US Pat. No. 9,432,448

LOAD DISPERSION SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD FOR LOAD DISPERSION SYSTEM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A load dispersion system comprising:
a transfer apparatus which transfers data;
multiple saving apparatuses which save the data that is transferred; and
a dispersion apparatus which determines a saving apparatus to receive transfer of the data in response to a transfer request
received from the transfer apparatus and in response to a processing status from among the saving apparatuses,

wherein the transfer apparatus comprises:
at least one processor and memory operatively coupled and cooperating to function as:
a determination unit configured to determine, depending on the data to be transferred, a transfer method that is either to
transfer data to the dispersion apparatus, or to transfer data to a saving apparatus determined by the dispersion apparatus
without transiting the dispersion apparatus; and

a transfer unit configured to transfer data according to the determined transfer method,
wherein, in a case where the data exceeds a predetermined data volume, the determination unit determines that data is to be
transferred to a saving apparatus determined by the dispersion apparatus without transiting the dispersion apparatus, and
acquires positional information of the saving apparatus from the dispersion apparatus; and in a case where the data does not
exceed a predetermined data volume, the determination unit determines that data is to be transferred to the dispersion apparatus,
and

wherein, in a case where the determination unit determines that data is to be transferred to a saving apparatus determined
by the dispersion apparatus without transiting the dispersion apparatus, the transfer unit directly transfers the data to
the saving apparatus based on the acquired positional information.

US Pat. No. 9,431,940

MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS FOR SENSORLESS MOTOR, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A motor control apparatus comprising:
a supply unit configured to supply a current for excitation to a plurality of coils of a motor;
a first detection unit configured to detect a physical quantity which varies depending on a change in inductance of at least
one of the plurality of coils;

a determination unit configured to determine a rotational position of a rotor of the motor based on the physical quantity
detected by the first detection unit;

a control unit configured to control the rotational position of the rotor of the motor based on a determination result by
the determination unit, and

a second detection unit configured to detect an induced voltage of each of the plurality of coils, wherein
the determination unit is further configured to determine the rotational position of the rotor based on the physical quantity
detected by the first detection unit when the rotor is at rest and when a rotational speed of the rotor is smaller than or
equal to a predetermined value, and determine the rotational position of the rotor based on the induced voltage detected by
the second detection unit when the rotational speed of the rotor is greater than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,429,904

IMAGE CARRIER UNIT AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image carrier unit comprising:
an image carrier;
a unit casing configuring and positioned to rotatably support the image carrier;
a protection cover, detachably mountable to the unit casing slidably in a rotational axis direction of the image carrier,
configured to cover a part of the image carrier;

an engage mechanism configured to engage the protection cover to the unit casing;
the engage mechanism including:
a first projecting portion, provided on a first end portion of the protection cover in a width direction perpendicular to
the rotational axis direction of the image carrier, configured to project from the first end portion into one width direction;

a first engaged portion, provided in the unit casing, configured to engage with the first projecting portion;
a second projecting portion, provided on a second end portion of the protection cover in the width direction, configured to
project from the second end portion into the one width direction;

a second engaged portion, provided in the unit casing on a side opposite from the first engaged portion across image carrier
in the width direction, configured to engage with the second projecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,423,710

MAGNETIC TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A magnetic toner comprising
magnetic toner particles comprising a binder resin and a magnetic body, and
inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles,
wherein;
the inorganic fine particles present on the surface of the magnetic toner particles comprise metal oxide fine particles,
the metal oxide fine particles containing silica fine particles, and optionally containing titania fine particles and alumina
fine particles, and a content of the silica fine particles being at least 85 mass % with respect to a total mass of the silica
fine particles, the titania fine particles and the alumina fine particles,

wherein;
when a coverage ratio A (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles and
a coverage ratio B (%) is a coverage ratio of the magnetic toner particles' surface by the inorganic fine particles that are
fixed on the magnetic toner particles' surface, the magnetic toner has:

i) a coverage ratio A of at least 45.0% and not more than 70.0% and a coefficient of variation on the coverage ratio A of
less than 10.0%,

ii) a ratio [coverage ratio B/coverage ratio A] of the coverage ratio B to the coverage ratio A of from at least 0.50 to not
more than 0.85, and

iii) a compression ratio obtained by the following formula (1) of from at least 38% to not more than 42%:
compression ratio (%) ={1?(bulk density/packed bulk density)}×100.  formula (1)

US Pat. No. 9,423,727

INTERMEDIATE TRANSFER MEMBER AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An intermediate transfer member for electrophotography, comprising a surface layer having a surface for carrying toner,
wherein:
the surface layer contains
a fluorine-modified curable resin having one of an acryloyl group and a methacryloyl group, and
electro-conductive inorganic particles;
the surface layer has a ratio of a number of atoms of an element derived from the electro-conductive inorganic particles to
a total number of atoms to be detected through analysis of the surface by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of 2.5 atomic %
or more and 10 atomic % or less; and

in an analysis of the surface of the surface layer by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy, a peak is detected at
a position corresponding to a mass-to-charge ratio [m/z] of one of m/z=71 and m/z=85.

US Pat. No. 9,423,750

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member;
a latent image forming unit configured to form an electrostatic latent image on the image bearing member based on image data;
a development unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image using toner;
a container configured to contain toner;
a replenishment unit configured to replenish the toner to the development unit from the container;
a first determination unit configured to determine, based on the image data, a first value corresponding to an amount of the
toner consumed from the development unit;

a detection unit configured to detect an amount of the toner contained in the development unit;
a second determination unit configured to determine a second value corresponding to a difference between the amount of the
toner detected by the detection unit and a target toner amount;

a third determination unit configured to perform an accumulative calculation based on the second value to determine a third
value; and

a controller configured to control the replenishment unit, based on the first value, the second value and the third value,
wherein in a case where a toner consumption amount consumed by the development unit is less than a predetermined amount and
the amount of the toner detected by the detection unit is more than the target toner amount, the third determination unit
does not perform the accumulative calculation based on the second value.

US Pat. No. 9,426,326

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a communicating portion configured to communicate with an external apparatus and being capable of executing a first process
of transmitting information related to an input screen to the external apparatus so as to cause a web browser of the external
apparatus to display the input screen prompting an input of information and a second process of receiving image information
from the external apparatus;

an image forming portion configured to form an image based on the image information;
a power supplying portion capable of being in a plurality of states including a first state in which the power supplying portion
supplies power to the image forming portion so as to enable the image forming portion to be able to form an image and supplies
power to the communicating portion so as to enable the communicating portion to be able to perform communication, a second
state in which the power supplying portion does not supply power to the image forming portion so as to cause the image forming
portion to be unable to form an image and supplies power to the communicating portion so as to enable the communicating portion
to be able to perform communication, and a third state in which the power supplying portion does not supply power to the image
forming portion so as to cause the image forming portion to be unable to form an image and does not supply power to the communicating
portion so as to cause the communicating portion to be unable to perform communication;

a first executing unit configured to execute a third process of shifting a state of the power supplying portion from the second
state to the first state, wherein the first executing unit does not execute the third process in a case where the communicating
portion executes the first process when the power supplying portion is in the second state, and executes the third process
in a case where the communicating portion executes the second process when the power supplying portion is in the second state;
and

a second executing unit configured to execute a fourth process of shifting a state of the power supplying portion from the
second state to the third state in a case where the power supplying portion remains in the second state for a predetermined
period of time, wherein the second executing unit does not execute the fourth process until a predetermined time passes since
the execution of the first process.

US Pat. No. 9,426,367

BATTERY-OPERABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME THAT EFFECTIVELY USE INFORMATION ON BATTERY USAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:
a memory storing instructions which, when executed by one or more processors, cause the electronic apparatus to:
output image data in response to a shooting instruction;
perform authentication process for identifying whether or not a battery that is used in the electronic apparatus is a genuine
product;

generate authentication data that includes information representing a time when the authentication processing is performed,
and information representing a result of the authentication processing;

generate an image file based on the output image data; and
record the image file in at least one of a recording medium that is removable from the electronic apparatus and an external
device with which the electronic apparatus is communicable,

wherein the authentication data is stored into the image file.

US Pat. No. 9,417,570

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus for controlling, in accordance with an amount of recording material for image data, a fixing
temperature for fixing a recording material on a sheet, comprising:
a control unit configured to (i) control, if a setting of printing image data of one page on one sheet is done, the fixing
temperature on a per-sheet basis by using a fixing temperature corresponding to an amount of recording material obtained from
the image data of one page, and to (ii) control, if a setting of dividing image data of one page and printing the image data
of one page on a plurality of sheets is done, the fixing temperature so that fixing temperatures for the plurality of sheets
are to be the same; and

a fixing unit configured to fix a recording material on a sheet based on the fixing temperature controlled by the control
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,420,162

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor that has pixels arranged in a two-dimensional array, and is configured to receive object image light and perform
a photoelectric conversion of the object image;

a detection unit configured to detect an object region based on first image signals that are sequentially read out from the
image sensor in a horizontal direction or in a vertical direction;

a storage unit configured to sequentially store second image signals, wherein the second image signal is a portion of image
signals that are generated by performing thinning processing on the image signals corresponding to the object region among
the first image signals in a readout direction in which the first image signals are read out from the image sensor;

a first calculation unit configured to filter the second image signals sequentially in a different direction from the readout
direction to calculate a first focusing signal; and

a focus adjustment unit configured to perform focus adjustment operation based on the first focusing signal,
wherein a thinning rate of the thinning processing when a size of the object region is a first size is greater than a thinning
rate of the thinning processing when a size of the object region is a second size being smaller than the first size.

US Pat. No. 9,420,168

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor configured to obtain light field data;
a selection processor configured to select a subject;
a specifying processor configured to specify a region in a reconstruction image that corresponds to the subject selected by
the selection processor; and

an output processor configured to output restriction information which is information for not focusing on the subject selected
by the selection processor, and is information for restricting reconstruction of the light field data,

wherein as for a generation condition to generate a reconstruction image in which a subject distance obtained for the subject
selected by the selection unit falls within a depth of field when the reconstruction image is generated, the output processor
sets, to the restriction information, information representing application of predetermined modification processing to the
region specified by the specifying processor in the reconstruction image generated based on the generation condition.

US Pat. No. 9,417,594

VOLTAGE GENERATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A voltage generating apparatus comprising:
a step-up transformer;
a switch circuit configured to drive the step-up transformer;
a signal generation unit configured to generate a switching control signal for driving the switch circuit;
a voltage supply circuit configured to generate a supply voltage for the primary side of the step-up transformer;
a setting value determining unit configured to determine a setting value for the supply voltage from the voltage supply circuit;
a voltage detection circuit configured to detect an output voltage on the secondary side of the step-up transformer; and
a control unit configured to control the switch circuit and the voltage supply circuit,
wherein the control unit is further configured to, until the output voltage reaches a threshold value before reaching a target
value, perform switching control in which the output voltage is adjusted by adjusting the frequency or the duty ratio of the
switching control signal, and

the control unit is further configured to, after the output voltage reaches the threshold value, perform supply voltage control
in which the output voltage is adjusted by adjusting the supply voltage while the state of the switching control signal at
the time when the output voltage reached the threshold value is maintained.

US Pat. No. 9,417,608

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING INTERFERENCE FRINGE PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus for detecting an interference fringe pattern comprising:
a laser source configured to emit a laser beam with a frequency of v,
an acoustic optical modulator configured to generate, from the laser beam, a first beam with a frequency of v1 and a second beam with a frequency of v2 different from the frequency of v1;

a first beam splitter configured to split the first beam into a first reference beam and a first object beam, the first object
beam being led to a sample with a first incident angle;

a second beam splitter configured to split the second beam into a second reference beam and a second object beam, the second
object beam being led to the sample with a second incident angle different from the first incident angle; and

a detector configured to detect, at an exposure time, an image composed of a first interference fringe pattern, based on the
first reference beam and the first object beam, and a second interference fringe pattern, based on the second reference beam
and the second object beam,

wherein the inverse of ?v (?v=|v2?v1|) is shorter than the exposure time so that the detector does not detect interference fringe patterns due to a first pair
of the first and second reference beams, a second pair of the first and second object beams, a third pair of the first reference
beam and the second object beam, and a fourth pair of the second reference beam and the first object beam, and

wherein the exposure time is set at milli-second order and the inverse of ?v is set at sub micro-second order.

US Pat. No. 9,417,101

OPTICAL ENCODER WITH A SCALE THAT HAS FINE AND COARSE PITCH PATTERNS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical encoder comprising:
a light source;
a scale configured to be irradiated by the light source and have a fine pitch pattern whose transmittance or reflectivity
changes periodically within a first period in a measuring direction and a coarse pitch pattern whose transmittance or reflectivity
changes periodically within a second period which is longer than the first period;

a detection sensor array including a plurality of sensor elements arranged along the measuring direction,
wherein
the detection sensor array is operable under a high resolution detection mode for reading out a signal corresponding to the
fine pitch pattern and a low resolution detection mode for reading out a signal corresponding to the coarse pitch pattern,

wherein
each sensor element within the plurality of sensor elements is configured to receive both lights from the fine pitch pattern
and the coarse pitch pattern,

wherein
a transmittance distribution or a reflectivity distribution of the scale is a distribution obtained by summing up a modulation
component which corresponds to the fine pitch pattern and a modulation component which corresponds to the coarse pitch pattern,
wherein
the fine pitch pattern and the coarse pitch pattern are arranged in a direction perpendicular to the measuring direction.

US Pat. No. 9,420,211

IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging system comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arrayed in a row direction and column direction,
a connecting unit configured to connect column signals lines of two or more columns of the pixel array with each other,
a plurality of A/D converting units provided according to respective columns of the pixel array,
a transfer unit configured to transfer pixel signals outputted to the column signal lines which are connected by the connecting
unit to at least one of the plurality of A/D converting units;

a supply unit configured to supply an electric power to the plurality of A/D converting units; and
a controller configured to control such that the at least one of the A/D converting units to which pixel signals are transferred
by the transfer unit changed for each framed period, and to control such that A/D converting units to which the pixel signals
are not transferred by the transfer unit are not supplied with the electric power by said supply unit.

US Pat. No. 9,413,914

IMAGE READING CONTROL APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE READING CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading control apparatus which causes an image sensor to read an image from an original placed on an original
platen, comprising:
an input unit configured to input a size of the original;
a setting unit configured to set a reading range of the image sensor based on the size input by the input unit;
a control unit configured to control the image sensor to read an original in the reading range set by the setting unit; and
a comparison unit configured to compare characteristics of images in a plurality of areas in a reading area obtained by the
reading,

wherein the control unit controls the image sensor to interrupt reading of the reading range set by the setting unit in accordance
with a comparison result obtained by the comparison unit;

the image reading control apparatus further comprising a determination unit configured to determine whether to read a remaining
image in accordance with the comparison result obtained by the comparison unit,

wherein the control unit controls the image sensor to read the remaining image in a case where it is determined by the determination
unit that the remaining image is to be read, and controls the image sensor to interrupt reading in a case where it is determined
by the determination unit that the remaining image is not to be read.

US Pat. No. 9,414,185

INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF INFORMATION-PROCESSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, PORTABLE TERMINAL, AND INFORMATION-PROCESSING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A portable terminal capable of communicating with an information-processing apparatus by a first wireless communication
and capable of communicating with the information-processing apparatus by a second wireless communication, the portable terminal
comprising:
a first application;
a second application;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire, by the first wireless communication, tag information stored in a tag of the information-processing
apparatus, the tag information including first information for specifying the first application and the second application,
and second information for handover processing to be started after start of the first application; and

a control unit configured to start the first application according to the first information included in the acquired tag information,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform, after the first application starts, handover processing from the first
wireless communication to the second communication according to the second information included in the acquired tag information,

wherein the control unit is configured to start, after the handover processing completes, the second application according
to the first information included in the acquired tag information, the started second application communication with the information-processing
apparatus by the second wireless communication established by the handover procesing.

US Pat. No. 9,411,945

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS USER AUTHENTICATION, AUTHENTICATION METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that has a plurality of applications each set with an authentication method and realizes
a predetermined function by executing an application selected from among the plurality of applications by a user, the image
processing apparatus comprising: a memory; and a processor connected to the memory and configured to execute: a storage task
that stores in a storage, authentication method setting information associated with the authentication methods of the plurality
of applications; an authentication method determination task that determines, based on the authentication method setting information,
the authentication method for use in authentication to be performed before executing the selected application; and an authentication
task that performs the authentication using the authentication method determined by the authentication method determination
task, wherein the authentication methods include at least a first authentication method that does not require input of authentication
information and a second authentication method that requires the input of the authentication information.

US Pat. No. 9,412,778

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SOLID-STATE IMAGE SENSOR, METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND CAMERA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:
forming a silicon compound layer containing nitrogen on a substrate where a silicide layer and an element isolating portion
have been formed;

forming an opening in the silicon compound layer so that the opening is arranged over only the element isolating portion;
and

forming an interlayer insulating film which covers the silicon compound layer and the opening,
wherein the interlayer insulating film contacts the element isolating portion.

US Pat. No. 9,411,283

FIXING DEVICE AND CONTROL DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
a base plate;
a fixing unit supported by the base plate, including a first rotatable member, and a second rotatable member which form a
nip to fix a toner image on a sheet, a side plate, and an engageable member attached to the side plate;

a moving mechanism, supported by the base plate, configured to incrementally move said fixing unit in a widthwise direction
of said fixing unit, said moving mechanism comprising a cam engaging the engageable member; and

a control portion configured to control said moving mechanism so as to cause said fixing unit to repetitively make an incremental
movement in one widthwise direction for each predetermined number of sheets to a predetermined limit and then to cause said
fixing unit to repetitively make an incremental movement in an opposite widthwise direction opposite the one widthwise direction
for each predetermined number of sheets to a predetermined limit,

wherein said control portion causes the incremental movement whenever said fixing unit fixes the toner image on a predetermined
width sheet having a width smaller than a width of a maximum width sheet usable in said device, and said control portion stops
the incremental movement and places said fixing unit at a predetermined position whenever said fixing unit fixes the toner
image on the maximum width sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,411,546

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus communicable with an external apparatus, comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive, from the external apparatus, an event registration request that indicates a content
of an event to be notified by the information processing apparatus and indicates a notification destination of the event;

an identification unit configured to identify a communication scheme used for receiving the event registration request in
a case where the event registration request is received by the reception unit; and

a control unit configured to prohibit registration of the content of the event and the notification destination in the information
processing apparatus based on the event registration request, in a case where the communication scheme identified by the identification
unit is a predetermined communication scheme in which the external apparatus and the information processing apparatus execute
direct wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,411,548

PRINT PROCESSING METHOD AND PRINTING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A rendering apparatus including at least one processor comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain objects contained in a page;
a separating unit configured to separate the objects into a first group and a second group, wherein a level of each object
in the first group is closer to the background than a level of any object in the second group; and

a rendering unit configured to generate a first bitmap by rendering the objects in the first group, and generate a second
bitmap by rendering the object in the second group on the foreground of the first bitmap,

wherein at least one of the obtaining unit, the separating unit, and the rendering unit is implemented by the at least one
processor.

US Pat. No. 9,411,293

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH AUTOMATIC DOCUMENT FEEDER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording sheet;
a first conveyance path configured to convey the recording sheet so that the image is formed thereon by the image forming
unit;

a second conveyance path configured to convey the recording sheet having the image formed on a first side thereof by the image
forming unit, reverse the recording sheet, and re-convey the recording sheet having the image formed on the first side thereof
to the first conveyance path;

a document sheet feed unit configured to feed a document sheet to the second conveyance path;
a reading unit configured to read a document image of the document sheet conveyed on the second conveyance path, wherein the
document image is formed on the document sheet before the document sheet is fed by the document sheet feed unit;

a third conveyance path configured to convey, after a first side of the document sheet has been read in the second conveyance
path, the document sheet, the first side thereof having been read in the second conveyance path; and

a control unit configured to control, after the recording sheet has been conveyed to the first conveyance path so that the
image is to be formed on the first side thereof and the recording sheet having the image formed on the first side thereof
has been conveyed to the second conveyance path, the feeding operation of feeding the document sheet so that the document
sheet is conveyed to the second conveyance path in such a manner that the document sheet does not overlap the recording sheet,
while the recording sheet is being conveyed in the second conveyance path,

wherein the control unit is also configured to control such that, in the third conveyance path, the reading unit reads a second
side of the conveyed document sheet, and the recording sheet is conveyed to the second conveyance path while the document
sheet is being conveyed in the third conveyance path.

