US Pat. No. 9,100,527

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to perform a communication;
a acquiring unit configured to acquire capability information indicating a communication capability of an external apparatus;
and

a first determining unit configured to, based on the capability information acquired by the acquiring unit, determine a communication
mode for performing the communication by the communication unit when the communication apparatus operates in a second power
mode lower in power consumption than in a first power mode,

wherein the first power mode is a power mode for supplying power to at least the first determining unit, and the second power
mode is a power mode for not supplying power to at least the first determining unit,

wherein the first determining unit is configured to determine the communication mode based on the capability information acquired
by the acquiring unit, before the communication apparatus shifts to the second power mode, and

wherein the communication unit is configured to perform the communication by using the communication mode determined by the
first determining unit, in a case where the communication apparatus operates in the second power mode.

US Pat. No. 9,090,101

PRINTING METHOD AND APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing method, comprising:
preparing a sheet having a first face and a second face, wherein the first face has resin and the second face has a water-absorbing
property greater than the first face;

conveying the sheet;
printing an image with ink including emulsion on the first face of the sheet being conveyed;
heating the printed first face at a heating area and moisturizing the second face at a moisturizing area,
wherein the heating area and the moisturizing area are disposed opposing one another whereby a same part of the sheet being
conveyed is sandwiched between the heating area and the moisturizing area, and the heating and the moisturizing are performed
simultaneously on the same part of the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,090,112

LIQUID DISCHARGE DEVICE AND CLEANING METHOD FOR LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,091,956

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING EXPOSURE A PLURALITY OF TIMES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,560

FACSIMILE SYSTEM THAT PACKETIZES AND TRANSMITS CODED IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,642

COLOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING COLOR IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,094,587

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,093,913

SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY WITH DETECTION OF THE AC INPUT VOLTAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,089,280

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a generation unit configured to generate a new two dimensional tomographic image based on a first plurality of two-dimensional
tomographic images of an object, the first plurality of two dimensional tomographic images acquired before acquisition of
a second plurality of two-dimensional tomographic images of the object, wherein a three-dimensional image of the object is
generated based on the second plurality of two-dimensional tomographic images, and wherein the first plurality of two-dimensional
tomographic images is acquired while adjusting a position in a depth direction of the object; and

a display control unit configured to display at least one of the new two-dimensional tomographic image and the three-dimensional
image on a display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,089,281

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,089,290

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, OPHTHALMOLOGIC CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an optical system configured to capture an image of a subject's eye by using an imaging unit and returned light from the subject's
eye irradiated with illumination light;

a determination unit configured to determine a parameter for acquiring unique information of the subject's eye based on a
physical property of the subject's eye; and

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the unique information based on the determined parameter and an output of the imaging
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,092,118

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,088,473

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,642

CHARGING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,086,792

DISPLAY CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display control apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a touch operation on a display unit;
a storing unit configured to temporarily store data of a plurality of images; and
a display control unit configured to perform, in response to the detection unit detecting a touch operation of a first type
including a movement for a first distance or longer with a touch kept on the display unit, a scrolling process for scrolling
an image displayed on the display unit to display another image temporarily stored in the storing unit, and to perform, in
response to the detection unit detecting a touch operation of a second type including a movement for a predetermined distance
or longer with a touch kept on the display unit, an updating process for updating the data of the plurality of images temporarily
stored in the storing unit with data of another plurality of images to display the images included in the other plurality
of images on the display unit,

wherein the predetermined distance is longer than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 9,080,858

WAVEFRONT MEASURING APPARATUS, WAVEFRONT MEASURING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A wavefront information obtaining method comprising:
receiving intensity information of a first periodic pattern and intensity information of a second periodic pattern having
a phase shifted with respect to a phase of the first periodic pattern; and

obtaining wavefront information,
wherein the obtaining of the wavefront information obtains the wavefront information for one pixel by using:
intensity information at a first pixel of the first periodic pattern;
intensity information at a second pixel of the first periodic pattern, the second pixel being positioned within three pixels
from the first pixel; and

intensity information at the first pixel of the second periodic pattern.

US Pat. No. 9,079,417

COLOR MIXING CHECKING METHOD FOR INKJET PRINT HEAD AND PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,083,928

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,075,364

SUSPENDED PARTICLE COLLECTING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming section configured to form a toner image on a recording material using toner containing wax;
a fixing section configured to fix the toner image to the recording material by heating the toner image; and
a suspended particle collecting member configured to collect suspended particles that are components generated from the wax
when the toner is heated at the fixing section, the suspended particle collecting member having a flow path along which gas
containing suspended particles passes, and a space connecting to the flow path,

wherein the space extends from the flow path in a counter direction with respect to a flow direction of the gas that passes
along the flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,077,957

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,627

RADIATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS USING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation generating apparatus comprising:
a radiation generating tube having
a target,
a tubular shielding member for shielding a part of radiation generated from the target, and having an aperture through which
the radiation passes, and

an envelope holding the tubular shielding member with a portion of the tubular shielding member protruding externally from
the envelope; and

a container holding the radiation generating tube therein, and an insulating liquid contacting the tubular shielding member
and the container,

wherein the protruding portion of the tubular shielding member is covered with a solid electrically insulating member, wherein
the tubular shielding member has at least an inner side protruding portion and an outer side protruding portion, such that
a distance from the inner side protruding portion to the aperture is different from a distance from the outer side protruding
portion to the aperture, the inner side protruding portion is closer to the aperture than the outer side protruding portion,
and the solid electrically insulating member covers one of the inner side protruding portion and the outer side protruding
portion, and wherein the solid electrically insulating member covers both of the inner side protruding portion and the outer
side protruding portion.

US Pat. No. 9,073,318

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,076,214

IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS USING SELECTED IN-FOCUS IMAGE DATA

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image acquisition apparatus comprising:
a first image capturing unit group including a plurality of image capturing units in which at least part of ranges of first
depths of field overlap each other and acquiring a first image data group;

a second image capturing unit group including a plurality of image capturing units in which at least part of ranges of second
depths of field overlap each other and acquiring a second image data group, the second depths of field being different from
the first depths of field;

an in-focus image selection unit configured to calculate, for each of the first image data group acquired by the first image
capturing unit group and the second image data group acquired by the second image capturing unit group, an area where angles
of view of the plurality of image capturing units in each of the image capturing unit groups overlap each other and to select
in-focus image data in the overlap area; and

a distance calculation unit configured to use the in-focus image data selected from the first image data group by the in-focus
image selection unit to obtain a distance to a first object in images of the first image data group, and to use the in-focus
image data selected from the second image data group by the in-focus image selection unit to obtain a distance to a second
object in images of the second image data group, the second object being different from the first object,

wherein the in-focus image selection unit selects the in-focus image data for each sub-area obtained by dividing the overlap
area, and

wherein the distance calculation unit calculates the distance to each object in the sub-area.

US Pat. No. 9,075,355

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to form a nip for heating a toner image on a recording material;
a rotatable rubbing member configured to rub an outer surface of said first rotatable member to substantially refresh a surface
property of said first rotatable member; and

an air blowing mechanism is configured to turn on and off to blow air intermittently onto said rotatable rubbing member to
clean said rotatable rubbing member.

US Pat. No. 9,065,956

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,066,011

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,064,206

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT PRINTS IMAGE DATA INCLUDING COLOR CODE SYMBOL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,063,501

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,057,973

CHARGING MEMBER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A blade-like charging member for charging a surface of an image bearing member by contacting thereto and by being supplied
with a voltage, said charging member comprising:
a charging portion for effecting electric discharge to the surface of the image bearing member;
a non-charging portion not effecting the electric discharge to the surface of the image bearing member, wherein said non-charging
portion is provided at a free end portion of said blade-like charging member and is capable of contacting the image bearing
member to provide a dischargeable gap between said charging portion and the image bearing member, and at least a part said
non-charging portion is made of a substance having a resistance higher than that of said charging portion to prevent discharge
from occurring from said non-charging portion to the surface of the image bearing member; and

a supporting portion supporting said non-charging portion and said charging portion with space between said non-charging portion
and said charging portion to prevent contact between said non-charging portion and said charging portion.

US Pat. No. 9,058,010

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS CONFIGURED TO PERFORM A PRIMARY TRANSFER OF A TONER IMAGE FROM A PLURALITY OF IMAGE BEARING MEMBERS TO AN INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER BELT BY FOLLOWING A CURRENT IN CIRCUMFERENTIAL DIRECTION WITH RESPECT TO THE I

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

a current supply member contacting an outer surface of an outer side of the intermediate transfer belt, configured to supply
a current to the intermediate transfer belt;

a power supply configured to apply a voltage to the current supply member,
wherein, by being applied with a voltage from the power supply, the current supply member performs a primary transfer of a
toner image from the plurality of image bearing members to the intermediate transfer belt by following a current in circumferential
direction with respect to the intermediate transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,060,086

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,059,343

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,060,139

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DRIVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
an imaging unit that includes a pixel portion in which a plurality of pixels are arranged; and
a conversion unit that converts an analog signal output from the imaging unit to a digital signal and outputs the digital
signal,

wherein the conversion unit includes:
a first processing unit to which a first reference voltage and a clock signal are supplied, the first processing unit including
a delay circuit and a first comparator configured to compare the first reference voltage and the analog signal and to output
the comparison result as a first comparison signal; and

a second processing unit to which a second reference voltage is supplied, the second processing unit including a capacitor
and a second comparator configured to compare a voltage of the capacitor and the second reference voltage and to output the
comparison result as a second comparison signal,

wherein the first processing unit:
generates a higher-order bit of the digital signal, in accordance with a result of measuring a time from when the comparison
of the first processing unit is started to when a level of the first comparison signal is changed, and

outputs, to the second processing unit, a delay signal which the delay circuit generates by delaying the first comparison
signal based on the clock signal, and

wherein the second processing unit:
starts charging of the capacitor in response to changing the level of the first comparison signal,
ends the charging of the capacitor in response to changing a level of the delay signal, and then
generates a lower-order bit of the digital signal, in accordance with a result of measuring a time from when the comparison
of the second processing unit is started to when a level of the second comparison signal is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,054,309

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,053,546

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for estimating a position and orientation of a target object in a three-dimensional
space, comprising:
an input unit configured to input a plurality of captured images obtained by imaging the target object from a plurality of
viewpoints;

a setting unit configured to set a partial space in the three-dimensional space;
a changing unit configured to change a position of the partial space in the three-dimensional space;
a clipping unit configured to clip, for each of the input captured images, a partial image corresponding to the partial space
in the three-dimensional space each time said changing unit changes the position of the partial space;

an extraction unit configured to extract, from each of the partial images clipped from the plurality of captured images, a
feature information set indicating a feature of a set of the plurality of partial images each time said changing unit changes
the position of the partial space;

a storage unit configured to store dictionary information indicating a position and orientation of an object in association
with feature information of the object corresponding to the position and orientation; and

an estimation unit configured to estimate the position and orientation of the target object by comparing each feature information
set extracted by the extraction unit and the feature information indicated in the dictionary information.

US Pat. No. 9,055,428

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,053,393

LEARNING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PATTERN RECOGNITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

12. An information processing apparatus for generating a dictionary being used for recognizing a target object by classifying
a plurality of learning patterns, the information processing apparatus comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of learning patterns including a target object, wherein each learning pattern
has a same number of pixels;

a generating unit configured to generate a plurality of mask patterns which respectively indicates a region where the target
object exists in each learning pattern;

a calculating unit configured to calculate probability that a pixel at a same position in each learning pattern is included
in the region where the target object exists by referring to the plurality of mask patterns;

a selecting unit configured to select at least one pixel having relatively higher probability based on the calculated probability;
and

a classifying unit configured to classify each learning pattern based on the at least one selected pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,055,232

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF ADDING SOFT FOCUS EFFECTS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that performs soft focus processing on an image, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire an input image;
a second acquisition unit configured to acquire a shooting condition for the acquired input image;
a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of blurred images different in degree of blur from the same acquired
input image;

a synthesis unit configured to synthesize the acquired input image and at least one of the blurred images generated by said
generation unit;

a storage unit configured to store a synthesis ratio table including a set of predetermined synthesis ratios that are predetermined
for a plurality of input images different in size from one another to achieve substantially the same soft focus effects regardless
of the size of the acquired input image; and

a setting unit configured to set a synthesis ratio between the images to be synthesized using the synthesis ratio table, according
to the size of the acquired input image.

US Pat. No. 9,050,819

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, IMAGE RECORDING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording apparatus comprising:
a recording head configured to discharge at least a first-color ink comprising a pigment and a second-color ink comprising
a pigment;

a scanning unit configured to cause relative scanning between the recording head and a recording medium in a scanning direction,
the recording medium having a unit region including a plurality of pixel regions each corresponding to each of a plurality
of pixels; and

a control unit configured to control discharge of the first-color ink and the second-color ink from the recording head onto
the pixel regions while the scanning is caused by the scanning unit,

wherein the second-color ink has a higher pH buffer capacity in a basic region than the first-color ink, and
the control unit is configured to control the discharge of the first-color ink and the second-color ink so that in the unit
region, among the pixel regions to which both the first-color ink and the second-color ink are applied, the number of pixel
regions to which the second-color ink is applied after the first-color ink is applied is larger than the number of pixel regions
to which the first-color ink is applied after the second-color ink is applied.

US Pat. No. 9,054,243

SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,052,688

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,052,179

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomography apparatus comprising:
a first light source that changes a wavelength of light;
an interference optical system that divides the light from the first light source into illumination light, used for illuminating
an object, and reference light, and generates interference light by the reference light and reflected light of the illumination
light that has illuminated the object;

a first optical detector that receives the interference light; and
an information obtaining section that obtains information of the object on the basis of a temporal waveform of an intensity
of the interference light,

wherein the first light source is a light source that includes a gain medium with an optical gain from which light having
a wavelength bandwidth exits, and that, of the light that exits from the gain medium, selects and emits light having a predetermined
wavelength using a wavelength selection optical system that selects the light having the predetermined wavelength,

a second light source that emits light having a particular wavelength to the wavelength selection optical system; and
a second optical detector that detects the light emitted from the second light source and selected by the wavelength selecting
optical system,

wherein the optical coherence tomography apparatus is formed so that, when light having the particular wavelength is emitted
from the first light source, the light emitted from the second light source and selected by the wavelength selection optical
system is detected by the second optical detector.

