedule set by the setting unit or a timing different from the update schedule set by the setting unit,

wherein the update unit is configured to perform the update using the firmware prepared by the firmware preparation unit,
and

wherein the setting unit, the updating unit, the accepting unit, the firmware preparation unit and the selecting unit are
implemented at least in part by the processor executing at least one program recorded on the memory.

US Pat. No. 9,517,625

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a substrate;
a flow-path-forming member comprising a plurality of flow paths and discharge ports formed therein, wherein the discharge
ports are in communication with the plurality of flow paths on the substrate; and

a filling material filled in a space between the plurality of flow paths, the filling material having a top surface position
higher than a top surface of the flow-path-forming member, and a bottom surface position lower than the top surface of the
flow-path-forming member in a case where liquid is discharge from the discharge ports in an upward direction.

US Pat. No. 9,514,396

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

8. A method of controlling a printing apparatus, comprising the steps of:
detecting, when a sheet is fed from a sheet feeding unit of the printing apparatus, a size of the sheet during conveyance;
storing information indicating the size detected in the detecting step in a storage unit of the printing apparatus, as size
information indicating a size of a sheet stacked in the sheet feeding unit;

controlling, in a case where execution of print processing is instructed in a state where the size information is stored in
the storage unit, the execution of the print processing using the stored size information; and

clearing, in a case where a particular key is operated by a user while print processing is not being suspended, the size information
stored in the storage unit,

wherein, in a case where the particular key is operated by a user while print processing is being suspended, the size information
stored in the storage unit is not cleared and the suspended print processing is resumed.

US Pat. No. 9,516,216

DISPLAY PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display processing apparatus for displaying, on a display device, an image captured by an image capture apparatus capable
of changing an image capture direction, the display processing apparatus comprising:
a receiver configured to receive an image captured by the image capture apparatus from the image capture apparatus while the
image capture apparatus captures a plurality of images in a plurality of image capture directions by changing an image capture
direction; and

a processor configured to perform first display processing for displaying the image received by the receiver in a first region
of the display device, and second display processing for performing, according to the image capture direction in which the
received image was captured, display in a second region of the display device indicating a range in which the image capture
apparatus can perform image capture by changing the image capture direction,

wherein the first region of the display device and the second region of the display device are different regions of the display
device.

US Pat. No. 9,515,270

INDOLOPHENOXAZINE COMPOUND AND ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An indolophenoxazine compound, which is represented by the following general formula [1]:
in the formula [1], R1 to R4 each represents one of a hydrogen atom and an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, and n represents an integer of 1 to
3.

US Pat. No. 9,508,768

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR WITH ELEMENT ISOLATION REGIONS COMPRISING GAPS HAVING REDUCED VARIATIONS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate having a first face, a second face opposite to the first face, and a trench extending from the first
face, the trench including a first portion and a second portion, wherein the second portion is arranged between the first
portion and a plane including the first face, and a width of the first portion at a boundary between the first portion and
the second portion is smaller than a width of the second portion at the boundary so as to form a step at the boundary; and

an insulator arranged in the second portion so as to contact the boundary,
wherein a plurality of elements are arranged between the first face and the second face, the plurality of elements including
a first semiconductor region of a first conductivity type,

wherein a second semiconductor region of a second conductivity type is located between the insulator and the second face so
as to contact the insulator at the boundary and to be adjacent to the first semiconductor region,

wherein a third semiconductor region of the first conductivity type is located between the first face and the second face,
the third semiconductor region having a portion located between the second semiconductor region and the second face in a direction
perpendicular to the plane, and

wherein a fourth semiconductor region of the second conductivity type is located between the third semiconductor region and
the second face.

US Pat. No. 9,505,211

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGE CARTRIDGE, AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A semiconductor device for a liquid discharge head, comprising:
a first electrode configured to supply a first voltage;
a second electrode configured to supply a second voltage different from the first voltage;
a plurality of discharge elements configured to impart energy to a liquid, each discharge element including a first terminal
and a second terminal;

a plurality of first switching elements configured to electrically connect the first terminals of the plurality of discharge
elements to the first electrode, and including one or more first switching elements each connected to two or more discharge
elements among the plurality of discharge elements; and

a plurality of second switching elements configured to electrically connect the second terminals of the plurality of discharge
elements to the second electrode, and including one or more second switching element each connected to two or more discharge
elements among the plurality of discharge elements,

wherein two or more discharge elements connected to a same second switching element, among the plurality of discharge elements
are connected to different first switching elements among the plurality of first switching elements,

wherein the number of the plurality of first switching elements is smaller than that of the plurality of second switching
elements,

wherein the plurality of discharge elements are arranged in a direction,
wherein the plurality of first switching elements are arranged in the direction, and
wherein the plurality of second switching elements are arranged in the direction.

US Pat. No. 9,506,878

STRUCTURAL BODY AND X-RAY TALBOT INTERFEROMETER INCLUDING THE STRUCTURAL BODY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A structural body, comprising:
a resin layer with a curved surface;
a first bonding layer containing a water-soluble polymer;
a second bonding layer having a hydrogen-bonding surface; and
a gold layer in this order,
the first bonding layer being between, and in contact with, the curved surface of the resin layer and the hydrogen-bonding
surface of the second bonding layer.

US Pat. No. 9,498,173

MOBILE RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. A mobile X-ray generating apparatus which communicates with an X-ray imaging apparatus, comprising:
a mobile cart;
an adjustable support mechanism connected to said mobile cart;
an X-ray generating unit connected to said support mechanism;
a display unit connected to said X-ray generating unit, and configured to display an X-ray image captured by an X-ray imaging
apparatus and an icon;

an operation unit; and
a control unit configured to control said X-ray generating unit and said X-ray imaging apparatus by imaging conditions based
on imaging conditions of the X-ray image in accordance with an operation input from said operation unit with respect to the
icon,

wherein when there is an operation input with respect to the icon, said control unit associates the X-ray image with miss-imaging
information, and stores the X-ray image in a storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,501,010

