US Pat. No. 9,555,994

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a paper;
a paper feed unit configured to feed a paper from a paper supplier to the image forming unit;
a double-sided paper feed path configured to hold and convey a paper to form an image on a side that is opposite to a side
of the paper on which an image has been formed;

a re-feeding unit configured to re-feed the paper held by the double-sided paper feed path to the image forming unit;
a control unit configured to control feeding of a paper to the image forming unit by the paper feed unit, and re-feeding of
a paper to the image forming unit by the re-feeding unit;

a setting unit configured to, in a case where a paper for which a print setting is double-sided printing and a paper for which
a print setting is single-sided printing are mixed in a print job, change the print setting of the paper that is the single-sided
printing to a forcible double-sided printing that uses the double-sided paper feed path; and

a changing unit configured to, if there is no paper held in the double-sided paper feed path and the print setting of a paper
to be fed is the forcible double-sided printing, change the print setting of the paper to be fed into single-sided printing.

US Pat. No. 9,557,575

IMAGE STABILIZATION APPARATUS, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,533,492

IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,538,634

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,536,182

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,527,324

CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROL METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,525,792

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:
a reading unit configured to read an image on a document to generate image data;
a document conveyance unit configured to convey the document to the reading unit;
a first identification unit configured to identify a size of the document before the document conveyance unit starts conveying
the document;

a reading control unit configured to control the reading unit to read the document, based on the size identified by the first
identification unit; and

a second identification unit configured to identify a size of the document after the document conveyance unit starts conveying
the document,

wherein the reading control unit is configured to perform control to, in a case where the size identified by the first identification
unit is smaller than the size identified by the second identification unit, cancel reading processing and, in a case where
the size identified by the first identification unit is greater than the size identified by the second identification unit,
continue the reading processing.

US Pat. No. 9,524,452

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,519,241

DEVELOPMENT DEVICE, PROCESS CARTRIDGE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A development device comprising:
a developer bearing member arranged to contact an image bearing member and configured to convey developer;
a development container configured to contain the developer; and
an end seal configured to contact the developer bearing member to prevent the developer from leaking from between an end of
the developer bearing member in a longitudinal direction and the development container,

wherein a lubricant, having a charge polarity that is opposite to a charge polarity of the developer, is applied onto at least
a part of a surface of the developer bearing member, and

wherein the part of the surface of the developer bearing member contacts the image bearing member and the end seal in a case
where the developer bearing member rotates.

US Pat. No. 9,517,638

LIGHT SCANNING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

12. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
a photosensitive member;
a light scanning apparatus configured to emit a light beam so that the light beam scans the photosensitive member to form
an electrostatic latent image on the photosensitive member;

a developing unit configured to develop the electrostatic latent image formed by the light scanning apparatus to form a toner
image; and

a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image formed by the developing unit onto a recording medium,
the light scanning apparatus including:
a light source configured to emit the light beam;
a deflector configured to deflect the light beam emitted from the light source;
an optical member configured to guide the deflected light beam to the photosensitive member;
an optical box, which the light source is mounted to, configured to hold the deflector and the optical member in an inside
of the optical box; and

a cover configured to cover an opening of the optical box,
the optical box including:
a concave-shaped cut-away portion formed from a top portion of a side wall of the optical box toward a bottom portion of the
optical box; and

a connecting wall which stands from the bottom portion of the optical box and is bent and branched from the concave-shaped
cut-away portion of the side wall to the inside of the optical box so as to cross over the concave-shaped cut-away portion,

the cover including a dustproof member provided on the cover to dustproof the inside of the optical box, the dustproof member
being sandwiched between the cover and the side wall and between the cover and the connecting wall which a cable configured
to connect a member arranged inside the optical box and a member arranged outside the optical box passes when the cover is
mounted on the optical box,

wherein a height of a distal end of the connecting wall, which the cable passes, from the bottom portion is larger than a
height of a base portion of the concave-shaped cut-away portion from the bottom portion.

US Pat. No. 9,513,462

LENS BARREL AND IMAGING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a lens holding member;
a first lens barrel holding a first guide member; and
a second lens barrel holding a second guide member,
wherein one end of the lens holding member is held by the first guide member, and the other end of the lens holding member
is held by the second guide member,

wherein the second guide member protrudes on an object side with respect to the first guide member in an optical axis direction
with a shift from a retracted state to a ready for imaging state,

wherein, in the ready for imaging state, the lens holding member moves in the optical axis direction guided by the first guide
member and the second guide member which protrudes to the object side from the first guide member, and

wherein the second guide member extends outside of the first lens barrel in the direction normal to the optical axis in the
ready for imaging state.

US Pat. No. 9,516,596

APPARATUS AND METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a communication unit configured to execute a wireless communication with a device, by establishing a first session as a target
with the device for receiving electromagnetic wave generated by the device or by establishing a second session as an initiator
with the device for generating electromagnetic wave;

a first communication control unit configured to cause the communication unit to establish the first session and acquire a
request for executing a predetermined process from the device by receiving electromagnetic wave which is generated in the
established first session by the device; and

a second communication control unit configured to, in a case where the communication unit acquires the request by the first
communication control unit, cause the communication unit to establish the second session and to execute a communication, corresponding
to processing information for executing the predetermined process, with the device by generating electromagnetic wave for
the communication in the second session,

wherein the communication unit receives, from the device, device specifying information required to specify the device, which
sent the request, together with the request, and establishes the second session with the device specified based on the received
device specifying information.

US Pat. No. 9,505,579

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS HAVING POST-PROCESSING SECTION, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS HAVING THE SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet processing apparatus comprising:
a convey unit configured to convey a sheet;
a first stacking unit on which the sheet conveyed by the convey unit is stacked through a first convey path;
a second stacking unit on which the sheet conveyed by the convey unit is stacked through a second convey path;
a switching unit configured to switch between a first position at which the conveyed sheet is led to the first convey path,
and a second position at which the conveyed sheet is led to the second convey path;

a buffer path, disposed at a location of upstream of the switching unit, into which the conveyed sheet once entering the first
convey path or the second convey path and subsequently reversely conveyed is received; and

a control unit configured to control the convey unit and the switching unit so as to perform a buffering process of overlaying
the conveyed sheet conveyed from the buffer path and another sheet subsequently conveyed by the convey unit,

wherein the control unit controls the convey unit and the switching unit such that the second convey path is used by the buffering
process when the conveyed sheets to be received into the buffer path is ejected to the second stacking unit, and that the
first convey path and not the second convey path is used by the buffering process when the conveyed sheet to be received into
the buffer path is ejected to the first stacking unit.

US Pat. No. 9,501,029

CONNECTION MECHANISM AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A connection mechanism comprising:
a connecting portion including a rotation arm rotatable about a rotation shaft at a first end of the rotation arm, an urging
unit configured to urge the rotation arm, and an engagement pin provided on a second end opposite to the first end of the
rotation arm; and

a connected portion having an engagement groove formed in a tapered shape to allow the engagement pin to enter therein and
contact therewith by the urging force of the urging unit,

wherein the connecting portion further includes a casing member configured to cover the rotation arm,
wherein the connected portion has a recessed portion allowing insertion of the casing member, and
wherein the engagement pin is configured to move along the engagement groove while the casing member is inserted into the
recess portion.

US Pat. No. 9,492,134

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND PROGRAM OF THE APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A radiation imaging apparatus comprising:
an irradiation unit configured to irradiate a subject with radiations;
a control unit configured to continuously adjust energy of the radiations in one shot emitted by the irradiation unit;
a generation unit configured to generate a plurality of image data pieces in one shot by detecting the radiations whose energy
is continuously adjusted by the control unit and transmitted through the subject;

a classification unit configured to classify the plurality of image data pieces generated by the generation unit into image
data generated by the radiations of a high energy side and image data generated by the radiations of a low energy side;

a subtraction unit configured to perform weighting and subtraction on the image data generated by the radiations of the high
energy side and the image data generated by the radiations of the low energy side; and

a changing unit configured to change a frame rate of the image data generated by the generation unit,
wherein the changing unit changes the frame rate based on at least one of an imaging region of the subject and an age of the
subject.

US Pat. No. 9,491,381

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capture apparatus comprising:
an image capture unit configured to output a plurality of image signals;
a first correction unit configured to correct a black level of each image signal;
a combining unit configured to select pixels to be used from among a plurality of image signals, the black level of which
has been corrected by the first correction unit, to generate a combined image signal;

a second correction unit configured to correct the black level of the combined image signal generated by the combining unit;
and

a determination unit configured to determine whether to perform correction by the second correction unit according to at least
one of a method for combining the plurality of image signals by the combining unit, ISO sensitivity used when the plurality
of image signals are captured, an exposure time, and an image sensor,

wherein the combining unit is configured to select certain pixels of an image signal and not to select other pixels of the
image signal.

US Pat. No. 9,485,376

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS, PRINT CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A copier comprising:
a setting unit configured to set a copy ratio;
a scanning unit configured to scan a document to obtain an image of the scanned document after a copy ratio has been set;
an extracting unit configured to extract, in a case where the image includes a code, information from the code;
a requiring unit configured to require, after the information has been extracted, a user to input a password in a case where
the extracted information indicates that a password is required;

a determining unit configured to determine whether a password input by the user according to the requirement is a correct
password based on the extracted information;

a printing unit; and
a controlling unit configured to control the printing unit not to print the image, whenever information is extracted from
the code and the set copy ratio is not 1, and

configured to control the printing unit to print the image, in a case where the input password is determined to be a correct
password and the set copy ratio is 1.

US Pat. No. 9,485,431

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject to generate image data;
a detachable display unit configured to display the image data generated by the image capturing unit;
a wireless communication unit configured to connect with a second device including the display unit via wireless communication;
a detection unit configured to detect attachment/detachment of the display unit; and
a control unit configured to control the wireless communication unit in order that connection to one of the display unit and
the second device is given priority depending on the attachment/detachment of the display unit detected by the detection unit,

wherein when wireless communication is performed in a state in which the image capturing apparatus and the display unit are
separated, and communication has not been established, the control unit controls the wireless communication unit so as to
give priority to wireless communication with the display unit.

US Pat. No. 9,485,444

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE HAVING CONNECTION SECTIONS CONNECTING DIFFERENT NUMBERS OF OUTPUT NODES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device having pixels arranged in two dimensions, each of the pixels having a photoelectric conversion
unit, the photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a first pixel group configured to have a plurality of pixels arranged in a predetermined direction and formed into a plurality
of first subgroups of output nodes, the output nodes in each of the plurality of first subgroups being connected together;

a second pixel group configured to have a plurality of pixels arranged in the predetermined direction and formed into a plurality
of second subgroups of output nodes, the output nodes in each of the plurality of second subgroups being connected together;

a first connection section configured to switch between electrical connection and electrical non-connection between the output
nodes in one of the first subgroups and the output nodes in another one of the first subgroups; and

a second connection section configured to switch between electrical connection and electrical non-connection between the output
nodes in one of the second subgroups and the output nodes in another one of the second subgroups,

wherein the number of output nodes in the plurality of first subgroups which are electrically connected to one another by
the first connection section is different from the number of output nodes in the plurality of second subgroups which are electrically
connected to one another by the second connection section, and

a period when the first connection section allows the electrical connection between the output nodes in one of the first subgroups
and the output nodes in another one of the first subgroups, and a period when the second connection section allows the electrical
connection between the output nodes in one of the second subgroups and the output nodes in another one of the second subgroups
overlap,

wherein the first pixel group and the second pixel group are provided in different columns.

US Pat. No. 9,475,663

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a stacking portion on which a sheet is to be stacked;
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet fed from the stacking portion;
a size detection unit configured to detect a size of a sheet stacked on the stacking portion;
a determining unit configured to determine, regardless of a designated sheet size used in an image formation job, an effective
size group usable for image forming from among a plurality of size groups, each of which has a different size series of a
sheet;

a notification unit configured to provide notification of information; and
a control unit configured to adopt the sheet size detected by the size detection unit as a size for a sheet in a case where
the detected size is included in the effective size group determined by the determining unit, and cause the notification unit
to provide a warning in a case where the size of the sheet detected by the size detection unit is not included in the effective
size group determined by the determining unit.