US Pat. No. 9,045,660

INK SET AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink set for an ink jet comprising:
a combination of a first ink and a second ink,
wherein
the first ink comprises a self-dispersible pigment and a particle A, the self-dispersible pigment being a carbon black having
an anionic group bonded to a surface thereof directly or through another atomic group, and the particle A being at least one
selected from the group consisting of a resin particle having an anionic group and a pigment dispersed by a water-soluble
resin having an anionic group;

a content of the particle A in the first ink is 0.05% by mass or more and 0.50% by mass or less, and a mass ratio of the content
of the particle A in % by mass to a content of the self-dispersible pigment in % by mass, in the first ink, is 0.056 times
or more and 0.250 times or less;

the second ink comprises a particle B, the particle B being at least one selected from the group consisting of a resin particle
having an anionic group and a pigment dispersed by a water-soluble resin having an anionic group; and

an acid value a of the particle A and an acid value b of the particle B satisfy a relation of a?b.

US Pat. No. 9,044,165

OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING METHOD AND OPTICAL TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging method for picking up an optical coherence tomographic image of an object using combined lights obtained by
combining a plurality of return lights from the object irradiated with the plurality of measurement lights with the plurality
of reference lights corresponding to the plurality of measurement lights, respectively, the method comprising:
a step of irradiating different spot positions in the object with the plurality of measurement lights;
a step of scanning the plurality of measurement lights such that irradiation spots of the plurality of measurement lights
are apart in a direction intersecting with a main scanning direction, by a length not greater than the sum of diameters of
the spots;

a step of forming the optical coherence tomographic image of the object based on the combined lights and a displacement amount
between the different spot positions in a plane scanned with the plurality of measurement lights;

a step of detecting interference signals from the respective combined lights; and
a step of executing an arithmetic process on the detected interference signals based on a displacement amount between different
spot positions, using interference signals corresponding to at least two of the spot positions out of the interference signals
corresponding to the respective spot positions and the displacement amount between the at least two spot positions, to thereby
improve the signal-to-noise ratio as compared to using only one of the interference signals corresponding to the at least
two spot positions.

US Pat. No. 9,049,322

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect a wireless communication apparatus;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, from the wireless communication apparatus, setting information for executing a
function of the information processing apparatus, in response to detection by the detection unit;

an execution unit configured to execute the function based on the setting information acquired by the acquisition unit;
a writing unit configured to write setting information for executing the function into a storage area of the wireless communication
apparatus;

a display unit configured to display information; and
a selection unit configured to select, based on a content of information displayed by the display unit, whether the execution
unit executes the function in response to detection by the detection unit, or the writing unit performs the writing in response
to detection by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,046,797

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A process for producing an electrophotographic photosensitive member;
the process comprising: the step of forming a conductive layer, having a volume resistivity of from 1.0×108 ?·cm or more to 5.0×1012 ?·cm or less, on a support, and

the step of forming a photosensitive layer on the conductive layer,
wherein;
the step of forming the conductive layer comprises:
the step of preparing a coating liquid for the conductive layer by use of a solvent, a binder material and a metal oxide particle,
and

the step of forming the conductive layer by use of the coating liquid for the conductive layer;
the metal oxide particle (P) and the binder material (B) in the coating liquid for the conductive layer are in a mass ratio
(P/B) of from 1.5/1.0 to 3.5/1.0;

the metal oxide particle is a titanium oxide particle coated with tin oxide doped with phosphorus or a titanium oxide particle
coated with tin oxide doped with tungsten; and

where powder resistivity of the metal oxide particle is represented by x (?·cm) and powder resistivity of the titanium oxide
particle as a core particle constituting the metal oxide particle is represented by y (?·cm), the y and the x satisfy the
following relations (i) and (ii):

5.0×107?y?5.0×109  (i)

1.0×102?y/x?1.0×106  (ii).

US Pat. No. 10,139,766

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
a developing device configured to form a toner image by supplying toner to said photosensitive member;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said photosensitive member onto a toner image receiving member;
a cleaning member provided in contact with said photosensitive member and configured to remove the toner remaining on a surface of said photosensitive member after transfer; and
a controller configured to carry out a process for notifying information on a lifetime of said charging member on the basis of use amount information on a use amount of said charging member and contact pressure information on contact pressure applied by said cleaning member to said photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,690

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an image forming unit configured to form an ink image by a first liquid and a coloring material on an ink receiving medium;
a liquid absorbing member including a porous body formed into a belt shape having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, wherein the first surface is configured to come into contact with the ink image and to absorb at least some of the first liquid from the ink image;
a compression member configured to come into contact with the second surface of the porous body in order to compress the second surface for extruding the first liquid from the first surface; and
a liquid collecting member configured to collect the first liquid extruded from the first surface by the compression member.

US Pat. No. 10,139,745

TONER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A toner, in which inorganic fine particles and charge control particles are present on the surfaces of toner base particles,wherein
an average circularity of the toner base particles is 0.93 or more,
the inorganic fine particles satisfy the following conditions i) and ii),
i) the number average particle diameter is 90 nm or more,
ii) the value produced by dividing the rate of change in the mass of the inorganic fine particles by the specific surface area of the inorganic fine particles is 0.05 (%·g/m2) or less, wherein the rate of change in the mass of the inorganic fine particles is calculated by a following formula:
(TGA2?TGA1)×100/TGA1in the formula,the mass of the inorganic fine particles, which are left to stand for 24 hours or more in an environment at a temperature of 23° C. and a relative humidity of 5%, is defined “TGA1”, andthe mass of the inorganic fine particles, which are further left to stand for 1 hour in an environment at a temperature of 30° C. and a relative humidity of 80%, is defined “TGA2”,the charge control particles are a polymer compound,
the polymer compound has at least a partial structure represented by General formula (1),

in General formula (1), R1 represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, and * represents a bonding site for bonding to a structure represented by General formula (2),

in General formula (2), R2 to R5 represent independently a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having a carbon number of 1 to 6, a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, or a partial structure represented by General formula (1), at least one of R2 to R5 is the partial structure represented by General formula (1),
the charge control particles have the charge attenuation factor of 10% or less, wherein the charge attenuation factor is evaluated by measuring a charge attenuation factor of the coating film on an electrically conductive substrate, the coating film is obtained by coating the polymer compound being dissolved into methyl ethyl ketone on the electrically conductive substrate,
the toner base particle coverage Hb, which is a coverage ratio of a surface of the toner base particle with the inorganic fine particles, is 10.0% to 50.0%,
the toner base particle coverage Hc, which is a coverage ratio of a surface of the toner base particle with the charge control particles, is 10.0% to 80.0%, and
a sum of Hb and Hc is 20.0% to 90.0%.

US Pat. No. 10,133,969

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM CONFIGURED TO FORM IMAGE LAYERS ON A FIRST RECORDING MEDIUM AND A SECOND RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

10. A control method for an image forming apparatus to form one or a plurality of image layers on a plurality of recording media including a first recording medium on which a first number of image layers are formed and a second recording medium on which a second number of image layers are formed, wherein the second number is larger than the first number by two or more, the control method comprising:receiving a print job;
sequentially conveying recording media included in the plurality of recording media to a recording position used to form an image layer on a recording medium;
forming, each time a recording medium is conveyed to the recording position, one image layer on the recording medium conveyed to the recording position based on the print job;
re-conveying, to the recording position, a recording medium having one or a plurality of image layers formed on the re-conveyed recording medium; and
discharging, to a discharge destination in a sequence of discharging that is based on one or a plurality of print jobs each corresponding to the print job, a recording medium or media having an image layer or layers completely formed on the media,
wherein, regardless of the sequence of discharging, the second recording medium is conveyed to the recording position prior to the first recording medium, and
wherein, in a case where a number of remaining image layers to be formed on the second recording medium having one or more image layers already formed on the second recording medium and a number of remaining image layers to be formed on the first recording medium having no image layer yet formed on the first recording medium are equal to each other, the first recording medium is conveyed to the recording position.

US Pat. No. 10,135,261

POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS, POWER RECEIVING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHODS THEREOF, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power transmitting apparatus that transmits power to a power receiving apparatus, the power transmitting apparatus comprising:a power transmission unit configured to execute first wireless power transmission intermittently using a first antenna, second wireless power transmission having a power transmission period longer than a power transmission period of the first wireless power transmission using the first antenna, and third wireless power transmission having a larger amount of power than an amount of power of the first wireless power transmission and an amount of power of the second wireless power transmission using the first antenna;
a detection unit configured to detect an impedance change; and
a communication unit configured to execute, using a second antenna different from the first antenna, communication with the power receiving apparatus to determine whether to execute the third wireless power transmission,
wherein the power transmission unit starts the second wireless power transmission in a case where the detection unit detects the impedance change while the first power transmission is executed, and the power transmission unit starts the third wireless power transmission in a case where it is determined that the third wireless power transmission is to be executed by the communication by the communication unit after the second wireless power transmission is started.

US Pat. No. 10,134,588

IMPRINT RESIST AND SUBSTRATE PRETREATMENT FOR REDUCING FILL TIME IN NANOIMPRINT LITHOGRAPHY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A nanoimprint lithography method comprising:disposing a pretreatment composition on a substrate to form a pretreatment coating on the substrate, wherein the pretreatment composition comprises a first polymerizable component;
disposing discrete portions of imprint resist on the pretreatment coating, each discrete portion of the imprint resist covering a target area of the substrate, wherein the imprint resist is a polymerizable composition and comprises at least one of a fluorinated surfactant and a fluorinated polymerizable component;
forming a composite polymerizable coating on the substrate as each discrete portion of the imprint resist spreads beyond its target area, wherein the composite polymerizable coating comprises a mixture of the pretreatment composition and the imprint resist;
contacting the composite polymerizable coating with a surface of a nanoimprint lithography template; and
polymerizing the composite polymerizable coating to yield a composite polymeric layer on the substrate,
wherein the interfacial surface energy between the pretreatment composition and air exceeds the interfacial surface energy between the imprint resist and air by at least 1 mN/m, and the contact angle of the imprint resist on the surface of the nanoimprint lithography template is less than 15°.

US Pat. No. 10,126,990

SUPPRESSING A COMPETING ERROR MESSAGE FROM AN OPERATING SYSTEM OR PRINT DRIVER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus in which a printer driver of a peripheral device can operate, the apparatus comprising:a communication interface by which an operation of the peripheral device is initiated and by which error information is received, wherein the error information corresponds to an operation error that has occurred in the peripheral device;
a display on which a selected message is displayable, the selected message being selected from a first operating system message provided from an operating system and a first print message;
a storage medium for storing computer-executable instructions; and
at least one processor for execution of the computer-executable instructions stored in the storage medium such that:
in a case where the first operating system message is selected, a second operating system message is displayed, and in a case where the first print message is selected, a second print message is displayed,
in a case where the printer driver has information corresponding to the error information received by the communication interface, the first print message is displayed without displaying the first operating system message, and
in a case where the printer driver does not have the information corresponding to the error information received by the communication interface, the first operating system message is displayed without displaying the first print message.

US Pat. No. 10,126,996

CONTROL APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

17. A control method for a control apparatus configured to execute a job for producing a three-dimensional object, the control method comprising:acquiring a captured image of the object that is produced according to an execution of the job by the control apparatus, which is recorded by an imaging device; and
outputting the acquired captured image, attribute information indicating an attribute of the job, and data included in the job and indicating a target to be produced as history information of the job, from the control apparatus outward to accumulate in a data server,
wherein the output captured image including still images regarding plural timings during a time period from a start to an end of production carried out by the execution of the job.

US Pat. No. 10,126,856

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to recognize an object operated using a pointer, the information processing apparatus comprising:a touch position acquisition unit configured to detect and acquire, using a touch sensor, a touch position in contact with the pointer on a target surface;
a leading end position identifying unit configured to identify, using a proximity sensor acquiring a sensed shape of the pointer, a surface position on the target surface in proximity to but not touching a leading end part of the pointer on the target surface, based on a target surface position having a closest proximity to the pointer or a predetermined shape portion of the sensed shape;
an input position identifying unit configured to identify the surface position identified by the leading end position identifying unit as an input position, based on the surface position being identified away from or coinciding with the touch position after the touch position is acquired by the touch position acquisition unit in a state during which a touch with the pointer on the target surface remains detected for a determined time; and
a recognition unit configured to recognize and select an object at the input position, based on the input position identified by the input position identifying unit, and
wherein each unit is implemented by one or more processors, circuitry or a combination thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,127,394

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR ENSURING HIGH SECURITY LEVEL, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM, THAT PROVIDE SECURITY FOR RESERVING A PR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a reservation function of reserving a print job received from an external apparatus via a network, without executing the reserved job until at least a print instruction from a user is received, and a user authentication function of allowing an authenticated user to use the printing apparatus, the printing apparatus comprising:a user interface that receives the print instruction from the user;
a network interface that receives, via the network, a secure print job, having a password set thereto, to which the password is required to be input when the secure print job is executed, or a non-secure print job, having no password set thereto, to which the password is not required to be input when the non-secure print job is executed;
at least one storage device; and
at least one processor configured to implement instructions to execute a plurality of tasks, including:
a secure printing task that, in a case where the secure print job is received via the network interface, with the reservation function enabled:
stores the received secure print job in the at least one storage device regardless of whether or not the authentication function is enabled; and
executes the stored secure print job in response to receipt of the print instruction via the user interface and the password set in the secure print job input via the user interface; and
a non-secure printing task that, in a case where the non-secure print job is received via the network interface, with the reservation function enabled:
in a case where the user authentication function is enabled:
stores the received non-secure print job in the at least one storage device; and
executes the stored non-secure print job in response to reception of the print function via the user interface; and
in a case where the user authentication function is not enabled, does not executes the received non-secure print job.

US Pat. No. 10,119,855

CAPACITANCE TYPE TRANSDUCER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A capacitance type transducer, comprising a plurality of cells each having a structure in which a vibrating film is supported so as to be vibrated,the vibrating film comprising:
a second electrode formed so that a gap is interposed between the second electrode and a first electrode; and
an insulating film formed on the second electrode,
wherein the second electrode and a conductor film on the insulating film are electrically connected to each other via a conductor in a through hole formed in the insulating film on the second electrode, and
wherein the through hole is located above the gap.

US Pat. No. 10,122,954

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR DRIVING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate a charge based on an incident light and an amplification transistor having a control node configured to receive the charge and to serve as a first input node of a differential pair; and
a plurality of transistors having respective control nodes configured to receive a common potential,
wherein an operation of setting the control nodes of the plurality of transistors as a second input node of the differential pair while the plurality of transistors are in ON states and an operation of setting the control node of a part of the plurality of transistors as a second input node while the part of the plurality of transistors is in an ON state, are switched from one to another.