FIXING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus configured to fix an image on a recording medium, comprising:
a tubular rotation member including a conductive layer;
a helical coil disposed inside the rotation member, a helical axis of the coil extending in a direction along a generatrix
direction of the rotation member;

a resonance circuit, including a resonance capacitor, formed with the rotation member and the coil;
a resonance inverter configured to control the resonance circuit; and
a control unit configured to control electric power supplied to the resonance inverter,
wherein the conductive layer generates heat with electromagnetic induction caused by magnetic flux generated through the coil,
and the image formed on the recording medium is fixed on the recording medium with heat of the rotation member,

wherein the control unit sets a driving frequency of the resonance inverter according to at least one of a size of the recording
medium and a temperature of a non-sheet-passing portion of the rotation member,

wherein the control unit changes a resonance frequency of the resonance circuit according to the set driving frequency, and
wherein the apparatus is capable of executing a first fixing mode in which the resonance frequency is set to a first resonance
frequency and the driving frequency is set to a first driving frequency and a second fixing mode in which the resonance frequency
is set to a second resonance frequency lower than the first resonance frequency and the driving frequency is set to a second
driving frequency lower than the first driving frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,503,601

PRINTING APPARATUS HAVING PLURALITY OF POWER STATES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus, comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to provide:
a first setting unit configured to set a first power-saving state and a second power-saving state in which a smaller amount
of power is consumed than in the first power-saving state as a power-saving state to which the printing apparatus is shifted
when a shifting factor that causes the printing apparatus to shift to the power-saving state is detected;

a second setting unit configured to set, as a returning method for returning the printing apparatus from the power-saving
state, a first returning method for returning the printing apparatus from the power-saving state when a returning factor that
causes the printing apparatus to return from the power-saving state is detected, and a second returning method for returning
the printing apparatus from the power-saving state when a function to be used is selected on a function selecting screen displayed
in accordance with detecting the returning factor; and

a control unit configured to perform control so that said second setting unit sets the first returning method based on said
first setting unit setting the first power-saving state.

US Pat. No. 9,500,877

LENS DRIVING UNIT, AND LENS APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens driving unit for moving a lens in a lens apparatus in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the lens apparatus,
the lens driving unit comprising:
a fixed member;
a movable member to which the lens is fixed, the movable member being movable in the direction perpendicular to the optical
axis of the lens;

a spacer interposed between the fixed member and the movable member;
a biasing unit for biasing the movable member toward the fixed member;
a position detector for detecting a position of the movable member with respect to the fixed member in the direction perpendicular
to the optical axis of the lens;

a driving unit for driving the movable member with respect to the fixed member in the direction perpendicular to the optical
axis; and

a controller for controlling the driving unit to drive the movable member based on the position of the movable member detected
by the position detector,

wherein the controller controls driving of the driving unit in a fixed state and a movable state where the fixed state and
the movable state are different from each other in a relative rotational position between the fixed member and the movable
member about an optical axis of the lens,

wherein a relative movable range of the movable member in a direction perpendicular to the optical axis in the movable state
is larger than the relative movable range of the movable member in the direction perpendicular to the optical axis in the
fixed state,

wherein the controller controls the driving of the driving unit based on a position of the movable member detected by the
position detector in the movable state, and the controller controls the movable member and the fixed member so as not to contact
to each other in the fixed state.

US Pat. No. 9,501,726

PRINTING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus for performing printing processing comprising:
at least one processor couple to a memory;
a storing unit configured to store a plurality of pieces of sheet information;
a registration unit configured to register new sheet information in the storing unit, wherein the new sheet information includes
at least a basis weight and a surface nature; and

a determining unit configured to determine, in a case where the printing apparatus performs printing processing using the
new sheet information, whether to permit performing duplex printing based on a combination of the basis weight and the surface
nature included in the new sheet information,

wherein the storing unit, the registration unit, and the determining unit are implemented by the at least one processor.

US Pat. No. 9,501,982

CALIBRATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A calibration apparatus comprising:
a sensor which measures optical characteristics at a measurement position on a screen;
a storage which stores information on correspondence determined in advance among the optical characteristics at the measurement
position and optical characteristics at a plurality of prescribed positions on the screen; and

a processor which performs:
acquiring a representative position of an image displayed on the screen; and
calibrating based on a measurement value measured by the sensor, information on the correspondence, and a positional relationship
among the plurality of prescribed positions and the representative position.

US Pat. No. 9,500,972

TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising
a toner particle that contains a binder resin that contains a styrene-acrylic resin and a block polymer,
wherein
the block polymer has a polyester segment and a vinyl polymer segment;
the polyester segment is obtained by condensation polymerization of a monomer (a) and a monomer (b);
the monomer (a) is one or more selected from the group consisting of the monomer group A described below;
the monomer (b) is one or more selected from the group consisting of the monomer group B described below; and
a content, in the polyester segment, of a substructure originating with the monomer (b) as calculated from the following formula
is from at least 1.0 mol % to not more than 30.0 mol %:

{monomer (b) [mol]/(monomer (a) [mol]+monomer (b) [mol])}×100

Monomer group A: straight-chain ?,?-aliphatic diols having from at least 2 to not more than 11 carbons, straight-chain ?,?-aliphatic
dicarboxylic acids having from at least 2 to not more than 13 carbons, straight-chain ?,?-aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic
acids having from at least 2 to not more than 12 carbons, and compounds provided by converting a carboxyl group in these compounds
into an acid anhydride, alkyl ester, or lactone;

Monomer group B: straight-chain ?,?-aliphatic dicarboxylic acids having from at least 14 to not more than 24 carbons, straight-chain
?,?-aliphatic diols having from at least 12 to not more than 22 carbons, straight-chain ?,?-aliphatic monohydroxymonocarboxylic
acids having from at least 13 to not more than 23 carbons, straight-chain aliphatic primary monocarboxylic acids having from
at least 13 to not more than 23 carbons, straight-chain aliphatic primary monoalcohols having from at least 12 to not more
than 22 carbons, and compounds provided by converting a carboxyl group in these compounds into an acid anhydride, alkyl ester,
or lactone.