US Pat. No. 9,477,062

ZOOM LENS BARREL

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens control apparatus having a zoom lens comprising:
a first operation member that gives a zoom instruction by an operator for moving the zoom lens;
a second operation member that gives a zoom instruction by the operator for moving the zoom lens, wherein the second operation
member is different from the first operation member and the second operation member is able to rotate around an optical axis
of the zoom lens; and

a controller that controls the zoom lens to move at least from a first position to a second position at a first speed in a
case where the first operation member is operated, and at a second speed in a case where the second operation member is operated,
wherein the second speed is faster than the first speed.

US Pat. No. 9,475,303

LIQUID EJECTION DEVICE AND LIQUID LEAKAGE SUPPRESSION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,479,725

LENS APPARATUS AND A CAMERA SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A lens apparatus detachably attachable to an image pickup apparatus, the lens apparatus comprising:
a variable magnification lens configured to move along an optical axis to change magnification;
a focus lens configured to move along the optical axis to perform focusing;
a position detection unit configured to detect a position of the focus lens;
a lens control unit configured to acquire normalized position information of the focus lens; and
a memory unit configured to store:
electronic cam data representing a position relation of the variable magnification lens and the focus lens corresponding to
a plurality of object distances; and

a normalized sensitivity of the focus lens calculated based on the normalized position information of the focus lens,
wherein a difference between sensitivities of the focus lens at predetermined object distances at a specific position of the
variable magnification lens is multiplied by a ratio of a difference between positions of the focus lens at predetermined
object distances at the specific position of the variable magnification lens and a difference between positions of the focus
lens at predetermined object distances at a telephoto end of the variable magnification lens to calculate the normalized sensitivity
of the focus lens in the electronic cam data.

US Pat. No. 9,471,006

DEVELOPER ACCOMMODATING UNIT, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A developing device comprising:
a developer carrying member for carrying developer;
a container, provided with an opening for permitting discharge of developer, for accommodating developer;
a sealing member for sealing the opening and for exposing the opening by unsealing;
a conveying member for conveying developer toward said developer carrying member; and
an unsealing member for moving said sealing member to expose the opening by rotation,
wherein said sealing member includes (i) a first sealing portion provided at an end side thereof to seal the opening, (ii)
a second sealing portion provided at the end side thereof to seal the opening and upstream of the first sealing portion with
respect to the rotation, (iii) a holding portion provided at another end side thereof to be held by said unsealing member,
and (iv) a connecting portion which is formed between said first and second sealing portions and said holding portion and
on which a developer passing portion permitting passing of developer is formed, and

wherein said sealing member is folded back so that said second sealing portion is unsealed before said first sealing portion,
and

wherein said conveying member is held by said unsealing member.

US Pat. No. 9,470,903

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an optical low-pass filter configured to separate one incident ray into multiple rays to form multiple point images; and
an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert the multiple point images,
wherein the optical low-pass filter satisfies the following condition:
0.4<2×?/P<0.9where P represents a pixel pitch of the image sensor, and ? represents a standard deviation of a distribution of the multiple
point images, and
wherein the optical low-pass filter is configured to separate the one incident ray, when one of the separation directions
thereof is defined as 0°, in each of four directions of 0°, 45°±10°, 90°±10°, and 135°±10°.

US Pat. No. 9,467,682

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,466,485

CONDUCTOR PATTERN FORMING METHOD, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,467,549

EXTERNAL APPARATUS, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An external apparatus which is controlled by a communication apparatus, comprising:
a controller configured to control the external apparatus; and
a communication interface configured to communicate with the communication apparatus,
wherein the controller functions as a transmission unit, a receiving unit, an operation executing unit and a changing unit,
the transmission unit transmits, via the communication interface, operation information including a relation of each function
of the external apparatus and operation identifiers, and each operation identifier is assigned in each function of the external
apparatus,

the receiving unit receives, via the communication interface, at least one of the operation identifiers,
the operation executing a unit executes function corresponding to the operation identifier received from the communication
apparatus,

the changing unit changes the relation of each function of the external apparatus and operation identifiers, wherein the relation
is changed by the changing unit each time connection to the communication apparatus is established via the communication interface,
and

wherein the transmission unit transmits the operation information changed by the changing unit via the communication interface.

US Pat. No. 9,465,562

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

print the printing data received from the printing service system.

US Pat. No. 9,467,636

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,461,260

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

|EHOMO(Host)|<|EHOMO(Dopant)|  (B)

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

US Pat. No. 9,459,545

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,453,138

INK, INK CARTRIDGE, AND INK JET RECORDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,456,108

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
a quantization unit configured to generate quantized data having smaller gradation levels than that of the pre-quantization
data by using a comparison threshold value with which pre-quantization data of a processing object pixel is compared;

a generating unit configured to include an error input section for inputting error data between the quantized data generated
by the quantization unit and the pre-quantization data and a memory storing a value corresponding to a difference between
the comparison threshold value and an original threshold value allocated in a threshold matrix that defines threshold values
according to an arrangement of pixels and to generate the value corresponding to the difference as an addition data that is
added to a value of an input image data of the processing object pixel, without using the error data input to the error input
section for adjusting the input image data of the processing object pixel; and

a processing unit configured to add the value of the addition data generated by the generating unit to the value of the input
image data of the processing object pixel to output input image data to which the value of the addition data is added.

US Pat. No. 9,452,571

OPTICAL ELEMENT MOLDING DIE AND METHOD FOR MOLDING OPTICAL ELEMENT

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,450,037

LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:
a substrate;
a light emitting element, the light emitting element comprising an anode electrode, a cathode electrode and a layer including
a light emitting material;

a thin film transistor for driving the light emitting element, the thin film transistor comprising a gate electrode, a gate
insulating layer, a semiconductor layer which includes an oxide semiconductor, a source electrode, a drain electrode and a
first protecting layer provided to cover the semiconductor layer, the source electrode and the drain electrode;

a second protecting layer provided between the light emitting element and the thin film transistor; and
a light shielding film which is provided between the first protecting layer and the second protecting layer and which is provided
at a position overlapped the semiconductor layer when viewed from the light emitting element side,

wherein the light shielding film has a slit, and
wherein the source electrode of the thin film transistor is electrically connected to the anode electrode through a contact
hole.

US Pat. No. 9,448,520

APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENT METHOD BASED ON INCIDENT POSITIONS OF EMITTED LIGHT

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a forming unit configured to form a measurement toner image on an image carrier conveying a toner image, wherein the measurement
toner image has different lengths in a conveyance direction for each position in a direction perpendicular to the conveyance
direction of the toner image;

a measurement unit configured to emit light to the image carrier conveying the measurement toner image and to measure a length
of the measurement toner image passing through an incident position of the emitted light in the conveyance direction of the
toner image by observing the emitted light; and

a determination unit configured to determine an incident position of the emitted light in the direction perpendicular to the
conveyance direction of the toner image in accordance with a measurement result,

wherein:
the forming unit is further configured to form the toner image on the image carrier based on a plurality of incident positions
of the emitted light determined by the determination unit, wherein the toner image formed on the image carrier passes at least
one incident position of the emitted light and does not pass at least one other incident position of the emitted light,

the forming unit is further configured to adjust a position of the toner image on the image carrier based on the plurality
of incident positions of the emitted light determined by the determination unit,

the forming unit is further configured to adjust a position of an edge of the toner image on the image carrier at a midpoint
of a first incident position of the emitted light and a second incident position of the emitted light, wherein the toner image
on the image carrier passes the first incident position and does not pass the second incident position, and

the measurement unit is further configured to emit light to the image carrier conveying the toner image and to measure an
incident position of the light in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the image carrier by observing the emitted light,

the apparatus further comprising a calculation unit configured to calculate a thickness of the toner image on the image carrier
based on an incident position of first light measured by observing the first light entering a surface of the toner image on
the image carrier and an incident position of second light measured by observing the second light entering the surface of
the image carrier, wherein the first light entering the surface of the toner image on the image carrier and the second light
entering the surface of the image carrier are simultaneously observed,

wherein the measurement unit comprises an irradiation unit configured to emit the first light and the second light and an
observation unit configured to observe the first light and the second light, and

the irradiation unit is further configured to emit the first light and the second light at positions separate from each other
in a direction perpendicular to a conveyance direction of the toner image on the image carrier, wherein the first light and
the second light are irradiated from above the image carrier along the conveyance direction of the toner image on the image
carrier.

US Pat. No. 9,449,251

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,442,389

EXPOSURE APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 9,443,176

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM FOR DETERMINING SUITABILITY OF PRINTING CONTENT DATA DISPLAYED ON A DISPLAY APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processer; and
a memory,
wherein the at least one processor executes instructions stored in the memory to control:
a detection unit configured to detect approach or contact between an outputting apparatus and a display apparatus;
a first acquisition unit configured to acquire information about an output attribute of the outputting apparatus;
a display control unit configured to display on the display apparatus information about output by the outputting apparatus
based on the information about the output attribute of the outputting apparatus; and

a second acquisition unit configured to acquire attribute information about content data to be displayed on the display apparatus,
wherein the display control unit is configured to display on the display apparatus the information about output by the outputting
apparatus based on the information about the output attribute of the outputting apparatus acquired by the first acquisition
unit, and the attribute information about the content data acquired by the second acquisition unit.

US Pat. No. 9,442,416

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

US Pat. No. 9,442,682

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,444,521

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,438,764

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,437,648

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A solid-state image pickup device comprising:
a plurality of pixels each including:
a photoelectric conversion section that generates an electric charge in accordance with incident light; and
a junction field-effect transistor that outputs an image signal in accordance with the electric charge generated by the photoelectric
conversion section,

wherein the solid-state image pickup device includes a first element isolation region using an insulator and a second element
isolation region using a pn junction, the first element isolation region and the second element isolation region being arranged
in a region in which the plurality of pixels are arranged, and

a channel of the junction field-effect transistor and the second element isolation region is arranged along a line that is
parallel to a channel direction of the junction field-effect transistor.

US Pat. No. 9,429,860

TONER PRODUCTION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A toner production method, comprising:
(i) a step of producing untreated toner particles, each of which comprises a binder resin and a colorant, the binder resin
containing a resin (A) capable of forming a crystalline structure; and

(ii) a pressure treatment step of obtaining treated toner particles by holding the untreated toner particles for 5 minutes
or more in a state in which pressure of 2.0 MPa or more is applied to the untreated toner particles under conditions of a
temperature T1 (° C.) defined by formula (1):

20?T1?Tp2  (1)

(wherein, Tp2 represents an onset temperature (° C.) of the maximum endothermic peak derived from the resin (A) on an endothermic
curve during a first temperature rise of the untreated toner particles as determined by differential scanning calorimetric
measurement), wherein

a peak temperature Tp1 of the maximum endothermic peak derived from the resin (A) on the endothermic curve during the first
temperature rise of the untreated toner particles as determined by differential scanning calorimetric measurement is from
at least 50° C. to not more than 90° C., and

wherein the untreated toner particles are obtained by any one of (I) to (VI):
(I) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a resin composition by dissolving or dispersing the binder resin comprising the resin (A) and the colorant
in an organic solvent able to dissolve the binder resin;

a step of obtaining a dispersion by dispersing the resin composition in a dispersion medium comprising carbon dioxide at from
at least 1.0 MPa to not more than 20.0 Mpa;

a step of removing the organic solvent from the dispersion; and
a step of reducing a pressure to atmospheric pressure,
(II) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a resin composition by dissolving or dispersing the binder resin comprising the resin (A) and the colorant
in an organic solvent able to dissolve the binder resin;

a step of obtaining a dispersion by dispersing the resin composition in an aqueous medium; and
a step of removing the organic solvent from the dispersion via the aqueous medium,
(III) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a binder resin fine particle dispersion by dispersing the binder resin comprising the resin (A) in an
aqueous medium or an organic solvent that does not dissolve the binder resin;

a step of obtaining a colorant fine particle dispersion by dispersing the colorant in aqueous medium or an organic solvent
that does not dissolve the binder resin;

a step of forming aggregated particles by mixing the binder resin fine particle dispersion and the colorant fine particle
dispersion; and

a step of heating the aggregated particles at a temperature equal to or higher than a melting point or a glass transition
temperature of the binder resin to fuse the aggregated particles,

(IV) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a polymerizable monomer composition by mixing a polymerizable monomer, the resin (A) and the colorant;
a step of forming liquid droplets of the polymerizable monomer composition by dispersing the polymerizable monomer composition
in an aqueous medium comprising a dispersion stabilizer; and

a step of polymerizing the polymerizable monomer comprised in liquid droplets of the polymerizable monomer composition,
(V) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a polymerizable monomer composition by mixing a polymerizable monomer, a polymerizable monomer that is
a precursor of the resin (A), and the colorant;

a step of forming liquid droplets of the polymerizable monomer composition by dispersing the polymerizable monomer composition
in an aqueous medium comprising a dispersion stabilizer; and

a step of polymerizing the polymerizable monomer comprised in the polymerizable monomer composition, and
(VI) the untreated toner particles are obtained by performing,
a step of obtaining a kneaded product by melting and kneading the binder resin comprising the resin (A) and the colorant;
and

a step of pulverizing the kneaded product.