US Pat. No. 9,411,295

RECORDING MEDIUM DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording medium determination apparatus comprising:
a transmitting unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave to a recording medium;
a receiving unit configured to receive the ultrasonic wave via the recording medium and output a first signal according to
a received ultrasonic wave;

a signal generation unit configured to generate a second signal according to the first signal, the second signal being different
from the first signal

a timing generation unit configured to generate a timing of detecting an output value of the first signal based on the first
signal and the second signal; and

a control unit configured to determine the recording medium using the output value of the first signal at the timing generated
by the timing generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,411,301

FRAME FOR IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A frame for an image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first plate member;
a second plate member;
a bent portion provided as a part of said first plate member and bent along said second plate member;
a portion-to-be-fixed provided as a part of said bent portion and to be fixed to said second plate member;
a positioning portion, provided on said first plate member, for positioning said second plate member relative to said first
plate member by being abutted vertically against said second plate member, said positioning portion having a free end projecting
toward said second plate member more than said portion-to-be-fixed; and

a fixing portion, provided as a part of said second plate member, to which said portion-to-be-fixed is fixed,
wherein said second plate member is deformed so that said fixing portion projects toward, contacts, and deforms said portion-to-be-fixed
while said second plate member is in contact with said positioning portion, and

said fixing portion is welded to said portion-to-be-fixed, so that said first plate member and said second member are fixed
to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,405,374

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS OPERABLE IN RESPONSE TO TOUCH OPERATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus configured to move an image displayed on a display screen according to a flick operation,
the information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information representing a moving speed of a touch point in each of a plurality
of subsections that corresponds to between two consecutive points of a plurality of pieces of positional information detected
from a start of one stroke to an end of the one stroke;

a first determination unit configured to determine whether the moving speed of the touch point in each of the plurality of
subsections is included in a predetermined speed range based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit, the predetermined
speed range having both of a lower limit and an upper limit, and the first determination unit being further configured to
select one or more subsections using a determination result to reflect the moving speed of the touch point in the selected
subsections on a moving speed of the image displayed on the display screen; and

a second determination unit configured to determine a moving speed of the image displayed on the display screen based on information
representing the moving speed of the touch point in the one or more subsections selected by the first determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,405,961

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, DISTRIBUTING IDENTICIAL IMAGE DATA IN PARALLEL FOR OBJECT DETECTION AND RESOLUTION CONVERSION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory, cooperating to function as:
a storage unit configured to store image data;
a readout unit configured to read out the image data stored in said storage unit;
a detection unit configured to detect a target object from the image data read out by said readout unit;
a reducing unit configured to reduce the image data readout by said readout unit; and
a write unit configured to write the image data reduced by said reducing unit in said storage unit,
wherein said readout unit repetitively reads out previously reduced image data and simultaneously outputs the previously reduced
image data in parallel to said detection unit and said reducing unit, thereby detection of the target object from the previously
reduced image data by said detection unit and further reduction of the previously reduced image data by said reducing unit
are performed in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,406,003

IMAGE PROCESSING WITH COLOR BALANCE CORRECTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors;
an extraction unit configured to extract, from a plurality of pixels included in an image, a pixel having a first color and
a pixel having a second color different form the first color;

a calculation unit constructed to calculate a highlight color in the image using at least a value of the pixel having the
first color and a value of the pixel having the second color extracted by the extraction unit included in the image and a
histogram obtained from a luminance component of the image; and

a correction unit constructed to correct a color balance of the image using the highlight color calculated by the calculation
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,407,839

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state imaging device comprising an AD converter, and a plurality of pixels configured to supply an analog signal
to the AD converter,
wherein the AD converter comprises:
a generation circuit including a plurality of capacitors having binary weighted capacitance values and a switch circuit configured
to select at least one of the capacitors from the plurality of capacitors, the generation circuit being configured to generate
a comparison signal according to a composite capacitance value of the at least one of the capacitors selected by the switch
circuit;

a comparator circuit configured to compare the analog signal and the comparison signal;
a control circuit configured to perform a first comparison operation to narrow down a range including a value of the analog
signal by performing a binary search, in which a value of the comparison signal is changed by changing the composite capacitance
value based on a comparison result of the comparator circuit, and to perform a second comparison operation to narrow down
a range including the value of the analog signal based on a comparison result of the comparator circuit during a period when
the comparison signal is changed at a constant rate,

wherein the plurality of pixels supply, to the AD converter, a reference signal corresponding to a reset level of the pixel
and an image signal having image information as the analog signals,

wherein the AD converter converts the reference signal and the image signal in different ways such that
when the image signal is supplied, the AD converter converts the image signal to a first digital signal by performing a first
selected operation selected from the first comparison operation and the second comparison operation and then performing a
second selected operation selected from the first comparison operation and the second comparison operation in the range narrowed
down by the first operation, the second selected operation being different from the first selected operation, and

when the reference signal is supplied, the AD converter converts the reference signal to a second digital signal by performing
the second selected operation without performing the first selected operation.

US Pat. No. 9,407,889

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD FOR WHITE BALANCE CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a first white balance correction value based on image data captured at light-emission
timing of a flash unit and to calculate a second white balance correction value based on image data captured at non-emission
timing of the flash unit;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire a focal length of a photographic lens corresponding to the image data captured at
the light-emission timing of the flash unit;

a correction unit configured to correct at least one of the first white balance correction value and the second white balance
correction value so that a difference between the first white balance correction value and the second white balance correction
value decreases as the focal length of the photographic lens increases;

a generation unit configured to generate first image data from the image data captured at the light-emission timing of the
flash unit based on the first white balance correction value output from the correction unit and to generate second image
data from the image data captured at the non-emission timing of the flash unit based on the second white balance correction
value output from the correction unit;

a component calculation unit configured to calculate a luminance component of external light and a luminance component of
light from the flash unit based on a luminance value of the image data captured at the non-emission timing of the flash unit
and a luminance value of the image data captured at the light-emission timing of the flash unit; and

a mixing unit configured to mix the first image data and the second image data based on a ratio of the luminance component
of external light and the luminance component of light from the flash unit.

US Pat. No. 9,406,136

INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR IDENTIFYING COMMUNICATION COUNTERPART BASED ON IMAGE INCLUDING PERSON

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing device comprising:
an imaging unit;
a storage unit configured to store a registered face image of an owner of the information processing device in association
with the information processing device, and to store a face image of each of at least one person excluding the owner in association
with the communication device owned by each of the at least one person;

an identification unit configured to detect face images of a plurality of persons being included in an image imaged by the
imaging unit and to identify, with reference to the registered face images stored in the storage unit, the person corresponding
to the detected face image; and

a decision unit configured to decide, among the identified persons identified by the identification unit, one person from
the persons who are not the owner of the information processing device as a receiver who owns a communication device that
is to be a communication counterpart of the information processing device, based on a difference between the owner of the
information processing device and the other identified persons, the difference is defined based on a distance from the imaging
unit to each of the identified persons, an area of the face image of each of the identified persons, illuminance of the face
image of the identified persons, or a direction of the face image of the identified persons.

US Pat. No. 9,399,241

IMAGE RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image recording method comprising:
applying an ink comprising a pigment and a polymer particle to a region of a recording medium; and
applying a liquid composition capable of destabilizing the dispersion of the pigment dispersed in the ink to the recording
medium so as to cover at least part of the region of the recording medium;
wherein the content of the polymer particle is 1.0% by mass or more relative to the total mass of the ink, andwherein the liquid composition comprises at least one surfactant selected from the group consisting of the compounds expressed
by General Formula (1) and the compounds expressed by General Formula (2) with a content of 6.0% by mass or more relative
to the total mass of the liquid composition:

wherein “l+n” is 3 or more and 45 or less, and m is 16 or more and 57 or less, and

wherein “p+r” is 25 or more and 50 or less, and q is 8 or more and 25 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,400,948

IMAGE PROCESSING FOR RENDERING AN INDEXED COLOR IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a receiving unit, including a network interface, configured to receive indexed color image data including a color lookup table
defining a first color value and a second color value associated respectively with a first reference number and a second reference
number, and including a binary bitmap image including pixels, each of the pixels having either one of the first and second
reference numbers represented by one bit as a pixel value; and

a processing unit, including at least a processor, configured to generate bitmap image data including a color value per pixel
by referring to the color lookup table with respect to reference numbers of pixels of the received indexed color image data
pixel by pixel,

wherein, if a composition of a combination of the color values defined by the color lookup table included in the received
image data is a specific composition, the processing unit is configured to generate bitmap image data based on the received
indexed color image data according to a method which is based on the composition of the combination and skips the referring.

US Pat. No. 9,400,447

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
first and second photosensitive members configured to be rotatably driven;
first and second charging units configured to respectively charge the first and the second photosensitive members at respective
charging positions;

first and second developing members configured to cause toner to attach to the first and the second photosensitive members
at respective developing positions;

first and second transfer units configured to transfer toner images formed on the first and the second photosensitive members
onto a transfer target;

a first power source configured to supply charging voltage to the first charging unit;
a second power source configured to supply predetermined voltage to at least one of the second charging unit, the second developing
member, and the second transfer unit;

a separating mechanism configured to move the first developing member from a contact position where the first developing member
is in contact with the first photosensitive member at the developing position to a separation position where the first developing
member is separated from the first photosensitive member; and

a control unit configured to control the separating mechanism;
wherein the first and the second power sources are grounded via a common resistor component, and
wherein when the second power source in a state of supplying no voltage or supplying voltage lower than the predetermined
voltage at a first timing starts supplying the predetermined voltage while the first power source is supplying the charging
voltage, the control unit causes the separating mechanism to move the first developing member to the separation position before
a second timing at which an area of the first photosensitive member that is at the charging position at the first timing reaches
the developing position.

US Pat. No. 9,400,462

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming portion for forming an unfixed image on a recording material;
a fixing portion for fixing the unfixed image, formed on the recording material, onto the recording material at a fixing nip;
a first guide member configured to guide the recording material to the fixing nip, said first guide member provided at a position
opposed to a surface of the recording material on which the unfixed image is formed and at a center of said fixing portion
with respect to a longitudinal direction of said fixing portion;

a second guide member configured to guide the recording material to the fixing nip, said second guide member provided at a
position opposed to the surface of the recording material on which the unfixed image is formed and at an end of said fixing
portion with respect to the longitudinal direction of said fixing portion,

wherein said second guide member is movable relative to said first guide member with respect to a direction perpendicular
to a feeding direction of the recoding material.

US Pat. No. 9,402,023

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a focus detection unit, having a sensor for receiving light that has passed through an imaging optical system and accumulating
charge, configured to perform focus detection on the basis of a signal generated by the sensor;

a mirror configured to be movable between a first position where the mirror is inserted in an imaging light path and leads
light that has passed through the imaging optical system toward the focus detection unit, and a second position where the
mirror is withdrawn from the imaging light path; and

a calculation unit configured to predict an amount corresponding to a moving amount of a subject on the basis of a history
of focus detection result by the focus detection unit, and calculate an in-focus position using the amount corresponding to
the moving amount of the subject,

wherein, in a case of continuously performing first image shooting and second image shooting in response to an image shooting
instruction, the calculation unit performs the prediction of the amount corresponding to the moving amount of the subject
used for calculating the in-focus position for the second image shooting before the mirror finishes moving from the second
position to which the mirror is moved for the first image shooting to the first position, and

wherein the focus detection unit is capable of continuing charge accumulation in the sensor until the mirror starts to move
from the first position to the second position for the first image shooting.

US Pat. No. 9,402,031

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from the object side to the image side:
a first lens unit having positive refractive power;
a zoom lens group constituted by at least two lens units which move during zooming; and
a last lens unit disposed on the most image side that does not move for zooming,
wherein the first lens unit includes a first sub lens unit having negative refractive power that does not move for focusing,
a second sub lens unit that moves during focusing, and a third sub lens unit having positive refractive power that does not
move for focusing,

the first sub unit is composed of one or more concave lenses, and the third sub lens unit is composed of one nor more convex
lenses and,

the zoom lens satisfies the following condition:
where ?11 is the refractive power of the first sub lens unit, ?13 is the refractive power of the third sub lens unit, ?11 is the average Abbe constant of the first sub lens unit, ?13 is the average Abbe constant of the third sub lens unit, h11T is the paraxial converted beam height of the first sub lens unit at the telephoto end, and h13T is the paraxial converted beam height of the third sub lens unit at the telephoto end.

US Pat. No. 9,400,773

DOCUMENT PROCESSING METHOD AND SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing method comprising the steps of:
accepting, as a print setting, a setting for arranging a plurality of pages on one sheet of paper;
receiving a selection of either an original-view mode for displaying a preview in which the accepted print setting is not
reflected or a print-view mode for displaying a preview in a form to be printed according to the accepted print setting, as
a preview mode; and

displaying a preview in which one page is arranged on one sheet of paper in a state in which the accepted print setting, which
is the setting for arranging the plurality of pages on one sheet of paper, is maintained, in a case where the selection of
the original-view mode is received, and displaying a preview in which the plurality of pages are arranged on one sheet of
paper in a case where the selection of the print-view mode is received.

US Pat. No. 9,401,035

TEXT RENDERING METHOD WITH IMPROVED CLARITY OF CORNERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of determining a contribution of an object to an intensity value of a current pixel that is partially covered
by the object, the method comprising:
(a) calculating an entry location and exit location for an edge of the object in the current pixel, the entry and exit locations
being located on boundaries of the current pixel with perpendicular orientations;

(b) determining an intensity value for a neighbouring pixel located adjacent to the current pixel, the neighbouring pixel
being selected from adjacently located pixels based on the calculated entry and exit locations; and

(c) determining an intensity value of the current pixel using the determined intensity value of the neighbouring pixel.

US Pat. No. 9,394,409

INK JET RECORDING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An ink jet recording head, comprising:
a member provided with an ejection orifice for ejecting ink; and a layer comprising a cured product of a condensed product
obtained by condensation of a hydrolyzable silane compound having an epoxy group and a hydrolyzable silane compound having
a perfluoropolyether group on a side of the member on which the ejection orifice opens,

wherein the member is a cured product of a cationically photopolymerizable material containing an epoxy resin having an epoxy
group, and

wherein a bond is formed between the layer and the member
wherein the hydrolyzable silane compound having the a-perfluoropolyether group comprises at least one compound selected from
the group consisting of compounds represented by the following formulae (2), (3), (4), and (5):

F—Rp-A-SiXaY3-a  (2)

R3-aXaSi-A-Rp-A-SiXaY3-a  (3)
F—Rp-Q?A-SiXaY3-an}  (5)

wherein, in the formulae (2), (3), (4), and (5), Rp represents a
perfluoropolyether group, ‘A’ represents an organic group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, X represents a hydrolyzable substituent,
Y represents a non-hydrolyzable substituent, Z represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group, R represents a non-hydrolyzable
substituent, Q represents a divalent bonding group to set n=1 or Q represents a trivalent bonding group to set n=2, ‘a’ represents
an integer of 1 to 3, and m represents an integer of 1 to 4.

US Pat. No. 9,395,513

LENS SYSTEM HAVING A MOVABLE OPTICAL MEMBER THAT IS CONTROLLABLE ACCORDING TO A PREDETERMINED COMMAND VALUE, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, AND DRIVE CONTROL METHOD FOR THE LENS SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens system comprising:
a lens apparatus including a movable optical member;
a command generating apparatus that generates a command signal to be transmitted to the movable optical member;
a signal converter connected to the command generating apparatus by wire and communicable to and from the lens apparatus wirelessly;
a drive controller that controls drive of the movable optical member based on the command signal; and
a wireless communicator that performs wireless communication to and from the signal converter,
wherein the drive controller detects a condition of the wireless communication between the wireless communicator and the signal
converter and then controls driving of the movable optical member based on a command value when the wireless communication
between the wireless communicator and the signal converter is stopped, and

wherein the command value is a first command value upon a first stop condition due to an operation of a user and is a second
command value different from the first command value upon a second stop condition different from the first stop condition.

US Pat. No. 9,392,128

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATING AN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT PERFORMS IMAGE PROCESSING ON A PRINT JOB TO OBTAIN A CORRECTED PRINT RESULT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming system in which an image forming apparatus and an image processing apparatus configured to generate image
data based on a print job and input the image data to the image forming apparatus are connected to each other,
wherein the image forming apparatus includes:
a first calibration execution unit configured to execute first calibration;
a notification unit configured to perform notification of an execution instruction for second calibration to the image processing
apparatus based on execution of the first calibration by the first calibration execution unit;

a first storage unit configured to store time information relating to time at which the first calibration execution unit executes
the first calibration; and

a response unit configured to transmit the time information, stored in the first storage unit, to the image processing apparatus,
in response to a request from the image processing apparatus, and

wherein the image processing apparatus includes:
a second calibration execution unit configured to execute second calibration;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire the time information from the image forming apparatus;
a second storage unit configured to store the time information acquired by the acquisition unit; and
a warning unit configured to perform a warning to prompt execution of the second calibration, in a case where the time information
acquired by the acquisition unit indicates a date and time later than a date and time indicated by previously acquired time
information that has been stored in the second storage unit.

US Pat. No. 9,392,195

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising:
a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a photoelectric conversion unit configured to generate charge in response to incident
light and accumulate the charge, an accumulation unit configured to accumulate the charge, an amplifier unit configured to
output a signal based on the charge, a first transfer switch configured to transfer the charge to the accumulation unit from
the photoelectric conversion unit, and a second transfer switch configured to transfer the charge to the amplifier unit from
the accumulation unit; and

an output line to which signals from the plurality of pixels are output,
wherein
at a first time point, the photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels start accumulation of the charge, the
first transfer switches of the plurality of pixels are kept OFF from the first time point to a second time point, and the
photoelectric conversion units of the plurality of pixels accumulate charge generated in a first period from the first time
point to the second time point,

in a second period from the second time point to a third time, the accumulation units of the plurality of pixels accumulate
charge generated by the photoelectric conversion units in the first period, and charge generated by the photoelectric conversion
units in the second period,

at the third time, the first transfer switches of the plurality of pixels are controlled from ON to OFF, and
saturation charge quantity A1 of the photoelectric conversion unit, saturation charge quantity A2 of the accumulation unit, the first period P1, and the second period P2 satisfy the following relationship:


US Pat. No. 9,391,428

WAVEGUIDE ELEMENT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An element, comprising:
a waveguide for guiding an electromagnetic wave;
a resonance antenna for forming a standing electromagnetic field of the electromagnetic wave, the resonance antenna being
arranged at a part of the waveguide for radiating or receiving the electromagnetic wave; and

an impedance matching portion for matching an impedance of the waveguide with an impedance of the resonance antenna so as
to couple the waveguide to the resonance antenna,

wherein the waveguide includes:
a first conductor layer and a second conductor layer each having a negative dielectric constant real part for the electromagnetic
wave; and

a core layer arranged between the first conductor layer and the second conductor layer, and
wherein the core layer has a gain of the electromagnetic wave or a nonlinearity of carriers for the electromagnetic wave.

US Pat. No. 9,389,392

IMAGING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE IMAGING APPARATUS, LENS UNIT, AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE LENS UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus on which a lens unit, having a photographic optical system including a focus lens and a storage unit
configured to previously store first information regarding a correction value, for each position of the focus lens, for correcting
a movement amount of an image forming position of an object image in response to changing an insertion state of an optical
filter with respect to reference position of the focus lens and capable of controlling driving of the focus lens based on
information on the movement amount of the image forming position of an object image received from the imaging apparatus and
the correction value obtained from the first information corresponding to the position of the focus lens, and wherein the
lens unit is detachably mountable, the imaging apparatus comprising:
an optical filter configured to be inserted or retracted on an optical path through the photographic optical system;
a detection unit configured to detect an insertion state of the optical filter;
a calculation unit configured to calculate the movement amount of the image forming position of the object image with respect
to the reference position of the focus lens corresponding to the insertion state of the optical filter detected by the detection
unit; and

a control unit configured to transmit, to the lens unit, information on the movement amount of the image forming position
of the object image with respect to the reference position of the focus lens calculated by the calculation unit and information
on the insertion state of the optical filter detected by the detection unit.

US Pat. No. 9,389,746

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor configured to receive drag of a border of a window displayed on a display screen of a display unit; and
the processor configured to resize the window with scrolling a content displayed in the window when a first region of the
border of the window is dragged in a direction perpendicular to the border and without scrolling the content when a second
region of the border of the window is dragged in a direction perpendicular to the border.

US Pat. No. 9,387,710

INKJET PRINTER WITH FAN AND PORT SELECTIVELY BLOWING OUTSIDE OR RECIRCULATED AIR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
an access cover capable of being opened to allow maintenance of the apparatus; and
a blower unit including a fan, a duct provided along a surface of the access cover, a blower port provided at an end of the
duct, and an air intake port that takes air from outside into the apparatus, the air intake port being capable of opening
to take air from outside and closing to cause circulated airflow inside the apparatus, wherein

when the access cover is in a closed state, the blower unit blows airflow from the blower port though the duct on a sheet
where ink has been applied, and the blower unit causes an air circulation inside the apparatus, and

when the access cover is in an opened state, the blower port is open together with the access cover to be exposed.