US Pat. No. 9,500,987

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A supplying device comprising:
a first bottle, detachably mountable to a first mounting portion, for accommodating a developer therein;
a second bottle, detachably mountable to a second mounting portion, for accommodating a developer therein;
a first bottle gear, provided on said first bottle, for inputting a driving force for rotating said first bottle;
a second bottle gear, provided on said second bottle, for inputting a driving force for rotating said second bottle;
a driving gear capable of rotating in a normal direction and a reverse direction;
a driving source for driving said driving gear;
a swingable gear swingable about said driving gear depending on rotation of said driving gear, said swingable gear being swingable
between a first inputting position where the driving force is inputted into said first bottle in engagement with said first
bottle gear and mounted to the first mounting portion, and a first disengaging position where said swingable gear and said
first bottle gear are disengaged when said first bottle is mounted to the first mounting portion; and

a movable gear movably supported, said movable gear being movable between a second inputting position where the driving force
is inputted into said second bottle in engagement with both of said swingable gear located in the first disengaging position
and said second bottle gear, and a second disengaging position where said movable gear and said second bottle gear are disengaged
when said second bottle is mounted to the second mounting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,496,175

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME AND CAMERA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor device including a substrate and an insulating layer, the substrate having a cell area and a peripheral
area, unit circuits being arranged in a matrix in the cell area, the peripheral area being arranged around the cell area,
and the insulating layer being arranged on the substrate, wherein in a plan view of a surface of the substrate, the insulating
layer comprises:
a first region located on the cell area and having a rectangular outer edge including two sides along a row direction of the
unit circuits and two sides along a column direction of the unit circuits;

a second region located on the peripheral area and having a rectangular inner edge including two sides along a row direction
of the cell area and two sides along a column direction of the cell area;

a third region located on an intermediate area between the cell area and the peripheral area; and
a fourth region located on the intermediate area, located between the second region and the third region, and forming a boundary
with the third region,

wherein a conductive member is embedded in the first region and the third region, and no conductive member is embedded in
the fourth region, and

the boundary has a curved portion.

US Pat. No. 9,494,899

FIXING DEVICE AND HEATER USED IN FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A heater for use in a fixing device that fixes a toner image onto a recording medium, the heater comprising:
an elongated planar substrate;
a first conductor pattern provided on the substrate along a longitudinal direction of the substrate, the first conductor pattern
has an annular shape that includes first and second conductor portions provided along the longitudinal direction;

a second conductor pattern provided on the substrate along the longitudinal direction, the second conductor pattern has an
annular shape that includes first and second conductor portions provided along the longitudinal direction;

a first heat generating resistor electrically connected to the first conductor portion of the first conductor pattern and
the first conductor portion of the second conductor pattern, the first heat generating resistor being disposed between the
first conductor portion of the first conductor pattern and the first conductor portion of the second conductor pattern;

a second heat generating resistor electrically connected to the second conductor portion of the first conductor pattern and
the second conductor portion of the second conductor pattern, the second heat generating resistor being disposed between the
second conductor portion of the first conductor pattern and the second conductor portion of the second conductor pattern;

a first electrical contact portion disposed at one end portion of the first conductor pattern in the longitudinal direction;
a second electrical contact portion disposed at the opposite end portion of the first conductor pattern in the longitudinal
direction where the first electrical contact portion is disposed;

a third electrical contact portion disposed at one end portion of the second conductor pattern in the longitudinal direction;
and

a fourth electrical contact portion disposed at the opposite end portion of the second conductor pattern in the longitudinal
direction where the third electrical contact portion is disposed,

wherein the first and second heat generating resistors generates heat by electrical power supplied through the first, second,
third, and fourth electrical contact portions.

US Pat. No. 9,493,664

INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:
recording a secondary color image on a recording medium using a first ink and a second ink, wherein the first ink contains
a first self-dispersible pigment having a phosphonic acid group directly bonded to the particle surface of the first self-dispersible
pigment or a phosphonic acid group bonded to the particle surface of the first self-dispersible pigment via an another atomic
group, and wherein the second ink includes a second self-dispersible pigment having (a) a sulfonic acid group and /or a carboxylic
acid group directly bonded to the particle surface of the second self-dispersible pigment, or (b) a sulfonic acid group and/or
a carboxylic acid group bonded to the particle surface of the second self-dispersible pigment via an another atomic group;
and

overlappingly applying the first ink and the second ink in this order to the recording medium,
wherein a time difference between the applications of the first ink and the second ink to the recording medium is 30 milliseconds
or less.

US Pat. No. 9,497,375

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit configured to generate an imaging signal by photoelectrically converting an object image formed by an imaging
optical system including a focus lens;

a sensor unit including a plurality of pairs of sensors each of which generate a pair of image signals by photoelectrically
converting an object image formed by the imaging optical system in correspondence with each of a plurality of focus detection
areas;

a first focus detection unit configured to detect a first in-focus position based on the pair of image signals generated by
said sensor unit;

a second focus detection unit configured to detect a second in-focus position based on a signal output from said imaging unit;
a control unit configured to control a position of the focus lens and control display indicating the focus detection areas;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a correction amount based on a difference between the first in-focus position and
the second in-focus position and store the correction amount in a memory in a correction mode; and

a correction unit configured to correct the first in-focus position at the time of imaging based on the correction amount
stored in the memory,

wherein in the correction mode,
said acquisition unit determines a first focus detection area, among the plurality of focus detection areas, from which the
correction amount is configured to be acquired after the focus lens is moved to the second in-focus position by said control
unit, and

said control unit controls display indicating the first focus detection area determined by said acquisition unit to be identifiable.

US Pat. No. 9,489,153

PRINT SERVER SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A print server system including a print service which transmits a print job for a registered printer through a network,
the print server system comprising:
one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable media storing one or more programs, the one or more programs comprising instructions that, when
executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:

receiving a request for registering a printer, information on the printer to be registered, and information on a proxy having
a function of receiving a print job from the print service and transmitting the print job to the printer;

determining, when the printer has been registered in the print service, whether the proxy is an enterprise supporting proxy
capable of restricting use of the print service in accordance with the received information on the proxy; and

controlling registration by not registering the printer when it is determined that the proxy is the enterprise supporting
proxy and by performing multiple registration of the printer by redundantly storing the received information on the printer
when it is determined that the proxy is not the enterprise supporting proxy.

US Pat. No. 9,489,159

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR PERFORMING PROCESSING ON A FUNCTION BASED ON A FREE SPACE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive selection of a function; and
a determination unit configured to determine whether to perform hardware processing or software processing on the function
based on a free space in a storage unit configured to store hardware information related to the hardware processing on the
function and a processing time required for executing the function; and

an adding unit configured to add the function to a function list,
wherein the determination unit is configured to determine a priority of the function in the function list based on the processing
time required for executing the function, and determine whether to perform the hardware processing or the software processing
on the function, based on the determined priority of the function and the free space in the storage unit,

wherein at least one of the reception unit, the determination unit and the adding unit, is implemented by a processor.