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. 9,429,892

RECORDING MEDIUM DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A recording medium determination apparatus, comprising:
a transmission unit configured to transmit an ultrasonic wave;
a receiving unit configured to receive an ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmission unit via a recording medium and
output a first signal according to the received ultrasonic wave, and receive an ultrasonic wave transmitted from the transmission
unit not via the recording medium and output a second signal according to the received ultrasonic wave;

a detection unit configured to detect a value of the first signal and a value of the second signal output from the receiving
unit;

a control unit configured to determine basis weight of the recording medium based on the value of the first signal detected
by the detection unit;

a measurement unit configured to measure a period of time from when the transmission unit transmits the ultrasonic wave to
when the detection unit detects the value of the second signal; and

a moving unit configured to move between an opening position in which an inside of the recording medium determination apparatus
is opened and a closing position in which the inside of the recording medium determination apparatus is closed,

wherein the transmission unit or the receiving unit moves according to movement of the moving unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to calculate, based on a reference period of time in a first condition in which the
moving unit is at the closing position and a period of time measured by the measurement unit in a second condition in which
the moving unit moves from the closing position to the opening position and from the opening position to the closing position
at least one time after the first condition, a variation of a distance between the transmission unit and the receiving unit
from the first condition to the second condition, to thereby determine the basis weight of the recording medium in accordance
with the calculated variation of the distance and the value of the first signal.

US Pat. No. 9,428,357

CONVEYING DEVICE AND CONVEYING CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A conveying device comprising:
a first conveying roller for conveying a print medium in a conveying direction;
a second conveying roller provided downstream of the first conveying roller in the conveying direction and for conveying the
print medium in the conveying direction;

a single driving source for driving the first conveying roller and the second conveying roller such that (i) in a case where
the second conveying roller performs normal rotation, the first conveying roller performs normal rotation, (ii) until the
second conveying roller performs reverse rotation at predetermined reverse rotation amount after rotation of the second conveying
roller switches from normal rotation to reverse rotation, the first conveying roller does not perform rotation, and then after
the second conveying roller performs reverse rotation at the predetermined reverse rotation amount, the first conveying roller
performs normal rotation;

an obtaining unit configured to obtain a reverse rotation amount which is needed for a phase of the second conveying roller
is to be a desired phase of the second conveying roller, the phase of the second conveying roller being a phase at a timing
which the second conveying roller starts conveying the print medium downstream in the conveying direction;

a correcting unit configured to correct skewing of the print medium by bending the print medium between the first conveying
roller and the second conveying roller in a conveying path of the print medium; and

a controlling unit configured to control driving of the second conveying roller by the single driving source on the basis
of the reverse rotation amount obtained by the obtaining unit so as to (i) in a case where the reverse rotation amount obtained
by the obtaining unit is smaller than the predetermined reverse rotation amount, perform reverse rotation of the second conveying
roller at one time in association with correcting skewing of the print medium by the correcting unit, and (ii) in a case where
the reverse rotation amount obtained by the obtaining unit is larger than the predetermined reverse rotation amount, perform
reverse rotation of the second conveying roller at plural times in association with correcting skewing of the print medium
by the correcting unit.

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. 9,430,446

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,430,016

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SWITCHING PATTERNS TO BE COMPARED WITH DATA RECEIVED BY NETWORK INTERFACE CONTROL METHOD FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a network interface;
a control circuit connected to the network interface and configured to process data transmitted from the network interface;
a memory configured to store data to be processed by the control circuit; and
a power control circuit configured to:
shift, in accordance with receiving an instruction to shift the information processing apparatus to a power saving mode, the
information processing apparatus to the power saving mode in which power is supplied to the network interface and the memory
and power is not supplied to the control circuit, and

shift, in accordance with receiving an instruction to shift the information processing apparatus to a power off mode, the
information processing apparatus to the power off mode in which power supply to the network interface is restricted and power
is not supplied to the control circuit and the memory;

wherein the network interface includes:
a reception circuit configured to receive data via a network from an external apparatus;
a storage circuit configured to store a first pattern and a second pattern that are to be compared with the data received
by the reception circuit; and

a comparison circuit configured to compare the data received by the reception circuit with the first pattern when the information
processing apparatus operates in the power saving mode and to compare the data received by the reception circuit with the
second pattern the information processing apparatus operates in the power off mode,

wherein, based on reception of data corresponding to the first pattern having been performed by the reception circuit when
the information processing apparatus is in the power saving mode, the power control circuit supplies power to the control
circuit and control to which the power has been supplied resumes, using the data stored in the memory, the information processing
apparatus from the power saving mode, and

wherein, based on reception of data corresponding to the second pattern having been performed by the reception circuit when
the information processing apparatus is in the power off mode, the power control circuit supplies power to the control circuit
and the control circuit to which the power has been supplied boots, by executing a boot program stored in a boot ROM (read-only
memory), the information processing apparatus from the power off mode.

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. 9,426,321

PRINT CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
a processor and a memory configured to implement the functions of;
a first wireless communication portion; and
a second wireless communication portion, wherein
the first wireless communication portion executes first wireless communication by a first wireless communication method, and
the second wireless communication portion executes second wireless communication by a second wireless communication method
having a communication range broader than that of the first wireless communication method,

the processor causes a display device to display a predetermined screen for instructing printing in a case where the first
wireless communication portion is in a first state such that the first wireless communication portion can communicate with
a printer, and does not cause the display device to display the predetermined screen in a case where the first wireless communication
portion is in a second state such that the first wireless communication portion cannot communicate with the printer after
the first wireless communication portion established the first wireless communication with the printer,

the second wireless communication portion establishes the second wireless communication with the printer by the second wireless
communication method based on the first wireless communication, and

the processor transmits data to be printed by the printer, to the printer, using the second wireless communication established
by the second wireless communication portion, in accordance with an instruction by a user to the predetermined screen displayed
by the display device.

US Pat. No. 9,423,512

RADIATION IMAGING APPARATUS AND RADIATION IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,423,530

OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND OPTICAL SYSTEM AND OPTICAL APPARATUS USING SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,426,391

SOLID-STATE IMAGING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND IMAGING SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A solid-state imaging apparatus, comprising:
a pixel array comprising a plurality of pixels arranged in matrix; and
a mixing portion for mixing signals output from the plurality of pixels,
the pixel array further comprising:
a first pixel region having a first non-effective pixel row, a second non-effective pixel row, and a third non-effective pixel
row each comprising a non-effective pixel configured to output a signal that is independent of an amount of incident light;
and

a second pixel region having a plurality of effective pixel rows each comprising an aperture pixel configured to output a
signal that is dependent on an amount of incident light,

the mixing portion being configured to:
mix a signal output from the non-effective pixel in the first non-effective pixel row and a signal output from the non-effective
pixel in the second non-effective pixel row;

mix the signal output from the non-effective pixel in the first non-effective pixel row and a signal output from the non-effective
pixel in the third non-effective pixel row; and

mix signals together, which are output from the aperture pixels in the plurality of effective pixel rows included in the second
pixel region.

US Pat. No. 9,419,030

SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A device comprising:
a first substrate provided with a first transistor on a primary face of the first substrate;
a first wiring structure which is disposed on the first substrate, the first wiring structure having a first conductive portion,
a first wiring and a first insulating film, the first conductive portion containing a conductive material and being connected
to a first circuit including the first transistor via the first wiring;

a second substrate provided with a second transistor on a primary face of the second substrate; and
a second wiring structure which is disposed on the second substrate, the second wiring structure having a second conductive
portion, and a second wiring and a second insulating film, the second conductive portion containing a conductive material
and being connected to a second circuit including the second transistor via the second wiring,

wherein the first wiring structure and the second wiring structure are disposed between the first substrate and the second
substrate, and the first wiring structure and the second wiring structure are bonded to each other at a bonding plane so that
the first conductive portion and the second conductive portion are connected to each other,

wherein the first insulating film has a groove in which the first conductive portion is disposed, and the first insulation
film has, on a side of the second wiring structure, a first face extend along the primary face of the first substrate from
the groove of the first insulating film, and

the second insulating film has a groove in which the second conductive portion is disposed, and the second insulating film
has, on a side of the first wiring structure, a second face extend along the primary face of the second substrate from the
groove of the second insulating film, and

the device further comprising at least one of:
a first film which has a portion positioned, in a direction perpendicular to the primary face of the first substrate, between
the first face of the first insulating film and the second conductive portion, so that the portion of the first film prevents
a diffusion of the conductive material of the second conductive portion; and

a second film which has a portion positioned, in a direction perpendicular to the primary face of the second substrate, between
the second face of the second insulating film and the first conductive portion, so that the portion of the second film prevents
a diffusion of the conductive material of the first conductive portion,

wherein at least one of the first film and the second film forms the bonding plane.

US Pat. No. 9,418,624

IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE OUTPUT APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image output apparatus for outputting images to a display apparatus having a plurality of image processing units respectively
corresponding to a plurality of divided regions of a screen, comprising:
a selecting unit that selects images to be output to the display apparatus;
a setting unit that sets, according to a user operation, an arrangement of the selected images to be output to the display
apparatus; and

a control unit that determines whether the number of types of images arranged by the setting unit in one divided region is
greater than a maximum adjustable number, which is the number of types of images on which the image processing unit corresponding
to the divided region can perform image quality adjustment processing in parallel, and in a case where it is determined that
the number of types of images arranged in one divided region is greater than the maximum adjustable number of the image processing
unit corresponding to the divided region, changes at least one of a display size and a display position of the images to be
output to the display apparatus so that the number of types of images displayed in the divided region is not greater than
the maximum adjustable number, wherein

each of the plurality of image processing units performs image quality adjustment processing on each image to be displayed
in the divided region corresponding to the image processing unit among the plurality of divided regions,

the control unit compares the types of images arranged by the setting unit and a combination of types of images on which each
image processing unit can perform image quality adjustment processing in parallel, to determine whether the number of types
of images arranged by the setting unit is greater than the maximum adjustable number, and

the control unit gives a first notice in a case where the number of types of images arranged in one divided region is greater
than the maximum adjustable number of the image processing unit corresponding to the divided region, and gives a second notice
in a case where the number of types of images selected by the selecting unit is greater than a sum of the plurality of maximum
adjustable numbers respectively corresponding to the plurality of image processing units.

US Pat. No. 9,417,338

RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND RADIATION IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,413,914

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. 9,413,938

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a lens unit;
a first ring-shaped operating member disposed around the lens unit;
a second ring-shaped operating member disposed around the lens unit;
a base member configured to hold the first ring-shaped operating member and the second ring-shaped operating member, wherein
the base member holds the first ring-shaped operating member such that the first ring-shaped operating member can move rectilinearly
in a direction perpendicular to an optical axis of the lens unit, and wherein the base member holds the second ring-shaped
operating member such that the second ring-shaped operating member can rotate about the optical axis of the lens unit;

a rotation detection unit configured to detect rotation of the second ring-shaped operating member; and
a restricting unit configured to restrict rectilinear movement of the first ring-shaped operating member, wherein when the
rotation of the second ring-shaped operating member is not detected by the rotation detection unit, the restricting unit permits
rectilinear movement of the first ring-shaped operating member, and when the rotation of the second ring-shaped operating
member is detected by the rotation detection unit, the restricting unit restricts the rectilinear movement of the first ring-shaped
operating member.