US Pat. No. 10,110,642

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a hardware processor; and
a memory storing one or more programs configured to be executed by the hardware processor, the one or more programs including instructions for:
establishing a HTTP-connection;
establishing one or more HTTP-streams based on the HTTP-connection;
detecting, based on a first communication parameter received from another communication apparatus using the one or more HTTP-streams, an error of a predetermined type;
adding to a message that is to be transmitted to said another communication apparatus in accordance with the detection of the error of the predetermined type and is used for shutting down the HTTP-connection, a second communication parameter that is different from the first communication parameter received from said another communication apparatus;
transmitting, to said another communication apparatus, the message including the second communication parameter; and
re-establishing the HTTP-connection using the second communication parameter in a case where the communication apparatus receives the second communication parameter from said another communication apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,095,144

TONER AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,093,496

STACKING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A stacking device to stack a sheet, the stacking device comprising:a stacking unit on which the sheet is configured to be stacked;
a regulating member provided to be movable in a first direction and a second direction, which is a direction opposite to the first direction, and to regulate a position of the sheet stacked on the stacking unit;
a moving member configured to move in a direction that is the same as a moving direction of the regulating member in accordance with the regulating member; and
a restricting member configured to restrict movement of the moving member,
wherein, so that the regulating member moves independently of the moving member, the restricting member restricts the movement of the moving member in a partial range of a range in which the regulating member moves,
wherein a moving amount of the regulating member and a moving amount of the moving member are the same in a first range which is a part of the range in which the regulating member moves,
wherein the moving amount of the moving member becomes smaller than the moving amount of the regulating member in a second range, which is a part of the range in which the regulating member moves and is a range that is different from the first range,
wherein the moving amount of the regulating member and the moving amount of the moving member are the same in a third range, which is a part of the range in which the regulating member moves and is a range that is different from the first range and the second range, and
wherein, in the first direction, the second range is in a downstream side of the first range and the second range is in an upstream side of the third range.

US Pat. No. 10,089,562

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR ESTIMATING TIME REQUIRED FOR PRINT PROCESSING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for estimating a rendering time of a page, comprising:generating, for objects included in the page, a predetermined-shaped object whose shape is a predetermined shape corresponding to a shape of an object;
identifying, from among the generated predetermined-shaped objects, at least two predetermined-shaped objects which overlap each other;
estimating the rendering time of the page based on object information of the objects included in the page; and
displaying time information based on the rendering time,
wherein the estimating estimates the rendering time in accordance with at least a width and a height of a portion in which the at least two predetermined-shaped objects overlap each other.

US Pat. No. 10,091,400

ROTATABLE-SWINGABLE INPUT DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A rotatable-swingable input device comprising:a plurality of optical sensors disposed on a wiring board each of which comprises a light projecting section and a light receiving section that receives a light flux emitted from the light projecting section;
an operation member that enables a rotating operation and swinging operations in a plurality of directions;
a plurality of switches that are disposed on the same side of the wiring board where said optical sensors are arranged, each of the switches generating a signal when being pressed by a swinging operation of said operation member;
an elastically deformable holder that is disposed on the same side of the wiring board and holds said operation member so as to be rotatable and swingable; and
a click spring that contacts with a concavo-convex part disposed on said operation member to generate click feeling when said operation member is rotationally operated,
wherein said holder is provided with an inner annular part that holds said operation member so as to be rotatable and swingable in the plurality of directions, and an outer annular part that is arranged outside the inner annular part and has pressure parts each of which deforms elastically and pushes a corresponding switch among the plurality of switches when said operation member is swingingly operated in one direction among the plurality of directions, and
wherein said optical sensors are arranged at positions between said inner annular part and said outer annular part without overlapping with said click spring so as to interpose one of said switches when viewed in an axial direction of said operation member.

US Pat. No. 10,073,254

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, a third lens unit having a positive refractive power, and a rear lens group including one or more lens units,
wherein during zooming, the first lens unit, the second lens unit, and the third lens unit move, thereby changing intervals between adjacent ones of these lens units, and the following conditions are satisfied:
0.01 9.0 ?0.40 where f1 is a focal length of the first lens unit, fw is a focal length of the zoom lens at a wide angle end, ft is a focal length of the zoom lens at a telephoto end, M2 is an amount by which the second lens unit moves when zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end, and M3 is an amount by which the third lens unit moves when zooming from the wide angle end to the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 10,075,627

IMAGING APPARATUS, EXTERNAL APPARATUS, IMAGING SYSTEM, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXTERNAL APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGING SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:an imaging unit configured to capture an object image;
a rotation unit configured to rotate the imaging unit; and
circuitry configured to transmit, to an external apparatus, acceleration information indicating whether an acceleration at which the rotation unit rotates the imaging unit is able to be designated.

US Pat. No. 10,075,648

ZOOM CONTROL APPARATUS, ZOOM CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:at least one processor or one circuitry which functions as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a size of an object detected from an image;
a setting unit configured to set a reference size of an object for zoom control; and
a control unit configured to perform the zoom control based on the size of the object indicated by the acquired information and the set reference size,
wherein, in the zoom control, the control unit performs a first control in a case where the reference size is set to a first reference size, and performs a second control in a case where the reference size is set to a second reference size larger than the first reference size,
wherein the first control and the second control are different in zoom speed, and
wherein, in the first control, a zoom speed is updated in such a way as to increase.

US Pat. No. 10,073,341

ADHESION LAYER COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR FORMING FILM BY NANOIMPRINTING, METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING OPTICAL COMPONENT, CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An adhesion layer composition for forming an adhesion layer between a substrate and a photocurable composition, the adhesion layer composition comprising:a compound (A) containing at least two binding functional groups including at least one functional group directly bound to a hydrocarbon or an aromatic hydrocarbon and capable of being bound to the substrate, and at least one functional group directly bound to a hydrocarbon or an aromatic hydrocarbon and capable of being bound to the photocurable composition; and
a solvent (B),
wherein the functional group capable of being bound to the substrate is at least one selected from the group consisting of hydroxy, carboxy, thiol, amino, epoxy, and (blocked) isocyanate, and the functional group capable of being bound to the photocurable composition is a hydrogen donating functional group, and
wherein the hydrogen donating functional group is thiol or alkylamino.

US Pat. No. 10,073,376

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND DEVELOPER SUPPLYING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container comprising:a developer accommodating chamber configured to accommodate developer;
a feeding portion configured and positioned to feed the developer in the developer accommodating chamber by rotation thereof;
a developer discharging chamber provided with a discharge opening configured to permit discharging of the developer fed by the feeding portion;
a gear portion configured and positioned to rotate the feeding portion;
a pump portion configured and positioned to act upon at least the developer discharging chamber, the pump portion having a volume that changes with reciprocation; and
a drive converting portion configured and positioned to convert a rotational force generated by rotation of the gear portion to a force for operating the pump portion, the drive converting portion including a magnet portion.

US Pat. No. 10,066,969

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A unit detachably mountable to an image forming apparatus including an optical detecting device, the unit comprising:a movable member configured to move in a rotational direction and having (i) a first portion that causes light to the optical detecting device to be blocked when the movable member is in a first phase and (ii) a second portion that causes light to the optical detecting device to be blocked when the movable member is in a second phase; and
a holding member configured to hold the second portion in a retracted position once the second portion moves to the retracted position, light-blocking by the second portion being not performed when the second portion is in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,061,931

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
at least one processor that executes instructions in the memory device to:
execute, in accordance with an activation of the information processing apparatus, a first login process of an unspecified user into the information processing apparatus,
display a menu screen for selecting one of a plurality of applications, in a state in which the first login process is executed,
accept, in a state in which a logged in user is the unspecified user, a selection of one of the plurality of applications,
execute, in a state in which a logged in user is the unspecified user, an application selected by a user using the menu screen, in a state in which the unspecified user is allowed to use the selected application,
display, in a state in which a logged in user is the unspecified user, a login screen, in a state in which the unspecified user is not allowed to use the selected application,
execute, in a state in which a logged in user is the unspecified user, a second login process of a specified user into the information processing apparatus, and
execute the selected application that the unspecified user is not allowed to use, in a state in which the specified user has an authority to use the selected application and a logged in user is the specified user,
wherein, in a state in which the specified user does not have the authority to use the selected application and a logged in user is the specified user, the logged in user is not allowed to use the selected application,
wherein the information processing apparatus allows the specified user to log into the information processing apparatus in a state in which the unspecified user has logged into the information processing apparatus, and
wherein the information processing apparatus does not allow a first specified user to log into the information processing apparatus in a state in which a second specified user has already logged into the information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,063,743

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more processors; and
at least one memory coupled to the one or more processors, the at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the image processing apparatus to:
acquire an image that is to be a target of filtering processing; and
perform filtering processing to the image by applying to the image a plurality of two-dimensional filters including at least a two-dimensional filter in which significant coefficients to be used in the filter processing and inactive coefficients not to be in the filter processing are two-dimensionally arranged, wherein each of the plurality of two-dimensional filters has a mutually different filter size, arrangement spacing of significant coefficients two-dimensionally arranged in the two-dimensional filter having a larger filter size is larger, and the number of inactive coefficients two-dimensionally arranged in the two-dimensional filter having a larger filter size is more, thereby maintaining low to high frequency control.

US Pat. No. 10,063,779

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a dividing unit configured to divide a frame of a moving image into a changing area in which there is an active object and a changeless area in which there is a stationary object; and
a generation unit configured to generate a still image by compositing an area corresponding to the changeless area in each of X frame(s) (where X is an integer of 1 or more) among a plurality of frames included in the moving image and an area corresponding to the changing area in each of Y frames (where Y is an integer greater than X) among the plurality of frames,
wherein the dividing unit includes:
a detection unit configured to detect motion vectors in each of a plurality of areas in each of the plurality of frames;
an identifying unit configured to identify, from among the detected motion vectors, camera shake motion vectors caused by a camera shake at a time of capturing the moving image;
a summation unit configured to, for each area, sum magnitude components of object motion vectors obtained by excluding the camera shake motion vectors from the detected motion vectors; and
a determining unit configured to determine an area in which a sum value obtained by the summation is greater than or equal to a first threshold value as the changing area, and determine an area in which the sum value is less than the first threshold value as the changeless area,
wherein the identifying unit is configured to decide a second threshold value based on a frequency distribution of magnitude components of the detected motion vectors, and identify, from among the detected motion vectors, motion vectors whose magnitude component is less than the second threshold value as the camera shake motion vectors.

US Pat. No. 10,064,042

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:one or more computers that cause the communication apparatus to:
accept a first search instruction at the communication apparatus from a user;
perform, in response to accepting the first search instruction, a first search process for searching a wireless network complying with a Wi-Fi Alliance Neighbor Awareness Networking standard and a first other communication apparatus that is in the wireless network and complies with the Wi-Fi Alliance Neighbor Awareness Networking standard by a first method complying with the Wi-Fi Alliance Neighbor Awareness Networking standard, and a second search process that is performed after the first search process and is for searching, over a plurality of channels, a second other communication apparatus by a second method complying with a communication standard other than the Wi-Fi Alliance Neighbor Awareness Networking standard; and
perform, after performing the second search process, the first search process without further accepting another search instruction from the user.

US Pat. No. 10,061,543

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING TEST PRINTING FUNCTION, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus which is capable of performing test printing that prints, as a trial, one copy of a plurality of copies of print data for which the plurality of copies are to be printed, comprising:a network interface configured to receive print data from an external apparatus via a network;
a user interface configured to accept, after the receiving of the print data, an instruction to perform the test printing for the received print data; and
a controller including one or more processors, wherein the controller is configured to act as:
a determination unit configured to determine whether the received print data includes a plurality of sections for which different numbers of print copies are able to be set; and
a prohibition unit configured to prohibit the user interface from accepting the instruction to perform the test printing for the received print data in a case where the determination unit determines the received print data includes the plurality of sections for which different numbers of print copies are able to be set.

US Pat. No. 10,061,545

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF ESTIMATING PRINT TIME OF PRINT JOB

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

11. A method which is performed by a controller of a printing apparatus, comprising:receiving a print job for printing a plurality of images on a plurality of sheets from an external apparatus;
storing, in a memory, predetermined values which are used for estimation of time required for completion of the received print job;
estimating, before executing the received print job, a time required for completion of the received print job, based on at least respective sizes of the plurality of sheets; and
executing the received print job,
wherein the predetermined values include at least (i) a predetermined sheet change time required for a sheet change from a sheet of a first predetermined size to a next sheet of a second predetermined size larger than the first predetermined size, and (ii) another predetermined sheet change time required for another sheet change from a sheet of the second predetermined size to a next sheet of the first predetermined size, where the sheet change and the other sheet change are to be performed by the printing apparatus, and
wherein, in the estimation of the time required for completion of the received print jobs, sizes of every two consecutive sheets of the plurality of sheets are checked, and one or more of at least (i) the stored predetermined sheet change time and (ii) the stored other predetermined sheet change time are used based on the checked sizes of every two consecutive sheets of the plurality of sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,052,737

COMPONENT MANUFACTURING METHOD AND POLISHING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A component manufacturing method for manufacturing a component by moving a workpiece having a spherical processed surface with respect to a polishing tool having a spherical processing surface to polish the workpiece, the component manufacturing method comprising:causing a holding member to hold the workpiece such that a spherical center of the processed surface of the workpiece is located on a central axis of the holding member;
pressing the processed surface of the workpiece against the processing surface of the polishing tool;
rotating the holding member by a work rotating mechanism; and
moving the holding member, by a moving mechanism, such that the spherical center of the processed surface of the workpiece is positioned at a spherical center of the processing surface of the polishing tool and that the workpiece held by the holding member reciprocates on the processing surface of the polishing tool,
wherein the moving mechanism comprises an articulated arm formed by a plurality of arms pivotally coupled together by a plurality of rotary joints, and wherein each of the plurality of rotary joints rotates about a rotational axis and is independently driven, and
wherein at least three of the rotational axes about which respective rotary joints rotate are substantially parallel to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,057,449

DOCUMENT ANALYSIS SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ANALYSIS SERVER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A document analysis system, comprising:an image processing apparatus; and
an analysis server, wherein
the image processing apparatus includes:
a first processor; and
a first memory configured to store a first program, wherein the first processor executes the first program to perform:
extracting text data from image data obtained by scanning a document;
selecting pieces of text data from the extracted text data,
sequentially sending the selected pieces of the extracted text data to the analysis server until at least one candidate storage location for the image data is received from the analysis server, wherein the sequentially sending process is stopped when receiving the at least one candidate storage location from the analysis server;
presenting the at least one candidate storage location, which is received from the analysis server;
prompting a user to select a storage location from the presented at least one candidate storage location; and
sending the image data to the storage location selected by the user, and
wherein the analysis server includes:
a second processor; and
a second memory configured to store a second program, wherein the second processor executes the second program to perform:
obtaining the at least one candidate storage location by sequentially analyzing the selected pieces of the text data, which are sequentially sent from the image processing apparatus; and
sending the obtained at least one candidate storage location to the image processing apparatus when the at least one candidate storage location is obtained before receiving all of the pieces of the text data.