US Pat. No. 9,485,446

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
an imager including a plurality of pixels, each of the pixels including:
a photoelectric converter;
a plurality of charge accumulation portions which accumulates a charge generated in the photoelectric converter;
a controller which controls accumulation of charge in each of the plurality of charge accumulation portions; and
an output portion which outputs a signal corresponding to the charge from each of the plurality of charge accumulation portions;
and

a generator which generates a signal of each of the pixels from the signals respectively output from the plurality of charge
accumulation portions,

wherein the photoelectric converter is formed in a first chip, and the plurality of charge accumulation portions, the controller,
and the output portion are formed in a second chip, and

wherein the plurality of charge accumulation portions are arranged in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,483,178

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus including a connection unit configured to connect, to the information processing apparatus,
a hardware keyboard including a first key used for finalizing an unfinalized character, the information processing apparatus
comprising at least one processor configured to execute instructions, stored in a memory, to:
cause a display unit to display a software keyboard, including a second key used for finalizing an unfinalized character,
and a third key used for closing a display of the software keyboard;

cause a control unit to
perform control to, in a case where an operation is made on the first key in a state where the hardware keyboard is connected
to the information processing apparatus by the connection unit and the software keyboard is being displayed by the display
unit,

finalize an unfinalized character if an unfinalized character exists,
insert a line break if no unfinalized character exists and a line break can be inserted, and
close the display of the software keyboard if no unfinalized character exists and a line break cannot be inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,480,395

OPHTHALMIC DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmic device comprising:
a measuring unit configured to measure information of a subject eye;
a first projecting unit configured to project a light beam onto the subject eye in a first direction;
a second projecting unit configured to project a light beam onto the subject eye from a second direction different from the
first direction;

a selecting unit configured to select a bright spot image corresponding to the light beam which is projected by the first
projecting unit and is reflected by the cornea of the subject eye from among a plurality of first bright spot images on the
basis of a positional relationship between the first bright spot image and a second bright spot image corresponding to the
light beam projected from the second projecting unit, the plurality of first bright spot images including a bright spot image
corresponding to the light beam which is projected by the first projecting unit and is reflected by the cornea of the subject
eye and a bright spot image corresponding to the light beam which is projected by the first projecting unit and is reflected
by a portion other than the cornea of the subject eye; and

a calculating unit configured to calculate a state of alignment between the subject eye and the measuring unit using the bright
spot image selected from the plurality of first bright spot images.

US Pat. No. 9,478,352

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a power controller that controls power supplied to the electronic apparatus;
a first power receiving unit that wirelessly receives power from a power supply external apparatus; and
a control unit that controls an operation of the electronic apparatus so that either of power received by the first power
receiving unit from the power supply external apparatus or power received by a second power receiving unit from the power
supply external apparatus is output to the power controller, wherein the second power receiving unit is included in a power
receiving external apparatus configured to be connected to the electronic apparatus and configured to wirelessly receives
power from the power supply external apparatus,

wherein, if the power received by the first power receiving unit from the power supply external apparatus is output to the
power controller, the control unit transmits, to the power supply external apparatus, control data for controlling supply
of power from the power supply external apparatus based on a mode of the electronic apparatus, and

wherein, if the power receiving external apparatus including the second power receiving unit is connected to the electronic
apparatus, the control unit (i) controls the operation of the electronic apparatus so that power received by the first power
receiving unit from the power supply external apparatus is not output to the power controller and power received by the second
power receiving unit from the power supply external apparatus is output to the power controller, and (ii) transmits, to the
power supply external apparatus, control data for controlling supply of power from the power supply external apparatus so
that power is received by the second power receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 9,477,912

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to perform predetermined processing for received electronic data, comprising:
a storage unit configured to secure a storage area corresponding to a maximum size of the electronic data that is set to be
processed by the information processing apparatus after reception of the electronic data is started and sequentially store
the received electronic data for each secured storage area;

an updating unit configured to update the size of the secured storage area from the maximum size of the electronic data that
is set to be processed by the information processing apparatus to an actual size of the electronic data having been received
completely; and

a calculation unit configured to calculate a free space in the storage unit,
wherein the calculation unit calculates the free space after the updating by the updating unit, and
wherein the storage unit secures the storage area in a case where a size of the free space after the updating calculated by
the calculation unit is not less than the maximum size of the electronic data that is set to be processed by the information
processing apparatus,

wherein the storage unit does not secure the storage area until the size of the free space becomes not less than the maximum
size of the electronic data that is set to be processed by the information processing apparatus by the updating by the updating
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,470,802

RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiographic image capturing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sensors arranged so as to form a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns;
a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of sensors on a row-by-row basis;
a detection unit configured to output a detection signal in response to a start of emission of radiation; and
a control unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform:
a first control controlling the driving unit so as to repeatedly initialize the plurality of sensors on a row-by-row basis
before the start of emission of radiation; and

a second control controlling the driving unit so as to interrupt the initialization in response to the detection signal and
cause the plurality of sensors to output signals, and

the radiographic image capturing apparatus further comprises a determination unit configured to make a determination as to
whether or not the detection signal is a signal that was output in response to the start of emission of radiation based on
a difference between signals from sensors in a last initialized row in the first control and signals from sensors in a row
other than the last initialized row from among the signals from the plurality of sensors output in the second control.

US Pat. No. 9,471,911

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that composites and displays a map image at a designated scale and an object associated
with the map image at the designated scale, comprising:
a processor;
a first memory storing instructions that when executed by the processor cause the processor to perform the steps of:
receiving data representing the object with the processor;
storing, by the processor, an object record including the data representing the object, an object identifier, a scale associated
with the object and object position information regarding a position at which the data representing the object is displayed
on the map image in a second memory;

receiving, by the processor, an image, extracting, by the processor, location information from the image, determining a position
information record including position information corresponding to the location information, and updating an input state of
the position information record;

determining, by the processor, that the updated input state satisfies a predetermined condition, and based on this determination,
retrieving the object record held in the second memory based on the position information of the position information record
and the object position information of the object record;

associating, by the processor, the retrieved object record with a map image at a scale that has a smaller scale ratio and
shows a larger area than a map image at the scale associated with the object, wherein the associating comprises:

locating a display scale data record corresponding to the object using the object identifier of the retrieved object record;
updating a display scale level in the display scale data record to a scale that has the smaller scale ratio and shows the
larger area than the scale associated with the object; and

displaying, by a display, a map image at the updated scale;
determining, by the processor, after displaying the map image, that the object record corresponds to the updated scale using
the updated display scale of the display scale data record;

displaying, by the display, the data representing the object from the object record along with the map image.