US Pat. No. 9,411,126

LENS BARREL HAVING RETRACTABLE LENS, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A lens barrel comprising:
a lens;
a first holding member configured to hold said lens;
a second holding member configured to hold said first holding member and be movable in a direction of an optical axis in conjunction
with said first holding member;

a drive mechanism configured to move said first holding member between a shooting position on the optical axis and a retracted
position outside the optical axis; and

a first guide bar and a second guide bar configured to support said second holding member;
a third holding member configured to have said first guide bar and said second guide bar fixed thereto and be movable in the
direction of the optical axis; and

an urging member configured to urge said second holding member toward said third holding member,
wherein said drive mechanism retracts said first holding member from the shooting position to the retracted position while
holding said second holding member on the optical axis,

said first guide bar and said second guide bar guide said second holding member in the direction of the optical axis, and
at the time of shifting from a shooting state into a retracted state, said third holding member moves toward an image plane,
and said drive mechanism retracts said first holding member from the shooting position to the retracted position in a state
where said second holding member is urged toward said third holding member by said urging member.

US Pat. No. 9,413,964

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

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An imaging apparatus comprising:
a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, each pixel accumulating an electric charge based on an incident light quantity;
a plurality of signal lines each arranged correspondingly to each of columns of the plurality of pixels;
a row scanning circuit configured to select the plurality of pixels row by row for outputting signals from the plurality of
pixels to the plurality of signal lines; and

a first gain correcting circuit configured to correct the signals in the plurality of signal lines by applying a gain to the
signals, wherein when rows of a pixel region selected for reading out in a present frame is different from rows of a pixel
region selected for reading out in a previous frame so that a charge accumulation period of a first row of the plurality of
pixels is different from a charge accumulation period of a second row of the plurality of pixels, the first gain correcting
circuit corrects the signals to reduce a difference of a signal value due to the difference of the charge accumulation period
between the first row and the second row.

US Pat. No. 9,414,035

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH A FUNCTION OF COMBINING A PLURALITY OF CAPTURED IMAGES

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image sensor having pixels including color filters of a plurality of color components and configured to capture an image
and output image data of the captured image;

a white balance processing unit configured to perform white balance processing on the image data output from the image sensor;
a memory storing the image data subjected to the white balance processing;
a comparison unit configured to compare brightness of regions located at corresponding positions in first image data and second
image data, wherein the first image data and the second image data are read out from the memory;

a generation unit configured to output either the first image data or the second image data for each region according to a
comparison result made by the comparison unit, and to generate combined image data;

an image processing unit to perform image processing on the combined image data, and
a recording unit configured to record the combined image data subjected to the image processing, in a recording medium.

US Pat. No. 9,409,735

SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,411,546

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. 9,411,301

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. 9,411,307

PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process cartridge comprising:
a charging member; and
an electrophotographic photosensitive member which is electrically charged upon being brought into contact with the charging
member, wherein:

the charging member comprises
an electro-conductive substrate and
an electroconductive resin layer formed on the electro-conductive substrate;
the electroconductive resin layer comprises
a binder,
a conductive fine particle, and
a bowl-shaped resin particle which has an opening; and
the surface of the charging member has
a concavity derived from the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle, and
a protrusion derived from an edge of the opening of the bowl-shaped resin particle;
and wherein:
the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises
a support and
a photosensitive layer formed on the support, and
a surface layer of the electrophotographic photosensitive member comprises the following resin (?), resin (?), and compound
(?):

resin (?): polycarbonate resins having no siloxane structure at a terminal;
resin (?): at least one resin selected from the group consisting of polycarbonate resins having a siloxane structure at a
terminal, polyester resins having a siloxane structure at a terminal, and acrylic resins having a siloxane structure at a
terminal; and

compound (?): at least one compound selected from the group consisting of methyl benzoate, ethyl benzoate, benzyl acetate,
ethyl 3-ethoxypropionate, and diethylene glycol ethyl methyl ether,

wherein the resin (?) is a polycarbonate resin A having a repeating structural unit represented by the following formula (A):

wherein R21 to R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a methyl group; X1 represents a single bond, a cyclohexylidene group, or a divalent group having a structure represented by the following formula
(C):


wherein R41 and R42 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or a phenyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,407,784

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,405,234

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:
an image carrying member that carries a toner image;
a transfer belt that is endless and movable while being in contact with the image carrying member; and
a transfer device that transfers a toner image from the image carrying member to the transfer belt, the transfer device including
a fiber member including a plurality of conductive fiber threads and a holding member that holds the fiber member, the fiber
member coming into contact with an inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt while being held by a holding surface of
the holding member,

wherein the holding member includes a rotation shaft and is rotatable around the rotation shaft,
wherein the rotation shaft is located inward of the inner peripheral surface of the transfer belt and upstream from the fiber
member in the movement direction of the transfer belt, and

wherein the holding surface is inclined with respect to an opposing portion of the inner peripheral surface of the transfer
belt in such a manner that a distance between the holding surface and the opposing portion of the inner peripheral surface
of the transfer belt increases from a downstream side to an upstream side in the movement direction of the transfer belt in
a contact state, in which the image carrying member and the transfer belt are in contact with each other and the transfer
belt and the transfer device are in contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 9,406,004

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for creating a lookup table in correspondence with a print medium to be used and a print
agent amount to be used for printing on the print medium, and performing image processing for input image data using the created
lookup table, comprising:
a holding unit configured to hold a reference lookup table corresponding to a type of the print medium, and a limit value
configurable at each grid point of the created lookup table;

a setting unit configured to set the type of the print medium to be used and a maximum print agent amount;
a creating unit configured to create a provisional lookup table based on the reference lookup table held in the holding unit,
and the print medium and the maximum print agent amount which have been set by the setting unit;

a comparison unit configured to compare a value of each grid point of the provisional lookup table created by the creating
unit with the limit value configurable at each grid point;

a generation unit configured to generate, based on a result of comparison by the comparison unit, a lookup table such that
a value of each grid point is not larger than the limit value configurable at each grid point; and

an image processing unit configured to perform image processing for the input image data using the lookup table generated
by the generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,406,005

GAMMA CORRECTION TABLE GENERATION METHOD, IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE USING THE GAMMA CORRECTION TABLE AND CONTROL PROGRAM THEREOF

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A gamma correction table generation method of measuring a density patch output by an image forming device and including
a predetermined unit pattern composed of a plurality of pixels, the gamma correction table generation method comprising:
obtaining density information corresponding to the density patch by reading, with a reading sensor, the density patch,
wherein the unit pattern is composed of halftone pixels representing a target tone as a pixel unit and white pixels,
wherein the halftone pixels is a part of a line in the unit pattern,
wherein the density patch is an image in which a plurality of same unit patterns is arranged like a tile in parallel to a
line included in each unit pattern, and

wherein the unit pattern included in the density patch includes white pixels at least at one of positions adjacent to the
halftone pixels such that a width of a line formed by the halftone pixels included in the unit pattern is maintained;

correcting the density information based on a ratio of a number of halftone pixels to a number of pixels included in the unit
pattern; and

generating a gamma correction table based on the corrected density information.

US Pat. No. 9,405,248

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS HAVING LUBRICANT BETWEEN FILM AND NIP FORMING MEMBER

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
a cylindrical film;
a rotatable member contacting an outer surface of said film;
a nip forming member contacting an inner surface of said film and cooperating with said rotatable member to form a nip for
nipping a recording material carrying an image; and

an inner surface opposing member opposing an inner surface of an end portion of said film in a generatrix direction of said
film,

wherein said inner surface opposing member includes a film supporting surface,
wherein the inner surface of the end portion of said film slides on the film supporting surface,
wherein the film supporting surface is provided with a groove recessed relative to the film supporting surface and extending
in a rotational moving direction of said film,

wherein a lubricant is provided between said film and said nip forming member,
wherein said groove has an entrance which is provided immediately after a downstream side end portion of said nip forming
member with respect to the rotational moving direction,

wherein said groove has a wall,
wherein said wall has a surface in a plane intersecting the rotational axis of said film at the position downstream of the
entrance of said groove with respect to the rotational moving direction,

wherein said wall is configured to remove from said film the lubricant which is deposited on the inner surface of said film
and which moves with rotation of said film,

wherein said wall is disposed at the same position as said groove along the generatrix direction of said film, and
wherein said wall is provided in an area between a center portion of said nip and 180° away therefrom with respect to the
rotational moving direction.

US Pat. No. 9,407,813

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
a focus detection unit configured to detect,
based on a signal output from an image sensor, a focus evaluation value for controlling an imaging optical system to be in
an in-focus state using one of a plurality of different focus detection methods;

a correction unit configured to correct the focus evaluation value in accordance with the focus detection method used for
the detection; and

a storage unit configured to store information for calculating a reference correction value for correcting a focus evaluation
value detected using a predetermined focus detection method from among the plurality of different focus detection methods,
and information for calculating, from the reference correction value, a correction value for correcting a focus evaluation
value detected using a focus detection method other than the predetermined focus detection method from among the plurality
of different focus detection methods,

wherein the correction unit is configured to calculate a correction value for correcting the focus evaluation value using
the information stored in the storage unit, and correct the focus evaluation value using the calculated correction value.

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. 9,400,773

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. 9,394,409

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. 9,397,298

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,395,642

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT ADJUSTS THE START TIMINGS OF TRANSFER BIAS VOLTAGE APPLICATIONS TO PREVENT NONUNIFORMITY IN PRINTED IMAGE DENSITY

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
a plurality of photosensitive members;
charging members configured to be supplied with charging bias voltages to charge surfaces of said photosensitive members at
charge portions, respectively;

exposure members configured to effect image exposure of said photosensitive members charged by said charging members on the
basis of image signals at image regions, respectively;

developing devices configured to deposit toners onto the surfaces of said photosensitive members exposed by said exposure
members to form toner images thereon, respectively;

transfer members configured to be supplied with transfer bias voltages to transfer the toner images deposited on the surfaces
of said photosensitive members by said developing devices, respectively, onto an intermediary transfer member or a recording
material carried on a recording material feeding member at transfer portions, respectively;

a common charging bias voltage source configured to apply the charging bias voltages to said charging members in accordance
with set points of charged potentials, respectively;

transfer bias voltage sources configured to carry out applications of the transfer bias voltages to said transfer members
at predetermined timings, respectively; and

a controller configured to execute, when an absolute value of a set point of a charged potential is not higher than a predetermined
threshold, an operation in a first mode, in which application of the charging bias voltage is started at a timing not less
than a preset length of time, which is a time equivalent to two or more full rotations of said photosensitive members, before
starting of formation of a latent image on the image region, in each of said photosensitive members, and application of the
transfer bias voltage is started at a timing after a preset length of time from the start of the application of the charging
bias voltage, which is a time required for a predetermined peripheral position of each of said photosensitive members to move
from the charge portion to the transfer portion, and said controller being further configured to execute, when the absolute
value of the set point of the charged potential is higher than the predetermined threshold, an operation in a second mode
in which timings of a start of applications of the transfer bias voltages to said transfer members are delayed as compared
with those in the first mode, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,395,655

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear a toner image thereon;
a transfer member configured to form a transfer unit with the image bearing member;
a voltage supply device configured to transfer a toner image on the image bearing member electrostatically onto a transfer
material at the transfer unit by applying voltage to the transfer member;

a conductive conveyance member configured to have conductivity and make contact with the transfer material that is conveyed
toward the transfer unit;

a resistor in a sheet shape configured to ground the conductive conveyance member electrically;
a first contact member configured to form a current path between the resistor and the conductive conveyance member; and
a second contact member configured to form a current path between the resistor and an electrical ground portion,
wherein, a first contact portion between the resistor and the first contact member and a second contact portion between the
resistor and the second contact member are arranged so as not to overlap in a thickness direction of the resistor.