US Pat. No. 10,057,480

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electronic apparatus, comprising:a detector configured to detect a touch operation on a touch sensitive surface;
an input device that is located at a position different from a position of the touch sensitive surface;
at least one processor; and
at least one memory having stored thereon instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the at least one processor and the at least one memory to function as a control unit configured to:
perform control to display a live view image captured by an image capturing unit on a display unit, wherein:
when neither the touch operation nor an operation on the input device has been performed for a first period during a shooting standby state in which the live view image is displayed, control is performed to switch to a lock state without hiding the display of the live view image on the display unit, the lock state restricting execution of a function corresponding to the touch operation,
during a second state that differs from the shooting standby state, control is performed to not switch to the lock state even when neither the touch operation nor the operation on the input device has been performed for the first period, and
upon accepting the operation on the input device during the lock state, control is performed to switch to a state in which the function corresponding to the touch operation is executed by releasing the lock state, and to execute a function corresponding to the operation on the input device.

US Pat. No. 10,048,640

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a rotatable photosensitive member;
a corona charger including a plate-like grid electrode provided with a plurality of through holes and configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member at a charging portion;
a toner image forming portion configured to form a toner image on said photosensitive member electrically charged by said corona charger;
a discharging portion configured to discharge said photosensitive member by irradiating said photosensitive member with light;
a blade configured to clean a surface of said photosensitive member by rubbing the surface of said photosensitive member;
a cleaning member configured to clean the grid electrode by rubbing the grid electrode;
a controller configured to effect control so as to execute an operation in a first cleaning mode and a second cleaning mode, wherein in the first cleaning mode, the grid electrode is cleaned by said cleaning member, and in the second cleaning mode, said photosensitive member is charged by said corona charger and discharged by said discharging portion during rotation of said photosensitive member for a predetermined period; and
an acquiring portion configured to acquire information on an amount of water content in air,
wherein in a case that said controller effects control so as to execute the operation in the first cleaning mode after an operation of continuously forming toner images on a plurality of recording materials is interrupted and before the operation of continuously forming toner images is resumed, said controller effects control so as to start to execute:
(a) the operation in the second cleaning mode after an end of the operation in the first cleaning mode and before a start of the resumption of toner image formation, in a case that the amount of water content in air, based on the information acquired by said acquiring portion, is not less than a predetermined value, and
(b) the operation of forming toner images after an end of the operation in the first cleaning mode without executing the operation in the second cleaning mode, in a case that the amount of water content in air, based on the information acquired by said acquiring portion, is less than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,038,804

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND, PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, having a power state including at least a first power state and a second power state in which less power is consumed than the first power state, the image forming apparatus comprising:a user interface which receives a user operation to shift the power state from the first power state to the second power state;
a human sensor which detects a human around the image forming apparatus;
a power controller which shifts the power state from the second power state to the first power state based on one or more signals output from the human sensor; and
a prohibit unit which prohibits a shift of the power state from the second power state to the first power state based on the human sensor during a predetermined period after the user interface receives the user operation.

US Pat. No. 10,031,436

HIGH VOLTAGE GENERATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A high voltage generation apparatus comprising:a transformer configured to boost an input voltage;
a rectification circuit configured to rectify an output of the transformer and supply a direct current voltage to a load;
a current detection circuit including an operational amplifier and configured to detect a direct current that flows through the load, the direct current that flows through the load being input to a first input terminal of the operational amplifier, a reference value being input to a second input terminal of the operational amplifier, an output of the operational amplifier being fed back to the first input terminal of the operational amplifier via a current detection resistor, the current detection circuit being configured to detect the direct current that flows through the load, as a voltage generated in the current detection resistor; and
a voltage detection circuit connected to the first input terminal of the operational amplifier and configured to detect the direct current voltage supplied from the rectification circuit to the load,
wherein the current detection circuit includes:
a voltage divider circuit configured to divide the output of the operational amplifier as a detected value of the direct current that flows through the load; and
a bypass circuit configured to cause a current to flow from a connection portion between the voltage detection circuit and the first input terminal of the operational amplifier to an output terminal of the operational amplifier in a case where the detected value of the direct current that flows through the load drops below a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,032,931

SWITCHING ELEMENT

JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOL...

1. A switching thin film transistor device for driving LCDs or organic EL displays, comprising:a drain electrode;
a source electrode;
a channel layer contacting the drain electrode and the source electrode,
wherein the channel layer comprises indium-gallium-zinc oxide having a transparent, amorphous state of a composition equivalent to InGaO3(ZnO)m (wherein m is a natural number less than 6) in a crystallized state, and
the channel layer has a semi-insulating property represented by an electron mobility measured at room temperature of more than 1 cm2/(V·sec) and an electron carrier concentration less than 1016/cm3 determined by Hall-effect measurement at room temperature;
a gate electrode; and
a gate insulating film positioned between the gate electrode and the channel layer.

US Pat. No. 10,027,877

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS TO PERFORM SCANNING OF FOCUS LENS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus having a continuous shooting mode in which a plurality of images is captured for recording in response to an image capture instruction, wherein development process for each image is started before capturing a next image for recording in the continuous shooting mode, the image pickup apparatus comprising:a control unit configured to detect a focal point of a focus lens by performing a scanning in which the focus lens is moved to a predetermined position and then the focus lens is moved across a predetermined range from the predetermined position to detect the focal point, and configured to control movement of the focus lens so that the focus lens is focused at the focal point to capture an image,
wherein, after the control unit controls the movement of the focus lens, the control unit captures an image for recording in the continuous shooting mode and then starts performing the development process of the captured image before recording of the captured image on a recording medium, and then the control unit captures a next image for recording,
wherein the development process includes at least one of white balance adjustment, an output level control, and format conversion process, and
wherein, during the development process of the captured image, the control unit performs the scanning before capturing the next image for recording.

US Pat. No. 10,025,266

PROCESS CARTRIDGE INCLUDING A COUPLING MEMBER AND A SHEET THAT CONTACTS THE COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:a photosensitive drum;
a rotatable developing roller for developing an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive drum;
a rotatable roller having a rotation shaft in a position deviated from an axis of the developing roller, the rotatable roller being configured for transmitting a driving force to the developing roller;
an Oldham coupling member disposed at an end portion of the shaft of the rotatable roller, the Oldham coupling including a drive receiving portion for receiving a driving force to be transmitted to the developing roller, wherein the drive receiving portion is movable relative to the rotatable roller in a direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an urging member for urging the drive receiving portion in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
a supporting portion for rotatably supporting the drive receiving portion so as to be movable together with the drive receiving portion relative to the rotatable roller in the direction crossing the shaft of the rotatable roller;
an abutting portion for receiving the supporting portion urged by the urging member; and
an elastic sheet provided at an end of the developing roller,
wherein the elastic sheet is configured to rotate along with the developing roller and intermittently contact at least part of the Oldham coupling member by rotation of the elastic sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,018,939

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC OR ELECTROSTATIC RECORDING TYPE IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member configured to bear a developer image;
a developer bearing member configured to bear developer; and
a detection unit configured to detect a developer amount on the image bearing member;
wherein, in an image forming mode, the developer image is formed on the image bearing member based on developer from the developer bearing member to the image bearing member and
in a detection mode, a detection developer image used for detection is formed on the image bearing member and a developer amount of the detection developer image is detected by the detection unit,
wherein, in a case where a peripheral speed ratio (v11/v12) between a peripheral speed (v11) of the developer bearing member and a peripheral speed (v12) of a photosensitive member in the detection mode is denoted by ?v1, and a peripheral speed ratio (v21/v22) between a peripheral speed (v21) of the developer bearing member and a peripheral speed (v22) of the photosensitive member in the image forming mode is denoted by ?v2, in a state of ?v1 wherein (Q/S)×?v1?C×?Vc is satisfied in the detection mode, where a capacitance of the photosensitive member is denoted by C, a development contrast formed by a light portion potential of the photosensitive member and a development potential of the developer bearing member is denoted by ?Vc, and a charge amount per unit area of developer borne by the developer bearing member is denoted by Q/S.

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. 10,021,289

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM WITH POINT IMAGE INTENSITY DISTRIBUTION CALCULATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus, comprising:a processor; and
a memory including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to:
calculate a point image intensity distribution, which represents a light intensity distribution when light from a point light source is received on a light receiving surface of an image pickup element, based on lens light field data and a sensor light-receiving intensity characteristic,
wherein the lens light field data includes:
information relating to directions of a plurality of light fluxes emitted from one point of an object position and passing through different regions of an exit pupil of an imaging optical system, and
information relating to positions of points on the plurality of light fluxes, and
wherein the sensor light-receiving intensity characteristic represents light-receiving intensities, which are determined on a light receiving surface of the image pickup element, of light fluxes passing through respective regions of an entrance pupil of the image pickup element arranged over the image pickup element, and the light fluxes passing through respective regions of the entrance pupil of the image pickup element are respectively received by divided pixels of the image pickup element.

US Pat. No. 10,021,314

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CHANGING SHADING USING A VIRTUAL LIGHT SOURCE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:an obtainment unit configured to obtain an image captured in accompaniment of an emission of a predetermined light source;
a setting unit configured to set a virtual light source to be applied to the image based on a characteristic of the predetermined light source; and
a generation unit configured to generate an image for which a shading state of at least one of a plurality of subjects included in the image is changed due to the virtual light source,
wherein the setting unit is configured to, in a case where a first subject and a second subject, which are included in the image, are present at different distances from the predetermined light source, set the virtual light source so that a difference between a change of a shading state in the first subject due to the predetermined light source and a change in the shading state in the second subject due to the predetermined light source is reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,013,271

MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A management system including a plurality of processing systems, each of which is able to become a request processing system, each including at least one or more virtual machines each configured to process a request, and a load distribution device configured to distribute the request to the virtual machine(s), wherein the request processing system is a system for processing one or more requests transmitted from a predetermined network system to the management system, the management system comprising:a memory storing instructions; and
a processor which is capable of executing the instructions causing the management system to:
acquire information regarding adjustment of an amount of resources to be used for a first processing system as a current request processing system according to an instruction for switching the request processing system from the first processing system to a second processing system included in the plurality of processing systems; and
issue an instruction for increasing a number of the virtual machines in the second processing system as an adjustment instruction to adjust an amount of resources in the second processing system based on the acquired information,
wherein the processing system that processes the request transmitted from the predetermined network system is switched from the first processing system to the second processing system according to the issued adjustment instruction,
wherein, after the processing system that processes the request transmitted from the predetermined network system is switched from the first processing system to the second processing system, an adjustment function of automatically carrying out adjustment to reduce the amount of resources in the second processing system as the request processing system according to an amount of requests from the predetermined network system is enabled,
wherein the first processing system and the second processing system each include a request processing system including one or more virtual machines configured to receive the request from the load distribution device to process the request, and a batch processing system including one or more virtual machines configured to process a message corresponding to the request processed by the request processing system, and
wherein the adjustment instruction is issued for increasing the number of the virtual machines included in not the batch processing system but the request processing system in the second processing system and increasing the amount of resources.

US Pat. No. 10,012,821

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, REAR ATTACHMENT LENS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rear attachment lens which obtains a focal length larger than a focal length of an interchangeable lens by being mounted to an image side of the interchangeable lens, the rear attachment lens comprising, in order from an object side to the image side:a negative lens portion;
an intermediate lens portion; and
a positive lens portion,
wherein the intermediate lens portion comprises a positive lens and a negative lens, and
wherein conditional expressions
0.01<|fn/f|<0.25; and
1.8

US Pat. No. 10,013,626

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD SETTING DIVISION SIZE FOR DIVIDING IMAGE DATA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

14. A printing apparatus comprising:an image processing apparatus;
a printing member being provided in a second direction; and
a reading unit configured to read an image printed by the printing member thereby to generate image data,
the image processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data from the reading unit, the image being printed on a print medium sequentially in a first direction crossing the second direction by a relative movement between the print medium and the printing member in the first direction;
a setting unit configured to set a division size in the first direction and the second direction of a division area composed of a plurality of pixels for dividing the image, and to set different shift amounts in the first direction and the second direction of the division area including a target pixel, the different shift amounts being set using the target pixel as a reference;
an averaging unit configured to perform an averaging process on the image data in the division area of the image using the division size and the shift amount set by the setting unit as a unit;
a quantization unit configured to quantize a value that is obtained by the averaging process of the averaging unit;
an adding unit configured to add a value for the target pixel obtained by the quantization of the quantization unit for each of the cases where the image is divided by a predetermined division size and the different shift amounts set by the setting unit; and
an output unit configured to output an additional result of the adding unit; wherein
the setting unit sets (i) the division size equal to or greater in the second direction than in the first direction, and/or (ii) the maximum shift amount greater in the second direction than in the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,013,727

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus, which is communicably connected to a database, for creating a report concerning an interpretation result on a medical image, the information processing apparatus comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the information processing apparatus to:
receive a medical image obtained by imaging an object by using a medical imaging apparatus from the database;
receive region information found in the received medical image;
input at least one first character relating to the medical image;
determine a first text candidate and a second text candidate from a plurality of text candidates in a candidate table, based on the at least one first character, wherein the first text candidate describes a first region, and the second text candidate describes a second region, wherein a character length of the first text candidate and a character length of the second text candidate are longer than a character length of the at least one first character;
determine an interpretation status for the first region and the second region, wherein the interpretation status does not include information representing whether or not the first text candidate and the second text candidate were selected, and wherein the interpretation status indicates whether the medical image has been interpreted;
detect an abnormality in the medical image by performing image processing on the medical image;
determine, based on the determined interpretation status and the detected abnormality, a priority level for the first text candidate and the second text candidate, wherein if the first region has already been interpreted and the second region has not yet been interpreted, a priority level for the first text candidate is determined to be higher than a priority level for the second text candidate, wherein if an abnormality has been detected in the first region and the abnormality has not been detected in the second region, a priority level for the first text candidate is determined to be higher than a priority level for the second text candidate; and
visually present, based on the determined priority levels for the first text candidate and the second text candidate, the first text candidate and the second text candidate in this order.