US Pat. No. 9,467,639

VIDEO TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VIDEO TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A transmission apparatus for transmitting coded data including intra-coded frame data and inter-coded frame data, comprising:
a monitoring unit configured to monitor a transmission state of the coded data; and
a transmission unit configured to transmit the coded data, to omit to transmit the inter-coded frame data before the intra-coded
frame data when a transmission trouble occurs, and to transmit the coded data from the intra-coded frame data without transmitting
the inter-coded frame data before the intra-coded frame data.

US Pat. No. 9,465,149

DIFFRACTION ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DIFFRACTION ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A diffraction element, comprising:
a plurality of blazed surfaces formed on a brittle material, the plurality of blazed surfaces comprising a first blazed surface
and a second blazed surface adjacent to the first blazed surface;

a non-blazed surface connecting the first blazed surface and the second blazed surface; and
a metal reflecting film formed on the plurality of blazed surfaces,
wherein the diffraction element permits light to pass into the diffraction element and to be reflected by the metal reflecting
film formed on the plurality of blazed surfaces so that beams of the light reflected interfere, by the plurality of blazed
surfaces, with each other and pass out of the diffraction element for spectral separation of the light,

wherein an angle formed between the non-blazed surface and the first blazed surface is an acute angle of 86° or more, and
wherein a chip or crack formed between the non-blazed surface and the first blazed surface falls in a shadow of the second
blazed surface.

US Pat. No. 9,466,485

CONDUCTOR PATTERN FORMING METHOD, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conductor pattern forming method comprising:
forming, on a conductor film, a laminated film including a first layer thinner than the conductor film, a second layer thicker
than the first layer, and a third layer thinner than the second layer, which layers are laminated in this order from the conductor
film side;

forming a first mask from the third layer by dry-etching the third layer using a photoresist mask formed on the laminated
film via a antireflection film;

forming a second mask from the second layer by dry-etching the second layer using the first mask;
removing the first mask and exposing the conductor film by dry-etching the first mask in parallel with dry-etching of the
first layer using the second mask; and

forming a conductor pattern from the conductor film by dry-etching the conductor film using the second mask,
wherein the conductor film includes a first conductor layer thicker than the first layer, and a second conductor layer disposed
under the first conductor layer and thinner than the first conductor layer, and

wherein at least one of the first layer and the third layer comprise the same material as the second conductor layer.

US Pat. No. 9,466,804

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light-emitting element comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
an organic compound layer placed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein the organic compound layer includes an iridium complex represented by the following general formula [1] and a metal
complex represented by the following general formula [9]:

Ir(L1)(L2)(L3)  [1]

in the formula [1], a partial structure IrL1 comprises a partial structure represented by the following general formula [2]:


in the formula [2]:
a ring A1 represents an aromatic ring or an aromatic heterocycle, and the aromatic ring and aromatic heterocycle each represented by
the ring A1 may each further have a substituent selected from an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group,
an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom, and a cyano
group; and

R1 to R8 each represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group,
a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom, or a cyano group, and
may be identical to or different from one another, and when any one of substituents represented by the R1 to R8 is an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted
amino group, an alkoxy group, or an aryloxy group, the substituent may further have any substituent selected from an alkyl
group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino
group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom, and a cyano group;

in the formula [1], a partial structure IrL2 comprises a partial structure represented by the following general formula [3]:


in the formula [3]:
a ring A2 represents an aromatic ring or an aromatic heterocycle, and the aromatic ring and aromatic heterocycle each represented by
the ring A2 may each further have any substituent selected from an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an aralkyl
group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen atom,
and a cyano group; and

a ring B represents a nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle, and the nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycle represented
by the ring B may further have any substituent selected from an alkyl group having 1 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms, an
aralkyl group, an aryl group, a heterocyclic group, a substituted amino group, an alkoxy group, an aryloxy group, a halogen
atom, and a cyano group;

L1 and L2 represent ligands that are different from each other and are not identical to each other;

in the formula [1], L3 represents a monovalent bidentate ligand having an atom that forms a covalent bond with iridium and is selected from N, O,
S, and P, and an atom that forms a coordinate bond with iridium and is selected from N, O, S, and P, and the atom that forms
the covalent bond with iridium and the atom that forms the coordinate bond with iridium may be identical to or different from
each other;

MLL?  [9]
in the formula [9], M represents a divalent metal atom selected from Zn, Be, Mg, Ca, Co, and Ni, L and L? each represent a
bidentate ligand, and L and L? may be identical to or different from each other, and ML and ML? each represent any one of
partial structures represented by the following general formulae [10] to [15]:


in the formulae [10] to [15], R30 to R57 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted
amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group;

in the formulae [12] to [15]:
a ring B comprises any one of cyclic structures represented by the following general formulae [16] to [18]; and
*1 represents a bonding position with an oxygen atom and *2 represents a bonding position with a carbon atom in a five-membered
heterocyclic skeleton:


in the formulae [16] to [18], R60 to R73 each represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, an alkoxy group, a substituted
amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aromatic hydrocarbon group, or a substituted or unsubstituted heteroaromatic group.

US Pat. No. 9,465,277

LENS HOOD AND LENS APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens hood attachable to a front end portion of a lens barrel, the lens hood comprising:
a hood body with which an opening is formed;
an opening cover member configured to cover the opening; and
a cover support member configured to slidably fix the opening cover member to the hood body,
wherein the hood body or the cover support member includes a first abutted portion and a second abutted portion configured
to abut against the opening cover member in a direction in which the opening cover member slides.

US Pat. No. 9,465,571

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method, executed by at least one processor of an apparatus, comprising steps of:
storing a program including a first program layer with an instruction set to be interpreted and executed by the at least one
processor and a second program layer with an instruction set compiled in advance by a unit other than the at least one processor;

acquiring at least one of information about the apparatus and information about an external device connected to the apparatus;
and

controlling, based on at least one of the information about the apparatus and the information about the external device acquired
in the acquiring step, display contents of a display screen for using a function performed by the at least one processor by
executing the program, which are displayed in the first program layer of the program.

US Pat. No. 9,465,321

REMANUFACTURING METHOD OF DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A remanufacturing method of a developer accommodating unit being detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus and
including a frame member, the remanufacturing method comprising:
taking out a flexible container from an inside of the frame member, wherein the flexible container is provided with an opening
for discharging developer into the frame member; and

refilling developer into the frame member.