US Pat. No. 9,382,083

SHEET CONVEYING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet conveying apparatus comprising:
a moving member moving from a first position to a second position by being pressed by a conveyed sheet;
a sensor detecting the sheet based on the move of the moving member;
a conveyance guide provided on a side facing the moving member and having a recess portion formed therein;
a support member provided within the recess portion of the conveyance guide, supporting the sheet being conveyed within the
recess portion, and being movable from a support position where the support member supports the sheet in a direction approaching
the conveyance guide; and

a bias member biasing the support member toward the support position and having a bias force smaller than a force of the moving
member pressing the support member,

wherein the moving member enters the recess portion in the first position, and
wherein the moving member moves in a direction approaching the first position from the second position before a rear end of
the sheet passes the moving member after moving from the first position to the second position by being pressed by the sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,386,182

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND ASSEMBLING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for assembling an optical unit provided to a document reading apparatus for reading a document, the method comprising:
adjusting a positional relation between a first holding member to which an imaging lens is fixed and a second holding member
to which a sensor substrate mounted with a sensor is fixed, so as to adjust a focus;

fixing the first holding member and the second holding member of which the positional relation are adjusted by using an adhesive;
and

soldering the first holding member and the second holding member which are fixed using the adhesive,
wherein the first and second holding members are steel plates treated with coating processing.

US Pat. No. 9,383,678

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container for accommodating a developer for image formation, said developer accommodation container
comprising:
a first flexible member having an inclined shape; and
a second flexible member,
wherein said developer accommodating container is constituted by bonding said first flexible member and said second flexible
member to each other,

wherein said developer accommodating container has an injection opening for permitting injection of the developer,
wherein said inclined shape is adjacent to side injection opening and has an angle of less than 90 degrees with respect to
an injection direction of the developer at said injection opening and with respect to a plane perpendicular to the injection
direction,

wherein said inclined shape is deformed to permit injection of the developer when the developer is injected into said developer
accommodating container, and

wherein said inclined shape is formed by molding.

US Pat. No. 9,383,686

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supplying container detachably mountable to a developer receiving apparatus that includes driving means and
a wiping member for removing developer deposited on an outer peripheral surface of said developer supply container by sliding
with said outer peripheral surface of said developer supply container, wherein said developer supply container is set by a
setting operation with rotation thereof at least in a circumferential direction, said developer supply container comprising:
rotatable discharging means for discharging developer from said developer supply container to an outside of said developer
supply container;

drive transmitting means for transmitting a driving force of the driving means to said discharging means;
suppressing means movable between an operating position where rotation of said drive transmitting means relative to said developer
supply container is suppressed to rotate said developer supply container in the circumferential direction by the driving force
received from the driving means and a non-operating position; and

a recessed portion, provided on said outer peripheral surface of said developer supply container, for reducing a sliding load
between said outer peripheral surface of said developer supply container and said wiping member when said developer supply
container is rotated in the circumferential direction.

US Pat. No. 9,386,262

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing method comprising:
acquiring an input image produced by image capturing through an image capturing optical system;
storing image restoration filters to be used for an image restoration process to a memory;
acquiring information showing an image capturing state that is a state of the image capturing optical system for the image
capturing;

determining whether or not to perform the image restoration process on the input image depending on the image capturing state;
acquiring the image restoration filter corresponding to the image capturing state from the memory when a determination to
perform the image restoration process is made; and

performing the image restoration process on the input image by using the acquired image restoration filter, and not performing
the image restoration process on the input image, even in a case where the input image includes an image degradation due to
an aberration of the image capturing optical system, when a determination to not perform the image restoration process is
made, wherein

the image restoration process is a process for correcting the input image by using information on an optical transfer function
of the image capturing optical system, and

the image restoration filters stored to the memory are provided only for a specific image capturing state for which a determination
to perform the image restoration process is made.

US Pat. No. 9,383,710

DRIVING TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A driving transmission device comprising:
a first pulley including a dielectric layer;
a second pulley including a dielectric layer;
an endless belt which is wound on the first pulley and the second pulley;
a power supply unit configured to supply a first voltage to the first pulley such that the first pulley and the endless belt
are electrostatically attracted to each other, and supply a second voltage to the second pulley such that the second pulley
and the endless belt are electrostatically attracted to each other,

wherein a length of a portion of the endless belt which is wound on the second pulley is longer than a length of a portion
of the endless belt which is wound on the first pulley,

wherein the first pulley and the second pulley are electrically connected with each other via the endless belt,
wherein the first pulley and the second pulley are electrically connected in parallel with the power supply unit, and
wherein the second voltage is smaller than the first voltage.

US Pat. No. 9,375,919

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An inkjet printing apparatus comprising:
a print head including nozzle rows each including a plurality of nozzles for discharging ink of a same color arranged in a
predetermined direction;

a scanning unit configured to scan each of a plurality of unit regions in a printing medium with the print head in a forward
direction and a backward direction of a crossing direction that crosses the predetermined direction, the backward direction
being opposite to the forward direction;

a first print control unit configured to cause the print head to discharge ink to each of the plurality of unit regions in
a first surface of the printing medium, while the scanning unit scans with the print head;

an acquiring unit configured to acquire information about an amount of ink discharged to each of a plurality of divided sections
of each of the plurality of unit regions on the first surface;

a determining unit configured to determine a scanning direction out of the forward direction and the backward direction for
each of the plurality of unit regions in a second surface, the second surface being a back side of the first surface of the
printing medium, based on the information about the amount of ink discharged to each of the plurality of divided sections
of each of the plurality of unit regions on the first surface; and

a second print control unit configured to cause the print head to discharge the ink to each of the plurality of unit regions
in the second surface while the scanning unit scans with the print head in the determined scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 9,377,733

IMAGE FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

28. A fixing device configured to fix an image on a recording material by heating the recording material where the image is
formed, comprising:
a cylindrical rotary member including an electroconductive layer;
a coil configured to form an alternating magnetic field which subjects the electroconductive layer to electromagnetic induction
heating, the coil including a spiral shaped portion which is disposed in the rotary member so that a spiral axis of the spiral
shaped portion extends along a generatrix direction of the rotary member; and

a core configured to induce magnetic force lines of the alternating magnetic field, the core being disposed in the spiral
shaped portion;

wherein relative permeability of the electroconductive layer and relative permeability of a member in a region between the
electroconductive layer and the core, in an area from one end to the other end of the maximum passage region of the image
on a recording material in the generatrix direction, are smaller than 1.1; and

wherein the fixing device satisfies a following relational expression (1) with a cross section perpendicular to the generatrix
direction throughout the area:

0.06×?c×Sc?Ss+Sa  (1)

where Ss represents a cross-sectional area of the electroconductive layer, Sa represents a cross-sectional area of a region
between the electroconductive layer and the core, Sc represents a cross-sectional area of the core, and ?c represents a relative
permeability of the core.

US Pat. No. 9,377,736

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SHEET ORDERING BASED ON IMAGE RESOLUTION

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus arranged to perform image formation on the surfaces of a double-sided sheet by image forming
on a first surface of a fed sheet, re-feeding the sheet, and image forming on a second surface of the sheet, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form images on the sheet;
a feeding unit configured to feed the sheet to the image forming unit, invert the sheet, and re-feed the inverted sheet to
the image forming unit; and

a control unit in communication with the image forming unit and the feeding unit, the control unit configured to
control the feeding unit to feed a subsequent sheet to the image forming unit before a previous sheet inverted by the feeding
unit is fed to the image forming unit in a case where a resolution of the image to be formed on the subsequent sheet corresponds
to a resolution of the image formed on the previous sheet, and to feed the previous sheet inverted by the feeding unit to
the image forming unit before the subsequent sheet is fed to the image forming unit in a case where the resolution of the
image to be formed on the subsequent sheet does not correspond to the resolution of the image formed on the previous sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,375,960

SPRING FIXING MEMBER AND INK JET RECORDING HEAD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A spring fixing member for fixing a coil spring, comprising:
a mount member having an arrangement surface on which an end portion of the coil spring is disposed;
a boss provided on the arrangement surface, on which boss the coil spring is fitted; and
a protrusion provided at a site on a side surface of the boss, the site being apart from the arrangement surface by at least
a wire diameter of the coil spring,

wherein the protrusion is engaged with at least one winding of the coil spring disposed between the arrangement surface and
the protrusion to prevent the coil spring from being disconnected from the boss, and

a side portion, which is on the side surface of the boss and ranges from a position deviating from the protrusion in an opposite
direction away from the arrangement surface by a height for two turns of the coil spring to an end portion of the boss in
the opposite direction, the side portion includes a portion having a distance to a central axis of the boss, the distance
being equal to or shorter than a length acquired by subtracting the wire diameter of the coil spring from half an inner diameter
of the coil spring.

US Pat. No. 9,372,420

HEAT TREATING APPARATUS FOR POWDER PARTICLES AND METHOD OF PRODUCING TONER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

5. A method of producing a toner that obtains a toner through a step of heat-treating powder particles containing a binder
resin and a colorant, wherein a heat treating apparatus according to claim 1 is used in the heat-treating step.

US Pat. No. 9,372,445

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a movable endless intermediary transfer belt;
a plurality of supporting rollers, including a first supporting roller and a second supporting roller, configured to support
said intermediary transfer belt;

first to fourth photosensitive drums which are arranged along said intermediary transfer belt between the first supporting
roller and the second supporting roller in the order of said first photosensitive drum, said second photosensitive drum, said
third photosensitive drum and said fourth photosensitive drum from an upstream side toward a downstream side with respect
to a direction in which said intermediary transfer belt moves, and which contact said intermediary transfer belt, wherein
toner images transferred from said first, second, third and fourth photosensitive drums onto said intermediary transfer belt
at first, second, third and fourth primary-transfer portions, respectively, are transferred from said intermediary transfer
belt onto a recording material at a secondary-transfer portion, and wherein the first to fourth primary-transfer portions
are disposed in a phantom region demarcated by an assumed position of said intermediary transfer belt stretched by the first
supporting roller and the second supporting roller in a hypothetical case wherein said first to fourth photosensitive drums
are not provided;

a constant voltage element which is electrically connected between said intermediary transfer belt and a ground potential
and which maintains a predetermined voltage by passing of a current therethrough;

a voltage source configured to apply a voltage to a transfer member for transferring a toner image from said intermediary
transfer belt onto the recording material to pass a current through said constant-voltage element thereby to form a secondary-transfer
electric field at the secondary-transfer portion and a primary-transfer electric field at the first to fourth primary-transfer
portions; and

a depressing member, provided in contact with an inner peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt between the second
primary-transfer portion and the third primary-transfer portion, configured to depress said intermediary transfer belt from
the inner peripheral surface toward an outer peripheral surface of said intermediary transfer belt.

US Pat. No. 9,374,518

FOCUS DETECTION SENSOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection sensor, comprising:
a plurality of photoelectric conversion units configured to convert light into charges;
a plurality of memory units configured to store charges generated by the photoelectric conversion units as pixel signals;
a plurality of transfer units configured to transfer the charges generated by the photoelectric conversion units to the memory
units;

a plurality of reset units configured to reset the photoelectric conversion units and the memory units;
a detection unit configured to output a first detection signal in accordance with the pixel signals stored in the memory units;
and

a mode switching determination unit configured to determine whether or not to switch from a first operation mode to a second
operation mode based on the first detection signal which is output in the first operation mode, wherein the transfer units
are set to a transfer state during a charge accumulation period after the photoelectric conversion units are reset in the
first operation mode, and the transfer units are set to a non-transfer state during a charge accumulation period in the second
operation mode.

US Pat. No. 9,374,572

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM, METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus that generates a three-dimensional image, comprising:
an image pickup element comprising a microlens and a pixel unit cell comprising a plurality of pixels configured to receive
light from the microlens, the image pickup element being configured to output a separated first image signal and second image
signal for respective pixels of the pixel unit cell;

a parallax detector configured to calculate a parallax comprising an image shift amount between the first image signal and
the second image signal;

a change detector configured to detect a change of an aperture stop; and
an image correcting portion configured to perform a correction to reduce an amount of change of the parallax which depends
on the change in the aperture stop.

US Pat. No. 9,367,734

APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR SETTING OBJECT DETECTION REGION IN AN IMAGE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A setting apparatus for setting a detection processing region in an image where detection processing for detecting a specific
object is performed by a processor, the processor comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an input from a user interface to designate the detection processing region in the
image where the detection processing for detecting the specific object is performed;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain evaluation information based on a processing load of the detection processing in the
detection processing region which is in the image and is designated by the input from the user interface; and

a setting unit configured to set the detection processing region corresponding to a size smaller than a size of the detection
processing region which is in the image and is designated by the input from the user interface, to detect the specific object
in accordance with the evaluation information obtained by the obtaining unit,

wherein the setting unit sets the detection processing region according to time information and/or situation information related
to image taking.

US Pat. No. 9,367,011

RECORDING MATERIAL DETECTING APPARATUS AND AN IMAGE-FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A recording material detecting apparatus, comprising:
a first light source that emits first light;
a second light source that emits second light;
a light guiding unit that allows the first light and the second light to enter a surface of a recording material respectively
in two directions which are not parallel when viewed in a normal line direction of a surface of the recording material;

an imaging device that images an area where the first light is irradiated and an area where the second light is irradiated,
on the surface of the recording material; and

an output device that outputs information on a surface condition of the recording material based on an output of the imaging
device,

wherein the first light source and the second light source are arranged such that a power-supplied portion of the first light
source and a power-supplied portion of the second light source face each other.

US Pat. No. 9,369,639

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a measurement unit configured to measure image capturing conditions based on a frame rate that are used when an object image
is captured based on radiation that has passed through an object;

a generation unit configured to generate image data containing the object image based on the radiation that has passed through
the object;

a first offset correction unit configured to perform an offset correction of the image data by subtracting correction image
data containing a dark current component from the image data;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an added value that is based on temporal fluctuation of a dark current value based
on the image capturing conditions measured by the measurement unit; and

a second offset correction unit configured to add the added value calculated by the calculation unit to the image data, including
a pixel value of zero or less, which is offset-corrected by the first offset correction unit,

wherein the calculation unit calculates the added value so that the image data offset-corrected by the first offset correction
unit does not include the pixel value of zero or less.

US Pat. No. 9,361,051

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT TRANSMITS AND RECEIVES MAINTENANCE WORK DATA TO AND FROM INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that connects to a call center terminal related to maintenance work on the image forming apparatus,
comprising:
a restart unit configured to restart the image forming apparatus when receiving a remote restart instruction from an operator
of the call center terminal or a local restart instruction from a user of the image forming apparatus;

a receiving unit configured to receive, from the call center terminal, reconnecting information required for reconnection
to the call center terminal in a case where the image forming apparatus is restarted, wherein the reconnecting information
includes at least identification information of the call center terminal;

a storage unit configured to store the reconnecting information received by said receiving unit;
a first determining unit configured to determine whether the image forming apparatus is restarted according to the remote
restart instruction or the image forming apparatus is restarted according to the local restart instruction; and

a reconnection unit configured to
in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the image forming apparatus is restarted according to
the remote restart instruction, automatically reconnect to the call center terminal based on the identification information
stored by the storage unit, and

in a case where it is determined by the first determining unit that the image forming apparatus is restarted according to
the local restart instruction, reconnect to the call center terminal subject to the user logging in the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,360,798

DEVELOPER REPLENISHING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH ROTATIONAL VELOCITY CONTROL

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developer replenishing apparatus comprising:
a rotatable developer supply container configured to supply developer, said container having an opening provided in an axial
end portion thereof and configured to permit discharging of the developer therein;

a scoop portion provided in said container and configured to scoop the developer in said container with a rotation of said
container;

a guide portion provided in said container and configured to guide the developer scooped by said scoop portion toward said
opening;

a driving portion configured to rotationally drive said container;
a developer receiving portion configured to receive the developer discharged through said opening from said container;
a detecting portion configured to detect a developer amount in said developer receiving portion; and
a control portion configured to control said driving portion based on an output of said detecting portion,
wherein when the developer amount detected by said detecting portion is smaller than a predetermined amount even if said control
portion rotates said container continuously in a first driving condition in a first predetermined time period, said control
portion rotates said container intermittently in a second driving condition in which a quantity of rotation of the container
per unit time is less than the first driving condition,

and then when the developer amount detected by said detecting portion is smaller than the predetermined amount even if said
control portion rotates said container intermittently in the second driving condition in a second predetermined time period,
said control portion indicates an exchange of said container.

US Pat. No. 9,361,580

MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A medical diagnosis support apparatus which provides information for supporting medical diagnosis, the apparatus comprising:
at least one CPU and a memory operatively coupled to function as:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire medical information associated with a diagnosis target as input information;
an inference unit configured to infer a diagnosis name of the diagnosis target as an inference result based on the acquired
input information, wherein the diagnosis name exhibits a highest inference probability;

a calculation unit configured to calculate an influence rate of the acquired input information with respect to each inference;
and

a creation unit configured to create a report sentence based on the calculated influence rate,
wherein the creation unit is configured to select terms from the input information,
wherein the creation unit is configured to
select a first set of terms from the input information, each of the first set of terms having an influence rate equal to or
less than a first threshold concerning negative influences, and select a second set of terms from the input information, each
of the second set of terms having an influence rate equal to or more than a second threshold concerning positive influences,

select a first predetermined number of terms, from the first set of terms, to be applied to the report sentence in descending
or ascending order of negative influence rate on the inference result, and select a second predetermined number of terms,
from the second set of terms, to be applied to the report sentence in descending or ascending order of positive influence
rate on the inference result, and

determine an order of writing of the selected first and second predetermined number of terms based on the descending or ascending
order of the negative influence rate and the descending or ascending order of the positive influence rate, and change a modification
structure of the selected first and second predetermined number of terms based on whether terms written in the report sentence
have a positive influence rate on the inference result or a negative influence rate on the inference result.

US Pat. No. 9,358,793

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
a plurality of liquid ejection heads arranged in parallel, each of the liquid ejection heads having an ejection opening from
which a liquid is ejected to a medium during relative movement between the liquid ejection head and the medium;

at least one blowing-out unit communicating with a plurality of blowing-out openings facing the medium so as to blow out gas
toward the medium, the plurality of blowing-out openings corresponding to the plurality of the liquid ejection heads and being
relatively fixed to the corresponding liquid ejection heads with respect to a movement direction of the medium; and

at least one suction unit communicating with a plurality of suction openings for sucking gas on the medium, the plurality
of suction openings corresponding to the plurality of the liquid ejection heads and being relatively fixed to the corresponding
liquid ejection heads with respect to the movement direction of the medium,

wherein each blowing-out opening and each suction opening are provided for each of the corresponding liquid ejection heads,
wherein each ejection opening, each blowing-out opening, and each suction opening are arranged, regarding each of the corresponding
liquid ejection heads, in order from an upstream side to a downstream side in the movement direction of the medium with respect
to the liquid ejection head, and

wherein, regarding each of the corresponding liquid ejection heads, the amount of gas blown out from each blowing-out opening
per unit time is larger than the amount of gas sucked into each suction opening per unit time.

US Pat. No. 9,360,962

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging control apparatus comprising:
a touch detection unit configured to detect a touch on a display unit;
an orientation detection unit configured to detect an orientation of the imaging control apparatus;
a display control unit configured to control the display unit and to perform control to change a display position of a display
item relating to imaging performed by an imaging unit displayed on the display unit if the orientation of the imaging control
apparatus detected by the orientation detection unit undergoes a predetermined change; and

a control unit configured to perform control so that processing relating to the display item is not performed in response
to detection of a touch onto the display item displayed on the display unit by the touch detection unit, the processing is
performed in response to the touch being released from the display item without the orientation of the imaging apparatus undergoing
the predetermined change while the touch detection unit is detecting the touch on the display item, and the processing is
not performed even if a touch that has been detected by the touch detection unit since before the predetermined change is
released from the display item after the orientation of the imaging control apparatus undergoes the predetermined change while
the touch detection unit is detecting the touch on the display item.

US Pat. No. 9,357,914

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire information about a pupil of a subject's eye; and
a control change unit configured to change a method of fogging control for moving a fixation target image away from the subject's
eye according to the information acquired by the acquisition unit

wherein the control change unit is configured to change a moving a distance or a number of times of movement of the fixation
target image according to the information about the pupil acquired by the acquisition unit,

wherein the control change unit is configured, if the information about the pupil indicates a second depth of focus greater
than a first depth of focus, to increase the moving distance of the fixation target image or the number of times of movement
of the fixation target image as compared to the moving distance or the number of times of movement of the fixation target
image when the information about the pupil indicates the first depth of focus.