US Pat. No. 9,389,514

DRAWING METHOD AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING ARTICLE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,390,068

SIGNAL PROCESSING CIRCUIT AND ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A signal processing circuit that respectively transforms complex covariance matrices, which are consecutively inputted
at a predetermined period, into upper triangular matrices,
the signal processing circuit comprising:
a storage unit that stores at least N-number of complex covariance matrices;
a reading unit that reads matrix elements of the stored complex covariance matrices;
a CORDIC calculation circuit that implements a CORDIC algorithm by a pipelined circuit system; and
a QR decomposition unit that controls the reading unit and the CORDIC calculation circuit to calculate an upper triangular
matrix by iteratively using the CORDIC calculation circuit on a single complex covariance matrix and that calculates in parallel
a transformation of N-number of complex covariance matrices into upper triangular matrices in an interleaved format,

where the QR decomposition unit divides a calculation process, from inputting a single complex covariance matrix to outputting
an upper triangular matrix, into N-number of process steps, and calculates respectively different process steps of the N-number
of complex covariance matrices in parallel in an interleaved format.

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. 9,389,824

PRINTING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND PHOTO-DIRECT PRINTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image supply device having a display unit and for communicating with a printing apparatus, the image supply device implementing
the following processes of:
setting an image to be displayed on the display unit;
designating the image set by the setting process as a print target image;
selecting a first job issuing procedure or a second job issuing procedure in accordance with a type of the printing apparatus;
obtaining capability information that is used for setting a print condition by communicating with the printing apparatus in
a case that selecting process selects the second job issuing procedure; and

transmitting a job for printing the image set by the setting process and designated as the print target image by the designating
process to the printing apparatus,
wherein (i) in a case that the selecting process selects the first job issuing procedure, the transmitting process transmits
the job without user operation for setting a print condition of the print target image after a designation by the designating
process, and (ii) in a case that the selecting process selects the second job issuing procedure, the transmitting process
transmits the job that includes a print condition that has been set by a user based on the capability information obtained
by the obtaining process.

US Pat. No. 9,392,193

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including an image pickup element including a two-dimensional arrangement of a plurality of photoelectric
converters configured to convert an optical image formed by a photographing lens into an electric signal, and a microlens
array arranged between the photographing lens and the image pickup element, wherein each microlens of the microlens array
corresponds to one of pixel blocks provided by dividing the two-dimensional array of the plurality of photoelectric converters
on a unit basis of a pixel block of a predetermined number of photoelectric converters, the image pickup apparatus comprising:
a photographing mode setting unit configure to switch between a first photographing mode and a second photographing mode,
a number of the photoelectric converters whose electric signals are to be read in the second photographing mode being smaller
than that in the first photographing mode, the photoelectric converter, which is located around a location at which a light
ray passing through a center of the photographing lens arrives, being to be read and the photoelectric converter, which is
located outermost circumference of the pixel block, being to be read in the first photographing mode, and the photoelectric
converter, which is located around the location at which the light ray passing through the center of the photographing lens
arrives, being to be read and the photoelectric converter, which is located the outermost circumference of the pixel block,
being not to be read in the second photographing mode;

a signal read-out unit configured to read the electric signal converted by the photoelectric converter; and
a control unit configured to control the signal read-out unit according to the photographing mode set by the photographing
mode setting unit to change the photoelectric converter to be used for signal reading of the signal read-out unit among the
photoelectric converter included in each pixel block.

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. 9,392,202

SCANNING CIRCUIT, PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM FOR SPECIFYING A REGISTER WHERE SCANNING IS SKIPPED AMONG A PLURALITY OF REGISTERS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion apparatus comprising:
a pixel array in which a plurality of pixels are arranged in a matrix;
a first shift register including a plurality of registers connected in series and being operable to specify a register where
scanning is skipped among the plurality of registers;

a second shift register adapted to transmit skip information for specifying the register to be skipped;
a plurality of bypass units provided in correspondence with the plurality of registers connected in series; and
a plurality of inter-register switches, each connects an output node of one of the plurality of registers and an input node
of subsequent one of the plurality of registers,

wherein the second shift register controls the plurality of bypass units into an on state and an off state based on the skip
information, and the plurality of inter-register switches into an on state and an off state on the basis of the skip information
by providing signals having opposite phases to each other for the inter-register switch connected to the output node of one
of the plurality of registers and the bypass unit connected to the input node of the one of the plurality of registers.

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. 9,390,480

DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH IMAGE-CAPTURING FUNCTION, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A display apparatus with an image-capturing function, comprising:
an image-capturing unit;
an outputting unit configured to output an image signal of an image captured using the image-capturing unit to an external
apparatus;

an inputting unit configured to input a combined image generated by an image combining unit configured to combine an external
input image with an image captured using the image-capturing unit from the external apparatus;

a display unit;
a corrector configured to perform image-capture-distortion correction and display-distortion correction on an image signal
captured by the image-capturing unit;

a controller configured to control the corrector to perform the image capture-distortion correction if a correction mode of
the image capture-distortion is set, control the corrector to perform the display distortion correction if a correction mode
of the display distortion is set, and control the corrector to perform the image capture-distortion correction and the display
distortion correction at the same time if the correction mode of the image capture-distortion and the correction mode of the
display-distortion are set; and

a setting unit configured to set a type of distortion correction performed by the corrector and to determine whether or not
the image combining unit is to perform image combining via an interface,

wherein the controller performs the control according to the settings made by the setting unit,
wherein the corrector performs the image-capture-distortion correction using a first correction table that contains image-capture-distortion
correction data and performs the display-distortion correction using a second correction table that contains display-distortion
correction data, and

wherein when the image combining unit performs image combining to generate the combined image, the corrector performs image-capture
inverse distortion correction on the external input image by applying distortion equal to image-capture distortion caused
by the image-capturing unit, and the corrector performs image-capture-distortion correction and display-distortion correction
on the combined image.

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. 9,383,663

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 is an electron transporting layer,
the undercoat layer comprises a metal salt of organic acid having at least one metal element selected from the group consisting
of Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn, and

(i) the undercoat layer is obtained by curing an electron transporting compound having a polymerizable functional group, or
a composition containing an electron transporting compound having a polymerizable functional group, or

(ii) the undercoat layer further comprises an electron transporting compound.

US Pat. No. 9,383,685

DEVELOPING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A developing apparatus comprising:
a first chamber for accommodating a developer including toner and magnetic carrier;
a second chamber in fluid communication with said first chamber to establish a circulation path along which the developer
circulates;

a first feeding screw for feeding the developer inside said first chamber;
a second feeding screw for feeding the developer inside said second chamber;
a first bearing, provided at one end portion side of said first feeding screw, for bearing a rotation shaft of said first
feeding screw;

a second bearing, provided at one end portion side of said second feeding screw, for bearing a rotation shaft of said second
feeding screw;

a first magnet provided between said first bearing and the circulation path with respect to a direction of an axis of the
rotation shaft of said first feeding screw without contact with the rotation shaft of said first feeding screw to form a magnetic
brush contacting a peripheral surface of the rotation shaft of said first feeding screw;

a second magnet provided between said second bearing and the circulation path with respect to a direction of an axis of the
rotation shaft of said second feeding screw without contact with the rotation shaft of said second feeding screw to form a
magnetic brush contacting a peripheral surface of the rotation shaft of said second feeding screw;

a first receiving portion provided between said first bearing and said first magnet and capable of receiving the developer
from the circulation path, wherein the rotation shaft of said first feeding screw is provided in said first receiving portion;

a second receiving portion provided between said second bearing and said second magnet and capable of receiving the developer
from the circulation path, wherein the rotation shaft of said second feeding screw is provided in said second receiving portion;
and

a discharging portion, in said first receiving portion or said second receiving portion, for discharging the developer from
said first receiving portion or said second receiving portion to outside.

US Pat. No. 9,383,696

FIXING DEVICE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A fixing device comprising:
first and second rotatable members configured to heat-fix, at a nip therebetween, a toner image formed on a sheet by using
a toner containing a parting agent;

a heating portion, provided opposed to an outer surface of said first rotatable member, configured to heat said first rotatable
member through electromagnetic induction heating;

a holding portion configured to hold said heating portion; and
a suppressing portion configured to suppress air flow in a space between said first rotatable member and said holding portion,
wherein said suppressing portion extends from said holding portion toward said first rotatable member and is provided so that
a free end portion thereof is in a position of 0.5 mm or more and 3.5 mm or less from the outer surface of said first rotatable
member.

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. 9,377,978

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IMPROVES EFFICIENCY OF POST PROCESSING, CONTROL METHOD FOR IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS THAT IMPROVES EFFICIENCY OF POST PROCESSING, AND STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING INSTRUCTIONS FOR IMAGE PROCESSING AP

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:
a storage unit configured to store a first print job and a second print job which is to be executed after the first print
job;

a sheet processing unit configured to cause a sheet processing apparatus to execute gluing processing of sheets after the
sheets are printed by execution of the first print job;

a power supply control unit configured to heat a heater for melting glue to be used in the gluing processing;
a determining unit configured to determine whether the second print job requires the gluing processing; and
a judgment unit configured to judge whether the second print job is a print job to be executed within a predetermined range
after the execution of the first print job,

wherein in a case where the determining unit determines that the second print job requires the gluing processing and the judgment
unit judges that the second print job is a print job to be executed within the predetermined range after the execution of
the first print job, the power supply control unit continues heating the heater during a period between the gluing processing
for the first print job and the gluing processing for the second print job to prevent glue melted by executing the gluing
processing for the first print job from becoming solidified.

US Pat. No. 9,375,955

PRINTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:
a printhead that prints an image on a printing medium;
a first conveyance roller that is provided on an upstream side of said printhead along a conveyance direction of a printing
medium and conveys a printing medium;

a second conveyance roller that is provided on a downstream side of said printhead along the conveyance direction and conveys
a printing medium;

a conveyance control unit configured to perform a conveyance control for changing a conveyance state from a first conveyance
state in which the first conveyance roller conveys a printing medium and the second conveyance roller does not convey the
printing medium, to a second conveyance state in which the first conveyance roller and the second conveyance roller convey
the printing medium, and then to a third conveyance state in which the first conveyance roller does not convey the printing
medium and the second conveyance roller conveys the printing medium;

a calculating unit configured to calculate a load mutually acting on said first conveyance roller and said second conveyance
roller through the printing medium in the second conveyance state; and

a correcting unit configured to correct, a conveyance amount when the conveyance state is changed from the second conveyance
state to the third conveyance state based on a calculation result of the load.

US Pat. No. 9,375,838

GRIP APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR THE GRIP APPARATUS, AND ROBOT MANIPULATOR

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A grip apparatus comprising:
a grip mechanism including a plurality of fingers;
a pressure sensitive conductive rubber that is provided to at least one of the plurality of fingers and configured to output
a detection signal corresponding to acting force;

and
a control unit configured to cause the plurality of fingers to perform an opening operation after performing a closing operation
and to perform a closing operation after the opening operation, and also configured to determine that the grip mechanism grips
a work in a case where a detection value based on the detection signal is higher than a threshold and determine that the grip
mechanism releases the work in a case where the detection value is lower than the threshold,

wherein the control unit samples the detection signal of the pressure sensitive conductive rubber before the fingers contact
the work and after the opening operation, and sets a value obtained by adding a predetermined value to the detection value
based on the sampled detection signal as the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,378,441

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a memory; and
at least one processor in communication with the memory, the processor configured to control:
a first execution unit configured to execute shutdown processing for turning off the information processing apparatus at a
predetermined time;

a second execution unit configured to execute restart processing for turning off and restarting the information processing
apparatus when an event requiring restart of the information processing apparatus has occurred; and

a control unit configured to, even if the event requiring restart of the information processing apparatus has occurred and
if a remaining time before the first execution unit executes the shutdown processing at the predetermined time is shorter
than a threshold, control the second execution unit not to execute the restart processing and control the first execution
unit to execute the shutdown processing at the predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 9,372,651

PROCESSING DOCUMENTS IN A HOT FOLDER FOR PRINTING

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,372,408

MASK PATTERN GENERATION METHOD

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A method for generating a pattern of a mask used for a mask manufacturing method for manufacturing the mask using data
of the generated pattern of the mask, the method comprising the following steps performed by a processor:
obtaining data of a plurality of polygonal pattern elements;
grouping polygonal pattern elements which overlap or contact with each other among the plurality of polygon pattern elements
in one group;

setting an evaluation position for evaluating an image of the polygonal pattern elements of the one group on a side except
for sides which overlap or contact with each other among sides of the polygonal pattern elements of the one group;

calculating the image of the polygonal pattern elements of the one group;
evaluating the calculated image at the set evaluation position;
correcting the polygonal pattern element based on a result of the evaluating; and
generating the pattern of the mask including the corrected polygonal pattern element,
wherein the mask manufacturing method comprises a step of manufacturing the mask including the generated pattern using data
of the generated pattern, and

wherein the corrected polygonal pattern element of the manufactured mask are resolved on a substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,372,434

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH LUBRICATED DEVELOPER CARRYING MEMBER

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image forming apparatus, which is configured to form an image with use of developer, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to bear an image of the developer;
a developer carrying member configured to carry the developer so as to supply the developer to the image bearing member; and
a developer supplying member configured to supply the developer to the developer carrying member,
wherein at least a part of a surface of the developer carrying member is coated with lubricant,
wherein the lubricant is to be charged to the same polarity as the developer,
wherein an absolute value of a charge amount per unit mass of the lubricant is larger than an absolute value of a charge amount
per unit mass of the developer, and

wherein the image forming apparatus is configured to execute a first sequence of applying a potential difference between the
developer supplying member and the developer carrying member before image formation to form an electric field to suppress
movement of the charged lubricant from the developer carrying member to the developer supply member.