US Pat. No. 10,003,761

IMAGING DEVICE HAVING MULTIPLE ANALOG-DIGITAL CONVERSION CIRCUITS THAT PERFORM MULTIPLE AD CONVERSIONS FOR A SINGULAR ONE OF A PIXEL SIGNAL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged to form a plurality of columns and each configured to output a pixel signal by a photoelectric conversion in accordance with an incident light;
analog-to-digital conversion circuits (AD conversion circuits) provided correspondingly to the plurality of columns and each configured to perform analog-to-digital conversions (AD conversions) for the pixel signal; and
first memories provided correspondingly to the plurality of columns and second memories provided correspondingly to the plurality of columns,
wherein each of the AD conversion circuits performs multiple AD conversions including a first AD conversion and a second AD conversion for a singular one of the pixel signal,
wherein each of the first memories has a bit width of N+1 bits, where N is a natural number, and holds the least significant bit to an N+1th bit of a first digital value obtained by the first AD conversion, and
wherein each of the second memories has a bit width of M bits, where M is a natural number greater than N+1, and holds the least significant bit to an Mth bit of a second digital value obtained by the second AD conversion.

US Pat. No. 9,998,652

FOCUSING ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS AND FOCUSING ADJUSTMENT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focusing adjustment apparatus comprising:an image sensor configured to capture an object image, formed by an imaging optical system having a focus lens, and to output an image signal;
one or more processors; and
memory storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the focusing adjustment apparatus to perform operations including:
outputting a focus detection result based on the image signal output from the image sensor for a focusing operation,
acquiring first information, which is related to characteristics of a signal used for outputting the focus detection result, and acquiring second information, which is related to characteristics of an image to be captured,
acquiring third information on aberrations of the imaging optical system,
calculating a correction value based on the first information, the second information, and the third information, and correcting the focus detection result by using the calculated correction value, and
controlling movement of the focus lens based on the corrected focus detection result.

US Pat. No. 9,995,717

OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING APPARATUS AND OBJECT INFORMATION ACQUIRING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An object information acquiring apparatus comprising:a probe configured to receive an acoustic wave which is generated from an object irradiated with light and output a time-series signal; and
a processor configured to obtain object information at a voxel or pixel by using the time-series signal,
wherein said processor is configured to obtain the object information at the voxel or the pixel without using an intensity of the time-series signal which is derived from the voxel or the pixel when an incident angle of the acoustic wave, generated from the voxel or pixel, entering the probe exceeds an upper limit.

US Pat. No. 9,972,122

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RENDERING AN OBJECT IN A VIRTUAL VIEW

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of rendering an object in a virtual view, the method comprising:determining a variation of an occlusion measure of the object over time, the occlusion measure being an evaluation of an occlusion of the virtual view by the object, the variation of the occlusion measure determined based on a trajectory of the object;
determining a transition effect for the object based on the variation of the occlusion measure, the transition effect being a visual effect; and
applying the determined transition effect to render the object, the determined transition effect being applied according to a position of the object as the object moves along the trajectory.

US Pat. No. 9,953,734

MICROSTRUCTURE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

8. An X-ray Talbot interferometer comprising:a diffraction grating for diffracting X-ray emitted from an X-ray source;
an absorption grating for absorbing a part of the X-ray diffracted by the diffraction grating, the absorption grating comprising,
an Si substrate with a plurality of recessed portions formed thereon, an insulating film provided on a sidewall of the recessed portions, and a metal filled in each of the plurality of recessed portions to be in contact with the insulating film,
the insulating film being not disposed on at least a part of a bottom of the recessed portion, the metal being in contact with an Si surface of the Si substrate on the at least part; and
a detector for detecting the X-ray which has passed through the absorption grating,
wherein a thickness of the insulating film is within a range of 5 nm to 5000 nm.

US Pat. No. 9,927,755

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING DEVELOPER SUPPLYING CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image bearing member capable of carrying an electrostatic image;
a developing device configured to develop an electrostatic image formed on said image bearing member into a toner image, using a developer including toner and carrier;
an exchangeable developer container configured to supply the developer into said developing device;
a content sensor configured to detect information relating to a toner content in said developing device;
an exchange detecting portion configured to detect an exchanging operation of said developer container; and
a controller configured to control a supplying operation for supplying developer from said developer container to said developing device on the basis of a detection result of said content sensor and execute a developer supplying mode for supplying developer from said developer container to said developing device while prohibiting an image forming operation,
wherein said controller controls the supplying operation so as to permit the image forming operation without executing the developer supplying mode until an amount of formed image data reaches a predetermined level after detection of the exchange of said developer container by said exchange detecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,930,208

PRINTING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PERFORMING DIRECT WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD OF CONTROLLING DIRECT WIRELESS COMMUNICATION OF THE PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus equipped with a direct wireless communication function, the apparatus comprising:at least one processor; and
at least one memory having instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the printing apparatus to:
set, in accordance with an instruction of a user, a service to be enabled in the direct wireless communication function from among a plurality of services including a print service; and
control the printing apparatus to execute the direct wireless communication function, applying a port filter corresponding to the set service,
wherein the port filter does not affect communication of a wired LAN interface.

US Pat. No. 9,909,854

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a cross section image acquisition unit configured to acquire a cross section image generated by capturing an object with a
probe;

an information acquisition unit configured to acquire information on a position and orientation of the probe capturing the
object;

a three-dimensional image acquisition unit configured to acquire a three-dimensional image generated by capturing the object;
a correspondence cross section calculation unit configured to calculate a correspondence cross section of the cross section
image in the three-dimensional image based on the information on the position and orientation;

an error acquisition unit configured to acquire an error estimation value of measurement accuracy of the position and orientation
of the probe;

a range determination unit configured to determine a range based on the correspondence cross section and the error estimation
value;

a generation unit configured to generate a display image from the three-dimensional image based on the range; and
a display control unit configured to display the display image on a display screen.

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. 9,857,733

SEALING MEMBER HAVING A SEAL PORTION AND A SUPPORTING PORTION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sealing member for sealing between an accommodating container for accommodating a developer and a rotatable member to
be rotatably assembled to the accommodating container, said sealing member comprising:
a seal portion formed of an elastomer resin material or a rubber material and configured to be closely contacted to each of
the accommodating container and the rotatable member; and

a supporting portion for supporting said seal portion, wherein said supporting portion is formed of a material harder than
the material of said seal portion and is configured to be fixed to the accommodating container,

wherein said seal portion includes (i) a first sealing portion closely contacting a peripheral surface of said rotatable member,
(ii) a second sealing portion contacting the accommodating container in an axial direction of a rotation shaft of the rotatable
member, and (iii) a deformable portion, capable of compression deformation in the axial direction such that the second sealing
portion contacts the accommodating container when said supporting portion is fixed to the accommodating container, said deformable
portion being projected to the axial direction compared to the supporting portion.

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. 9,851,685

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND COUPLING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus cartridge comprising:
a casing;
developer contained in the casing;
a developer roller having an axis L1, the developer roller being rotatably supported in the casing to permit rotation about the axis L1;

a coupling member having an axis L2, the coupling member including a first end portion operatively connected to the developer roller and a second end portion,
the second end portion including at least one projection that is open to the axis L2 and an outer surface that faces away from the first end portion, wherein for at least part of the outer surface, a maximum
distance from the axis L2 to the outer surface along a line perpendicular to the axis L2 decreases as the distance along the axis L2 from the first end portion increases; and

an urging member,
wherein the coupling member is movable between (i) a first position in which a tip of the at least one projection is a first
distance away from the developer roller as measured in the direction of the axis L1 and (ii) a second position in which the tip of the at least one projection is a second distance away from the developer roller
as measured in the direction of the axis L1, wherein the first distance is greater than the second distance, and

wherein the urging member is configured to urge the coupling member from the second position to the first position.

US Pat. No. 9,848,208

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPTIMIZING ENCODING/DECODING OF COMPENSATION OFFSETS FOR A SET OF RECONSTRUCTED SAMPLES OF AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding at least a part of an image comprising a plurality of samples, each sample comprising at least two
components, the method comprising:
encoding a first chroma and a second chroma component of at least one sample of the image to provide at least one encoded
sample;

decoding the at least one encoded sample; and
determining at least one filtering parameter for the encoded image as a function of the difference between at least one component
of the at least one sample of the image and the at least one corresponding component of the at least one corresponding decoded
sample, a first filtering parameter being determined so as to be used as a common filtering parameter for performing sample
adaptive offset loop filtering on both the first and second chroma components of a decoded sample,

the first filtering parameter being determined to be used as a common filtering parameter conditionally according to a type
of sample adaptive offset loop filtering; and

a second filtering parameter being determined so as to be used as another common filtering parameter for performing sample
adaptive offset loop filtering on both the first and second chroma components of a decoded sample, the second filtering parameter
being a sample adaptive offset type parameter indicating whether edge-type or band-type sample adaptive offset loop filtering
is used as said type of sample adaptive offset loop filtering for the at least one decoded sample or whether no sample adaptive
offset loop filtering is used for the at least one decoded sample.

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. 9,840,082

INK CARTRIDGE AND INK JET PRINTER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink cartridge mountable, in a mounting direction crossing with a direction of gravity, to a cartridge mounting portion
provided with an ink receiving tube and a plurality of electrical connecting portions, said ink cartridge comprising:
a casing including an ink accommodating chamber configured to accommodate ink to be supplied to said ink receiving tube, said
casing having a first side surface in a position at a leading end with respect to the mounting direction, an upper surface
and a bottom surface;

a tube inserting portion into which the ink receiving tube is insertable and which is provided at said first side surface
in a position closer to said bottom surface than to said upper surface;

a substrate provided on said first side surface and having an area above said tube inserting portion, the area crossing with
the mounting direction;

a plurality of electrical contacts electrically connectable with the plurality of electrical connecting portions, said electrical
contacts being arranged in the area in a direction crossing with a direction of height which is from said bottom surface toward
said upper surface;

an engaging portion engageable with a locking lever provided in said cartridge mounting portion to maintain an inserted state
in which the ink receiving tube is inserted in said tube inserting portion and a connected state in which said electrical
contacts are connected with the electrical connecting portions;

a positioning portion provided in a position above said tube inserting portion and below said electrical contacts and engageable
with a positioning member provided in the cartridge mounting portion to limit movement of said casing in a direction perpendicular
to the mounting direction; and

a through-opening at a position between said tube inserting portion and said positioning portion of said first side surface,
said through-opening being in fluid communication with said ink accommodating chamber to supply the air into said ink accommodating
chamber,

wherein said engaging portion is provided on said upper surface in the position closer to said electrical contacts than to
said tube inserting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,835,941

IMPRINT APPARATUS, IMPRINT METHOD, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint apparatus for performing an imprint process of molding an imprint material on a substrate with a mold to form
a pattern on the substrate, the apparatus comprising:
a supply device configured to supply, to a space between the imprint material on the substrate and the mold, a penetrating
gas that penetrates at least one of the mold, the imprint material and the substrate and a condensable gas that is liquefied
by pressure rise due to the molding; and

a controller configured to control the supply device so as to change at least one of a supply amount of the penetrating gas
and a supply amount of the condensable gas based on information representing, with respect to each type of a feature of a
pattern to be formed on the substrate, a relation between concentration of the condensable gas and contraction ratio of a
pattern to be formed on the substrate to a pattern of the mold, and information corresponding to the type of the feature.

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. 9,826,241

IMAGE CODING APPARATUS, IMAGE CODING METHOD, IMAGE DECODING APPARATUS, IMAGE DECODING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A coding apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of difference values between elements included in a quantization matrix
that is expressed two-dimensionally with m rows and m columns and is used to quantize image data targeted for coding, m being
a natural number equal to or greater than 4; and

an encoder configured to code the plurality of difference value acquired by the acquisition unit and ordered,
wherein the acquisition unit
acquires a first difference value between a predetermined value and a first element located on an upper left end of the quantization
matrix,

acquires a second difference value between the first element and a second element adjacent below the first element in the
quantization matrix,

acquires a third difference value between the second element and a third element adjacent on the right of the first element
in the quantization matrix,

acquires a fourth difference value between the third element and a fourth element adjacent below the second element in the
quantization matrix, and

wherein the encoder codes the plurality of difference values ordered in such a way that the first difference value acquired
by the acquisition unit is a first difference value of the plurality of difference values, the second difference value acquired
by the acquisition unit is a second difference value of the plurality of difference values, the third difference value acquired
by the acquisition unit is a third difference value of the plurality of difference values, and the fourth difference value
acquired by the acquisition unit is a fourth difference value of the plurality of difference values.

US Pat. No. 9,826,140

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor, having a plurality of pixels arranged two-dimensionally, that photoelectrically converts an object image
formed by an optical imaging system including a focus lens and output an electrical image signal;

a photometry unit; and
a processor that:
controls at least one of a readout rate and an exposure condition independently for each of a plurality of different regions
of the image sensor,

calculates a plurality of focus evaluation values based on signals for autofocus processing read out from the pixels present
in a first region of the plurality of different regions at a plurality of different focus lens positions while moving the
focus lens, and finds an in-focus position of the focus lens based on the plurality of focus evaluation values,

controls to read out image signals for display to be output to a display unit from a second region that is different from
the first region among the plurality of different regions,

judges whether or not a point light source object is present in the first region,
controls at least one of the readout rate and the exposure condition of the second region based on a photometry result of
the photometry unit, and in the case where it has been judged that a point light source object is present, controls at least
one of the readout rate and the exposure condition so that the first region is underexposed relative to the second region,
and

calculates a plurality of focus evaluation values based on image signals read out from the first region and finds the in-focus
position of the focus lens based on the plurality of focus evaluation values.

US Pat. No. 9,815,271

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER, IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for use in a transfer-type image recording method including applying an ink to the intermediate
transfer member to form an intermediate image and transferring the intermediate image to a recording medium,
wherein a surface layer part of the intermediate transfer member comprises an organic siloxane compound having a siloxane
bond and a polyalkylene oxide unit.

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. 9,816,932

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. 9,816,195

REPRODUCTION METHOD OF LIQUID EJECTING HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A reproduction method of a liquid ejecting head, the method comprising:
a process of providing a liquid ejection head substrate including a thermal energy generating element configured to generate
thermal energy for the ejection of a liquid, an insulating protective layer configured to cover the thermal energy generating
element, and an upper protective film provided in the insulating protective layer at a position corresponding to the thermal
energy generating element and including a surface in contact with the liquid, and

a flow path member comprising a wall is configured to form, between itself and the liquid ejection head substrate, a flow
path through which the liquid to be ejected is supplied on the surface of the upper protective film;

a process of filling the flow path with an electrolyte solution containing metal, and filling a space between an electrode
and the upper protective film with the electrolyte solution;

a process of applying a voltage between the upper protective film and the electrode to make the metal contained in the electrolyte
solution deposit on the surface of the upper protective film;

a process of purging the liquid from the flow path before the process of filling the flow path with the electrolyte solution,
the liquid being ejected by supplying power to the thermal energy generating element;

a process of filling the flow path with the liquid after the process of making the metal deposit; and
a process of performing a heat treatment on the upper protective film by supplying power to the thermal energy generating
element before the process of filling the flow path with the liquid and after the process of making the metal deposit.