US Pat. No. 9,360,779

ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOCONDUCTOR, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photoconductor comprising:
a support medium;
an undercoat layer formed immediately on the support medium; and
a photosensitive layer formed immediately on the undercoat layer
wherein the undercoat layer contains
a binding resin, and
composite particles,
the composite particles each containing
a core material particle and
tin oxide covering the core material particle and doped with aluminum, and
a doping amount of the aluminum based on the tin oxide is 1% by mass or more and 4% by mass or less.

US Pat. No. 9,361,551

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS COLOR IMAGE BY SUPERIMPOSING PLURALITY OF IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that is capable of forming an image at a plurality of image forming speeds, the image forming
apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit that has a first image forming part configured to form a first image of a first color and a second image
forming part configured to form a second image of a second color different from the first color, and configured to form the
image using the first image forming part and the second image forming part;

an image bearing member configured to bear the first image and the second image, and to convey the first image and the second
image;

a controller configured to control the image forming unit to form a measurement image including a first measurement image
of the first color and a second measurement image of the second color on the image bearing member;

a measurement unit configured to measure the measurement image formed on the image bearing member;
a determination unit configured to determine first information related to a relative position of the first measurement image
and the second measurement image in a conveyance direction of the image bearing member based on a first measurement result
of the measurement image, by the measurement unit, formed by the image forming unit at a first image forming speed, and to
determine second information related to a relative position of the first measurement image and the second measurement image
in the conveyance direction of the image bearing member based on a second measurement result of the measurement image, by
the measurement unit, formed by the image forming unit at a second image forming speed different from the first image forming
speed;

a generating unit configured to generate correlation data based on the first information and the second information determined
by the determination unit; and

a correction unit configured to, in a case where the image forming unit forms the image at the first image forming speed,
correct a relative position of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first information
determined by the determination unit, and to, in a case where the image forming unit forms the image at the second image forming
speed, correct a relative position of the first image and the second image in the conveyance direction based on the first
information determined by the determination unit and the correlation data generated by the generating unit;

wherein
the controller is further configured to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image at the first image forming
speed in a case where a first condition is satisfied, and to control the image forming unit to form the measurement image
at both the first image forming speed and the second image forming speed in a case where a second condition is satisfied,
and

the controller is further configured to, in a case where the first condition is satisfied, determine whether or not the second
condition is satisfied before the first condition is satisfied next, and in a case where the second condition is satisfied
before the first condition is satisfied next, cause the image forming unit to form the measurement image at both the first
image forming speed and the second image forming speed.

US Pat. No. 9,352,926

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, SHEET STORING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus for stacking a sheet, the sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a plurality of sheet stacking units that are lapped over one another in a first direction, wherein each of the plurality of
sheet stacking units includes a stacking member configured to stack a sheet thereon, a contact member configured to contact
an edge of a sheet stacked on the stacking member, wherein the contact member is movable in a second direction parallel to
a stacking surface of the stacking member and an engaged member is movable integrally with the contact member;

an engaging member configured to engage with any one of the plurality of engaged members;
a first moving unit configured to move the engaging member in the first direction;
a second moving unit configured to move the engaging member in the second direction; and
a control unit configured to control the first moving unit and the second moving unit, wherein, in a case where the control
unit selects a target sheet stacking unit from the plurality of sheet stacking units,

the control unit controls the first moving unit and causes the engaging member to move to a position corresponding to a target
engaged member, included in the target sheet stacking unit, in the first direction, and then

the control unit controls the second moving unit to cause the engaging member to engage with the target engaged member and
to cause a target contact member, included in the target sheet stacking unit, to move a sheet stacked on a target stacking
member, included in the target sheet stacking unit, in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,355,752

IRRADIATION FIELD-LIMITING APPARATUS, X-RAY-GENERATING UNIT INCLUDING THE IRRADIATION FIELD-LIMITING APPARATUS, AND X-RAY RADIOGRAPHY SYSTEM INCLUDING THE IRRADIATION FIELD-LIMITING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An irradiation field-limiting apparatus for limiting an irradiation field, the irradiation field-limiting apparatus comprising:
a pair of first limiting blades defining a width of an opening through which radiation is to pass;
a first opening width-adjusting mechanism including a first opening width-adjusting shaft operable to adjust the width of
the opening by moving the pair of first limiting blades toward or away from each other; and

a first opening center-adjusting mechanism including a first opening center-adjusting shaft operable to adjust a center position
of the opening by moving the pair of first limiting blades in a same direction,

wherein the first opening width-adjusting shaft and the first opening center-adjusting shaft are coaxially arranged.

US Pat. No. 9,357,106

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit to acquire information of a lens unit related to image data;
a controller configured to control a display unit to display an image, which is related to the image data, captured using
the lens unit and processed by an instruction of the controller, wherein processing of the image includes an image correction
using lens position information of the lens unit, wherein the controller is configured to control the display unit to display
parameters so that the image correction can be changed by an operator,

wherein the controller is configured to control the display unit to display a shooting distance as a parameter when the information
of the lens unit indicates the lens unit is first information and to display a shooting magnification as the parameter when
the information of the lens unit indicates the lens unit is second information, and

wherein the information of the lens unit includes information related to the lens position information of the lens unit at
the time of shooting the image.

US Pat. No. 9,354,046

THREE DIMENSIONAL SHAPE MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A three dimensional shape measurement apparatus comprising:
a projection unit configured to project a stripe pattern including a light portion and a bright portion to a measurement area;
a photographing unit configured to photograph a target object in the measurement area while the stripe pattern is projected
by the projection unit, wherein the photographing unit has single image sensing element and single focus position;

a detection unit configured to detect an edge position representing a boundary between a light portion and a dark portion
based on an image photographed by the photographing unit; and

a measurement unit configured to measure a three dimensional shape of the target object based on the edge position detected
by the detection unit,

wherein a focus position of the photographing unit is set deeper than an intersection between an axis going through a center
of a projection range of the projection unit and an axis going through a center of a photographing range of the photographing
unit, when observed from the photographing unit,

wherein a focus position of the projection unit is set not shallower than the intersection between the axis going through
the center of the projection range of the projection unit and the axis going through the center of the photographing range
of the photographing unit, when observed from the projection unit, and

wherein a contrast value between the light portion and the dark portion in the image photographed by the photographing unit
has a maximum value in an area deeper than the intersection, when observed from the photographing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,354,830

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus to communicate with an external apparatus, the information processing apparatus comprising:
a main control unit having a plurality of units configure to receive power and a first central processing unit configured
to determine whether a session, required to be established to perform a specific type of communication between the information
processing apparatus and the external apparatus, has been established;

a communication unit having a second central processing unit; and
a power supply control unit configured to shift a power mode of the information processing apparatus that includes a normal
power mode, where each unit in the main control unit and the communication unit receives power, a first power mode, and a
second power mode where the communication unit receives power from the power supply control unit and the main control unit
does not receive power from the power supply control unit,

wherein, in response to determining that the required session has been established,
the power supply control unit shifts the power mode from the normal power mode to the first power mode where the plurality
of units configure to receive power do not receive power, and where the communication unit and the first central processing
unit receive power from the power supply control unit, and

the communication unit and the first central processing unit maintain the established required session between the information
processing apparatus and the external apparatus while maintaining the first power mode,

wherein, while the required session is established and in response to the first central processing unit determining in the
first power mode that a packet received from the external apparatus is a session confirmation packet, the first central processing
unit is configured to transmit a session response packet to the external apparatus while maintaining the first power mode,
and

wherein the session confirmation packet is a keep-alive communication received by the information processing apparatus and
configured to allow the external apparatus to check that a link between the information processing apparatus and the external
apparatus is operating, or to prevent the link from being broken.

US Pat. No. 9,354,832

PRINT SYSTEM FOR RECOVERING A PRINT JOB IN A REDUNDANT PRINT SERVER, PRINT SERVER AND PRINT CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print system comprising:
a plurality of print servers including a first print server and a second print server;
a monitor server configured to monitor operating statuses of the plurality of print servers; and
a database configured to store document data and association information, the association information being information in
which a print server, a printer and a status of a print job are associated with each other,

wherein each of the print servers comprises a processor which functions as:
a generating unit configured to generate a print job based on the document data designated by a print request, and transmit
the print job to a printer designated by the print request; and

an updating unit configured to, in response to the print request, update the association information stored in the database,
and wherein, if the monitor server determines based on the monitored operating status of the first server that a failure occurs
in the first print server, the monitor server notifies the second print server of the failed first print server, and

wherein, if the second print server is notified of the failed first print server from the monitor server, the second print
server specifies a target printer and a target print job that are associated with the first print server based on the association
information, determines, based on the status of the specified print job, whether the specified print job is continuously executed,
generates a second print job based on the document data corresponding to the specified print job if it is determined that
the specified print job is not continuously executed, and transmits the generated second print job to the specified printer
so as to execute the generated second print job, wherein the second print server does not generate the second print job based
on the document data corresponding to the specified print job if it is determined that the specified print job is continuously
executed.

US Pat. No. 9,354,587

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH CLEANING UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image bearing member provided in a rotatable manner;
a developing unit configured to supply a developer of a first polarity onto the image bearing member;
a voltage applying unit configured to apply a transfer voltage;
a cleaning unit configured to remove the developer on the image bearing member; and
a collecting unit,
wherein when the image forming apparatus stops an image forming operation halfway, the image forming apparatus executes a
recovery operation so that a part of the developer remaining on the image bearing member is (i) once transferred from the
image bearing member to the collecting unit, (ii) transferred again from the collecting unit to the image bearing member,
and (iii) then removed by the cleaning unit, and

wherein by a first time at which rotation of the image bearing member causes a portion of the image bearing member, which
contacted the developing unit when the image forming operation was stopped halfway, to reach a contact area between the image
bearing member and the collecting unit in the recovery operation for the first time after stopping the image forming operation
halfway, the voltage applying unit applies a voltage having a second polarity opposite to the first polarity to transfer the
part of the developer of the first polarity which remains on the image bearing member to the collecting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,354,592

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING PREARRANGED CONTROL BOARD, POWER SOURCE BOARD, AND FIXING, CONVEYANCE, TOWER SUPPLY AND EXPOSURE UNITS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a storing unit configured to store a recording paper;
a conveyance unit configured to convey the recording paper stored in the storing unit;
a conveyance driving unit configured to drive the conveyance unit;
an exposure unit;
a photoreceptor;
a transfer unit configured to transfer a toner image formed on the photoreceptor to the recording paper conveyed by the conveyance
unit;

a fixing unit configured to fix the transferred toner image to the recording paper;
a toner storage container;
a toner supply unit configured to supply toner of the toner storage container;
a driving unit configured to drive the photoreceptor;
a control board for controlling the driving unit, said control board being connected to the driving unit through a signal
line;

a power source board for supplying power from a commercial power supply for use in the image forming apparatus; and
a transfer high voltage board configured to control a primary transfer high voltage, wherein:
the photoreceptor is arranged at the upper side of the storage unit in a vertical direction and at a lower side of the toner
storage container in the vertical direction;

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

the control board is arranged above the power source board in a vertical direction;
the fixing unit is arranged at an upper left side of the control board in a vertical direction when viewed from the back side
of the image forming apparatus;

the conveyance driving unit is arranged at the lower left side of the control board in the vertical direction when viewed
from the back side of the image forming apparatus;

the driving unit configured to drive the photoreceptor is arranged such that a part of the driving unit can be visually-observed
from the control board to confirm a rotation state when viewed from the back side of the image forming apparatus, and

the transfer high voltage board is arranged in such a manner that the transfer high voltage board does not overlap with the
control board and the power source board,

the control board further comprising:
a first connector for a wiring that connects the control board and the power source board, said first connector being arranged
at a lower side of the control board;

a second connector for a wiring that connects the control board and the fixing unit, said second connector being arranged
at an upper left side of the control board;

a third connector for a wiring that connects the control board and the conveyance driving unit, said third connector being
arranged at the lower left side of the control board when viewed from the back side of the image forming apparatus;

a fourth connector for a wiring that connects the control board and the toner supply unit, said fourth connector being arranged
at the upper side of the control board when viewed from the back side of the image forming apparatus; and

a fifth connector for a wiring that connects the control board and the exposure unit, said fifth connector being arranged
at a right side of the control board when viewed from the back side of the image forming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,354,089

ENCODER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a scale that includes a pattern row that has a plurality of patterns configured to spatially modulate an energy distribution;
a detector array that includes plural detectors that are configured to detect the energy distribution from the pattern row
and arranged in a moving direction, the detector array being configured to move relatively to the scale; and

a signal processor configured to process and convert into positional information, an output signal from the detector array,
wherein the pattern row has a first modulation period and a second modulation period different from the first modulation period
in the moving direction, and

wherein the signal processor includes a first phase acquirer configured to acquire a first phase of the first modulation period
based on the output signal of the detector array,

wherein the encoder further comprises a weighting unit configured to weight an output signal from each of the plural detectors
using, for each of the plural detectors, a respective weight that is determined in accordance with a position of the each
of the plural detectors, and

wherein, for each of the plural detectors, the respective weight is set so that, in a predetermined range that contains a
spatial frequency corresponding to the second modulation period, a value of a spatial frequency response of the first phase
acquirer when the output signal from each of the plural detectors is weighted by the weighting unit is smaller than that when
the output signal from each of the plural detectors is not weighted by the weighting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,357,194

IMAGING APPARATUS FOR MINIMIZING REPETITIVE RECORDING OF MOVING IMAGE DATA OF A SIMILAR SCENE ON A RECORDING MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging pickup apparatus comprising:
an imaging pickup unit that captures an image of a subject;
a still image generator that generates still image data based on an image captured by the imaging pickup unit;
a moving image generator that generates moving image data based on an image captured by the imaging pickup unit; and
a control unit that performs control, in response to a recording instruction of a still image, to record, on a recording medium,
still image data generated by the still image generator, and to record, on the recording medium, moving image data of a predetermined
time length, wherein the moving image data is generated by the moving image generator,

wherein the control unit performs control, in a case where a predetermined condition is satisfied, in response to the recording
instruction of the still image, not to record, on the recording medium, the moving image data of the predetermined time length
and to record the still image data on the recording medium, and

wherein the control unit performs control to record, in [[a]] one moving image file, a plurality of moving image data pieces
each having a predetermined time length and corresponding to respective recording instructions of still images, the plurality
of moving image data pieces to be recorded on one moving image file each correspond to a different recording instruction of
a still image.

US Pat. No. 9,356,428

NITRIDE SEMICONDUCTOR SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:
a first reflector;
a plurality of active layers on the first reflector;
a second reflector on the plurality of active layers;
an n-type spacer layer formed between the first reflector and an active layer closest to the first reflector in the plurality
of active layers;

a p-type spacer layer formed between the second reflector and an active layer closest to the second reflector in the plurality
of active layers; and

an intermediate layer arranged between the plurality of active layers,
wherein the intermediate layer comprises an Mg-doped layer including Mg and a nitride semiconductor layer including In, and
the Mg-doped layer and the nitride semiconductor layer are provided in order from a side of the n-type spacer layer.

US Pat. No. 9,348,261

DEVELOPER SUPPLY CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer supply container detachably mountable to a developer receiving apparatus, said developer supply container comprising:
an accommodating portion for accommodating a developer;
a discharge opening for discharging the developer accommodated in said accommodating portion from said developer supply container;
a developer feeding portion for feeding the developer in said accommodating portion toward said discharge opening;
a rotatable drive receiving portion for receiving a rotational force;
a drive transmitting portion for transmitting the rotational force received by said drive receiving portion to said developer
feeding portion;

a portion-to-be-detected for detecting rotation of said drive receiving portion; and
a contact surface for contacting a rotatable member provided in the developer receiving apparatus;
wherein said drive receiving portion, said portion-to-be-detected, and said contact surface are formed integrally.

US Pat. No. 9,348,274

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming device configured to form a toner image on a recording material with a toner containing a parting agent;
a fixing device configured to fix the toner image formed on the recording material by said image forming device;
a first feeding path configured to discharge the recording material so that the toner image fixed by said fixing device is
directed upwardly;

a second feeding path, branching from said first feeding path, configured to discharge the recording material so that the
toner image fixed by said fixing device is directed downwardly;

a first rotatable member pair, provided in said first feeding path, configured to discharge the recording material;
a second rotatable member pair, provided in said second feeding path, configured to discharge the recording material;
a first air blowing mechanism configured to blow air so as to cross said second feeding path when the recording material is
discharged using said first feeding path;

a second air blowing mechanism configured to blow air so as to cross said first feeding path when the recording material is
discharged using said second feeding path; and

a controller configured to control an operation of said first air blowing mechanism and an operation of said second air blowing
mechanism,

wherein said controller operates said first air blowing mechanism without operating said second air blowing mechanism when
the recording material is discharged using said first feeding path without using said second feeding path, and operates said
second air blowing mechanism without operating said first air blowing mechanism when the recording material is discharged
using said second feeding path.

US Pat. No. 9,348,292

FIXING APPARATUS HAVING FIXING DEVICE WITH FIRST AND SECOND FIXING MEMBERS, FEEDING DEVICE WITH FIRST AND SECOND FEEDING ROLLERS, AND FIRST AND SECOND ELECTRICAL DISCHARGING MEMBERS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing apparatus comprising:
a fixing device configured to nip and feed a sheet to fix a toner image on a sheet, said fixing device including (i) a first
fixing member contactable with a toner image carrying surface of the sheet, and (ii) a second fixing member provided with
a first electroconductive surface layer, which has a volume resistivity of 107-1011 ?cm, contactable with a surface of the sheet opposite to the toner image carrying surface;

a feeding device provided downstream of said fixing device with respect to a feeding direction of the sheet and configured
to nip and feed the sheet, said feeding device including (i) a first feeding roller contactable with the toner image carrying
surface of the sheet, and (ii) a second feeding roller provided with a second electroconductive surface layer, which has a
volume resistivity of 105-108 ?cm and is lower than that of said first electroconductive surface layer, contactable with the surface of the sheet opposite
the toner image carrying surface;

a first electrical discharging member contacted with said first electroconductive surface layer to electrically discharge
said second fixing member; and

a second electrical discharging member contacted with said second electroconductive surface layer to electrically discharge
said second feeding roller.

US Pat. No. 9,348,295

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printer unit;
a power supply switch;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain comparison time from the printer unit,
a comparison unit configured to, when the power supply switch is turned on, compare switch-off time from turning-off of the
power supply switch to turning-on of the power supply switch with the comparison time obtained by the obtaining unit;

a control unit configured to execute toner stirring processing in the printer unit and shift the printing apparatus from a
first power state to a second power state when the switch-off time is longer than the comparison time, and to shift the printing
apparatus from the first power state to the second power state without executing the toner stirring processing in the printer
unit when the switch-off time is shorter than or equal to the comparison time.

US Pat. No. 9,340,050

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus, which is configured to form an image corresponding to image data by applying ink droplets
on a recording medium, the ink jet recording apparatus comprising:
a print head configured to apply ink droplets on the recording medium;
a recording condition changing unit configured to change a recording condition to be used upon formation of the image using
the ink jet recording apparatus;

an evaluation image input unit configured to input evaluation image data representing an evaluation image as the image data
in order to form the evaluation image on the recording medium, the evaluation image being an image comprising at least two
successive adjacent dots;

an evaluation image forming control unit configured to cause the print head to form the evaluation image on the print medium
based on the evaluation image data input by the evaluation image input unit and according to the recording condition changed
by the recording condition changing unit;

a reading unit configured to read the evaluation image formed on the recording medium; and
a recording condition determining unit configured to determine a recording condition upon formation of the image on the recording
medium according to a degree of a change in lightness with a period equivalent to a recording dot resolution of the adjacent
dots in the read image of the successive adjacent dots based on a reading result by the reading unit.

US Pat. No. 9,340,051

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PRINTING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR TEST PRINTING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive a setting of test print;
a control unit configured to perform control to print an image as a mirror image on a second side of a transparent sheet if
the reception unit does not receive the setting of the test print, and perform control to feed an alternative sheet instead
of the transparent sheet to print the image as a normal image on a first side of the alternative sheet if the reception unit
receives the setting of the test print; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether two-sided printing is set,
wherein the control unit performs control to combine an image for a first side of the transparent sheet as a normal image
and an image for the second side of the transparent sheet as a normal image, and to print the combined image on the first
side of the alternative sheet, if the reception unit receives the setting of the test print and the determination unit determines
that the two-sided printing is set.