US Pat. No. 9,461,260

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting device comprising:
an anode;
a cathode; and
organic compound layers placed between the anode and the cathode,
wherein the organic compound layers include at least a hole transport layer and an emitting layer, the hole transport layer
and the emitting layer being in contact with each other;

wherein the hole transport layer has an arylamine compound and an aromatic hydrocarbon compound;
wherein the aromatic hydrocarbon compound may have an alkyl group and the aromatic hydrocarbon compound satisfies the following
requirements (i) and (ii):

(i) the compound comprises a compound constituted only of carbon atom and hydrogen atom, and
(ii) the compound has a partial structure represented by one of the following general formulae (ii-1) and (ii-2):

wherein the emitting layer has a host and an electron trap dopant; and
wherein the host and the electron trap dopant satisfy the following expressions (A) and (B):
|ELUMO(Dopant)|?|ELUMO(Host)|>0.15 eV  (A)

|EHOMO(Host)|<|EHOMO(Dopant)|  (B)

where, in the expressions (A) and (B), ELUMO(Dopant) represents a LUMO energy of the electron trap dopant, ELUMO(Host) represents a LUMO energy of the host, EHOMO(Host) represents a HOMO energy of the host, and EHOMO(Dopant) represents a HOMO energy of the electron trap dopant.

US Pat. No. 9,459,545

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, MANUFACTURING METHOD OF ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, AND A SOLID SOLUTION AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF A SOLID SOLUTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member comprising a support and a photosensitive layer on the support;
the photosensitive layer comprising a solid solution of hydroxygallium phthalocyanine and a compound represented by the following
Formula (1) or Formula (1)?;

the solid solution having peaks at Bragg angles 2? of 7.4°±0.3° and 28.3°±0.3° in CuK? characteristic X-ray diffraction:

wherein M represents a metal atom which may have an axial ligand; X represents a carbon atom or a nitrogen atom; R1 to R12 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, or a substituted or unsubstituted
a heterocyclic group, with the proviso that in the case of X being a nitrogen atom, the ring is closed and none of substituents
R1 to R4 exists.

US Pat. No. 9,457,576

INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING INKJET PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a transporting unit configured to transport a printing medium in a transport direction;
a first printing head configured to perform a printing operation to print images on the printing medium by discharging ink;
a second printing head positioned downstream from the first printing head in the transport direction and configured to perform
a printing operation to print images on the printing medium by discharging ink;

a preliminary discharge controller configured to cause the second printing head to perform a preliminary discharging operation
that does not contribute to the printing operation; and

a determination unit configured to determine a preliminary discharge amount of the preliminary discharging operation, wherein
the preliminary discharge amount when an ink discharge amount of the printing operation by the first printing head is greater
than a predetermined value is smaller than a preliminary discharge amount when the ink discharge amount is less than the predetermined
value.

US Pat. No. 9,451,878

MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR EXAMINING AN EYE TO DETERMINE THE STAGE OF GLAUCOMA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the apparatus to:
acquire a tomographic image of an eye to be examined;
acquire a result of a visual field measurement for the eye to be examined;
detect, from the tomographic image, a layer thickness of a predetermined layer of the eye to be examined;
display information indicating a relationship between the layer thickness and the result of the visual field measurement,
wherein the information is displayed in a display form in accordance with the layer thickness and the result of the visual
field measurement, the display form being changed in accordance with the layer thickness and the result of the visual field
measurement;

acquire a fundus image of the eye to be examined;
associate the layer thickness and the result of the visual field measurement with the fundus image;
create a graph representing the relationship between the layer thickness and the result of the visual field measurement as
the information based on the association; and

segment a region of the graph into a plurality of cells,
wherein the relationship graph is displayed in different color gradations indicating a stage of glaucoma, and wherein a color
gradation for each of the plurality of segmented cells is determined based on the relationship between the layer thickness
and the result of the visual field measurement, and

wherein the relationship graph includes abscissa and ordinate axes, and one of the abscissa and the ordinate axes indicates
the layer thickness and the other of the abscissa and ordinate axes indicates the result of the visual field measurement.

US Pat. No. 9,453,992

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a second lens unit having negative refractive power;
a third lens unit having positive refractive power; and
a rear lens group including one or more lens units,
wherein an interval between adjacent lens units is changed in zooming,
wherein the first lens unit is positioned closer to the object side at a telephoto end than at a wide-angle end,
the first lens unit includes at least four lenses,
the first lens unit includes one or more positive lenses using a material that satisfies a conditional expression of
85.0 where an Abbe number of materials of positive lenses included in the first lens unit is ?d1P, and

conditional expressions of
5.0
0.010<|f2|/fT<0.030

are satisfied, where a focal length of the zoom lens at the wide-angle end is fW, an amount of movement of the first lens
unit on an optical axis in zooming from a wide-angle end to a telephoto end is M1, a focal length of the second lens unit is f2, and a focal length of the zoom lens at the telephoto end is fT.

US Pat. No. 9,454,094

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner, comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin and a magnetic iron oxide particle, wherein:
the binder resin comprises a resin having a polyester unit in which at least one kind of aliphatic compound selected from
the group consisting of an aliphatic monocarboxylic acid having 30 or more and 102 or less carbon atoms and an aliphatic monoalcohol
having 30 or more and 102 or less carbon atoms is condensed at an end of the polyester unit;

a content of the magnetic iron oxide particle in the toner particle is 30 parts by mass or more and 80 parts by mass or less
with respect to 100 parts by mass of the binder resin in the toner particle; and

the magnetic iron oxide particle satisfies the following conditions (i) to (iii):
(i) a number-based median diameter D50 is 0.05 ?m or more and 0.15 ?m or less;
(ii) a ratio D10/D50 is 0.40 or more and 1.00 or less, when a particle diameter at which a cumulative ratio in a number-based
particle size distribution from a smaller particle diameter side reaches 10% is defined as D10; and

(iii) a ratio D90/D50 is 1.00 or more and 1.50 or less, when a particle diameter at which a cumulative ratio in the number-based
particle size distribution from the smaller particle diameter side reaches 90% is defined as D90.

US Pat. No. 9,452,571

OPTICAL ELEMENT MOLDING DIE AND METHOD FOR MOLDING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for manufacturing an optical element molding die, comprising the steps of:
forming a protective layer composed of a material with a positive standard electrode potential on a substrate that is made
by forming a Ni—P plating layer on a base;

forming an aluminum layer on the protective layer; and
forming a plurality of holes in the aluminum layer and forming an anodic oxidation layer by conducting anodic oxidation of
the aluminum layer by using an electrolytic solution including at least any of phosphoric acid, oxalic acid, and sulfuric
acid.