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. 9,374,531

IMAGE SHAKE CORRECTING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME, LENS BARREL, OPTICAL APPARATUS, AND IMAGING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image shake correcting apparatus comprising:
(a) a shake detecting unit configured to detect shake and to produce a shake detection signal;
(b) a calculating unit configured to calculate an image shake correction amount by acquiring the shake detection signal output
from the shake detecting unit; and

(c) a shake correcting unit configured to correct an image shake in accordance with the image shake correction amount calculated
by the calculating unit,

wherein the calculating unit comprises:
(i) an offset removing unit configured to remove an offset component from the shake detection signal using a high-pass filter;
and

(ii) a reference value calculating unit configured to calculate an offset reference value by acquiring the shake detection
signal,

wherein the calculating unit causes the offset removing unit to remove an offset component from the shake detection signal
to thereby calculate the image shake correction amount from a start of an operation of the shake detecting unit until the
reference value calculating unit calculates the offset reference value regarding the shake detection signal, and the calculating
unit calculates the image shake correction amount from a signal obtained by subtracting the offset reference value from the
shake detection signal after the reference value calculating unit calculates the offset reference value, and

wherein the image shake correction amount from the signal obtained by subtracting the offset reference value from the shake
detection signal does not pass by the high-pass filter.

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. 9,367,528

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DOCUMENT CODING AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DOCUMENT DECODING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of encoding one structured document comprising a plurality of events, the method comprising:
obtaining and storing events of the structured document in a buffer memory; and while storing the events in the buffer memory:
obtaining at least one primary piece of structural information representing a structure of a group of events from the events
of said one structured document stored so far in the buffer memory; and

creating at least one derived piece of structural information, formed by addition of redundancy information to the primary
piece of structural information, representing a group of events of said one structured document stored so far in the buffer
memory; and

encoding events of said one structured document stored in the buffer memory using the obtained at least one primary piece
of structural information or the created at least one derived piece of structural information;

wherein the encoding step is executed when, following the storing of the events, the occupancy of the buffer memory reaches
a predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,366,564

ACOUSTIC WAVE RECEIVING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An acoustic wave receiving apparatus comprising:
a resonator including a first mirror on which measurement light is incident, a second mirror which is arranged to face said
first mirror and on which acoustic waves from an object are incident, an acoustic wave reception layer interposed between
said first mirror and said second mirror, and a compensation layer; and

a detector for detecting a variation in an optical path length between said first mirror and said second mirror that occurs
in response to deformation of said acoustic wave reception layer caused by incidence of the acoustic waves,

wherein the variation in the optical path length due to a film thickness distribution of said acoustic wave reception layer
is compensated for by refraction in said compensation layer.

US Pat. No. 9,363,394

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF SETTING INSERT, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A print setting apparatus having an operation unit with touch panel function, comprising:
a display unit configured to cause the operation unit to display a plurality of images and an object indicating an additional
sheet; and

a control unit configured to configure a first setting, in a case where the object is dragged to a position between a first
image and a second image, such that the additional sheet is inserted between a first sheet on which the first image is printed
and a second sheet on which the second image is printed, to configure a second setting, in a case where the object is dragged
to a position on one of the first image and the second image, such that the one of the first image and the second image is
printed on the additional sheet, and to cancel the first setting or the second setting, in a case where the object is dragged
from the position between the first image and the second image or from the position on one of the first image and the second
image,

wherein the control unit is further configured to configure a setting, in a case where the object is dragged to the position
between the first image and the second image, such that two additional sheets are displayed on the operation unit between
a first sheet on which the first image is printed and a second sheet on which the second image is printed when the plurality
of images are to be printed using double sided printing.

US Pat. No. 9,358,797

LIQUID TANK AND LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A liquid tank installable in a liquid ejecting apparatus, the liquid tank comprising:
a structure to be attached to an attaching unit of the liquid ejecting apparatus, wherein the attaching unit includes an introducing
portion, a locking portion and a first apparatus-side electrode, and wherein the structure includes a supplying portion for
joining to the introducing portion and an engaging portion engageable with the locking portion, wherein the supplying portion
is joined to the introducing portion at an attachment completion position at which the engaging portion engages with the locking
portion, so as to supply a contained liquid from the supplying portion to the liquid ejecting apparatus via the introducing
portion;

a first tank-side electrode corresponding to the first apparatus-side electrode;
an informing unit; and
a control unit configured to control the informing unit according to a conduction state between the first apparatus-side electrode
and the first tank-side electrode, wherein

the liquid tank is moved with respect to the attaching unit by force acting at a predetermined portion in a predetermined
direction so that the engaging portion engages with the locking portion, and thus, the liquid tank is attached to the attaching
unit at the attachment completion position, and

the liquid tank is configured such that a conduction state between the first apparatus-side electrode and the first tank-side
electrode is changed from the conductive state to a non-conductive state before the liquid tank is fixed at the attachment
completion position in engagement of the engaging portion with the locking portion during movement reverse to the predetermined
direction after the liquid tank passes beyond the attachment completion position during the movement in the predetermined
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,358,812

PRINTING APPARATUS FOR DETECTING AND AVOIDING UNPRINTABLE REGIONS ON RECORDING MEDIUMS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,360,921

SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A semiconductor integrated circuit comprising:
a plurality of processing blocks each including a plurality of functional modules;
a power control unit configured to start power supply to the processing blocks so as to charge the processing blocks with
electric charges; and

an initialization control unit configured to individually control initialization of each of the processing blocks by individually
controlling a start of clock supply to each of the processing blocks after the processing blocks are charged with the electric
charges, wherein the initialization of each of the processing blocks is initialization of a storage element included in each
of the functional modules,

wherein the initialization control unit operates in such a manner that a start of the clock supply to a second processing
block is delayed from a start of the clock supply to a first processing block.

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. 9,360,789

MEMBER FOR ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY, PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A member for electrophotography comprising:
a substrate,
an elastic layer on the substrate, and
a surface layer on the elastic layer, wherein,
the surface layer comprises a binder resin and first particles,
the surface of the surface layer has first convexes derived from the first particles,
the first particles resulting in the first convex have an average inter-particle surface distance of 50 nm or less,
the first particles have a number-average particle diameter of 200 nm or more and 1000 nm or less, and
the surface of the surface layer has a universal hardness of 1.0 N/mm2 or more and 7.0 N/mm2 or less.

US Pat. No. 9,353,247

MOLDED ARTICLE AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An article molded from a resin composition at least comprising a thermoplastic cyclic olefin resin and silica particles
surface-modified with amino functional groups and having a number average particle diameter of primary particles of 10 nm
or more and 50 nm or less,
wherein the resin composition includes the silica particles in an amount of 34% by mass or more and 85% by mass or less, and
wherein the molded article has a negative linear expansion coefficient in a temperature range of 20 degree (Celsius) to 60
degree (Celsius).

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. 9,354,832

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. 9,348,264

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,348,274

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. 9,348,545

REDUCING WAIT TIME WHEN EXTERNAL APPARATUS USED FOR IMAGE PROCESSING

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus that communicates with an external apparatus, the image forming apparatus comprising:
an identification unit configured to identify processing target data that is not processable in the image forming apparatus;
a transmission unit configured to transmit the processing target data to the external apparatus before reception of at least
one of a print instruction and a preview display instruction with respect to the processing target data identified by the
identification unit; and

a receiving unit configured to receive processing target data that has been processed in the external apparatus,
wherein, before reception of a preview display instruction with respect to the processing target data identified by the identification
unit, the transmission unit transmits to the external apparatus both the processing target data and a processing content for
the processing target data.

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. 9,340,379

FEEDING DEVICE AND RECORDING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A feeding device comprising:
a loading unit having a loading surface for loading a recording medium;
a feeding portion capable of feeding the recording medium loaded on the loading surface, the feeding portion including,
a shaft member that has a rotation axis disposed essentially parallel to the loading surface and that is rotatable about the
rotation axis,

a first roller arranged on one end side of the shaft member, and
a second roller arranged on the other end side of the shaft member; and
a holding member including a supporting surface to swingably support the shaft member at a position between the first roller
and the second roller such that when the first roller moves away from the loading surface, the second roller moves toward
the loading surface by using the supporting surface as a fulcrum,

wherein, the loading surface is configured to include a hole formed at a position opposite to the second roller, and allow
at least a part of the second roller to enter into the hole.

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. 9,344,587

IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. A control method for an information processing apparatus, comprising:
selecting an image processing apparatus via first wireless communication based on a first wireless communication standard;
acquiring information for communicating with the image processing apparatus via second wireless communication based on a second
wireless communication standard;

selecting an image processing apparatus from a list screen which displays a list of image processing apparatuses which can
communicate with the information processing apparatus;

displaying an icon indicating that scanning by the image processing apparatus is enabled, based on communication with the
image processing apparatus;

determining whether the image processing apparatus is selected via the first wireless communication; and
receiving image data, which is generated by scanning by the image processing apparatus selected via the first wireless communication,
from the image processing apparatus via the second wireless communication if it is determined that the image processing apparatus
is selected via the first wireless communication, and receiving image data, which is generated by scanning by the image processing
apparatus selected from the list screen, from the image processing apparatus via the second wireless communication if it is
determined that the image processing apparatus is not selected via the first wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 9,335,719

INTERVAL SECURING MEMBER, DEVELOPING APPARATUS, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An interval securing member configured to maintain a distance between an image bearing member and a roller, the image bearing
member being provided rotatably and configured so that a latent image is formed thereon, comprising:
a first image bearing member side sliding contact portion configured to come into sliding contact with the image bearing member
on an upstream side in a direction of rotation of the image bearing member from a nearest position where the distance between
the image bearing member and the roller becomes the smallest;

a first roller side sliding contact portion configured to come into sliding contact with the roller on an upstream side from
the nearest position in a direction of rotation of the roller;

a second image bearing member side sliding contact portion configured to come into sliding contact with the image bearing
member on a downstream side from the nearest position in the direction of rotation of the image bearing member; and

a second roller side sliding contact portion configured to come into sliding contact with the roller on a downstream side
from the nearest position in the direction of rotation of the roller, wherein

the first image bearing member side sliding contact portion and the first roller side sliding contact portion come into abutment
with the image bearing member and the roller respectively, so that the interval securing member is prevented from moving in
the direction of rotations of the image bearing member and the roller when the image bearing member and the roller rotate,
wherein

the interval securing member does not come into contact with the image bearing member and the roller on a straight line connecting
a center of the image bearing member and a center of the roller.