US Pat. No. 9,343,985

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A power supply apparatus, comprising:
a transformer having a primary side and a secondary side insulated from the primary side;
a switch element for switching current flowing in the primary side of the transformer;
a control part configured to control an operation of the switch element so as to control an output voltage of the secondary
side of the transformer; and

a first detection part configured to detect the output voltage from the secondary side of the transformer and to supply the
control part a first signal in accordance with the detected output voltage,

a second detection part configured to compare an output value according to the output voltage on the secondary side of the
transformer and a threshold value and supply a second signal based on a result of the comparison to the control part, the
second detection part configured to switch an output condition of the secondary signal according to an external signal;

wherein in a case where a target value of the output voltage on the secondary side of the transformer is a first target voltage,
the control part controls the switching of the switch element according to the first signal detected by the first detection
part, and in the case where a target value of the output voltage on the secondary side of the transformer is lower than a
second target voltage lower than the first target voltage, the control part controls the switching of the switch element according
to the second signal detected by the second detection part.

US Pat. No. 9,342,991

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING A HIGH-LEVEL VISUAL VOCABULARY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method comprising: generating inter-visual-word relationships between a plurality of visual words based on visual word-label
relationships, wherein the visual word-label relationships are based on co-occurrences of respective visual words and labels
in one or more images, and wherein the inter-visual word relationships are based on scores between the visual word-label relationships
of respective visual words; mapping the visual words to a vector space based on the inter-visual-word relationships; and generating
high-level visual words in the vector space.

US Pat. No. 9,341,988

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member for bearing a toner image;
an intermediary transfer member which is movable and onto which the toner image is to be primary-transferred from said image
bearing member at a primary transfer portion;

a controller; and
a cleaning unit for removing a residual toner remaining on said intermediary transfer member without being secondary-transferred
from said intermediary transfer member onto a transfer material at a secondary transfer portion,

wherein said cleaning unit includes a cleaning member for collecting the residual toner, and a charging member, which is provided
downstream of the cleaning member and upstream of said image bearing member with respect to a movement direction of said intermediary
transfer member, for electrically charging the residual toner, and an accommodating member for accommodating the residual
toner, the cleaning member and the charging member each being in contact with said intermediary transfer member,

wherein said controller is capable of executing an operation in a discharging mode in which the toner is discharged from the
charging member onto said intermediary transfer member, and

wherein when the operation in the discharging mode is executed, said cleaning unit collects the toner, discharged from the
charging member on said intermediary transfer member, by the cleaning member and then accommodates the collected toner in
the accommodating member.

US Pat. No. 9,342,763

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
an operation unit having a hardware key for accepting a user operation;
a light emitting device corresponding to the hardware key;
a display unit configured to display an operation screen based on content obtained from a web server;
a control unit configured to cause the light emitting device to emit light in a case when the content includes a description
for instructing operation to transmit data input via the operation screen to the web server; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the data input via the operation screen to the web server when the hardware key
is operated by a user while the operation screen is being displayed based on the content including the description.

US Pat. No. 9,338,311

IMAGE-RELATED HANDLING SUPPORT SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE-RELATED HANDLING SUPPORT METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system comprising:
one or more computer-readable media; and
one or more processors that are coupled to the one or more computer readable media and that are configured to:
acquire association information indicating a plurality of images that are favorably evaluated by a second user who is associated
with a first user, the association information defining an association graph in which each of a plurality of users including
the first user and of the plurality of images uploaded onto an image sharing service is expressed as a respective node;

calculate degrees of association between the first user and a plurality of the nodes based on information indicating distances
among the plurality of the nodes according to the information related to the association graph, wherein a distance between
two nodes is based on a number of hops between the two nodes;

determine images within a predetermined degree of association with the first user;
extract an image to be presented to the first user from the determined images, the extracted image having a similar photographing
condition under which photographing has been performed, such that images are sequentially extracted starting from an image
corresponding to a node having a highest degree of association with the first user, or

extract an image to be presented for an image processing on a first image from the determined images, the extracted image
being similar to the first image, such that images are sequentially extracted starting from an image corresponding to the
node haying a highest degree of association with the first user;

re-extract an image that has a lower degree of association with the first user than the predetermined degree of association
of the images in response to a message indicating that no image is selected by the first user; and

control an apparatus corresponding to the first user to display the extracted image or the re-extracted image, in a case that
the first user performs photographing or the image processing on the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,335,646

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An electrophotographic photosensitive member, comprising:
a support;
an undercoat layer formed on the support; and
a photosensitive layer formed on the undercoat layer,
wherein the undercoat layer comprises:
a urethane resin, and
zinc oxide particles whose surfaces have been treated with a compound represented by the following formula (2),
when a ratio of the mass of the compound represented by the formula (2) relative to the mass of the zinc oxide particles is
A mass %, and a specific surface area of the zinc oxide particles is B m2/g,

the amount of surface treatment which is defined as A/B satisfies the following formula (1), and the value of B is from 14
to 25,

0.010?A/B?0.050  (1), and

wherein, in the formula (2),
R1 and R2 each independently represent an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms,

R3 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms or an alkoxy group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms,

R4 represents a bivalent group represented by the following formula (R4-1), (R4-2) or (R4-3), and

R5 represents a hydrogen atom, a phenyl group, or an alkyl group having 1 to 3 carbon atoms, and

wherein, in the formulas (R4-1), (R4-2) and (R4-3),
m is an integer number selected from 1 to 3, and
R6 and R7 each independently represent an alkylene group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms.

US Pat. No. 9,326,747

MOBILE RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND MOBILE RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A mobile radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
a radiation generation unit configured to generate radiation;
a cart;
a supporting member formed on the cart and including an arm which holds the radiation generation unit and is extendable in
a horizontal direction;

a detection unit configured to detect arrangement of the radiation generation unit at a storage position;
a control unit configured to limit a motion of the supporting member according to a detection result by the detection unit;
and

a monitor provided on an upper face side of the cart,
wherein, when arrangement of the radiation generation unit at the storage position is detected by the detection unit, the
control unit limits an extension motion of the arm in the horizontal direction while simultaneously allowing an upward motion
of the arm in a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,329,624

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING AND CORRECTION LIFETIME INFORMATION WITHIN SA INFORMATION WHEN TRANSITIONING BETWEEN POWER MODES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

4. A control method for a communication apparatus, having a network interface device, that is capable of executing IPsec communication
through the network interface device with an external apparatus on a network, the method comprising:
notifying the network interface device of SA information used for executing the IPsec communication, in a case where the communication
apparatus shifts from a first power mode to a second power mode having less power consumption than the first power mode;

acquiring, from the network interface device, the SA information, during a shift of the communication apparatus from the second
power mode to the first power mode; and

correcting a life time included in the acquired SA information upon the communication apparatus shifting from the second power
mode to the first power mode and before a subsequent shift from the first power mode to the second power mode.

US Pat. No. 9,329,454

FOCAL-PLANE SHUTTER, IMAGE-PICKUP APPARATUS, AND IMAGE-PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A focal-plane shutter comprising:
at least one blade group;
a shutter base member including a first surface on which the blade group is arranged and a second surface, which is a back
side of the first surface;

a blade driving member configured to drive the blade group between a standby position and a travelling completed position;
and

a braking member arranged on the first surface,
wherein the blade driving member is rotatably arranged on the second surface of the shutter base member and includes a protruding
portion arranged on the first surface through the shutter base member, and

wherein in a case where the blade group is driven from the standby position to the travelling completed position, the braking
member abuts the protruding portion arranged on the first surface.

US Pat. No. 9,326,676

TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CAPTURING TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE, PROGRAM, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a light source configured to generate measuring light;
a scanning unit configured to scan the measuring light onto a fundus of a subject's eye;
a detection unit configured to detect light obtained by combining return light that is returned from the fundus irradiated
by the measuring light, with a reference light corresponding to the measuring light;

a fixation lamp configured to guide a line of sight of the subject's eye;
an acquisition unit configured to acquire an instruction on a position of a part of a fundus image of the subject's eye at
a first fixation lamp turn-on position;

a fixation lamp setting unit configured to set a second fixation lamp turn-on position according to the position of the part
and the first fixation lamp turn-on position;

a scanning position setting unit configured to set a scanning position of the measuring light on the fundus according to the
position of the part and the set second fixation lamp turn-on position; and

a control unit configured to control the fixation lamp according to the set second fixation lamp turn-on position and to control
the scanning unit according to the set scanning position.

US Pat. No. 9,323,907

DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS, DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A distribution apparatus that distributes an application program to a device, comprising:
a processor, and
a memory in communication with the processor including instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to control:
an accepting unit configured to accept registration of an application program configured to provide a specific service to
a device and an extension application program configured to extend the specific service of the application program,

a managing unit configured to manage the extension application program by linking it with an application program when the
application program that is specified by the extension application program is registered, and

a distributing unit configured to distribute, to the device, an application program specified by a license key and/or an extension
application program linked to the application program in response to a request via a selection screen displayed on a display
unit of the device when the license key sent from a transmitting unit of the device has been received,

wherein the distributing unit distributes, to the device, a list of the application program specified by the license key and
the extension application program linked to the application program, and the display unit displays an input column for the
license key when the application program that is included in the list has been installed onto the device and the extension
application program selected on the selection screen is fee-based, and

wherein the distributing unit distributes the fee-based extension application program when the license key is inputted into
the input column for the license key.

US Pat. No. 9,322,675

ABSOLUTE ENCODER AND METHOD OF OBTAINING ABSOLUTE POSITION BY A PLURALITY OF QUANTIZED DATA BASED ON A PLURALITY OF EXTREMA

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An absolute encoder comprising a scale on which a plurality of marks are arrayed at a first pitch, a detector which includes
a plurality of photoelectric conversion elements disposed at a second pitch smaller than a third pitch corresponding to the
first pitch thereon and configured to detect light modulated by a predetermined number of marks of the plurality of marks,
and a processor configured to obtain an absolute position of the detector or the scale based on output signals from the plurality
of photoelectric conversion elements,
wherein the plurality of marks include a first mark, a transmittance value or reflectance value of which falls within a first
range, and at least two types of a second mark, transmittance values or reflectance values of which fall within a second range
different from the first range and are different from each other, the first marks and the second marks are alternately arrayed,
and

wherein the processor is configured to
specify a signal range of a plurality of periods of the output signals based on extrema of the output signals,
obtain a data sequence constituted by a plurality of quantized data based on a plurality of extrema, corresponding to the
second marks, of the output signals within the specified signal range,

obtain a phase of periodic signals of the output signals within the specified signal range, and
obtain data representing the absolute position based on the data sequence and the phase.

US Pat. No. 9,325,864

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM TO COMMUNICATE WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing system including an image processing apparatus and a web server, the information processing system
comprising:
the web server, wherein the web server includes:
a web server network device configured to receive a request message which is sent from a web browser of the image processing
apparatus,

at least one web server processor,
a generation unit implemented by the at least one web server processor and configured to generate a response message corresponding
to the request message received by the web server network device, wherein the response message includes a command for causing
the image processing apparatus to execute a job and an address for uploading information indicative of a result of the job,
and timeout information related to the execution of the job, and

a sending unit implemented by the web server network device and configured to send the response message generated by the generation
unit to the web browser of the image processing apparatus; and

the image processing apparatus, wherein the image processing apparatus includes:
at least one image processing apparatus processor,
a job execution unit implemented by the at least one image processing apparatus processor and configured to execute the job
in accordance with the command included in the response message which is sent from the web server and is received by the web
browser,

a monitor unit implemented by the at least one image processing apparatus processor and configured to monitor timeout related
to the job executed by the job execution unit, based on the timeout information included in the response message sent from
the web server,

an image processing apparatus network device,
a first upload unit implemented by the image processing apparatus network device and configured to upload, in a case where
the monitor unit determines that the timeout related to the job executed by the job execution unit does not occur, information
indicative of a result of execution of the job executed by the job execution unit to the address included in the response
message sent from the web server, and

a second upload unit implemented by the image processing apparatus network device and configured to upload, in a case where
the monitor unit determines that the timeout related to the job executed by the job execution unit occurs, information indicative
of timeout error to the address included in the response message sent from the web server.

US Pat. No. 9,317,772

METHOD FOR IMPROVING TRACKING USING DYNAMIC BACKGROUND COMPENSATION WITH CENTROID COMPENSATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for tracking an object across a number of image frames, the method comprising:
identifying a region containing the object in a first image frame to be stored as an exemplar view of the object;
creating an appearance model based on the region in the first image frame and a background region in a second image frame;
determining at least one of a location and size of a predicted region for tracking the object in the second image frame using
the appearance model; and

correcting at least one of the determined location and size of the predicted region in the second image frame in accordance
with at least one of the location and size of the region in the first image frame corresponding to the exemplar view of the
object.

US Pat. No. 9,317,005

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING REMAINING AMOUNT OF DEVELOPER IN DEVELOPER CONTAINER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a developing unit that contains developer and that is detachable;
a member including a first electrode, said member performing a rotation around a rotation shaft in the developing unit;
a second electrode provided on an outer side of the developing unit, wherein said member bends by the rotation;
an output unit that detects an electrostatic capacitance between the first electrode and the second electrode and that outputs
data related to the detected electrostatic capacitance; and

a determination unit that determines an amount of the developer in the developing unit based on the data output from the output
unit,

wherein the determination unit determines the amount of the developer in the developing unit based on an average value of
the data during a time in which the data output from the output unit is equal to or more than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,319,595

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND EXPOSURE CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a sensor that photoelectrically converts incidence light and outputs an image signal; and
a controller comprising:
a setting unit that sets a plurality of focus areas within an image capturing area, wherein a contrast signal and a luminance
signal are both acquired from each of the focus areas;

a focus control unit that performs focus control based on the contrast signal;
a counting unit that detects, from among the plurality of focus areas, a high luminance focus area indicating, based on the
luminance signal, a high luminance characteristic which is higher than a predetermined luminance characteristic, and counts
the number of detected high luminance focus areas; and

an exposure control unit that performs exposure control, in a case where the counted number of high luminance focus areas
is greater than a predetermined threshold value, so as to reduce an exposure amount of the sensor, and in a case where the
counted number of high luminance focus area is not greater than the threshold value, so as to keep an exposure amount of the
sensor, wherein the exposure control being performed before the focus control by the focus control unit.

US Pat. No. 9,319,102

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication apparatus in a communication system in which a plurality of communication apparatuses provided with respective
antennas a rewiredly connected in serial, and a control apparatus receives a signal based on a radio signal received by one
of the plurality of communication apparatuses as at least one of the plurality of communication apparatuses selects either
a signal based on the radio signal received via the antenna thereof or a signal based on a wired signal received from a first
communication apparatus wiredly connected thereto, and transmits the selected signal to one of a second communication apparatus
or the control apparatus that is wiredly connected thereto and different from the first communication apparatus, the communication
apparatus comprising:
a determiner that determines whether or not reception quality of the received radio signal satisfies predetermined quality;
and

a transmitter that transmits, to one of the second communication apparatus or the control apparatus, the signal based on the
received radio signal if the reception quality satisfies the predetermined quality, and the signal based on the wired signal
if the reception quality does not satisfy the predetermined quality,

wherein the determiner further determines whether or not the radio signal has been to be detected via the antenna, and
wherein if the determiner determines that the radio signal has been detected via the antenna and the wired signal has not
been transmitted by the first communication apparatus, the transmitter transmits the signal based on the received radio signal
to one of the second communication apparatus or the control apparatus regardless of the reception quality.

US Pat. No. 9,315,018

PRINTING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a carriage that performs reciprocating movement, mounted with a print head that ejects ink;
a rectifying member, extending from the carriage in a movement direction of the carriage, that rectifies air flowing under
the print head when the carriage moves, wherein the rectifying member can be toggled between a rectifying state and a retracted
state, wherein the rectifying member is provided on both sides of the carriage with respect to the movement direction, and
the rectifying member is a planar member rotatably supported on the carriage freely; and

a mechanism that keeps the rectifying member in the retracted state while the carriage moves, and the rectifying member is
toggled by a movement of the carriage,

wherein, when the carriage approaches an end, the rectifying member in the rectifying state rotates while the rectifying member
abuts a stationary part of the apparatus and is toggled to the retracted state, and wherein the mechanism includes a magnet
catch, and the rectifying member toggled to the retracted state is held by a magnetic force.

US Pat. No. 9,318,873

SURFACE EMITTING LASER AND OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A surface emitting laser comprising:
a lower reflector, an active layer, and an upper reflector that are arranged in that order;
an air gap provided between the active layer and the upper reflector; and
a slab provided on an optical path of the air gap and having a refractive index that differs from a refractive index of the
air gap,

wherein at least one of the upper reflector and the lower reflector is configured so as to be movable in an optical axis direction
so that a wavelength of emitted light changes in accordance with a change in a position of the at least one of the upper reflector
and the lower reflector in the optical axis direction,

wherein, in the case where the position of the upper reflector is changed, a center of the slab in the optical axis direction
is located between any antinode of a standing wave formed in the air gap and a node of the standing wave on an upper-reflector
side of the antinode,

wherein, in the case where the position of the lower reflector is changed, the center of the slab in the optical axis direction
is located between any antinode of the standing wave formed in the air gap and a node of the standing wave on a lower-reflector
side of the antinode, and

wherein an optical thickness of the slab in the optical axis direction is in a range of greater than 0 and smaller than ½
a center wavelength of the surface emitting laser, or is the sum of an optical thickness in the range and half an integral
multiple of the center wavelength.

US Pat. No. 9,314,820

ULTRASONIC DETECTION DEVICE AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ultrasonic detection device comprising:
a capacitive electromechanical transducer including at least one cell that includes a first electrode and a second electrode
disposed opposite from the first electrode, a space being between the first electrode and the second electrode; and

an electric circuit for converting a current, which is output from the capacitive electromechanical transducer, into a voltage,
wherein frequency characteristic of the capacitive electromechanical transducer has a high-pass characteristic having a first
cutoff frequency with respect to a frequency,

wherein frequency characteristic of the electric circuit has a low-pass characteristic having a second cutoff frequency with
respect to the frequency, and

wherein the second cutoff frequency is smaller than the first cutoff frequency so that the current output from the capacitive
electromechanical transducer is input to the electric circuit and the frequency characteristic of the voltage output from
the electric circuit, obtained by using both the frequency characteristic of the capacitive electromechanical transducer and
the frequency characteristic of the electric circuit, has band-pass characteristic.

US Pat. No. 9,308,552

CURABLE COMPOSITION AND METHOD OF FORMING PATTERN

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of forming a pattern to provide a cured product provided with the pattern on a substrate to be processed, the
method comprising:
arranging a curable composition on a substrate to be processed;
bringing a mold having a contact surface provided with a depression pattern into contact with the curable composition on the
substrate to be processed;

curing the curable composition by irradiating the curable composition being in contact with the mold with heat or light;
generating a gas by applying a pressure to the curable composition being in contact with the mold; and
releasing the mold and the curable composition from each other,
wherein the curable composition comprises a polymerizable monomer, a polymerization initiator, and a gas-generating agent
that generates a gas by pressure application, wherein

the polymerization initiator initiates polymerization of the polymerizable monomer; and
the curable composition cures by polymerization of the polymerizable monomer.

US Pat. No. 9,310,665

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, LENS UNIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR WHEREIN FOCUS DRIVING PREDICTION IS CALCULATED AND SENT FROM LENS UNIT TO CAMERA CONTROLLER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus to which a lens unit provided with an image taking optical system including a focus lens is detachably
mountable, the apparatus comprising:
an image sensor operable to perform charge accumulation and generate an image signal; and
a controller configured to control communication with a mounted lens unit and to generate a drive instruction to drive the
focus lens of the mounted lens unit on a basis of a focus signal generated by using the image signal, said focus signal indicating
a focus state of the image taking optical system,

wherein a reciprocating operation of the focus lens is performed for determining an in-focus direction before a peak-climbing
operation, to drive the focus lens in a direction in which the focus signal is increased, or determining an in-focus state
after the peak-climbing operation,

wherein when the reciprocating operation of the focus lens is performed, the controller is configured to send information
relating to a predetermined timing and the drive instruction to the lens unit, and receive, from the lens unit, a first signal
indicating whether the focus lens is able to be moved by a movement amount based on the drive instruction to satisfy the predetermined
timing,

wherein the controller is further configured to:
(a) if the first signal indicates that the focus lens is able to be moved by the movement amount based on the drive instruction
to satisfy the predetermined timing, generate the new drive instruction by using a focus signal generated based on charge
accumulated in a first time period, and

(b) if the first signal indicates that the focus lens is not able to be moved by the movement amount based on the drive instruction,
generate the new drive instruction by using a focus signal generated based on charge accumulated in a second time period after
the first time period, and

wherein the predetermined timing is timing relating to starting of the charge accumulation for generating the focus signal.