US Pat. No. 9,811,131

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR CONTROLLING POWER SHIFTING BASED ON WHETHER SEARCH PACKET IS SERVICEABLE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus having a plurality of services including at least a printing service and a scanning service, the printing
apparatus comprising:
a first control unit configured to receive a packet transmitted from an external apparatus;
a second control unit configured to generate response data responding to the packet; and
a power supply unit configured to supply power to the second control unit,
wherein, in a case where power is not supplied to the second control unit by the power supply unit and the packet received
by the first control unit is a search packet for searching for a device having a specific service, the first control unit
is configured to determine whether the printing apparatus itself has the specific service specified by the search packet,

in a case where it is determined that the printing apparatus itself has the specific service specified by the search packet,
the first control unit is configured to cause the power supply unit to supply power to the second control unit which generates
the response data and uses the response data in responding to the packet,

in a case where it is determined that the printing apparatus itself does not have the specific service specified by the search
packet, the second control unit remains without power from the power supply unit and the first control unit does not respond
to the packet,

at least in a case where the specific service specified by the search packet is the printing service, the first control unit
determines that the printing apparatus itself has the specific service specified by the search packet, and

at least in a case where the specific service specified by the search packet is the scanning service, the first control unit
determines that the printing apparatus itself has the specific service specified by the search packet.

US Pat. No. 9,811,011

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE MEMBER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
an electroconductive support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer, wherein
the undercoat layer contains a compound represented by formula (1):

where R1 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, a group derived
by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with an oxygen
atom, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with a sulfur
atom, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with NR17, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with SiR18R19, a group derived by substituting at least one carbon-carbon single bond in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with a carbon-carbon double bond, a substituted or unsubstituted
cycloalkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and R17, R18, and R19 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms in a main
chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;

R2 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, a group derived
by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with an oxygen
atom, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with a sulfur
atom, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with NR20, a group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with SiR21R22, a group derived by substituting at least one carbon-carbon single bond in a main chain of a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in the main chain with a carbon-carbon double bond, or a substituted or unsubstituted
cycloalkyl group having 7 to 20 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, and R20,R21, and R22 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms in a main
chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group;

a substituent of the alkyl group comprises an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, or a phenyl group;
a substituent of each of the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with an oxygen atom, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with a sulfur atom, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with NR17 or NR20, the group derived by substituting at least one CH2 in the main chain of the alkyl group with SiR18R19 or SiR21R22, the group derived by substituting at least one carbon-carbon single bond in the main chain of the alkyl group with a carbon-carbon
double bond, and the cycloalkyl group includes an alkyl group having 1 to 6 carbon atoms, a benzyl group, or a phenyl group;

a substituent of the aryl group comprises a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, an alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon
atoms, an acyl group, or an alkoxy group; and

X represents one structure selected from the group consisting of formula (X1), formula (X2), and formula (X3):

where R3 to R16 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a cyano group, a nitro group, a substituted or unsubstituted
alkyl group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms in a main chain thereof, or a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group.

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. 9,811,035

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. 9,811,041

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. 9,781,332

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR ACQUIRING A REFOCUS IMAGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus capable of processing an input image to generate a plurality of output images with focus positions
different from each other, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging optical system;
an image pickup element including a plurality of pixels;
a lens array configured such that rays from the same position on an object plane are incident on pixels of the image pickup
element different from each other depending on a pupil region of the imaging optical system through which the ray passes;

a control unit configured to drive the imaging optical system to perform focus control; and
an image processing unit configured to acquire a first focus position and a second focus position, determine a third focus
position based on the acquired first focus position and the acquired second focus position such that a refocus control range
associated with the third focus position includes the first focus position and the second focus position, and perform image
processing for the input image acquired by the image pickup element to generate the output image,

wherein the control unit is configured to perform the focus control based on the determined third focus position, and
wherein the control unit is configured to output a warning to a user in a case where it is determined that the control unit
is unable to set the third focus position.

US Pat. No. 9,778,583

TONER AND IMAGING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner comprising a toner particle containing a binder resin and a colorant, and a fine particle A, wherein
the toner has an average circularity of 0.970 or more,
a number average particle diameter (D1) of a primary particle of the fine particle A is 80 to 400 nm,
a coverage ratio of the surface of the toner particle covered with the fine particle A is 5 to 40% as determined by electron
spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA),

a variation coefficient of the number of the fine particle A present in a region of 0.5 ??m2 on the surface of the toner particle is 0.1 to 0.5, and

a fixing rate of the fine particle A after washing the toner with water is 30 to 90% by mass.

US Pat. No. 9,746,905

SELECTIVELY SHIFTING TO A SECOND POWER MODE THAT CUTS POWER TO A MEMORY AND A FIRST POWER MODE THAT DO NOT CUT POWER TO THE MEMORY IN AN IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer device;
a controller having one or more processors and a memory, wherein the controller is configured to:
receive an instruction for shifting the printing apparatus to a first power state in which power is supplied to the memory
and power is not supplied to the one or more processors and the printer device;

determine, after receiving the instruction, whether to shift the printing apparatus to the first power state;
after a determination, in the determining, not to shift the printing apparatus to the first power state, anew determine whether
to shift the printing apparatus to the first power state;

shift the printing apparatus to the first power state, on a basis of a determination, which has been made in the anew determining,
to shift the printing apparatus to the first power state;

shift the printing apparatus to a second power state in which power is not supplied to the memory, the one or more processors
and the printer device, on a basis of a determination, which has been made in the anew determining, not to shift the printing
apparatus to the first power state.

US Pat. No. 9,749,626

MODULO EMBEDDING OF VIDEO PARAMETERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of selecting a value for a video parameter based on a portion of video data encoded in a video bitstream, the
method comprising:
receiving the portion of encoded video data from the video bitstream;
determining an aggregate value based on residual coefficients in the received portion of the video data;
determining a remainder by dividing the aggregate value with a predetermined value; and
selecting a value for the video parameter from a set of predefined values according to a mapping from the determined remainder,
wherein the mapping has at least a plurality of values for a remainder corresponding to a single value for the video parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,744,767

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a print element board including an element for applying discharge energy to liquid;
a first electric wiring board configured to supply an electric signal transmitted from a main body of a liquid discharge apparatus
to the print element board; and

second electric wiring board including a connecting portion connected to the first electric wiring board and electrically
connecting the first electric wiring board and the print element board, wherein

the connecting portion is provided with a cut portion at a position between both end portions in a width direction of the
connecting portion, and

a length of the cut portion in the width direction is shorter than a length of the cut portion in a direction orthogonal to
the width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,741,295

IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image display apparatus comprising:
a display panel configured to display an image based on image data on a screen including a plurality of areas;
a backlight capable of individually controlling emission brightness for each of the plurality of areas based on the image
data;

a sensor disposed facing the screen, and configured to measure a characteristic value relating to display characteristics
of the display panel; and

a processor configured to, in a case where the sensor measures the characteristic value, determine whether first emission
brightness for a first area facing the sensor is lower than a first value at which the sensor cannot measure the characteristic
value, and set second emission brightness which is equal to or greater than the first value as emission brightness for the
first area in a case where the first emission brightness is lower than the first value,

wherein, the processor sets the second emission brightness for the first area, while the sensor measures the characteristic
value, and sets the first emission brightness for the first area, after the sensor measures the characteristic value, and

wherein the first emission brightness is a value determined based on an image displayed on the first area, and the second
emission brightness is a predetermined value at which the sensor can measure the characteristic value.

US Pat. No. 9,731,503

LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD AND LIQUID DISCHARGE APPARATUS USING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head, comprising:
a substrate member including a silicon substrate layer, a discharge element that discharges liquid by generating thermal energy
to generate an air bubble in the liquid, a liquid supply port for supplying the liquid to the discharge element, and a protection
layer including metal which is formed so as to cover the discharge element;

a flow path forming member provided on a side of a surface of said substrate member on which the protection layer is provided
and defining, between said substrate member and said flow path forming member, a pressure chamber comprising a heating portion
of a surface of the protection layer that overlaps the discharge element in a perpendicular direction that is perpendicular
to the surface of said substrate member and a flow path communicating between the pressure chamber and the liquid supply port
and extending along the surface of said substrate member, said flow path forming member having a plurality of pressure chamber
walls being perpendicular to the surface of said substrate member to form the pressure chamber and two flow path walls being
perpendicular to the surface of said substrate member and opposed to each other to form the flow path; and

an interlayer provided on a joining portion of said substrate member and said flow path forming member and including resin,
wherein

the plurality of pressure chamber walls are disposed in a rectangular shape so as to surround the heating portion except at
a communication portion where the pressure chamber communicates with the flow path when viewed from the perpendicular direction,

a distance between two pressure chamber walls of the plurality of pressure chamber walls on which the communication portion
with the flow path is not provided and which are opposed to each other is greater than a distance between the two flow path
walls, and

said interlayer is provided on a portion of the flow path on a side of the liquid supply port and, an edge surface of said
interlayer is located in a middle portion of the flow path with respect to a direction from the liquid supply port toward
the pressure chamber such that the flow path has a portion, adjacent to the pressure chamber, where said interlayer is not
provided and a step is formed by the edge surface of said interlayer in the flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,733,604

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a detection unit configured to detect an identification code that is issued when a maintenance event of the image forming
apparatus occurs and that indicates information of the maintenance event;

a storage unit configured to store the identification code detected by the detection unit;
a deletion unit configured to delete the identification code stored in the storage unit according to the maintenance event
being created;

a determination unit configured to determine whether a same identification code as the identification code detected by the
detection unit when the image forming apparatus is started up is stored in the storage unit; and

a display control unit configured to, in a case where the determination unit determines that the same identification code
is stored in the storage unit, display on a display unit an image showing an operation which is required for completing an
operation for clearing the occurred maintenance event and, in a case where the determination unit determines that the same
identification code is not stored in the storage unit, display on the display unit an image showing the operation for clearing
the occurred maintenance event.

US Pat. No. 9,730,667

CONTROL APPARATUS AND TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A tomography apparatus comprising:
a filter configured to adjust distribution of a radiation dose;
a radiation detection unit configured to detect a radiation dose transmitted through the filter and through an object,
wherein the filter comprises:
a plate filter including plate-shaped materials; and
a slope filter having two materials each having a slope surface, and disposed, at a predetermined interval, symmetrically
with respect to a straight line connecting a focal point of a radiation source and the radiation detection unit, and

wherein the shape of the filter is obtained by combining the plate filter and the slope filter.

US Pat. No. 9,727,208

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory configured to store a computer program; and
at least one hardware processor configured to execute the computer program to perform a process which comprises:
displaying a plurality of items;
displaying a recommendation list including information of a recommended item related to a first item selected by a user, wherein
when the user selects a second item, the display of the recommendation list is updated to a recommendation list including
information of a second recommended item related to the selected second item;

determining whether or not an instruction for temporarily stopping updating the display of the recommendation list is issued;
stopping updating the display of the recommendation list if it is determined that that the instruction for temporarily stopping
updating the display of the recommendation list is issued; and

receiving and opening a content of the first item selected by the user,
wherein after the user selects the second item, a content of the selected second item is received from a server and opened
even if it is determined that the instruction for temporarily stopping updating the display of the recommendation list is
issued.

US Pat. No. 9,724,919

PRINTING ELEMENT SUBSTRATE, PRINTHEAD, AND PRINTHEAD MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printhead manufacturing method comprising the steps of:
preparing a printing element substrate including a receiver, first and second input pads, and a plurality of selection pads,
the receiver includes a first terminal and a second terminal which receive a first signal and a second signal, respectively,
the first input pad is connected to the first terminal and externally receives the first signal, the second input pad is connected
to the second terminal and externally receives the second signal, and the plurality of selection pads is connected to the
second terminal via at least two resistive elements out of a plurality of resistive elements to selectively obtain one of
plural combined resistances that differ from each other;

preparing a head substrate including a first transmission line and a second transmission line, the first transmission line
transmits the first signal, and the second transmission line transmits the second signal;

selecting at least one of the plurality of selection pads to be connected to the first transmission line to obtain a value
of the one of the plural combined resistances; and

connecting the at least one of the plurality of selection pads selected in the selection step and the first transmission line,
connecting the first input pad and the first transmission line, and connecting the second input pad and the second transmission
line.

US Pat. No. 9,724,929

LIQUID CONTAINER AND LIQUID RESIDUE DETECTION APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid container mountable to an apparatus in which an optical sensor is installed, the liquid container comprising:
a reservoir storing a liquid;
a detection chamber which communicates with the reservoir and which is located at a position detectable by the optical sensor
in a state where the liquid container is mounted in the apparatus; and

a displacement member configured to displace to a first direction in the reservoir and the detection chamber according to
an amount of liquid stored in the reservoir,

wherein
the displacement member includes a light shielding part which moves, according to the displacement, within the detection chamber
between a position where light of the optical sensor is shielded and a position where the light of the optical sensor is not
shielded and a regulating member for regulating movement of the displacement member in a second direction that crosses the
first direction,

an inner wall of the detection chamber has a first area that faces the light shielding part and at least of a portion of that
is formed of a material transmitting the light of the optical sensor and a second area that faces the regulating member in
the second direction, and

the first area and the second area are connected via a ridgeline having an inter-surface angle larger than 180 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,727,381

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
a memory coupled to the one or more processors and having stored thereon instructions, which, when executed by the one or
more processors, cause the image forming apparatus to:

acquire information that defines an identifier of an application belonging to an application set and a use resource amount
declared for the application set;

specify an application set to which an application belongs, based on an identifier of the application in response to a call
of a resource acquisition API from the application, and specify a use resource amount declared for the specified application
set from the information;

when a value obtained by adding a resource amount requested by the application to a total resource amount used by the application
set exceeds the specified use resource amount, not transfer a resource object to the application, and when the value does
not exceed the use resource amount declared, transfer the resource object to the application; and

determine that the application which calls the resource acquisition API belongs to the application set and the application
is a target of group management to which a resource is assigned from resources shared in the application set,

wherein when the application is not a target of the group management, a use resource amount declared for the application is
specified from the information,

wherein when the application is not a target of the group management and the application exceeds the specified use resource
amount as a result of adding the resource amount requested by the application to the total resource amount used by the application,
the resource object is not transferred to the application, and when the application does not exceed the use resource amount
declared, the resource object is transferred to the application, and

wherein the group management is started by adding the information that defines the identifier of the application belonging
to the application set and the use resource amount declared for the application set, and is stopped by deleting the information.