US Pat. No. 9,332,906

OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMOLOGIC IMAGING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,338,311

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. 9,338,355

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image capturing unit to capture images;
a motion vector detection unit to detect a motion vector between two images out of the images;
a shake calculation unit to calculate a shake amount of the image capturing apparatus during shooting of the two images based
on a shake detected by a shake detection unit and acquired in a period from an image capturing of a preceding frame out of
the two images to an image capturing of a succeeding frame out of the two images;

an image blurring conversion unit to convert the calculated shake amount into an image blurring amount of an image;
a correction amount calculation unit to calculate, by using at least one of the detected motion vector and the image blurring
amount, a correction amount; and

a correction unit to electronically correct image blurring of the image based on the correction amount.

US Pat. No. 9,335,865

COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR, AND COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A coordinate input apparatus comprising:
first, second, third and fourth sensor units disposed corresponding to four corners of a coordinate input region and each
comprising a light projecting unit configured to project light toward the coordinate input region, and a light receiving unit
configured to receive incoming light, and the first and second sensor units are set to a first retroreflecting unit, the third
and fourth sensor units are set to a second retroreflecting unit, and the first and second retroreflecting units are disposed
corresponding to two sides of the coordinate input region;

a determination unit configured to detect first angle information between a direction corresponding to the third sensor unit
detected by the first sensor unit and a direction from the second sensor unit to the first sensor unit disposed corresponding
to a first corner of the coordinate input region, to detect at least three pieces of angle information in second angle information
between the direction corresponding to the third sensor unit detected by the first sensor unit and a direction corresponding
to the fourth sensor unit detected by the first sensor unit disposed corresponding to the first corner of the coordinate input
region, third angle information between a direction corresponding to the third sensor unit detected by the second sensor unit
and a direction corresponding to the fourth sensor unit detected by the second sensor unit, fourth angle information between
a direction corresponding to the first sensor unit detected by the third sensor unit and a direction corresponding to the
second sensor unit detected by the third sensor unit disposed corresponding to a third corner of the coordinate input region,
and fifth angle information between a direction corresponding to the first sensor unit detected by the fourth sensor unit
and a direction corresponding to the second sensor unit detected by the fourth sensor unit disposed corresponding to a fourth
corner of the coordinate input region, by directly receiving light from the light projecting unit of one sensor unit at the
light receiving unit of the other sensor unit, and to determine a positional relationship among the first, second, third and
fourth sensor units in accordance with the first angle information and the at least three pieces of angle information in the
second, third, fourth and fifth angle information; and

a coordinate calculation unit configured to calculate coordinate values of a designated position based on the position relationship
determined by the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 9,329,535

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus comprising:
an endless belt configured to heat an image on a sheet, said endless belt having an inner surface on which a lubricant is
applied;

a rotating member configured to form a nip portion between said rotating member and said endless belt;
a pressing member configured to contact with said inner surface of said endless belt and press said rotating member through
said endless belt; and

a scraping member configured to contact with said rotating member at such a position that is outside from an end of an area
of said rotating member which comes into contact with a maximum width sheet introducible into the image heating apparatus
in the rotational axis direction of said rotating member, and to scrape off the lubricant transferred from said endless belt
to said rotating member.

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. 9,332,195

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for adding a blur to an image in use of depth information corresponding to the image, comprising:
a conversion unit configured to convert the depth information into blur size information;
a division unit configured to divide the image into a plurality image areas having a same blur size;
an image generation unit configured to perform blur processing on each of the plurality of image areas with the blur size
to generate blurred images; and

a synthesizing unit configured to synthesize the plurality of blurred images generated by the image generation unit.

US Pat. No. 9,330,479

DISPLAY SYSTEM, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING ONE IMAGE BY COMBINING TWO IMAGES

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A display system for displaying one image on a display surface by superimposing a part of a first image displayed by a
first display apparatus and a part of a second image displayed by a second display apparatus thereby combining the first image
and the second image, wherein:
the first display apparatus and the second display apparatus are projection apparatuses;
the first display apparatus displays a first index image at a position which is close to the image displayed by the second
display apparatus in an area which is included in a display range of the first display apparatus and which is not superimposed
with the image displayed by the second display apparatus, the first index image having a predetermined color and the image
having luminances which are changed in a direction parallel to a side adjacent to the image displayed by the second display
apparatus; and

the first display apparatus corrects the image displayed by the first display apparatus on the basis of a designated position
of the first index image.

US Pat. No. 9,329,489

EXPOSURE METHOD, EXPOSURE APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DEVICE

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An exposure method of illuminating a mask, on which a pattern is formed, using an illumination optical system, and projecting
an image of a pattern of the illuminated mask onto a substrate through a projection optical system, the method comprising:
a calculation step of calculating a correction amount of a correction unit which corrects imaging characteristics of the projection
optical system based on an amount of change in an environment condition in the projection optical system and a coefficient
defining a relationship between the amount of change in the environment condition and the correction amount of the correction
unit, wherein the coefficient is a quadratic function of a numerical aperture of the illumination optical system and a numerical
aperture of the projection optical system; and

a correction step of making the correction unit operate in accordance with the correction amount calculated in the calculation
step,

wherein the calculation step includes:
a coefficient value calculating step of calculating a value of the coefficient by substituting values of the numerical aperture
of the illumination optical system and the numerical aperture of the projection optical system into the quadratic function;
and

a correction amount calculation step of calculating the correction amount of the correction unit using the amount of change
in the environment condition and the calculated value of the coefficient.

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. 9,323,205

SHEET BINDING PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM AND BINDING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet binding apparatus connected to an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet comprising:
a binding section configured to bind a sheet bundle formed of a plurality of sheets;
a shifting section configured to move the binding section between a first position and a second position, the first position
being a position at which sheet conveyance from the image forming apparatus to the binding section is not hampered, and the
second position being a position at which the sheet conveyance from the image forming apparatus to the binding section is
not hampered and a sheet bundle which is manually provided is bindable; and

a control section configured to control the shifting section to cause, when the image forming apparatus is in a standby state
in which the image forming apparatus is not executing image formation but is waiting for input of a print job, the binding
section to stand by at the second position,

wherein, in a case where the binding section is at the second position and an instruction to start a print job in which no
binding processing is designated is input to the image forming apparatus, the control section causes the binding section to
remain in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,317,226

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR ALLOWING A USER TO SELECT A REGION OF A WEB PAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An apparatus comprising:
an insertion unit configured to insert a region selection object into a structured document corresponding to a web page, wherein
the region selection object corresponds to a region selection image for selecting a region on the web page, and the region
selection image is superposed on the web page based on the structured document into which the region selection object has
been inserted by the insertion unit;

a determination unit configured to determine the region selected by the region selection image in the web page, according
to an instruction from a user; and

an output unit configured to cause an outputting apparatus to output an image corresponding to the region determined by the
determination unit, in accordance with a size of an output area for outputting the image.

US Pat. No. 9,315,460

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An acenaphtho[1,2-k]benzo[e]acephenanthrene derivative represented by general formula (1):

wherein R1 to R16 are each independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted
or unsubstituted alkoxy group, a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and
a substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclic group; and

at least one of R1 to R8 and R10 to R15 is selected from a halogen atom, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl group, a substituted or unsubstituted alkoxy group,
a substituted or unsubstituted amino group, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl group, and a substituted or unsubstituted
heterocyclic group.

US Pat. No. 9,317,772

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. 9,317,788

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

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

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

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 9,319,102

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. 9,318,873

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. 9,313,426

PHOTOELECTRIC CONVERSION DEVICE AND IMAGING SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A photoelectric conversion device comprising:
a pixel array including a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix; and
a plurality of signal processing units, each associated with a respective one of columns of the pixel array and including
an A/D conversion unit configured to convert a signal generated based on at least one of the plurality of pixels into a digital
signal,

wherein the photoelectric conversion device further comprises:
plurality of signal processing groups each including a plural ones of signal processing units out of the plurality of signal
processing units, each signal processing group associated with a respective block output unit configured to receive outputs
of only the signal processing units belonging to the same signal processing group; and

a driving signal transmission unit configured to transmit a driving signal for driving a plurality of the block output units,
and

wherein the driving signal transmission unit supplies, to one of the block output units and another of the block output units,
the driving signal at respective different timings,

wherein the driving signal transmission unit includes a first buffer circuit group including a plurality of buffer circuits
connected in series with each other,

wherein each of the plurality of buffer circuits is associated with a respective one of the plurality of signal processing
groups, and

wherein an output of each of the plurality of buffer circuits is given to the block output unit associated with the signal
processing group associated with the buffer circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,313,469

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:
an image pickup device with a plurality of pixels each of which includes at least two photoelectric conversion portions including
a first photoelectric conversion portion for receiving light having passed through a portion of an pupil area of an imaging
optical system and a second photoelectric conversion portion for receiving light having passed through a different portion
of the pupil area of the imaging optical system, and a color filter of a predetermined color;

a readout unit configured to read out, from said image pickup device, a first image signal obtained from said first photoelectric
conversion portion, and an added signal obtained by adding the first image signal obtained from said first photoelectric conversion
portion and a second image signal obtained from said second photoelectric conversion portion;

a subtraction unit configured to obtain a third image signal by subtracting the first image signal from the added signal;
a focus detection unit configured to detect a focus state of the imaging optical system based on the first image signal and
the third image signal; and

a determination unit configured to perform saturation determination for the first image signal or the third image signal,
wherein said determination unit performs saturation determination for a signal of each of color filters of red, green, and
blue with respect to the first image signal, and

wherein said determination unit performs saturation determination for a signal generated by adding the signals corresponding
to color filters of red, green, and blue with respect to the third image signal.

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. 9,313,358

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. 9,305,960

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. 9,307,140

DISTANCE DETECTION APPARATUS, IMAGE SENSING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND DISTANCE DETECTION METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A distance detection apparatus comprising:
a calculation unit configured to detect an object distance to an object based on a first signal formed by a luminous flux
that has passed through a first pupil area of an imaging optical system and a second signal formed by a luminous flux that
has passed through a second pupil area of the imaging optical system different from the first pupil area, which are generated
by using an image sensing unit including multiple pixels,

wherein the calculation unit performs:
a first process for calculating a defocus amount by a phase difference method based on a relative position change between
the first signal and the second signal, and

a second process for calculating the defocus amount by a depth-from-defocus method based on a difference of blur between the
first signal and the second signal.

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. 9,289,988

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:
a substrate provided with an energy-generating element for generating energy utilized for ejecting a liquid; and
a nozzle plate provided with an ejection orifice from which the liquid is ejected as a droplet and an opening from which a
static-removable gas for electrically neutralizing the droplet is jetted, the nozzle plate being joined to the substrate,

wherein the static-removable gas is mixed with a gas capable of inhibiting oxidation of the droplet.

US Pat. No. 9,294,675

IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS CAPABLE OF DETECTING MOTION VECTOR, METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus including a motion vector detection unit configured to have one of two or more input images photographed
through an optical system input as a reference image, and another input image input as a search target image, and detect,
with respect to a block having a predetermined size and formed by a plurality of pixels set in the reference image, a motion
vector in the block from the search target image, comprising:
a calculation unit configured to calculate a determination index associated with frequency of occurrence of parallax conflict
which is a state in which objects having different parallaxes are included in a template set to the input image,

wherein in a case where the determination index calculated by said calculation unit is not larger than a threshold value,
said vector detection unit selects a first detection method for detecting a motion vector using a first number of layers,
whereas in a case where the determination index is larger than the threshold value, said vector detection unit selects a second
detection method for detecting a motion vector using a second number of layers, the second number being larger than the first
number.

US Pat. No. 9,285,743

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image bearing member configured to carry and convey an image;
a first image forming unit configured to form a first image in a first color on the image bearing member;
a second image forming unit configured to form a second image in a second color different from the first color on the image
bearing member;

a measurement unit configured to detect positions of measurement images formed on the image bearing member by the first image
forming unit and the second image forming unit;

a correction unit configured to correct a position of the first image and a position of the second image based on the positions
detected by the measurement unit;

a detection unit configured to detect a temperature of the image forming apparatus; and
a determining unit configured to determine timing for causing the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit
to form the measurement images based on the temperature detected by the detection unit,

wherein the timing determined by the determining unit includes:
a first timing for the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form the measurement images prior to
the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit forming an image according to a print instruction, and

a second timing for the first image forming unit and the second image forming unit to form the measurement images after the
first image forming unit and the second image forming unit formed the image according to the print instruction.