US Pat. No. 9,310,711

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH MULTIPLE MEDIUM-DEPENDENT MEASUREMENTS FOR RELATIVE EMISSION TIMINGS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus including a light source that includes a plurality of light emitting elements that each emit
a light beam, and a deflection unit configured to deflect a plurality of light beams emitted from the plurality of light emitting
elements such that the plurality of light beams scan a photosensitive member, the image forming apparatus being configured
to: use toner to develop an electrostatic latent image formed on the photosensitive member by scanning the photosensitive
member with the plurality of light beams; to transfer a developed toner image onto a recording medium; and to fix the transferred
toner image to the recording medium by heating the transferred toner image, the image forming apparatus being further configured
to change, depending on a type of a recording medium onto which a toner image is to be transferred, a length of a non-image-forming
period, wherein the non-image-forming period is a period from when formation of an electrostatic latent image for forming
a toner image to be transferred onto one recording medium ends to when formation of an electrostatic latent image for forming
a toner image to be transferred onto a next recording medium starts, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an optical sensor provided on a scanning path of a light beam deflected by the deflection unit, configured to, in response
to the deflected light beam being incident on the optical sensor, output a detection signal indicating that the light beam
has been detected;

a measurement unit configured to, in the non-image-forming period, control the light source such that light beams from first
and second light emitting elements among the plurality of light emitting elements are incident on the optical sensor in sequence,
and further configured to measure a time interval between two detection signals output in sequence from the optical sensor;

a determination unit configured to determine a number of times of measurement of the time interval to be executed by the measurement
unit in the non-image-forming period, based on a type of a recording medium onto which a toner image is to be transferred;
and

a control unit configured to, based on an average value of measurement values obtained by the measurement unit, control relative
emission timings according to which the plurality of light emitting elements emit light beams based on image data, when image
formation on a recording medium is to be performed.

US Pat. No. 9,311,537

METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING A SUPPORTING SURFACE REGION IN AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of detecting a supporting surface region in an image captured by a camera, said method comprising:
detecting a foreground object in the image;
determining one or more background regions of the image in which a lower part of the detected object exists, based on contact
between the one or more background regions and the detected object in the image;

determining a degree of confidence for each of the background regions, the degree of confidence indicating likelihood of a
corresponding background region being a supporting surface region, the degree of confidence being based on a number of contacts
detected in each region between the foreground object and the one or more background regions;

selecting one or more of the background regions based on each corresponding degree of confidence;
determining similarity of other background regions in the image to at least one of the selected background regions; and
detecting the supporting surface region based on the determined similarity.

US Pat. No. 9,308,741

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a print head for applying ink on a print medium;
a print control unit configured to control the print head to perform printing onto the print medium while moving the print
head in a predetermined direction relative to the print medium;

a conveying unit configured to convey the print medium in a conveying direction crossing the predetermined direction;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain information regarding a plurality of conveyance errors of conveyance of the print medium
in the conveying direction by the conveying unit, the information regarding the plurality of conveyance errors being obtained
with respect to a plurality of areas of the print medium, respectively, that are in positions different from each other in
the predetermined direction; and

an adjusting unit configured to adjust an amount of ink to be applied onto each of a plurality of correction areas aligned
in the predetermined direction in accordance with the plurality of conveyance errors for each of the plurality of areas indicated
by the information obtained by the obtaining unit, the plurality of correction areas corresponding to the plurality of areas,
respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,313,358

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a plurality of image processing units each configured to process image data including a plurality of portions,
the plurality of portions including regions overlapping each other,
said plurality of image processing units including a first image processing unit configured to perform first image processing
using the portion as a unit, and a second image processing unit configured to perform second image processing using the portion
as a unit for the image data processed by said first image processing unit, and

the plurality of portions including a first portion and a second portion to be processed next to the first portion;
a memory; and
a controller configured to write the image data processed by said first image processing unit in said memory, and read out
the image data stored in said memory and transfer the image data to said second image processing unit,

said controller writing, out of the image data of the second portion output from said first image processing unit, the image
data of a region other than a region overlapping the first portion at an address that continues from the address of the image
data of the overlap region in the image data of the first portion output from said first image processing unit, and reading
out the image data of the second portion including the image data of the overlap region from said memory and transferring
the image data to said second image processing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,305,946

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS THAT MAINTAINS IMAGE QUALITY AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix;
a plurality of signal processing units each corresponding to a column of the matrix; and
a signal line,
wherein each of the plurality of signal processing units includes
a first capacitance and a second capacitance that hold a signal based on the pixel of the corresponding column,
a switch electrically connecting the first capacitance and the signal line,
a capacitance adjustment unit electrically connected to the second capacitance, and
a connection unit configured to electrically connect the first capacitance of one of the signal processing units to the second
capacitance of another one of the signal processing units mutually in parallel,

the capacitance adjustment unit includes a MOS transistor,
one of main electrodes of the MOS transistor is electrically connected to the second capacitance, and
another one of the main electrodes of the MOS transistor is electrically connected to a power supply node or the one of the
main electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,305,960

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, comprising:
a first step of forming a first hole opened to a side of a first surface of a semiconductor substrate, the semiconductor substrate
including the first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface;

a step of filling the first hole with an insulating member;
a step of forming, on the first surface, an insulating film that covers the insulating member;
a step of forming a second hole in the insulating film and the insulating member;
a step of filing the second hole with a conductive member; and
a step of thinning the semiconductor substrate from the side of the second surface of the semiconductor substrate so as to
expose the insulating member.

US Pat. No. 9,304,441

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING CONTAINER, DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating container, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of a developer, for accommodating
the developer, the developer accommodating container comprising:
a sealing member, capable of exposing the opening by being peeled in an unsealing direction, for sealing the opening,
wherein the sealing member includes (i) a layer containing a material having compatibility with a material constituting the
developer accommodating container, (ii) a plurality of dispersed portions, dispersed in the layer, each containing a material
having incompatibility with the material constituting the developer accommodating container, and (iii) a bonding portion,
extending in a longitudinal direction of the developer accommodating container, for being bonded to the developer accommodating
container,

wherein the dispersed portions have shapes such that the dispersed portions are stretched in the unsealing direction, and
wherein the longitudinal direction and the unsealing direction cross each other.

US Pat. No. 9,304,464

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus enabled to perform double-sided image formation in which an image is formed on a first side
of a recording medium, thereafter the recording medium is turned over, and then an image is formed on a second side of the
recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a stacking unit in which a recording medium is stacked;
a detection unit that detects a length of the recording medium which has been conveyed from the stacking unit;
a determination unit that determines the number of recording media conveyable in the image forming apparatus in double-sided
image formation, on a basis of a result of detection by the detection unit; and

a control unit that controls, on a basis of a result of determination by the determination unit, an order in which image forming
operations are performed when the double-sided image formation is performed on a plurality of recording media.

US Pat. No. 9,304,487

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AN OPENING/CLOSING MEMBER, A CARTRIDGE SUPPORT MEMBER, AND A LOCK THAT IS RELEASED WHEN CARTRIDGE SUPPORT MEMBER MOVES TO AN OUTER POSITION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus configured to form an image on a recording medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge support member configured to move between an outer position where a plurality of cartridges are detachably mountable
to the cartridge support member, outside of the main body of the image forming apparatus and an inner position where the plurality
of cartridges are supported by the cartridge support member for enabling image formation, inside the body of the image forming
apparatus;

a first opening of the main body of the image forming apparatus configured to allow the cartridge support member to pass through
the first opening when the cartridge support member is moved between the inner position and the outer position;

a second opening of the main body of the image forming apparatus provided vertically above the cartridge support member and
configured so that at least one of the plurality of cartridges can pass through the second opening to attach or detach any
of the plurality of cartridges from the cartridge support member;

an opening/closing member movably mounted to the main body of the image forming apparatus and configured to take a closed
position that covers the first opening and the second opening and an open position in which the first opening and the second
opening are open,

wherein the opening/closing member comprises a first opening/closing portion configured to be arranged to close the first
opening when the opening/closing member is at the closed position and a second opening/closing portion configured to close
the second opening when the opening/closing member is at the closed position, said second opening/closing portion being movable
relative to the first opening/closing portion; and

a lock member configured to lock the second opening/closing portion with respect to the first opening/closing portion,
wherein, in a case where the opening/closing member is at the open position, the lock member locks the second opening/closing
portion at a protruding position at which the second opening/closing portion protrudes into a movement path through which
the cartridge support member moves from the inner position to the outer position, and

wherein, during a process of moving from the inner position to the outer position, the cartridge support member releases the
lock by the lock member to thereby permit the second opening/closing portion to be moved to a retracted position at which
the second opening/closing portion is retracted from the movement path.

US Pat. No. 9,307,141

FOCUS DETECTION DEVICE, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION SYSTEM, METHOD OF DRIVING FOCUS DETECTION DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A focus detection device, comprising a plurality of unit cells and an arithmetic operation circuit,
the unit cells each comprising:
a photoelectric converter;
a transfer switch configured to transfer an electric charge accumulated by the photoelectric converter; and
an output section configured to output a signal based on the electric charge transferred when the transfer switch is turned
on,

wherein the output section outputs a plurality of signals based on electric charges obtained in a plurality of sub-accumulation
periods included in an electric charge accumulation period, and

the arithmetic operation circuit determines a length of the electric charge accumulation period based on signal levels of
the plurality of signals.

US Pat. No. 9,302,801

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developer accommodating unit comprising:
a developer bag in which developer is incorporated,
wherein said developer bag includes:
a filling port for filling the developer;
a filling region where the developer is filled;
a non-filling region, provided outside said filling region, where the developer is not filled, and
a folded portion formed by folding said filling region and said non-filling region,
wherein said folded portion includes a welding portion, and
wherein said welding portion is in said non-filling region.

US Pat. No. 9,291,974

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS EXECUTING A PLURALITY OF TYPES OF MISREGISTRATION CORRECTION CONTROL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form developer images of a plurality of colors on an image carrier; and
a control unit configured to execute a first correction control and a second correction control that has a higher correction
precision than the first correction control in order to correct misregistration between the developer images formed by the
image forming unit,

wherein the control unit is further configured to determine a correction error of the first correction control when executing
the first correction control, to determine a cumulative correction error, which is a cumulative value of the correction error
of the first correction control, and to execute the second correction control when the cumulative correction error of the
first correction control exceeds a first threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,278,561

PRINTING APPARATUS AND PRINTING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus which prints while reciprocating, by a motor in a predetermined direction, a carriage on which a printhead
is mounted, comprising:
a gear member configured to be attached to a rotor of the motor;
a belt configured to be attached to the carriage, to include unevenness corresponding to teeth of said gear member, and to
be suspended to be engaged with said gear member;

a storage unit configured to store data of a plurality of signals having different periods, respectively, for suppressing
a velocity fluctuation of the carriage when no tooth jumping occurs between said gear member and said belt;

a detection unit configured to detect generation of the tooth jumping from the velocity fluctuation of the carriage during
movement of the carriage; and

a correction unit configured to correct the velocity fluctuation of the carriage by using a signal obtained by shifting phases
of the respective signals in the stored data by an amount corresponding to the tooth jumping and combining the signals whose
phases are shifted respectively when the tooth jumping occurs.

US Pat. No. 9,277,066

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication system comprising:
an information processing apparatus which is able to execute wireless communication by a first wireless communication method
and a second wireless communication method and comprises a storage unit configured to store communication information for
communication with a device by the second wireless communication method; and

a communication device capable of wireless communication with said information processing apparatus by the first wireless
communication method and the second wireless communication method,

wherein said communication device acquires, from said information processing apparatus by the first wireless communication
method, determination information for determining whether said storage unit of said information processing apparatus has stored
the communication information for communication between said communication device and said information processing apparatus
by the second wireless communication method, and

wherein, in a case where said communication device determines based on the acquired determination information that said storage
unit has not stored the communication information said communication device transmits the communication information to said
information processing apparatus by the first wireless communication method, and

in a case where said communication device determines based on the acquired determination information that said storage unit
has stored the communication information, said communication device, does not transmit the communication information to said
information processing apparatus, and as the device, transmits an instruction for executing wireless communication with said
communication device by the second wireless communication method using the communication information which has been stored
in said storage unit, to said information processing apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,277,098

IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM HAVING SIMULATION UNIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming system comprising an image forming apparatus and a server,
the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit including a photoconductor drum and an exposure unit and configured to form an image;
a measuring unit configured to measure a measurement image formed by the image forming unit, and to output first position
information of the measurement image;

a temperature sensor configured to detect temperature in the image forming apparatus;
a calibration unit configured to determine first correction data in a calibration based on the first position information
output by the measuring unit;

a determination unit configured to determine second correction data from a temperature difference between a current temperature
detected by the temperature sensor and a previous temperature detected in a previous calibration by using a transfer function;

an adjustment unit configured to adjust an image forming timing of an image to be formed by the image forming unit based on
the first correction data and the second correction data; and

a transmitting unit configured to transmit the first position information and a temperature detected in a current calibration
to the server, in a case where the calibration unit determines the first correction data in the current calibration, and

the server comprising:
a receiving unit configured to receive the first position information and the temperature from the image forming apparatus;
a storage unit configured to store the first position information and the received temperature;
a prediction unit configured to predict, based on the received temperature, second position information using the transfer
function;

an update unit configured to update the transfer function based on the first position information and the received temperature
stored in the storage unit; and

a control unit including a processor configured to determine whether or not to update the transfer function, and to transfer
the transfer function updated by the update unit to the image forming apparatus in order to update the transfer function of
the determination unit in the image forming apparatus, in a case where the control unit determines to update the transfer
function.

US Pat. No. 9,268,726

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus able to communicate with first and second external apparatuses, comprising:
a connection unit configured to communicate with an external portable memory;
a judgment unit configured to determine whether the first external apparatus mounts the external portable memory in a case
where the information processing apparatus which is in communication with the first external apparatus receives a processing
request from the second external apparatus;

a request unit configured to transmit an unmount request for unmounting the external portable memory to the first external
apparatus in a case where said judgment unit determines that the first external apparatus mounts the external portable memory;

a receiving unit configured to receive an unmount instruction which is transmitted from the first external apparatus according
to the unmount request transmitted by the request unit;

a processing unit configured to execute an unmount process for unmounting the external portable memory according to the unmount
instruction received by the receiving unit; and

a communication control unit configured to disconnect communication with the first external apparatus and start communication
with the second external apparatus after the processing unit executes the unmount process.

US Pat. No. 9,270,856

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus, comprising:
a placing member on which an original is to be placed, the placing member including an opposite surface which is opposite
to a surface of the placing member that contacts the original;

a reading unit movable to a position opposed to the original across the placing member and constructed to read an image of
the original placed on the placing member by receiving light reflected off the original via the placing member;

a casing constructed to support an outer peripheral edge portion of the placing member;
the opposite surface of the placing member includes a portion through which a light to be received by the reading unit passes
when the reading unit reads the image of the original; and

a support member that supports a portion of the opposite surface other than the outer peripheral edge portion of the placing
member,

the support member is further constructed to include an abutment portion abutting against the casing, such that the support
member supports the placing member when the abutment portion abuts against the casing.

US Pat. No. 9,270,913

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in rows and columns, and each configured to generate a signal by photoelectric conversion;
a plurality of holding capacitors each arranged correspondingly to one of the columns of the plurality of pixels, and configured
to hold a signal based on the signal generated by the pixel;

a first output line corresponding to the plurality of pixels arranged in a first column;
a second output line corresponding to the plurality of pixels arranged in a second column which is adjacent the first column;
a first switch arranged between the holding capacitor and the first output line;
a second switch arranged between the holding capacitor and the second output line; and
a column selecting line configured to control the second switch, wherein
a wiring structure of a portion at which the column selecting line intersects with the first output line is different from
a wiring structure of a portion at which the column selecting line intersects with the second output line.

US Pat. No. 9,270,914

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a pixel array having a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix and generating a signal by photoelectric conversion, wherein
pixels in a same row have optical filters of a same color, while pixels in different rows have optical filters of different
colors;

a plurality of holding units each holding the signal from each of the plurality of pixels; and
a color selecting unit configured to select, successively in an order of colors, the signals held by the plurality of holding
units, to meet a relation:

y=ax+(b/c?d)x,
wherein the plurality of pixels are arranged at a pitch of the “x” in a same row direction, the plurality of pixels are arranged
at a pitch of the “y” in a same column direction, the “a” is a first coefficient, the “b” is a shift of a charge accumulation
period of pixels in a one row from a charge accumulation period of pixels in a row adjacent to one row, the “c” is a period
of outputting, from the color selecting unit, the signals generated by the plurality of pixels and the “d” is a second coefficient,
and wherein the first coefficient “a” is an integer equal to or larger than 1, and the second coefficient “d” is a value that
is equal to or larger than 0 and equal to or less than 0.15.

US Pat. No. 9,268,628

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus communicating with a log collection server via a network, the image forming apparatus comprising:
a storage device configured to store a plurality of types of log files in each of which a log of the image forming apparatus
is written;

a registration unit configured to register state information identifying an abnormal state of the image forming apparatus
as a transmission condition of a log file, wherein the registration unit registers, in association with the transmission condition,
type information indicating a type of log file to be transmitted to the log collection server;

a detection unit configured to detect an abnormal state of the image forming apparatus;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the information the abnormal state detected by the detection unit corresponds
to the abnormal state identified by the state information which is registered as the transmission condition of the log file,
wherein, in a case where the determination unit has determined that the abnormal state detected by the detection unit corresponds
to the abnormal state identified by the state information which is registered as the transmission condition of the log file,
the determination unit further determines, from among the plurality of types of log files stored in the storage device, a
log file of which type corresponds to the type indicated by the type information registered by the registration unit as the
type of log file to be transmitted to the log collection server; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the log file determined by the determination unit to the log collection server,
wherein the transmission unit is configured not to transmit, among the plurality of types of log files stored in the storage
device, a log file not determined by the determination unit to the log collection server in a case where the determination
unit has determined that the abnormal state detected by the detection unit corresponds to the abnormal state identified by
the state information which is registered as the transmission condition.

US Pat. No. 9,254,659

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:
a liquid ejection head including,
a plurality of two-dimensionally arranged pressure chambers, and
a plurality of ejection ports each corresponding to the plurality of pressure chambers,
wherein the liquid ejecting apparatus is configured to record on a recording material with a liquid ejected from the ejection
ports while the liquid ejection head and the recording material are moving relatively,

wherein, on a surface on which the ejection ports are arranged, if a direction of relative movement of the recording material
is defined as an x direction, a direction perpendicular to the relative movement is defined as a y direction, a pitch of pixels
to be recorded in the y direction is denoted by d, and m and n are different odd numbers of 3 or greater,
the plurality of ejection ports are arranged in a manner such that md and nd are repeated alternately as the distance between
the ejection ports adjoining in the y direction, and such that a plurality of ejection port arrays extending substantially
linearly in an oblique direction with respect to the x direction and the y direction on an xy plane are formed, the ejection
port arrays are constituted by (m+n)/2 ejection ports, and positions of the ejection ports adjoining in the ejection port
array are displaced by 2d.

US Pat. No. 9,248,979

SHEET CONVEYANCE DEVICE FOR CONVEYING SHEET

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. A method of controlling a sheet conveyance device having a first conveyance roller pair with rollers that abut to nip a
sheet for conveyance on a conveyance path and that separate from one another, a laterally movable second conveyance roller
pair that is arranged downstream of the first conveyance roller pair in a conveyance direction of the sheet to flex the sheet
to correct skew of the sheet when the sheet abuts the second conveyance roller pair, and a position detection unit that includes
a plurality of light-emitting devices that emit light and a plurality of light-receiving devices that receive light, the method
comprising the steps of:
obtaining a size of the sheet in the conveyance direction;
conveying a sheet by the first conveyance roller pair such that the sheet arriving at the second conveyance roller pair is
flexed to correct skew of the sheet;

adjusting the light amount of the light emitting devices;
detecting the position of the side edge of the sheet in the lateral direction on the conveyance path between the first conveyance
roller pair and the second conveyance roller pair;

separating the rollers of the first conveyance roller pair; and
moving the second conveyance roller pair in accordance with the detected position of the side edge after adjustment of the
light amount of the light-emitting devices, wherein

if the obtained size of the sheet is smaller than a predetermined size, the light amount of the light-emitting devices is
adjusted before the first conveyance roller pair which nips the flexed sheet is separated, and

if the obtained size of the sheet is the predetermined size or larger, the light amount of the light-emitting devices is adjusted
after the first conveyance roller pair which nips the flexed sheet is separated.

US Pat. No. 9,253,392

IMAGING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM OF IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging apparatus including an image formation optical system having a lens for performing a focus adjustment of an
optical image of an object, and an imaging unit configured to pick up the optical image formed by the image formation optical
system and to generate a pixel signal from which a refocus image can be generated, the apparatus comprising:
a calculation unit configured to obtain information of the object the optical image of which is picked up by the imaging unit
and to calculate, on the basis of the obtained information of the object, a range of a position of the lens at which the refocus
image of the object being in-focus can be generated;

a prediction unit configured to predict, on the basis of the range of the lens position, a change of the calculated lens position
at which the refocus image of the object being in-focus can be generated; and

a determination unit configured to determine a drive position of the lens on the basis of a result of the prediction.