US Pat. No. 9,755,165

SILSESQUIOXANE COMPOUND, ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING ELEMENT, DISPLAY APPARATUS, IMAGE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An organic light emitting element comprising:
an anode;
a cathode;
an emission layer placed between the anode and the cathode; and
a hole transport layer disposed between the anode and the emission layer,
wherein the hole transport layer comprises a siloxane compound and another compound having a tertiary arylamine structure;
and

wherein a number of SP2 carbon atoms in the hole transport layer is ten times or less a number of silicon atoms in the hole transport layer.

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. 9,723,568

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:
a terminal unit configured to alternatively receive a first signal, a second signal, and a third signal, the first signal
being a signal in which a plurality of signals based on different standards are multiplexed, the second signal being one of
the plurality of signals, the third signal being based on a standard different from the standards of the plurality of signals;

a first-signal converting unit configured to convert the first signal or the second signal into an internal connection signal;
a second-signal converting unit configured to convert the second signal or the third signal into the internal connection signal;
a selector configured to perform switching such that a signal from the terminal unit is connected to the first-signal converting
unit or the second-signal converting unit; and

a controller configured to control the selector such that, when one of the first-signal converting unit and the second-signal
converting unit is converting the second signal into the internal connection signal, the signal from the terminal unit is
connected to the other signal converting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,723,167

MANAGING THE ACTIVATION OF AN APPLICATION IN AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ON WHICH A PLURALITY OF APPLICATIONS OPERATE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus on which a plurality of applications operate, the information processing apparatus
comprising:
a start unit configured to, in a case where one of the applications is to be activated at a time of activating the information
processing apparatus, perform a start process of the application based on a task for each of the applications, the task being
different from a task giving an instruction to activate the application;

a monitoring unit configured to monitor whether the start process of the application is completed in a predetermined time;
and

an interruption unit configured to, in a case where the start process of the application is not completed in the predetermined
time, interrupt the start process of the application,

wherein, in a case where the interruption unit interrupts the start process of the application, the start unit shifts to a
start process of another one of the applications.

US Pat. No. 9,709,781

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens having a wide angle end and a telephoto end, comprising:
a first lens unit having a positive refractive power that does not move for zooming;
a second lens unit having a negative refractive power that moves during zooming and comprising at least one positive lens
and at least one negative lens;

at least one other lens unit that moves during zooming as at least a third lens unit;
a rearmost lens unit disposed closest to an image side that does not move for zooming and comprising at least one negative
lens, wherein the first lens unit, the second lens unit, the at least one other lens unit, and the rearmost lens unit are
arranged in the stated order from an object side to the image side; and

an aperture stop arranged in the image side of the second lens unit,
wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
?2.00×10?3<(?gf2p??gf2n)/(?d2p??d2n)
0.0180
0.10 where ?d2p and ?d2n respectively represent average values of Abbe numbers of positive lenses and negative lenses forming the
second lens unit, ?gf2p and ?gf2n respectively represent average values of relative partial dispersions of the positive lenses
and the negative lenses forming the second lens unit, ??gfrn1 represents anomalous dispersion of a lens having a smallest
Abbe number among negative lenses forming the rearmost lens unit, TD represents a distance on an optical axis from a surface
vertex position of a lens surface closest to the object side of the zoom lens to a surface vertex position of a lens surface
closest to the image side of the zoom lens, and Drn1 represents a distance between the aperture stop and the lens having the
smallest Abbe number among the negative lenses forming the rearmost lens unit, at the wide angle end of the zoom lens,
provided that:
an Abbe number ?d is expressed as:
?d=(Nd?1)/(NF?NC),
where NF represents a refractive index with respect to an F-line, Nd represents a refractive index with respect to a d-line,
and NC represents a refractive index with respect to a C-line,
a relative partial dispersion ?gf is expressed as:
?gf=(Ng?NF)/(NF?NC),
where Ng represents a refractive index with respect to a g-line, and
anomalous dispersion ??gf is expressed using the relative partial dispersion ?gf and the Abbe number ?d as:
??gf=?gf?(?1.6220×10?3×?d+0.6416).

US Pat. No. 9,708,149

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS INCLUDING STACKING TRAY ON WHICH SHEETS ARE STACKED, AND IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

6. An image forming system comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet;
a conveying unit configured to convey a sheet having an image formed thereon by said image forming unit;
a stacking tray on which a sheet conveyed by said conveying unit is stacked;
a first sheet detector configured to detect a sheet on a sheet stacking surface of said stacking tray;
a second sheet detector configured to detect a sheet within a predetermined range downward from the uppermost surface of sheets
stacked on said stacking tray; and

a controller configured to cause said conveying unit to stop conveyance of a sheet in a case where said first sheet detector
detects no sheet, and said second sheet detector detects a sheet during a sheet discharge operation for discharging a plurality
of sheets onto said stacking tray.

US Pat. No. 9,710,211

PRINTING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus on which a non-contact integrated circuit (IC) tag can be mounted, the information
processing apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit to a terminal apparatus, when a state of the information processing apparatus changes,
changed information related to the changed state,

wherein a central processing unit (CPU) of the information processing apparatus cannot communicate with the non-contact IC
tag, and

wherein the changed information is written in the non-contact IC tag if the terminal apparatus is brought to the proximity
of the non-contact IC tag.

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. 9,658,673

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR REWRITING A SETTING VALUE FOR THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS IN POWER SAVING MODE, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus that is operable in a sleep mode, comprising:
at least one processor coupled to a memory device and programmed to provide:
a first determination unit to which, in a case where data which is received from an external apparatus by the information
processing apparatus operating in the sleep mode is setting value change data for requesting to change a setting value of
the information processing apparatus, determines whether or not the information processing apparatus needs to return from
the sleep mode immediately based on a type of the setting value in which a change is requested; and

a control unit which,
in a case where the first determination unit determines that the information processing apparatus needs to return from the
sleep mode immediately, controls the information processing apparatus to return from the sleep mode, and

in a case where the first determination unit determines that the information processing apparatus does not need to return
from the sleep mode immediately, controls the information processing apparatus to store the setting value change data in a
predetermined storage area without returning from the sleep mode.

US Pat. No. 9,652,424

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a power control device that receives an instruction to turn on the information processing apparatus;
a processor that performs activation processes of the information processing apparatus in a case where the power control device
receives the instruction to turn on the information processing apparatus;

an operation device that receives operations by a user; and
an interface device that transmits, to the processor, information indicating whether the operation device received a predetermined
operation,

wherein the processor:
receives, not via the interface device, a signal indicating that the operating device receives an operation;
performs first activation processes, based on that the power control device has received the instruction to turn on the information
processing apparatus and the processor has received the signal; and

performs second activation processes, based on that the power control device has received the instruction to turn on the information
processing apparatus and the processor has not received the signal,

wherein, in the first activation processes, the processor initializes the interface device and activates, based on the information
transmitted from the initialized interface device, the information processing apparatus in a first mode or a second mode,
and

wherein, in the second activation processes, the processor activates the information processing apparatus in the first mode
without waiting for a transmission of the information from initialized interface device.

US Pat. No. 9,686,492

IMAGE SENSOR, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CELLULAR PHONE HAVING DUAL REFERENCE SIGNAL GENERATORS ARRANGED IN SEPARATED CHIPS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image sensor comprising:
a plurality of pixels;
a first reference signal generator configured to output a first reference signal whose signal level changes with time;
a second reference signal generator configured to output a second reference signal whose signal level changes with time, a
rate of change of the signal level of the second reference signal being larger than that of the first reference signal;

an analog-to-digital converter configured to perform an analog-digital conversion of a pixel signal output from each of the
plurality of pixels using the first reference signal or the second reference signal selected in accordance with a magnitude
of the pixel signal,

wherein the plurality of pixels and the first reference signal generator are arranged in a first chip, and the second reference
signal generator is arranged in a second chip.

US Pat. No. 9,653,498

IMAGING DEVICE HAVING ELECTRODE OVERLYING PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION LAYER AND HAVING ELECTRICAL CONTACT TO ELECTRODE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging device comprising:
a semiconductor substrate;
a plurality of pixels, each of the plurality of pixels including a transistor arranged in a pixel region of the semiconductor
substrate and a photoelectric conversion element including a first electrode provided above the semiconductor substrate, a
second electrode provided above the first electrode and a photoelectric conversion layer provided between the first electrode
and the second electrode;

a conductive member included in an interconnection layer provided between the semiconductor substrate and the first electrode;
and

a contact portion provided in the pixel region, the contact portion connecting the second electrode and the conductive member.

US Pat. No. 9,684,261

CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WHICH USES CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge for an electrophotographic image forming apparatus, wherein a main assembly of the apparatus includes
first and second main assembly engaging portions, wherein the first main assembly engaging portion has a twisted recess having
a triangular cross section, wherein the second main assembly engaging portion has a driving shaft, with a rotational force
applying portion provided on the driving shaft, wherein said process cartridge is dismountable from the main assembly in a
dismounting direction that is substantially perpendicular to an axial direction of the driving shaft, said process cartridge
comprising:
i) an electrophotographic photosensitive drum, rotatable about a drum axis thereof, for bearing a latent image;
ii) a first coupling member, rotatable about a first coupling axis by a first rotational force received from the first main
assembly engaging portion, for receiving the first rotational force to be transmitted to said electrophotographic photosensitive
drum from the first main assembly engaging portion, wherein said first coupling member is in a form of a twisted projection
having a triangular cross section and engageable with the twisted recess of the first main assembly engaging portion;

iii) a developing roller, rotatable about a roller axis thereof, for developing the latent image formed on said electrophotographic
photosensitive drum; and

iv) a second coupling member rotatable about a second coupling axis by a second rotational force received from the second
main assembly engaging portion, said second coupling member including a rotational force receiving portion engageable with
the rotational force applying portion to receive the second rotational force to be transmitted to said developing roller from
the second main assembly engaging portion, and a rotational force transmitting portion for transmitting the second rotational
force to said developing roller from said rotational force receiving portion,

wherein said second coupling member is capable of pivoting movement such that a rotational force receiving portion side of
the second coupling axis is positioned upstream of a rotational force transmitting portion side of the second coupling axis
with respect to the dismounting direction, and said second coupling member is disengageable from the second main assembly
engaging portion by the pivoting movement.

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. 9,684,276

CLEANING APPARATUS, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising a photosensitive body and a frame body that supports the photosensitive body and being
attachable to and detachable from an apparatus main body of an image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording
material, the cleaning apparatus being installed in the apparatus main body, so as to adjoin a developing cartridge including
a developer bearing member that bears developer for developing an electrostatic image formed on the photosensitive body, wherein
an engagement portion is provided on the frame body so as to protrude toward a side where the developing cartridge is installed
and engage with an engaged portion, which is disposed on the apparatus main body, when the cleaning apparatus is attached
to the apparatus main body.

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. 9,673,379

PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL, PIEZOELECTRIC ELEMENT, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A piezoelectric material comprising:
a perovskite metal oxide represented by following general formula (1); and
Mn,
wherein an amount of the contained Mn is 0.002 moles or more and 0.015 moles or less relative to 1 mole of the metal oxide
(Ba1-yBiy)a(Ti1-x-zZrxFez)O3  (1)

where 0.010?x?0.060, 0.001?y?0.015, 0.001?z?0.015, 0.950?y/z?1.050, and 0.986?a?1.020.

US Pat. No. 9,641,758

IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, LENS APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image blur correction apparatus which uses a first optical correction unit and a second optical correction unit to optically
correct a blur in an image, wherein an image pickup optical system configured to vary a magnification of an image comprises
the first optical correction unit and the second optical correction unit, the image blur correction apparatus comprising:
at least one processor or circuit configured to perform the operations of the following units:
(a) a vibration detection unit configured to detect vibration information of the image blur correction apparatus to output
a vibration signal;

(b) a signal separation unit configured to separate the vibration signal into a first vibration signal and a second vibration
signal;

(c) a first sensitivity correction unit configured to correct an amplitude of the first vibration signal depending on an eccentricity
sensitivity of the first optical correction unit, the eccentricity sensitivity of the first optical correction unit varying
depending on a focal length;

(d) a second sensitivity correction unit configured to correct an amplitude of the second vibration signal depending on an
eccentricity sensitivity of the second optical correction unit, the eccentricity sensitivity of the second optical correction
unit varying depending on a focal length;

(e) a first integration unit configured to integrate an output signal from the first sensitivity correction unit; and
(f) a second integration unit configured to integrate an output signal from the second sensitivity correction unit,
(g) a first drive unit configured to drive the first optical correction unit based on the integrated signal from the first
integration unit; and

(h) a second drive unit configured to drive the second optical correction unit based on the integrated signal from the second
integration unit.

US Pat. No. 9,665,021

HEAT TREATING APPARATUS FOR POWDER PARTICLES AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A heat treating apparatus for powder particles, each of the powder particles comprising a binder resin and a colorant,
the heat treating apparatus comprising:
(1) a cylindrical treating chamber in which a heat treatment of the powder particles is performed;
(2) a powder particle-supplying unit provided on an outer peripheral surface of the treating chamber that supplies the powder
particles to the treating chamber from an outlet of the powder particle-supplying unit, the outlet being provided on an inner
wall surface of the treating chamber;

(3) a hot air-supplying unit that supplies hot air for heat-treating the supplied powder particles to the treating chamber;
(4) a cold air-supplying unit that supplies cold air for cooling the heat-treated powder particles to the treating chamber;
(5) a regulating unit provided on the treating chamber that regulates a flow of the supplied powder particles, the regulating
unit being a columnar member having a circular cross-section and being arranged on a central axis of the treating chamber
so as to protrude from a lower end portion of the treating chamber toward an upper end of the treating chamber, and comprising
a conic distributing member that distributes the supplied hot air in a circumferential direction and a rotating member that
rotates the distributed hot air along the inner wall surface of the treating chamber in a spiral manner; and

(6) a recovering unit provided at a lower end portion side of the treating chamber, that recovers the heat-treated powder
particles, wherein

the conic distributing member and the rotating member are provided on the upper end portion of the regulating unit,
the hot air-supplying unit has an outlet opposite to the conic distributing member and the rotating member,
the powder particle-supplying unit is provided so that a direction of supplying the powder particles is the same as a direction
of rotating the hot air with the supplied powder particles being supplied along the inner wall surface of the treating chamber,
and

the recovering unit is provided on the outer peripheral surface of the treating chamber so as to recover the powder particles
while maintaining rotation of the powder particles rotating in a spiral manner in the treating chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,615,306

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus that is to be connected to an external apparatus via a network, comprising:
a processor;
a communication interface; and
a memory coupled to the processor storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to function
as:

a participation unit configured to participate in a network formed by an external access point;
a forming unit configured to form a network, with the communication apparatus as an access point;
a storing unit configured to store, in the memory information on one or more networks in which the communication apparatus
has participated before, and information on one or more external apparatuses to which the communication apparatus has been
connected before, wherein the information on one or more networks include information on a first network previously formed
by the forming unit, and information on a second network previously formed by the external access point;

an accepting unit configured to accept selection, before participating in a network, on the basis of the information on the
one or more external apparatuses stored in the memory, of an external apparatus for which communication via the communication
interface is to be established;

and
a determining unit configured to, in a case where the information on the second network is not stored in the memory when selection
is accepted by the accepting unit, determine to use the first network based on the information on the first network.