US Pat. No. 9,277,896

RADIATION DETECTION APPARATUS AND RADIATION DETECTION SYSTEM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A radiation detection apparatus including a plurality of pixels, the apparatus comprising:
conversion elements including a first electrode, a semiconductor layer, and a second electrode that are divided for each pixel;
switching elements electrically connected to the first electrodes; and
a first insulating layer that separates the conversion elements of adjacent pixels,
wherein the semiconductor layer is located between the first electrode and the second electrode,
a periphery of the semiconductor layer is located outside a periphery of the first electrode and a periphery of the second
electrode,

the semiconductor layer includes a first impurity semiconductor layer including a portion in contact with the first electrode,
a second impurity semiconductor layer including a portion in contact with the second electrode, and an intrinsic semiconductor
layer located between the first impurity semiconductor layer and the second impurity semiconductor layer, and

a length DL1 from a periphery of the first impurity semiconductor layer along the first impurity semiconductor layer up to the portion,
in contact with the first electrode, of the first impurity semiconductor layer, a length DU from a periphery of the second impurity semiconductor layer along the second impurity semiconductor layer up to the portion,
in contact with the second electrode, of the second impurity semiconductor layer, a sheet resistance R?L1 of the first impurity semiconductor layer, a sheet resistance R?U of the second impurity semiconductor layer, a pixel pitch P of the plurality of pixels, and an ON resistance Ron of the switching element are defined to set a residual charge 10 ?s after the switching element is turned on to be not higher
than 2%.

US Pat. No. 9,279,703

ENCODER AND APPARATUS WITH THE SAME

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An encoder comprising:
a scale provided with a periodic pattern;
a sensor relatively movable with respect to the scale and configured to read the periodic pattern to output analog signals
each having a changing period corresponding to the periodic pattern and having mutually different phases;

an A/D converter configured to perform time-division analog-to-digital conversion on the analog signals output from the sensor
to produce digital signals;

a phase detector configured to detect a phase from the digital signals;
a corrector configured to calculate:
a correction value using:
(a) a relative movement speed of the scale and the sensor,
(b) a difference between times at which the analog signals output from the sensor are subjected to the time-division analog-to-digital
conversion, and

(c) the phase detected by the phase detector; and
a corrected phase from the correction value and the detected phase; and
a position detector configured to calculate a position in a direction in which the scale and the sensor are relativity moved
using the corrected phase.

US Pat. No. 9,278,532

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING LIQUID EJECTION HEAD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A process for producing a liquid ejection head including an orifice plate having an ejection orifice for ejecting a liquid
and a liquid flow path in communication with the ejection orifice, and a substrate having an ejection energy generating element
for generating energy for ejecting the liquid, the process comprising:
(1) forming a mold pattern of the liquid flow path and a base pattern surrounding the mold pattern on the substrate;
(2) disposing a covering layer to cover the mold pattern and the base pattern;
(3) forming at least the ejection orifice in the covering layer to form the orifice plate; and
(4) removing the mold pattern and the base pattern,
wherein the base pattern is formed in such a form that the orifice plate includes a side wall portion constituting a side
wall of the liquid flow path and a plurality of support structures that are disposed on the substrate in a peripheral region
of the side wall portion and support an upper surface portion constituting an upper wall of the orifice plate, and

wherein the base pattern has a mesh form.

US Pat. No. 9,277,115

FOCUS ADJUSTMENT APPARATUS, FOCUS ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND PROGRAM, AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image pickup apparatus comprising:
a focus adjustment unit configured to perform a focus adjustment by moving a focus lens on the basis of an image pickup signal
obtained by an image pickup unit;

a read-out unit configured to parallelly read out the image pickup signal obtained in a period set according to a timing signal
for setting a first exposure period and the image pickup signal obtained in a period set according to a timing signal for
setting a second exposure period from the image pickup unit by shifting the timing signal for setting the first exposure period
and the timing signal for setting the second exposure period from each other in phase;

an evaluation unit configured to obtain a focus evaluation value from the image pickup signal which is obtained in the exposure
period set according to the timing signal; and

a position determination unit configured to determine a position of the focus lens corresponding to the obtained focus evaluation
value on the basis of a position of the focus lens at the time when the image pickup signal is read out according to the timing
signal for setting the first exposure period and a position of the focus lens at the time when the image pickup signal is
read out according to the timing signal for setting the second exposure period.

US Pat. No. 9,272,857

SHEET STACKING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A sheet stacking apparatus for supporting stacked sheets within a sheet storage portion, the sheet stacking apparatus comprising:
a base member;
a sheet stacking portion on which sheets are stacked, the sheet stacking portion being supported by the base member such that
both end portions of the sheet stacking portion swing up and down about a swinging center;

a first biasing member biasing one end portion of the sheet stacking portion against the swinging center; and
a second biasing member biasing another end portion of the sheet stacking portion against the swinging center,
wherein both end portions of the sheet stacking portion are held at substantially the same level by the first and second biasing
members.

US Pat. No. 9,274,499

CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A cartridge detachably mountable to a main assembly of an image forming apparatus, the cartridge comprising:
a rotatable image bearing member on which an image is to be formed;
a spacer member movable by rotation between a first position where a process member actable on said image bearing member is
spaced from said image bearing member and a second position where the process member is permitted to contact said image bearing
member,

wherein the spacer member includes (i) an arm portion extending toward an upstream side with respect to a movement direction
of said spacer member from the first position to the second position, (ii) a contact portion contacting said image bearing
member when said spacer member is located at the first position, and (iii) a first portion-to-be-engaged, provided at said
arm portion, for holding said spacer member at the first position by being engaged with a first engaging portion, and

wherein by rotation of the image bearing member engagement between said first portion-to-be-engaged and the first engaging
portion is eliminated to move said spacer member from the first position to the second position.

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. 9,265,424

MAMMOGRAPHY APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A detection apparatus comprising:
a near infrared ray source;
an X-ray source;
a detection unit configured to detect near infrared rays emitted from said near infrared ray source and X-rays emitted from
said X-ray source, said detection unit having a light-receiving surface to receive the near infrared rays and X-rays;

a grid provided on a side of said light-receiving surface of said detection unit; and
a control unit configured to control said near infrared ray source, when irradiating the near infrared rays, to advance into
an opposite side of said light-receiving surface of said detection unit, and to control said grid to evacuate to an area which
does not intercept the near infrared rays irradiated to said light-receiving surface of said detection unit, and when irradiating
the X-rays, to control said grid to advance into an inside of said detection unit, and said near infrared ray source to evacuate
to an area which does not intercept the X-rays irradiated to the side of said light-receiving surface of said detection unit.

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. 9,267,841

COLOR MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A color measurement device comprising:
a light source for irradiating a color measurement object with light;
a spectral unit for dispersing the light reflected from the color measurement object; and
a light detection unit including multiple pixels, the light detection unit generating an electric signal corresponding to
the intensity of the light dispersed by the spectral unit,

wherein the light source includes a light-emitting diode having a peak value of emission intensity in a near-ultraviolet region
whose range is not less than 380 nm and not more than 420 nm, and a plural types of fluorescent members each having a peak
value of fluorescence intensity in a wavelength zone that is not less than 420 nm, and not more than 730 nm,

wherein the light source has a luminescence spectrum of which the lowest intensity in a wavelength zone that is equal to or
more than 400 nm, or equal to or less than 700 nm is 20% or more of the maximum intensity.

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. 9,256,835

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS ENABLING DISCRIMINATOR TO LEARN AND METHOD THEREOF

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:
a processor and memory;
a preliminary learning unit configured to make a plurality of preliminary discriminators perform learning, each of the preliminary
discriminators includes cascade-connected weak discriminators with no branches and learns to discriminate a corresponding
one of combinations of variation ranges for a plurality of variation categories which do not depend on each other;

an evaluation unit configured to obtain discrimination results of the plurality of preliminary discriminators learned by the
preliminary learning unit, by inputting, samples classified according to the combinations of variation ranges for the plurality
of variation categories, to the preliminary discriminators so as to perform the discrimination processing on the samples using
respective preliminary discriminators and evaluate discrimination ability of the variation categories based on discrimination
results of the plurality of preliminary discriminators;

a determination unit configured to determine an order of discriminating the variation categories in a main discriminator according
to a descending order of the discrimination ability of the variation categories;

a main discriminator generation unit configured to generate a main discriminator which has a branch structure of multiple
layers by setting each of the multiple layers to discriminate a variation in respective one of the plurality of variation
categories, so that variations in the plurality of variation categories should be discriminated in the determined order of
discriminating the variation categories; and

a main learning unit configured to make the main discriminator perform learning.

US Pat. No. 9,256,928

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM CAPABLE OF DETERMINING A REGION CORRESPONDING TO LOCAL LIGHT FROM AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
at least one processor that operates to control:
an input unit of the image processing apparatus configured to input image data;
a specification unit of the image processing apparatus configured to specify a characteristic of the image data input by the
input unit;

a first determination unit of the image processing apparatus configured to determine a threshold, being used for determining
a region corresponding to local light in the input image data, according to the characteristic of the image data specified
by the specification unit; and

a second determination unit of the image processing apparatus configured to determine a region corresponding to local light
in the image data input by the input unit based on the threshold determined by the first determination unit,

wherein the threshold includes a luminance threshold used for detecting of a local light candidate in the input image data,
wherein the at least one processor further operates to control the first determination unit to determine a luminance threshold
ThY, and

wherein the luminance threshold ThY is determined as follows by using a weight W and a value HLY which is a high-luminance
point where a cumulative frequency ratio of a histogram of a luminance component reaches a predetermined ratio:

ThY=HLY×W.

US Pat. No. 9,250,215

ULTRASONIC WAVE DETECTION APPARATUS, RECORDING MATERIAL DETERMINATION APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

9. An image forming apparatus comprising:
an image forming unit configured to form an image on a recording material;
a transmission unit configured to transmit ultrasonic waves at a first frequency and ultrasonic waves at a second frequency
that is higher than the first frequency;

a reception unit configured to receive the ultrasonic waves at the first frequency transmitted by the transmission unit and
output a first signal including a first plurality of peak values corresponding to the ultrasonic waves at the first frequency
being received, and receive the ultrasonic waves at the second frequency transmitted by the transmission unit and output a
second signal including a second plurality of peak values corresponding to the ultrasonic waves at the second frequency being
received; and

a control unit configured to calculate a first time interval from when the transmission unit transmits the ultrasonic waves
at the first frequency to when a predetermined peak value in the first plurality of peak values is obtained, and a second
time interval from when the transmission unit transmits the ultrasonic waves at the second frequency to when a peak value
in the second plurality of peak values is lastly obtained during the first time interval,

wherein the control unit detects a position of the predetermined peak value in the order of the first plurality of peak values
based on a time difference between the first time interval and the second time interval, and

wherein the control unit controls image forming conditions of the image forming unit based on the predetermined peak value
that is obtained in a state where the recording material exists between the transmission unit and the reception unit.

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. 9,247,140

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. 9,247,155

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ROBUST SCENE MODELLING IN AN IMAGE SEQUENCE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method of storing a scene model used for foreground/background separation of a scene captured in an image sequence by
a camera, said method comprising the steps of:
creating a background image based on the scene model;
determining whether a change in the scene is greater than a pre-determined foreground threshold;
matching an input image captured by the camera and the background image, when the change in the scene satisfies the pre-determined
foreground threshold, to determine a similarity score and comparing the determined similarity score to a pre-determined similarity
threshold; and

updating the scene model when the similarity score is greater than the pre-determined similarity threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,245,357

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:
one or more processors; and
memory,
wherein the one or more processors are configured to:
perform character recognition of a character region where characters exist in a digital image to generate character code;
extract a placement region where the characters are placed from the digital image;
detect a region of the digital image where a feature change in the digital image is small;
determine an expansion direction in which the placement region is to be expanded, based on a position of the detected region
on a periphery of the placement region; and

expand the placement region in the determined expansion direction, and place data obtained from the character code in the
expanded placement region.