US Pat. No. 9,251,389

COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A communication terminal, comprising: a first communication unit that communicates wirelessly in a passive mode in which
the first communication unit communicates by receiving power from an external apparatus, or an active mode in which the first
communication unit communicates by providing power; a second communication unit that communicates wirelessly as a control
apparatus or as a controlled apparatus; determining the mode of the first communication unit connecting to an other communication
apparatus; and activating the second communication unit as either the control apparatus or the controlled apparatus in a case
where the first communication unit operated in the passive mode connected with the other communication apparatus, and activates
the second communication unit as either the control apparatus or the controlled apparatus in a case where the first communication
unit operated in the active mode connected with the other communication apparatus so that the second communication unit is
activated differently from an activated one in the case where the first communication unit operated in the passive mode connected
with the other communication apparatus, wherein the second communication unit starts a communication with the other communication
apparatus operated as the controlled apparatus in a case where the the second communication unit is activated as the control
apparatus, and starts a communication with the other communication apparatus operated as the control apparatus in a case where
the the second communication unit is activated as the controlled apparatus.

US Pat. No. 9,244,634

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print control apparatus having a control unit that executes a printer driver for providing a form combination printing
function and an application for instructing data targeted for combining to the printer driver, comprising:
a display unit, as a function of the printer driver, that displays a print settings screen for setting at least one of an
instruction for form combination printing and an instruction for creation of form data;

a storage unit that stores, as a form file, in a storage device, created form data whose creation was instructed on the print
settings screen; and

a determination unit that, in a case where the instruction for creation of form data is selected using the print settings
screen, determines whether any form file is not stored in the storage device yet;

wherein in a case where the instruction for creation of form data is selected using the print settings screen, if the determination
unit determines that any form file is stored, the display unit does not display a message screen showing a message indicating
that an instruction to complete an operation is required on a print screen provided by the application, in order to execute
creation of form data instructed using the print settings screen, and if the determination unit determines that any form file
is not stored yet, the display unit further displays the message screen,

wherein the storage unit stores, as a form file, in a storage device, form data created by a creation instruction given on
the print settings screen, after the instruction to complete the operation was given on the print screen provided by the application,

wherein the display unit displays a form file list screen showing form files stored in the storage device, in a case where
an instruction for form combination printing is received via the print settings screen,

at least one of paper size, borderless printing, amount of expansion, paper orientation, binding margin width, multi-page
printing, reduction/enlargement, double-sided printing, and binding direction for double-sided printing is shown as a form
file setting on the form file list screen, and

wherein the display unit displays a screen showing a warning, in a case where there is an inconsistency between a setting
of a form file selected from the form file list screen and a print setting configured using the print settings screen, when
an instruction for the form combination printing has been given.

US Pat. No. 9,247,092

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus which has a timer transmission function to execute a transmission job for transmitting image
data to another apparatus at a designated transmission time of day, comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a notification period of time based on electricity charge information;
a reservation unit configured to receive the designation of the transmission time of day, and store the designated transmission
time of day as reservation information in a storage unit; and

a notifying unit configured to perform notification to a user in a case where the designated transmission time of day is included
in the notification period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,247,140

VIBRATION-TYPE DRIVING UNIT, TWO-DIMENSIONAL DRIVING APPARATUS, IMAGE-BLUR CORRECTION APPARATUS, INTERCHANGEABLE LENS, IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND AUTOMATIC STAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A vibration-type driving device comprising:
a first vibrator including an electro-mechanical transducer;
a first contact member in contact with the first vibrator wherein the first vibrator and the first contact member are configured
so that a relative position of the first vibrator and the first contact member changes in a first direction;

a first supporting member configured to support the first contact member;
a second vibrator including an electro-mechanical transducer;
a second contact member in contact with the second vibrator wherein the second vibrator and the second contact member are
configured so that a relative position of the second vibrator and the second contact member changes in a second direction,
the second direction intersecting the first direction;

a second supporting member configured to support the second contact member;
a moving body provided with the first vibrator and the second vibrator;
a first moving mechanism configured to allow the moving body and the first vibrator to move relative to the first support
member in a third direction intersecting the first direction in a plane parallel to a plane in which the first vibrator and
the first contact member are in contact with each other; and

a second moving mechanism configured to allow the moving body and the second vibrator to move relative to the second support
member in a fourth direction intersecting the second direction in a plane parallel to a plane in which the second vibrator
and the second contact member are in contact with each other,

wherein the first vibrator, the first contact member, and the moving body is configured so that the first vibrator and the
moving body move relative to the first contact member when the first vibrator is driven, and

wherein the second vibrator, the second contact member, and the moving body are configured so that the second vibrator and
the moving body move relative to the second contact member when the second vibrator is driven.

US Pat. No. 9,235,522

DATA SUPPLY DEVICE, CACHE DEVICE, DATA SUPPLY METHOD, AND CACHE METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A data supply device comprising:
an output unit;
a fetch unit including a storage region of a cache memory for storing data and configured to supply data stored in the storage
region to the output unit, wherein the storage region comprises a reception region and a transmission region; and

a prefetch unit configured to request, from an external memory device, cache miss data to be transmitted to the output unit
before the output unit requests external data and determined to be not stored in the storage region, wherein the prefetch
unit is configured to request the cache miss data from the external memory device based on a prefetch enable signal output
from the fetch unit and an available space of an intermediate queue between the prefetch unit and the fetch unit, the prefetch
enable signal indicating whether the prefetch unit is able to store the cache miss data the fetch unit requests from the external
memory device, in the reception region which is a portion of the storage region,

wherein the fetch unit is configured to store the external data received from the external memory device, in the reception
region, and to assign, as a portion of the transmission region, a portion of the reception region where the external data
corresponding to a request from the prefetch unit is already stored according to the request from the prefetch unit, when
the output unit requests the external data, and

wherein the output unit is configured to output data stored in the portion assigned as the portion of the transmission region
by the fetch unit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,523

DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:
an acquisition unit configured to acquire instructions for operation processing;
a cache memory configured to store some of data in a main memory and capable of data read/write at a higher speed than the
main memory;

a prefetch unit configured to perform control to readout data referenced for performing the operation processing according
to the instructions acquired by the acquisition unit from the main memory and to cause the cache memory to store the data
in a case where the data referenced for performing the operation processing according to the instructions acquired by the
acquisition unit and stored in the main memory is not stored in the cache memory, and to increment a count which is stored
in the cache memory and is related to a number of times the data stored in the cache memory is referenced for the operation
processing according to the instructions acquired by the acquisition unit in a case where the data referenced for performing
the operation processing according to the instructions acquired by the acquisition unit and stored in the main memory is stored
in the cache memory,

a fetch unit configured to, independently of controlling of the prefetch unit, readout from the main memory the data referenced
for the operation processing according to the instructions acquired by the acquisition unit, and according to the readout,
decrement the count value which is stored in the cache memory and is related to the number of times the data stored in the
cache memory is referenced for the operation processing according to the instructions acquired by the acquisition unit; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether the count value which is incremented by the prefetch unit and is decremented
by the fetch unit becomes zero,

wherein the prefetch unit is configured to replace the data in the cache memory and having a count value which is determined
to become zero by the determination unit with other data according to instructions acquired by the acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,235,025

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An imaging optical system 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; and
a third lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein the second lens unit moves toward the image side during focusing from a far object to a near object,
wherein the third lens unit includes, in order from the object side to the image side, two lenses having concave surfaces
that face each other with a largest air gap in the third lens unit provided therebetween, and a positive lens, and

wherein, when f is a focal length of the entire imaging optical system and f2 is a focal length of the second lens unit, the following conditional expression is satisfied:

0.70

US Pat. No. 9,233,536

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD, LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a recording element substrate provided with an element configured to generate energy used for ejecting liquid;
an electric wiring substrate including a bent portion, a connecting portion provided on one side of the bent portion and connected
with the recording element substrate, and an input portion provided on the other side of the bent portion and configured to
receive an input of a signal to be supplied to the recording element substrate; and

a housing including a first surface configured to support one side of the electric wiring substrate, a second surface configured
to support the other side of the electric wiring substrate, a depression provided on the second surface, and a inner member
separated from a bottom surface of the depression and extending into an opening of the depression, wherein

a part of the other side of the electric wiring substrate is disposed between the bottom surface of the depression and the
inner member.

US Pat. No. 9,229,405

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a feeding unit configured to feed a sheet;
an image forming unit configured to form a measurement image on the sheet fed by the feeding unit;
a measuring unit configured to measure the measurement image formed on the sheet by the image forming unit; and
an adjustment unit configured to perform an adjustment operation on basis of a measurement result of the measurement image,
wherein the image forming unit forms the measurement image on a first side of the sheet and forms a setting aid image on a
second side that is different from the first side;

wherein the setting aid image is formed by avoiding a predetermined area of the second side, and the predetermined area corresponds
to a back of the measurement image formed on the first side, and

wherein the setting aid image shows information describing a direction of the sheet for setting in the feeding unit and information
for prompting to set the sheet with the second side up in the feeding unit.

US Pat. No. 9,231,791

DIFFERENTIAL TRANSMISSION CIRCUIT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A differential transmission circuit comprising:
a sending unit that generates a pair of differential signals from an input signal, and sends the differential signals from
a P terminal and an N terminal;

a receiver that receives, at a P terminal and an N terminal, the differential signals sent by the sending unit, and generates
an output signal;

a first transmission path that transfers a differential signal from the P terminal of the sending unit to the P terminal of
the receiver; and

a second transmission path that transfers a differential signal from the N terminal of the sending unit to the N terminal
of the receiver, wherein

the sending unit and the receiver are arranged on a circuit board,
a straight line connecting the P terminal and the N terminal of the sending unit and a straight line connecting the P terminal
and the N terminal of the receiver are parallel,

a gap between the P terminal and the N terminal of the sending unit is equal to a gap between the P terminal and the N terminal
of the receiver are parallel,

a gap between the P terminal of the sending unit and the P terminal of the receiver is equal to a gap between the N terminal
of the sending unit and the N terminal of the receiver,

the first transmission path comprises a straight portion and a bent portion,
the second transmission path comprises a straight portion and a bent portion,
the straight portion of the first transmission path is lined up parallel to the straight portion of the second transmission
path,

the P terminal and the N terminal of the sending unit are lined up parallel to the straight portions of the first transmission
path and the second transmission path,

the P terminal and the N terminal of the receiver are lined up parallel to the straight portions of the first transmission
path and the second transmission path,

the bent portion of the first transmission path extending from the P terminal of the sending unit and the bent portion of
the second transmission path extending from the N terminal of the sending unit are extended to be directed away from each
other.

US Pat. No. 9,219,864

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 negative refractive power;
a second lens unit having a positive refractive power,
wherein an entirety of the second lens unit or a part of the second lens unit constitutes an image stabilizing lens unit configured
to move in a direction having a component perpendicular to an optical axis for image stabilization;

wherein the zoom lens being configured to change an interval between adjacent lens units during zooming; and
wherein an aperture stop arranged in the image side of the first lens unit,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied:
6.0
?3.0 where f1 represents a focal length of the first lens unit, fLs represents a focal length of the image stabilizing lens unit, fLr represents a focal length at a wide angle end of an optical system Lr arranged on the image side of the image stabilizing
lens unit, and fW represents a focal length of an entire system at the wide angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,211,694

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus to which a binding unit configured to execute binding processing on a plurality of sheets can be connected,
comprising:
a print unit configured to print images on a plurality of sheets based on a job in which executing of the binding processing
at a first binding position is designated;

an accepting unit configured to accept, while printing by the print unit based on the job is being interrupted, a request
for changing a position of the binding processing from the first binding position to a second binding position; and

a control unit configured to, in a case where a print orientation for executing the binding processing at the first binding
position is different from a print orientation for executing the binding processing at the second binding position, perform
a control to discharge the plurality of sheets on which the images are printed by the print unit according to the print orientation
for executing the binding processing at the first binding position without causing the binding unit to execute the binding
processing.

US Pat. No. 9,213,267

DEVELOPING DEVICE FRAME UNIT, DEVELOPING DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF THE DEVELOPING DEVICE FRAME UNIT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A frame unit to which a blade member contactable with a rotatable member is mountable, said frame unit comprising:
a frame including a seal forming portion;
a first sealing member provided at a longitudinal end portion of said frame and configured to prevent leakage of developer
between said frame and the rotatable member; and

a second sealing member contacting said first sealing member and configured to prevent leakage of the developer between the
blade member and said frame, said second sealing member being formed by injection molding in said seal forming portion before
the blade member is mounted to said frame.

US Pat. No. 9,213,273

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising;
an image bearing member that is capable of bearing a toner image,
a belt that is movable in a moving direction, which is configured to convey a recording material on which a toner image is
transferred, or on which a toner image is directly transferred;

a transfer device including a contact member that contacts the belt and a support member that supports the contact member;
and

a power supply that is capable of supplying a voltage to the transfer device,
wherein the transfer device to which a voltage is applied transfers a toner image from the image bearing member to the belt
or a recording material conveyed by the belt,

wherein the contact member does not move with respect to the belt in a direction perpendicular to a moving direction of the
belt in a case where a toner image is transferred to the belt and the contact member contacts the belt without rotating with
respect to the support member while the belt moves,

wherein the contact member includes a plurality of contact portions in contact with the belt and a plurality of non-contact
portions not in contact with the belt,

wherein as viewed from a moving direction of the belt to the contact member, at least one of the plurality of contact portions
is at any portion in a direction perpendicular to the moving direction of the belt.

US Pat. No. 9,213,278

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

a power source condition detection unit configured to detect a power source condition of a power source for supplying power
to the heater; and

a controller configured to control a timing to start conveyance of the recording material by comparing the necessary integral
power and the suppliable integral power, wherein the suppliable integral power calculation unit calculates the suppliable
integral power according to a resistance value of the heater, the power source condition, and the time elapsing until the
recording material reaches the fixing unit.

US Pat. No. 9,211,062

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An optical coherence tomographic imaging apparatus comprising:
an image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of images of a subject's eye at different times;
a tomographic image acquisition unit configured to acquire a plurality of tomographic images of the subject's eye based on
interference light obtained by interfering return light from the subject's eye irradiated with measuring light via a scanning
unit and reference light corresponding to the measuring light;

a movement amount acquisition unit configured to acquire the amount of subject's eye movement based on the plurality of images;
a determination unit configured to determine whether the amount of subject's eye movement before a scan by the scanning unit
exceeds a threshold value; and

a control unit configured to control, in a case the amount of subject's eye movement before the scan is equal to or smaller
than the threshold value, the scanning unit to perform scanning position correction between the scan and the next scan based
on the amount of movement.

US Pat. No. 9,213,170

LENS BARREL AND OPTICAL APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
an image-pickup optical system configured to form an optical image of an object, the image-pickup optical system including
a main optical system and an extender optical system configured to change a focal length of the image-pickup optical system;

an extender barrel configured to hold the extender optical system;
a housing configured to house the extender barrel;
a rotator configured to:
hold the extender barrel to rotatably support the extender barrel in the housing;
insert the extender optical system into the main optical system; and
retreat the extender optical system from the main optical system; and
a retreat restraint having a first state used to restrain a retreating amount of the extender barrel by the rotator and a
second state used to make the retreating amount of the extender barrel larger than that in the first state,

wherein, when the retreat restraint is in the first state, the extender optical system is retreated to a position that is
not associated with formation of the optical image, but the extender barrel is undetachable from the rotator, and

wherein, when the retreat restraint is in the second state, the extender barrel is detachable from the rotator.

US Pat. No. 9,204,791

OCULAR OPTICAL SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus, comprising:
two scanning units configured to scan a measuring light in directions different from each other in a fundus of an eye to be
inspected, one of the two scanning units being disposed at a position that is optically conjugate to an anterior ocular segment
of the eye to be inspected; and

an optical unit configured to have a surface having different optical powers corresponding to scan directions of the two scanning
units so as to adjust optically a position of the other of the two scanning units to be optically conjugate to the anterior
ocular segment of the eye to be inspected,

wherein the other of the two scanning units is disposed at a position that, without the optical unit being present, would
not be optically conjugate to the anterior ocular segment, and

wherein the surface of the optical unit is disposed at a position that is optically conjugate to the fundus of the eye to
be inspected.

US Pat. No. 9,210,285

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR REDUCING AN AMOUNT OF DATA FOR A PLURALITY OF LANGUAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus that includes a network interface, the apparatus comprising:
a display unit adapted to display image data as a user interface;
a storage unit adapted to store a plurality of tables each has a common set of message identifiers and a plurality of character
strings written in different languages in a different memory address;

an image generating unit adapted to generate the image data to be displayed by said display unit, by reading out from said
storage unit a character string expressed in the language to be used in the image data, based on a memory address derived
on the basis of the message identifier and a language to be used in the image data, and using an HTML file having at least
one of the message identifier and the character string read out from the storage unit;

a markup data generating unit adapted to store template data related to the message identifier, and to generate markup data
described in a markup language based on the template data and the character string, wherein the character string is read out
from the storage unit based on the message identifier and the language to be used in the image data, in response to a browsing
request input via said network interface; and

an HTTP server adapted to transmit the markup data generated by said markup data generating unit to another terminal, in response
to the browsing request input from said other terminal via said network interface.

US Pat. No. 9,207,442

ZOOM LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A zoom lens comprising, in order from an object side to an image side:
a lens unit Lp having the highest positive refractive power among all lens units included in the zoom lens, a lens unit Ln
having negative refractive power, and a lens unit Lp2 having positive refractive power,

wherein a distance between every adjacent lens units varying during zooming,
wherein in a first region in which focusing from an infinite distance to a predetermined finite distance and zooming are able
to be performed, two or more lens units are moved during zooming, and at least one lens unit is moved during focusing, and

wherein in a second region in which macro driving is performed from a telephoto end to a macro end at which focusing is able
to be performed on an object distance shorter than the predetermined finite distance, two or more lens units are moved during
macro driving so that the lens unit Lp is located closer to the object side than at a wide-angle end, a distance between the
lens unit Lp and the lens unit Ln is larger at the macro end than at the wide-angle end, and a distance between the lens unit
Ln and the lens unit Lp2 is smaller at the macro end than at the wide-angle end.

US Pat. No. 9,210,333

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS FOR GENERATING COMPOSITE IMAGE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus, comprising;
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject;
a zoom control unit configured to control a zoom ratio during shooting;
an image capture control unit configured to control the image capturing unit such that a plurality of images with different
exposure conditions are captured in a predetermined period;

a generation output unit configured to generate a composite image from the plurality of images and output the generated composite
image; and

a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the zoom ratio is being changed during the predetermined period;
wherein, in a case where it is determined that the zoom ratio is being changed, the generation output unit outputs one of
the images captured by the image capturing unit during the predetermined period, instead of the composite image,

wherein the zoom control unit can change the zoom ratio with at least one of optical zoom and electronic zoom, and
in the determination, the determination unit determines that the zoom ratio is not being changed in a case of a change in
the zoom ratio with the electronic zoom.

US Pat. No. 9,199,809

SHEET FEEDING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet feeding device comprising:
a sheet storage unit configured to store sheets, wherein the sheet storage unit is configured to be attached to an apparatus
main body and to be drawn from the apparatus main body;

a stacking portion provided in the sheet storage unit, wherein sheets are stacked on the stacking portion;
a raising unit configured to raise the stacking portion, wherein the stacking portion is configured to be lowered in response
to the sheet storage unit being drawn from the apparatus main body;

a sheet detection unit configured to detect that an upper most sheet stacked on the stacking portion is positioned at a higher
position that is higher than a sheet detection position in a vertical direction;

an attachment detection unit configured to detect that the sheet storage unit is attached to an attachment position of the
apparatus main body; and

a control unit configured to determine whether an amount of sheets stacked on the stacking portion exceeds a predetermined
amount based on detection results of the sheet detection unit and the attachment detection unit,

wherein, according to the sheet storage unit being drawn out of the attachment position of the apparatus main body in an amount
exceeding a first amount, a state of the attachment detection unit changes from a first state in which the attachment of the
sheet storage unit is detected to a second state in which the attachment of the sheet storage unit is not detected,

wherein, according to the sheet storage unit being drawn out of the attachment position of the apparatus main body in an amount
exceeding a second amount, a state of the sheet detection unit changes from a third state in which the uppermost sheet is
detected to a fourth state in which the uppermost sheet is not detected,

wherein the first amount by which the sheet storage unit is drawn out from the apparatus main body relative to the attachment
position is smaller than the second amount by which the sheet storage unit is drawn out from the apparatus main body relative
to the attachment position,

wherein, in a case where the sheet storage unit is drawn out of the attachment position of the apparatus main body in an amount
exceeding the first amount and less than or equal to the second amount, the attachment detection unit is in the second state
in which the attachment of the sheet storage unit is not detected and the sheet detection unit is in the third state in which
the uppermost sheet is detected, and

wherein the control unit determines that the amount of sheets stacked on the stacking portion does not exceed the predetermined
amount in a case where the detection result of the sheet detection unit does not change from the third state to the fourth
state in a series of processes in which a detection result of the attachment detection unit changes from the first state to
the second state, and further to the first state.