US Pat. No. 9,454,117

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a cylindrical fixing film;
a backup member in contact with an inner surface of the fixing film, the backup member backing up the fixing film;
a nip portion forming member in contact with an outer surface of the fixing film, the nip portion forming member and the backup
member forming a fixing nip portion with the fixing film interposed therebetween;

a metal plate provided on a surface on a side opposite to a surface on a side where the backup member is in contact with the
fixing film, the metal plate reinforcing the backup member,

a coil that forms an alternating magnetic field, which causes an electrically conductive layer to generate heat by electromagnetic
induction, the coil including a spirally shaped portion of which a spiral axis is substantially parallel to a qeneratrix direction
of the fixing film; and

a core disposed inside the spirally shaped portion, the core directing lines of magnetic force of the alternating magnetic
field,

wherein a recording material carrying an unfixed image is conveyed at the fixing nip portion, and the unfixed image is fixed
on the recording material by heat at the fixing nip portion,

wherein the metal plate has a flat portion pressed against the backup member,
wherein the fixing film includes the electrically conductive layer, and
wherein the device causes a circulating current that flows in a circumferential direction of the fixing film, to flow through
the electrically conductive layer of the fixing film, thereby causing the entire fixing film in the circumferential direction
of the fixing film to generate heat, and

wherein the current that flows through the electrically conductive layer in the circumferential direction is induced by the
alternating magnetic field, thereby causing the electrically conductive layer to generate heat, and

wherein the device satisfies the following equations:
0.28×Rsa>Rc
1/Rsa=1/Rs+1/Ra
where Rc is a reluctance of a magnetic core Rs is a reluctance of the electrical conductive layer, Ra is a reluctance of a region between the electrical conductive layer and the magnetic core, and Rsa is a combined reluctance of Rs and Ra.

US Pat. No. 9,454,124

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an apparatus main body;
a movable member configured to move with respect to the apparatus main body in a state where the movable member supports an
image bearing member on which a latent image is to be formed and a developer bearing member that bears a developer for developing
the latent image, wherein the movable member is movable to an image forming position, located inside the apparatus main body,
at which the image bearing member and the developer bearing member are brought into an image formable state and to an attachment/detachment
position, located outside the apparatus main body, at which a cartridge including the developer bearing member is attachable/detachable
to/from the movable member;

an exposure device configured to expose the image bearing member to form the latent image by irradiating the image bearing
member with light having passed through a light transmission member; and

a cleaning member configured to clean the light transmission member according to a movement of the movable member between
the image forming position and the attachment/detachment position,

wherein the cleaning member is provided on the movable member and movable with respect to the movable member, so as to be
movable to a contact position at which the cleaning member makes contact with the light transmission member when the movable
member moves and a noncontact position at which the cleaning member does not make contact with the light transmission member
when the movable member moves.

US Pat. No. 9,448,753

COMMUNICATING APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communicating apparatus having an image forming unit comprising;
a reception unit configured to receive a request command which requires a response, wherein a partner apparatus transmits
the request command;

a determination unit configured to determine based on the request command received by said reception unit whether a communication
mode of the partner apparatus matches a communication mode executed by said communicating apparatus; and

a response control unit configured to generate, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication mode
of the partner apparatus matches the communication mode of the communicating apparatus, a response command corresponding to
the request command from the partner apparatus, wherein

the response control unit, in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication mode of the partner apparatus
does not match the communication mode of the communicating apparatus, does not generate the response command corresponding
to the request command from the partner apparatus, and

one or more of the reception unit, the determination unit, or the response control unit is implemented by a processor and
a memory.

US Pat. No. 9,448,524

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first photosensitive drum;
a second photosensitive drum;
a first drive portion which transmits a first drive force to the first photosensitive drum, the first drive portion having
a first transmission gear rotated by the first drive force, a first idler gear rotated in mesh with the first transmission
gear, and a first drive gear meshing with the first idler gear to transmit the first drive force to the first photosensitive
drum;

a second drive portion which transmits a second drive force to the second photosensitive drum, the second drive portion having
a second transmission gear rotated by the second drive force, a second idler gear rotated in mesh with the second transmission
gear, and a second drive gear meshing with the idler gear to transmit the second drive force to the second photosensitive
drum;

a first phase detection flag provided on the first transmission gear;
a second phase detection flag provided on the second transmission gear;
a first sensor cooperating with the first phase detection flag to detect a phase of the first transmission gear; and
a second sensor cooperating with the second phase detection flag to detect a phase of the second transmission gear,
wherein the first transmission gear and the second transmission gear have the same shape, the first idler gear and the second
idler gear have the same shape, and the first drive gear and the second drive gear have the same shape,

wherein a rotational speed fluctuation phase of the first transmission gear and a rotational speed fluctuation phase of the
second transmission gear match with each other,

wherein the first photosensitive drum is exposed to form a latent image and the latent image is formed into a first toner
image through visualization with toner, the second photosensitive drum is exposed to form a latent image and the latent image
is formed into a second toner image through visualization with toner, and the first toner image and the second toner image
are transferred respectively from the first photosensitive drum and the second photosensitive drum onto a moving transfer
member and superimposed to form an image,

wherein the first photosensitive drum transfers the first toner image onto the transfer member at a first position, and the
second photosensitive drum transfers the second toner image onto the transfer member at a second position that is downstream
from the first position in a transfer member moving direction,

wherein a time period from when the first photosensitive drum is exposed to form the latent image to when the first toner
image is transferred onto the transfer member at the first position is substantially equal to a time period from when the
second photosensitive drum is exposed to form the latent image to when the second toner image is transferred onto the transfer
member at the second position,

wherein the first drive portion and the second drive portion are arranged in a manner that a time period in which the transfer
member moves from the first position to the second position is substantially equal to an integral multiple of a drive cycle
of each of the first and second idler gears,

wherein the first idler gear has a first phase alignment mark and the second idler gear has a second phase alignment mark,
wherein, when a first meshing angle is an angle from the first phase alignment mark to a meshing position between the first
idler gear and the first drive gear in a rotation direction of the first idler gear with respect to a rotation center of the
first idler gear, and when a second meshing angle is an angle from the second phase alignment mark to a meshing position between
the second idler gear and the second drive gear in a rotation direction of the second idler gear with respect to a rotation
center of the second idler gear, the first meshing angle and the second meshing angle are substantially equal to each other,
and a rotational phase of the first idler gear and a rotational phase of the second idler gear substantially match with each
other, and

wherein the first and second idler gears are respectively matched in phase by the first and second phase alignment marks so
that the first and second idler gears are in the same phase with respect to the first and second transmission gears.