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. 9,606,813

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, APPLICATION ACTIVATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for activating an application, the method comprising:
determining whether an instruction for initial activation of an application is issued by a user or an operating system;
displaying a splash screen in a case where the instruction for initial activation of the application is issued by a user;
causing the application to be resident without displaying the splash screen in a case where the instruction for initial activation
of the application is issued by an operating system;

determining, in a case where a user issues an activation instruction with respect to the resident application, whether a screen
display based on the activation instruction from the user is a first time or not;

performing control not to display the splash screen in a case where the screen display is not the first time and control to
display the splash screen in a case where the screen display is the first time;

determining whether a resident time of the resident application exceeds a predetermined value; and
displaying the splash screen regardless of whether the screen display is the first time or not in a case where the resident
time exceeds the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,609,198

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising a processor executing instructions in a memory, wherein the apparatus comprises:
an encoding unit configured to generate encoded image data by performing encoding processing on image data generated by an
image capturing unit configured to generate the image data by capturing the image;

a communication unit configured to receive, from an external apparatus, designation of a resolution of the encoded image data
output from the encoding unit;

a determination unit configured to determine whether the designated resolution is settable resolution as a resolution of the
encoded image data output from the encoding unit in a state where image data of a first resolution is generated by the image
capturing unit, if the image capturing unit is set to generate the image data of the first resolution and the communication
unit receives the designation of the resolution of the encoded image data; and

a control unit configured to transmit an error response to the external apparatus via the communication unit, if the determination
unit determines that the designated resolution is not the settable resolution as the resolution of the encoded image data
output from the encoding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,609,199

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus communicating with an external apparatus via a network, the image processing apparatus comprising:
a combining unit configured to combine a plurality of images captured under different exposure conditions;
an exposure setting unit configured to acquire an image under a set exposure condition;
a reception unit configured to receive a command for specifying an operation of the combining unit and the exposure setting
unit from the external apparatus; and

a first control unit configured to control a timing of the operation of the exposure setting unit, specified by the command
received by the reception unit, based on an operation state of at least one of the combining unit and the exposure setting
unit.

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. 9,606,610

APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING CLOCK SIGNALS TO BE SUPPLIED TO A PLURALITY OF PROCESSING MODULES AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of processing units configured to execute predetermined processing in parallel on respective input data which
are spatially or temporally near to each other, and output respective intermediate results of the executed processing;

an estimation unit configured to estimate a processing time required for each one of the plurality of processing units to
complete the predetermined processing based on intermediate results output from the each one of the plurality of processing
units and at least one other processing unit from the plurality of the processing units, respectively; and

a clock control unit configured to, with respect to each one of the plurality of processing units, determine a frequency of
a clock signal to be supplied to the each one of the plurality of processing units in accordance with the estimated processing
time for the each one of the plurality of processing units and supply the clock signal having the determined frequency to
the each one of the plurality of processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,599,893

PRODUCTION PROCESS FOR OPTICALLY SHAPED PRODUCT AND PRODUCTION PROCESS FOR LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A production process for an optically shaped product, comprising:
applying a first photosensitive resin composition in a form of a dry film onto a substrate, which has a hole opening to a
surface thereof, so as to cover the hole; and

performing patterning to form an optically shaped product,
wherein the first photosensitive resin composition contains a photoacid generator and a mixed resin of a resin comprising
a tri- or higher functional epoxy resin and a bifunctional epoxy resin,

wherein the bifunctional epoxy resin has a weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of 5,500 to 60,000,
wherein the mixed resin has a weight-average molecular weight (Mw) from 4,500 to 11,000, and
wherein a mixing ratio by mass between the tri- or higher functional epoxy resin and the bifunctional epoxy resin satisfies
0.3?(b)/(a)?1.5, where (a) is a mass of the tri- or higher functional epoxy resin, and (b) is a mass of the bifunctional epoxy
resin.

US Pat. No. 9,597,871

BASE, LIQUID DISCHARGE HEAD, PRINTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING LIQUID DISCHARGE STATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid discharge head comprising:
a first nozzle discharging liquid;
a second nozzle discharging liquid; and
a base comprising:
a first electrothermal transducer arranged correspondingly to the first nozzle and configured to supply heat to liquid;
a first temperature detection element arranged to overlap the first electrothermal transducer from a viewpoint of a liquid
discharge direction;

a second temperature detection element arranged to overlap the first electrothermal transducer from the viewpoint of the liquid
discharge direction;

a second electrothermal transducer, arranged correspondingly to the second nozzle and configured to supply heat to liquid;
a third temperature detection element arranged to overlap the second electrothermal transducer from the viewpoint of the liquid
discharge direction; and

a fourth temperature detection element arranged to overlap the second electrothermal transducer from the viewpoint of the
liquid discharge direction.

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. 9,601,537

IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE THAT IS PROVIDED WITH PERIPHERAL CIRCUITS TO PREVENT CHIP AREA FROM BEING INCREASED, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup device comprising:
a first semiconductor substrate and a second semiconductor substrate which is stacked on the first semiconductor substrate;
a pixel section including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix form, wherein the pixel section is formed on an area
of the first semiconductor substrate;

a plurality of column signal lines which have signals output thereto from the plurality of pixels of the pixel section;
a plurality of column circuits, each of which is respectively connected to one of the plurality of column signal lines and
configured to perform predetermined processing on the signals output from the column signal lines, wherein each of the plurality
of column circuits includes an AD converter; and

a plurality of column memories each of which is respectively connected to one of the plurality of column circuits and which
store digital signals output from the AD converter,

wherein the plurality of column circuits and the plurality of column memories are formed on an area of the second semiconductor
substrate,

wherein at least two column circuits and at least two column memories adjacent to each other, among the plurality of column
circuits and the plurality of column memories, are arranged at different locations on the second substrate with an offset
in at least a column direction.

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. 9,592,307

COMPOUND AND PHOTOACOUSTIC IMAGING CONTRAST MEDIUM CONTAINING THE COMPOUND

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A compound represented by formula (IV):
A-L-(CH2)p—(OCH2CH2)m—O—R  (IV),

wherein, in the formula (IV), A represents any one of formula (i) to formula (vi), and * in the formulae (i) to (vi) represents
a bond with L1 in the formula (IV),

wherein, in the formula (IV), L1 represents a linker part which is any one of —NH—, —O—, —S—, and —CO— or which contains at least one of —NH—, —O—, —S—, and
—CO—, p represents an integer of 1 to 5, m represents an integer of 10 to 2,500, and R represents any one of a hydrogen atom
and a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group having 1 to 5 carbon atoms,


wherein, in the formulae (i) to (vi), Z forms a cyclic aromatic ring composed of a benz[e]indole ring, benz[f]indole ring,
or benz[g]indole ring together with a hydrogen atom, a sulfonate group, or an indole ring bonded to Z, and furthermore, a
hydrogen atom of the cyclic aromatic ring may be substituted with an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group
having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, or a sulfonate group,

wherein, in the formulae (i) to (vi), R1 represents any one of an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms and —(CH2)b—SO3?, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10, and when R1 is an alkyl group, a halogen ion or an organic acid ion may be contained as a counter ion, and R2 and R3 represent independently any one of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms, an alkoxy group having 1 to
10 carbon atoms, —(CH2)b—SO3?, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10, and —(CH2)b—SO3X, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10 and X represents any one of sodium, potassium, ammonium, triethylammonium, lysine,
and arginine,

wherein, in the formulae (i) and (ii), a represents an integer of 1 to 10,
wherein, in the formulae (i) to (vi), n represents 2 or 3,
wherein, in the formulae (ii), (iv), and (vi), R4 represents any one of an alkyl group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms and —(CH2)b—SO3X, where b represents an integer of 1 to 10 and X represents any one of sodium, potassium, ammonium, triethylammonium, lysine,
and arginine,

wherein, in the formulae (iii) and (iv), L3 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group which has 1 to 10 carbon atoms and which may include a carbonyl group,
an amide group, an ester group, or a piperazyl group as a substituent, and

wherein, in the formulae (v) and (vi), L4 represents a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group which has 1 to 10 carbon atoms and which may include a carbonyl group,
an amide group, or an ester group as a substituent.

US Pat. No. 9,590,819

STOPPING POLLING OF A PERIPHERAL DEVICE ON A NETWORK IF THE PERIPHERAL DEVICE LEAVES THE NETWORK

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus for polling a peripheral apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:
(a) an inquiring unit configured to make a first inquiry to the peripheral apparatus about the feasibility of communication;
(b) an acquiring unit configured to acquire communication information for specifying a present communication environment of
the information processing apparatus if there is no response to the first inquiry from the peripheral apparatus;

(c) a determination unit configured to determine whether a present communication environment of the information processing
apparatus is different from a communication environment for polling the peripheral apparatus based on the communication information;
and

(d) a stopping unit configured to stop polling the peripheral apparatus in response to the determination unit determining
that the present communication environment is different from the communication environment for polling the peripheral apparatus,

wherein the stopping unit does not stop polling the peripheral apparatus on a condition that the determination unit determines
that the present communication environment is not different from the communication environment for polling the peripheral
apparatus, and

wherein a processor is configured to perform a functionality of the inquiring unit, the acquiring unit, the determination
unit, and the stopping unit.

US Pat. No. 9,589,339

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor; and
a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the image processing apparatus to function as:
an acquisition unit that acquires a first image captured with light emitted by a light emitting device and a second image
captured without light emitted by the light emitting device;

a luminance calculation unit that calculates a luminance value of the first image and the second image, each of which has
been divided into a plurality of regions, for each region;

an influence degree calculation unit that calculates, for each region in the first image, a degree of influence of light representing
influence of light emitted by the light emitting device on the luminance value of the region;

an illuminated region detection unit that detects, from the first image, regions in which the degrees of influence of light
are larger than a predetermined threshold as illuminated regions illuminated by light emitted by the light emitting device,
wherein the predetermined threshold is determined for each region, and wherein the smaller the luminance value calculated
for a region of the second image is, the larger the predetermined threshold for the region is; and

a misalignment correction unit that calculates mapping parameters based on motion vectors detected in regions in the first
image other than the illuminated regions, and corrects misalignment between the first image and the second image by converting
the first image or the second image using the mapping parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,588,475

SHEET TRANSPORT APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,575,424

METHOD OF PRODUCING A TONER PARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of producing a toner particle, comprising the steps of:
preparing a resin solution by dissolving, in an organic solvent, a binder resin having a polyester resin as its major component,
and a block polymer having a crystalline polyester segment and a vinyl polymer segment;

preparing a resin solution dispersion by dispersing the resin solution in an aqueous medium; and
removing the organic solvent present in the resin solution dispersion to produce a resin particle dispersion in which a pre-annealing-treatment
resin particle is dispersed in the aqueous medium,

the method further comprising a step of holding the resin particle dispersion for at least 60 minutes under temperature conditions
that satisfy the following (i), (ii), and (iii):

(i) from TgA-15 (° C.) to TmA (° C.);
(ii) a temperature variation range of not more than 20° C.; and
(iii) a temperature variation rate of not more than 0.35° C./minute,
where TgA (° C.) indicates a glass transition point of the pre-annealing-treatment resin particle and TmA (° C.) indicates
an onset temperature of an endothermic peak originating from the block polymer present in the pre-annealing-treatment resin
particle.

US Pat. No. 9,575,430

MULTI-BEAM OPTICAL SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus operable to switch a speed of image forming from one image forming speed to another, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a scanning unit including a light source having a plurality of light emitting elements including a first light emitting element
and a second light emitting element, each of which emits laser beams, a polygon mirror configured to deflect the laser beam
emitted from each such light emitting element so that the laser beam emitted from each of the light emitting elements scans
the photosensitive member, and a sensor configured to output, by receiving the laser beams emitted from the first and second
light emitting elements and deflected by the polygon mirror, detection signals respectively corresponding to the first and
second light emitting elements, wherein the plurality of light emitting elements are arranged such that the light emitting
elements expose respective different positions on the photosensitive member in a scanning direction, and wherein the scanning
unit is configured to control the scanning speed of the laser beams to be a speed corresponding to the image forming speed
by controlling a rotation speed of the polygon mirror based on scanning speed information;

a storage unit configured to store a reference time interval corresponding to a reference scanning speed of the laser beams;
a measuring unit configured to:
obtain the scanning speed information representing scanning speed of the plurality of the laser beams,
measure a time interval between a first timing and a second timing, wherein the first timing is a timing at which the sensor
outputs a detection signal by receiving a laser beam irradiated from the first light emitting element during one scanning
period of the laser beam, and the second timing is a timing at which the sensor outputs a detection signal by receiving a
laser beam irradiated from the second light emitting element, and

correct the time interval based on a speed ratio of the reference speed to the scanning speed represented by the scanning
speed information; and

a control unit configured to compare the corrected time interval with the reference time interval and to control a relative
light emitting start timing of the plurality of light emitting elements in one scanning period of the light beams based on
a comparison result of the corrected time interval and the reference time interval, wherein the relative light emitting start
timing corresponds to the scanning speed represented by the scanning speed information.

US Pat. No. 9,575,439

TRANSFER MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A transfer member for electrophotography comprising a surface layer having a surface for carrying toner, the surface layer
containing a graft type copolymer comprising a polymer having a structure represented by formula (1) as a main chain, and
a group containing a structure represented by formula (2) bonded to the main chain as a side chain and
a group containing a structure represented by formula (3) bonded to the main chain as a side chain; and
the surface of the surface layer has a matrix phase formed by a group containing a structure represented by formula (2), and
a domain phase formed by a group containing a structure represented by formula (3), wherein
in the copolymer the mass ratio of the group containing the structure represented by formula (2) to the main chain is 5 to
40 mass %, and the mass ratio of the group containing the structure represented by formula (3) to the main chain is 10 to
25 mass %:


wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; R2 represents a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms; and n0 represents an integer of 2 or more,


wherein R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R8 and R9 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 10 carbon atoms; and m represents an integer
of 2 or more,


wherein X represents a fluorine atom or trifluorocarbon; p and q each independently represent an integer of 0 or more; and
“p+q” represents an integer of 2 or more.

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. 9,557,945

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.