US Pat. No. 9,201,367

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a conveyance path of a recording material provided in an inside of the image forming apparatus;
a door which is provided such that the inside of the apparatus including the conveyance path is exposed,
a door opening/closing detection unit configured to detect opening or closing of the door;
a pair of rollers which forms a nip portion for holding and conveying the recording material on the conveyance path,
a decision unit configured to decide whether or not the recording material exists at the nip portion; and
a control unit configured to control a pressurized state and a pressure releasing state of the nip portion of the pair of
rollers;

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

US Pat. No. 9,201,298

IMPRINT METHOD, IMPRINT APPARATUS, AND ARTICLE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imprint method of transferring a pattern formed on a mold onto a resin on a substrate, the method comprising:
holding, in a holding step, the substrate on a holding surface by suction;
deforming, in a deforming step, a shape of a substrate-side pattern area pre-existing on the substrate;
bringing, in a contacting step, a resin on the substrate-side pattern area of the substrate in contact with the mold;
adjusting, in an adjusting step, a position of the pattern of the mold and a position of the substrate-side pattern area;
curing, in a curing step, the resin; and
releasing, in a mold-releasing step, the mold from the resin in contact with the mold,
wherein, in the deforming step, a deformation force, which is greater than a maximum static frictional force acting between
a rear surface of the substrate corresponding to the substrate-side pattern area and the holding surface, is applied to the
substrate in a direction along the surface thereof, and

a suction force acting on the rear surface of the substrate corresponding to the substrate-side pattern area in the deforming
step is less than a suction force acting on the rear surface of the substrate corresponding to the substrate-side pattern
area in the adjusting step.

US Pat. No. 9,197,765

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

4. A method of management executed by a management apparatus, the method comprising:
receiving file information about a file input into a folder;
generating print job information including the file information and transmitting the print job information to an image forming
apparatus that is associated with the folder in advance;

monitoring whether the image forming apparatus is in a printable state or not based on state information about the image forming
apparatus; and

changing, if the image forming apparatus is determined by the device monitoring unit not to be in the printable state, an
access authority of the folder to write not-permitted so that a file cannot be input into the folder and changing a name of
the folder into a name including error information indicating details of an error according to a device status of the image
forming apparatus, wherein if the image forming apparatus is determined by the device monitoring unit to be in the printable
state after the access authority of the folder has been changed to write not-permitted so that a file cannot be input into
the folder, the access authority of the folder is reset so that a file can be input into the folder and resetting the name
of the folder.

US Pat. No. 9,195,212

COLOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING MOVABLE MAIN BODY ELECTRICAL CONTACTS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A color electrophotographic image forming apparatus to which a plurality of cartridges are detachably mounted to form a
color image on a recording medium, the color electrophotographic image forming apparatus comprising:
a cartridge supporting member movable between an inside position of a main body of the apparatus and an outside position of
the main body in a state of detachably supporting the plurality of cartridges having cartridge side electric contacts and
cartridge side positioned portions, the cartridge supporting member moving among (i) a first position where the plurality
of cartridges are located at an image forming position at which the plurality of cartridges form images at the inside position,
(ii) a second position where the plurality of cartridges are retracted from the first position at the inside position, and
(iii) a third position where the plurality of cartridges are pulled from the main body and are located at the outside position;
and

main body side electric contacts provided on the main body for the plurality of cartridges, respectively,
wherein the main body further includes an opening portion through which the cartridge supporting member is moved from the
second position to the third position, and an openable and closable member provided on the main body for opening and closing
the opening portion,

wherein, in association with a closing operation of closing the opening portion by the openable and closable member, the cartridge
supporting member is moved from the second position to the first position and the main body side electric contacts are connected
to the cartridge side electric contacts, and

wherein, in association with an opening operation of opening the opening portion by the openable and closable member, the
main body side electric contracts are retracted in a longitudinal direction of the cartridges and the cartridge supporting
member is moved from the first position to the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,197,832

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS AND DRIVE METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, each including a photoelectric conversion unit and an amplifying transistor having
a control electrode to which electric charge generated in the photoelectric conversion unit is transferred;

a plurality of output lines, signals from at least two pixels of the plurality of pixels being output, in parallel, to the
plurality of output lines;

a first reset power supply unit and a second reset power supply unit configured to supply a voltage for resetting the control
electrode of the amplifying transistor; and

a first reset transistor, a second reset transistor and a third reset transistor,
wherein:
the plurality of pixels include a first pixel and a second pixel, signals from the first pixel and the second pixel not being
output in parallel;

the first reset transistor controls an electrical connection between the first reset power supply unit and the control electrode
of the amplifying transistor of the first pixel;

the second reset transistor controls an electrical connection between the control electrode of the amplifying transistor of
the first pixel and the control electrode of the amplifying transistor of the second pixel;

the third reset transistor controls an electrical connection between the control electrode of the amplifying transistor of
the second pixel and the second reset power supply unit;

the amplifying transistor of the first pixel is of a first conductivity type, and the first reset transistor and the second
reset transistor are of a second conductivity type which is opposite to the first conductivity type;

the control electrode of the amplifying transistor of the first pixel is connected to a main electrode of the first reset
transistor and a main electrode of the second reset transistor;

a coupling capacitor is disposed, the coupling capacitor including a first node connected to the control electrode of the
amplifying transistor of the first pixel and a second node connected to a control electrode of the first or second reset transistor;

the amplifying transistor is disposed in an electrical path from a power supply node to one of the output line without an
intervening transistor to select the pixel; and

a voltage supplied to the control electrode of the first or second reset transistor controls a potential of the control electrode
of the amplifying transistor of the first pixel via the coupling capacitor such that the first pixel is selected to be readout
by turning off both of the first and second reset transistors.

US Pat. No. 9,191,600

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS THAT SELECTS AMONG DIFFERENT ANALOG SIGNALS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix configured to generate a signal by a photoelectric conversion;
a plurality of column amplifier units arranged each correspondingly to one of columns of the plurality of pixels, configured
to output first signals generated by amplifying at a first gain the signals from the plurality of pixels, and second signals
generated by amplifying at a second gain the signals from the plurality of pixels, the second gain being greater than the
first gain;

a selecting unit configured to output a signal selected from the first and second signals each corresponding to an identical
one of the plurality of pixels;

an analog to digital converting unit configured to convert the signal output from the selecting unit to a digital signal;
a comparing unit inputting a digital signal from the analog to digital converting unit configured to detect a gain error between
a ratio of the first gain and the second gain, and a predetermined ratio of the first gain and the second gain; and

a correcting unit configured to correct the digital signal based on the gain error.

US Pat. No. 9,191,630

DYNAMIC LAYOUTS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method of displaying live video data on a viewer, the live video data being captured by a plurality of cameras, the method
comprising:
selecting one of a plurality of queries, wherein the plurality of queries includes a query for motion detection;
receiving metadata for the plurality of cameras, the metadata for each such camera including an event notification signifying
detection or non-detection of motion, wherein the event notification is generated by analyzing the live video data captured
by each such camera;

if the selected query is a query for motion detection, matching the query for motion detection with the event notification
signifying detection of motion in the metadata for one of said plurality of cameras;

displaying live video data captured by said one camera in a window of a layout displayed on the viewer, responsive to a match
of the query for motion detection with the event notification signifying detection of motion in the metadata for said one
camera;

receiving new metadata for said one camera;
updating the received metadata with the new metadata if the received metadata for said one camera has been changed to the
new metadata during the display of the live video data;

re-evaluating whether there is still a match of the query for motion detection with the event notification signifying detection
of motion in the updated metadata for said one camera; and

responsive to a failed match of the query for motion detection with the event notification signifying detection of motion
in the updated metadata for said one camera, preventing a display of the window for the displayed live video data of said
one camera, from the layout displayed on the viewer.

US Pat. No. 9,190,439

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising a plurality of pixels, each pixel including:
a photoelectric conversion unit;
an amplification transistor;
a transfer transistor configured to transfer a signal of the photoelectric conversion unit to an input node of the amplification
transistor;

an additional capacitor configured to switch connection state and non-connection state for the input node; and
a reset transistor configured to set a potential of the input node to a predetermined potential,
wherein each of the pixels includes a third semiconductor region, a first semiconductor region, a second semiconductor region,
and a fourth semiconductor region of a same conduction type arranged in this order along a first direction in an active region
provided in a semiconductor substrate, and a first conduction pattern, a second conduction pattern, and a third conduction
pattern provided above an active region in this order along the first direction,

the first semiconductor region, the first conduction pattern, and the third semiconductor region constitute the transfer transistor,
the first semiconductor region, the second conduction pattern, and the second semiconductor region constitute the additional
capacitor, and

the second semiconductor region, the third conduction pattern, and the fourth semiconductor region constitute the reset transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,190,449

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING SIGNAL HOLDING UNITS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including a photoelectric conversion unit;
an amplification element configured to amplify a signal based on a signal charge generated in the photoelectric conversion
unit;

a first signal holding unit and a second signal holding unit located at a stage following the first signal holding unit and
arranged on an electric path between the photoelectric conversion unit and an input node of the amplification element;

a first charge transfer unit arranged on an electrical path between the photoelectric conversion unit and the first signal
holding unit and configured to connect the photoelectric conversion unit and the first signal holding unit;

a second charge transfer unit arranged on an electrical path between the first signal holding unit and the second signal holding
unit and configured to connect the first signal holding unit and the second signal holding unit; and

a third charge transfer unit arranged on an electrical path between the second signal holding unit and the input node of the
amplification element and configured to connect the second signal holding unit and the input node of the amplification element,

wherein the first signal holding unit includes a first semiconductor region configured to hold a charge transferred by the
first charge transfer unit,

wherein the second signal holding unit includes a second semiconductor region configured to hold a charge transferred by the
second charge transfer unit, and

wherein a coverage by a light-shielding member of the first semiconductor region is lower than a coverage by a light-shielding
member of the second semiconductor region.

US Pat. No. 9,188,900

LIGHT BEAM EMITTING APPARATUS, LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A light beam emitting apparatus, comprising:
a light source including a plurality of light emitting points configured to emit a plurality of light beams; and
a holding member configured to hold the light source, the holding member including: a first abutment portion; a second abutment
portion; and a third abutment portion, an emission direction of the plurality of light beams to be emitted from the plurality
of light emitting points being regulated by the first abutment portion, the second abutment portion, and the third abutment
portion being in abutment with the light source,

wherein the first abutment portion, the second abutment portion, and the third abutment portion are in abutment with the light
source so that, when the holding member and the light source held by the holding member are viewed along an optical path of
the plurality of light beams emitted from the light source held by the holding member, an angle, which is less than or equal
to 90°, of supplementary angles formed by a first straight line connecting two light emitting points farthest from each other
of the plurality of light emitting points of the light source held by the holding member with a second straight line connecting
the first abutment portion with the second abutment portion is smaller than each of an angle, which is less than or equal
to 90°, of supplementary angles formed by the first straight line with a third straight line connecting the second abutment
portion with the third abutment portion and an angle, which is less than or equal to 90°, of supplementary angles formed by
the first straight line with a fourth straight line connecting the third abutment portion with the first abutment portion,
and a distance between the first abutment portion and the second abutment portion is larger than each of a distance between
the second abutment portion and the third abutment portion and a distance between the third abutment portion and the first
abutment portion.

US Pat. No. 9,188,680

RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM AND RELAY STATION SELECTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An X-ray detector comprising:
an X-ray sensor that detects an X-ray;
a communication circuit configured to transmit wirelessly an X-ray image acquired by said X-ray sensor to an external device;
a switch configured to be operated; and
a control unit configured to control said communication circuit to, in response to said switch being operated, perform a predetermined
communication with the external device, for starting an X-ray imaging by the X-ray detector,

wherein said communication circuit is configured to communicate for the X-ray imaging with the external device via different
connection paths depending on whether or not the X-ray detector is held in a housing unit for holding the X-ray detector in
a position for X-ray imaging.

US Pat. No. 9,191,549

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE READING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
an original conveyance unit configured to convey an original so as to be introduced into between a moving document reading
glass and a reference member and so as to pass through a moving document reading position, the moving document reading glass
and the reference member being disposed to face each other at the moving document reading position;

a reading unit configured to read the original in a main scanning direction through the moving document reading glass when
the original passes through the moving document reading position;

a first abnormal pixel detection unit configured to detect a pixel having abrightness value less than a first abnormal pixel
detection threshold value among pixels located at a same main scanning direction position in a plurality of lines, the brightness
value being obtained by said reading unit reading the reference member through the moving document reading glass in a state
before the original passes through the moving document reading position, said first abnormal pixel detection unit being configured
to detect, in a case where the number of detected pixels is equal to or greater than a first abnormal pixel determination
threshold value, a main scanning direction position of the detected pixels as a first main scanning direction position;

a second abnormal pixel detection unit configured to detect a pixel having a brightness value less than a second abnormal
pixel detection threshold value, the second abnormal pixel detection threshold value being greater than the first abnormal
pixel detection threshold value, among pixels located at a same main scanning direction position in a plurality of lines,
the brightness value obtained by said reading unit reading a leading end portion of the original through the moving document
reading glass in a state that the original is being conveyed, said second abnormal pixel detection unit being configured to
detect, in a case where the number of detected pixels is equal to or greater than a second abnormal pixel determination threshold
value, a main scanning direction position of the detected pixels as a second main scanning direction position; and

a decision unit configured to decide the main scanning direction position detected both as the first main scanning direction
position and as the second main scanning direction position, as an abnormal main scanning position.

US Pat. No. 9,183,477

PRINTING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printing unit configured to perform printing;
a displaying unit configured to display a setting screen for a user to specify print settings:
a storage unit configured to store print settings specified by the user on the setting screen;
a reception unit configured to receive print data transmitted from an external apparatus;
a determination unit configured to, when the reception unit receives print data, determine whether a communication method
used for receiving the print data is a specific communication method; and

a control unit configured to control the printing unit to perform printing based on the print settings stored in the storage
unit in a case where the determination unit determines that the communication method used for receiving the print data is
the specific communication method, and control the printing unit to perform printing based on print settings included in the
print data in a case where the determination unit determines i that the communication method used for receiving
the print data is not the specific communication method.

US Pat. No. 9,179,893

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical image processing apparatus comprising:
a designation unit configured to designate a first designation point in first three-dimensional image data and designate a
second designation point in second three-dimensional image data different from the first three-dimensional image data;

an association unit configured to associate the first designation point designated in the first three-dimensional image data
and the second designation point designated in the second three-dimensional image data;

a cross-sectional-image generating unit configured to generate, based on a first cutting plane including the first designation
point associated by the association unit, a first cross-sectional image based on the first three-dimensional image data and
generate, based on a second cutting plane including the second designation point associated with the association unit, a second
cross-sectional image based on the second three-dimensional image data; and

a change unit configured to cooperatively rotate each of a of the first cutting plane in the first three-dimensional image
data and a around the first designated designation point and the second cutting plane in the second three-dimensional image
data around the second designated designation point;

wherein the cross-sectional-image generating unit generates, based on the first cutting plane and the second cutting plane
rotated by the change unit, the first cross-sectional image based on the first three-dimensional image data and the second
cross-sectional image based on the second three-dimensional image data.

US Pat. No. 9,185,102

SERVER SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A server system comprising:
a reception unit configured to receive an identifier from a first external information processing apparatus;
an identification unit configured to identify, based on the identifier, a first access token for acquiring data from the first
external information processing apparatus and a second access token for acquiring a verification result from an authentication
processing apparatus;

a generation unit configured to acquire data from the first external information processing apparatus using the first access
token to generate a document from the acquired data;

an acquisition unit configured to acquire the verification result of the second access token from the authentication processing
apparatus by transmitting the second access token to the authentication processing apparatus; and

a transmission unit configured to transmit the generated document to a second external information processing apparatus using
the second access token;

wherein at least one of the reception unit, the identification unit, the generation unit, the acquisition unit and the transmission
unit is implemented, at least in part, by at least one hardware processor.

US Pat. No. 9,185,242

IMAGE READING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to communicate with an image reading apparatus which reads a document;
a specifying unit configured to specify a format of a file to be generated from the document read by the image reading apparatus;
an operation unit configured to receive a reading-starting operation from a user;
a first reception unit configured to receive a transmission request for a reading instruction transmitted from the image reading
apparatus;

a first transmission unit configured to transmit a reading instruction for instructing the image reading apparatus to read
the document based on the reading-starting operation received from the user by the operation unit or the transmission request
received by the first reception unit;

a second reception unit configured to receive image data of the document read by the image reading apparatus based on the
reading instruction transmitted by the first transmission unit; and

a second transmission unit configured to, when the format specified by the specifying unit is a format of a single-page file,
transmit to the image reading apparatus a reading-ending instruction according to the second reception unit receiving image
data of one page, if the reading instruction is transmitted based on the reading-starting operation received by the operation
unit, and to transmit to the image reading apparatus an instruction for displaying a confirmation screen for confirming whether
to read a next document, according to the second reception unit receiving image data of one page, if the reading instruction
is transmitted based on the transmission request received by the first reception unit.

US Pat. No. 9,176,414

CHARGING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

20. A charging device for electrically charging a photosensitive member, comprising:
a charging member for electrically charging the photosensitive member by being supplied with a voltage; and
a supporting member for supporting said charging member so as to press-contact to the photosensitive member,
wherein said charging member comprises:
an electroconductive support;
an elastic base layer supported by said electroconductive support; and
an elastic surface layer, provided on a surface of said elastic base layer, being harder than said elastic base layer;
wherein said elastic surface layer is provided with projected portions and recessed portions, and wherein the projected portions
are elastically deformable in contact with the photosensitive member, leaving gaps between the recessed portions of said elastic
surface layer and the photosensitive member,

wherein when a potential difference between a surface of said charging member and a surface of the photosensitive member is
V (V), an urging force for urging said charging member toward the photosensitive member is P (N), a height of the projected
portions before deformation is L (m), the sum of contact areas where the projected portions contact the photosensitive member
is S (m2), and Young's modulus when said elastic base layer and said elastic surface layer are deformed is E (MPa), these
parameters satisfy the following relationship:

((V?312)/6.2)×10?6(m)>L(1?P/ES)>7.7×10?6(m).

US Pat. No. 9,176,687

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a first control unit configured to transmit an instruction to a second control unit and receive a return which corresponds
to the instruction from the second control unit;

the second control unit that is connected to a load, and is configured to receive the instruction from the first control unit
and control the load based on the instruction;

a first communication line configured to transmit data from the first control unit to the second control unit; and
a second communication line configured to transmit data from the second control unit to the first control unit,
wherein the second control unit comprises:
a holding unit configured to hold data; and
a processor
configured to transmit a return to the first control unit by using the second communication line when receiving the instruction
from the first control unit via the first communication line,

and configured to transmit the data held in the holding unit to the first control unit periodically based on a set period
by using the second communication line when receiving the instruction to set to a specific mode from the first control unit
via the first communication line, and

wherein the processor, which is in the specific mode,
is configured to determine at the timing for transmitting the data held in the holding unit based on the set period
if it is determined that it is the timing for transmitting the data held in the holding unit,
determine
whether or not it is in a first state of the reception of the instruction from the first control unit via the first communication
line and

whether or not it is in a second state of the return to the first control unit using the second communication line
and,
if it is determined that it is neither in the first state nor in the second state, transmit the data held in the holding unit,
and

if it is determined that it is in the first state or in the second state, delay a timing for transmitting the data held in
the holding unit so that the transmission of the data held in the holding unit is prevented from overlapping the transmission
of the return.

US Pat. No. 9,179,036

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS CORRESPONDING TO A PLURALITY OF DOCUMENTS ON A DOCUMENT PLATE, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an input unit configured to input image data corresponding to a first original and a second original which are concurrently
placed on an original plate, the image data being obtained by reading the first original and the second original using a reading
device;

a specifying unit configured to specify a first inclination of the first original with respect to a reference and a second
inclination of the second original with respect to the reference, based on the input image data input by the input unit;

an output unit configured to output a second image corresponding to the second original based on the input image data and
not to output a first image corresponding to the first original in a case where the first inclination specified by the specifying
unit is larger than a predetermined inclination, and the second inclination specified by the specifying unit is not larger
than the predetermined inclination; and

an inquiry unit configured to inquire about whether the first image is to be output,
wherein, even if the first inclination is larger than the predetermined inclination, the output unit outputs the first image
in a case where a response to the inquiry indicates the output of the first image.