US Pat. No. 9,450,444

CHARGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:
a communication unit that communicates with an external device to receive information that is used to determine whether the
external device is a chargeable device;

a power transmission unit that performs a first process that includes a process for transmitting power wirelessly to the external
device;

a control unit that (a) performs a second process that includes a process for detecting a foreign object while the first process
is performed, and (b) performs a third process after a foreign object is detected in the second process, wherein the third
process includes a process for reducing power transmitted wirelessly from the power transmission unit; and

a temperature detection unit that detects a temperature, wherein, if a temperature detected by the temperature detection unit
when the third process is performed is equal to or more than a predetermined temperature, the control unit performs a fourth
process that includes a process for reducing power transmitted wirelessly from the power transmission unit.

US Pat. No. 9,449,251

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that extracts colors of patches from a photographed image data of a chart image, the image
processing apparatus comprising:
a processor connected to a memory, the processor and memory configured to:
extract information indicating a position of the chart image in the photographed image data;
acquire information indicating a patch position of each patch images in the chart image based on the chart image;
set an extraction range in accordance with the patch position of each of the patch images in the photographed image data based
on the information;

determine whether or not the set extraction range fits inside each of the patch images; and
extract a color of each patch image based on pixel values of pixels included in the extraction range in a case where it is
determined that the extraction range fits inside each of the patch images for all the patch images.

US Pat. No. 9,442,389

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure apparatus including a measurement area for measuring a substrate, and an exposure area, which differs from
the measurement area, for exposing the substrate via a projection optical system, and executing an exposure operation while
supplying an immersion liquid between the projection optical system and the substrate disposed in the exposure area, the exposure
apparatus comprising:
plural stages each configured to hold the substrate and to be movable, and
a controller configured to control the driving of the plural stages,
wherein the controller is configured to determine a receiving position for delivering the immersion liquid supplied onto one
stage of the plural stages to another stage based on a first processing position for the substrate held by the other stage,
which is acquired based on a formulaic recipe regarding a layout of a patterning area on the substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,444,972

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,416

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image-forming apparatus, comprising:
an electrostatic latent image bearing member;
a charging unit for charging a surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member;
an image exposure unit for irradiating the charged surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member with image exposure
light to form an electrostatic latent image on the surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member;

a developing apparatus for developing the electrostatic latent image formed on the surface of the electrostatic latent image
bearing member to form a toner image on the surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member;

a transferring unit for transferring the toner image formed on the surface of the electrostatic latent image bearing member
onto a transfer material through or without through an intermediate transfer member; and

a fixing unit for fixing the toner image transferred onto the transfer material onto the transfer material,
the image-forming apparatus being configured to recover transfer residual toner on the surface of the electrostatic latent
image bearing member after the transfer of the toner image with the developing apparatus,

wherein:
the developing apparatus includes
toner for developing the electrostatic latent image,
a toner carrier for carrying the toner, and
a regulating member for regulating a layer thickness of the toner carried by the toner carrier;
the toner carrier is placed to be brought into contact with the electrostatic latent image bearing member;
the toner carrier includes
a substrate,
an elastic layer, and
a surface layer containing a urethane resin;
the urethane resin has a partial structure derived from a reaction between
a compound represented by the following structural formula (1) and
a polyisocyanate;
the toner comprises magnetic toner containing
toner particles each containing a binder resin and a magnetic material, and
inorganic fine particles;
the toner has a weight average particle diameter (D4) of 9.5 ?m or more and 14.0 ?m or less; and
a porosity of the toner obtained from the following mathematical expression (1) is 50 or more and 56 or less:
Porosity=((true density?tap density)/true density)×100  Mathematical expression (1)

in the structural formula (1):
n represents an integer of 1 or more and 4 or less;
R3's each independently represent a group selected from the group consisting of the following (a) to (c):

(a) a hydroxyalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms,
(b) an aminoalkyl group having 2 or more and 8 or less carbon atoms, and
(c) a group represented by the following structural formula (2); and
R4 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 4 or less carbon atoms:


in the structural formula (2):
m is 2 or 3; and
R5 represents an alkylene group having 2 or more and 5 or less carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,442,419

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,444,521

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSITIONING BETWEEN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmission apparatus comprising:
a communication controller configured to communicate wirelessly with a power reception apparatus, during a period capable
of data transfer, a duration of power transmission to be performed during a period of no data transfer; and

a power transmission controller configured to, after the period capable of data transfer, transmit power wirelessly to the
power reception apparatus during the period of no data transfer in accordance with the duration communicated by the communication
controller.

US Pat. No. 9,434,174

INK TANK AND PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink tank that is capable of being mounted on a mount portion, the ink tank comprising:
a tank side contact that is capable of being connected to a mount portion side contact provided on the mount portion; and
a notifying portion controlled by a controller that is capable of performing a notification operation, wherein when the ink
tank is mounted on the mount portion, the notifying portion performs the notification operation after a delay time, the delay
time being set in accordance with a mounting speed of the ink tank that has elapsed from when the tank side contact has been
connected to the mount portion side contact.

US Pat. No. 9,438,828

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels is arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of pixel output lines, each of the plurality of pixel output lines being provided according to a corresponding
column of the pixel array and transmitting a pixel signal output from a pixel of the pixel array;

a plurality of column signal processing units, each of the plurality of column signal processing units being provided according
to the corresponding column of the pixel array and into which the pixel signal is input from the pixel output line;

a first adding up or averaging unit configured to add up or average the plurality of pixel signals output to the plurality
of pixel output lines corresponding to different columns of the pixel array; and

a second adding up or averaging unit, arranged at a subsequent stage of the first adding up or averaging unit, configured
to add up or average the plurality of pixel signals output to the plurality of pixel output lines corresponding to different
columns of the pixel array, wherein

between the first adding up or averaging unit and the second adding up or averaging unit, cycles of the columns from which
added up or averaged signals are output are different from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,435,667

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,429,868

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,429,884

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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